Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste"

I'm morbidly fascinated with the ongoing Gulf of Mexico catastrophe. What's even more fascinating is this supposed ineptitude, or lack of a competent response by the US government.

I'm left with only one real conclusion - if this disaster were not instigated on purpose, our Government has certainly let it get to it's current (and increasingly worsening) state on purpose.


How else do you account for such insanity as this?

Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. "Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour," Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn't capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana's marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks.

The Dutch know how to handle maritime emergencies. In the event of an oil spill, The Netherlands government, which owns its own ships and high-tech skimmers, gives an oil company 12 hours to demonstrate it has the spill in hand. If the company shows signs of unpreparedness, the government dispatches its own ships at the oil company's expense. "If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands," says Geert Visser, the Dutch consul general in Houston.

In sharp contrast to Dutch preparedness before the fact and the Dutch instinct to dive into action once an emergency becomes apparent, witness the American reaction to the Dutch offer of help. The U.S. government responded with "Thanks but no thanks," remarked Visser, despite BP's desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer --the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge. Even after the U.S. refused, the Dutch kept their vessels on standby, hoping the Americans would come round. By May 5, the U.S. had not come round. To the contrary, the U.S. had also turned down offers of help from 12 other governments, most of them with superior expertise and equipment --unlike the U.S., Europe has robust fleets of Oil Spill Response Vessels that sail circles around their make-shift U.S. counterparts.

Now why in holy hell would our Government do this? This is why I say the ONLY conclusion we can come to is that whoever is calling the shots here WANTS the environmental devastation this oil gusher is causing.

Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules.

This is the supposed rationale...but it makes no logical sense whatsoever. Are there really union shippers who would happily watch as the entire gulf region is literally destroyed in both an environmental and economical sense...just to preserve the rules set up to protect their racket?

Let's delve more into this crazy rationale:

The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn't good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million -- if water isn't at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

When ships in U.S. waters take in oil-contaminated water, they are forced to store it. As U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the official in charge of the clean-up operation, explained in a press briefing on June 11, "We have skimmed, to date, about 18 million gallons of oily water--the oil has to be decanted from that [and] our yield is usually somewhere around 10% or 15% on that." In other words, U.S. ships have mostly been removing water from the Gulf, requiring them to make up to 10 times as many trips to storage facilities where they off-load their oil-water mixture, an approach Koops calls "crazy."

Not crazy....psychotic. Pathological. The supposed rationale here is that US Government is more interested in adhering to the environmental laws than averting an actual environmental catastrophe!

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer -- but only partly. Because the U.S. didn't want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labor unions, the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

A catastrophe that could have been averted is now playing out. With oil increasingly reaching the Gulf coast, the emergency construction of sand berms to minimize the damage is imperative. Again, the U.S. government priority is on U.S. jobs, with the Dutch asked to train American workers rather than to build the berms. According to Floris Van Hovell, a spokesman for the Dutch embassy in Washington, Dutch dredging ships could complete the berms in Louisiana twice as fast as the U.S. companies awarded the work. "Given the fact that there is so much oil on a daily basis coming in, you do not have that much time to protect the marshlands," he says, perplexed that the U.S. government could be so focused on side issues with the entire Gulf Coast hanging in the balance.

Postponed for training...while the oil keeps spewing from the damaged well every single second?

I believe this is all a dog and pony show - stalling tactics used by the Government to allow as much damage as possible while putting up the appearances of "doing something."

Now why would our government allow this disaster to happen? What's to gain here?

Rahm Emmanuel stated quite openly that they would "Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste."

Well, we are now in the midst of one fantastic fucking crisis.

I have this sinking feeling we're gonna find out real soon exactly why they deliberately and purposefully let this turn into the disaster that it now is.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Conspiracy Reality...Not Just a "Theory"

Came across a blog, Hold the Toast, that also lead me to another great website, The Metabolism Society that focuses on the science of diet that contradicts the conventional wisdom of mainstream dietary advice...especially that doled out by the non-profit organizations that are supposedly in existence to help people live healthy lives.

So how is it that the American Diabetic Association recommends the carbohydrate-based food pyramid diet to diabetics? Hold the Toast has the details:

Those of us in the low carb community have long shaken our heads, wondering why, oh why, the American Diabetes Association still insists that the best diet for people with severely impaired carbohydrate metabolisms is a low fat diet loaded with starch -- aka "lots of sugar holding hands." The research and clinical experience of doctors like Dr. Richard Bernstein and Dr. Mary Vernon seems to affect them not at all. Nor do years of positive clinical research, or the stories of millions of diabetics who have controlled their blood sugar through low carbohydrate diets.

They also seem oblivious to the fact that before hypoglycemic medication was invented, low carbohydrate diets were commonly recommended for diabetics: Dr. John Rollo, Surgeon General in the Royal Artillery of the British Army being credited as the first modern doctor to recommend such a diet for treatment of the disease. This text, Diabetes Mellitus and Its Treatment, by R.T. Williamson MD, was published in 1898, and includes this statement:Ever since Rollo published his book on diabetes in 1797, and pointed out the value of restriction of the carbohydrates in the food, it has been acknowledged that of all forms and methods of treatment this dietetic one is the most important.

Yet the ADA continues to recommend a diet of the very foods that destabilize blood sugar, instructing diabetics to "cover" those "healthy" carbs with higher and higher doses of medication -- this, despite it being generally recognized that tight blood sugar control is the most important preventive of diabetic complications.


Take a look at this: a list of the ADA's top corporate sponsors. See the "Banting level" sponsors, the biggest bankrollers of the ADA? All but one of them are pharmaceutical companies. The remaining one -- BD -- is a medical supplies corporation whose business includes "diabetes care" and "pharmaceutical systems. All of them make money off of diabetes. All of them. They are all making money, very big money, off of diabetes medications. I question whether those sponsors have any corporate interest in diabetes interventions that would dramatically lessen the quantity of drugs diabetics have to take.

Why folks...that sounds sort of like a ummmm......let's see...big corporations donate $$$$ to Government subsidized non-profit organization that recommends people eat the kind of food that causes diabetes so that they can continue to have customer base dependent on their lucrative medications and equipment rather than simply changing their diet and CURING their diabetes...

....why, that actually sounds like an ummmmmmmmmm.....ahhh....conspiracy?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another Expose on Corporate Fascism USA

It is the standard left wing/mainstream liberal media meme that much of our problems are the results of the failures of the "Free Market Capitalism."

The standard right wing/FoxNew/talk radio media meme is that our problems are the result of "Government Interventions in the Free Market" and that Government needs to leave "big business" alone.

Of course, both are wrong. Both contain some truth to them, but they both are based on dialectical straw men that keep us divided and squabbling over marginal half-truths while the real system of Corporate Fascism continues it's machinations unhindered and unaffected, no matter who runs the show in D.C. The right, or the left...both are part and parcel to the perpetuation status quo.

LewRockwell columnist, Jim Quinn, writes a review of a recently aired HBO special entitled Gasland, in which Quinn makes the connection between the actions of the big Natural Gas companies and their practice of "fracking" which is implicated in contaminating drinking water wells in communities across the country.

Quinn lays out the modus operandi of our corporate-fascist government State, and shows quite clearly how it all works the same, whether it's big gas companies contaminating water wells with their fracking process, or it's BP unleashing the biggest environmental catastrophe in the known history of mankind...

From Too Small to Matter:

As I watched the film, it was clear that there are many parallels to the BP disaster in the Gulf. Corporate fascism rules America. Corporations spend billions to generate legislation which benefits their bottom lines. Their lobbyists write the legislation and bribe the corrupt Washington politicians. The American people suffer. The documentary GASLAND leads me to the following conclusions:

1. Mega corporations are not inherently evil, immoral, or greedy. The men who run the Mega corporations are evil, immoral and greedy. EPS, profits, and bonuses are what drive corporate executives.

2. Mega corporations use their political connections, highly paid lobbyists, and vast financial resources to steer legislation in order to reap greater profits.

3. The people that Josh Fox profiles in his film are poor, uneducated, hard working, and helpless. They are no match for a big corporation. They don’t have the financial resources to fight a corporation with thousands of lawyers and billions of dollars.

4. Corporations see the "small people" as just another cost of doing business. The deaths of some uneducated country folk are inconsequential to the Harvard MBAs running corporate America.

5. The gas drilling companies have a checklist on how to rape and pillage the land.

* They low-ball the country bumpkins who occupy the land for the drilling rights.
* They promise that the fracking process is safe.
* When they contaminate the wells and people complain, they deny it was their fault.
* If the complaints persist, they agree to pay for the well water being cleaned.
* If this doesn’t work, they pay the occupants a lump sum of money and make them sign a legal document saying they can’t speak about the issue with anyone.
* When people begin to die, they put their high-powered legal teams into action fighting every charge until the victim gives up.

6. The Federal and State regulators of the gas industry have been instructed by their politician bosses that the benefit of the doubt should always be given to the corporations. They generate the tax revenue. They generate the jobs. They make the political contributions. The people drinking the contaminated water can’t have any impact on a politician’s re-election.

This is the framework for how our economy and system really work.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Worst Case Scenario? Worse than first thought...

Read this:

How the Ultimate BP Gulf Disaster Could Kill Millions

Documents from several years ago indicate that the subterranean geologic formation may contain the presence of a huge methane deposit.

None other than the engineer who helped lead the team to snuff the Gulf oilfires set by Saddam Hussein to slow the advance of American troops has stated that a huge underground lake of methane gas-compressed by a pressure of 100,000 pounds per square inch (psi)-could be released by BP's drilling effort to obtain the oil deposit.

Current engineering technology cannot contain gas that is pressurized to 100,000 psi.

By some geologists' estimates the methane could be a massive 15 to 20 mile toxic and explosive bubble trapped for eons under the Gulf sea floor. In their opinion, the explosive destruction of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead was an accident just waiting to happen.

Yet the disaster that followed the loss of the rig pales by comparison to the apocalyptic disaster that may come.

A cascading catastrophe

Oh shit...

According to worried geologists, the first signs that the methane may burst its way through the bottom of the ocean would be fissures or cracks appearing on the ocean floor near the damaged well head.

Evidence of fissures opening up on the seabed have been captured by the robotic submersibles working to repair and contain the ruptured well. Smaller, independent plumes have also appeared outside the nearby radius of the bore hole itself.

This is not looking good at all...

With the emerging evidence of fissures, the quiet fear now is the methane bubble rupturing the seabed and exploding into the Gulf waters. If the bubble escapes, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will instantaneously sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists measuring the oil plumes' advance will instantly perish.

As horrible as that is, what would follow is an event so potentially horrific that it equals in its fury the Indonesian tsunami that killed more than 600,000, or the destruction of Pompeii by Mt. Vesuvius.

The ultimate Gulf disaster, however, would make even those historical horrors pale by comparison. If the huge methane bubble breaches the seabed, it will erupt with an explosive fury similar to that experienced during the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in the Pacific Northwest. A gas gusher will surge upwards through miles of ancient sedimentary rock-layer after layer-past the oil reservoir. It will explode upwards propelled by 50 tons psi, burst through the cracks and fissures of the compromised sea floor, and rupture miles of ocean bottom with one titanic explosion.

The burgeoning methane gas cloud will surface, killing everything it touches, and set off a supersonic tsunami with the wave traveling somewhere between 400 to 600 miles per hour.

While the entire Gulf coastline is vulnerable, the state most exposed to the fury of a supersonic wave towering 100 feet or more is Florida. The Sunshine State only averages about 6 inches above sea level. A supersonic tsunami would literally sweep away everything from Miami to the panhandle in a matter of minutes. Loss of human life would be virtually instantaneous and measured in the millions. Of course the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southern region of Georgia-a state with no Gulf coastline-would also experience tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of casualties.

Loss of property is virtually incalculable and the days of the US position as the world's superpower would be literally gone in a flash...of detonating methane.

Good lord, I hope the people predicting this are wrong!

Some Brilliant Perspectives on Patriarchy

I never claimed to be an authority on LTR or a marriage expert.

The only claim I make is that I believe I've gained an understanding of the effects our cultural and societal influences, and how they foster dissension and misunderstandings between the sexes that often sabotage their efforts to find personal fulfillment and happiness in sharing a life with a mate and procreating and raising your offspring together.

I see the lies our culture promulgate, and how to avoid the pitfalls and traps of those lies. That is what 'game' means in the context of the long term relationship between a man and a woman.

In my writings on this topic, on this blog, at Roissy's, and at The Spearhead, I really wrote on this topic for my own help myself analyze, clarify, and crystallize my observations of the principles of "game" and how they applied to my own marriage - so that I could mentally grasp a coherent, comprehensible vision in my mind's eye; it helped me to see the big picture.

Having so many people email and comment to me over the past couple of years about how relating to this vision has helped them change their own lives for the better merely reinforces that the changes I've seen in my own life are based on a solid understanding of bedrock principles founded in truth...and not just some highly unusual, anecdotal anomaly.

But it gets even better when you read other peoples contributions to this vision of recognizing the truths about gender roles and how interpersonal relationships work in relation to those truths. People that help you see other points and ideas that I never even considered before on my own. But when you read it, you go "aha!" because it fits in so perfectly with the vision you've already brought into focus in your own mind.

Ulysses at Hidden Leaves wrote just such a post I just read, entitled Follow the Leader

In an effort to be the biggest baddest cock, the man of the house, some stop doing anything and leave all the work that having a house requires to the wife, save for basic yard work which involves the use of mechanized tools. They confuse asshole game with just being an asshole. Whether or not their wife works is unimportant to such men. For them, they are in charge and the wife is going to do the woman’s work around the house. All of it. Laundry? That’s pussy shit for beta chumps. Cooking? I’m no kitchen bitch. Cleaning bathrooms? Are you fucking kidding me?

Hopefully, for their own sake, such men are really enjoying getting to spend their money while they still can. They will give away half of it at some point in the not too distant future. Living in a dictatorial household will inspire an insurrection. The laws are designed to facilitate women with such an insurrection.

Dictator of the house is fleeting power. Leader of the house is power with stamina. Being a leader takes more work.

If you want your wife to respect and tingle for you, you have to become leader of the house. You will do some laundry. You will spend some time in the kitchen. If you have kids, you will change some diapers. If you’re me, you will actively pursue other ways to help, even folding laundry, rather than clean bathrooms because you hate that task. My dad is very much man of the house, but I’ll always remember one day when I was in junior high. At that point, we had a maid coming once a week as my mom had gone back to work. Dad worked a weird schedule and I was home “sick.” Dad came into my room and said, “Get up and grab a broom. The maid called in sick and your mom isn’t coming home to a dirty house.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve written on this, but it bears repeating. The secret to a happy marriage is to be the leader of your household. The secret of leadership is getting down in the trenches with the troops. This role requires effort; it cannot be faked. Sure, you may find yourself in the garage, standing with a tiny plastic shovel, scooping cat shit, and thinking about how you wish you’d managed to get rid of the cats before your elder daughter got attached. You will also find yourself balls deep into a very thankful vagina shortly after you finish scooping. The rewards that come from being leader of your household are very worthwhile – good food, a clean house, kids who look like you, lots of sex, the whole nine yards – but you have to be the one to earn those rewards. No one is going to give them to you.

I've seen this exact same dynamic in the martial arts dojo. The difference between a leader and a dictator and it's effects on the entire environment and how it influences the learning and practice of everyone involved.

Brilliant insight Ulysses.

In my own experience, I simply reserve "asshole" game for when I have a good reason for righteous indignation. Attempts to emasculate or belittle me are met with immediate response, sometimes terse and angry. I'm in touch with my inner asshole like that...but it is not an indulgence of tyranny to let it out when it is merited. It's simply a reminder...I am the man here, I do have a spine, and there are some lines I will not tolerate be crossed.

Another excellent contribution to the emerging consensus regarding the relationship between a man and a woman in a Patriarchal model, was the Star Trek analogy Athol Kay at Married Man Sex Life used to describe his own marriage: Dominance and Submission in Marriage: The Captain and First Officer Model

Often a woman will tear her husband apart over quite minor things seeking a reaction to correct her. If she doesn’t get that correction she can become increasingly agitated with her man and progressively more extreme in efforts to force that reaction. The majority of drama queens are just seeking the king to finally show up and tell her to knock it off.

Again - I’m talking about one man and one woman with each other. I’m not talking about all men over all women. Nor am I saying all marriages have to work this way. Just that I believe most would run better for trying it. Many women actively seek domination in their sexual relationships.
I would interject here that many women actively seek this...but don't even consciously realize this truth. Thanks to the message of "equality" that is the dominant meme of our culture, many women seek for this while rationalizing or justifying this need with the 'pretty lies' of our culture when they experience the dominance they subconsciously desire. I've noticed plenty of women who are in relationships with men who are dominant...yet she'll proudly tell her friends that they have an "equal" relationship.

Anyhow, back to Athol's* excellent Star Trek analogy

*( BTW - is it just me, or am I the only guy that "hears" the name "Athol" in my head as GBFM saying "asshole" in his Barney Franks "butthex" lisp? heh...I know you're a good sport Athol...cheers mate, I still can't help but laugh at the thought!)

I’ve always liked the dynamic on the Star Trek series between Captains and First Officers. It’s always been quite apparent that the First Officer is always competent and skilled, and if anything happens to the Captain, they step into the role of being in command immediately. The Captains always listen, sometimes the First Officer has a better idea than their own. Sometimes the First Officer actually overrules the Captain in a crisis and gives the crew an order, the Captain usually just trusts the First Officer isn’t doing this to make trouble and runs with it. But at the end of the day… the Captain is the Captain and leadership comes from them, and final responsibility for the ship lies with them. If it all goes to hell the Captain is last off the ship.

My realization is that most wives want the First Officer job. Not Crewman Third Class, but not Captain either. They want to have a say and be heard, they want to be trusted, they don’t want to be micro managed on decisions they are capable of making themselves, they can happily step it up into “having the bridge” when their husbands aren’t available. They just would rather be the second in command and follow someone else’s leadership and general direction.

The challenge for the husband is not to go into marriage as a Redshirt waiting for the deathblow. If that’s what you expect, that’s what you’ll get. Also not to go into marriage and attempt to simply be a member of the crew. The wife will likely try and assume a First Officer role and that makes her the de facto Captain if the husband doesn’t take that position. That may well piss her off. He can even do everything she says wants and asks him to do, and by submitting to her perfectly, that can actually anger and disappoint her more and more. Most men find this extremely confusing.

This was my own experience to the 'T.'

This dynamic is what I believe is precisely how so many men have become "beta-ized" and repel their wives and turn off her attraction for him...and often times she's just as confused and unawares of what is actually  going on too. This is when she starts saying vague things like "I don't know if I can do this anymore!" or "Why are we not happy anymore?" or "We need to talk about this relationship!"

Most women simply cannot tell their confused husbands "you are not being dominant, you are not being a worthy leader, and your indecision, unsure self-doubts are killing my attraction for you! Dominate Me, dammit!" Most women can't say this...because the cultural narrative of our declining civilization has associated  the word dominance with abuse and domestic violence in the minds of the average blue pill taker.

Talleyrand over at Seasons of Tumult and Discord elaborated on this point as well, in one of his more memorable posts that also added to my overall mental picture - Dominance is not the Same as Controlling

When people talk about dominance and social dominance, inevitably women will think “controlling.”

Generally, women do not like controlling.  They will often think of an ex that was controlling and shiver with revulsion.

Being controlling is not a sign of dominance, it is a sign of weakness. It is a sign of insecurity.

Certainly a controlling man or women (and there are plenty of controlling women too, if the henpecked, furtive shoulder hunched men in our society are any example) can dominate another, but the one they are dominating resents it on some level.

When someone is controlling, inherent in there is a recognition that their other attributes, their force of personality, their frame is weak. They need to resort to putting the foot down, shaming, nagging, and belittling another to get them to do what they want.

This is true in all relationships, not just sexual ones. Everyone has had an insecure boss that has been miserable to work for.

The bosses people love and admire, the ones that they would go through fire for (and they are an increasingly rare breed) are the ones that can voice disapproval with just the hint of disappointment, the ones that are absolutely confident in what they do, and the direction of their lives and in their relationships.

They can fight, but they are judicious about it and more often than not they fight for their underlings not against them, they will quell problems when they happen and not abdicate responsibility or hope things go away.

People do things for that type of boss, not because they are afraid of him, but because they love him. So to, the women with a truly dominate man do what they want because they love him. This is not to say that fear is not something that makes men and women both more likely to find another attractive (which doing something a little frightening is actually good for a date, like rock climbing, or sky diving), but that it is only a spice, the dominant man does not need to resort to fear or intimidation.

The dominant man does not need to be controlling to get what he wants.  He acts, he pursues, he makes it clear what he wants, and he’s confident that he will get it.  He is both self aware and other aware.

Talley, I'm well aware that you and Alkibiades have utterly sworn off marriage...which in this day and age, is certainly prudent and I would never criticize a man for making that decision.

But, I do think you and Alki definitely have the understanding, intelligence and experience to actually make a marriage 1.0 style work for you, even in this day and age of Marriage 2.0.

My final reference is to a piece written by Silas at Everyday Thoughts on Life, in a post entitled Simplifying Sexual Dynamics.

I used to having troubles reading women and figuring out how to determine their perspectives and intentions. But, once you understand one simple fact, it all becomes quite simple. I told LB, "You're overthinking things. It's much simpler than all that." Fundamentally, there is only one thing you have to determine to know where you stand with a girl. Most women quickly and subconsciously assess the sexual value and relationship value of a guy upon meeting him. Generally, within the first 30 seconds to five minutes, she puts a guy in one of two categories:

Category 1 - Alpha - He is an attractive guy

Category 2 - Beta - He is not an attractive guy

When you're an alpha, a woman will do just about anything for you. You are in control of the relationship and can take things in whatever direction you want. You want to date her? You got it. You want to marry her? Piece of cake. You want to sleep with her and leave her? No problem. You aren't interested in her and just want to be friends? She's up for it. Want to bring her along for social proof or to buy you drinks? No sweat. While the pacing might be somewhat different, depending on the sort of girl, as long as you are an alpha, the ball is completely in your court and she's happy to follow your lead.

When you're a beta, the girl is in control of the interactions. She is in control of the relationship and will allow exactly what she wants to happen, but nothing more. Generally this results in either no contact or the dreaded "friend-zone." With some girls, particularly ones who are more promiscuous, they may even have no qualms about kissing you or sleeping with you, but that still doesn't change the sexual dynamic. In other cases, they may string you along and get you to buy them drinks, dinner and gifts, while knowing that nothing with ever materialize from it.
Silas's breakdown is a good means of assessing the state of your own relationship.

Remember Roissy's maxim 101:  

For most women, five minutes of alpha is worth five years of beta.

Our current dystopia is definitely the result of the war on Patriarchy and it's role as the building blocks of civilization. Understanding what Patriarchy truly is, will probably not help save our fallen world - it's a bit late for that at this point in time. But that doesn't mean having a true understanding can't help you at least achieve your own happiness as the head of your house.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deepwater Horizon: Worst Case Scenario

So what is the worst case scenario? I recently came across a forum called The Oil Drum, and it appears that some gas/energy/oil professionals are debating the various aspects of this utter catastrophe.

One of the members, dougr, paints a grim portrait indeed...

First of all...set aside all your thoughts of plugging the well and stopping it from blowing out oil using any method from the top down. Plugs, big valves to just shut it off, pinching the pipe closed, installing a new bop or lmrp, shooting any epoxy in it, top kills with mud etc etc etc....forget that, it won't be's done and over. In fact actually opening up the well at the subsea source and allowing it to gush more is not only exactly what has happened, it was probably necessary, or so they think anyway.

So you have to ask WHY? Why make it worse?...there really can only be one answer and that answer does not bode well for all of us. It's really an inescapable conclusion at this point, unless you want to believe that every Oil and Gas professional involved suddenly just forgot everything they know or woke up one morning and drank a few big cups of stupid and got assigned to directing the response to this catastrophe. Nothing makes sense unless you take this into account, but after you will see the "sense" behind what has happened and what is happening. That conclusion is this:

The well bore structure is compromised "Down hole".

That is something which is a "Worst nightmare" conclusion to reach. While many have been saying this for some time as with any complex disaster of this proportion many have "said" a lot of things with no real sound reasons or evidence for jumping to such conclusions, well this time it appears that they may have jumped into the right place...

This was probably our best and only chance to kill this well from the top down. This "kill mud" is a tried and true method of killing wells and usually has a very good chance of success. The depth of this well presented some logistical challenges, but it really should not of presented any functional obstructions. The pumping capacity was there and it would have worked, should have worked, but it didn't.

It didn't work, but it did create evidence of what is really happening. First of all the method used in this particular top kill made no sense, did not follow the standard operating procedure used to kill many other wells and in fact for the most part was completely contrary to the procedure which would have given it any real chance of working.

Almost like they wanted it to fail...

When a well is "Killed" using this method heavy drill fluid "Mud" is pumped at high volume and pressure into a leaking well. The leaks are "behind" the point of access where the mud is fired in, in this case the "choke and Kill lines" which are at the very bottom of the BOP (Blow Out Preventer) The heavy fluid gathers in the "behind" portion of the leaking well assembly, while some will leak out, it very quickly overtakes the flow of oil and only the heavier mud will leak out. Once that "solid" flow of mud is established at the leak "behind" the well, the mud pumps increase pressure and begin to overtake the pressure of the oil deposit. The mud is established in a solid column that is driven downward by the now stronger pumps. The heavy mud will create a solid column that is so heavy that the oil deposit can no longer push it up, shut off the pumps...the well is can no longer flow.

Usually this will happen fairly quickly, in fact for it to work at must happen quickly. There is no "trickle some mud in" because that is not how a top kill works. The flowing oil will just flush out the trickle and a solid column will never be established. Yet what we were told was "It will take days to know whether it worked"...."Top kill might take 48 hours to complete"...the only way it could take days is if BP intended to do some "test fires" to test integrity of the entire system. The actual "kill" can only take hours by nature because it must happen fairly rapidly.

He than goes on to deconstruct some vague statements from BP and some articles, in which he than leads up to his conclusion:
All the actions and few tid bits of information all lead to one inescapable conclusion. The well pipes below the sea floor are broken and leaking. Now you have some real data of how BP's actions are evidence of that, as well as some murky statement from "BP officials" confirming the same.

I took some time to go into a bit of detail concerning the failure of Top Kill because this was a significant event. To those of us outside the real inside loop, yet still fairly knowledgeable, it was a major confirmation of what many feared. That the system below the sea floor has serious failures of varying magnitude in the complicated chain, and it is breaking down and it will continue to.

What does this mean?

It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead. They cannot...the more they try and restrict the oil gushing out the bop?...the more it will transfer to the leaks below. Just like a leaky garden hose with a nozzle on it. When you open up the nozzle? doesn't leak so bad, you close the nozzle? leaks real bad, same dynamics. It is why they sawed the riser off...or tried to anyway...but they clipped it off, to relieve pressure on the leaks "down hole". I'm sure there was a bit of panic time after they crimp/pinched off the large riser pipe and the Diamond wire saw got stuck and failed...because that crimp diverted pressure and flow to the rupture down below.

Contrary to what most of us would think as logical to stop the oil mess, actually opening up the gushing well and making it gush more became {the }direction BP took after confirming that there was a leak. In fact if you note their actions, that should become clear. They have shifted from stopping or restricting the gusher to opening it up and catching it. This only makes sense if they want to relieve pressure at the leak hidden down below the seabed.....and that sort of leak is one of the most dangerous and potentially damaging kind of leak there could be. It is also inaccessible which compounds our problems. There is no way to stop that leak from above, all they can do is relieve the pressure on it and the only way to do that right now is to open up the nozzle above and gush more oil into the gulf and hopefully catch it, which they have done, they just neglected to tell us why, gee thanks.

This does not look good. No surprise that we're not getting the truth from BP, the media or our President.

A down hole leak is dangerous and damaging for several reasons. There will be erosion throughout the entire beat up, beat on and beat down remainder of the "system" including that inaccessible leak. The same erosion I spoke about in the first post is still present and has never stopped, cannot be stopped, is impossible to stop and will always be present in and acting on anything that is left which has crude oil "Product" rushing through it. There are abrasives still present, swirling flow will create hot spots of wear and this erosion is relentless and will always be present until eventually it wears away enough material to break it's way out. It will slowly eat the bop away especially at the now pinched off riser head and it will flow more and more. Perhaps BP can outrun or keep up with that out flow with various suckage methods for a period of time, but eventually the well will win that race, just how long that race will be? one really knows....However now?...there are other problems that a down hole leak will and must produce that will compound this already bad situation.

This down hole leak will undermine the foundation of the seabed in and around the well area. It also weakens the only thing holding up the massive Blow Out Preventer's immense bulk of 450 tons. In fact?...we are beginning to the results of the well's total integrity beginning to fail due to the undermining being caused by the leaking well bore.

The first layer of the sea floor in the gulf is mostly loose material of sand and silt. It doesn't hold up anything and isn't meant to, what holds the entire subsea system of the Bop in place is the well itself. The very large steel connectors of the initial well head "spud" stabbed in to the sea floor. The BOP literally sits on top of the pipe and never touches the sea bed, it wouldn't do anything in way of support if it did. After several tens of feet the seabed does begin to support the well connection laterally (side to side) you couldn't put a 450 ton piece of machinery on top of a 100' tall pipe "in the air" and subject it to the side loads caused by the ocean currents and expect it not to bend over...unless that pipe was very much larger than the machine itself, which you all can see it is not. The well's piping in comparison is actually very much smaller than the Blow Out Preventer and strong as it may be, it relies on some support from the seabed to function and not literally fall over...and it is now showing signs of doing just that....falling over.

So what happens if it falls over?

Well...none of what is likely to happen is good, in's about as bad as it gets. I am convinced the erosion and compromising of the entire system is accelerating and attacking more key structural areas of the well, the blow out preventer (BOP) and surrounding strata holding it all up and together. This is evidenced by the tilt of the blow out preventer and the erosion which has exposed the well head connection. What eventually will happen is that the blow out preventer will literally tip over if they do not run supports to it as the currents push on it. I suspect they will run those supports as cables tied to anchors very soon, if they don't, they are inviting disaster that much sooner. 

Eventually even that will be futile as the well casings cannot support the weight of the massive system above with out the cement bond to the earth and that bond is being eroded away. When enough is eroded away the casings will buckle and the BOP will collapse the well. If and when you begin to see oil and gas coming up around the well area from under the BOP? or the area around the well head connection and casing sinking more and more rapidly? won't be too long after that the entire system fails. BP must be aware of this, they are mapping the sea floor sonically and that is not a mere exercise. Our Gov't must be well aware too, they just are not telling us.
All of these things lead to only one place, a fully wide open well bore directly to the oil deposit...after that, it goes into the realm of "the worst things you can think of." The well may come completely apart as the inner liners fail. There is still a very long drill string in the well, that could literally come flying I said...all the worst things you can think of are a possibility, but the very least damaging outcome as bad as it is, is that we are stuck with a wide open gusher blowing out 150,000 barrels a day of raw oil or more. There isn't any "cap dome" or any other suck fixer device on earth that exists or could be built that will stop it from gushing out and doing more and more damage to the gulf. While at the same time also doing more damage to the well, making the chance of halting it with a kill from the bottom up less and less likely to work, which as it stands now? the only real chance we have left to stop it all.

It's a race now...a race to drill the relief wells and take our last chance at killing this monster before the whole weakened, wore out, blown out, leaking and failing system gives up it's last gasp in a horrific crescendo.

 When you think things can't get any worse, that's exactly when we find out that indeed they can...

We are not even 2 months into it, barely half way by even optimistic estimates. The damage done by the leaked oil now is virtually immeasurable already and it will not get better, it can only get worse. No matter how much they can collect, there will still be thousands and thousands of gallons leaking out every minute, every hour of every day. We have 2 months left before the relief wells are even near in position and set up to take a kill shot and that is being optimistic as I said.
Over the next 2 months the mechanical situation also cannot improve, it can only get worse, getting better is an impossibility. While they may make some gains on collecting the leaked oil, the structural situation cannot heal itself. It will continue to erode and flow out more oil and eventually the inevitable collapse which cannot be stopped will happen.
It is only a simple matter of who can "get there first" or the well.  We can only hope the race against that eventuality is one we can win, but my assessment I am sad to say is that we will not. The system will collapse or fail substantially before we reach the finish line ahead of the well and the worst is yet to come.

Sorry to bring you that news, I know it is grim, but that is the way I see it....I sincerely hope I am wrong. We need to prepare for the possibility of this blow out sending more oil into the gulf per week then what we already have now, because that is what a collapse of the system will cause. All the collection efforts that have captured oil will be erased in short order. The magnitude of this disaster will increase exponentially by the time we can do anything to halt it and our odds of actually even being able to halt it will go down.

The magnitude and impact of this disaster will eclipse anything we have known in our life times if the worst or even near worst happens...
 Take note. While it seems we can't get a straight story from our mainstream media, you now know what to look for. Should the remaining well structure collapse, we very well could see a worldwide pollution of the oceans as an unprecedented amount of oil gushes from that hole.

We are seeing the puny forces of man vs the awesome forces of nature.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill - End of the World as We Know It?

I think one thing we can say for sure regarding the oil volcano still spewing petroleum into the ocean at a fantastically and sickening rate - we are learning first hand just how big of lie "peak oil" theory was. Worse than Global Warming.

If only the world were running out of oil...we might have some unspoiled oceans left after the gusher at the bottom of the Gulf finally runs out....but it doesn't look like BP or the Obama Admin or FEMA or The Coast Guard, or The Navy or any other official entity that is supposed to be doing something to stop this has the slightest fucking clue about how to stop this.

I recall reading about abiotic oil several years ago on the internet. All websites that I had previously bookmarked that reference abiotic oil are now all defunct. Perhaps the money of BIG OIL has very very very far reaching influence and have been able to methodically censor the truth about abiotic oil to keep the scarcity-driven profiteering scam going...

Artificial scarcity is the only way to ensure profitability of what now looks like an overly abundant and highly useful commodity. So the only thing to do is to promote "scientific research" that states a theory like 'peak oil' and through the media, and tremendous financing through a wide variety of channels...has now become accepted as conventional wisdom and proven fact.

Not so.

If BP/Obama don't get this oil volcano capped and plugged soon, we may literally see the biggest ecological disaster in all of human history.

The potential for disrupting the cycle of life and the balance of nature is so vast and far reaching, it's hard to even begin to try and grasp the big picture. How much of life on this earth is dependent upon the inter-connected dynamics of the cycle of life between land life and ocean life?

What happens to land life in the face of a massive ocean die off?

Check out the following article (pdf):

The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe. Senior researchers tell us that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps are undertaken, something that seems far from the present strategy.

In a recent discussion, Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the Russian State University of Oil and Gas, predicted that the present oil spill flooding the Gulf Coast shores of the United States “could go on for years and years … many years.” 1

According to Kutcherov, a leading specialist in the theory of abiogenic deep origin of petroleum, “What BP drilled into was what we call a ‘migration channel,’ a deep fault on which hydrocarbons generated in the depth of our planet migrate to the crust and are accumulated in rocks, something like Ghawar in Saudi Arabia.”3 Ghawar, the world’s most prolific oilfield has been producing millions of barrels daily for almost 70 years with no end in sight. According to the abiotic science, Ghawar like all elephant and giant oil and gas deposits all over the world, is located on a migration channel similar to that in the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico.

As I wrote at the time of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster,3 Haiti had been identified as having potentially huge hydrocasrbon reserves, as has neighboring Cuba. Kutcherov estimates that the entire Gulf of Mexico is one of the planet’s most abundant accessible locations to extract oil and gas, at least before the Deepwater Horizon event this April.

“In my view the heads of BP reacted with panic at the scale of the oil spewing out of the well,” Kutcherov adds. “What is inexplicable at this point is why they are trying one thing, failing, then trying a second, failing, then a third. Given the scale of the disaster they should try every conceivable option, even if it is ten, all at once in hope one works. Otherwise, this oil source could spew oil for years given the volumes coming to the surface already.” 4

He stresses, “It is difficult to estimate how big this leakage is. There is no objective information available.” But taking into consideration information about the last BP ‘giant’ discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, the Tiber field, some six miles deep, Kutcherov agrees with Ira Leifer a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara who says the oil may be gushing out at a rate of more than 100,000 barrels a day.5

What the enormity of the oil spill does is to also further discredit clearly the oil companies’ myth of “peak oil” which claims that the world is at or near the “peak” of economical oil extraction. That myth, which has been propagated in recent years by circles close to former oilman and Bush Vice President, Dick Cheney, has been effectively used by the giant oil majors to justify far higher oil prices than would be politically possible otherwise, by claiming a non-existent petroleum scarcity crisis.

Obama & BP Try to Hide

According to a report from Washington investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, “the Obama White House and British Petroleum are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and working together to limit BP’s liability for damage caused by what can be called a ‘mega-disaster.’” 6 Madsen cites sources within the US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection for his assertion.

Obama and his senior White House staff, as well as Interior Secretary Salazar, are working with BP’s chief executive officer Tony Hayward on legislation that would raise the cap on liability for damage claims from those affected by the oil disaster from $75 million to $10 billion. According to informed estimates cited by Madsen, however, the disaster has a real potential cost of at least $1,000 billion ($1 trillion). That estimate would support the pessimistic assessment of Kutcherov that the spill, if not rapidly controlled, “will destroy the entire coastline of the United States.”

According to the Washington report of Madsen, BP statements that one of the leaks has been contained, are “pure public relations disinformation designed to avoid panic and demands for greater action by the Obama administration., according to FEMA and Corps of Engineers sources.” 7

The White House has been resisting releasing any “damaging information” about the oil disaster. Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers experts estimate that if the ocean oil geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond. At best, some Corps of Engineers experts say it could take two years to cement the chasm on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. 8

Only after the magnitude of the disaster became evident did Obama order Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano to declare the oil disaster a “national security issue.” Although the Coast Guard and FEMA are part of her department, Napolitano’s actual reasoning for invoking national security, according to Madsen, was merely to block media coverage of the immensity of the disaster that is unfolding for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean and their coastlines.

The Obama administration also conspired with BP to hide the extent of the oil leak, according to the cited federal and state sources. After the oil rig exploded and sank, the government stated that 42,000 gallons per day were gushing from the seabed chasm. Five days later, the federal government upped the leakage to 210,000 gallons a day. However, submersibles monitoring the escaping oil from the Gulf seabed are viewing television pictures of what they describe as a “volcanic-like” eruption of oil.

When the Army Corps of Engineers first attempted to obtain NASA imagery of the Gulf oil slick, which is larger than is being reported by the media, it was reportedly denied the access. By chance, National Geographic managed to obtain satellite imagery shots of the extent of the disaster and posted them on their web site. Other satellite imagery reportedly being withheld by the Obama administration, shows that what lies under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be the size of Mount Everest. This information has been given an almost national security-level classification to keep it from the public, according to Madsen’s sources.

The Corps of Engineers and FEMA are reported to be highly critical of the lack of support for quick action after the oil disaster by the Obama White House and the US Coast Guard. Only now has the Coast Guard understood the magnitude of the disaster, dispatching nearly 70 vessels to the affected area. Under the loose regulatory measures implemented by the Bush-Cheney Administration, the US Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service became a simple “rubber stamp,” approving whatever the oil companies wanted in terms of safety precautions that could have averted such a disaster. Madsen describes a state of “criminal collusion” between Cheney’s former firm, Halliburton, and the Interior Department’s MMS, and that the potential for similar disasters exists with the other 30,000 off-shore rigs that use the same shut-off valves. 9

Silence from Eco groups?… Follow the money

Without doubt at this point we are in the midst of what could be the greatest ecological catastrophe in history. The oil platform explosion took place almost within the current loop where the Gulf Stream originates. This has huge ecological and climatological consequences.

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Yet there is a deafening silence from the very environmental organizations which ought to be at the barricades demanding that BP, the US Government and others act decisively.

That deafening silence of leading green or ecology organizations such as Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and others may well be tied to a money trail that leads right back to the oil industry, notably to BP. Leading environmental organizations have gotten significant financial payoffs in recent years from BP in order that the oil company could remake itself with an “environment-friendly face,” as in “beyond petroleum” the company’s new branding.

The Nature Conservancy, described as “the world’s most powerful environmental group,”10 has awarded BP a seat on its International Leadership Council after the oil company gave the organization more than $10 million in recent years. 11

Until recently, the Conservancy and other environmental groups worked with BP in a coalition that lobbied Congress on climate-change issues. An employee of BP Exploration serves as an unpaid Conservancy trustee in Alaska. In addition, according to a recent report published by the Washington Post, Conservation International, another environmental group, has accepted $2 million in donations from BP and worked with the company on a number of projects, including one examining oil-extraction methods. From 2000 to 2006, John Browne, then BP’s chief executive, sat on the CI board.

Further, The Environmental Defense Fund, another influential ecologist organization, joined with BP, Shell and other major corporations to form a Partnership for Climate Action, to promote ‘market-based mechanisms’ (sic) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmental non-profit groups that have accepted donations from or joined in projects with BP include Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Audubon. That could explain why the political outcry to date for decisive action in the Gulf has been so muted. 12

Of course those organizations are not going to be the ones to solve this catastrophe. The central point at this point is who is prepared to put the urgently demanded federal and international scientific resources into solving this crisis. Further actions of the likes of that from the Obama White House to date or from BP can only lead to the conclusion that some very powerful people want this debacle to continue. The next weeks will be critical to that assessment.

Now why would the powerful interests want this debacle to continue? Brings to mind the quote, from Rahm Emanuel....

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before."

We'll soon see what exactly are those things that they could not do before...they will now do with this Oil disaster as the impetus and rationale.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Heeeeeeeeeeeee's BACK!

Rob Fedders has decided to resume his contributions to the MRM by blogging again...I guess he got bored with his career as a drive-by commenter in the MRM blogosphere.


Check out his first new blog posts since 2008:

NO MA'AM's Guide To Bird Watching in the Manosphere

The Baby Bomb: How the Boomers were Used to Demolish a Culture -- by Zenpriest

Bonecrker #1 - Abusive Behaviour

Philalethes #1 - Feminist Allies?

War is Coming - The Public vs. Government Workers

Good to see you back at it Mr. Fedrz!

Rob left a great comment in my Conspiracy Theory for Dummies post...regarding all of you folks that read some of the things I write about and instinctively write it off as paranoid ravings about reptilian illuminati:

Rob Fedders on Conspiracy Throughout History:

In many cases, key or pivotal decisions have been made without popular support, or even knowledge of the issues, that removed certain known pillars to society. And mockers, such as yourself, are ill able to explain "why" such things could happen, shrug your shoulders and carry on with your head buried in the sand.

Take the implementation of "No Fault Divorce," for example. This was not the result of a popular outcry from the masses to solve some horrific problem. It was implemented by a very small group of radicals manipulating the system.

It was no accident, and they knew what the results would be.

Now, every single little thing that happened as a result of such an action cannot be attributed to such groups, but, they did not need to manipulate every thing after that, all they needed to do was remove the "pin" that caused the further destruction. Much like if I loosened the lug-nuts on the tires of your car, I won't know exactly when or how it will happen, but I do know that I will be causing a lot of destruction to come your way in the near future.

There are examples of this in several key areas of our history that cannot be neatly explained away with the mocking attitudes of the Ostrich Heads - who are just as ridiculous as Illuminati Shreikers.

It's like you guys wish to deny that groups manipulating the system via conspiracies are unheard of in history, when historical fact illustrates that most significant historical changes are, indeed, the result of groups of peoples conspiring against others. Bismarck, for example, conspired to start the Franco-Prussian War by manipulating the German States into a frenzy of hatred against the French, by even going so far as to falsify letters and print them in newspapers. He succeeded, and Germany was born.

Et Tu, Brute?

So, I agree, Illuminati Reptillian Antarctican Dwellers meeting annually at the Bohemian Grove to have incestuous affairs with baby girls is complete hogwash.

But, the ostrich-heads who simply refuse to acknowledge the very existence of conspiracy all throughout the history of mankind, are not really all that much smarter.

Christ, the Founding Fathers of America were a conspiracy theory.

The majority of pivotal events in history have elements of conspiracy and deception behind them, and this is historical fact, not fiction.

What makes you think humans have evolved so much in the past century or so, that we have become so different than all the generations of humans who came before us?

What I'd like to see all of the "proto-Mra's" out there start doing, is backing up their assertions with some real research and fact, rather than just relying on their goddamn pontifications after a night of bong-hits, and then declaring their fantasies to be the "new" facts.

Friday, June 11, 2010

E Ola Mau Kalaninuimehameha! Long Live the King!

Today is King Kamehameha Day here in Hawai'i.

His is the portrait I use for my blogger profile.

I've read numerous books and have studied his biography intensively throughout my adult life. It is part of my desire to understand the story of my native heritage. He is the unifier, the conquerer. Hawaii's first warrior chief to have conquered all the Hawaiian islands to forge a kingdom to enter a new age of Global travel, trade and colonialism.

His life story is amazing, inspiring, and comparable to any mythical, legendary figure of any Western historical account. He was referred to as the Napolean of the Pacific.

If you're interested in reading a fairly accurate summary, Wikipedia has a good summation of his life story.

I also just bought a new, hardcover children's book, entitled Kohala Kuamo'o: Nae'ole's Race to Save a King. It regales the story of his birth, which in some ways parallels the events surrounding the story of Jesus Christ's birth. Legend tells that he was born while Halleys comet was in the sky, which portended the birth of the Chief who would eventually conquer all other Chiefs.

So the ruling chief of that time, ordered him killed. But he was taken into hiding and survived the attempt to kill him. I love this book, for it is written in both English and Hawaiian. Hawaiian language neared extinction in the last century, but it has undergone a revival in the last several decades. Children's stories in Hawaiian are good way to continue the resurgence of the language.

Finally, I would recommend an excellent book that I have read 3 times already, and will probably read it a fourth sometime in the future. It's essentially a compilation of the translated works of a serialization of Kamehameha's life story that appeared for a period of time in the Hawaiian language newspaper in the 18th century. It is told through the story of his lua instructor (Hawaiian traditional martial art), Kekuhaupi'o.

He inoa no Kalaninuimehameha!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Red Pill Reality Dispelling Blue Pill Delusions: Relationships & Communication

An installment in a series: Red Pill Reality Dispelling Blue Pill Delusions

This post, unlike the other posts in this series, is based on an actual conversation between myself and a woman acquaintance the other night. In essence, it was the rare occasion for which I dispensed a dosage of red pill reality to someone in real life (rather than through internet anonymity), while she was trying to explain her blue pill delusions to me.

I was two steps ahead of her at every turn in the conversation, and in the end, I actually think I got through to her and gave her a lot of food for thought. Since his is a recollection from a few days ago, of course it's paraphrased from memory and not an exact transcription.

The conversation began on the topic of Tiger Woods and divorce. While she was condemning Tiger for his philandering ways, I posed the question to her: what if Elin had cut Tiger off from sex? Would you than blame him for cheating on her?

Her response was, "well, than they have a problem of communication! He should have communicated with her rather than cheat on her!"

I than said, "what if he tried...and she still told him too bad, she was not interested in sex anymore?"

She than said, "well, than he should have filed for divorce and not cheated."

I said, "and what than? She gets the kids and half to more than half of all of the wealth he spent an entire lifetime earning!"

She said, "He could cite her refusal to have sex as the reason for divorce, and he'd be more likely to get custody and not have to pay alimony!"

My response..."Don't you know what 'no-fault' divorce means?"

No answer. I continued...

"No-fault divorce really means HIS Fault, since the courts typically give the woman default custody of the children, and the house, so that she has a place for the children. Why do I say "his fault?" Because when you call it "no-fault" this basically means a woman can cheat, break her marriage vows, and STILL get rewarded for it when the divorce courts give her custody of the kids."


"Look at the way the mass media and society treat adultery. Magazines and TV shows all revile Tiger as a piece of garbage for being a cheater. It's all his fault. But do we REALLY know what went on between those two? Yet, when you look at any high profile, celebrity episode of a woman cheating on her husband, there is always some sort of explanation that invariably blames it all on the man...'I was bored...he wasn't meeting my needs...I just wasn't feeling it anymore.' See how this works under 'no-fault divorce?'"

This is when she finally responded...

"See, that's the problem! When a woman is feeling these things, instead of cheating, she and her husband need to COMMUNICATE! Communication is the key to fixing these kinds of problems! But like most typical men, if a woman tries to talk to her man about these things, he doesn't listen, he doesn't change, so she goes out and finds a man that WILL listen, and WILL communicate with her!"

I felt like I was listening to an episode by Oprah Winfrey or Dr. Phil doling out the relationship advice to bored housewives and their beta-ized, beat-down husbands.

My response: "Bullshit, this whole 'communication' is the answer is nothing but a bunch of media-brainwashing garbage! When a woman says she's 'bored' it's simply because she's not getting that high from the infatuation stages that happens early in a relationship. When people first meet, the infatuation phase literally creates hormones and chemicals in their brains that are like a drug. Once marriage and kids and familiarity sets in, the other person no longer has that "high" from being with that person. Yet most women mistake the chemical high of infatuation for 'love,' and thanks to our media's endless message that 'love' is the most important thing to make a marriage work, we now have millions of women that 'get bored' and break up their families and destroy their children's lives based on searching for that same 'high' of infatuation. 'Communication' is not going to fix this desire for the chemical rush one gets from infatuation!"

Prolonged silence. I could see my words were sinking in. I continued,

"When a couple first starts dating, one of the biggest reasons that it seems so exciting, is that the unfamiliarity of the other person triggers a sense of anticipation when your not with that person. You're constantly wondering 'what's next?' in this relationship. This ramps up the 'high' of infatuation. This uncertainty consumes your thoughts, and ramps up expectations of excitement the next time you see the other person."

"Marriage and co-habitation eventually destroys this effect. Remember the old saying, 'familiarity breeds contempt?' There's no mystery anymore when the wife knows hubby comes home from work, pops open a beer and turns on the tube or plays with the kid. No more anticipation. No more infatuation. No more 'high.'"

"Than she 'falls out of love.' Perhaps she starts having an affair. Meanwhile, predictable, 'boring' husband keeps up with his routine of work, come home and spend time with the family, mow the lawn on the weekends, maybe have some beers with the boys at a barbecue. Meanwhile, bored housewife is watching the garbage on TV, in which asshats like Dr. Phil and women like Oprah -- who's never been married and is rumored to be a lesbian -- brainwashing you with these ideas of 'COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY TO A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP!'"

So bored housewife tries to 'communicate.' But she doesn't even understand in her own mind that the root of her problem is that she's craving the high of infatuation. So she's no longer sexually attracted to her husband. She stops having sex with him. He doesn't understand why. If HE tries to 'communicate' with her, she tells her clueless husband that something is 'wrong' or 'I'm not in love anymore' or some other such vague bullshit. And clueless husband, who goes to work everyday, pays the bills, helps with the housework, helps with the kids, thinks 'WTF did I do wrong? Everything I do is for this family? Why is she acting like this? Why is she so unhappy? What's the problem?"

"Eventually, she finds a new man that gives her that infatuation high, or she files for divorce so that she can start looking for her new high without feeling guilty of cheating. In either case, she's destroyed yet another family and unjustly took her children away from their Father, all just so she can look for that 'infatuation-high' that she mistakes for 'love.' Whenever you're infatuated with somebody, you're eating up their every word, no matter what they're saying. Clueless woman thinks that her new lover is a 'fantastic communicator' and that they have 'great conversations.' It's all bullshit. "Communication" is not the key. Men need to understand how to keep their wives experiencing that infatuation high with them to keep her from getting bored. THAT is how relationships really work!"

I can see at this point she's utterly confounded with my diatribe. More silence.

I laugh. She finally admits, "You may have a did you figure this stuff out?

I tell her, "Now you know why my wife and I have been married for so long...and it 'aint because we 'communicate.'"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Conspiracy Theory for Dummies

The appearance of greatbooksformen at Roissy's has had a polarizing effect (to say the least!)...either you love him or hate him. Even though he writes like a spastic teen texting while overdosing on ritalin and aderall, some of us "get" him, because he makes references to various aspects of our current dystopian reality that only a person well versed in the ideas and theories of "conspiracy theory" would recognize readily.

Some people think he's merely parodying the Roissysphere. In Mala Fide commenter, Cauthon, ventured this explanation:

GBFM’s comments are a loose amalgamation of all the politics in the Roissysphere. I don’t think he even agrees with most of the stuff he says. He’s merely regurgitating the opinions of others, shrouded in the language of a 16-year-old, text crazy girl. It’s so ambiguous and nonsensical that you can read into it whatever meaning you want. And apparently a bunch of you are reading SERIOUS meaning into it. Shocking, really.

It's only ambiguous and nonsensical, if you don't understand the references he's making...which for the most part requires a bit of extensive reading and rumination to even begin to see the big picture.

I've been ridiculed, slandered and reviled for my blogging both here and on the Spearhead for my discussions of "conspiracy theory." I've been called a crackpot, a moron, and whenever I post a new article on the Spearhead that doesn't relate strictly to 'game' or 'feminism' some anonymous person(s) invariably logs on and complains that I should not be a contributor to the Spearhead.

Even some of my favorite bloggers like Talley and Alki over at Seasons of Tumult and Discord make humor at my expense. (Very funny guys...I really did Laugh Out Loud!)

PMAFT has dedicated several posts and extensive commentary both here and elsewhere to the topic...and while he has been for the most part civil and respectful (and I towards him), I can't help but detect the tone of condescension that imparts his attitude that I'm a blooming idiot for believing in some aspects of "Conspiracy Theory."

Part of this, is the conflating of the aspects of "Conspiracy Theory" that I take seriously with other aspects for which I consider to be misinformation, deliberately designed and promulgated to instill this knee jerk rejection of ALL conspiracy theory, without a second thought.

As if pointing out the role such people Rockefellers and their mega $$$ Foundation has had in socially engineering society through control of the Central Banking System, and their influence on the Government, media and educational system through their philanthropic Foundation's grant funding; I guess pointing these things out is just as outlandish and crazy as Reptilian alien UFO's landing at the Bohemian Grove to sacrifice the babies of brainwashed MK-ultra FEMA Camp internees.

Well's all good. For those of you that read my stuff and think I'm a total tinfoil-hat wearing loony toon...I doubt there is anything more I can say to make you think otherwise. people who might be curious as to what the hell this is really all about, I thought I'd try to simplify the concepts that GBFM continually refers to in his schtick.

First of all...what is GBFM talking about when he refers to "fiat masters?" And why does he always tie women embracing sexual promiscuity (butthexing) to transfer the wealth from men to the fiat masters?

They have ties to the creation of the Federal Reserve banking system. From The Origins of the Federal Reserve

The financial elites of this country, notably the Morgan, Rockefeller, and Kuhn, Loeb interests, were responsible for putting through the Federal Reserve System as a governmentally created and sanctioned cartel device to enable the nation's banks to inflate the money supply in a coordinated fashion, without suffering quick retribution from depositors or noteholders demanding cash.

You want the bloody details, you can read that extensive article by Rothbard yourself...or you can also read The Creature From Jekyll Island.

So...the same folks responsible for the creation of the Fed, the "fiat masters," how exactly did they "desoul woman by butthex" and "transferring the wealth from menz to the Fed?"

The connection is blatantly obvious when you look at what kind of things the Rockefeller Foundation has funded that was directly responsible for the proliferation of feminism and shaped society into the problems associated with it that we all deal with today.

They funded Albert Kinsey, the researcher oft credited as the beginning of the change of sexual mores in America.

They funded Margeret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the foremost proponent of abortion.

They fund women's studies programs in most major colleges throughout the country.

They funded the various institutes that researched, and developed birth control.

In short, the founders of the Federal Reserve Central Banking System..i.e. the "fiat masters" funded every major element of the feminist movement and sexual revolution that has spawned all of the issues we all discuss, argue, debate and rail against in the MRA blogsphere.

Now, this, as the title of the post entails, is a super-simplified version of the "Conspiracy Theory," but there are many more contributors to these sorts of things - philanthropist foundations and the super-wealthy like the Carnegie, Ford, J.P. Morgan etc. have all extensive ties to the funding of the Eugenics movement...the forerunner to modern feminism.

In Mala Fide commenter, White & Nerdy, took me to task for not focusing on what they believe is the problem: WOMEN!

Women have more power than the Federal Reserve by several orders of magnitude. The divorce laws, sexual harassment laws, the DV system, false rape system, etc. have no economic constraint so the Federal Reserve doesn’t matter. Women are the primary problem.

Who do you think financed the lobbyists, the mass media campaigns to normalize feminist propaganda to pass those laws, create the DV system?

GBFM was right...(with gratuitous typos corrected by myself.)

"it’s not a fucking conspiracy theory you’s happening right out in front of your fucking faces!"

You just have to open your eyes.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Understanding the System of Corporatacracy in the USA Inc.

From the SpearheadFiles
June 4, 2010

I pledge allegiance, to the TradeMarked Logo, of the United States Incorporated, and to all Big Business, for which it stands: one market, under law, divisible into niche segments, with rampant consumerism, debt slavery and serfdom for all.

Whenever there is some kind of economic trouble, you will always find some left wing, socialist Democrat blogger, pundit, journalist, talking head on TV, or a columnist in the print media declare that the problem is "greedy capitalism" and the "lack of regulation" (or "de-regulation") as the root of the problem.

Since most of the mainstream mass media propaganda corporations are largely composed of left wing socialist Democrat useful idiots, they dutifully espouse this party line at every opportunity. Unpopular TARP bailouts for banks "too big to fail?"


The advent of our current Great Depression 2.0 because of the housing bubble being inflated by the Federal Reserve, causing significant mal-investments in nearly every sector of the economy?


The anti-captalist/pro-socialist/pro-communitarians that spout this garbage really are useful idiots for the government-corporation complex. By screaming for MORE Government regulation, they are basically throwing the protesting Brer Rabbit into the briar patch.

The truth of the matter is that the USA has not been a free market, capitalist country for quite some time. We are a corporatacracy - in which corporations lobby the Government at every level to gain some sort of cartel having the Government officials "regulate" the industry...effectively stifling or eliminating the competition (usually a small business owner or local business) by enforcing regulations, fee schedules and safety requirements that are prohibitively expensive for the small business to handle.

As I've linked to in the preceding paragraph, I've written about this before...but I decided to reiterate this point again, after coming across an anonymous author at revealed his story about how this works in the real world of USA INC.

How Real World Corruption Works

I'm a mid-career guy in a business that does a lot of work with governmental and quasi-governmental agencies. I've never ripped anyone off personally, but I have seen and occasionally been an incidental beneficiary of quite a bit of patronage, insider dealing, nepotism, misuse of taxpayer money, and outright corruption. While I have always been honest in my own dealings on a case-by-case basis, I have refrained from many opportunities to be a "whistleblower".

A lot of stuff on reddit misunderstands the relationships between wealth, power, and influence. For starters, all the above three are always and have always been inter-related, and probably always will be. And that might not always be a bad thing: those who have risen to high levels of wealth are often pretty smart, and surprisingly often exceptionally honest. Those who rise to high levels of influence usually have some pretty good insight and talent in their area of expertise. Those who have acquired a lot of power tend to be good at accomplishing things that lots of people want to see happen.

None of which is purely democratic, nor even purely meritocratic, but there is a certain dose of both kind of baked into the cake: stuff like wealth or family connections only gets you so far in modern, developed, and relatively open and transparent societies such as the US. And while that can be pretty far by normal standards, at some point sunlight does shine through any crack, and outright robbery or complete incompetence is difficult to sustain indefinitely.

But there is an awful lot of low-level waste, patronage, and corruption that happens both in the private and in the public sector.

Without going ideological, the private sector in a free-ish market has a more immediate system of checks and balances if only because you have to actually persuade the end users to keep buying your stuff for the price you're charging: if it's no good, or if you are grossly over-charging, your customers will tend to catch on sooner or later.

But in the public sector, the "consumer" often has little choice... so-called "market discipline" is a lot more diffuse when you have a former-schoolteacher-or-real-estate-broker-turned city councilman whose job it is to disburse a multi-million-dollar street-paving contract or whatever. And neither the schoolteacher nor the real-estate broker has any clue how to write or evaluate a road-paving contract...

Let's say that there are three credible bidders for that street-paving contract:


Bidder 1 is "Paver Joe", a local guy with a driveway-paving company and three trucks who sees this as a big opportunity to expand his business and get the city to pay for five new trucks. He puts in a dirt-cheap bid that he wrote up himself with the help of his estate attorney. The cost to taxpayers is very low, but the certainty that he will complete it on schedule and as specified is a little iffy. Paver Joe plans to work overtime and bust his tail on the job, not for profits, but to grow his business. He's offering the taxpayers a great deal, but a slightly risky one.

Bidder 2 is "Muni Paver Inc", a company who has the experience and expertise to do the job, who knows what's involved and who has done this work before. They already have the trucks, their workers are all unionized and paid "prevailing wage", everything will be done by the book, all their EPA certifications are in place, etc... The bid is a lot more expensive than Paver Joe, but it's credible and reliable. They are offering the taxpayers a degree of certainty and confidence that Paver Joe cannot match.

Bidder 3 is me, "Corruptocorp". Instead of Paver Joe's 2-page contract with typos, or Muni-Paving's 20-page contract, I'm offering the city council a full package of videos, brochures, and a 40-page contract with a price just a tad higher than Paver Joe (my quoted price is meaningless, as we will see). Moreover, I'm inviting the city council to Corruptocorp-owned suites in a golf resort near my headquarters to give my presentation (all expenses paid, of course, and of course, bring your spouses). There the city council members will, after the first day of golf, dinner, dancing, and cocktails, see a slideshow and chorus-line of smiling multi-ethnic faces and working mothers talking about how much Corruptocorp's paving improved their town and their lives. I'll then stand up and tell a self-effacing joke about being one of those corporate guys trying to get their money, and then I'll wax a bit emotional about my small-town roots and how Corruptocorp was started by a man with a simple dream to make life better for everyone, and to do well by doing good in local communities, and that we actually plan to hire local contractors such as Joe's Paving to do the work, backed our economies of scale and reliability. I'll mention that paragraph 32 subsection B of our proposal mandates twice-yearly performance reviews by the city council, to of course be held at the golf resort, at Corruptocorp's expense, ("so I hope to see you all back here every February and August!"), and of course I make sure that each of them has my "personal" cell phone and home numbers in case they have any questions....

So needless to say I get the bid, and six months later it's time for our review at the golf resort. After dinner and cocktails I step up to the podium and announce that there is both good news and bad news:

"The bad news is that our subcontractor has found over 1,000 rocks in the road. And as I'm sure you know, paragraph 339 subsection D.12 specifies that any necessary rock removal will be done at prevailing wages, currently $1,500 per rock, for a total cost overrun of $1.5 million. But the good news is (and believe me, I had to fight long and hard for this with the board of directors), Corruptocorp has agreed to remove those rocks for only $1,000 apiece! So even though there have been some cost overruns, your smart decisions have saved your taxpayers half a million dollars! Give yourselves a round of applause!"

"Now, the other situation is that there has been some 'difficult terrain' as described in subsection 238b, which I'm sure you're all familiar with. And as you know, 'difficult terrain' is not covered by the contract, which is for paving, not for turning mountains into flat roads... (wistful chuckle). Now, technically, according to the contract, we should be charging your town prevailing rates for these sections, but I've worked it so that you will be allowed to re-bid them, if you wish, since our contract doesn't specifically include terrain as described in subsection 238b."

Now the contract price has doubled, and Corruptocorp has completely sidestepped all of the difficult and costly work, taking profits only on the easy stuff. The city council members can either admit that they were duped and bought (political suicide), or can simply feed corruptocorp's line to the voters. Which do you think will happen?

And it gets even worse on smaller scales: look up your local building or electrical inspector. Ten-to-one he is a relative, friend, or campaign donor to the mayor or city council. What's in it for him? Every single construction or home improvement project not only has to pay him a fee, it also has to pass his inspection. Guess which contractors are most likely to pass his inspection? His brothers, friends, family... or the cheapest guy who for some reason has a hard time finding work in this town? Guess how the local inspector feels about homeowner self-improvements: does he think they are a great way for regular people to improve their wealth with a little elbow grease, or does he see them as stealing work from his friends and family?

I've seen this exact thing play out to a "T" like this in my own 2 year stint of working for the State Government here in Hawaii.

In our current system, at the County, State and Federal level, this is how business is really done in this country...which is also why most budgets are in the red and States like California are about to go completely broke.

Notable Commentary from the Original Post

TrollKing June 4, 2010 at 12:26:

Most states are going broke. Seatle just passed a sin tax on candy and bottled water. Feminism and the police state is funded on the backs of men. I havn’t paid taxes in years and I don’t have a ‘real’ job. I do ok. Starve the system

Robert June 4, 2010 at 12:58:

I know a man who is helping Tennessee go broke.

AnonymousProtagonist June 4, 2010 at 14:00:

Corporatocracy exists because we let it. The power corporations have over our lives would be much much less if we simply didn’t consume as much as we do. And it’s not like we are forced to consume – we simply choose to live our lives that way. This is a cage of our own creation.

The other thing we’re seeing now is that the current system has become so efficient in terms of delivering products and services, in order to maintain social order gov and the corporatocracy is increasingly in the business of "make work". This goes counter to what most people think is happening. If you look at more socialist western countries (the US obviously excluded) you see class stratification becoming a real problem. Simply put, more people are getting gov jobs that provide a fixed income with little or no actual contribution to society but a lot more bureaucracy. In places like Canada it’s common for people to get gov jobs or jobs in monopolies and engage in office power struggles to maintain their position. Canada is especially brutal for this. Since there are only so many of these jobs out there the remainder are forced to make a living in the so-called free market. Well when you start to increase the labyrinth of bureaucracy the wealthy segment of this remainder become the ones who can succeed as either the barriers to entry are too high or the knowledge of the regulatory system so rare that an otherwise skilled person can’t make a living. Everyone else falls out and becomes part of the margins. Thus the social stratification.

I’ll give you an example. I’ve completely written one system for a dominant company in Canada (in it’s vertical) that does hundreds of millions of dollars a year in transactions. I’ve been involved significantly in another. Yet in Canada people aren’t knocking down my door to give me work. Now I’ve just moved to the States to take my proven record of building systems like this and monetize my skills by doing it a 3rd time – this time with direct compensation for the volume I can pull off. Such a thing would never happen to me in Canada. I’m too much of a threat for people in their comfy jobs to allow me to play in their ballpark.

Corporatocracy has become the defacto governing mechanism of the west because corporations are the ones that maintain social order. Gov has a role sure. But corps and gov are so deeply linked that they can be considered one unit in practice. So that’s where we are now, and we are that way because we have let both corp and gov dictate, through our consumption nature, the social order. This is also, btw, why the valuation of currency has nothing to do with economic fundamentals. Rather currency has a value artificially assigned to it by the powers that be (gov + corp) and is just a tool to reform the social order.

The simple answer is to remove yourself from the consumptive cycle and find alternate ways to exchange goods and services outside of the monetary system. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that every time there is a breakdown of society by war or disease or whatever, the people who operate the black markets are the ones who are least affected by the breakdown. The historical record of this is undeniable. And really, the black market, as unregulated as it is, is the most meritocratic system we have. So if you’re unhappy with the fumblings of the social architects, just remove yourself from their grasp. Don’t consume as much. Don’t put yourself into any unnecessary legal contracts (marriage, property ownership fall under this umbrella). Find a currency hedge like physical gold that can be used to insulate yourself from artificial currency disaster. And so forth. It’s really not that hard to identify your core needs and put yourself in a position to meet those core needs at a very low cost. Like I mentioned at the top, the efficiencies of the now-dying free market are so high that core goods are very inexpensive.

PrairieLark June 4, 2010 at 15:13:

I agree with the idea that corporations control America. But I disagree with the conclusions you draw from it. The reason corporations lobby the government is to keep any meaningful regulations from being passed in the first place. It’s not as you suggest that that corporations dearly want the regulations and actively lobby for their creation. It’s that they fear honest politicians will pass regulations that will harm their profit-making, and they lobby to gut the regulations and make them meaningless. They did it will the health-care bill, they did it with financial reform. Every time there is a groundswell of support among the public for real reform and regulation of business, and there is a Congress that might pass such reform, the corporations spend millions of dollars a day to kill such reform (by weakening and watering down the legislation).

I think that since you are a libertarian, you probably oppose all government regulation of business. So you are trying to find a way to explain why government regulation of business does not work. The reason why it appears not to work in our present day is because the regulations that end up getting passed have been watered down by the corporations due to millions of dollars of lobbying money. We don’t even have real regulations of business. We have sham regulations. Both Congress and corporations are to blame. Congress because they take the money and write the regulations to benefit industry. Corporations because they work to kill any meaningful reform. If we had public financing of elections, Congress could pass meaningful regulations because they would not need the corporate money to run for re-election.

The answer is not to do away with all regulations of business. That would be worse than what we have now. The answer is to pass real regulations that protect the public interest over the interests of private corporations. I’m not holding my breath.

keyster June 4, 2010 at 15:14:

I work as a consultant for several county governments. What I’ve found is that most of the management and workers are more incompetent, inept and lazy than corrupt. When a shit storm brews over something the public is outraged and starts screaming about conspiracies and corruption, but this is rarely the case. Yet the governments don’t want to admit their incompetence either. They spend more effort managing the PERCEPTION that they’re honest and competent, than they do actually BEING honest and competent.

The real corruption happens at the elected official levels. They use the various government agencies as political whipping boys to gain points in the eyes of the public. Politician HAVE to be corrupt to rise up through the ranks. From school board to county commisioner to state senator to congressman to senator to president. It’s a transactional business. It takes a million dollars just to run for state senator. Where will they get all that money? From people who expect quid pro quo of course. It’s IMPLIED in the business of campaign donations.

fedrz June 4, 2010 at 19:53:

The very notion that we have had a “jobless recovery” in the economy ought to set of the alarm bells as to what is really going on. That certainly must be an oxymoron of the highest order, and yet we hear it trotted out daily on the news.

As well, the American and various Western Economies have had positively enormous growth over the past 20 years. Our economies are much, much, much larger, and have more “value” than before (on paper anyway, heh heh), and yet, for the past 20 years – when adjusted for inflation – the average worker is not making any more money than he did in 1990.

How can the economy grow, and “the Country” become more prosperous, while the people who live in the country are stuck at stagnant or declining levels of prosperity? If the economy grows 40% but your wages and/or level of wealth has risen 0%… well, what the hell is going on? Jobless recovery in the economy? LOL! Talk about Media Spin for saying that Microsoft made billions last quarter and grew by X%, and only Microsoft Inc. made money – not the Microsoft Employees, nor the guy who operates the hot-dog stand selling lunch to said employees, fared any better.

Also, our society has twisted itself somehow into thinking that Corporations have “rights.” This is nonsense. You as a human being in your country have “rights,” one of which is the right to your property – so if you own shares in Microsoft, or your own private business, you have property rights to those things, including the “right” to not have your property degraded by the actions of others, including the government… but, it is absurd that we view corporations themselves, absent humans, to have “rights.” Trees don’t have rights either… but a tree in my front yard has rights through me, a human being who owns it as property.

keyster June 4, 2010 at 22:01:

A corporation in the USA has been actually deemed to have individual rights. It’s a Supreme Court ruling.

It’s a “jobless recovery” because while US based corporations are expanding into global markets, they’re stagnant here. All those jobs that went overseas chasing the lower labor dollar also produced a new class of foreign consumer. They want what we’ve had. Houses, cars and stuff… To the extent a US worker can find employment in the private sector it will be to support foreign development and business or marketing operations. After we stopped borrowing money to buy things we couldn’t afford, are economy flatlined. Our quality of life is in decline while other nations, embracing capitalism, rise.

Keoni Galt June 4, 2010 at 23:59:

@ AnonymousProtaganist –

-"Corporatocracy exists because we let it. The power corporations have over our lives would be much much less if we simply didn’t consume as much as we do."

Because we let it? I hardly think so…first, you need to understand that our system of corruption is deeply entrenched and are the very reason as to why most of us are mindless, wasteful consumers of the corporations products. When you research the background of public education, you will find that our modern educational system was specifically designed to dumb down the populace to create human resource wage slaves, kept distracted and ignorant of their situation by being programmed to value materialistic consumerism is the key to temporal happiness. That is the entire purpose of having an utterly commercialized society in which everywhere you turn and look, hear, see and smell is some kind of advertisement to try to get you to consume. Who’s paying for that kind of subliminal, pervasive influence? The Corporatocracy, of course!

The molders of our reality are the multi-billion dollar philanthropic foundations that have donated massive sums of money to socially engineer society to give us our current dystopia. The Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mellon, Ford and more recently the Gates, and other Foundations have spent enormous sums of money on R&D and to create programs to design public schooling curriculum and mass media programming to reinforce that curriculum…all with the deliberate purpose of socially engineering our society to be the corporate wage slave consumerists that we are.

Corporatocracy has become the defacto governing mechanism of the west because corporations are the ones that maintain social order.

This is astounding that you actually believe this! Corporations (combined with their Government lackeys) are the ones that have contributed MOST to the social DISORDER we live in! Can you not see how the escalation of familial dysfunction is the direct product of the corporatocracy’s mass media/education propaganda mill?

How do you think they were able to change a homogeneous, American value system based on Christian Patriarchy that at it’s foundation was the nuclear family…into our current feminist-driven Matriarchy of broken homes, a permanent criminal class and an industrial incarceration industry thriving off of the victims of the system?

Take the example given in this post about the road pavers…now swap it out with the developers of private prisons. Same system, same game.

Our socially engineered dystopia has been very lucrative for the corporations behind it.

AnonymousProtagonist June 5, 2010 at 00:21:

I hear you, but I still stand by what I wrote.

Regarding your first point, if people didn’t consume corps would go out of business (to be replaced by businesses that support what people do consume no doubt). Otherwise I agree with your sentiments about the brainwashing. But hey, that’s what societies do, they brainwash. It was no different hundreds of years ago. Which is to say that I agree that it sucks that this is going on, but the only solution is for people to recognize it for what it is and exercise choices that avoid the traps.

Regarding your second point. You are exactly right. And so am I. The social disorder IS caused by corps. That is the other side of the coin. But social order IS maintained by the status quo of which corps are key players. Hey I’m not trying to be an apologist for corporations. I just think that we live in a chaotic system and these agents of control will pop out of that chaos one way or the other. It’s neither good nor bad. It just is.

Big Jay June 5, 2010 at 17:30:

I haven’t seen this on a municipal level, but I have seen it on a corporate level. I work for a company that does outsourced facilities management. As such I have worked for a dozen or so very recognizable corporate headquarters. I have been amazed at the amazingly high level of incompetence supply management ‘professionals’ have in what is a relatively simple project: 1-Getting the service they are actually buying, and 2-Not paying more than they have to pay.

Usually it works such that they get one or the other. If they don’t pay much, they don’t get what they want. If they are getting what they want, they are usually paying too much for it.

fedrz June 7, 2010 at 12:57:

Some of the things that are going in the world are becoming so incredibly obvious – what is really a crying shame is that it hasn’t all been put together yet.

A prime example of high level corporate corruption is Goldman Sucks latest quarter, where they bragged that they made money every single day in the last quarter, and yet, 7 out of 10 people who invested in Goldman’s funds lost money – how could this be? Also of enormous shiftiness in nature, these slimebag bastards loaded up one fund with the most toxic debt they could find, then went to their clients and told them to buy the fund – selling it to them as a rock solid investment – and then Goldman shorted the fund (bet that it would go down in value) because of course it would, since they were the ones who purposefully put it together with garbage that was about to fail, and Goldman made billions of dollars by ripping off their own clients. Of course, it is not technically illegal, but it sure is lacking in scruples… and this company, America, was a major recipient of your billions of bail-out dollars – the same slimey operation that is so intertwined with government that its high-level execs constantly hop from the board of Goldman to high-level gov’t cabinet positions and back. It doesn’t matter Republican or Democrat, either. Both parties freely invite people from this crooked outfit to sit in unelected positions at the highest levels of government power.

Also, the “goldbugs” out there are getting slapped in the face with the same kinds of issues that we are facing – high level corruption – that is getting so obvious, that the corrupt are hardly even trying to cover their tracks anymore. But more and more people are betting against the government and placing their vote in gold bullion. A purchase of gold is a vote against government and is a vote for freedom.

That there is gold price manipulation by the central banks is virtually regarded as fact by anyone who has been trading gold for the past few years. These are all people who understand “something is going on” and they are becoming more and more open to the notion that it is not just their area where the corruption stops.

Eric Sprott, for example, is a fairly famous guy in the investment world who constantly points out the corruption of central bankers. Nobody laughs at him either, since Sprott Asset Management has been bang on and one of the most successful investment firms in the past decade. Sprott even hired a full time researcher about five years ago or so, who investigated “who” was behind all of this market manipulation, and of course, the answer he got was central bankers, the CFR etc. etc. – the usual suspects.

People are beginning to understand that there is enormous corruption being done by the central banks with our nation’s gold. For example, in order to “make a little interest” on gold bullion, they will lease gold forward so people can do a “carry trade.” (They will lend out the gold to bullion banks at say 1% interest, the bank sells the gold, and then invests the proceeds in “safe” investments getting 3% or 4%). The problem is, that the central banks refuse to be audited, and we know there is corruption because they their accounting practice is to count their accounts receivables as physical money/gold in the bank. If anyone besides central bankers tried to do bullshit like this, they would be in jail for fraud.

It’s the same scam as these Gold ETF’s that are being trumpeted across the land that are “as good as gold.” No they aren’t. They are selling them forward in the same way as the central banks are, seeking minor interest from the carry-trade – and yet, they tell their clients that a GLD share means that it can be redeemed directly for gold. Problem is, that some investors have hired lawyers to check into the legal wording of such ETF’s, and there are sufficient loopholes in them that no, you do not have first rights to “your” gold. They lend out your hard asset, but, if the person they lent it to goes broke and can’t pay the gold back, it will be you, the client who thought he was safe by buying gold, that will be left holding the bag. It should be noted that Gold ETF’s are derived from the Gold price (Derivatives, anyone? What set off the financial crisis?), and these ETF’s have sufficiently loose legal mumbo jumbo attached to them that there is no guarantee in a crunch, that the ETF’s will get their gold.

It is complete corruption. Many people believe that these ETF’s are now being used to suppress the gold price in the same manner as Central Banks have been using national gold to suppress the gold price. This is why there is such a glaring difference between the “spot price” (the number you see on TV) and the physical price of gold. In Germany last month, for example, you could sell an ounce of physical gold for about $1,600, whereas the spot price is between $1200-1240 an ounce. You just cannot get your hands on an ounce of physical gold in Europe right now. This certainly does indicate corruption at work, and gold price manipulation.

Of course, the government at the highest level has an active interest in suppressing the price of gold because gold is a thermometer for how sick the nation’s currency is, and the strength of a currency is a reflection of the strength, or confidence, people have in the government that issues said currency. If gold prices stopped being manipulated, the price would shoot through the roof, and the alarm bells would go off around the world. Many, many, many people are beginning to understand this, and understand that the government has an active interest in deceiving us into a false sense of security.

Eric Sprott, btw, has $235 Million dollars worth of gold on the way, and is starting up the first transparently accounted ETF, that will not be leased forward, nor anything else will be done with this gold except for being dust collectors in the vault. If you must buy an ETF rather than physical, this is the one to look into. And, btw, nobody in the world dares to call the guys at Sprott a bunch of morons for pointing their fingers at central bankers. Just like nobody scoffs at Marc Faber, who constantly is pointing his finger at central bank manipulations, and openly calls them crooks.