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YOU’RE EITHER THE BUTCHER OR YOU’RE THE CATTLE

I know many people have no interest in watching the boob tube because 99% of the programming is either mindless drivel or government sanctioned propaganda. It’s the 1% that reflects the deeper themes and moods engulfing our society. Television shows … Continue reading

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BREAD, CIRCUSES & BOMBS – DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and … Continue reading

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RETAILERS IN DEEP TROUBLE

“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” ― Mark Twain I never believe government manufactured numbers. They will always be adjusted, massaged, and manipulated to achieve a happy ending for the propagandists attempting to control and fleece the sheep. … Continue reading

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IF CONSUMERS ARE SO F%#KING CONFIDENT WHY AREN’T THEY SPENDING?

The sheep have been told their confidence is at a 7 year high by the propaganda peddlers working at the behest of the oligarchy. The sheep are also told that 10 million jobs have been added since the GOTUS played … Continue reading

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The Stupendous Failure Of Big City Education: How The Philly Teachers Union Loots The Schools

It’s that time of year again – when the little juvenile delinquents, future prison inmates, and functionally illiterate junior members of the free shit army pick up their “free” backpacks and “free” school supplies they will never use and shuffle … Continue reading

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THIS IS YOUR RECOVERY AND THIS IS YOUR RECOVERY WITHOUT DRUGS

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. … Continue reading

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OUR TOTALITARIAN FUTURE – PART TWO

In Part One, I asked questions your keepers don’t want to answer truthfully, while providing the contextual setting for how our over-populated world is progressing relentlessly towards a future of war and totalitarianism. Totalitarianism Now “Where the republican or limited … Continue reading

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OUR TOTALITARIAN FUTURE – PART ONE

“On the first Christmas Day the population of our planet was about two hundred and fifty millions — less than half the population of modern China. Sixteen cen­turies later, when the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plym­outh Rock, human numbers had … Continue reading

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FOURTH TURNING ACCELERATING

“In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party. The catalyst will unfold according to a basic Crisis dynamic that underlies all of these … Continue reading

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RETAIL DEATH RATTLE GROWS LOUDER

The definition of death rattle is a sound often produced by someone who is near death when fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulate in the throat and upper chest. The person can’t swallow and emits a deepening wheezing … Continue reading

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SMOKING GUN FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE MURDER OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

“Although low inflation is generally good, inflation that is too low can pose risks to the economy – especially when the economy is struggling.” – Ben Bernanke “The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, … Continue reading

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WALL STREET HAS ALWAYS BEEN CORRUPT OR ABOUT TO BE CORRUPTED

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”― Upton Sinclair – I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked “The U.S. financial markets had always been either corrupt … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO TERMINUS

“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.” – Edward Teller I was a late arrival to the Walking Dead television program. I don’t watch much of the mindless drivel passing for entertainment on the … Continue reading

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DEBUNKING THE GUTTING OF MILITARY STORYLINE

“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned … Continue reading

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THE FOURTEEN YEAR RECESSION

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and … Continue reading

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FOURTH TURNING: THE PEOPLE vs BIG BROTHER

“The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and … Continue reading

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GOOGLE, CHINA, THE NSA AND THE FOURTH TURNING

“Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. …it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong … Continue reading

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DO NO EVIL GOOGLE – CENSOR & SNITCH FOR THE STATE

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of … Continue reading

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THE BROKEN LIMB & BURST PIPE FALLACIES

“Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is no accident. While certain public policies would in the long run benefit everybody, other policies would benefit one group only at the expense of all … Continue reading

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WARPED, DISTORTED, MANIPULATED, FLIPPED HOUSING MARKET

The report from RealtyTrac last week proves beyond the shadow of a doubt the supposed housing market recovery is a complete and utter fraud. The corporate mainstream media did their usual spin job on the report by focusing on the … Continue reading

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THE RETAIL DEATH RATTLE

“I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.” ― Emile Gauvreau … Continue reading

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2013 – DENSE FOG TURNS INTO TOXIC SMOG

In mid-January of this year I wrote my annual prediction article for 2013 – Apparitions in the Fog. It is again time to assess my inability to predict the future any better than a dart throwing monkey. As usual, sticking … Continue reading

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KEEPING IT REAL

“One only needs to reflect on the dramatic decline in the value of the dollar that has taken place since the Fed was established in 1913. The goods and services you could buy for $1.00 in 1913 now cost nearly … Continue reading

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MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR – THE REAPING

“Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought. In every prior Fourth Turning, the catalyst was foreseeable but the climax was not.” -The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe – 1997 We are five years into the … Continue reading

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MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR – HOPE & DEFIANCE

In the 1st installment of this article – May the Odds Ever Be in Your Favor – The Reaping, I addressed how wealth inequality created by men rigging the system and utilizing media propaganda ultimately leads to rebellion. In Part … Continue reading

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TAKE IT TO THE BANK

Reports like the recent one from SNL Financial – Branch Networks Continue to Shrink really get my goat. As I travel the increasingly vacant highways of Montgomery County, PA I’m keenly aware of my surroundings. If I were a foreigner … Continue reading

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THE SUBPRIME FINAL SOLUTION

The MSM did their usual spin job on the consumer credit data released earlier this week. They reported a 5.4% increase in consumer debt outstanding to an ALL-TIME high of $3.051 trillion. In the Orwellian doublethink world we currently inhabit, … Continue reading

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CULTURE OF IGNORANCE

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” – Thomas Edison The kabuki theater that passes for governance in Washington D.C. reveals the profound … Continue reading

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TRYING TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD – AT WORLD’S END

In the first three parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) of this disheartening look back at a century of central banking, income taxing, military warring, energy depleting and political corrupting, I made a case for why we are in … Continue reading

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TRYING TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD – PART 3

In Part 1 of this article I documented the insane remedies prescribed by the mad banker scientists presiding over this preposterous fiat experiment since they blew up the lab in 2008. In Part 2 I tried to articulate why the … Continue reading

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TRYING TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD – PART 1

“I mean—hell, I been surprised how sane you guys all are. As near as I can tell you’re not any crazier than the average asshole on the street.” – R.P. McMurphy – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest “Years ago, … Continue reading

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WHO ARE THE REAL TRAITORS?

“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.” – Edward Snowden “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels … Continue reading

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AND THE BAND PLAYED ON

A confluence of events last week has me reminiscing about the days gone by and apprehensive about the future. I’ve spent a substantial portion of my adulthood rushing to baseball fields, hockey rinks, gymnasiums, and school auditoriums after a long … Continue reading

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ABNORMALCY BIAS

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has … Continue reading

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AVAILABLE

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley Six months ago I wrote an article called Are You Seeing What I’m Seeing?, describing my observations while traveling along Ridge Pike in Montgomery County, PA and … Continue reading

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IT’S ALWAYS THE BEST TIME TO BUY

“The continuing shortages of housing inventory are driving the price gains. There is no evidence of bubbles popping.” – David Lereah, NAR mouthpiece/economist – August 2005 “The steady improvement in home sales will support price appreciation despite all the wild … Continue reading

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ADRIFT AT SEA

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche The big story this past week, besides the annual State of the Delusion speech by Barack “It won’t add a cent … Continue reading

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ALL IS WELL!!!

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley I woke up this past Saturday morning and opened my local paper to find out that all was well. An Associated Press article declared a healthy jobs … Continue reading

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APPARITIONS IN THE FOG

After digesting the opinions of the shills, shysters and scam artists, I am ready to predict that I have no clue what will happen during 2013. The weekend weather last week was a perfect analogy for attempting to forecast the … Continue reading

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FISCAL FARCE, FAILURE, FANTASY & FORNICATION

I’ve put off writing an article about what is likely to happen in 2013 so I could peruse the thousands of other articles by reputable bloggers, paid pundits, Wall Street shills and captured charlatans to gather their wisdom. It’s essential … Continue reading

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MOTHER, SHOULD I TRUST THE GOVERNMENT?

Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb? Mother, do you think they’ll like this song? Mother, do you think they’ll try to break my balls? Ooh ah, Mother, should I build the wall? Mother, should I run for president? … Continue reading

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2012 – YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY IN REVIEW

On January 8 of this year I posted my annual prediction article for this year – 2012 – The Year of Living Dangerously. Now it’s time to assess my complete and utter cluelessness when it comes to predicting things within … Continue reading

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HEY YOU

Hey you, out there on the road always doing what you’re told, Can you help me? Hey you, out there beyond the wall, Breaking bottles in the hall, Can you help me? Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope … Continue reading

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THE TRUTH

“Eyes blinded by the fog of things cannot see truth. Ears deafened by the din of things cannot hear truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of things cannot think truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of things cannot feel truth. … Continue reading

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WILL A PROPHET ASSUME CONTROL?

“The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and … Continue reading

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DYSFUNCTIONAL, DISHONEST, INSANE & INTOLERABLE

“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administered; … Continue reading

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DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION & DESPAIR

The majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on … Continue reading

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ARE YOU SEEING WHAT I’M SEEING?

Is it just me, or are the signs of consumer collapse as clear as a Lowes parking lot on a Saturday afternoon? Sometimes I wonder if I’m just seeing the world through my pessimistic lens, skewing my point of view. … Continue reading

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SUBPRIME AUTO NATION

Have you heard the news? Auto sales are booming. Total sales for the month of August were 1,285,202 vehicles, according to Autodata Corp, the highest monthly sales figure for any August since 2007, when 1.47 million autos were sold in … Continue reading

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A MATTER OF TRUST – PART TWO

This is Part 2 of my three part series on trust. Part 1 addressed the history of bubbles and busts and the role trust plays in these episodes. In the end, truth is what matters. “Trust starts with truth and … Continue reading

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IT’S A MATTER OF TRUST – PART ONE

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan “The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus … Continue reading

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ECONOMIC REPORT CARD – FAIL

We are now three and one half years into Barack Obama’s presidency. I thought a few pertinent charts would help us assess the success of his economic policies. Upon his election he demanded an $800 billion stimulus package in order … Continue reading

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WHO DESTROYED THE MIDDLE CLASS – PART 3

This is the 3rd and final chapter of my series about the destruction of the middle class. In Part 1 of this series I addressed where and how the net worth of the middle class was stolen. In Part 2, … Continue reading

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WHO DESTROYED THE MIDDLE CLASS – PART 2

In Part 1 of this three part series I addressed where and how the net worth of the middle class was stolen. In Part 2, I will tackle who stole your net worth and in Part 3, why they stole … Continue reading

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WHO DESTROYED THE MIDDLE CLASS – PART 1

“Over the last thirty years, the United States has been taken over by an amoral financial oligarchy, and the American dream of opportunity, education, and upward mobility is now largely confined to the top few percent of the population. Federal … Continue reading

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IT ONLY TOOK A GLOBAL DEPRESSION TO REDUCE GAS PRICES BY 40 CENTS

You can’t watch the mainstream media propaganda channels for more than ten minutes without a talking head breathlessly announcing that gas prices have dropped for the 24th day in a row and are now back to $3.55 a gallon. Wall … Continue reading

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WAR PIGS – THE FALL OF A GLOBAL EMPIRE

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower “How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” -Dwight D. Eisenhower Generals gathered in their masses Just … Continue reading

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THE FRAUD & THEFT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES

The BEA reported the latest figures for personal income, personal consumption expenditures and the savings rate last week. The government mouthpieces in the mainstream media obediently reported that personal income and expenditures reached an all-time high in March. The chart … Continue reading

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H.L. MENCKEN WAS RIGHT

“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.” – H.L. … Continue reading

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EPIC FAIL – PART ONE

“Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.” – Edmund Burke No wonder one third of Americans are obese. The crap we are shoveling into our bodies is on par with the misinformation, propaganda and lies that … Continue reading

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YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET – PART THREE

This is Part Three of a three part series trying to make sense of the Crisis period we entered in 2008. Click here to read: PART ONE or PART TWO Seeking Regeneracy “Soon after the catalyst, a national election will … Continue reading

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YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET – PART TWO

This is Part Two of a three part series trying to make sense of the Crisis period we entered in 2008. Click here to read: PART ONE Catalyst of Change “As late as December 1773, November 1859, and October 1929, … Continue reading

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YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET – PART ONE

“Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought. Writers of history have a way of describing interwar societies as coursing from postwar to prewar as though people alive at the time knew when that transition occurred.” – … Continue reading

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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Americans have an illogical love affair with their vehicles. There are 209 million licensed drivers in the U.S. and 260 million vehicles. The U.S. has a higher number of motor vehicles per capita than every country in the world at … Continue reading

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CAUSE, EFFECT & THE FALLACY OF A RETURN TO NORMALCY

“Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought of as poor.” – Robert Mallett I hear the term de-leveraging relentlessly from the mainstream media. The storyline that the … Continue reading

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EXTEND & PRETEND COMING TO AN END

The real world revolves around cash flow. Families across the land understand this basic concept. Cash flows in from wages, investments and these days from the government. Cash flows out for food, gasoline, utilities, cable, cell phones, real estate taxes, … Continue reading

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BAD WEEK FOR FREEDOM

“We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.”- Henry Miller With each passing … Continue reading

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ILLUSION OF RECOVERY – FEELINGS VERSUS FACTS

“There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as … Continue reading

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PAYCHECKS, PERCEPTION, PROPAGANDA & POWER

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair I began to write this article in early December. I had just written a piece that attempted to … Continue reading

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2012 – THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

“In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party. The catalyst will unfold according to a basic Crisis dynamic that underlies all of these … Continue reading

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2011 – CATCH 22 YEAR IN REVIEW

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain I published my predictions for 2011 on January 3, 2011 in my article 2011 – The … Continue reading

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COMFORTABLY NUMB

Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? Come on, now, I hear you’re feeling down. Well I can ease your pain And get you on your feet again. Relax. … Continue reading

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DWELL (OCCUPY)

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ENERGY INDEPENDENCE – THE BIG LIE

PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL 1978 – $14.00 “We are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process, rebuild the unity and confidence of America.” – President Jimmy Carter, 1979 “We have … Continue reading

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IS THERE NO SHAME?

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ” ― William Faulkner I wish I could … Continue reading

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BAD MOON RISING

I see the bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightnin’. I see bad times today. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising “Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought.” … Continue reading

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A LESSON IN DEMOCRACY & OUR MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE IN NYC

First I’d like to start off saying that Saturday was one of the most invigorating and inspiring days of my life. I came back from NYC with hope that the young people of this country, with the help of some … Continue reading

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80 YEARS LATER – SAME CULPRITS, SAME RAGE

The young man stands on the edge of his porch The days were short and the father was gone There was no one in the town and no one in the field This dusty barren land had given all it … Continue reading

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WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS HOPE

[Comment from Washington's Blog: Abandon false hope ... and get some real hope.] By Jim Quinn, who operates the Burning Platform website. Finch: Why are you doing this? Evey Hammond: Because he was right. Finch: About what? Evey Hammond: That … Continue reading

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA – 2011

By Jim Quinn, who operates the Burning Platform website. “The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge … Continue reading

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