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Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 7 hours ago

Risk = No Control. Mortgage came from the word for Death. Banks rig our government. This is the Golden Rule of wealth and power: One who makes the rules gets the gold (why politicians become rich after their stints in government). One who has the gold makes the rules (why we have at least ten lobbyists for each member of our Congress).

Here are some ways to climb up the socioeconomic ladder for the people who have started near the bottom rungs. In a very expensive real estate locale, someone was renting an apartment converted from a prior garage and lamented of how high the rent was. They also complained of the rather big piece of dusty desert scape with a few unsightly dead plants strewn here and there behind their apartment that they got with the apartment. The lady I was with went outside of the apartment building to look at how many floors it had to estimate how many rental units were there. She said to me, "Wow! I couldn't believe that this building could fetch so much rent every single month." All apartments above the former garage surely rented for more than the converted garage. Then she looked at the big dusty backyard and muttered, "Wow! I can grow A LOT of fruits, vegetables, and flowers in this beautiful garden."

The lady had a farming family background so she was hallucinating ( with good factual basis though ) the desert-scape backyard. She had previously managed and owned apartment buildings so she was imagining what a great piece of real estate investment it would be for her. Obstacles = Opportunities in a new perspective.

Was she rich or was she poor? She was high on imagination and hallucination so she was RICH ( or becoming rich.) Beauty is in the mindset of the beholder--the renter's "big ugly backyard" and the lady's "beautiful garden" are one and the same piece of land !

Some Pennsylvanians had been cursing at the crude oil polluting their water wells before the age of automobiles made oil so valuable. Thinking of the oil-polluted water wells as being hints at the great oil wealth lurking nearby made them far more tolerable. In those days, whale oil was more preferable than crude oil for home-lighting because it could burn without smoke but once automobiles arrived in large numbers using oil products, crude oil changed from a pollutant to a eagerly sough-after commodity. Yeah, sniff at the fragrant scent of money gushing up or being pumped up from the ground ! Texass brown tea.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 1 day ago

Don't be suspected as being a dope dealer hoarding cash though. Being White and living in the "proper" zipcode district is the best as the police don't expect "colored people" to have large cash stashes. They can confiscate cash "without cause" for their revenue enhancement program without any redress of grievance. Property is NOT protected under the U.S. Constitution.

Of course, one can exercise one's First Amendment right to gripe and if need be to back it up with one's Second Amendment right. Speeding bullets from a disgruntled person in a mass shooting are free speech the U.S. gets nearly every day like a one-a-day vitamin pill. Since the Columbine mass shooting, ( have you wondered why so much gun violence had started in a White zone?) we have become aware that school "children should get lots of vitamin A and calcium," so we have included them because we are an "inclusive society" integrating ALL people for eating the bullets. Being generous people, we share our daily bled with everyone.

It's no longer a White monopoly although White supremacist Aryan ideology did jumpstart a Big One with a daycare center in the middle of it. It happened during the administration of the first non-Black "Black" President. Was that a coincidence?

I've done the mortgage thing twice to no avail.

I never understood how it was li'l ole me taking all the risk and how the big bank took none of the risk.

I would never buy a house again without paying in full cash and owning it outright. Home ownership through mortgage is the biggest scam ever.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by gsw (3144) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 1 day ago

till the next big financial shake out tips over the boat, we will eek along for the ride.


Let us bow our heads to send our thoughts and prayers to Antarctic ice.

The earth hears His voice and it teaches us ( how feedback can make nonlinearity emerge from the linearity at the fundamental level--the sailors in the video are getting the Earth moving with full-steam ahead because Einstein's special theory of relativity of 1905 says that motion is relative so they were steaming the onshore furnace away from their ship maximizing its cargo space for profits as San Francisco's cable cars do for the city terrain's necessity although Galileo had supposedly muttered, "And yet it moves.") We need that poison-ivy geo duck degree. Amen.

Mendelian evolution triumphed over Lamarckian environmental-imprinting evolution and yet we discovered that the environment imprinted on the genes themselves. The accrued righteousness and, unless atoned for, the sins of the fathers shall visit upon the children and the children's children--for "I AM who I AM, the jealous God."

In human endeavors such as science or Trumpian tweety devolution: ex falso quodlibet

Antarctic ice melting faster than ever, studies show

"Rate of melt has accelerated threefold in last five years and could contribute 25cm to sea-level rises without urgent action"


Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 days ago

read Mark Twain's critique of James Fenimore Cooper's prose style.

excerpt from rules section of "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"

by Mark Twain


  1. Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.

  2. Use the right word, not its second cousin.

  3. Eschew surplusage.

  4. Not omit necessary details.



Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 5 days ago

My renewable energy producer at home suggests the "solution here" while occupying the throne room. A fugu specialist can foreskin the Toad and it will taste as crispy as an oven-baked frog.

Wow! We may even get a big turkey, too. Watch and learn from the turkey steaming in realtime as Allah takes control.

Hmm, why do they ALL taste like chicken?

The U.S. is the exceptional one amongst the developed countries in increasing its debt-to-GDP ratio to 118% in 2023. Since the Retards forego building up a reserve in financial fair weather, the trillions of dollars of tax cut may well "cut you like a knife." Welder is coming.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 days ago


Thread: ... By Any Other Name...
[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 days ago

neither is he

Thread: What Does Organize - Unite - Resist mean to me
[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22871) 5 days ago

"Misleading Unemployment Numbers and the Neoliberal Ruse of “Labor Flexibility”


I've been feeling this is what is going on for quite a while and perhaps it's even worse now.

In addition, wages are eroding due to increasing inflation making the crappy low paying jobs even crappier and lower paying!

Even if Unemployment was actually as low as they say, what good is it if crappy jobs rule the day?



I have never voted for a GOP candidate ever in my life, so not sure what you're on about.

Do you believe in democracy? In voting for the candidate you think is best? No, you don't, you want to bully people into voting for candidates they don't like by promoting a binary choice.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, I get more choice choosing my little piggies.

Thread: ... By Any Other Name...
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22871) 5 days ago

"Not until he lost, did you speak up". Not sure what planet you are on....

Varoufakis sums it up and WOW!:

"Democracy has been undermined by the “financialization” of both the economy and politics. What Varoufakis means here is that during the development of capitalism, first economic power became more important than political power, and then bankers and venture capitalists became more important than old-style business tycoons. “It became more profitable, and a greater source of power, to be a financier than to be Henry Ford,” as he put it.This change placed politicians in a new relationship to money and power: “Even progressives, like the Democrats in this country or social democrats in Europe, struck a Faustian bargain with financiers instead of playing the role of mediating between labor and capital,” Varoufakis said."

The financialization of everything down to our DNA."

He then goes on to explain why he argues that this economic system that is failing most of us is not actually capitalism anymore, it's something beyond that.

He argues, "Capitalism collapsed in 2008, just as communism had collapsed in 1991 — the system we have now is something else.

This is an argument Varoufakis has made many times, including in his 2011 book “The Global Minotaur.” As he expressed it to me, the financial crisis of 2008 led to “a wholesale collapse of what used to be called capitalism,” which has not recovered nearly as much as most people believe. What we have instead is an almost galactic-scale system of moving debt around to conceal the various flaws and shortfalls in the system. Varoufakis calls it “bankrupt-ocracy,” in which enormous but endangered or bankrupt financial institutions wield enormous power over the rest of society. “That’s not capitalism.”

THAT'S NOT CAPITALISM, we're in an economic system now that is beyond capitalism. WOW. What an epiphany!

That is very powerful and I see his point. It makes sense and this is why what we're dealing with is so very hard to beat. We haven't really defined what we are dealing with.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 5 days ago

My elementary school teacher taught me the rule: "look before you leap." It worked as well back then as it does now and it still will later. Do you have enough headroom? What's the landing site like? Is it safe? Does it cause a big splash towards the other puddle hoppers? Do they mind or love being splashed? How about in this social situation, a puddle-hopping party being different from a cosplaying one?

In boy scouting, we learnt to yell, "timber!" shortly before felling a tree to let people clear the impact zone first. Be anal by planning backwards from the output back to the inputs. It avoids bursting the intestines with shit from eating, should the anus become unreachable. I had this enlightenment when my brother gave me a piece of gum to chew and warned me not to swallow the chewed gum but spit it out, lest it should stick my intestines shut.

Children have died of swallowing powerful magnetic pebbles but I was a child when such magnets didn't exist. Yeah, I remember the good old days digging through the neighborhood garbage dumps! I savor that honey-glazed cracker given to me from my discovering that bicycle dynamo containing permanent magnets and handing it to the recycling pedlar. There is sweet honey in the garbage ( through trade! )

Life's pipeline is: Health, Education, Livelihood, Passion. Move people through it starting with the end first. Make hobbies into businesses. Make friends into lovers. Make the hunt for livelihood into a networked hunt ( if Google can find so many things, can't we just find livelihoods?) Make apprenticeship ( government-subsidized trial workers ) education as widely accessible as possible ( Germany beats the U.S. to a pulp on this so Germany has knowledgeable and skilled workers--there's a reason why U.S. consumers buy Mercedes-Benz or BMW { which is actually more driven by those people with a "White" mental attitudinal problem so do watch out for "Eat, Sleep, Kill" PCPs and don't get run over by Fartvernügen }; try one if not yet.) Make basic healthcare universally accessible ( most of the developed countries do it better and cheaper so it's just a piece of cake, were it not for our severely constipated corporatocracy. Our "solution" to constipation was to eat more. I asked my constipated kid why that made any sense. The answer was, "sooner or later, it will ALL come back out!" My kid had a genius-level understanding of the Law of the Conservation of Shit, definitely a renewable energy hydrogen/methane producer! )

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 days ago

Thanks for the recap of what happened when I was two years old. It's nice to be reminded of the good old days before the neo-liberal revolution set us seemingly irrevocably on the road to hell. What I want to hear now is your description of where we are now. Maybe someone will be inspired to invent a contemporary solution.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

''Is the global economy just a giant debt scam? Here’s what the financial elite doesn’t want you to know.'' by Andrew O'Hehir:

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 6 days ago

"People tend to view the United States as being closer to the Capitalist principles, and countries like Canada or Norway being more Socialist in nature. In reality they are all a mix of both principles, just a little more leaning one direction or the other."

Purely capitalist systems don't exist and would collapse even if they somehow sprang into being. After the U.S. had gone through its "Roaring Twenties," it collapsed bigtime and turned sharply towards Socialism for a rescue. Of course, the only real cure was World War II's ultra-Keynesian deficit spending. War "cures!"

Or is it the deficit spending on the mobilization of the entire workforce? War helped with sealing off borders before igniting the workforce--not much different from our starting up a car-engine cylinder: seal any leaks in the cylinder's wall before igniting the fuel-air mixture.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 days ago

Capitalism is a failed system!

Every system that allows (even promotes) wealth and power to collect to the very few of any civilization Fails! Sooner (usually) or later (few last over 200 years). Doesn't matter the system or proposed ideals - it matters in the exclusion of the majority.

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 6 days ago

I was talking about capitalism. Why is socialism brought into the discussion at all? When enough of us realize that capitalism, the ascendance of finance, is a hopelessly failed system that worsens at the rate of compound interest, then we can start talking about alternatives. Don't jump the gun to conclusions. How's that for a well mixed metaphor?

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 6 days ago

Capitalism vs. Socialism So is Socialism. Whether it's the banksters, ministers, or gangsters, it's still the same fruits of labor being stolen.

Taxes are not evil if they are going towards a good cause. Taxes are not good if they are going towards an evil cause. When the economy is expanding at 2-3% p.a. while the monetary base is expanding at 7-8% p.a., the FIRE sector ignites inflation that burns and rips off ALL producers in the economy and rewards ALL debtors. This is why the U.S.A. stays as the greatest debtor in the World. The Chinese get an orgasm every time they sell the U.S. some crap when the U.S. financial system credits their U.S. bank accounts with a larger positive number. There's absolutely no problem for the U.S. doing that as long as there is a strong enough U.S. military force to deny giving any and all real stuffs back to whoever possesses the credit ( mostly in eurodollar electronic form due to its sheer volume and lightning-fast liquidity as required of it to make compound interest.) Of course, the U.S. not honoring the U.S. Dollar probably means the collapse of the U.S. Dollar as the World's reserve currency. The monetary wealth of the U.S. populace will become worth very much less overseas. We just don't want to be caught at that time in a position like Venezuela which imports so much stuff from overseas, from food, gasoline, to toilet paper.

It's fine to cut off trade if we are largely self-sufficient. However, trade generally improves the prosperity of the trading partners because trade turns potential garbage in one place into valuable products elsewhere.

There's a very ancient and continuous correlation of trading volume with the amount of wealth. Which country trades the most right now in the World? Which country holds the most wealth right now? U.S.A., U.S.A. Which country has increased trade the most in recent decades? Which country has generated the highest wealth growth rate in recent decades? China, China. I am sure that Russia, Iran, and DPRK all know very well the economic pain of having been weaned off of trade. Yeah, they can become very strong and independent countries alright by going rogue breaking international norms of behavior. This certainly applies to the U.S. and China as well.

Our Toad projected great weakness by not defending the Constitution of the United States in Washington D.C. here in this video, leading to the slaughter of hundreds of Russians in Syria. It's dereliction of Toad's sworn duty. Pootin hacked the U.S. successfully through the Toad but it rebounded killing his own people. There are rules of engagement our troops observe. Their returning fire when they are fired upon is to be expected, especially when they have already been sensitized to expect an imminent attack due to the Toad's projecting weakness not to back them up. I'm sure that far more Russians will be killed in Russia when the autocratic Muslims expand northward to claim the lost glories of the Ottoman Empire. Toad is weak, wet, and toxic!

We don't want anyone to come who doesn't observe our laws here on our soil. Washington D.C. has NOT become a foreign embassy just because our idiotic Toad has invited you to share a meal. Stay out of our oven preheating itself if you can't take the heat. Even the Toad might have hopped here from New York by mistake. Sad...

Thread: It's the FIRE, not taxes, that ravages the economy.
[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 1 week ago

Capitalism is a failed system! That will become apparent someday, somewhere.

Thread: Wall St. Oligarchs
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 week ago

Re. ''Neoliberalism'', consider ...

Which ends with these words re. Neoliberal Capitalism .. ''Until and unless it is fully accepted in the world mind that Capitalism is inherently vicious and destructive of all life, it will propagate itself - as cancer does, until it kills its host.

''Resistance to that idea’s implementation ... will be adamant, volcanic, and massively enforced. The wealth and power of its controlling monsters will all be employed to prevent their doomsday machine being stopped and shut down.

''But as Shelley said - 'ye are many, they are few.' If the true evil of Capitalism is once comprehended by humanity, this horror, like human sacrifice and slavery, can be eliminated, and life on earth can, perhaps, in time, flourish again.'' + FYI:

dum spiro, spero ...

Over time, All systems in the World self-organize towards critical states in which a small nudge can change drastically the subsequent trajectory in the phase space of the system. How much does it take to "end the World" when it is at a critical state of maximal tensions? A single trigger. It was demonstrated in the assassination of 1914. World War I, influenza pandemic, and World War II all originated from that. Multiple mighty empires perished.

To effect the changes that we the minutest minority here want, we must get the U.S. political system into a critical state first. That requires our not being absorbed by either major parties. A drop in a bucket doesn't amount to much of anything. However, a drop in a bucket finely balanced against an equal and opposite bucket on a balance can tip the scale decisively.

I believe that we can win the hearts of our people as they realize in frustration where they have been led to by the two major parties. We must work towards the finest balance between the two major parties. There must be anger against being dead-ended first before the anger can be channeled for the sorely needed change. We intend to win their hearts at that critical moment.

Allying ourselves with either major party will simply render us null-and-void for the change needed.

We've been here for years. You can see the effect of one-sided futility very well, can't you? Bernie Sanders was co-opted by fear, having essentially become a eunuch for effecting any needed change. Mx. Cheese won but she lost big. This is no longer the same old America politically. It's probably because she was living so high up the hog for so long in the Swamp that she couldn't see or feel the struggles of the everyday folks. She was just "last century." TeraERex was media savvy but he's in it to get the U.S. Presidency to bail out his repeated business failures. He must show fealty to Russia because who in the U.S. will loan him money after multiple bankruptcies? No one of legal means. However, Russia can use him alright, probably to squirrel money away from the godforesaken { I take this back: Siberian prison was great for scaring the Nazis; it has excellent no-defense defense against incoming nuclear bombs, just like our Southwest; nuclear environmental disaster sites can remain "pristinely undisturbed" by human encroachment and "naturally flushed"; its acting as a dustbin for exiled deposed dictators can serve a useful function alright } gangster state. Pootin is riding high on a great white shark from which he doesn't know how to dismount safely. He helped Yeltsin cover up but who will help him cover up? Russian oligarchs know this so they stash their money overseas to escape what they perceive as the inevitable collapse of Russia. Many of our people fall for the lies coming from the mouth of our Toad. Before our people will listen, things must get far more absurd than killing a few hundreds Russians in Syria ( avoiding conflict with Russia in Syria was what I thought our Toad would do better than Mx. Cheese but alas, our Toad is bumbling blindly with tweets flip-flopping faster than our state security and policy apparatus can track; before the U.S. troops killed the Russians, Turkey had threatened to attack the U.S. troops in Syria; meanwhile, our allies and Middle-Eastern states got commitment from our Secretary of State that the U.S. troops would stay indefinitely; yet our Toad tweeted that the U.S. would pull its troops out "soon" that lured the Russians to their deaths--utter irresponsibility towards the peoples there! We already got sixteen years of bad policy building up Iran--we don't need the fistula already in Iraq and Syria to punch through to Lebanon and ignite yet another war amongst all of the refugees there: Zionists, Palestinians, Syrians, Hezbollah, Lebanese, Hamas, and Gazans.) If we don't even speak their "language," how can our people even know the dire strait they have to cross as forced by the present political establishment?

We can sound the alarm about the iceberg ahead but it means nothing to most people until the steel hull is being ground against it anyway. Here's the reason why Pootin was helping the birth of a new America, by pushing it hard towards the cervix. Pootin can eat our placenta and afterbirth as the spoils-of-war when beany Baby comes through with the vast oilfields on the volcano of Kimmy Asia.

People may well say that I was ridiculous in saying that Kim Il-Sung was the most important founder of modern Japan but there is logic there! That may even include the very cool modern South Korea ( its internet infrastructure and even subway displays in Seoul were far better { faster and widely available as well as relatively cheap } earlier than those of the U.S. suffering from Provincial Colossusitis--there is just so much vast expanse of "no-man's-paying-for-internet-link land" moonscape in the Southwest, excellent no-defense non-military WiFi-/cellphone-defacto-blackout defense against incoming nuclear bombs, though.)

U accept that duopoly is "a ladder of power"?! So.. d'U accept that Corp. GOP and Corp. GOPlite is THE

fundamental problem in U$A?!! Or - d'U want 1 Party State of Pseudo-Liberal, Corp.Dem A$$-kissers?!!!

HOW will U: "take out out one of these legs", in a Massively Propagandized Country? HOW d'U propose

''Killing The GOP'' in such a RW Mind Managed US Nation? WTF does your hackneyed old phrase ''ego

whore Greens'' ... actually mean? So .. whyTF are U so addicted to The Corp. Co-opted & CON-Troll-ed

Dems Party & its RW Establishment? D'U know that most Americans actually identity as ''Independents''

now? WhyTF are U so opposed to a 3rd / People's / Labor Party ... in USA? Are U aware about how the

DNC/Dem Pols/Establishment ... are trying to stitch up the 2020 POTUS nomination already? Why do U

propose more of the fkn same .. IF U actually want radical change in U$A - as opposed to the continued

demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy of an Oligarchy and its Corporate Corrupted Duopoly? Also FYI consider:

respice; adspice; prospice ...