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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Riddle me this
« on: November 22, 2016, 05:44:36 PM »
A man brings his son to hospital,  but the doctor says "i cant treat him, hes my son". Who is this dr?

Geopolitics / Encrypting the Diner
« on: June 29, 2015, 05:21:18 PM »
Most here at the diner are not outsmarted by them

Yet they, not us, are the ones in charge, unlike in your picture.
And if they decide that Diner conversation is seditious, they are the ones that will be having us rounded up and executed.

Perhaps, but you would be gone in a flash if you thought that were remotely true.

Its already happening GO,  i read about it recently. hyperbole goes from holding an opinion to hate crime when u start suggesting killing. Ive always thought it was pointless except to paint a target on yourself.

The Kitchen Sink / Uncle Bobs Bucket List Tour
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:39:27 PM »
Im going to be in Toronto for about 6 weeks from the 4th of march but can get away for about a week and still meet my obligations. My initial plan was to go through detroit and see some urban farming, take a bus tour of route 66 from chicago and dont go all the way but get off near azozeo, spend a day there then fly back to toronto. Later on another weekend take a trip to niagra falls and vermont and see agb. I also have a stopover on the way back in atlanta, i want to see the georgia guidestones.

Im not totally tied to route 66 even though its much simpler with no real planning involved. would it be possible with only about a weeks time, instead to travel by bus and train taking a more northerly route via lincoln nebraska, and salt lake city to las vegas, then back to toronto via a more southern route through oklahoma city, appalachia and new york, Or is this too much in the time allowed? What would be a guesstimate of amtrak/greyhound ticket costs? Thanks.

The Kitchen Sink / Oh Boo hoo
« on: May 29, 2014, 04:44:18 PM »

(Nafeez Ahmed: The Guardian)
Yesterday’s Conference on Inclusive Capitalism co-hosted by the City of London Corporation and EL Rothschild investment firm, brought together the people who control a third of the world’s liquid assets – the most powerful financial and business elites – to discuss the need for a more socially responsible form of capitalism that benefits everyone, not just a wealthy minority.

Leading financiers referred to statistics on rising global inequalities and the role of banks and corporations in marginalising the majority while accelerating systemic financial risk – vindicating the need for change.

While the self-reflective recognition by global capitalism’s leaders that business-as-usual cannot continue is welcome, sadly the event represented less a meaningful shift of direction than a barely transparent effort to rehabilitate a parasitical economic system on the brink of facing a global uprising.

Central to the proceedings was an undercurrent of elite fear that the increasing disenfranchisement of the vast majority of the planetary population under decades of capitalist business-as-usual could well be its own undoing.

The Conference on Inclusive Capitalism is the brainchild of the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a little-known but influential British think tank with distinctly neoconservative and xenophobic leanings. In May 2012, HJS executive director Alan Mendoza explained the thinking behind the project:

“… we felt that such was public disgust with the system, there was a very real danger that politicians could seek to remedy the situation by legislating capitalism out of business.”

He claimed that HJS research showed that “the only real solutions that can be put forward to restore trust in the system, and which actually stand a chance of bringing economic prosperity, are being led by the private, rather than the public, sector.”

The Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism’s recommendations for reform seem well-meaning at first glance, but in reality barely skim the surface of capitalism’s growing crisis tendencies: giant corporations should invest in more job training, should encourage positive relationships and partnerships with small- and medium-sized businesses, and – while not jettisoning quarterly turnovers – should also account for ways of sustaining long-term value for shareholders.

The impetus for this, however, lies in the growing recognition that if such reforms are not pursued, global capitalists will be overthrown by the very populations currently overwhelmingly marginalised by their self-serving activity. As co-chair of the HJS Inclusive Capitalism taskforce, McKinsey managing directorDominic Barton, explained from his meetings with over 400 business and government leaders worldwide that:

“… there is growing concern that if the fundamental issues revealed in the crisis remain unaddressed and the system fails again, the social contract between the capitalist system and the citizenry may truly rupture, with unpredictable but severely damaging results.”

Among those “damaging results” – apart from the potential disruption to profits and the capitalist system itself – is the potential failure to capitalise on the finding by “corporate-finance experts” that “70 to 90 percent of a company’s value is related to cash flows expected three or more years out.”

Indeed, as the New York Observer reported after the US launch of the Henry Jackson Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism, the rather thin proposals for reform “seemed less important than bringing business leaders together to address a more central concern: In an era of rising income inequality and grim economic outlook, people seemed to be losing confidence in capitalism altogether.”

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who co-hosted yesterday’s conference, told the NY Observer why she was concerned:

“I think that a lot of kids have neither money nor hope, and that’s really bad. Because then they’re going to get mad at America. What our hope for this initiative, is that through all the efforts of all of the decent CEOs, all the decent kids without a job feel optimistic.”

Yep. Feel optimistic. PR is the name of the game.

“I believe that it is our duty to help make all people believe that the elevator is working for them… that whatever the station of your birth, you can get on that elevator to success,” de Rothschild told Chinese business leaders last year:

“At the moment, that faith and confidence is under siege in America… As business people, we have a pragmatic reason to get it right for everyone – so that the government does not intervene in unproductive ways with business… I think that it is imperative for us to restore faith in capitalism and in free markets.”

According to the very 2011 City of London Corporation report which recommended funding the HJS inclusive capitalism project, one of its core goals is undermining public support for “increased regulation” and “greater state” involvement in the economy, while simultaneously deterring calls to “punish those deemed responsible for having caused the crisis”:

“Following the financial crisis of 2008, the Western capitalist system has been perceived to be in crisis. Although the financial recovery is now underway in Europe and America, albeit unevenly and in some cases with the risk of further adjustments, the legacy of the sudden nature of the crash lives on.”

The report, written by the City of London’s director of public relations, continues to note that “the fabric of the capitalist system has come in for protracted scrutiny,” causing governments to “confuse the need for reasoned and rational change” with “the desire to punish those deemed responsible for having caused the crisis.” But this would mean that “the capitalist model is liable to have the freedoms and ideology essential to its success corroded.”

Far from acknowledging the predatory and unequalising impact of neoliberal capitalism, the document shows that the inclusive capitalism project is concerned with PR to promote “a more nuanced view of society,” without which “there is a risk that… we will be led down a policy path of increased regulation and greater state control of institutions, businesses and the people at the heart of them, which will fatally cripple the very system that has been responsible for economic prosperity.”

The project is thus designed “to influence political and business opinion” and to target public opinion through a “media campaign that seeks to engage major outlets.”

The Henry Jackson Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism is therefore an elite response to the recognition that capitalism in its current form is unsustainable, likely to hit another crisis, and already generating massive popular resistance.

Its proposed reforms therefore amount to token PR moves to appease the disenfranchised masses. Consequently, they fail to address the very same accelerating profit-oriented systemic risks that will lead to another financial crash before decade’s end.

Their focus, in de Rothschild’s words in the Wall Street Journal, is cosmetic: repairing “capitalism’s bruised image” in order to protect the “common long-term interests of investors and of the capitalist system.”

That is why the Inclusive Capitalism Initiative has nothing to say about reversing the neoliberal pseudo-development policies which, during capitalism’s so-called ‘Golden Age’, widened inequality and retarded growth for “the vast majority of low income and middle-income countries” according to a UN report - including “reduced progress for almost all the social indicators that are available to measure health and educational outcomes” from 1980 to 2005.

Instead, proposed ‘reforms’ offer ways to rehabilitate perceptions of powerful businesses and corporations, in order to head-off rising worker discontent and thus keep the system going, while continuing to maximise profits for the few at the expense of the planet.

This is not a surprise considering the parochial financial and political interests the Henry Jackson Society appears to represent: the very same neoconservative elites that lobbied for the Iraq War and endorse mass NSA surveillance of western and non-western citizens alike.

Indeed, there is little “inclusive” about the capitalism that HJS’ risk consultancy project, Strategic Analysis, seeks to protect, when it advertises its quarterly research reports on “the oil and gas sector in all twenty” countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Those reports aim to highlight “the opportunities for investors” as well as “risks to their business.”

Just last month, HJS organised a conference on mitigating risks in the Arab world to discuss “methods for protecting your business interests, assets and people,” including “how to plan against and mitigate losses… caused by business interruption.” The focus of the conference was protecting the invariably fossil fueled interests of British and American investors and corporates in MENA – the interests and wishes of local populations was not a relevant ‘security’ concern.

The conference’s several corporate sponsors included the Control Risks Group, a British private defence contractor that has serviced Halliburton and the UK Foreign Office in postwar Iraq, and is a member of the Energy Industry Council – the largest trade association for British companies servicing the world’s energy industries.

The “inclusivity” of this new brand of capitalism is also apparent in HJS’ longtime employment of climate denier Raheem Kassam, who now runs the UK branch of the American Breitbart news network, one of whose contributors called for Americans “to start slaughtering Muslims in the street, all of them.”

Perhaps the final nail in the coffin of HJS’ vision of capitalist “inclusivity” is associate director Douglas Murray’s views about Europe’s alleged Muslim problem, of which he said in Dutch Parliament: “Conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board.”

Earlier this year, Murray’s fear-mongering targeted the supposed “startling rise in Muslim infants” in Britain, a problem that explains why “white British people” are “losing their country.” London, Murray wrote, “has become a foreign country” in which “‘white Britons’ are now in a minority,” and “there aren’t enough white people around” to make its boroughs “diverse.”

So abhorrent did the Conservative front-bench find Murray’s innumerable xenophobic remarks about European Muslims, reported Paul Goodman, the Tory Party broke off relations with his Center for Social Cohesion before he revitalised himself by joining forces with HJS.

Yet this is the same neocon ideology of “inclusive” market freedom around which the forces of global capitalism are remobilising, in the name of “sustainable” prosperity for all.

They must be having a laugh.

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is an international security journalist and academic. He is the author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, and the forthcoming science fiction thriller, Zero Point. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @nafeezahmed. [Emphasis in quotes was added] © Guardian News and Media 2014

[Rich pig via istockphoto]

The Kitchen Sink / Its that bad
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:30:55 PM »
Take a look at the exam pictured here, it recieves an A- and the student after an introduction writes "Im pretty sure youre not really reading these, so Im just going to fill in space..."

Do such teachers (hopefully not too many)  not have time to read answers, or just lazy, or think the kids have no future anyway? Obviously the student was spot on, but what does this say about the future for our best and brightest if they wonder why bother and what becomes of the wasted talent?

Odd. To ashvin saying extolling christianity is uncommon I would say you seem to me by far the most religious lot in the western world, here are the first few comments from theeconomiccollapse last article....

Everything is relative. Turn to Jesus, friend. When you realize that your fate in this life is infinitesimal compared to your fate in eternity, you will experience peace. A peace that is beyond normal human comprehension. Keep turning away from the darkness and into the true light. This world is corrupted by sin, but you do not have to be of this world. I'm praying for you and know that others are too.
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manny  Marco • 3 hours ago
Agreed. Give your life to Jesus. This world will get you down, it will tread on you, it is short and it's yoke is heavy.
You can never get ahead in this world, you will never be good enough
for it. Whether you are rich, successful, and have friends, family, and
everything you can possibly desire. Your day will come, and you will be
dead like the rest of us. But by accepting Christ into your life, you
have a peace no one else can give you. Before I was saved 3-4 years
back, and knowing all the conspiracies and how evil the world was and
where we were heading, i.e. Martial Law, Slavery, Starvation, Suffering,
Torture, Death, and no one else listening to the truth because they
believe the world and government, I thought what hope is there, we'll
never win against the NWO, they own the banks, governments, biggest
companies, militaries, technologies, and most of all, the minds of the people. How can we win against that, when everyone is walking into their slavery, and creating it for others?
Then Christ revealed himself to me he was real, and over the years,
studying his Word has given me peace, and though sometimes I may be
afraid, it is only for a twinkling of an eye. I welcome my own death, I
cannot wait to die. There is nothing in this world I want, it's full of
corruption and evil. But the next, the next world is full of love,
happiness, with an inheritance that this world with all it's riches
would pale in comparison. You could give me all the world, money,
friends, family, and governments. But I'd reject it, for only a small
piece of the next life. And the best thing with the next life, is
everything's good, love, happiness, wonderful, full of riches. And it
lasts forever! Forever! Everlasting, eternal! Even though I would never
want to, but if I was tortured from birth to my death for 80 years, that
80 years would be nothing when compared to eternity. I don't understand
why anyone would choose an eternity of torture, instead of an eternity
in a paradise. Makes no sense. So once when I was scared of the NWO and
thought what's the point of fighting it. Now I have peace, because I've
already won the war. Even so, come quickly Jesus, Amen.
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MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse Mod Paul • 3 hours ago

The key is to keep fighting and to never, ever, ever give up.

At one point I was at a very low place in my own life. But God took the broken pieces of my life and transformed them into a beautiful thing.

Please keep on battling, and if anyone out there knows of a potential job opening for Paul please feel free to post it here.

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Paul MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse • an hour ago
Thanks Michael. To the other replies thank you! There is hope for humanity.
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Kim  Paul • 4 hours ago
I am so sorry u went through that. I did too. One thing, among more, that snapped me out of it was I heard a song on the radio by an 80s band called Quarterflash, called Harden My Heart. I did just that. That isn't to say I hardened my heart toward good things or that I bury my head in the sand. But, I had to just literally block out all the bad, hurtful stuff and just move ahead.

Your tips are great. Helping others really helps a lot. And yes, suicide is a permanent solution to a very temporary problem. I would further add to your list saying, drugs and alcohol do not help. I went down that road, and it certainly only made matters worse. I would also add that prayer helps. If you're so inclined, read the Psalms. Knowing that there is a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel gives hope. Stand strong. We care and u are loved.

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Paul  Kim • an hour ago
Thanks for the touching words Kim.
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Mondobeyondo  Paul • an hour ago
Don't count on money or fame to give you satisfaction in life..It can't, and it won't. Many people are hurting, and that includes the ones you have no idea of.

1 John 2:15-17

Case in point: (I first read this news this afternoon)
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davidmpark  Paul • 2 hours ago
Fight it, mate. We are all here to experience hardship, loss, and trials - the misery is optional.

You can beat this. Remember what a great wise man once said, "There's no such thing as a no-win situation."

Fight it!
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K  Paul • 2 hours ago
Paul you can see a lot of good advice here. And yes Jesus is the best and the permanent answer. Know that it is evil, that wants you to end your life, fight it. Look how many have responded, you are not even close to alone. To you and anyone else out there feeling the same. I will tell you a secret many do not understand. Evil only has the power you give it. Give it no power, it has no power. Jesus already defeated it, it just hopes you do not know that.

Around 2/3 referred to jesus or god.

The Kitchen Sink / Dames of Doom
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:51:51 PM »
Some already follow Survivalmon and RE has Sarah Palin, but this lady's focus is first aid and medical supplies, something I bet nobody can say they have enough of as of now...oh really, u got antivenom, neck brace, eyebath, crutches, shoulder sling, splints, a stretcher, sutures? When was the last time you took stock of your first aid kit to see how many bandaids your kids have helped themself to anyway? Most of the things I mentioned above can be made cheaply without buying professional items, but you dont want to be trying to do it when someone is lying around screaming and swearing. You want it ready right now, checkit--

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