Sunday, October 22, 2017

enron school


ENRON SCHOOL

In economics there are several models, or schools of thought.  Keynesian, Austrian, and the like.  In business, there seems to be exactly one.  The Enron model.  Borrow lots of money to finance a business in collusion with government for protection, then screw everybody involved with you or not ( pretty much every rate payer in California, then the entire population when power outages became normal ), and walk away with piles of money ( the perps are now better at not being persecuted-see the 2008 economic collapse where no one ever got their just desserts, as well as the travesty of the medical industry ).

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Everyone loves Netflix, right?  Yes, before I could goes years without watching TV.  Movies were a rare treat prior to Redbox.  But once I got the chance to watch TV without those irritating commercials I quickly became addicted ( I could just as easily go through mostly painless withdrawals.  This is just a temp perk of temporary on-grid living, like Internet access ).  But if you aren’t subscribing to Netflix, you are still paying for it.  Either directly through lost bandwidth you pay your share for or indirectly through government subsidized infrastructure purchase/research or maintenance.  My view is that Netflix is Po Boy Cable and part of the “circus” in Breads And Circuses and is funded by coercion like all levels of football.

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How about Uber?  For years, Libertarian literature has railed against government granted monopolies on taxi services and the prohibition of services available in other countries when private autos can run an informal business.  Then Uber comes along and does an end run around the laws and does this exact thing, in effect flaunting the law.  I have no problem with that on its face, except that you or I would not be given the same courtesy of slowly protesting and threatening.  We so much as sell a single cigarette on the street corner ( referencing the poor schmuck in New York City who paid dearly for daring to do so ) and it is Hump, Dude, Stop Tazering Me!, several months wages in fines or fees and jail time.  My problem is in the double standard.

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What about FaceButt?  Or Equafax?  Blatant fraud and nobody is accountable ( don‘t get me started on Wal-Mart ).  A lower cube serf is fired and everything is all right.  The military is run the same way.  Introduce dysfunction and incompetence on an institutional scale, then throw a few peons under the bus and keep the same policies in place.  The medical industry actually kills people daily and is paid quadruple for their troubles.  For every drone operator killing hundreds of innocent civilians, there are ten operating room personnel killing tens of thousands ( indirectly, granted ).

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Hell, look at how EVERY industry or institution is run.  How many trillions in theft a YEAR is Congress responsible for?  Through their immigration policies, their War On Drugs, etc., etcetera.  How many non-violent prisoners are executed informally with the policies in place?  You could go on for days with these examples.  Everyone in charge is involved in fraud and sanctioned violence.  Now, why do I even bother bringing this up?  Not because there is any hope of changing anything, but because this is a very clear indicator of systematic collapse you’d be an idiot to ignore.

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When you look anywhere and see sanctioned theft and fraud, it is a system in the end phases of cannibalism.  It is the dismantling of the cultural, institutional and life sustaining material infrastructure.  Even if you could not disagree with me more on the severity of doom we will be seeing, at the very least you are now witness to complete and utter economic and cultural collapse.  Ideologies have consequences, from willfully importing Muslims to replace White culture to giving a minority cart blanc to depopulate an area of another race.  Eating your seed capital has consequences, as in nothing will remain in place except a living arrangement below that of the Third World.

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Nothing will change because all parties are involved.  You can’t use more government controls because the government is on the payroll of the private players and you can’t grant more freedom to the free market if that freedom has just been to loot and steal.  We have a quarter of the globes petroleum under our control, and it isn’t near enough to keep even a fraction of our economy from drastically contracting, and so the scavenger hyena’s are on a feeding frenzy.  And there is no hope for increasing our energy used to create wealth because we are in a global 6-8% annual production decline.

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There is no systematic salvation, only hope for individuals.  That is the good news.  The bad news is, you can’t duplicate the infrastructure now being dismantled as it will soon be unavailable.  Remember, even a benign Depression like the one in the 1930’s can still kill you ( lack of medical, lack of adequate fuel or food ) and we are NOT headed for a benign economic collapse.  See how bad it is now, when everyone is eating enough? 

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Things haven’t even gotten all that bad yet.  You are merely being raped financially.  All these idiots still think currency is worth something ( we are all idiots, being forced to rely on money, but these idiots are selling their souls for it-which makes them a much bigger moron than we are ).  Even as the government retains control by retaining their monopoly on force, they will remain as today, a mere collection agency for the warlord in charge.  They won’t protect you from the physical dangers a collapsing system imposes ( so, you are allowed to conceal carry for protection.  So what.  If you actually defend yourself, and are foolish enough to be caught or admit to your actions, at a minimum you most likely face financial ruin and at a max your actual freedom ).

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If you think otherwise, you are still in denial of our systematic collapse.  Ooohhh.  Wrong answer there, punko.  Good luck with that.

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14 comments:

  1. I absolutely agree on this.

    The worrying aspect is not the collapse though. It is that these people, and those they educated either directly or through example, will still be present after the collapse. You can't build anything at all with these people around, because at the heart of any production there is trust.

    This is actually the primary cause for collapse : trust has ceased to exist.

    If a society somehow resumes, the importance of keeping one's word will be absolutely paramount. I see no future for these types but one where they don't have a say in anything, because they broke their word at some time. Pure execution jobs (if they're lucky)

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    1. Lack of trust is endemic is any large group, unless it is counteracted by cultural mores backed by law. Get your group down below the max of 150 and it becomes largely self-policing.

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  2. "...sanctioned theft..."
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    There ya go, right on the dot.
    It's been an immoral device from the very beginning, remember ol' wooden teefs spifs over whiskey? If you base your enterprise in theft you are doomed from the beginning.

    "There is no systematic salvation, only hope for individuals."
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    There ya go again. The one-two knock out, in a nutshell.
    Everything now is about stealing and killing and the best thing anyone can do is recognize that the world is primarily populated by criminals or potentials (will your wife confess to made up crimes about you if they threaten to take her kids? dam right she will.) and stay the hell away from everybody. Detach from everything the best you can and brace for impact. There is no way in hell this thing can last forever and frankly I don't know how it still exists today except through some sort of financial inertia. Maybe there IS a lucifer afterall, and therefore a god?

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    1. It is frankly astounding things lasted as long as they did. And yet, once this bitch crashed down we will STILL be surprised at its speed and velocity. And then the best laid plans of mice and men...

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    2. Lord Bison - I think that the abundant resources had a lot to do with the reason things lasted as long as they did. Chris Mastersons crash course had a bit about the easy access to resources that the continent of the US provided for early settlers. Life is far easier when you can literally bend over and pick up a gold nugget.

      I guess that relates to R/K theory. We're rapidly approaching resource depletion. Where are the rabbits going to go when the food runs out?

      Just this weekend I went off on a tirade covering my favourite hobby horse. I was pointing out that all the growth in my area is a cause for alarm because no-one has built a new damn & last drought we nearly ran out. Next drought we have more thirsty people to worry about.

      Even if my area *could* support more people. Whats the rush to reach carrying capacity? Whats the plan once we get there? Deportations? One child policies? Civil war?

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    3. The rush to EXCEED carrying capacity is to Get Theirs before it is all gone. Not that they even think that far ahead. As long as you believe in the magic of infinite growth, all is good. Look at California and their insane water system. But Cali is rich, right? Ninth largest "country" in the world ( those stats have to be twenty/thirty plus years old, but keep being thrown about ). Everyone wants to be them, including yours truly elites in your neck of the woods. Cali is going so far down in wells they are mining centuries of water. Every year. Flaming idiots. Multiple by the rest of the world. No one can be sustainable so no one is.

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    4. Should have added: don't be where the rest of the idiots are.

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    5. Speaking of wells in CA...The Central Valley of CA, which is the most productive farmland in the world, is undergoing subsidence. I think the current figure is around 6" of drop per year. This is related to the pumping of water from wells. I found an old photo on the internet, maybe from the 70's, with an old timer in the Central Valley with a story stick showing where the ground level was over the years starting in the 1920's I think. Anyhow, the Central Valley has dropped around 100 feet or so since they started farming it. It used to have a lot of wetlands back in the day.
      Peace out

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    6. "Get theirs before it's all gone"

      That makes perfect sense to me.

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    7. I wouldn't call the land "the most productive" any more. Fruit in the 80's used to have flavor and nutrients. Now? Cardboard. Mexican produce is just as nasty, but probably less polluted. 100 feet is crazy. As an extra bonus.

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  3. Fiat money always does this. It can't ever be different this time, since we are still people.

    Wells over about 33' deep can't be "sucked" from the surface, you have to drop a pump down there and 240v power or a very-stiff rod to operate the pump to push the water up. Deep wells are expensive to drill, expensive to use, expensive to maintain, and sometimes the water is contaminated with toxic/cancer-causing chemicals. Sacramento ground water causes cancer far and wide (in addition to the glorious added fluoride). Prepare to distill (and depart), with the huge fuel expense associated with that. Surface water/catchment water is solar distilled naturally with just airborne contamination (cheap filter only).

    SoCal needs an earthquake, with well-timed terrorists to cut off power and water to the region, then add UN "peacekeepers" with cholera-XDRTB-AIDS, to meet the level of population determined by "sustainable Earth" freaks to be correct. Serious not-good times to be avoided, like Haiti.

    pdxr13

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    1. UN peacekeepers. As efficient as everywhere else they went? But, yep, with a nice bioweapon...Course, the bastards would refugee to both our abodes and screw up the colony states even worse.

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  4. California is actually rich, if it had a population of less than 3M. There are lots of natural resources left, well within technical extraction capability at positive EROI, but the rulers have made the physical wealth mostly off-limits.

    pdxr13

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    1. Cali is bizarre with their official eco-terrorism, but from the home of Hara Krisna and Charles Manson, what can you expect?

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