Showing posts with label Great Quote. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Great Quote. Show all posts

Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Quote About Panic

Something to keep in mind as the U.S. plunges down deeper into Primary Wave 3 down:

...Systemic panic is a precursor to governmental and political collapse, the third stage in Dmitry Orlov’s five stages of collapse. (Financial, Commercial, Political, Social and Cultural). It’s happening in Greece right now. It signals the beginnings of the end. And even though systemic panic is far more devastating than individual panic, the adaptive response in both cases is the same. Get out of the way, “get small”, and stay out of the psychosis...

-Michael Ruppert, Collapsenet

Stay out of the psychosis should be Rule #1 for you between now and at least 2015. Socionomic theory tells us that the psychosis will get thick and compelling as we correct several centuries of positive mood. The most important tool you will need to survive and possibly thrive in the coming years is your brain - keep it in shape, keep it fed and if you must panic, do it alone so that those that count on you don't see it. We are close, friends, all too close, in my opinion, to the point of realization for most of the U.S. It won't be pretty when the reality of total bankruptcy and the implosion of the Welfare State come home.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Monday

Let's start the week off with a great quote from Jim Kunstler's jeremiad for the week:

...Earth to President Obama: there isn't going to be a next time. This time was enough to git 'er done. Wall Street - in particular the biggest "banks" - packaged up and sold enough swindles to unwind 2500 years of western civilization. You simply cannot imagine the amount of bad financial paper out there right now in every vault and portfolio on the planet. Enough, really, to sink any company even pretending to trade in things more abstract than a mud brick or an hour of labor. What's more, the cross-collateralized obligations between them are so vast and intricate that all the standing timber in North America could not be fashioned into enough pick-up sticks to represent the hideous death-dealing tangle of frauds waiting for the wing-beat of a single black swan to come crashing down...

Be aware of your surroundings. Enjoy the moment. Perhaps we muddle through the summer, drunkenly teetering on the abyss. The Collapse is coming, but angels watch over children and drunks and we as a nation have been on an historic bender for quite awhile now. Use each day to prepare yourself in some way - be it mentally, physically or with "stuff."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Great Quote

Here's a gem from John Michael Greer as he ponders a World After Abundance and the lack of vision being shown by most as we approach the coming Great Collapse:

That’s the problem, ultimately, with driving headlong at a brick wall; you can stop by standing on the brake pedal, or you can stop by hitting the wall, but either way, you’re going to stop.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Another Great Quote

"The present is the perfect guide to the future, until it isn't. Then we change."
-Charles Hugh Smith

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mood As Driver (Anecdote 3)

"Out there I’m a useless guy, unemployed and cursed by my family. Here I’m a commander. My words have weight.”

A militant on the allure of an alternative to quashed ambitions re: middle class.

h/t GlobalGuerrillas

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Quote I Can't Wait to Revisit in Six Months

“We have control of the ship, we have a plan.”

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Spain’s deputy premier

h/t Calculated Risk

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Have Seen the Future, and it is Bankrupt

"I looked as hard as I could at how states could declare bankruptcy," said Michael Genest, director of the California Department of Finance who is stepping down at the end of the year. "I literally looked at the federal constitution to see if there was a way for states to return to territory status..."

A state looking to reorganize its relationship to the central government? Interesting.

I had expected more secessionist tendencies at this point than we have seen. Granted, we have a long way down to go, but an initial desire for Uncle Sugar to take back California as a territory (and, I assume, take on its finances? I am not versed on how territories operated. Hmmm) to make all that ooky debt go away and save California from her self-inflected pain is not the craziest thing I've seen come out of their debt crisis.

h/t Calculated Risk

Monday, October 26, 2009


"... Perhaps it's time to redefine "hope" in the greater social sense of the word. To me, hope is not synonymous with "wishes fulfilled." In fact, hope should not be about wishing at all. Hope should be based on confidence that the individual or group is reliably competent enough to meet the challenges that circumstances present. Hope is justified when people demonstrate to themselves that they can behave ably and bravely. Hope is not really possible in the face of patent untruthfulness. It is derived from a clear-eyed and courageous view of what is really going on. I don't think that defines any of the behavior in the United States these days. We've become a self-jiving nation intent on playing shell games, running Ponzi schemes, and working Polish blanket tricks on ourselves..." - James Howard Kunstler

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dancing on the Precipice

"[Primary] Wave 2's peak will be the last time that society feels this optimistic for years to come." - R. Prechter, Elliott Wave Theorist, October 18, 2009

Know that we are social creatures, swimming in a sea of mass mood and complex social interactions. The plunge is there, just beyond our fingertips. Soon it will embrace us with the wrenching grasp of a Grizzly.

Remain aware that you do have the free will to act independently of the herd - though you can still be trampled through bad luck or poor planning. Hold this thought fast in your mind in the coming years - as ugly and angry as the times will become - you can act, you can create, you can make things happen, for good or for ill. These will years for serious actions and serious behavior. Glitz, glam, shallow foolishness - they will be present in abundance, but the easy way will not be the path for you.

Times of crisis allow for new directions in society. Be one of the independent actors pushing for a better world. And if you must move with the mob, well, move fast and make sure that if you are among those who would rise up against the king, make sure you strike him down...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Quote of the Day for Monday 12 October

Good advice from SurvivalBlog:

"The coming years will be difficult ones, globally. If you are at risk of a layoff, then hedge your bets by developing a second stream of income, now. And if you are laid off, do not hesitate. Do whatever it takes to find steady work, even if means moving, or taking a lower-paying job. Don't just wallow in self-pity and draw unemployment insurance. Be proactive and do something!"

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Great Quote: 1 September 2009

I have warned for more than two years that despite all the claims that "The government has this under control" that they do not - they were doing what so many people in government do - either lying outright or displaying tremendous hubris, believing that by waving their hands in the air and shouting they can overcome the math. - Karl Denninger, Market Ticker

Friday, June 19, 2009

Some Perspective

I was all amped up to write a few rants on the recent "finance reform" package put out by the Beltway Elites and the debt bomb being assembled on the Potomac. Then a moment of clarity hit - you know, like when you wake up missing your shirt in a city two hours away from the one you were "just having a few drinks" in the night before, only to find out it is two days later and you have no idea who that is whistling in the bathroom off of the strange and dimly let bedroom you find yourself in - you know, sort of like that.

That moment of clarity boiled down to: It just doesn't matter.

The "big picture" is already painted. The elites who think they are "leading events" and "working for the good of the people" and all that are just as caught up in this massive wave of mood change as the rest of us. All the world's a stage and we should play our parts as best we can, tending to our gardens, ready to seize the moment when fate may place us in a position to change the course of the future - whether locally or, much more rarely on a national or even international scale, by giving a shove to events in a direction that will lay a path to a more positive future.

But getting caught up in the minutiae of news and debate here in the dying sunlight of the old Great Bull Market, we should probably remember the words of another poet:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

For There is Nothing Good or Bad but Thinking Makes it so...

The blog posts have been downers, mostly, lately. I don't mean it to be that way. We are living on the cusp of times of great change. The torpor and stasis of the delusional bubble years is being shaken off. Yes, it will be scary to most, but it doesn't have to be, not for you.

Courtesy xkcd

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to my own strength.

Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.

- Tagore

Two Quotes for the Times

Spengler has two quotes that worth pondering and understanding.

The first has a socionomic flavor to it, in the context of the sudden fame of Susan Boyle:

...Churlish resentment of high culture comes from the slacker's desire for reward with neither merit nor effort: the sort of artistic skill that requires years of discipline and sacrifice is a reproach to the indolence of the popular audience of the West. Better voices than Boyle's can be found in a thousand choirs and amateur theatricals, but the crowd has embraced this late-hatching Scottish songbird as a symbol of its own aspirations...

And the second is the hard truth that becomes obscured during every fevered bubble of optimism:

...China's thrift, industry and diligence are qualities born of long experience with hard times. The terrible suffering of the 19th and 20th centuries left every Chinese parent with the conviction that the world shows no mercy to mediocrity...


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Socionomics Quote of the Day

"I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?" - Benjamin Disraeli

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Words of Wisdom

Here's quote that needs to be burned into the minds of every American:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802)