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A Heightened Sense Of Vulnerability

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The gap between the happy-story fantasies of easy fixes to institutionalized corruption and systemic stagnation and the fraying-rope reality is widening, straining the bonds holding the whole contraption together to the breaking point.

Am I the only one sensing an increase in systemic vulnerability? I’m not talking about TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) so much as a sense of things fraying beneath the surface of normalcy.

I for one have never seen the outpouring of negative emotional energy from partisan political disagreements. It has become more a matter of quasi-religious faith than a matter of fact as to whether the Russians “hacked” the U.S. election and the Democratic National Committee. The “facts” are highly dependent on one’s faith in this quasi-religious conflict; if you’re anti-Trump, the now-discredited report by a private firm reporting to the FBI (red flag #1–doesn’t the FBI have its own digital forensics assets? Why hire a flaky contractor to do this critically important national security work?) is the gospel truth.

if you’re in the other camp, Julian Assange’s declaration that the DNC material was offered to him by an insider is the obvious gospel truth.

There doesn’t seem to be any neutral ground left in this quasi-religious divide, and that in itself creates a heightened sense of vulnerability: if we’ve reached the point where verifiable facts no longer matter, and one’s faith in a partisan narrative is the deciding factor in what each citizen declares as “true,” we are vulnerable to a breakdown not just of consensus but discourse.

We have reached the state where you have to be as cautious in revealing your political views or doubts as any Catholic or Protestant revealing their faith and doubts in the Reformation wars, in which faith alone decided life or death if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

That the issues dividing the nation into these faith-based camps are fundamentally unimportant no longer matters. Is it really consequential to the nation who sent the DNC emails to the media via Wikileaks? The answer is no: the DNC is not a governmental agency, it is a private-sector political organization.

Does it really matter if Russia attempted to influence the U.S. elections? There are a few ways this could be consequential, but they are speculative and lacking factual evidence.

One is a very unsavory hypocrisy. Has the U.S. government ever attempted to influence elections in other nations? Please don’t even try to claim the answer is “no.” There is simply too much documentation to claim the U.S. has a saintly policy of never attempting to influence the domestic views (and thus the election results) in other nations.

Since the U.S. constantly seeks to influence public opinion and elections in other nations, how falsely do our protests ring to international ears? How many observers in other nations are reckoning the U.S. is deservedly reaping a tiny shred of its own karma?

The other consequential possibility is if Russian government (or government sanctioned) hackers actually modified election results in voting machines or official tallies. To date, there is no evidence whatever of such direct tampering.

This quasi-religious conflict has blown unsupported speculations about Russian influence into the critical deciding factor of whether you are a member of the hated “other side” or not. Simply casting doubt on the criticality of this issue slips a noose around your neck in the so-called “Progressive” religion.

Does anybody else feel that the financial ropes holding the whole contraption together are fraying? When I post data-based charts illustrating the impossibility of paying all the promises that have been made to hundreds of millions of Americans without borrowing destabilizingly vast sums of money from future generations, some readers dismiss it as “doom and gloom.” In other words, where’s your American optimism that all challenges can be met and all problems solved, without any adjustment or sacrifice in our lifestyles or socio-economic systems?

Remember switch grass? This miracle weed was touted as the “solution” to the low energy yield on bio-fuel replacements for fossil fuels. We don’t hear about it any more because it was a chimera, a PR “solution” as opposed to a real-world solution.

We have already reached the state of joyously embracing delusional PR “solutions” rather than grasping the nettle of addressing our systemic problems. Technological advances will not only solve every problem, we’re assured, these advances will generate unprecedented wealth and prosperity.

Well, maybe so. That would certainly be convenient for us all. But I am not so sure technology will dislodge the systemic corruption of our economy and machinery of governance, the cartel-state status quo that smothers any advances that threaten its profits and/or power.

If there is a cheap and easy techno-fix to wealth and income disparity and declining productivity (i.e. declining profitability of labor and capital invested), then I’m all ears.

But it seems to me that the gap between the happy-story fantasies of easy fixes to institutionalized corruption and systemic stagnation and the fraying-rope reality is widening, straining the bonds holding the whole contraption together to the breaking point.

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18 Comments on "A Heightened Sense Of Vulnerability"

  1. Cloud9 on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 1:35 pm 

    Think about the fragility built into the system. Basil Eleby, a 39 year old crack head is credited with bringing down that bridge in Atlanta. He single handedly disrupted the traffic of a quarter of a million commuters for months and sent his state a bill for at least ten million. The irony of all this is that Basil was not a Muslim terrorist or a Mossad tool. He was just some simple minded imbecile playing with fire. He had no clue as to the impact of his actions. The so called deep state that has been put in place ostensibly to protect us, while running its super computers, mining all of our data and building profiles on all of us, failed to anticipate and prevent the actions of a single crack head.

    The point is simple. We have an incredibly complex interdependent system. Nobody understands how it works. There are billions of free agents at play who have no concept as to how their independent actions might impact the system.

    We cannot predict the future, but we can look at the past. Failed states are the rule not the exception. My parents lived through the Great Depression. They did not understand what happened when it happened. Dad said it was like a bomb went off and everything changed. They were lucky enough to live on farms in a thinly populated area. They never went hungry. Few people today live in a similar circumstance. I suspect we have been weighed in the balance and found lacking.

  2. Plantagenet on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 1:51 pm 

    The fire in Atlanta doesn’t prove the fragility of the system. It proves the resilience of the system.

    When the fire took down the freeway overpass, what happened? People just took the metro system so traffic jams were much less severe then predicted. The center held together.

    SIMPLE systems are much more at risk then complex systems, because one failure in a simple system brings it down. A complex system, on the other hand, has multiple independent things going on, so a failure in one doesn’t necessarily crash all the rest.


  3. Hawkcreek on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 2:05 pm 

    I do seem to have more people agreeing with me when I say, “Both side suck – we need to kill them all and start over.”
    So things are looking up!

  4. Ghung on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 2:27 pm 

    Plant said; “When the fire took down the freeway overpass, what happened? People just took the metro system so traffic jams were much less severe then predicted. The center held together. “

    Bullshit, Planty. The entire area has been largely gridlocked since the fire. MARTA (the “metro system”) has seen its rush hour delays increase significantly. My son-in law has to begin his commutes over an hour earlier, as do thousands of others. Local businesses will be disrupted for weeks/months. I’m in the Atlanta TV market and used to live about a half mile from this mess.
    One guy with a bic lighter has caused tens-of millions (hundreds perhaps) of costs to taxpayers and untold loss of time for workers and commuters. The other area interstates; I-75, I-285, and GA 400 have been severely affected, and surface streets in the area are often impassible.

    Your ability to minimize and rationalize grows more famous by the day.

  5. Cloud9 on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 2:41 pm 

    Plant, I appreciate you optimism. The impact of the bridge collapse has yet to be determined. Individuals and businesses will be harmed by the change and flow of traffic. If you have never been to Atlanta you may be unable to imagine the magnitude of this disruption. This is a scholarly rebuttal of your premise that complex systems are more robust than simple systems.

    “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
    For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
    For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
    For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
    For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
    And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin

  6. Anonymouse on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 2:52 pm 

    Hey plantytard, so you actually live in that city, and have direct, first-hand experience of the event, or personally know others that relayed such info to you, and everything related to it?

    Oh, no, thats right, you couldn’t be further away from either Atlanta, OR reality, as usual.

    Cheerio retard.

  7. Cloggie on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 5:21 pm 

    Talking about vulnerability:

    Skirmishes between Spanish and British navy a few hours ago.

    Anybody who thinks that Britain and Europe are going to divorce amicably, should think again. Divorces are seldom amicably.

  8. Apneaman on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 5:54 pm 

    Hair clog, 1 million Big Black Africans are on their way to Euro tard land.

    Make sure you prep real good.

  9. Ghung on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 6:07 pm 

    One positive aspect of the Atlanta Interstate debacle is that it is forcing many commuters to discover or rediscover mass transit. Adaptive systems and all that. Time will tell how many of these folks return to their cars when they get this fixed. Most, I’m pretty sure. As Kunstler noted early on, Atlanta is the poster child for suburban sprawl and likely was an inspiration for his “Clusterfuck Nation” thingy. It’s not an easy city to navigate in best of times. Only the age of automobiles has allowed these sprawling metropolises to evolve.
    Looks like 24/7 all hands on deck, along with technology to the rescue (newer prefab concrete construction techniques) may get this thing resolved in under 3 months.

    What’s a few hundred $million when people need to drive?

  10. Davy on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 6:30 pm 

    Green gone mad. Mass air travel on batteries. Just more of what shows our species has lost it.
    “Electric Flights Between Major Hubs Possible in Ten Years as Tesla Outpaces Ford Market Value”

    “According to reports from BBC, Wright Electric is set to produce a plane that, within the next decade, will be capable of making medium range flights. It expects to produce an aircraft called the Wright 1 which will be capable of making 300 mile flights using electric engines and battery power alone. The aircraft could, for example, make the trip from London to Paris. Wright Electric says that the new craft would be capable of completing 30 percent of global flights. The aircraft is expected to be considerably quieter than conventional, fossil fuel driven craft. And British low cost flyer — Easyjet — has already expressed interest in the design.”

  11. makati1 on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 7:09 pm 

    “…dislodge the systemic corruption of our economy and machinery of governance, the cartel-state status quo that smothers any advances that threaten its profits and/or power.”

    Kinda sums up the F$A today doesn’t it? Third world attributes in capital letters. Now yah all have a budding Fuehrer for President with his own hired security.

    I didn’t know you could burn down a concrete bridge, but this crack head did. Now the zombie world knows it is possible. When will the next one ignite and where? Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. The Imperial show gets better and better.

  12. AFDF on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 8:02 pm 

    The inferno broke out during rush hour Thursday, quickly devouring construction materials that had been stored underneath the overpass. At around 7 p.m. ET, the bridge gave way in a flaming heap that spewed thick, black smoke that could be seen from miles away.

  13. AFDF on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 8:39 pm 

    Dude is depressed. Cheer up bro.

  14. Theedrich on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 3:36 am 

    Mass death is welcomed by the herd.  The majority of Western oligarchs, university professors, bribed politicians and sniffling snowflakes has joined the mass of indolent, TV-hypnotized stooges who exult over the destruction of our civilization by Anglo-Saxonia in two world wars.  Concomitantly, the spread of every type of narcotic and the greedy acceptance of every type of manifest Leftist lie makes it clear that the multitude wants extinction.  The floodgates now open to subhumans and muds reveal the true aim of the reptiles infesting the throne rooms of the West, and the unconscious goal of the popular sludge that supports those Masters of the Universe.

    Viewed from the perspective of Gaia, maybe it is no mistake that North Korea is planning to give America a dose of its own nuclear medicine, even if Kim Jong-un knows what will happen to his country as a result.

  15. Theedrich on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 3:48 am 

    Rice’s double negative:  “I leaked nothing to nobody.” Quite accurately stated.  In other words, on Tuesday, 2017 Apr 4, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she had leaked something to somebody.

  16. Cloggie on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 4:14 am 

    Clog, 1 million Big Black Africans are on their way to Euro tard land.
    Make sure you prep real good.

    Fine, let them come and tilt the political balance in favor of the European right, create the conditions for a political revolution and overthrow the old order of US vassals. The more chaos the better.

  17. Cloggie on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 4:55 am 

    Russian Jew turned Orthodox Christian Israel Shamir coming to the aid of Donald Trump:

    Trump knows things other people do not know or do not dare to say… It appears that immigrant crimes have a special code R291, making it forbidden for the press to publish… I “designated” Trump’s triumph as a historical turning point, “the Jewish century” was now at an end, and Europe will rise from “the liberal tyranny”, and in particular, “the happy slaves” in Sweden would have the strength to rise up against the stifling media and fanatical feminism.”To make clear that I am a rotten egg, they added “a racist and holocaust denier”, just like Trump… I have learned what Flynn actually discussed with the Russian ambassador. Flynn called the Ambassador when Obama in a fit of fury expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in 24 hours just before the New Year’s Eve, and forbade them to use their holiday vacation premises. Obama did it in order to poison the US-Russia relations, for as you know, the NWO-beholden Democrats want at least a cold war, or preferably a nuclear one with the Russian bear. Obama tried his worst to spoil the relations to such an extent, that even Trump would find it hard to heal. Flynn did his best (I presume on orders of Trump) to calm the Russians. He offered and procured help: the expelled diplomats needed a plane to leave on very short notice, and seats weren’t available. Flynn fixed it. Flynn told the Ambassador that Trump would roll back Obama’s punitive measures related to the expulsion… So Flynn acted for the benefit of America and its diplomats, and saved the two great countries from much aggravation.

    That could very well be right, the US deep state, after November reduced to the Dems, fighting tooth and nail to ensure that Russia remains an enemy, because they think that Russia is easier to topple than China; Russia first, China last. That’s the program they will continue to pursue once they have Trump destroyed. Silly American Left and their Euro vassals, they still think they can own the world:

    May the devil get them.

    The Jewish journalists are usually Trump-haters. Not for some specific Jewish reasons: they are for immigration, for race-mixing (always excepting Jews), for re-gendering, and for finance. For them, Trump’s attack on financier George Soros, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and Goldman Sachs Chair and CEO Lloyd Blankfein has been an antisemitic attack as they are Jewish… And then Trump called upon the FBI and had their sent agents to Israel. There, in a rather small southern town of Ashkelon, lived a young hacker with his five computers and three antennas who made all the threats single-handed. What’s worse, he did it for two years, and Israeli police did nothing to apprehend him – until they saw FBI agents. Then they immediately arrested the guy who spilled the beans right away. Apparently FBI knew all about him, but while Obama was at the helm, they did nothing.

    Oh the wonders of the internet bringing out these kind of things!

    So now you see that you have a prescient President? And not only prescient, but a man of iron will, too… It is true that mainstream media is against him, but the real sector of the US economics stands behind the President. With such strong backing, it is too early to despair of Trump. He still can emerge the winner in his struggle against secret services and their media.

  18. Dredd on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 8:00 am 

    The ‘facts’ are highly dependent on one’s faith in this quasi-religious conflict…” – post’s author

    That is traditional to our species (The Pillars of Knowledge: Faith and Trust?).

    In other words, a society does not ever die ‘from natural causes’, but always dies from suicide or murder — and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown.” (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch).

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