I dunno what came over me here.. I'm out there in the garden, trying to get a handle on some climbing vines that keep over whelming some trees, I came in for lunch and to check a few emails, opened a few links and here we go...
About rent, mortgages and landlords.
Between banks, interest rates and council regulations, it all tends to feel much like paying rent to landlords. I guess having a mortgage means we are in with a chance to break away though. Its so crappy this system designed to make the rich richer. I pity my neighbour - who pays the same in rent as I do in mortgage, but who doesn't have an income the banks will consider to offer a mortgage. So his destined to make somebody else wealthy and lives on year by year leases. He is trapped in "working class" and held there for no good reason. Its the very reason we left Australia for a job and cheaper land here... now we wait for our market chance to "climb the property ladder" and into some sort of "middle class", when all we really want is to down grade to somewhere more fertile and with better community where we can live off "the grid" a bit more, build what we need and get out of the loop that pins us down.
About climate change
The counter climate change stuff is interesting isn't it.
I see the counter arguments as being part of the manipulation as well, perhaps part of a sophisticated 10 year social plan - if we can credit global PR to being that powerful. Imagine you represented development and capitalism but you were faced with growing neo socialist ideas in your market. Ideas that ran contrary to the economic model you relied on. In the old days you'd just send in economic hit men or private armies to sort it out, but it was costly and you always ended up loosing something in the process...
Where might you turn now the world is more or less homogeneous? Public Relations. Your PR firm (inspired by the work of Edward Bernays) tells you they'll set up a 10-15 year straw man campaign that will draw in the socialists (generating a brief period of new technology consumption along the way) then just at the right time, throw them all out in the cold for another 10-15 years by blowing the whistle on the straw man campaign that suckered them all in. They'll call the straw man campaign Global Warming and have overly influential celebrities talk about it. These days its not hard to stir up media rating feeding frenzy. The PR firm tells you to wait 10 years for all the socialist, greenies, and anarchists to get sucked in, then you'll whisper to the anarchists that's its all a lie, and watch them go to work in their contrarian ways, tearing down your straw man and everything else with it - thinking they were exposing the truth. Beauty of it is, no one will know it was your straw man, they'll blame each other, and their silly replaceable figure heads they call politicians and national leaders. Eventually Global Warming and Climate Change will be dismissed as another Y2K, along with it all the hippies and alternatives who are constantly trying to escape your slavery and not buy your cars and genetically modified soy beans. Not long now and you can get back to the business of cutting down trees and patenting crops so you can build your all glass beach condos (complete with vineyard holiday retreat in the hills) and stuff your wife with silicone and botox.
I'm not convinced its all a social design actually. More likely its just the state of humanity today. For ages we've referred to it mystically as the eternal thread of evil under us all. Its probably more to do with some small economic feature that enables all those wretched weeds to grow over the rest of us. Our collective darker nature being given the right conditions to flourish to the point were we'll all just have to kill the shit out of each other some day in the not too distant future just to clear some space for hope. I just want out.
And how about the truth about pirates?
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