5 common regrets of the dying

Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse, wrote a book called “The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying“. Here’s the list:

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Request for proposals on forum

I receive a good deal of emails where authors express their willingness to deliver SSR members from the disaster of our current forums.

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Devil’s advocate for hire

A comment by Silver Shield was a wakeup call. Yes, I am the devil’s advocate. I mean, I don’t have to try — that’s my nature. If you want to hear what is wrong with your idea or why your dream will never, ever come true, and why there is no point in anything, just . . . → Read More: Devil’s advocate for hire

I don’t know

See the title? Look for people who feel no shame saying these words and flee those who will wiggle their way out of uttering them. Those who pretend that their knowledge has no limits are either sick or scheming against you.

Antisemites, gather round

Here’s the deal. As we all know, world peace is very easy to achieve: all countries should simply join NATO. By the same token, all Jew haters should convert to Judaism. I guarantee that you can’t even imagine the full list of miracles that this simple step will bring into your life, so here’s just . . . → Read More: Antisemites, gather round

Uncle Sam hires computer attackers by the thousands

Hypponen has been periodically visiting the “careers” section of defense contractors’ websites and online job listings, particularly those targeted at candidates with secret clearances, and searching for words like “exploit,” “offensive,” and “vulnerability.” And the positions he’s been seeing show a new recruiting focus–or newly explicit focus–among the Beltway firms that serve the Pentagon: offensive . . . → Read More: Uncle Sam hires computer attackers by the thousands

A bit more on profits, faith and the future

There is nothing wrong with earning, with making a living by doing what one knows and loves. But rigid price-tagging of one’s offer is very interesting. UPDATED

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Deflation, inflation, shminflation

Smart or not, Status Quo operators are in the control room. Among many switches that they have in front of them and we don’t is a Deflation / Inflation one.

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How much clearer can it get?

2 images after the jump.

Call me insane #842…

…but I believe that the bulk of history was created in the XIX century, commissioned by and used to ‘justify’ nationalism and expansionism.

If a fabricated bit of history lives long enough to become a foundation for a project with big money and lots of power involved, it then becomes cheaper to silence the doubters . . . → Read More: Call me insane #842…

How profits kill everything they touch

Let’s say I produce teas.

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Thank you, Paul Nicholas

After a long conversation with Paul Nicholas, I know why religion is oppressive. Before anyone accuses me of promoting atheism, please note that religion is to God what a boiler room is to the Universe. Needless to say, if you find religions good, consider not reading this post.

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Updated: Meet your new enemy

UPD: Mere 10 days after this post, and look what Barry Ritholtz has to say.

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How likely is the Empire to welcome Au/Ag standard?

In 2009 Anglo-American empire (I added Peru and S. Africa to this camp) produced 61% of official global gold. In 2011 Anglo-American empire (with countries like Morocco and Papua New Guinea counted in this camp) produced 58% of global silver.

What I see here is that the Empire does not control anywhere near 100% of . . . → Read More: How likely is the Empire to welcome Au/Ag standard?

The paradox of bureaucracy

Every Western country that I know of has a Ministry of Education and a Ministry of Suffering (you know, the one with Tasers and jails). The funny thing is, if one of them is run properly, there is no need for the other.

If your horse is dead, dismount

Common sense: “If your horse is dead, dismount”.

Alternative common sense:

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How to deal with God peddlers in 3 steps

How to deal with God peddlers

Here’s an uber-short script that will save your precious time in case there’s a preacher at your door:

The chart is created by yours truly. It can be used, abused, mocked, debated, desecrated, and ignored freely.

Loser trap?

OK, let’s pretend that big bad Rothschields and their clique really are omnipotent. This would mean that current depression is scripted. And what would be the goal of such script? Let’s recall a joke first.

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What lack of imagination leads to

Look at the world 100, 200, 5000 years ago. On the surface, the situation is the same: workers work, robbers rob. There is one difference, though.

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Wikipedia as acetaminophen for ignorance

As acetaminophen creates a temporary illusion of health at the expense of one’s liver, so Wikipedia creates a temporary illusion of knowledge at the expense of one’s time. In a few hours the pain, as well as ignorance, is back. As acetaminophen does not heal, so Wikipedia does not teach.

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The easy way to get rid of rulers

Humankind will free itself from all sorts of hierarchies only when enough people realize that life is random. As long as we believe in some sort of a reason behind everything, as long as we look for meaning and try to model our behavior to match someone, we are doomed to live under the boot . . . → Read More: The easy way to get rid of rulers

SOPA, PIPA, now CISPA

CISPA is a great occasion to repeat:

Avoid US-based domain name registrars. GoDaddy is the undisputed Miss Collaboration 2012, but others are no better simply because they are in the US, where who knows what will be legal tomorrow. Avoid hosting your sites on US servers. Avoid hosting your sites with US companies. Avoid Gmail, . . . → Read More: SOPA, PIPA, now CISPA

Forum vote

Results:

No 35.48% (44 votes) Yes 64.52% (80 votes)

The Ultimate Rule

If it’s for sale, it’s not worth buying.

2 Clairvoyant Quotes From 1975

This book is so crazy that I don’t expect to ever see it on Chris’ list of must-read books. Nevertheless, in rare moments of sobriety and cohesion, authors demonstrate immense clarity of their powerful minds. My favorite part is the SNAFU Principle, which, in its short form, states that true communication is only possible between . . . → Read More: 2 Clairvoyant Quotes From 1975

Before It’s Cool: 9 Conspiracy Theories That Will Be Proven True In a Few Short Years

I have no doubt that anyone with a brain instead of a TV set computer can figure these points out. I doubt though that today there are many of those. Here’s my humble gift to Chris: in a couple of years he will have a full chest-beating right to claim that it was his site . . . → Read More: Before It’s Cool: 9 Conspiracy Theories That Will Be Proven True In a Few Short Years

The Future Is Friendly

In late Roman empire, the state used the following trick: bronze coins that the gov itself minted were not accepted at tax time — Roman IRS accepted only gold coins.

Fast forward to our days. Like Romans, we are already using 2 currencies—today, right now.

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Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

Albert Einstein, as a youth, would have likely received an ADHD diagnosis, and maybe an ODD one as well. Albert didn’t pay attention to his teachers, failed his college entrance examinations twice, and had difficulty holding jobs. However, Einstein biographer Ronald Clark (Einstein: The Life and Times) asserts that Albert’s problems did not stem from . . . → Read More: Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

3 Questions To Test Your Determination

When you say or write anything about other people—be it your neighbor or the President of the Galaxy,—are you ready to repeat it to their face? Will you repeat it in front of a shooting squad? If you are offered a position with the Rulers, how will your ideas of right and wrong change? . . . → Read More: 3 Questions To Test Your Determination

Elizabeth Warren: Classic and Zero Sugar

Elizabeth Warren Classic

Elizabeth Warren Zero Sugar

Quote Deathmatch: Hanlon’s Razor vs James Forrestal

In the blue corner, Hanlon’s Razor:

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Its variants are attributed to Napoleon and found in Goethe’s “Sorrows of Young Werther“.

In the red corner, weighing in 850 pounds, is a quote by James Forrestal, as reported by Joseph McCarthy:

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Beware The Word “National”

Avoid people who use phrases like “national economy contracted X%” or “national economy is expected to grow Y%“. Such person is a central planner at heart. She works, or wants to work, for banks.

Because there is no national economy.

Compare Lloyd Blankfein to a bum on the corner. Economy of Lloyd Blankfein . . . → Read More: Beware The Word “National”

There Is Nothing More Permanent Than Temporary Measures

Look at Canada:

Personal income tax, introduced under the Income War Tax Act of 1917, was conceived — like the other wartime taxes — as a temporary measure.

Temporary measure, my donkey.

(As a side note, it’s sad that they don’t mind showing this info on a publicly accessible page: it’s another proof that Canadians . . . → Read More: There Is Nothing More Permanent Than Temporary Measures

2 Toughest Things to Master

When you are alone, act as if your every action is viewed by millions on their TVs. When you are facing an audience, act as if you are talking to a mirror in your safest place.

If your behavior, thoughts, and attitudes differ between the two, work on making them match.

Bonus: Always, always—as . . . → Read More: 2 Toughest Things to Master

Forward to the Past: How to Default on Domestic Debt

Here’s what fixed currency exchanged rate, chronic fiscal deficit, and neverending war (with Eastasia) result in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Russian_financial_crisis.

Change the World vs Change Oneself

Why do we want changes? Because we see a room for improvement. Busted!

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“Fresh”: The Film About Our Food

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a . . . → Read More: “Fresh”: The Film About Our Food

About Silver Shields

The Argyraspides (in Greek: Ἀργυράσπιδες “Silver Shields”), were a division of the Macedonian army of Alexander the Great, who were so called because they carried silver-plated shields. They were picked men, were commanded by Nicanor, the son of Parmenion, and were held in high honour by Alexander. Read more at WikiPedia

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A Proper Religion For Today

After a year of bureaucratic struggles, the Missionary Church of Kopimism is now an official religion in Sweden, enjoying the constitutional protection of Freedom of Religion. Information is holy to the church, and copying its sacrament.

Read the full article.

Predictions time

Today one’s working for the government is a sign of untrustworthiness and weakness. Tomorrow it’s one’s desire to make profit that, once detected, will land the speaker in the same trouble.

The Brighter Side of Hangover

Do you make plans? Do you restrain yourself? Do you delay something for later (when kids have grown, when house has been paid off, when I have a real job…)? If you answered yes to any of those, the post is for you.

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Reason #98798 Not to Change the World

Unplugging others is an exercise in futility at best

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My Dinner With Andre (1981)

Has it ever occurred to you Wally that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing […] somebody who’s bored is asleep, and somebody who’s asleep will not say no

A Letter Home

Dear Reason For Everything, Please accept my humble Christmas wishlist. . . . → Read More: A Letter Home

How to switch to silver

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You know why silver is fluttering around the same sorry mark of 31-32? Because it is programmed to flutter tightly around this or that mark.

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Real estate agents in cars

Signs of the times, baby. Something for our grandkids to feel awkward about – if they are ever able to wrap their minds around the concept of a “real estate agent”.

Unilever: “People are not robots. We can’t be programmed.”

At 0:27 they say what’s in the title. The rest of the video is a step-by-step guide to programming people.

Debt As Psychoactive Substance

Part of the debtor mentality is a constant, frantically suppressed undercurrent of terror. We have one of the highest debt-to-income ratios in the world, and apparently most of us are two paychecks from the street. Those in power — governments, employers — exploit this, to great effect.

Frightened people are obedient — not just physically, . . . → Read More: Debt As Psychoactive Substance

A Shopping Cart Of Happiness

Remember hunters who leave matches and kindle for whoever will use the same shelter after them? We could use the same approach in everyday urban life.

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Where Is My Signature?

I pay for the Internet, for telephone, for fuel; for hosting and insurance; for repairs and big-ticket items that come with warranty.

Whenever any entity that takes my money in exchange for goods or services screws up, or silently changes the rules, I call, raise hell, and resolve the issue. It makes sense: I buy . . . → Read More: Where Is My Signature?

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