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Monday, August 27, 2012

Foul flavor of doomer



There are a lot of flavors of doomers out there. The one that leaves a real sour taste in my mouth is the investment doomer. They know things are going in the crapper. Their nice charts and graphs point it over very clearly. Often they have impressive credentials in business and/or government.

Dire problems that will cause suffering and death for untold millions are looked upon as good investment opportunities.

“Opportunities in food commodities due to agricultural woes.”

“Peak oil energy bets to make you rich.”

“Three little know investment strategies for societal chaos.”

“Protect your lifestyle in a currency collapse.”

“Pharmaceutical companies to bet on for the upcoming plague years.”

“Best defense contractors positioned to take advantage of a Middle Eastern war.”


I’m not a fan of vulture capitalism. It’s that attitude that encouraged American capitalists to invest in Nazi Germany. (Prescott Bush comes to mind) Mack truck helped the Soviets build trucks -which ended up hauling war materials for North Vietnam.

Anyone else think it’s wrong to profit off the suffering of others?

When there’s a storm and the corner store doubles the price of bottled water, they are profiteers. If it’s done on a large scale and millions are made, then it’s being a wise investor.

Here’s an investment opportunity: rope. It’s idea for hanging all the bastards who get rich on the suffering of others.

-Sixbears

24 comments:

  1. Indeed Sixbears. Well said. How do I go about investing in ropes?

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    1. Just like buying gold. Take delivery so it will be handy when needed.

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  2. Just be sure the rope isn't hemp, the oil companies wouldn't like that!

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    1. Then again, hoisted them up with their own product has a certain poetic justice.

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  3. You left out pitchforks and lamp posts...

    Bigfoot

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    1. Nice to see you are thinking ahead.

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  4. When times get hard what good is gold bars, you can't eat them.

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  5. On one level, in our current society, the capitalist approach can ensure goods are more available in certain situations. A store selling batteries in a hurricane area for instance. Storm coming, a handful of folks buy all the batteries. Store raises prices to a ridiculous amount, each buyer can only afford a few batteries.

    Of course another approach is for the store owner to limit the number of batteries sold per customer.

    To go to a deeper level, our culture has been monetized for the benefit of the few over the disadvantage of the many. This monetization of everything - even our limbs and our lives (insurance) - leads to the perception of "profit" as "good", and if that's true, profit is going to be interpreted as good regardless the means.

    Which takes us to a deeper level of there not being a "good" or a "bad", but removing oneself entirely from that and operating our lives on the perception/truth that perhaps we do everything we do out of either fear or love and selfless action is what we should learn from the ground up.

    Enter publick Skool. Bleh. Bleh.

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    1. Wouldn't a more people centered society be a nicer way to live? Nothing against profit, but never forget to be human.

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  6. But I like the idea of beating bankers to death with them.

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    1. I can picture you do that very thing with a heavy gold bar.

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  7. I've often thought that it would be quite the turn of events if - upon "dying" in this realm we moved back to where we originated to "discover" that we had it all backwards here! Instead of the concept of all THIS (looks around at the universe) arising first and THEN consciousness arising, perhaps consciousness arose first and that gave birth to the THIS (universe).

    That would explain things like ESP, where one person can feel the thoughts of another at a distance. Maybe on another plane we are all part of one, shared consciousness. If that's true, then it also explains why I feel so good when I do a self-less act (such as the $20 I gave the struggling woman in the next town the other day) and why I feel bad when I act solely out of my own self-interest (which is a fear-based act).

    So the folks who are seeking “Opportunities in food commodities due to agricultural woes.” may one day find that they were, in effect, damaging themselves for their own self gain.

    That's almost laughable. It'd be like someone stabbing themselves in the arm with a pencil for the money earned with each stab.

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  8. I do not favor hanging.I am leaning more to drawn and quartering.Still have to have rope and horse,s but seems more fitting.

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  9. I've got 100' of 1/2" nylon 3 strand, when do we leave?

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  10. To quote Hanover Fist from that cult classic, Heavy Metal, "Hanging's too good for them..."

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  11. rope is easy

    ever try making a decent noose to hang them

    Wildflower

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    1. It's a skill that should be taught in school. You never know when you are going to need it.

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  12. You know, this whole compassion for other people's suffering is one reason I'm not a millionaire. I saw these opportunities long ago but couldn't bring myself to take advantage of them.

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    1. Bet you sleep well at night though.

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