Updated, Sat, June 4, 5:11 PM ET
Reader Goldsaver sent an interesting and long response to my article too. Please read his response after Cognitive Dissonance's response. Looks like this article hit a nerve!
Updated, Sat, June 4, 3:09 PM ET
Please go to bottom of article for a comment received by email from Cognitive Dissonance himself.
In which even the title of this article rips off two of my most highly respected writers / bloggers in the country ("Cognitive Dissonance" of www.zerohedge.com) and FOFOA (fofoa.blogspot.com)!
On Friday, I watched with mild horror as the markets were taken down yet again (except for GOLD, bitchez!, up $9.00/oz) by more bad economic news (the unemployment rate rose from 9.0% to 9.1% for starters). The Dow did not like that, being down some 110 points in the amount of time I could take three slow breaths at its open...
For some time now (starting from the time of Jimmy Carter!) I have had occasional bouts of nervousness about America's financial position. This kind of background anxiety, this feeling that "Something wicked comes this way" has been a feature, on and off, of my life for years. It started getting more noticeable about 2005 or so, when housing was clearly in an epic Bubble. And it got worse in 2007, right before the Bear Stearns collapse kicked off the dominoes and led to the Crash of 2008/9.
So, why do I now write about this now? Because I believe I have identified what ails me: cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is (REMEMBER, your congenial host of this blog is NO EXPERT in anything) the feeling of anxiety / loss of control / unaccounted nervousness & stress that is not really obvious to the one suffering from it. Especially re money...
The guy who has nailed this concept the best is IMO "Cognitive Dissonance", a very smart A-level writer at zerohedge.com. In long and hard to read (because he introduces psychological concepts that he forces us to examine and rub our noses into, even while very ugly...) articles he asks us to push HARD against the lies, propaganda and conditioning happening to us by various Top Dogs (my words) upon us, the American people.
Well, earlier on Friday (US ET), I dropped off my wife at a mall so she could could get hard to find items (she is very petite and has trouble finding things that she likes in her size).
I dropped her off at the mall, and had brought print-outs of material to read while at lunch.
The material I brought was, in general, VERY NEGATIVE about our (USA) prospects over the next whatever you want to name the number of months to come. And while eating my Whopper at Burger King, I was watching the Dow, heading down... Bad for me, and bad for my country. I went back to the piece I was reading (by a VERY BEARISH guy), and I paused, looked around me and thought: we are NOT going to get out of this without awful and horrendous pain...
And then the MENTAL pain hit me... While I am OK if the SHTF, probably, I know that many in America are not. Our country has no apparent 'way out of the box', in other words, it looks to me IMO, that a very nasty short to medium term future could be ahead of us. Bad, bad, bad. If things go off the rails, there will be tremendous suffering...
I then realized that the fear and anxiety I had at Burger King was likely "cognitive dissonance" in which the lies that the powers that be (TPTB) actually spread are indeed LIES! When the lies induce the people to accept a ROTTEN DEAL from the Banksters and our own government SHOULD be rejected as the lies of a powerful elite, then I saw the light...
It looks like from your observer and congenial host that we are being lied to... By our own government (surprise!) and then the mainstream media...
If you and your family do NOT own physical gold (that is, in your own hands held there at home), then you should consider:
Buy.Gold.Now. (physical gold only in your own possession only).
Your Comments and emails are welcome.
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