For a long time, people thought our solar system revolved around the Earth. Copernicus (or Galileo to some) came around and proved the planets revolved around our Sun.

Models are important - they are the perspective of an individual's perception of any given event. Models are always biased, but the objective should be to choose a model with the least bias possible.

How is this achieved?

Scrutinize opposing aspects, think critically, and have an open mind.

"All Truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

- Mark Twain

These opinions below may be my own or may belong to the authors whom I reference. They are posted for the benefit of mankind, so that we may collectively achieve a common ground and transition into a new golden era as seamlessly as possible.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Great Depression Version 2.0

Reposted from AmericanKabuki

DS Mahal has graced with another amazing chart of statistics.  This graph is of the number of people on Food Stamps since 2008.

We are in a hidden depression, there are no soup lines, these people get their handouts in politically convenient electronic benefit cards.  There are no dramatic black and white historical photographs of people in soup lines. No images of men on street corners selling apples in the front pages of newspapers or movie house news reels. John Steinbeck will not provide the narration for this new story of Banker greed.  Wall Street securitization and derivative techno-monkeys have spun a new story, The Apes of Math.

Just sad decent people wiping their electronic benefit cards through grocery store electronic readers, unseen, uncared for, then shamed and reviled in the political talk shows. Its not their fault. They want to work.  Think how many more bombs we could buy if we didn't have to pay for food stamps with our taxes!  Some sort of warped death versus life logic in all that.  When did our government shift from affirming life to destroying it?

This is not a story of Republican versus Democrat or right versus left.  Both parties bathed in the pool of avarice and corruption.  If they were passive we'd call them facilitators.  But we can't even be that charitible, their legislation clearly shows they were in on it all, they were the advance party scouting out this reign of destruction.

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