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A good audio presentation here from Jean Twenge, interviewed by Lynne Malcolm.
Interestingly she cited Facebook and reality TV as major sources along with overly doting parents (you’re so special) and easy credit to live out the fantasy life.
She has been saying this for years, even at a conference in Melbourne over 3 years ago.
A study Jean Twenge conducted of 16,000 university students across the US showed 30 per cent were narcissistic in psychological tests, compared with 15 per cent in 1982. ”They are all 18 and 19-year-olds, so this is clearly a generational shift,”
Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University
Of course there are subtle aspects to this the overconfidence of narcissism makes successful stock traders overconfident. Over confidence is good in a rising market but disastrous in a falling market as trader will have fewer fall back positions and be poorly hedged. While traditional investment theory states market generally rise, traditional market theory was developed in an environment where oil supply was expanding one decade to the next. So now there is no great expansion in oil, our specially preened narcissists at the helm of the financial system are a liability rather than a benefit. The only way to expand the financial system is to encourage horde of young narcissists to create debt-money with credit card spending, its no surprise this epidemic has been encouraged.
Facebook; one of the most insidious tools of narcissism was funded by people with links to shadowy connections in the US government. Seriously how could you run a site with hundreds of millions of users without receiving money from somewhere, think about where that somewhere was/is.
This of course bring us to the first Facebook president, Obama. Obama campaigned heavily on Facebook edging out Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to go head to head with McCain, was it not for Facebook, likely Hillary would have got the nomination. Look at the narcissism overdrive we see in Obama, two Auto biographies before 45.
It all reminds me of a quote I remember from an occupier.
Nick Carson, Oh my god, what a narcissist! He hijacked Occupy Melbourne.
The worst part was that there were a hundred more just like him, waiting around ready to take his place.
At OM a problem we could see that was hard to address was gen Y hipster narcissists, and narcissists in general. The kind of self deluded people living in a self constructed fantasy world who will lie, cheat and steal if it gets them what they want. Narcissists think they are smart and greatly able, but its only because they thrown all of their failures into a memory hole or blame some one else for it. Narcissism the disease that will rot any community, tents or no tents.
Roughly 1 in 3 in Gen Y is clinically a narcissist, that’s very scary considering how much and how fast this delusion has grown in just a generation, what if its 50% in the next generation?
Not only are we living in a post peak oil world, we are living in a post peak sanity world.
If a typical individual could learn how to do your job in two weeks or less, you are at serious risk.
Guess what Australia, you are 30 years behind New Zealand!
A wave of shocked silence followed by jeers echos across the country…
Australians all angrily ask “What are we behind in?”
“Apart from Rugby Union and occasionally Netball we are not behind New Zealand!”
Only if it was so unimportant as sport, you might see whats really going on. You have been blinded by bread and circuses, or perhaps beer and footy.
Split Enz, from New Zealand in 1981, with a song written by Neil Finn, unfortunately history does repeat.
New Zealand, for decades, has been a social policy test tube for the western world. A small, largely isolated population that reeled from the Neo- con ‘shock doctrine’ of Chicago school economists.
Even more surprising was the fact that this hard core Neo-con agenda was run by the New Zealand’s Labour party, a political outfit more or less akin to the ALP in political ideology and electoral significance.
Well it would have been akin to the ALP, if it wasn’t for a few key individuals who drew inspiration from Thatcher and Regan who were in office at the time in UK and USA respectively.
Would you like to look into a somewhat tame version of what is happening now in Australian Politics with the Abbott/Hockey budget?
Have a glance at these somewhat surreal crystal balls, telling you a potential future for Australia from New Zealand’s troubled past.
If you do not watch these films, you only have yourself to blame when further nasty surprises happen!
Its worth pointing out that despite this film being made more than 12 years after the neo- con ravage and upheaval in NZ, it was effectively banned from NZ television until 2003, nearly 20 years after the events it portrayed. You might ask why, and that’s the exact question the New Zealand Government didn’t want its citizens asking. Citizens who were now being treated as units of economic production.
Another film by the same director (Alistair Barry) about the same events from a slightly different and more enlightened perspective, explores how the Reserve Bank of New Zealand was behind many of the initiatives. Curiously the director said his main inspiration for making the movies was he had so much footage that simply made him angry, and he had to understand why it make him angry, and what was actually driving the economic and social carnage witnessed.
Both of the films heavily feature television archives, which many New Zealanders would have seen as part of news broadcasts at the time of the events, some clips appear in both films because of the significant to both stories and the political history described.
Split Enz I walk away; 1984, from their last album.
Perhaps Split Enz saw the (economic) writing on the wall, splitting up in 1984 and temporarily moving to Los Angeles before morphing into ‘The Mullanes’ and finally ‘Crowded House’ and moving back ‘home’ to Australia.
The opening credits of this video sadly will not put to bed any lingering debate over whether Crowded House was Kiwi band or and Aussie band, as Hester had joined Split Enz before the remainder of Split Enz became ‘Crowded House’.
The best compromise to this sometimes confused friendly debate is best settled with this: Crowded House was a Melbourne band that formed in the USA from the remains of a New Zealand band.
Welcome to the confusion and dislocation of the shock doctrine and globalization.
And finally Crowded House ‘Weather with you’ from 1992. When the rapacious globalist corporations come, they bring the weather (and its not good weather).
If you don’t think it can happen here, this week should have been a wake up call, Chile was taken by surprise in 1973, as was New Zealand in 1984, will Australia wake up and get wise in 2014?
History does repeat.
What was once a purely New Zealand phenomenon can easily become completely ingrained in Australia, be it music or political ideology.
RIP Paul Hester
Of course the global warming people will call the Met Office ‘a fringe anti-government cult’ or ‘paid off shill’.
The last time global warming was a plausible theory was when Bill Clinton was in office.
Global warming and climate change celebrates 15 years of cognitive dissonance.
Money as debt 3
A really good look at money which goes on to explain major theories of how different types money can succeed or fail.
Its worth pointing out that early on in the movie the concept of money as flow is important, this is a good explanation of the economic concept of ‘velocity of money’.
Velocity of money broadly speaking is the number of times (on average) a single unit of money is spent in a year. This concept may seem to be mere trivia until you realize it is very important in calculating inflation.
It concludes that money really is a promise to provide goods and/or services in the future, and that money is only as good as that promise.
In an extremely unexpected announcement The Greens party leader Adam Bandt admits global warming is not real.
Basically were a Marxist party so we really want to internally rot any country that has not accepted cultural and/or economic Marxism.
The Global Warming Carbon Tax is a perfect vehicle for this, its economically destructive, it appeals to individual guilt for an imagined problem, and it covers up while mitigating a real problem, peak oil.
Furthermore the global warming scam allows us to simply ignore all other environmental problems, the ‘death of the entire planet’ line really make all other problems seem insignificant.
As you know, most of the money the Australian government has collected via global warming / carbon tax rackets has been wasted on junkets and tribunes to the higher ups in the scam, like Al Gore, the IPCC and their paid off ‘scientists’.
I goes to show how careful one must be with the media, the public are still only just learning to filter out the bullshit we feed them constantly. Global warming and the carbon tax is just one of many ploys being used on the public.
I just had to come clean eventually, I’m politician and a lawyer, I’m expected to be honest, so I’d rather admit it now and take a small reputation hit, before I get destroyed by a clever investigative journalist.
Adam closed with this famous quote.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
A friend called me just over a month ago telling me about Maxcoin, the new Max Keiser endorsed crypto currency. I said I do some research and let him know if it was wort thinking about or investing in.
Yes it really was the new Max Keiser endoresed cytpto currency, he previously endorsed the copper lark, which you probably haven’t heard of because it was a pump and dump scheme, and few people still take it seriously.
This fact alone was warning enough, there were some rumors that the SHA-3 algorithm has NSA back doors in it, but I was out at pump and dump.
Then came the famously botched launch, a huge pump and dump and then, living in denial for the next month, thinking eventually the price will spike like it did in the early days (not realizing that was pure market manipulation). And then a flood of articles pronouncing it dead and buried, told ya so.
Currently a max is worth 1/1500th of a bit coin and the value is steadily dropping, completely defeating the entire point of a crypto currency.
some excerpts from the story
Recently, our nation’s financial chieftains have been feeling a little unloved. Venture capitalists are comparing the persecution of the rich to the plight of Jews at Kristallnacht, Wall Street titans are saying that they’re sick of being beaten up, and this week, a billionaire investor, Wilbur Ross, proclaimed that “the 1 percent is being picked on for political reasons.”
Ross’s statement seemed particularly odd, because two years ago, I met Ross at an event that might single-handedly explain why the rest of the country still hates financial tycoons – the annual black-tie induction ceremony of a secret Wall Street fraternity called Kappa Beta Phi.
“I believe that God has a plan for all of us. I believe my plan involves a seven-figure bonus.”
The first and most obvious conclusion was that the upper ranks of finance are composed of people who have completely divorced themselves from reality. No self-aware and socially conscious Wall Street executive would have agreed to be part of a group whose tacit mission is to make light of the financial sector’s foibles. Not when those foibles had resulted in real harm to millions of people in the form of foreclosures, wrecked 401(k)s, and a devastating unemployment crisis.
The second thing I realized was that Kappa Beta Phi was, in large part, a fear-based organization. Here were executives who had strong ideas about politics, society, and the work of their colleagues, but who would never have the courage to voice those opinions in a public setting. Their cowardice had reduced them to sniping at their perceived enemies in the form of satirical songs and sketches, among only those people who had been handpicked to share their view of the world. And the idea of a reporter making those views public had caused them to throw a mass temper tantrum.
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public.”
– Adam Smith
An interesting experiment…
A chilling conclusion from some insightful analysis.
On Facebook more followers means less people are likely to respond to what you are trying to convey.
The more you pay to promote it, the worse it gets.
Oh that’s a deviously twisted ploy.
So not only is face book a spying tool where you volunteer information about yourself, your messages are filtered partly by technical constraints and partly by a ham fisted (possibly deliberately underhanded) grab for money. We have reached ‘peak Facebook’ hopefully it will go the way of Myspace and slowly fade into obscurity.
Ironically someone will share this on facebook and the 2 other people on facebook might look at it.
P.S. get a blog, built in spell checker, formatting options, and its not that much harder to use, and you get search engine traffic.