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September 26, 2008

before I turn in

I’m laying in bed blogging on my telephone. I’ve got a cold and I’m tired by nightfall. Perhaps I’m dying, won’t live to see the future of technology. As I reflect back on my short life I think about the people who make me laugh. Who was just talking about 80’s parties? They wanted to freebase cocaine at the next one. Kids these days don’t even know what it is. DIY crack. Then the CIA figured out how to mass produce it and now people are too lazy to make it themselves. Life is good. The Republicans have stopped talking about privitizing social security this week as the government buys up failed banks. The Democrats are backing Bush’s bailout. I’m investing in board games and afghan quilts so when everything collapses people can huddle under blankets and play MasterMind. That’s what’s weird about the markets. People look to make money everywhere. No tragedy is too small.


  1. I heard a funny quip this morning about bipartisan efforts: it usually means both sides have their hands in your pockets.

    I wonder if Wall Street is just another area of our society that needs to catch up with technology. Sure, they raced to make market information and access available to everyone on the Internet but that’s only half of the story when adopting new technology. Now everyone’s an investor, with the same greed and drive that most people focused on managing money tend to have. With so many people playing the market like a slot machine, one has to wonder if the game was never built to support so many players. Futures, shorting stocks, speculation – that’s gambling. Factor in margins and you’re not even playing with your own money (unless you suck at it and get a margin call).

    Well, I hope we get a good deal on AIG. It’s the only money I’ve invested in a business. Too bad it wasn’t my choice…

    Comment by Lyle_S — September 26, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

  2. Save yourself, Kill them all.

    I look forward to the complete collapse of society, then meat heads like me will dominate.
    I never was any good at budgeting, bludgeoning however comes naturally. You show me a former broker, politician or attorney, trying to make a go of it in the barren post-apocolyptic wasteland and I’ll show you one hunky-fuckin-dory neanderthal.

    Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think !

    Comment by Poll — September 26, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

  3. Poll is on the right track, when we as a world are hit with a natural disaster of biblical proportions, race,gender,ethnic, age, rich, poor will all be reduced to the basic needs of survival, we will all come together, then on a common ground we will route to a better society, i am not talking about a little water, maybe half the worlds population. Can’t wait

    Comment by hooperlooper — September 28, 2008 @ 6:12 am

  4. Looking for hope of a massive correction in the human population? Read up on peak oil. Some of those guys predict a near-term world where over 80% of the world’s population is lost.

    Comment by Lyle_S — September 28, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  5. sometimes I wonder if lawyers aren’t the best suited to survive the apocalypse. We think of these people as soft business types, but I think they have the money and free time to be on the firing range with the best weapons and ammo money can buy. They have killer instincts and intellect. I don’t think a simple guy like me will survive the showdown with one of them when there is no more law. they’ve go a lot of practice in lying, cheating and turning off the emotions. Lawyers, CEO’s and the police are the ones who will survive. School teachers, brake mechanics and farmers will be dead.

    Comment by Rolston — September 28, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  6. Once the ammo runs out, my money is on the cornfed farmer, the brawny mechanic and the wiley teacher.
    The lawers my be killers, but they lack the fundamental skills of survival – like bashing in brains.

    Comment by Poll — September 30, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

  7. This one’s easy. The homeless are the best equipped to survive, because for them, nothing will have changed.

    Comment by Lyle_S — October 4, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

  8. but the trash cans will be empty and no one will give them spare change. but they have proven resourceful in lean times. hard to say.

    Comment by Rolston — October 4, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

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