Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Shoe Drops

"Don't panic, but this is the worst thing that's ever happened."
Your local psychic
"It's going to get worse."
Your neighborhood astrologer
"It's going to get worse and better."
A level-headed hominid

Well, I look at it this way. You take your chances when you take your first breath. I think it's a calculated risk, though. And luck accounts for something.
Panic or don't panic. It's your choice. I'm democratic. But if it's at all nerve-calming, I don't think there's another shoe. This is the 1830 model. Men's. Last one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, time to get some blasted new shoes.

18/9/08 10:04 AM  
Blogger John from Taos said...

I have decided this is all good. Just consider these two generally unassailable points:

1. Most people aren't stupid.

2. Things are falling apart.

Maybe one reason things are falling apart is because people aren't stupid, so the old tricks aren't working. This means it's all rolling along organically and probably has to happen exactly as it is.

(Wow, we won. Eek!)

Now, if I have to go out and buy a 50-pound bag of pinto beans or grub for roots and berries, I'm going to be awfully pissed. But one thing at a time, right?

18/9/08 10:48 AM  
Blogger jm said...

LOL anon!

One thing at a time is the only way. And I think it's good too. I think the administration was trying to slow the inevitable and hand it to Obama but now it's here and reconstruction can begin as soon as he gets there, without him carrying the blame. We knew it was coming.

I think it's a great relief when things that are our own faults catch up with us and the learning comes, along with the solutions. Some think we never learn since the same corruption that led to 1929 occurred again, but repetition seems to be the game!

I got out of the stock market several years ago because I didn't want to align with the whole thing and put my money into the war machine. I criticized everyone who screamed about the corporations yet kept supporting them with their money. So maybe this will be a good reminder. Hopefully it will correct enough so that people can still retire well, but as I said earlier, it's setting the stage for the Aries-Capricorn square which will have to be worked out innovatively.

I'm sorry for those who'll be suffering as our country corrects itself, but there will be a lot of benefits I think. Social capital being developd as well as cooperation.

I live on as close to nothing as I can and I've never envied nor resented the rich. I've felt sorry for them trapped in their desire. And there are, of course, suckers who get caught up in the whole thing and I can't do anything about that. People who talk about helping others might now get the chance. Anyway, I think it's all a part of our growing up. We all have to work on the greed factor.

Obama's been bravely speaking about crony capitalism on the trail suggesting the dangers of the whole system as it is now. This is new, I believe, and a bold move.

Maybe one reason things are falling apart is because people aren't stupid, so the old tricks aren't working. This means it's all rolling along organically and probably has to happen exactly as it is.

Great thought john.

Grub for berries!! LOL! Loganberries it is!

Here's a good perspective.

The real economy need not suffer in the downfall of the speculative economy. If anything, the real economy has been repressed by the speculative economy. Real farmers have been crushed by Big Agra, real druggists have been crushed by Wal-Mart and real transportation alternatives have been crushed by Big Oil and Big Auto.

The opportunity here, while the big boys are down, is to rebuild the genuine, local commercial infrastructure. To make shoes, clothes, food, education, healthcare and everything else we can in a bottom-up fashion. While speculators enjoy the economy of scale, we inhabit an ecology scaled to the human being that was lost in the corporatist equation.

18/9/08 2:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Obama on the trail today:

"McCain can't decide if he is Barry Goldwater or Dennis Kucinich!"

18/9/08 3:29 PM  
Blogger yeshe_choden said...

Finally, time to get some blasted new shoes.

Reaganomics gave us flip-flop feet.

(h/t "Cathy" cartoon strip yesterday)

18/9/08 4:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

There's been talk of the real end of free market capitalism and it couldn't have happened without this.

It's also a good lesson in fear management, which could lead to a controlled end of this campaign season, especially with moon-Jupiter in Capricorn trine Saturn. People were suddenly jerked into thinking about their real concerns. Survival and all. It seems like the lovely lipsticked pig set it all off. Kind of apropos.

As I say over and over again the usual reaction is to hate the rich but who buys the crap? Over and over I say we're all in this together. I don't care how many financial gamesters are playing they can't do it without us. Just look at mutual funds. I just read that short-selling might be temporarily restricted. That's a bold move.

I'd like to see people invest locally in a cooperative effort to build their communities. The Asians have always done this and they thrive commercially.

Right on time .. today is a booksigning in the arts' district by David Wann, co-author of Affluenza: The All-consuming Epidemic. He offers a case for altering patterns of consumption.

Blaming the gamblers takes us back to square one. Especially since most of us are in on it. Did you trust them with your money? Futures? How many of us gambled with funds to guarantee a luxury retirement?

In the spiritual realm, old age is a time of divesting and living simply. I think it's the health issue most of all that cripples society. The high cost of sickness and the habits that get people there. Hate doesn't help. Fear is useful in some cases. Understanding is gold.

There is always a solution. Every problem comes with one. Or more.

The moon will be in Taurus for a few days and things should calm down. Don't let 'em scare ya.

18/9/08 5:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I've been studying panic for a long time and the full moon in Pisces conjunct Uranus triggered the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception, indicating that the fears are ungrounded.

But there's a good reason for panic. It's like a synapse jump that connects and sets something into motion. It's needed for a brief moment but not after that. If clutched to it keeps cortisol pumping in the system, a bad drug when overdosed. One has to watch out for thrill-seeking in a boring existence. Exhausting the adrenals. Especially for you older gals who rely on the adrenals for estrogen.

This looks like a good subject for the next post.

18/9/08 5:48 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I live on as close to nothing as I can and I've never envied nor resented the rich.

Take Steve Jobs for example. One of the richest men in the world, founder of Apple computer. A true Bay Area, CA mogul. He has pancreatic cancer. I wouldn't change places with him for the world. I'm happy with my small abode and my health.

Health is wealth. All that money means nothing compared to the fact of that disease.

18/9/08 8:06 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

BTW, I like Steve, and hope he recovers.

18/9/08 8:07 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Health is wealth. All that money means nothing compared to the fact of that disease.

I agree with you 1000% mpk. It's numero uno for me. We all make contracts.

Health first, then freedom, and everything else is so far down the ladder I can't even see them. My body is my most precious possession and it's up to me to take care of it. It's like some ancient sacrifical ritual what people do to their bodies and then have to pay for it!

Like Aztecs they get their hearts cut out but at least the doctors today are kind enough to put them back in. For a fee.

18/9/08 9:36 PM  

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