Plunge Protection Team

Jorn Barger linked to a provocative article today on the Plunge Protection Team, a secretive group charged with manipulating the stock markets in the event of a potentially market destabilizing crisis.

The markets seemed on the edge of a meltdown, but the abyss failed to open up. This lack of a meltdown has generally been attributed to the Federal Reserve Board’s (FRB) steady hand and promises of liquidity. But sophisticated research on the events of those two days indicates that a sudden and unprecedented rise in the Major Market Index (MMI) sparked a recovery across the board. There is good reason to suspect that this recovery was the result of concentrated buying by a few firms.

The search for God is the search for Father

These are just loosely connected thoughts, so please view them as such. In monotheistic belief systems, God is a remote, inscrutable being most often portrayed as male. In the mythology of the ancient Greeks the creator gods were the sky (male) and the earth (female). This has some logic. The sky father is remote and the earth mother is always near. The earth supports and nourishes us. We spring from the female body and it nourishes us as infants. On the other hand, when you are a child, where is your father? Above you and away from you, like the sky looking down on you. Before science, the natural world was alive with being and soul. It is logical that early man extended their relationships to interpret the systems of nature.

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What is your purpose?

Looking around, people seem no more complicated than wind-up toys. Take one human being molded by experiences during childhood (when everything has significance beyond appropriate measure), fill them full of fundamental assumptions and beliefs, then set them loose on the world. They will act with nearly complete predictability. And why? Because we do not know ourselves. We do not understand or comprehend that we distort what we perceive as reality. We have so little control over the most basic ways we view the world. One person sees a landscape of relationships, a reality circumscribed by familiar faces. Another person sees a world filled with pain and deprivation, where people exist to inflict pain or have pain inflicted upon them. A third person perceives other people with indifference and exists in harmony with the natural world. The same goes for what people expect out of life. Many people have low expectations for themselves and for life, and many times this seems caused by an unrealistic understanding of life. I try to take the world as it is, and find my value in it. It requires an attitude of openness and compromise because if you set out to impose your view on the world you will find nothing but disappointment.

Mike Tyson


In the sweaty aftermath, Tyson was gracious to his opponent and stayed around to browse his own psyche one last time. “I’m a peasant,” he said. “At one point, I thought life was about acquiring things. Life is totally about losing everything.”

Cultural Creative

Took this quiz on my worldview (via robotwisdom). Results:

You scored as Cultural Creative.

Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Somewhat surprising, but true. I am spiritual in a very pessimistic fashion. Second highest ranking was for Postmodernist, which I still don’t understand the meaning of.

Doing new things: Involvement

When you have opportunities to do things you might not normally do, it might help to consider why you feel uninterested or uncomfortable doing them. Would you benefit from pushing your personal envelope by doing things you might not normally do?

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The ‘Me’ Generation: Adultolescents

Almost everyone I know and work with is an “adultolescent” as defined in the book, “Mediated: The Hidden Effects of Media on People, Places, and Things”, myself included. That is one of the issues I’m having with working for a video game company. I feel like I’m ready to work and spend time around mature adults. The problem is I just don’t know any. Maybe they don’t even exist. I’m getting to a point where I’m tired of living in grown-up-kid land where everyone floats around aimlessly dreaming, but not doing anything. You may ask, what is an adult anyway? I guess in my mind it is someone serious and committed to their own life, not busy avoiding life and protecting their child egos at all costs to the point of serious self-deception and fantasy. Again, this is coming from someone who hides out in books and video games, as much as I hate to acknowledge that. I guess I’m expressing a serious doubt about my own way of life. Anyway, here is an interesting article on that and what it means to be “mediated”, which is this guy’s diagnosis on our culture:

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Experiencing a Shiva moment

Death and life are not two but one. You must destroy something to create something else. Creation itself can be a destructive act. Change can cause discomfort and painful uncertainty, but this discomfort is beneficial. Change is the essence of life. Everything I have learned has been the result of pain or has caused pain in some fashion. There is no comparable teacher. People simply do not learn from their success. Positive experiences do not penetrate the same way. There is an upside. Hardship can create a sense of value since real value is only understood in terms of contrast. There can be no good without bad. No understanding of value without loss. All that aside, sometimes I feel like razing the earth with the fire of my third eye as I do the dance of destruction.

Analogies and metaphors

Life fascinates me, people fascinate me. I want to know and understand things and thereby help fix things, remove poisons, untwist knots. But, why do I want to “fix” things? I’m not sure.

Today I have been thinking about addiction and escape. Why people cling to their addictions for fear of themselves. In composing my thoughts tying extraversion to sadism, introversion to masochism, I reread some Weininger. His ideas on sadism and masochism are profound, although in his view sadism and masochism seem to be terms of expressing duality especially as relates to male/ female nature.

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Ashes to ashes to gunpowder

I have never read anything by Hunter S. Thompson, nor did I like the film adaptation of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas“. Yet, his suicide is strangely compelling. Who can understand the depth of another person’s pain? I can’t, but I can relate to the desire to have everything just stop. Putting the tragedy of the situation aside because I don’t pretend to know or love the man, I am in awe of anyone who commits suicide. Not because I think it’s cool or because I admire their decision, just because of how it goes against what seems to me a natural urge for continuance. Suicidal thoughts are commonplace, but the act itself is not. I always wonder how much thought goes into it. Are most suicides impulsive expressions of agony, or well-planned, well-thought actions? How can you ever be sure you’re making a decision you would not take back if you could?

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