Monday, May 22, 2017

Don't Let Corporate Profits Bother You


I have largely checked out of the realm of politics and finance.  Both entities/worlds are not controlled, nor influenced by me, but instead are determined by the unlimited sea of sheep, lemmings, and the politicians and corporate marketing shepherds that guide them into the slaughter house. This has turned politics, economics, finance, and in general, history, into a movie I watch, indifferent about the outcome, with no passion nor care about the characters.  This means most humans mean nothing to be, and so when they:

Buy a McMansion at the height of the housing bubble.
Investing in a dotcom in 1999.
Borrow $150,000 to major in a worthless subject
Volunteer at a refugee camp and get raped

and consequently have their lives ruined, I laugh at them because in my world they are merely non-sentient characters on the stage of life, all here for my entertainment.

So an article about IBM's stagnant revenues and profits prompting them to end their telecommuting policy, piqued my interest.  Was IBM having trouble?  Were their profits down?  I had no idea, I was too busy at the moment riding my motorcycle in the Black Hills to tune in.  But apparently it is true, IBM is having a bit of a tough time.  This then prompted me to research corporate profits overall and it seems it's the same movie being played at the "AMC CNCB Jim Cramer 25 Cineplex."

Corporate profits have indeed not only stagnated for IBM, but corporations overall.  Bar the oil price collapse of 1986 (which drove corporate profit growth to an all time low) the trailing 10 year average of corporate profits is at an all-time, post-1950's low:


I know the democrat/socialist movie directors want to tell you in this movie the economy has recovered and this is the new normal, but in the real world this does not bode well for the entire country and the millions of sheep who have been told to invest in the stock market via their 401k's, IRA's and 403b's.  I was hoping that with sclerotic corporate profit growth, corporate prices would be equally slow to grow, meaning they'd be cheap for the millions of Gen X'ers and Millennials who would like to also contribute to their retirement plans.  But alas, even after the 50% stock price crash in the S&P 500 during The Great Recession, stock prices have not only recovered to their pre-cash levels, but grew an extra 11% over what corporate profits warranted, making them EXTRA EXTRA pricey for millennial and Gen X sheep to buy.


This is on top of a longer and historically larger bubble where the stock market is essentially trading at twice the value it should be because of all the:

1.  Retirement dollars
2.  Low interest rate loan corporate buy back dollars
3.  Quantitative easing dollars

flooding the US stock market.

It is here I lose interest in the movie because I've seen this movie thrice before.  There was the "Housing Bubble" which came out in 2007 and starred Dick Fuld, Bernie Madoff, and Ben Bernanke.  There was "The Dotcom Bubble" which starred CNBC, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and a sea of idiot American sheeple.  And though most never bothered to view it, I did watch that old classic "The Tulip Bulb Bubble" starring the ENTIRE POPULATION OF HOLLAND.

All of them have the same plot.
All of them have the same outcome.
They are as boring, overdone, and scripted as the Fast and the Furious Series.

And just like the "Fast and the Furious" series promises to be the last one, they'll drag Vin Diesel's and Duane Johnson's ass out again and again and gain...

"for just one more time"
"because this is the last time"
"until the next time"
"for family"
"never again"
"until the next time"
"till I was never coming back"
"until we have to do it again"
"for the last time."

It won't be until the American sheeple actually learn from history, will they avoid these once-per-decade financial crises they inflict upon themselves.  Until that time, enjoy the show and enjoy the decline.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

IBM and Female Boss' Hatred of Telecommuting

Meet one Michelle Peluso.

No engineering or programming experience.  BUT she DID work in the fashion industry and she has a degree from Wharton AND a rich daddy.

So she knows better than you stinky, nerdy, IBM geeks.

Friday, May 19, 2017

"College" vs. "Collage"

A little bit of help for college graduates...who don't know how to spell "COLLEGE"


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Curse Free (Sorta) Episode #23 of The Clarey Podcast!

Wearing velcro shoes in the 80's.
What happens to the losers post high school?
Harley riders are so cute.
Housing Bubble 2.0.
Marvel cancels racist comic.
Chris Connell who???

AND MORE!!!

In THIS EPISODE of The Clarey Podcast!!!

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The Chris Cornell Test of Intelligence

If you are wondering if you're smart, but don't have the time to take an IQ test, consider instead the Chris Cornell. Test of Intelligence.

If you don't know who he is, and don't care that he died, congratulations, you're intelligent.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Robots Eliminating Need for HR

LinkedIn to replace HR.

Well that's one good thing about robots taking our jobs away.

Marvel Cancels Black Lives Matter Comic...Finally

Hmmmm...it's almost as if the kids (and adults) are getting their fill of forced-diversity at home, on TV, the media, politics, billboards, newspapers, books, and...well...just about every other place and don't want to see it in their recreational activities!

Putin Loves America More Than the Democrat Party

It's a sad day when a former KGB agent seems to like Americans more than their own democrat party.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Episode #198 of The Clarey Podcast

Panning for gold.
There are 2 black people in South Dakota.
Why Tim Allen doesn't need ABC.
Fuck you Mizzou!!!

AND MORE!!!

In THIS EPISODE of The Clarey Podcast

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Monday, May 15, 2017

White Hating University Lays Off 400 People

Awwww, too bad for Mizzou.  Remember how the inmates took over the prison?

"Iron Horse Heist"

Saw this painting in Deadwood and knew it was one of the few and rare luxuries I "must have."

Then I saw the price was $3,850, JUST FOR A PRINT!

It is now officially "one of the few and rare luxuries I must have...when I'm a billionaire."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Yes, Berkeley "Haas" a Business School

The University of California Berkeley is a curious entity.  It is without a doubt the most leftist, anti-free speech, anti-freedom college in the United States.  It generates, at best, worthless liberal arts graduates, and more typically, damaging ones who will be net parasites on society.  Yet, at the same time, it has highly-ranked, highly-legitimate STEM programs, producing engineers, scientists, and other productive members of society.  But while this odd square peg is rounded with a universal indoctrination of leftist politics (all their scientists/STEM graduates are just as easily brainwashed as the liberal arts majors), I was shocked to find out Berkeley has a business school.

Yes, an actual business school replete with MBA program and all.

It's called the "Haas Business School" and is ranked surprisingly highly in both undergraduate and MBA programs.

This completely flummoxed me because there was just no way to reconcile Berkeley's anti-progress, anti-capitalism, anti-production environment with that of a highly ranked business school.  Alas there it was, in all of it's business schooly glory, punching in the weight class with Wharton and the U of Chicago.

So out of morbid curiosity I just had to look up what the class requirements are to earn a degree from the "prestigious" Haas School of Business, and what I found was not surprising at all.

First, like all colleges, the Haas School of Business does not make it easy, clear cut, or obvious what you need to graduate.  Despite my best efforts to take the minimum number of courses to graduate from college, I too took one unnecessary class.  I believe schools make it this complicated on purpose so that they can eek out those couple extra thousand dollars from their students.

Second, what also stood out was Haas' insistence you take 7 "breadth" classes, one each from the following categories:

Arts and Literature
Biological Science
Historical Studies
International Studies
Philosophy and Values
Physical Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences

You can look up the individual lists from the link above, but all are chock full of worthless, liberal arts pre-requisites that, once again, only exist for two reasons.  1) to serve as an employment vehicle for Berkeley graduate students in the worthless liberal arts.  2) to brainwash you into leftist politics that has nothing to do (even everything antithetical) to business.  All under the hypocritical lie that you need to be "well rounded."

Third, was the "core" group of business classes every business major, regardless of specialty, has to take.  This includes 10 "basic bitch" classes such as "micro-economics" (because your high school class I guess wasn't good enough), "business communications" (which is surprisingly like all communications), "marketing" ("gotta spend money to make money!"), and two complete throw-away classes "Leadership" (because I'm going to let a 22 year old leftist moron lead my company) and "The Social, Political, and Ethical Environment of Business" (more leftist brainwashing from a professor who never worked in the real world of business).

You would think this would be enough in academic-indulgences-bribery money to satiate and keep employed Bekerley's ranks of worthless professors,theoreticians, and academians, but it's not, because the University of Berkeley also has some class requirements of all their graduates, regardless of their college and degree.  Like all graduation requirements, they don't go into detail, hoping to get you to sign up for 3, 4, 7 classes you don't need, but they fall into three categories.

"American History"
"American Institutions"
"American Culture"

These requirements are likely nothing more than additional and unneeded, rank leftist propaganda, but even if not, they certainly have nothing to do with business.

Fifth, you need 12 "upper division, non business units" to graduate from the "prestigious" Haas Business School.  What they are, again, they don't clearly say, but they EXPLICITLY tell you it CAN'T be business.  Making me (and the students no doubt) wonder how much better a business major they could have been if they were allowed to...oh, I don't know...STUDY WHAT THEY WANT WITH THOSE EXTRA 12 CREDITS???

And then finally, the numbers.

They just don't add up.

Though I could be wrong, the best I could suss it out, your average Haas Business School student will take, in total, 65 BUSINESS credits.  Only 38 of which will be in their particular major (finance, marketing, HR, etc.).  This is out of a TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS of 120 to graduate.

So let's do some math that I think even Haas Business School students can understand.

When you go to the Haas School of Business, only 54% of the classes you take will have anything to do with business.  And when you really look at it, only 32%, LESS THAN ONE THIRD of the classes you take will have anything to do with you major.

Translated another way, 2/3rds of your tuition money and time is spent on crap you never wanted to study and (in my humble opinion) is nothing more than a money grab from Big Education that makes the mafia's insurance plan look fair.

Of course, this is not just the Haas School of Business, but nearly every business school, and nearly every college in America.  The majority of classes college students take have nothing to do with their major, and everything to do with enriching the life-long-academian class.  The first and foremost purpose of higher education is NOT to educate "the future" but to get you to endebt yourself, often times to the tune of $100,000, all so Big Education can make almost as much money on you as the mortgage industry. 

The real question is why is it taking Americans, especially the youth, so long to see this scam for what it is?  I understand that we are now forcing all of our (precious) youth into indentured financial servitude because the Bachelors Degree is the new High School Diploma.  I know millions of baby boomer and Gen X'er parents are naive about the realities of higher education, unconsciously brainwashing their children that "they MUST ALL GO TO COLLEGE."  But when do you sheep wake up and realize a college "degree" that only gives you a third of the education you need/want with a price tag of $100,000 and 4 years of your youth is a racket, not to mention, the primary cause of all future millennial financial problems?

I used to want to do the right thing and sound the alarm, toll the bells, and try to warn Americans about the financial risks of pursuing worthless degrees.  But instead I (or anybody else) who tries to warn people about this are greeting with hostility, accusations of "ruining dreams," or just being "ignorant" (a favorite accusation of 19 year old self-described "independent minded people").  Throw in the fact these lemmings continue to keep running off the cliff, I not only find myself wanting to enjoy the decline, but actually am sadistically starting to enjoy watching the carnage.

For example, just two months ago the clerk checking me out at the grocery store unsolicitedly lamented to me about the election of Donald Trump.  I asked him what he was going to major in, and he said, "theater."  With a straight face that would win the World Series of Poker I told him,

"Look kid, I know you think just getting that bachelors in theater is going to help, but nowadays you REALLY need to get a doctorate if you want to be successful."

Because, you know, I don't want to get in the way of anybody's dreams.
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Poor Richard's Retirement Now Available on Kindle!

For $6.74 you may guarantee you have an adequately funded retirement by purchasing the Kindle version of "Poor Richard's Retirement."  As a friendly reminder, if you already practice minimalism and know humans are the most important thing in life, you do NOT need to buy/read this essay.  Won't hurt and certainly you may enjoy some of the philosophical takes on economics, retirement, finance, and evolution play an interactive role with one another, but it is not a "must read" for regular Cappy readers/listeners.

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Audio book version coming out quite shortly actually for those of you, who like me, do not like to read.

The Father Could Not Be Reached for Comment

Cough cough.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dating is Over for Gen X

I got out of two rat races when I was in my early 30's. One was the 9-5, corporate prison of being a wage slave. The other was dating.

The catalyst that prompted my exit from corporate America (banking) was the collapse of the housing market.  I was being driven insane when my hard numbers were telling me there was trouble, but the gray-haired baby boomer who desperately needed a commission check that month to finance their leased vehicles insisted otherwise.  It wasn't until the FBI contacted us did I realize that, no, I wasn't insane, and that, yes, corporate America and its baby boomer leaders didn't know jack.  It was a corrupt system and one where nobody with any talent can excel.  And thus it was time to hunker down and get self-employed quick.

The snow flake that caused the avalanche of me exiting stage right from dating was a cute car model from Detroit who moonlighted as a waitress at one of the bars I frequented.  This particular snowflake was nothing special, her dramatic antics common amongst pretty western females, but enough that it was the straw that broke this camel's back.  The total economic cost in terms of time, resources, effort, and sanity just wasn't worth it anymore.  I went ghost and found that quality reliable girl your mother always talks about.  Never set foot in a nightclub or disco ever again.

More than a decade has passed since both retirements, and I'm glad I exited when I did.  I now answer to no one for my paycheck, weekly reminding baby boomer bosses of my freedom, and I've been so long removed from the dating scene, I cannot for the life of me understand how I stayed in it so long.  But while I was fortunate enough to get out of both rat races, the same cannot be said of my Gen X counterparts.  Most, thankfully, have started to get some semblance of justice when it comes to careers.  Enough baby boomers are retiring or dying, providing leadership vacuums that should have been long ago. Plus the internet has obsoleted millions of baby boomers, allowing true talent to bypass them, no longer dependent on their brick and mortar monopolies, and allowing a more meritocratic labor force and economy.  But the dating rat race has only gotten worse, and for the benefit of any Gen X'ers unfortunate enough to be stuck in it, lend me your ears.

The primary complaint I see amongst colleagues, friends, loved ones, and associates is that there is just not ANYBODY worth dating.  Gen X is in their 40's now and 4 decades is enough time to make life crippling mistakes, unrecoverable decisions, and deal-breaking choices the render most undateable.  Criminal records, financial problems, student loans (STILL), bankruptcies, other people's children, STD's, unemployment, obesity, mental disorders, and all the other plagues that come with getting old.

Life isn't over for this generation, but the mistakes made in their 20's are now finally coming due with a ton of interest, and momsie and popsie aren't going to bail them out this time.  Alas, much like the millennials we love to deride about being irresponsible, I haven't and will never forget the stupid decisions the majority of Gen X made.  They simply aren't making the news because nobody wants to see the aftermath of majoring in stupid shit, borrowing a ton of money for a McMansion, getting divorced like the Baby Boomers, and basically the fallout for being the conformist, basic bitch generation they were.  Still, the selection is poor for any divorcee, ne'er married Gen X'er who kept his/her powder dry, Gen X'ers who maintained their physique, or anybody of Gen X who is in the dating market.

Gen X's dating problem is further encumbered by an age paradox.  Because you can only make more mistakes as time goes on, that means an ever-decreasing percentage of your generation is dateable.  An obvious solution would be to date younger, finding people who haven't made your mistakes...yet...but there is a problem in dating younger - they're not mature enough and thus not mentally compatible.  This is especially pronounced among male Gen X'ers who did not have children, were never married, and thus far kept their nose clean.  You can certainly date younger, but doing so will only cause a headache as you date into the realm of "feminist, empowered, yet completely clueless, Millennial women."  You can date older, but now you run into other men's children, financially troubled women, lithium prescriptions, Jesus freaks, newly-empowered 40 something feminists, and government-check-addicted Hillary Clinton acolytes.  Alas, I've seen many male friends ping-pong between the two, with no solution in sight.

Sadly, the reality is one of cold, hard economics which more accurately reflects a produce market than the pretty lies TV, media, and movies paint to get you to believe your Ann Margaret or Prince Charming is right around the corner.  All markets clear, just like the produce section.  The quality tomatoes are picked over quickly, and those that are left will spoil in due time.  This isn't to say you're a rotten tomato if you haven't been snatched up in this market, I know some men and women who are truly great and wonderful people in this unenviable situation due to circumstances largely out of their control.  But it is to stand back, clear our eyes, and accurately assess what is going on so we can accurately diagnose the situation and take action that will help going forward.

Gen X'ers today need to take a somber look at dating and acknowledge what's going on.  They may also need to entertain the possibility of just being single forever or that their standards are just too high.  Millennials would also do well to pay attention because while they're hot, young, and beautiful (well...young anyway), the lies they've been fed about career, education, "partaaaaaying," and politics being more important than family, friends, and loved ones will put them in the exact same situation as Gen X and the Baby Boomers before them.  One that is certainly not enviable.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Curse Free Episode #22 of The Clarey Podcast!

Cappy rambles on about banging liberal men's wives, his trip and taking it easy instead of blasting across South Dakota in one shot.  Restuarants that are open 24 7 aside from Perkins and Waffle House.  And the firing of James Comey or whatever his name is because Cappy no longer pays attention to politics.

In THIS EPISODE of The Clarey Podcast!

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"Poor Richard's Retirement" Now for Sale!

Greetings All!

"Poor Richard's Retirement" is now available for sale in paperback with Kindle and Audible coming shortly!  IN FULL DISCLOSURE it is an ESSAY, not a book, coming in at only 140 pages.  Additionally, it covers ground most regular readers are already familiar with (that humans are the most important thing in life), and expands upon that ground forming an entirely new retirement system upon it. 

If you already know humans are the most important thing in life, and have implemented that into your life philosophy, pursuing a financial life of minimalism, you likely do NOT need to read this essay.  One of the larger goals of this book was to garner new readers, and the poor state of American's retirement planning was the venue by which I'd achieve that, but most of you guys already practice what is preached here.

Regardless, you may find the book interesting and practical, and it CERTAINLY is philosophical.  I just wanted to fully disclose about 50% of it will be material you're already familiar with.

Cappy


Monday, May 08, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure

DT of The Black Brigade Debrief has a good podcast.

The Nyadzonya Raid - When 84 special ops soldiers clandestinely killed over 1,000 enemy soldiers.

A brutal take down of one "Chris Johnson" - a man who wants to tell you how to live, through bikes.  Arguably the scariest insight as to the tyrannical nature of leftists.  Language warning.

Adam Piggott questions your lack of questioning authority.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a Bucket of Emotional Tampons

Swear to god can you people in Hollywood just make two good movies in a row?


Why Technology, Not Environmentalists, Will Stop Global Warming

I am going to make a prediction.  And when I make predictions, people should pay attention because my track record is pretty good.  Plus the prediction is hopeful and optimistic, so this rarity should definitely be paid attention to.

Telecommuting will become standard within yours and my lifetimes.

I didn't think it would happen, but the good news is the single largest hurdle to telecommuting is going away - Baby Boomer bosses.  They're getting old, they're retiring out of the work force, some are dying, and even some are starting to get it through their incredibly thick skulls that this 20 year old technology can be implemented without the world collapsing.  The day is coming where every white collar worker will have a commute like me...which is merely walking upstairs to my home office in my boxer shorts, grabbing coffee and turning on the computer.

This is of course great news because of many reasons.

One, I believe it will result in stronger, more stable families as more adults spend more time at home and less stuck in traffic.

Two, I believe it will result in better children who spend more time with their parents as opposed to a daycare operator or parent-substitute.

Three, I believe there will be less divorce in the country since time and financial constraints are the #1 cause of divorce.

Four, transportation budgets will be drastically cut because our roads do not need as much repair and maintenance.

Five, family finances will improve as we spend less on gas, auto repairs, insurance, and the cars themselves.

Six, housing will become cheaper as people no longer have to live near hubs of economic activity (read-cities), but can move out to more rural areas drastically improving their budgets.

Seven, taxes will be lowered as people are allowed to escape leftist crapholes like California and New York and move to tax free states such as Florida or Texas.

Eight, costs of goods will go down because corporations will not longer have to shell out office expense, be it renting expensive downtown buildings or building cubicle farms.

Nine, there will no longer be a commute/rush hour and the commensurate traffic jams that come with it

and finally

Ten, with nobody commuting western countries will drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, certainly more than any arbitrarily applied "reduction schedule" governments had signed onto. This will finally achieve the reduction in greenhouse gases environmentalists have wanted and (at least western countries) will have done their part to stop global warming.

This will be cause for celebration.  And I would contend not for the fact we will have ended global warming, but because of all the economic and standard-of-living improvements that come with being able to telecommute.  But what is going to be very telling are the lessons, realities, and facts that will be observed AFTER we reach this stage in telecommuting/green house gas reduction.

First, as is always the case, society's problems will not be solved by protestors, activists, slacktivists, sociologists, SJW's, politicians or other worthless, talentless people.  It will be solved by innovators, creators, scientists, and engineers.  I don't care how precious a religion "global warming" and "the environment" is to the zealots who put the false religion of environmentalism at the core of their being.  The truth is all green technology is created and produced by engineers.  STEM majors.  Not the professional parasites and whiners too lazy to do calculus and actually DO something about it.

Second, we cannot help but point out global warming will also be solved by entrepreneurs and visionaries who saw the potential for different technologies and innovations to make life easier and solve problems.  These entrepreneurs were of course driven by profit, which means whether you like it or not, it is also capitalism that solved global warming.  To quote Newt Gingrich (regardless of whether you like him or not) "E-mail saved more trees than any tree hugger."

Third, while the western world will move towards a commute-free world, making actual tangible change towards reducing global emissions, this doesn't change the fact that environmentalists, protestors, and activists are still going to want their iPhones, laptops, cheap clothing, and...well...every material good they've always wanted which are produced predominantly...

outside the western world.

i.e.-China, India, and the score of other Asian/second world countries where most actual physical production is done.

This means the fight to stop global warming will have to be taken overseas to get those countries to lower their emissions.

Which brings about my final and key point.

Fourth, will the global warming crusaders and environmentalist religion zealots actually go overseas to help stop global warming?  This is so easy to predict, I feel I don't have to write it, but I will for thoroughness' sake.

Everybody, including the environmentalists themselves, know damn well they're not going to.  And the reason why is evidenced by every action environmentalist, protestors, and people who supposedly care about the environment take - none.  They take no tangible, effective real action at all.  And they do so because at their core they're lazy.  If environmentalists actually cared about the environment, they would major in STEM, engineering, science, and pursue careers that would actually bring about the end of global warming.  But at their core are just like all other religious people - fakers and frauds.  They don't actually care about the environment, they just want to use environmentalism to provide their worthless, lazy selves with some kind of fabricated purpose, agency, or validation.  So once it becomes inconvenient to bitch and whine about a problem, or the problem itself is solved, they won't stop and repurpose themselves into another capacity that actually serves society.  They will simply find another cause or crusade to bitch about.  They will simply find another religion.

This will become painfully clear when telecommuting becomes widespread across the western world.  Spoiled kids from the suburbs, replete with the worthless liberal arts degrees will be unable to complain in their home countries about global warming.  But since to continue the fight against global warming would require going overseas (you know, actual effort), most will drop out of the fight because of cost (both in terms of time and money).

The real issue (and even my prediction skills aren't this good) is what new "problem" or "crisis" will the environmentalist/professional crusaderist/lazy good-for-nothings come up with next to provide their meaningless lives with fake meaning?  I'm always amazed at the left's ability to pull crises out of thin air, but even more flabbergasted when the sheeple public swallow it whole.

First it was global cooling.
Then it was the ozone layer.
Then it was the kid's starving in Africa.
Then it was the rainforests.
Then it was global warming.
Then it was "climate change."
Then it was "privilege."
And (one I still can't believe the sheep swallow whole) the 31 flavors of gender.

It's almost worth staying alive just to see what genuine craziness they pull out of their communal ass next.

Regardless, mark my words, these people will not simply "go away," hang up their environmentalist robes, and return to society as accountants, cooks, mechanics or other productive members of society.  Their entire life's purpose is to avoid real work, while hiding behind the fabricated nobility and morality of some leftist cause.  And this hypocrisy will be exposed for a brief moment when the west adapts telecommuting.
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Where we serve only "Glenclarey" scotch and our bartender is the arms supplier from John Wick 2.


The Struggle is Real

Blaming Trump and racism for driving drunk.

I don't know if I'm more impressed that leftists think that line with work with a cop or that they've been so successfully brainwashed to use "isms," "ists," and "Trump" to absolve themselves of any responsibility in the world.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Episode #197 of The Clarey Podcast

Cappy's scotch "Glenclarey"
"The Silent Bar"
RoundhousePITCHINGchickcopshow canceled
Female cop puts everybody else in danger.
Women's feelings more important than safety.
Reality or leftism?  Choose.

AND MORE

in THIS EPISODE of The Clarey Podcast!

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Diversity and Feminism Not Selling on Night Time TV

Keep making leftist, political, virtue signaling slop, Hollywood.  People aren't buying it.  I can't think of people who need to waste more money than you leftists on the left coast.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

College: The Modern Day Catholic Indulgence

You must pay to play.  Because you are not smart, capable, or worthy of hiring until you pay Big Education.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Where Last Man Standing Fails Conservatism


"Last Man Standing" is a family sitcom starring and created by Tim Allen.  Tim plays "Mike Baxter" - successful marketing executive, father of three daughters, and husband to the very milfy Nancy Travis. However, what makes the show stand out from the rest is its superb writing, BRILLIANT acting, incredibly clever humor, and above all else, the conservative principles showcased in the show.  Despite some genuinely cringe-worthy sappy moments, it is hands down my favorite TV show on today, rivaling Black Books, Father Ted, and IT Crowd in terms of humor in my opinion.

Because of its quality and unabashed conservative politics it has become a favorite of Americans who still love America.  It's teaches the value of the nuclear family, strong male role models, fathers, capitalism, and work ethic. And it also skewers leftists, socialists, and SJW's for their blatant stupidity and naivety on a regular basis.  Since at least half of Americans don't hate America (not to mention are sick of the leftist indoctrination being shoved down people's throats) it's no surprise it has such high reviews, a loyal following, and is running into its 6th season.

There is, however, a major flaw in the show in terms of the politics it, and Tim Allen, are trying to convey.  A flaw that is reflective of the larger conservative community, and one that it is unaware of and has been been unaware of for quite sometime.  And though I know "it's just a show" and to relax, because the secondary purpose of the show is to use the American family as a vehicle to make the case for conservative principles, this is something the conservative community in America needs to fix within itself.

Dependency.

While conservatives, republicans, libertarians, and anybody "not left" eviscerates and condemns dependency upon the state, "Last Man Standing" unintentionally advocates a similar such unjust parasitism, but upon the family.  In the Baxter household, Mike Baxter has:

1.  Bailed out a teenage single mom daughter.
2.  Allowed for free lodging for all adult daughters
3.  Allowed one daughter to set up her company in the basement (also rent free)
4.  Paid for/committed to pay for all daughter's colleges
5.  Given no consideration for the quality of these degrees (fashion)
6.  Bailed out the leftist-ex-dead-beat-dad-now-reliable-father son-in-law from his student loans
7.  Pays for all adult children's cars, cell phones, food, and insurance
8.  Lets the wife quit her otherwise respectable STEM job to become a (you guessed it) teeeeeaaaacheeeerrrr.

and oh,

9.  Starts an ENTIRELY NEW RESTAURANT SO HE CAN EMPLOY HIS TEENAGE MOM DAUGHTER AS A MANAGER

It's so bad it makes you wonder if Tim Allen ever actually did time in prison.

But then there is an interesting juxtaposed character.  One whose background is the complete opposite of the spoiled suburbanite Baxter daughter royalty.  One, that though I'm sure Mr. Allen intended to be there for lovable, comic relief, makes my point by exposing the lack of meritocracy in the fictional "Last Man Standing" world.

Kyle.

Kyle is a moron as much as he is a good and genuine soul.  He works at the outfitting shop Mr. Baxter works at, is incredibly loyal, does the most demeaning work without question, looks up to the fellow "sirs" in the shop, and is the epitome of the most loving, loyal, but stupid, dog.  Dumb as he may be, however, he is superior to most everybody else in the show for his age group because....

he supports himself.

The entire show Kyle is living on his own and supporting himself.  He lives in a dumpy, studio apartment (that gets raided by bums), doesn't have any illegitimate children, helps support his grandmother, and not once ever asks for a handout, a bail out, a car, free lodging, free tuition, or even a free fishing pole.  If anything Kyle just wants a father in his life, painfully pining for one of the "sirs" to accept him as such, but (if you were to watch the show) it's tragically depressing how he's never tossed a bone or given a fraction of the help the Suburbanite Royalty Baxter Princesses are, or worse, taken advantage of.

Here's how this would go down in the real world, and is the VITALLY IMPORTANT LESSON many conservative families, especially fathers need to learn.

First, the Baxter daughters would be insufferable spoiled brats, much like most suburbanite princesses are today.  None of them would have real jobs, they would perpetually be forever-dependent upon their dad for a bailout, they would be EASILY brainwashed into leftist stooges in college, they'd all be "feminists," they would stand up their dates, and they would NEVER view the family as the unit of society.  They would be, much like most 30 somethings today, facing mom and dad FINALLY cutting the purse strings because they never did before, finding ways to avoid getting real jobs and getting their student loans forgiven.   But worse (and remember, this is for you conservative fathers who want to raise conservative daughters so they go off and marry similar young Mike Baxters) they would be unmarriageable.

I've explained this before, but spoiling your precious little princess only makes it hell for the younger men to date her.  Certainly in terms of entitlement mentalities, but also younger men simply cannot compete against a Mike Baxter wallet.  And while you think this is predominantly a SWPL upper middle income affair, it is universal across all income and racial categories.  Men in the ghetto, barrio, or trailer park cannot compete against a government check to win the affection, attention, and commitment from their women.  Regardless of your socio-economic status, simply handing things to people (be it from the private sector or public sector) result in inferior people, no matter where you hail from, and the rest of us get to deal with these people when they're released into society.

Two, Kyle, despite his mental handicap, would be an infinitely more successful, stable, reliable, happier, and superior person.  And the reason is simple - he suffered, he endured, he learned.  Unlike being pampered in opulent suburbanite bliss, Kyle was forged in the fires of the real world.  And because of that would come out much stronger and reliable than the worthless faberge eggs being mass produced by conservative fathers in the blissful suburbs.  But more importantly, for the sake of conservatism in America, he would know what it takes to survive in the real world, what it's like to work in the boiler room of the Titanic, he would know how the real world works and all THAT....

would result in him holding conservative principles.

The irony of Last Man Standing's political aims is the exact same irony of conservative fathers across America.  You guys are creating the leftist monsters you're so desperately trying to fight.  And you're doing it by fostering dependency and parasitism in your children.  If you really love the country, if you really love America, if you really love your children, given them a little more Kyle and a little less Mandy.

We real men and women in the real world who had to support ourselves would appreciate it.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Why Isn't Socialism Working In Venezuela?

Because they hadn't thought of raising the minimum wage hike FOR A THIRD TIME this year.  And THAT will be the silver bullet the ushers in a whole new world of Venezuelan economic and global dominance.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Captain's Plan B for Entrepreneurship

As I've alluded to before, if the truth business ever goes away or for whatever reason Amazon decides they're going to pay pennies on the dollar like YouTube, I will resort to completely unethical, but completely legal entrepreneurial ideas, predominantly in the industry of selling pretties lies to stupid people for a pretty profit.

Here is an example of what I'm talking about.

Think about your future career long and hard.  Do you want to work hard telling people truth, holding them up to standards, and getting called every name in the book while making pennies, or be like the democrat party and make BILLIONS selling lies to the dupes and rubes?

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Hungerless Hunger Strike

Only leftist, academians could come up with something so utterly worthless and hypocritical.

Ladies, Just Get the Fuck Out of Our Way

The Rant of the Day


The Left Values Their Ideology More Than Life Itself

Especially if it's yours.

The rest of the country better start waking up to the fact these people will drive the bus off the cliff and kill everybody with it.  Specifically, the rest of the country better start drawing the line of letting immigrants in who have no intention of becoming Americans or working for a living.  And they better grow a spine because they're going to be called all sorts of names that end with "ist" for daring to insist on the right to living and not being enslaved to a welfare-parasite class.

Oh wait!

That's right!

I don't have kids!

Never mind!  Enjoy the decline!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ESPN Should Read Rollo Tomassi

Letting women invade and dictate male spaces is on the menu whether you like it or not.

IQ of College Students Dropping Like a Rock

I could do without the racial reference being unnecessarily forced in, but IQ has dropped a full standard deviation since the 1960's.

I often wonder why the college bubble continues on and how young kids just don't wake up and get it. Then I realize they are the epitome of normies, sheep, and idiots and Big Education is targeting them.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Why You Want Might to Reconsider Moving to Australia

Long ago, when John Howard was Prime Minister of Australia, I looked at Oz with a jealous eye.  They had good economic growth, low unemployment, balanced budgets, low debts, and sun.  A whooooole lot of sun.

But then I met Adam Piggott and I knew a report from an Agent in the Field was infinitely better than all the EIU, OECD, and IMF reports I'd read across the other side of the globe.  Which is interesting, because the man is leaving Australia for Europe.

Definitely worth the read if Oz was on your list of Plan B's for America as it's turned into a 2nd world diversity affirmative action circus.

The essay is almost done and writing will return to a normal schedule soon.

And So the Private Sector Experiment with Affirmative Action Ends

With expected results.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Curse Free Episode #20 of The Clarey Podcast

Women and the "Cold Shoulder" fad.
Don't kill your dates.
Millennials are going to millennial.
Baby Boomer journalists working fast food.
All male flights in the 1950's and 1960's.

AND MORE!!!

In THIS CURSE FREE EPISODE of The Clarey Podcast!

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Arbeit Macht Frei

The one thing missing from this, otherwise great, article is how debt ensures you guys all suffer HR ditzes, sadistic bosses, and with smiles on your faces.

Oh well, remember, Schmoopsie Muffins needs her Range Rover to impress the other soccer moms at the coffee store and your lil' Princess just "NEEDS" to go to that $250,000 a year liberal arts college.

It's all worth it.

Die Radio Die!!!!

Awww, too bad.  Another dinosaur, gallbladder piece of the baby boomer economy going away.

I'll take that bit of your market, thank you very much NewsPaper/Radio/Television/Publishing industry.  And I sincerely hope all you ex journalists, television media and radio types frantically do your best to find a way to pay for your retirement these next 20 years. 

Hey, I hear the Huffington Post will let you work there for free!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Warm Fuzzy Story of the Day

Got a comment that deserved to be it's own post in response to "The Best Dating a Girl from Wyoming Story Ever Told.

Thank you for posting this. I went through the exact same bullshit with a hot, sexually talented, former cheerleader, raving fucking alcoholic I worked with. Her pattern was to show up at work drunk, get fired or quit in a huff, then latch onto a beta to live with while she " planned " her next move. I was that beta and did everything possible to keep her, including buying booze. The end came when she dumped me and went to live with a former boyfriend in California. The boyfriend died suddenly due to an overdose of methadone. She told me boyfriend was taking methadone for back pain? :-) :-) All of a sudden, she wanted me to fly her home and wanted to live with me, again. I had enough of this bullshit and told her " If you show up on my doorstep I will drive you to a family member's home and drop you off " She then moved in with her dead boyfriends best friend and convinced him to get engaged. She died suddenly at age 36, probably from liver failure. I went to the funeral and family members told me they had done everything to get her to quit drinking. Very sad as she was a highly talented writer and she killed herself and wasted her life.

My thoughts 16 years later? The sex was amazing but it was not worth the drama and upset. I am just glad I did not marry the flake or get AIDS. 


Know this and know this well young men.  The prettier a girl is, the easier the world has gone on her, to the point she is unable to support herself and only knows parasitism as a means to survival.  But while so many get out of jail free cards seem to give these girls a life of luxury, in the end, it condemns them to a hellish existence once her attitude becomes unbearable or her looks fade.

There is equality, equilibrium, and justice in all things.  You often times just don't see it.

Late Night Cappy

Had nearly a score of videos backed up, two of which may prove interesting listening.

1.  Ayn Rand is Basic Bitch Economics
2.  How Conservative Guys Can Bang Liberal Chicks

Saturday, April 22, 2017

You are a Fucking Idiot for Attending Law School

These liberal arts undergrads-turned law students are so stupid they're CRYING when in reality they should be thanking their lucky stars they're not going into debt anymore.

Teeeeeeaaacheeeeerrrsssss

They're just so great and wonderful and they love the children.

Perhaps a little too much.

But it's OK, because they're teeeeeeaaacheeeeerrrrsss, the most preciously wonderful people on the planet!  And since they're leftists it's OK if they're child rapists and kidnappers.

Cover for the New Essay

Finally found the right font and layout I wanted for the new essay.  Once again, a reminder that it is an ESSAY, not a book as it is only about 40-50 pages.  Also, if you are already actively practicing minimalism and are aware of its benefits, this book will largely be a review, though a MUCH MORE THOROUGH application of using the love for your fellow man as a means by which to eliminate materialism in your life, and consequently therefore, drastically improving your finances.  Ergo, if you are interested in the philosophy of what's most important in life, yes, you will want to read it.  But if you've already attained this level of philosophy and understanding it will perhaps be merely entertaining.


Friday, April 21, 2017

The Best Dating a Girl from Wyoming Story Ever Told

Cynical Libertarian has a podcast out, a story of which he tells is an absolute must, not just for the entertainment value, but the lessons to learn for young boys chasing beauty and not much else.  The story starts at 41:41 and unless you want your ire raised, I suggest you just skip ahead to that minute mark.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why Millennial Girls Should Date Gen X Men

We're stronger.
We make more money.
We have established careers.
Oh...
And we don't live at home.

The irony is with every Millennial girl looking like Harley Quinn (and I don't mean that in a good way), I doubt any quality Gen X men are going to be up for the job of baby sitting and telling you to take that stupid ring out of your nose.

Oh well, enjoy the decline.

Broke Millennials Ordering $800 Bottle Service

Decided to crack down on the book and thusly have been spending many-a-late nights at various Perkins around St. Paul and not banging out stuff on the blog.  Also March and April have been record-setting months for Asshole Consulting (which on Tax Day celebrated it's 3rd year in business), which has also been taking an inordinate amount of time.

In the meantime if you'd kindly tune into the Pushing Rubber Downhill podcast wherein your kind Aussie host, Adam Piggott, will regale you with a tale about broke Millennials ordering $800 bottle service he'd appreciate it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Equal Rights, Equal Fights!

Welcome to Team Man, ladies!  You are truly equal now.


Episode #196 of the Clarey Podcast!

Clarey's a dick due to poverty, not choice.
Wells Fargo laughs at stupid Americans.
US womens soccer team loses...to 15 year old boys.
Australians bail out stupid liberal arts ditz.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

How the Left Blew their Entire Racist Load

I have a Clandestine Agent in the Field, deeply embedded within the strongest stronghold of the American left - the public schools.

Though I won't say what s/he does or where s/he is, s/he said something the other day that gave me, even the ole pessimistic, Enjoy the Decline, Cappy, a bit of genuine hope and optimism.

"They're not swallowing it anymore.  They're not believing all this privilege and racist stuff."

When I pressed my agent for more information, s/he continue to explain that the left through their most ardent of acolytes - teachers - were so uniform, so omnipresent, so overbearing with the "white privilege," "racism," "sexism," 31 flavors of gender, that the kids (dumb as they might be) not only DON'T believe any of it, but are now mocking it and ridiculing it, much like Gen Xer's do today.

This gave me hope, and I think it should you too, on many levels.

One, in watching my and the Millennial generation of kids just swallow whole what tripe their teachers forced down their throats, I was sure these Gen Z'ers would prove no different.  Everybody showed how independent they were by regurgitating the same talking points as their teachers.  Everybody would show how independent minded they were by wearing salmon color jeans, perfectly groomed hair, piercing their noses and getting tattoos.  Everybody I knew voted Bill Clinton and went for the whole grunge thing.  And every Millennial is, well, just an amazing case study of conformity and sheeple behavior.  Why would Gen Z be any different?

While I still think Gen Z will succumb to the all-too-tempting offer of free everything from the left, the fact they're consciously identifying this racist/sexist propaganda for what it is - propaganda - AND making fun of it, means the teacher-left overplayed their hand on this one.  Not only does calling whites and males sexist and racist at the age of 10 immediately piss young kids off, it's too much and just so blatantly wrong the kids in a very South Parkian manner know the adults don't know jack.  So now, instead of getting whites and males to cower in fear of the accusation of racism or sexism like Millennials or Gen X'ers, you have an entire generation that scoffs at it and dismisses it.

Two, it's not just white and male students who make fun of this leftist lie that everybody is a racist or sexism, but minorities and females too.  This proves doubly troublesome for the left because not only have they lost the ability to shame whites and males into voting for reparative socialist policies, but they are losing an entire generation of female and non-white crops (and that's PRECISELY how they look at children) for future votes.  Again, it's a mere spring-time sprout, but the fact that black and white, hispanic and asian, male and female students are getting together and uniting over the idiocy of their leftist teachers' indoctrination, not only means this tool of the left is no longer effective, but simple adult behavior is uniting races than any race whoring or sexist mongering the left purposely forced on society.

Three, what would the left do without their vital tools of racism and sexism?  Imagine the left without these two vital tools at their disposal.  While after 20 years of a consistent cacophony of brainwashing from academia, media, and government, and 8 years of intensive anti-white and anti-male bigotry under the Obama administration, what if you imbued the American population with it so much, they built up a tolerance to it rendering them immune and vaccinated against it?

Right now it is laughable how the scaredy cat, spineless Gen X'ers, Baby Boomers, and Millennials will jump at the mere potential chance somebody maybe might accuse them of being a racist.  The left was COMPLETELY successful in getting three whole generations to see everything as race or sex, making them putty in their hands.  But now, if what my Agent in the Field reports is true and universal across US schools, the left will have to go back to mere class warfare and global warming since they overplayed their race/sex whore hand.

Again, I still think the US is in terminal decline.  Too many stupid people have been bred, and too many leftist sheep trained that one mere generation is not going to turn this country around.  It does, however, give me hope that a generation is on deck that may not have to live with the nation wide mental illness that the rest of the country has been infected with and had to live with these past 30 years.  Imagine if an entire generation grew up much like you and your friends did in the 80's with no consideration of race or sex.  Imagine if through simple genetic programmed self respect and self survival you knew when the adults were evil lying sacks of shit.  Imagine, if the group of friends you have today, which no doubt includes non-whites and women, where you guys can be completely open with each other and give each other ribibngs over your races and genders, is already embedded into Gen Z'ers today because they needed to unite against evil teachers with an agenda.  Instead of being like ESPN and masturbating over race everyday, kids today will actually enjoy watching the sport.  What would it be like to go an entire day, week, even year, without being lectured about race, sex, or gender because it truly doesn't matter?

Gen Z MAY be at that point, thanks to leftist teachers' overzealous forced feeding of hatred, sexism, and racism.  And like chicken pox, these kids may be vaccinated against this mental disorder of "Ist and Ism Fever" forever.
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You Will Worship the Bunny!

Worship it I tell you!!!!

But Who Would Want to Work for The New York Times?

No, seriously, who?  Because you can make more just running your own channel.  Heck, just use them as a platform to get a critical mass of followers and then strike out on your own.  Let them pay for those expensive buildings and the rents of their employees while you can just work from the comfort of your own home in Springfield, Illinois for a fraction of the cost.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Week of Hell

Howdy all, couple items,

1 - I got a deluge of Asshole Consulting requests.  So many in fact, I may have to wake up before...

930AM!

I know, I know, I don't know what kind of country this is where you have to wake up before noon AND work 8 WHOLE HOURS A DAY, but apparently this is what electing Trump has gotten us.

Regardless, the podcast may be a bit late as will posts.

2.  High quality posts are being relegated to one a week because I'm also trying to finish my essay about revolutionizing the retirement system.  This, combined with the increase in Asshole Consulting has (in all honesty) pushed me over 60 hours a week.  Still, I have a growing collection of high quality posts accumulating, but will get to those after I get through this glut of work.

3.  I have inquired with several people about writing original pieces in my stead, notably a person of great intellect and writing ability who shall go unnamed.  Let's just say his last name starts with a "B" and ends with "echtloff."  Rumor has it he has a lot of free time, so hopefully he'll write something this week. ;P

4.  To top this all off, I've been experimenting with different platforms as a potential replacement for YouTube.  This week we will be using Daily Motion, but for all points and purposes, it sucks.  Certainly some pros and cons, but I'll be detailing my experiences with all the platforms in a much more detailed analysis-post/video.

5.  They've updated my Praxey site in case anybody needed to get in contact with me for "Emergency Asshole Consulting."  Couple people were inquiring, but yes, it is up and running.  You just need to install the app.

Anyway, thanks for your patience.  Cappy will return to regularly scheduled programming soon enough.

Cappy

Friday, April 14, 2017

Our Buddy Marcus Brown Makes It on Oshay Jackson's Vlogcast!

And no, the boy still hasn't seen Die Hard, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones or any other movies.  So don't ask.


Fuck It, Take Our Women

You can have 'em.  We're done here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This Week's Asshole Consulting Videos Will Be on Daily Motion

The Video Platform Wars continue as I have to abandon Vid.me because:

1.  You can only upload videos shorter than 30 minutes.
2.  You have a 2 GB per week limit and
3.  My application for verification got rejected

Alas, the experiment and hunt for a new video platform to potentially replace YouTube continues as this week's Asshole Consulting videos will be posted on my Daily Motion channel.

Why College and Weddings Are Economically Identical


 An economic mystery was flummoxing me.

Why is it so hard for millennials NOT to go to college?

With college tuition being literally unaffordable, stories after stories about the plight of un/underemployed college graduates, horror stories of the same with crippling student loans, and it no longer being a secret that college is a bubble, why is it so hard for 18 year olds to say, "screw this, I'm going home?"

Furthermore, why MORE SCHOOL?  Didn't these millennials have enough?  Aren't they SICK of school?  Why are they willingly signing up by the millions for 4 years more?  And they get to pay for it this time!  Wouldn't you be RELIEVED you no longer have to go to college?  Shouldn't you be happy this HUGE added responsibility is no longer needed?  Shouldn't it be an easy decision NOT to go, and instead go find a job instead?

Yet still, there the lemmings are, lining up by the millions for their turn to jump to their financial deaths and ruin their lives.

But why?  WHY?

And I finally figured it out.

The problem was, as is often the case, I was operating from a wrong premise.  I was operating from the premise that the point of college, college's true economic nature was that of education.  People go to college, pay for tuition, and attend classes so that they receive an education which allows them to make more money over the course of their lives.  But whereas this was certainly the case before, it no longer is now, and I consciously knew this at some level because in the past I've said students treat college as a consumption good, not an investment. 

Still, while I knew college was no longer an investment good, this did not explain the unique consumption good behavior of millions of college students every year.  Nor did it explain the insane prices students would be willing to pay and go into debt for.  Ergo, college wasn't some kind of fad consumption good like Pokemon trading cards or Beanie Babies where you'd drop maybe at most a couple hundred dollars on.  It was something more.  It was TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars, 4 YEARS of their youth, MIND NUMBING CLASSES, for the past TWO GENERATIONS, all in the face of mounting evidence college was a losing financial proposition.  And then I asked myself a question that sent my brain down the path that would inevitably led me to discover it's true modern day economic nature.

What other consumption goods have these traits?  What things in the world do people:

1.  Spend 4 years of their lives investing/working on/preparing for?
2.  Go into debt to pay for?
3.  That have price tags from mid five-to-low-six-figures?
4.  That also have a fad-like, lemming-like, sheeple like conformity about it?

and this was the key trait

5.  And are pushed by all of society to purchase?

At first I was thinking sporting events.  Those are consumption goods.  Thousands of Minnesota's dumbest pay $100 a ticket and $100 in food and $25 in parking to see the Minnesota Vikings lose every year.  They probably put it on their credit card.  But it isn't a $75,000 price tag.

Then I was thinking larger sporting events, perhaps even once in a lifetime religious-like events.  Say the Super Bowl, Burning Man, Sturgis, the declaration of a new pope, or pilgrimages to Mecca.  Still, you may prepare years to attend, but even attending these events in luxury does not cost $100,000.

So what possible consumer good exists, that people can't afford, will go into debt for, that doesn't offer anything of tangible financial value afterwards, and has this societal push, borderline obssession to buy it regardless?

Then it hit me.

Weddings.

Weddings are the identical twin sibling of college. 

The reason why can be summarized in one simple phrase:

"It's my day."

However, whereas "my day" is the exclusive preserve of women on their wedding day, there is a similar sense of entitlement to having "my day" FOR BOTH SEXES when it comes to college.  And the reason why is that college is NOT sold to young kids today as the education it was supposed to be, but the "college experience" it is has successfully and falsely been propagated and inflated to what it is now (an industry that is more than TEN TIMES THE SIZE OF THE WEDDING INDUSTRY).

First, there is a HUUUUUGE element of Exodus and liberation philosophy and psychology that simply CAN NOT be understated.  K-12 school SUCKS.  IT SUUUUUUUCKS.  It is so bad and so torturous that it sucks the life out of normal students and is a veritable mental prison for high IQ students.  An entire artificial environment children are forced to attend that is managed and operated by the country's dumbest college graduates.  This environment results in a place that at best is a prison for college-bound students, but usually is pure torture as we prevent kids (of all intelligence levels) from achieving their best.  NOBODY is happy.  NOBODY like their pathetic sad saps called teachers.  And everybody cannot wait to leave.

However, the hope that is sold to college-bound students is that "college" is where the REAL smart people are.  That when you get to "college" everything will be better.  That when you go to "college" all this pain and misery will end and you will TRULY find "your people."

In short, because K-12 is so bad, college becomes a veritable second heaven, a Land of Canaan, a birthright that all intelligent kids are entitled to for enduring the hell of K-12.  And because they are so young, and because they have not lived in the real world, AND BECAUSE THEY LITERALLY HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO HOPE FOR, college is not a means to an education and a better job, but the finish line to freedom and happiness.  And that freedom and end to their slavery GREATLY outshines the purported educational benefits of college.

Second, nearly all authority figures lie, both consciously and unconsciously, to children about the realities of college.  Parents lie to their children because they don't want to hurt their feelings or destroy their children's doomed hope.  Teachers don't want to tell their students because...well...they're teachers and they NEVER LEFT the artificial environment of school.  For all they know school is great and the entire economy's GDP should be "teachers."  The media has no incentive to tell kids the truth about college because they need to sell good and being the bearer of bad news is poor salesmanship.  Corporations CERTAINLY have no incentive to tell kids the truth because they need those kids to not only borrow $100,000 to do the training that would otherwise befall on corporate training programs, but they need students desperately in debt so they make good, loyal slaves workers.  And colleges have every incentive in the world to lie to these kids for without them, damn well near 90% of the colleges and universities would close overnight because we only really need 10% of the college graduates we have. 

The exact same cacophonous brainwashing occurs with weddings.

Nearly every economic entity has the incentive to get people hitched.  Corporations, travel agencies, airlines, the government, divorce lawyers, divorce courts, day care, child care, the schools, nurseries, credit companies, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, parents who want grandchildren, and siblings who want nephews, everybody wants to push people into marriage.  Furthermore, EVERYBODY lies to women that the most important day in their life will be their wedding day.  Thinking they're entitled to "their day" just like kids are entitled to the "college experience," nobody, and I mean NOBODY is going to tell them any different.  GOD HIMSELF could come down from the heavens above and tell the bride to be "no, dude, this ain't the guy for you," just as the entire COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS could come out and tell all high school seniors not to go to college, it would not matter, women are going to have their day and millennials are going to borrow $100,000 to have the college experience. 

And then finally, the price.  To have this birthright, to have this entitlement, nobody cares about logic, reason, evidence, finances, or math.  College, just like "her day," is worth any price because up to this point in these kids' lives, we as a society have given them nothing else to live for.  We get divorced, we mock nuclear families, we value things over friends, we cripple the economy, we load up on debt, we hate our own country, we criminalize success - precisely, what do these kids have to look forward to after they graduate from college?  As far as they're concerned life is over at 22 and then they lead the lives you do, which, sadly, for the most part is pretty pathetic in their eyes.  Worse, you've made their childhoods so painful with the craptastic public prisons schools, any childlike idealism or hope has been squash and the only light at the end of that tunnel is college.  The price of tuition could go up another 300%, it won't matter, they'll still pay it because these kids have nothing else to live for. 

Alas, it should be no shock that college is no longer acting economically like the educational service it was meant to be.  It is one, big, huge ass party.  A birthright to all American teenagers.  A utopia society falsely sold it as.  And sadly, a lie bigger than telling American women "their day" is the most important day in their lives.  It is the "college experience."  And there's some Dotcom's from 1999 that have infinitely more value.
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Aaron Clarey is the author of "Worthless - The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major."  He also runs a consultancy where he advises young men and women about finances, careers, education, dating, and divorce.  You may find his other books here as well as tune into his podcast here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Episode #195 of The Clarey Podcast!

No sun in Minnesota.
10,000 times more potent than heroin.
Can female journalists NOT write about the glass ceiling?
The Spergville community spergs out due to YouTube Demonetization.
New York's "free" tuition requires you be assets of the state.
Did YOU fly F-4 Phantoms in Vietnam?  No?  Fuck you then!

AND MORE!!!

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The Economics of Catholic Subsidiarity

New sponsor and one that I think will pique the interests of a more than average amount of Cappy Cappites - The Economics of Catholic Subsidiarity.

I'll post the book description below, but it makes the argument/case for free market principles of economics within the Catholic church and Catholicism.  He also takes a swipe at the leftist politics infecting the church, most notably that fake pope you guys have posing in the Vatican (I don't actually know, I just like ripping apart your communist pope).  Regardless, it is available on Amazon.

I may actually read the damn thing because I enjoy watching people square the cold, harsh, realities of economics with human idealism in the form of religion.  I'll admit I've lost a bit of my soul not really caring what happens to the future of the world and gone down more of a route of stoicism.  So I do tip my hat to the men and women who still adhere to a moral code, such as religion, and go the extra step to make cogent arguments as to how it parlays and functions within the cold, hard world of economics. Regardless consider purchasing a copy or two.

Description:

"This book starts with basic philosophical principles coupled with relevant Papal Encyclicals to arrive at a free market economics the Catholic Church has historically labeled Subsidiarity. A must read for Catholics tired of the socialism and Liberation Theology heard preached from the pulpit and read about in "Catholic" media. The quotes from the Papal Encyclicals alone are worth the price of the book."