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2018-05-31 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Social Issues , 190 references
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There is something profoundly wrong when you're so unhappy with how you were born that you want to take a knife to your body and cut off this, adding that.

Manning did that, you know, as have many others.

They didn't find happiness doing it.

Chelsea Manning reportedly posted a pair of tweets Sunday night that hinted suicide contemplation that have since been deleted.

Shortly after the tweets, Manning’s Twitter handle reported that she is safe and was on the phone with friends.

Folks, I get it if you're really depressed.  I've been very depressed before.  It's not fun.  You wake up in the morning and wonder why you woke up at all.  I had plenty of reason to be depressed at the time, but it passed.

For some people it doesn't because the cause isn't outside, it's inside.

The problem with chopping off your dick and grafting on a pair of***** (or the opposite) is that this only changes your appearance.  But you weren't unhappy with your appearance; you can change that with some makeup, your hairstyle, taping your dick down and stuffing a bra.

You're unhappy with your draw in the genetic lottery, and you can't change that.

Or, maybe, that's not the root of it at all.  It's just the expression of your unhappiness.

Well, bucko, let me give you a hint.  The Declaration of Independence declares three primary rights that predate government.  They are a right to life (from which the Second Amendment flows), liberty (from which the 1st, 4th, 5th and onward flows) and the pursuit of happiness.

Note the word pursuit.

There is no right to be happy because such a state is one of mind, not fact.

Nor do you have the right to compel others to kowtow to your expectations that you think might lead to happiness whether you're right about that or not.  Indeed, other people's view on what makes them happy might be 100% out-of-phase with your view.  They're just as entitled to theirs as you are to yours.  You don't have to listen but you have no right to make them shut up.

In short suck it up bucko.  Life sucks sometimes.  Sometimes it sucks because you made it suck, sometimes it sucks because of bad luck and sometimes there's just no rational reason to understand why it sucks, but it still does.  Maybe you believe God hates you.  Maybe you believe the Universe hates you.  Maybe your neighbor hates you.  Maybe your hate yourself.

Doesn't matter.

But when you do things that cannot possibly address the issue at hand, because you can't change that which you hate, then you're not only wasting time you're setting yourself up for real trouble, especially when whatever you do can't be undone.  Plenty of people do hard drugs because they're profoundly unhappy and destroy their minds and bodies.  Some people chop off their dicks or breasts.  Some drink themselves to the point of destroying their livers and hearts.  Some eat until they mass 300+ lbs and as a result do critical, irreversible damage.

Don't do it folks.  If you're depressed for whatever reason, whether durable or not, the one thing you need to keep in mind is that it may or may not pass, but if you take irreversible actions, whether they're found in a bottle, a syringe or at the business end of a scalpel you cannot go back to what was.

That's never the right move folks.

It's one thing to intentionally drink yourself to ruin because you simply don't give a **** anymore but once you take that decision you need to understand that it's permanent and, a good part of the time whatever is going on in your head is not.

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2018-05-21 09:17 by Karl Denninger
in Social Issues , 303 references
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Social policy changes have a real impact.

It takes time, but it's real.  It's not "fake news", and demographics are, ultimately, destiny.

So I read this article with some bemusement.

Americans and Europeans are abandoning parenthood at an alarming rate, profoundly changing the nature of our societies, our politics and our cultures.

Last year, women in the U.S. had children at the lowest rate ever recorded. There were just 60.2 births for every 1,000 girls and women ages 15 to 44 in our country. As a result, there were fewer births in America last year – 3.85 million babies – than at any time since 1987. This was a 2 percent drop from 2016.

What's even worse is the demographic split between those women who have children and those who choose not to.  There's a roughly 50% difference in birth rate between families with incomes under $10,000 and those over $200,000, and a 25% difference between those who pay no income tax and those who pay any amount.

For 30+ years the "answer" from the crazies on both the left and right is immigration.  But not just any immigration -- immigrants from turd-world ****holes that like to make lots of babies.

Never once will either side of the aisle discuss why the deterioration in birth rate is occurring.

There is no singular answer but there are plenty of good reasons, all of which follow the general societal rule that whatever you punish through policy you will get less of, and whatever you reward you will get more of.  Our government also does its level damned best to ignore biology in the name of "diversity" and not only "tolerance" but forced acceptance.

Women and men are different.  Denying this is to deny scientific fact.  It requires nine months of choice for a woman to give birth to a child but only nine seconds for a man to sire one.  Women have always been the gatekeepers for consensual sexual congress that has the potential to produce children and always shall be because they possess a uterus and men do not.

If you want a robust birth rate that is at least sufficient to maintain a population, spread reasonably-evenly across the bell-curve of innate ability (e.g. intelligence) you must account for this difference through social structure so both men and women have good cause to not only produce said children but do so in productive households such that the outcome is children who grow into productive, independent adults.

Indeed your social structure should provide incentives for those productive household structures and disincentives for those proven to be unproductive.

But there is not only zero recognition of this fact there is outright hostility to it.

The social structures of 100 years ago were not perfect by any means and there were plenty of abuses contained within them.  But we didn't fix the abuses -- we trashed the structures instead in the name of "tolerance" and "choice."

If you want productive couples to form and produce children in stable family households then you have to account for the differences in biological contributions and adjust for them through social structure.

Today it is literally impossible for a man to decide he wants a family and find a woman to construct a social microcosm with called a "family" that gives him a reasonable assurance that (1) he can be and remain an integral, daily participant in having and raising said children and (2) he, his paramour and said children can have a reasonable place to live with the full-time contribution of one of the two adults to the raising of said children on a personal basis.

It is also impossible for a women who wants a family in most cases to do so under those same terms as well.  Said woman has zero means of constructing a social microcosm odds-on to do that in 90+% of the cases beginning with the destruction of the ability of a one-income household to make it work for most people in most areas of the country.

In short it is flat-out impossible in many if not most parts of the country for most couples to have and raise children on one income.  It is further flat-out impossible to put together a social structure that provides strong incentives for said two-parent, one-income home to remain that way through the childhood of those kids.

Marriage is called a contract but it is not.  It used to be, both socially and legally, but that hasn't been true for decades.

That some people continue to believe in traditions is why we have any sort of family structure remaining at all.  Yet many of those people find themselves with zero incentive to be reasonable say much less nice because if things go sideways and they don't get their way all the time they can make life intolerable for the other party and not lose if the other person walks out!

So what incentive is there to not do that?

Further, the greater your intelligence and the less you are steeped in said traditions the more likely you will figure this out before you produce kids rather than later on, and even if not if you have that happen to you after the first child shows up the odds of you doing it again drop to near-zero!

Well there you go and yet nobody will discuss this in the media nor in social circles because as soon as you bring any of this up your a "racist", you're a misogynist, etc.  The only exception is those who argue that it's about "the lack of God" in our country but that's a horsecrap chimera; people choose their religion (or lack thereof) and thus you had better find a better excuse (and solution) or the death of said society is assured.

My parents generation are all dying; it happens to every one of us eventually.  They were the last generation that dealt with the former social structure as the primary, and solidly positive choice, during their child-bearing years.  The erosion didn't happen overnight and neither did the drop in birth rate.

But unless there's a major change in the offing now in said social structures -- and that requires that people cut the crap with the name-calling and deal with reality and how to fix it within the next couple of generations we're ****ed, and not just here but across Europe as well because it will only be the imported crazies with no skills who will continue to pop out kids like rabbits and those children will be just as nuts as their parents are.

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