You’re the Product, You’re not the Customer

Volume 17, Issue 3

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How much of your stuff do you really own?

For the most part, Americans today particularly, and the majority of the people around the world, really OWN diddlysquat of what they call “theirs.” The real owners are the ones to which you make compound interest payments. Really diddlysquat is being kind. In the consumer debt driven culture in which we all live:
“You’re really the Product, You’re not the customer.”

Still that glaring light illuminates the reality that if you are able to pay off your debts, once paid for, these things are worth significantly less than the initial “value,” through inflation, depreciation or now rarely deflation; much less than the total sum of your payments. Furthermore in western cultural finance, you the product assume the risk for making the payments with no true real financial liability falling upon in our case “The Customer.” A nice gig if you have access to that pool of moola. Historically Islamic sharia based finance, which forbids usury, is set up so all parties must share the risk. Think what that would do to our consumer society?

This is a very significant divergence from what you were taught in school, or the advertising and the “news” you are brainwashed with, your every waking hour; especially when you turn on any one of your wonderful, addictive, technological devices, which of course includes where (literally and figuratively) you are now reading these pearls of profound wisdom.

There is no free lunch. Actually depending on your frugality, lunch costs on the low end about $1.50 for a Costco, very salty, sausage on a bun and a soda. But few are the times I get out of the warehouse for under $50 and I am really a cheapskate. On the top end many years ago, I was courted with a sushi business lunch that ran over $90 without any alcohol or gratuity.

Like no other culture in the history of mankind, the United States of America runs on electronic fiat monetary script, accessed by a plastic card. This unique historic delusion has been created by our omnipotent, omnipresent central bank known as the Federal Reserve, or FED. The FED loans (at interest) these trillions to the national government and then generally buys some of it back, theoretically to keep inflation at 2 percent and to keep citizens in servitude (employed). The goal is to keep you spending, trying to keep up with your unquenchable desire to accumulate a bigger store of your personal products. The real customers, the government, international corporations and advertising firms, to name a few, do their best to not upset this balancing act.

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January 25th - Is God truly just and merciful?

Lord's Day 4

9. Q. Is God, then, not unjust by requiring in His law what man cannot do?

A. No, for God so created man that he was able to do it.[1] But man, at the instigation of the devil,[2] in deliberate disobedience[3] robbed himself and all his descendants of these gifts.[4]

[1] Gen. 1:31. [2] Gen. 3:13; John 8:44; I Tim. 2:13, 14. [3] Gen. 3:6. [4] Rom. 5:12, 18, 19.


10. Q. Will God allow such disobedience and apostasy to go unpunished?

A. Certainly not. He is terribly displeased with our original sin as well as our actual sins. Therefore He will punish them by a just judgment both now and eternally,[1] as He has declared:[2] Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them (Galatians 3:10).

[1] Ex. 34:7; Ps. 5:4-6; 7:10; Nah. 1:2; Rom. 1:18; 5:12; Eph. 5:6; Heb. 9:27. [2] Deut. 27:26.


11. Q. But is God not also merciful?

A. God is indeed merciful,[1] but He is also just.[2] His justice requires that sin committed against the most high majesty of God also be punished with the most severe, that is, with everlasting, punishment of body and soul.[3]

[1] Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7; Ps. 103:8, 9. [2] Ex. 20:5; 34:7; Deut. 7:9-11; Ps. 5:4-6; Heb. 10:30, 31. [3] Matt. 25:45,46.

Brute's State of the World is 1 word: GRIZZLY~

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Stoury Animal Spirits

Volume 17, Issue 2

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stour |stoŏr| (also stoor)
— noun
1. Scottish & N. English
a. tumult; confusion
b. a storm
2. dust forming a cloud or deposited in a mass.
DERIVATIVES
stoury adjective
ORIGIN late Middle English: of uncertain origin.

animal spirits
plural noun
Exuberance arising from an excess of energy: vivacity and good humor.

We live in a world where the majority of people believe that evolution over exceedingly long periods of time is a normal theory. Yet when we look at the statistics gathered from radioactive elemental decay, we find that statistically the norm lies so far outside the realm of any statistical distribution, evolution is impossible! This statistical outlier is quite similar to trying to fit statistics to what the Swiss National Bank did last week when it removed the Swiss franc’s exchange rate peg to the European Union’s euro. From a purely statistical point of view both evolution and the devaluing of the franc are statistically totally impossible.

As Bugs Bunny would ask, “So what’s up doc?” In both cases simply what we consider normal was interrupted by what we might call an “intelligent designer.” In the universe of the divine central bank cult, the Swiss National Banker’s had lost their exuberance in the future of the euro and that some pain associated with this frank franc devaluation was in the long run, in the best interest of Switzerland.

Likewise in the evolution driven cult of “see no evil” science we see the Designer (God), allows us divinity seeking humans to go our own way and allowing evolution to be subject to the “animal spirits.” Actually God has allowed us twenty-first century humans, thru stoury animal spirits to breed our own destruction, creating a global storm of tumult and confusion. When the dust finally clears, we will generally find out there is a supreme God and we are really self-righteous sinners without hope for obtaining our own divinity.

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January 18th - Did God create evil?

Lord's Day 3

6. Q. Did God, then, create man so wicked and perverse?

A. No, on the contrary, God created man good[1] and in His image,[2] that is, in true righteousness and holiness,[3] so that he might rightly know God His Creator,[4] heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness to praise and glorify Him.[5]

[1] Gen. 1:31. [2] Gen. 1:26, 27. [3] Eph. 4:24. [4] Col. 3:10. [5] Ps. 8.


7. Q. From where, then, did man's depraved nature come?

A. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,[1] for there our nature became so corrupt[2] that we are all conceived and born in sin.[3]

[1] Gen. 3. [2] Rom. 5:12, 18, 19. [3] Ps. 51:5.


8. Q. But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and inclined to all evil?

A. Yes,[1] unless we are regenerated by the Spirit of God.[2]

[1] Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Job 14:4; Is. 53:6. [2] John 3:3-5.

Brute's is back upset about secular humanity!

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Pus – Around the World

Volume 17, Issue 1

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ppus |pəs|
noun
a thick yellowish or greenish opaque liquid produced in infected tissue, consisting of dead white blood cells and bacteria with tissue debris and serum.
ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latin.

While confined to my hospital bed just about three months ago, I was trying to cope with my situation. It seems that a blood infection caused by some bacteria probably entering my body through my mouth had brought about another open-heart surgery, my second in about a dozen years. In that state, I came to the conclusion that “pus” had probably caused the death of more human beings through history than any other cause.

This whole recovery process has been the most trying time in my life and if it had not been for the miracles of modern medicine, I would not have the opportunity to continue this writing. As I have been told a number of times and believe myself, I am alive for a reason. The emergency room doctor, who diagnosed and got me into treatment within the VA system basically, said, “While I can’t really say this was a miracle, your being alive now is about as close as it gets.”

While I don’t believe I have nine lives like a cat, I am now on my third and probably my last. The first was when they found out I had an aortic aneurism while I was still alive, rather than on an autopsy table. That second life journey began about twelve years ago later this month. I then entered life number two. This recent time I was saved again and I am now in life number three. Open-heart surgery is different than many other ailments that plague the fallen human condition, because once the operation starts; there is no other option other than success. There is no chance that you will be sent home with a few months to live.

I remember the beginning of the first time vividly. I was on a stainless steel gurney just before entering the operating theater at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. I was told to count back from 100. I think I remember 98. This time was different; I was wheeled into the operating room, which was lit, by a ceiling that seemed to be very white LED lights. They transferred me to the operating table, and someone said or asked if we were ready to go. I immediately lost consciousness. This surgery took a little over 3 hours, the previous somewhat over 5.

Now as I have read a number of financial and other future procrastinators thoughts on the happenings for 2015 and beyond, they have used a number of interesting metaphors, stories and formal analyses. The consensus seems to be, “All appears well now, but we are not too sure about the future.” Then they give whatever wisdom they may be so inclined to share.

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January 11th - Knowing your sins and misery

Part I – Man's Misery

Lord's Day 2

3.Q. From where do you know your sins and misery?

A. From the law of God.[1]

[1] Rom. 3: 20;


4. Q. What does God's law require of us?

A. Christ teaches us this in a summary in Matthew 22: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.[1] This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.[2]

[1] Deut. 6:5. [2] Lev. 19:18.


5. Q. Can you keep all this perfectly?

A. No,[1] I am inclined by nature to hate God and my neighbour.[2]

[1] Rom. 3:10, 23; I John 1:8, 10. [2] Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 7:23; 8:7; Eph. 2:3; Tit. 3:3.

January 4th - Our only comfort in life and death

For 2015 our Sunday Post we will again utilize the Heidelberg Catechism. Because of my experiences over the last three months, I have learned anew to trust in God in all circumstances, both the major and the minor. The basis of this trust is understood best by focusing on the fundaments of the Christian faith. As the year unfolds, weekly the Heidelberg Catechism gives you a point of reference to better focus on the essentials of the Christian faith.

You will find this great historical church teaching posted in its entirety under the
St. Paul’s Mission Tab. This year we will post the specific Lord’s Day reading on Saturday, so no matter where you may be located in the world, you will be able to utilize this Great Reformation resource for your Sunday reflections and meditations.

Lord's Day 1

1. Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil.[5] He also preserves me in such a way[6] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head;[7] indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.[8] Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life[9] and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.[10]

[1] I Cor. 6:19, 20 [2] Rom. 14:7-9. [3] I Cor. 3:23; Tit. 2:14. [4] I Pet. 1:18, 19; I John 1:7; 2:2. [5] John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14, 15; I John 3:8. [6] John 6:39, 40; 10:27-30; II Thess. 3:3; I Pet. 1:5. [7] Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18. [8] Rom. 8:28. [9] Rom. 8:15, 16; II Cor. 1:21, 22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13, 14. [10] Rom. 8:14.

2. Q. What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

A. First, how great my sins and misery are;[1] second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery;[2] third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.[3]

[1] Rom. 3:9, 10; I John 1:10. [2] John 17:3; Acts 4:12; 10:43. [3] Matt. 5:16; Rom. 6:13; Eph. 5:8-10; I Pet. 2:9, 10.

Management: A Job For All Seasons

Volume 16, Issue 42

Happy New Year

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The following article appeared in the June 1983 copy of
Business Ecology: A Contemporary Management Tabloid (7.3 MB). This issue was composed on an Osborne 64 computer and printed on a typewriter printer, somewhat like a linked upgraded IBM Selectric. In context, the more your life changes, the more much of it remains the same. A short commentary will follow:

What is the most critical problem facing our business and governmental leaders of the next generation?

Foreign competition? Not really!

The energy crisis? We still waste too much energy!

Declining productivity? Not really!

The communist menace? Get serious. They (
now Putin) have more problems than they can handle now!

In our opinion the most serious crisis facing our society is providing jobs for countless millions of people who, for one reason or another will be unable to function and understand this fantastic machine on which you are now reading these pearls. The truth of the matter is; the power of the computer is only available to certain people. Those who do not, or cannot understand and use this tremendous potential will be destined to become second-class citizens. The social impact of this will not be felt for many years yet, but may lead to serious consequences and social upheaval down the road.

Computers will never replace people. Even though some of you reading this find it much easier to deal with these logical devices, than relate to your wife, lover, friends or business associates. People are what life is all about. If your computer does not at times allow you to associate more freely with people around you, shut it off and go out and relate to the human race.

Back to our discussion of jobs. There is a certain percentage of the population who through lack of native ability, fear, or other handicaps will not be able to become computer literate. Most of the population will however be able to function quite easily with programmed microprocessors (
your iPad, tablet and smart phone), something a short trip to McDonalds should verify. The problem is, those persons working for minimum wage at McDonalds can be entirely replaced today. Their main function seems to act like a conveyor belt to take the plastic wrapped food from under the heat lamps, put it on a tray and count back change. There is not much future in this rewarding career. To take it a step further, banks are now talking about replacing tellers, with machines. You will need a certain bank balance to even see a person. If this “progress” is carried to the extreme, as now many suggest that it will, the unemployment rate could approach 50% or higher. That will never happen. There will be civil war first.

As far as the service sector of the economy taking up the slack, the two situations I just described are in the service sector. Manufacturing for the most part will be replaced with either robots or offshore manufacturing. How many cars, toasters, video recorders, or microwave ovens do we really need? Not that many more! Jobs really are the critical resource we lack! Will these jobs be forthcoming? The answer is probably yes. But there will be a high social cost. What will these jobs or careers do? Just as they have in the past. Their main focus will be the pursuit of happiness
(See Business Ecology Principles).

Our current employment opportunities for the most part pay a salary and to a lesser extent provide power over other people.
Future positions will provide more power (and responsibility) over ones own destiny (see below). They will provide a deeper commitment to the betterment of the world and to a certain extent allow for a romantic relationship between partners and their career opportunities.



The one overriding paradigm of Business Ecology, or Natural Law if you will, is that the small is just as important, in many instances more important than the big, the huge, the bodacious, the cancerous. We no longer operate this country, or any nation state in any semblance that such an archaic reality exists. Today we have allowed to be created a social Darwinist elite that truly believes they have become divine, at least compared to the dumb, stupid folks that will have to pay for Obamacare or whatever government soup du jour.

Disastrously mixing the metaphors created by these elitists, “If you want to continue to eat your cake, you need to jump into the soup pot.”

To quote Ted Cruz, “You are part of the squishy middle.” To quote the other end of the political spectrum, pretty much anything discussed by our president or his wife, seems to indicate that as part of the (their) tepid pot is all that we can hope for, which really is their definition of fundamental change.

This simmering pot has been maintained since the popping of the global housing and real estate bubble in 2008, created by divine centralized national bankers, who continue to add fiat monetary units to the kettle, never seemingly realizing that for the common folks, there is no nourishment in their swill and the oceans and seas of their debt currencies will soon flood the common human land mass. At least the global flood of Noah’s day, will not be repeated by God; yet there seems to be no such limitation placed upon the foolishness of mankind.

I have been interested in and studied survival situations as long as I can remember. In that illumination I have found it extremely telling today there are vast number of “back to the land” and “the pending apocalypse” media events on our high definition flat screens and in the movies. The common folks seem to understand that this doesn’t end well and we better be prepared for something stupendous that we have never experienced before. For the historical perspective, this will be caused by cascading normalcy of deviance events (or Black Swans) that the majority of the elitist powers never see coming.

Putting this within a Christian theological context, the Holy Sprit is creating a common grace worldview that is helping people reluctantly prepare for future events, while the elite, which focus on their personal and collective divine aspirations, are rapidly losing control of all their central planning malfeasance. This rapidly leads us to the zenith of what theologically is called, Human Total Depravity. Total Depravity does not exist for these divines. It is not part of the divine evolutionary lexicon.

In that context we have been living in the Last Days since the ascension of Jesus Christ, but one may ask, and some ministers have profited greatly, by assuming that The Rapture will occur at any time and the left behind will have to deal with the Great Tribulation. While “The Rapture” is a nineteenth century creation of British and American promoters, one day there will be a time of Great Tribulation, just before the Second Coming to earth by Jesus.

What seems to becoming commonly known is that these times in the United States and around the world signify the end of the “progressive” industrial manufacturing age, its political and economic systems. Along with this is a closely coupled pragmatic educational paradigm that teaches you just enough to be a good worker at your job on the assembly line, the office, food service industry, or the pimp selling sex and drugs on the corner in the urban “hood.” This is what it meant to be human in the last half of the twentieth century. The problems we are facing during our transition to a “somewhere” human society has never been ventured before. You must learn to interpret these unknowns within your continuing common education of the personal daily grind.

Historically human cultures collapse or reset periodically; some never recover. The Industrial Age in the West, which still dominates the planet, is really the fruit of the Protestant Reformation in the early sixteenth century. In the twenty-first, it seems we are due again, not just in Europe and North America, but globally.

While there is no hard evidence that reformer Martin Luther ever stated, “I would rather be governed by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian,” the main external threat of the European status quo of his day came from the expansion of the Ottoman caliphate, which truly lasted in a diminished extent until the end of World War I. That clash of worldviews and religion is again taking place. This time not on the plains east of Vienna, but may soon be globally coming to a confirmation near you. Is it just a matter of time?

In June of 1983, my consensus was you can’t run a country as prosperous and diverse as the United States of America, where a large and enlarging segment of the population is working for low or minimum wages and/or part time. We are now at that time and our only hope stems not from the collective elitists, but really being forced to create a new personal path. In simple terms you were created in the image of God as an unique individual, in this time and your personal space and community. “God doesn’t make junk.”

The foundation of you, as that individual, rests upon common universal Natural Law, or what I call and called Business Ecology. The best way to understand these principles is to learn the true “ecology” of nature, via immersion, but can be somewhat taught through media and other venues. Through that infusion of God’s common grace, as a unique personality, you will become aware of what the American Founders called your “Sacred Honor” which is a gift of God alone to all people, which you cannot earn, but is valid through life and death and throughout eternity.

Beginning this New Year, after this three-month major operation and recovery learning experience, I will start to put together some pieces, which I have yet to learn. The Founders of the American republican experiment used the model of the nation of Israel’s exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. Today, we like the Jews at the end of the book of Judges 21:25 find ourselves:
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

We have a global “judges and wantabe kings” elitists currently intent on running our lives by doing what is right in their own eyes. Grounding our lives in the transcendent truth of God’s creation changes that to an understanding that there is a God and we are not. It is that simple, and this lesson is what is unfolding as we move forward in this new year.

I hope that change will transform you and your common community in 2015. This transformation is a design that only works bottom up, not top down. The bottom up, made the United States the greatest nation in history, the top down approach, while present from the founding has shown its weakness in recent history and under this president. As I wrote in 1983 is beginning to come true, your job will be transitory, your position, in which the design is never completed in this life, will define your destiny. From June 1983:

Future positions will provide more power (and responsibility) over ones own destiny.

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