Archive for December 19, 2008

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #476: Rules?

December 19, 2008

Into the Economic Abyss

Many people — including yours truly — have looked to events of 80 years ago to try and figure out how things might play out in future. But maybe it isn’t necessary to go back that far. There have been other economic implosions in more recent times that might offer lessons that are just as illuminating. In fact, one of my regular visitors, Jason, suggested that I check out a blog, Surviving in Argentina, published by an anonymous Argentinean, which offers up some disturbing but absorbing accounts of life in that beleaguered Latin American nation. After reading a post written a few weeks ago, entitled “Despair in Once-Proud Argentina,” it made me wonder whether we will see an equally calamitous ending here.

If this account doesn’t make you cry, please do the rest of us a favor and kill yourself. You are too deluded to face reality — or you’re one of the sociopathic pathogens infecting this nation.

A few clips:

“I can’t explain it, and maybe I never will be able to[.] [. . .] But maybe you can start to figure out why. You have to wonder: Is all this really happening? Are our politicians so corrupt? Are we now really so poor? Have the banks really stolen our money? And the answers are yes, yes, yes and yes.”

And:

“Am I proud of what we did? No, of course not. Would I do it again? Yes, of course. You start to live by different rules.

Emphasis in the original.

With each post, I am trying to plant into your head in ways that cannot be avoided how absolutely horrific the breakdown of our advanced society can — will — be.

Because I don’t want it to happen to us!

“You can’t know what it’s like to see your children hungry and feel helpless to stop it,” she said. “The food is there, in the grocery store, but you just can’t afford to buy it anymore. My husband keeps working, but he keeps bringing home less and less. We never had much, but we always had food, no matter how bad things got. But these are not normal times.”

Emphasis added by me.

I paused while creating this post to read the comments for it. That caused me to add my own Comment, which is a fitting way to end this post:

Jesus Christ.

If I read one more whiny crybaby “Offer us solutions!!!” post, I’ll scream. OK, I’m screaming NOW.

WTF is wrong with you lot?

You’ve been given the very rare privilege here of seeing the breakdown of an advanced society into absolute horror. Some of you are thinking, unsaid, “Oh, it’s just those effing spicks, that’s how they are!” The other lot are thinking, “Hey, my gun will be my passport!”

Both of you are unfit for survival with what’s coming up.

Your “solution” — such as it will be — is YOU. What the hell do you think made this country, a pack of crybabies telling the proto-revolutionaries, “Oh, give us a solution EXCEPT overthrowing Old George”?!

Your money is shit.
Your gold is shit.
Your gun is shit.

Start there and YOU can begin to CREATE some solutions.

FA, thanks much for this post. I’m linking to it.

And so I have.

Update: For those who will stupidly dismiss this account because it’s from a “Doom site,” here’s the original source: The Washington Post!

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #475: Know Future

December 19, 2008

Yeah, I steal from Max Headroom for that.

Incredibly, I missed this huge news. It came out Thanksgiving Day. I was off the PC that day and I think the next few days I was not in a Post More Doom Mood.

But this is serious. It’s from CitiGroup and it confirms what I’ve written here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

Citigroup says gold could rise above $2,000 next year as world unravels

The bank said the damage caused by the financial excesses of the last quarter century was forcing the world’s authorities to take steps that had never been tried before.

This gamble was likely to end in one of two extreme ways: with either a resurgence of inflation; or a downward spiral into depression, civil disorder, and possibly wars. Both outcomes will cause a rush for gold.

Emphasis added by me.

This is CitiGroup saying this. Citigroup!

More:

The world is not going back to normal after the magnitude of what they have done. When the dust settles this will either work, and the money they have pushed into the system will feed though into an inflation shock.

“Or it will not work because too much damage has already been done, and we will see continued financial deterioration, causing further economic deterioration, with the risk of a feedback loop. We don’t think this is the more likely outcome, but as each week and month passes, there is a growing danger of vicious circle as confidence erodes,” he said.

“This will lead to political instability. We are already seeing countries on the periphery of Europe under severe stress. Some leaders are now at record levels of unpopularity. There is a risk of domestic unrest, starting with strikes because people are feeling disenfranchised.”

Emphasis added by me.

Let that first sentence sink in:

The world is not going back to normal after the magnitude of what they have done.

Emphasis added by me.

What kind of world is it going to be?

A living fucking horror, is what.

And where I break with CitiGroup is over their assertion gold will be a “safe haven.”

Bullshit.

Sure, it’ll run up in terms of value against currencies — but gold is otherwise shit.

You’re starving. You have a wad of gold. The guy next to you is cooking Last Chance Stew, made out of rats he’s trapped, killed, and skinned. Your stomach has been empty for three days.

What fucking good is your precious metal?

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Money and guns: Both worthless. Money is shit. And you’ll never have enough ammo. And do you really want to go to your grave having shot other people to death? It’s not like the movies!

Previously here: (gold)

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #419: Gold 2
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #409: Gold
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #407: $2K/oz.
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #248: Gold Coins

The Loudness Of Dust Settling

December 19, 2008

The Axe, the Book, and the Ad

A friend (and author) called me recently after visiting a large bookstore in Northern California and, his voice suitably hushed, told me that, on a weekday, he had been the only customer in sight. That’s typical of the nightmarish tales about traffic in bookstores and book sales now ripping through my world as 2008 ends.

Emphasis added by me.

Why is this a surprise?

Back on June 20, 2008, I posted:

Even at Shakespeare & Co.’s NoHo store (which used to have great stock; and which now doesn’t).

But they weren’t.

And then I looked around.

And, dear God almighty!, the stores should have had tumbleweeds running through them because they were like abandoned ghost towns!

This was all in Manhattan.

This has never, ever happened before.

Even in past recessions, I’ve seen people in books stores. The places were alive. Now they are dead.

Which now really amps up my contempt for the shitheads running the dying dinosaurs of print.

Do you ever get out of your fucking offices and visit the places that actually sell your books?

How could you miss the fact the loudest noise you’ll hear in those bookstores is the sound of dust settling?

eBooks grew at over seventy percent in the last year.

Why isn’t that a big enough hint for you lot to change course? To sound the Red Alert klaxon and get busy as all hell adapting to the new marketplace? Is it your intent to avoid being where your customers are?

All of you former publishing employees — again: If you’re such hot shit, Get It Done.

eSlick eBook Reader: GTFOH! Srsly!

December 19, 2008

Via Twitter from booksin140:

eslick

ESlick E-Book Reader Cheapest, Ugliest Yet

From the Specifications page:

eBook Formats: PDF, TXT, Any printable document(after converted to PDF using included software)

I have one primary question: Why are you bringing this piece of shit to market?

PDF and TXT?

Are you all out of your fucking minds?

Why are you going to add to the existing confusion about eBook file formats by releasing something that can read none of them?

What greed-infected jackass at your company thought this shit was a good idea?

What, you got wind that “eBooks are the New New Thing” and decided to pickpocket a few pennies from suckers wandering down that garden path?

Do you really think there aren’t people out here in Blogland who can’t see this shit for what it is — and won’t call it the shit that it is?

Well, surprise! This is your lucky day. You’ve just run into the one person in Blogland who will call it the shit that it is!

This is an embarrassment.

No, really. It is. You look like a pack of doofuses.

Call it a mistake. Claim you all had a collective aneurysm and this somehow got loose onto the Internets because someone hit Send instead of dialing 911 for an ambulance.

Anything.

Just get rid of it.

It’s not good for one fucking thing, no matter what the price.

And that slugline? “Save money to buy more e-books”? — to what? Read on a Sony Reader? Your piece of shit can’t read eBooks!

Here’s a more honest slugline: “Save your money for a Sony Reader.”

Srsly.

Photo Album: Snow Attack 2008 War Journal

December 19, 2008

Since this morning, all of New York City has been under attack from white stuff lobbed by the fierce kilt-wearing Canadianistas and their smiling Arcticturian overlords!

I am one of the few still alive, with a crapcam to document this horror!

Look!

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The houses of worship are empty! People have given up on God!

See:

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The streets are empty of life!

This is so sad:

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Human beings would sit there. Now, forever a ruin!

And this is tragic:

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The ghostly imprints of trudging refugees!

We are all abandoned:

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And then mockery of mockeries! I came across:

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One of the stormtroopers of the smiling Arcticturians! And me without a gun or knife!

Car are abandoned at curbside:

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People know it is fruitless to try to escape!

Witness the horror through my eyes:

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Well, the gimlet eye of the crapcam, at least!

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Global warming?! These green lifeforms will not survive to burn to to a crisp!

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I made it to the supermarket, crowded with despair …

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… where they have been reduced to offering the burned bodies of birds for sustenance! Look this cruelty!

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They expect us to maintain our dim lives with that?!

On the way back, I knew all hope was gone!

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Just like in New Orleans during Katrina: the school buses aren’t being used to evacuate us!!!

Avenge New York City! If Bush was a real man, he’d use a few of those nukes we’ve been bled to pay for! Melt that damn polar ice cap and get the economy going again!!

Photo Album: Snow Attack 2008

December 19, 2008

Of course, after I got a fresh AAA battery in it and tortured the crapcam back into taking pictures, the blitz let up. Still, here are some photos of this horrible and unprovoked attack from the merciless Canadianistas and the heartless Arcticturians.

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It’s clear I will be taking my life in my hands as I venture out to run to the store to stock up on war supplies.

Doesn’t much matter.

Doing this blog is sucking the life out of me as it is. Hurry up, damn you, December 31st!!

Direct Publishing Via POD: A Primer

December 19, 2008

Via Twitter from slipdown:

Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know

Against the advice of my agent, I began perusing the big self-publishing companies’ Web sites and evaluating what they had to offer. Then I started poking around blogs and message boards to get customer testimonials. What I found was a veritable minefield with roads that forked in every direction and very few clear answers.

What follows is a very long article dense with information.

One bit I want to emphasize:

The only giveaway that you’re dealing with a self-published book would be if the cover were poorly designed — which, unfortunately, is too often the case.

See why the cover matters?

Previously here:

Covers: The Science!
The Topic Of Covers … Again!
Writers: Would You Call A Doctor Or A Healer?
eBooks: The Issue Of Covers, Again
Free eBook: Password Incorrect
Book Covers: Murder
Book Cover: What?!
eBooks: More About Covers
eBooks: A Cover Test
They Don’t Write These Anymore