As I’ve said before: Detroit was the vanguard of the way up and it is the vanguard of the way down. And hopefully the vanguard of the way out.
So blame the Little Man at your peril. The lazy blue-collar boozer who had his buddy punch the clock for him. But it’s not that simple. We are all to blame. Remember the assessment of Steve Rattner, the Obama auto czar, gave when he took a look at GM’s books: “The weakest finance operation any of us had ever seen in a major American company.”
After he said that, Rattner was charged by the SEC in a pay-to-play scheme involving the New York State pension system.
Greed, sloth, ineptitude. It’s the American way. Laugh at Detroit and you’re laughing at yourself
You see, they’re not just looking to find out if UFOs are real. What they’re looking for is something magical and something mysterious that hasn’t been discovered yet. They’re looking for some excitement in their boring lives. One of the ways that I describe these people — and it’s really quite unfortunate — is that they’re a bunch of unfuckable white dudes. I haven’t found a single black guy looking for Bigfoot. I’ve look high and large, and it’s all white dudes in their late forties and fifties. It’s all midlife crisis people. They’re not the happiest people in the world — and no disrespect — but they’re looking for things to be real that aren’t necessarily real.
Ohio-based Marathon last year completed a five-year, $2.2 billion expansion of its Detroit facility, bringing 5,000 contractor jobs and 155 permanent refinery and subcontractor jobs—many of them $30-an-hour, union-represented positions.
Joe Rogan questions everything on Syfy starting Wednesday, July 24th at 10 p.m. EST. The show will explore many different avenues of unexplained events and phenomena. Season 1 topics include:
Weaponized Weather: Are governments are harnessing the most destructive force available – the weather? Strange cloud trails that weren’t prevalent years ago now criss-cross the globe daily, and they don’t dissipate like other clouds. Many people suspect these aren’t simple aircraft contrails; rather, that they’re are from aircraft pumping chemicals into the atmosphere, in an effort to manipulate the climate. True or not? Joe investigates – including interviewing people flying these actual planes!
Bigfoot: Does Bigfoot have a human mother and is the government hiding knowledge of the elusive creature (yes, you read that right)? Joe Rogan’s on a mission to find out. By the way, throw everything you think you know about Bigfoot, because the truth is stranger than (possible) fiction.
Biopocalypse: Are man made diseases going to spell the end of the world? Joe’s on the case – which involves traveling to the world’s largest underground survivalist bunker AND getting into the same room with some killer, man-made viruses.
The Afterlife: Russian Billionaire, Dmitry Itskov, is sponsoring and building his own private robotic army in an effort to turn humanity into a race of immortal cyborgs. We’re not kidding. Joe Rogan’s got questions. See what answers Dmitry has.
Do Aliens Exist? It’s a question we’ve asked for centuries, but Joe’s taking a different investigation route – including the exploration of some supposed portals out west.
The problem is that when you run from discomfort all the time, you are restricted to a small zone of comfort, and so you miss out on most of life. On most of the best things in life, in fact. And you become unhealthy, because if eating healthy food and exercising is uncomfortable, then you go to comfort foods and not moving much. Being unhealthy, unfortunately, is also uncomfortable, so then you seek distractions from this (and the fact that you have debt and too much clutter, etc.) in food and entertainment and shopping (as if spending will solve our problems!) and this in turn makes things worse.
Contra conventional finance gurus like Suze Orman, who recommend investments like lifetime cost averaging of stock purchases, contributing to a 401(k) up to the employer’s maximum matching contribution, etc., the most sensible genuine investment for the average person is capital investment in reducing his need for outside income.