Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Simple Math For Simple Minds

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline, The Next Ten Years by Huckleberry on May 2, 2014

No. No, you can't.

No. No, you can’t.

Indulge me while I lay out a simple math problem for you.
First, you are given 288,000 units of a thing.
Next, you then lose 800,000 units of that same thing.
What have you gained?
Answer below the fold

288,000 units, motherfuckers!
There’s no time for looking back, you inbred hicks, with your tyranny of patriarchal arithmetic!
So anyway, despite a GDP figure hovering near zero*, the “economy” added 288,000 jobs while managing to lose 800,000 workers, and if that sounds fishy to you, shut up, you’re crazy, because the government would never lie about those kinds of things in an election year.
There are several aspects of our economic system I took great pains to leave out of the primer, for a couple of reasons. Mainly, because I wanted to keep it simple and focused, but also because those issues are symptoms of other problems that I plan to touch on in the other, non-economy sections.
If you’re wondering what those aspects are, its debt – both private and public, fabricated statistics and spending vs. saving. By reveling in the simplicity of the obvious, I’m hoping to fully illustrate the absurdity of our decline, because it is indeed absurd in the extreme.
* And that’s even after the numbers were baked.


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  1. El Borak said, on May 2, 2014 at 08:41

    What the government needs is a better class of bakers.

    • Huckleberry said, on May 2, 2014 at 11:34

      Another way to tell that the End draws near is that the bakers aren’t even really trying any more.

  2. Giraffe said, on May 2, 2014 at 11:17

    What was that you said? Oh yeah. “We’re all gonna die!”. Now we know it will be by fire.

    Have a good weekend. Bout time you cooked up some cue.

    • Huckleberry said, on May 2, 2014 at 11:36

      Yep. At least it won’t be by drowning.
      So there’s that.
      Yes, I do need to cook up some.
      Maybe I’ll hit up the butcher tomorrow morning, see what’s good.

  3. El Borak said, on May 5, 2014 at 08:05

    Either they’re not trying or they have lost the ability to try. For example, here is the solution to Ukraine’s reliance on Russian gas:

    “Imagine where you’d be today if you were able to tell Russia: Keep your gas,” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told Ukrainian legislators during a visit to Kiev last month. “It would be a very different world you’d be facing today.”

    Nearly all the gas Washington and Brussels would like to get moving into Ukraine from Europe originally came from Russia, which pumps gas westward across Ukraine, into Slovakia and then on to customers in Germany and elsewhere. Once the gas is sold, however, Gazprom ceases to be its owner and loses its power to set the terms of its sale.
    — New York Times

    So Ukraine can break its reliance on Russian gas by buying that gas from Germany, which got it from Slovakia, which got it after it was already pumped across Ukraine once. From Russia.

    It’s genius, I tell you. Genius.

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