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The lie we live

The lie we live (can you see the big picture?)

Most people don’t understand why you work, let alone how all the “pieces” of the world fit together so conveniently.

Like why is it so difficult for the majority of people to get substantially “ahead?” Or even those that DO have the potential to get ahead, don’t – because they’re busy living their lives “consuming” their excess pay on trivial things.

Those that take many steps back to analyze history and the “big picture” will understand this video montage made by Spencer Cathcart titled The Lie We Live. It’s meant to wake you up a little and put things into perspective, or to possibly redefine what it all means. And for whom.

“You Deserve to be Broke!”

Tom Vu – “You Deserve to be Broke” infomercial

Thought some of you out there might get a kick out of this old-school “get rich quick” Real Estate seminar from Tom Vu. And this was back in the day when you couldn’t vet out snake oil salesmen like this on late night TV. All it took back in the late 80′s was some bikini girls and the phrase “You deserve to be broke!”

While Tom Vu was sued and “investigated” for all sorts of crap – he lives on today. He now actually makes his “millions” playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. Guess Real Estate “flipping” is a thing of the past!

Maybe if they bring back crazy sub-primes and everyone and their brother are buying properties they can’t afford – you too, can be a multi-millionaire!

The Everymen: “NJHC”

The Everymen – NJHC

Since forming in 2009, The Everymen have quickly built a rock solid resume thanks to their tireless average of over 100 shows a year, and a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting live (New Jersey) bands around. As a testament to their electrifying performances on and off the stage, WNYC Soundcheck/NPR said “The Everymen inject each element of their energetic rock with a palpable passion.”

Take a look at The Everymen’s new video for “NJHC” from their latest album “Givin’ Up On Free Jazz.” This track is essentially an ode to the band’s home state of New Jersey (culminating in a list of almost every famous Jerseyan in the process!)

Hoboken has a notable presence in the video. Enjoy!

Today’s Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke predicts future of technology – what next?

For those who haven’t seen this fascinating “prediction” author Arthur C. Clarke made over 40 years ago regarding the future of the “internet of things,” here you go. Spot on:

Who is today’s Arthur C. Clarke?

Sure it’s easy to go back through the archives to find out who was “right” a long time ago. I’d be interested to see some other predictions made by (then) respected scientists, authors and other noteworthy people – who got it way wrong.

However, I’m wondering who would be today’s “Arthur C. Clarke.” What predictions being made TODAY will be the ones that come to fruition in the future?

Because it’s my belief that most predictions being made (about the future) today – are to coerce others into manipulating change today (policy, investment, etc.)

Take a look at this interesting “future study” from DHL as an example. The first “scenario” they come up with was “climate change.” But some of their other scenarios were interesting, like with 3D printing and the need for major suppliers of “things” diminishing. I do think they left a lot of intangibles out of their five scenarios – mainly because they were using this video as a marketing technique to their existing customers and investors.

Even “TPTB” don’t know for sure what the future will bring. Since the entire “upper echelon” of influential people in society (the ones with the power, money, weapons and control) are psychopaths and sociopaths – I think it’s a safe bet to say “God only knows what our future 40 years from now will be,” so hang on tight for the ride!

Tal Wilkenfeld on Bass

Great young musician – Tal Wilkenfeld {Serendipity}

I’ve seen a lot of musicians get “touted” as the next best this or that. And I’ve certainly had the displeasure of hearing some crappy music come out (like that horrific over-produced, over-rated Lindsey Stirling dubstep noise that millions are in love with now – and will not even remember 4 years from now).

But I wanted to share a glimpse of talent I stumbled upon the other day – it’s this bassist Tal Wilkenfeld (from Australia). She’s already gotten some top-billing since coming to the states a decade ago, touring with respected musicians like Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton. (This artist is nothing “new,” but rather new to my purview).

Now, I stopped liking “Jazz” back in the 80′s – but “Serendipity” is a really well done (and original) song without special effects or mind-melding noise. Excellent! (Song starts at 1:30). Enjoy.

Need help with debt?

How many are in debt in Hoboken?

It’s a shame that the “concept” of debt vs. wanting (I need!) things is so hard to grasp by individuals, that it has become a mocking parody on shows like Saturday Night Live.

Credit cards, commercials, the “need to fit in,” other “must have” items (clothing, cars, tech gadgets) we could all do without.

About the only thing that used to be purchased on a “loan” was a home. And even back in the day, the cost of a home was just around 1x to 2x what your annual earnings were. People paid their homes off very quickly. Today, homes have become pretty much impossible to own outright.

While this video is funny, I don’t think it would aid in getting many people out of denial.