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Old May 31st, 2018, 05:13 AM   #1
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Gullibility Is Addiction’s Prime Move

I never heard of behavioral addiction before this morning. Every addiction is a “behavioral addiction.” Sticking a needle in your arm, or placing your money on a roulette wheel is behavior. Suckers who read the Daily Racing Form, or study the stock market, is behavior that justifies the wagers. In short: There is no addiction until money changes hands. “Behavioral addiction.” in this article prompted me to revisit my views on every addiction:

Gambling can be addictive. So can spending money. Even collecting things. Just think of all those stories of hoarders’ apartments filled to the light fixtures.

Now trading in cryptocurrencies has been found to be addictive, according to a hospital in Scotland, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire has a course of residential treatment for such “addicts,” explains, the reports the Evening Standard of London.

“Experts say the trading of digital currencies or assets such as Bitcoin can become a behavioral addiction, similar to online gambling with some users obsessively following minute-by-minute fluctuations in prices,” the newspaper said.
Hospital offers treatment for cryptocurrency addicts
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Hospital offers treatment for cryptocurrency addicts
Bitcoin was always worth less than fictional T.C.s. Watch this 1950 movie if you do not know what a T.C. is. If you do not want to watch the entire movie fast forward to near the end and watch T.C. Jeffords burn a trunk full of T.C.s. before he gets shot.


Drug and alcohol addicts know that their behavior is an addiction. Bitcoin addicts certainly know gambling is an addiction, but that does not stop them from “investing.”

Bitcoin is a fraud that will ultimately blow up, according to JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon, who said the digital currency was only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in places such as North Korea.

Speaking at a conference in New York, the boss of America’s biggest bank said he would fire “in a second” anyone at the investment bank found to be trading in bitcoin. “For two reasons: it’s against our rules, and they’re stupid. And both are dangerous.”
Bitcoin is a fraud that will blow up, says JP Morgan boss
Angela Monaghan
Wed 13 Sep ‘17 06.26 EDT

https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...y-drug-dealers
The television addiction

People on message boards defending television remind me of dug addicts protecting their pushers. Drug addicts are said to have a monkey on their backs. Television addicts are being ridden hard by a gorilla.

There have been countless books, seminars, clinics, cures, charities, and TV talk shows devoted to every addiction known to man except one: Addiction to television.

If you cannot accept that TV is an addiction, or admit that you might be an addict, think about the withdrawal symptoms you will experience should television suddenly disappear from your life. Better still, go cold turkey and pull the plug on your TV. Then examine your withdrawal symptoms when you start missing your daily fixes. (Most TV addicts will scream for a booster shot in less than a week.)

Every addiction has an overpowering influence on society in that every addiction has bootleggers making money from the addiction personality who buy whatever is being sold. Television is the most destructive addiction ever sold to the public by government drug pushers. No sane person wants drug pushers in their life, yet billions worldwide invite liberalism’s pushers into their homes every day. Not only that, those same people encourage their children to listen to the bootleggers for hours on end.

Americans have a healthy distrust of government, yet many believe everything television tells them in entertainment shows and news broadcasts. A strange aberration to say the least.

NOTE: Television’s inventor, Philo T. Farnsworth (1906 - 1971), would not have a television in his home:


“There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet."

Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Electronic Television
Here is a comparison to television. Nothing on the Internet is going to brainwash children; especially not with the written word.

The Internet gets credit for hitting theater ticket sales much more than watching lousy movies on television. A majority of young Americans prefer the Internet over sitting in a dark theater with strangers. In time, only the loneliest, most malleable, person will escape into movies. That eventuality put two parts of the government’s propaganda machinery at risk right now.

Interestingly, the late Bill O’Reilly trotted out the children to make his case for Internet addiction just as every good little liberal invokes the children when they want something from the government. O’Reilly said a good thing by mistake. Television was losing the children to the Internet. That is a blessing not a sin. Hell, the Internet might even teach children to think for themselves; an outcome television and the education industry fear more than they fear anything else. The government’s message is simple. Think only those thoughts Big Brother wants you think.

It has been my experience that Lefties who would silence someone else’s opinion deceive themselves into believing that their own view is a universal truth rather than an opinion based upon their own personal bias. The fun begins when idiots express opinions. An idiot’s opinion remains the opinion of an idiot; it does not take on weight because it is said on television or in cyberspace.

The glass crutch

When a drunk is drinking he or she can lick the world. They do not need, or want, anything except their little cup of happiness, or courage, or love, or whatever the individual drunk want the glass crutch to be.

When drunks go on the water wagon they do not throw away their crutch —— they replace it with a loved one, a friend, an employer; anyone they can find who will not dump them. People who cannot handle alcohol, but still insist on drinking adult beverages, are social cripples who need a crutch in order to function sober or drunk. Alcoholism is no more complicated than that.

If you allow yourself to become a glass crutch for a sober rummy you have nobody to blame but yourself for whatever comes your way. Family members almost always reach a breaking point and walk away from a drunk; usually after they have suffered a great deal of emotional damage. Walking away is called tough love.

Alcoholism is called the glass crutch while every other addiction has a crutch of its own. The difference between and addiction to organized religion, television, etc. and a drug addiction is that a substance addiction is easily recognized.

Note that alcoholism is a unique addiction in that drinking sensibly is considered a social grace.



Addicts of every stripe come up with creative excuses rather than stop feeding their addictions. Making excuses is one of the symptoms all addicts have in common.

There was a time when everyone knew that a reformed drunk was the most annoying person in the world. Once they sobered up they immediately began telling everyone how to live. Amended drunks never have the good sense to take a lesson from tarts who would not dream of telling anyone how to love after they, the tarts, resurrect their virginity. Sensible people understood this and ignored sober drunks, but that is getting harder to do nowadays. Prominent rehabilitated drunks became the Left’s newest gurus while nobody was looking.

Public confessions came about because Socialists/Communists always thought if they did away with private property they would do away with most of the sins in the world. As it turns out they were wrong. Collective ownership of real property led to collective sin followed by collective guilt as public confessions clearly demonstrate. Indeed, a confession announced on a talk show is a good career move these days.

The run of the mill booze hound is seen as a social pariah condemned to share his or her guilt on a catch-as-catch-can basis.

The best kept secret in soul baring is that only the rich and famous are granted universal absolution by a talk show host. The penance imposed on a famous person after publically admitting to impetuous tippling always revitalizes a career which, I suspect, prompted the confession in the first place.

In my youth, I sailed the seven seas and drank with the best of them who never drew a sober breath. That does not mean I will throw in with a reformed lush moralizing whether it be in print or on television. I guess I am trying to find out why famous dry drunks, usually from among the ranks of Hollywood’s legions, has any more to say that is worth listening to than does your average terpentine connoisseur who has also seen the light? Having once been a falling down drunk does not give anybody special insight into anything except how to fall down.

NOTE: Watch for a boatload of television confessions coming from sex perverts.

Successful people are not alcoholics —— they are heavy drinkers. Many show biz folk were known for justifying tippling. Famous comedian from a bygone era, Joe E. Lewis, was noted for his drinking. One of his lines is a classic: "You see more old drunks than you see old doctors."

The late Bing Crosby was a "heavy drinker." Bing used to tell the story about the time he and drinking buddy Phil Harris were driving back to their hotel after a day of golfing in Scotland. The road they were on went past a scotch distillery. It was nighttime and the road was dark, but the plant was all lit up and obviously a beehive of activity.

Bing joked "See Phil, they can make it faster than you can drink it."

Harris replied "Yeah, but I got them working nights."

I have never been an uptight teetotaler; so I have nothing against an adult who can handle a couple of heave-aheads without losing their job, kicking the dog, punching out illiterate librarians, and all the rest of the charges a few drunks are certainly guilty of. In fact, being around happy drunks when they are in their cups is a damned sight more fun than being around Communist/Socialist priests in any condition.

The public trough addiction

In my mind drunks and environmental addicts have a lot in common. Even if I engage in psycho-babble to the best of my abilities, I doubt if anyone else will see the connection between rum pots and environmentalists the way I see it. Let me try anyway.

The environmental addiction is sui generis in that their behavior feeds at the public trough.

The major difference between environmental addicts and drunks is that drunks lean on individuals; whereas, environmental addicts lean on tax dollars to get through those terrifying nights when sleep will not come because somewhere in the world somebody is stepping on a cockroach. Simply stated: Whoever heard of an environmentalist leaning on family and friends for financial aid? Or going cold turkey for that matter?

Environmental addicts are social cripples driven to acquire control in order to compensate for their infirmities. Environmental addicts are absolutely certain their deficiencies provides them with superior insight.

NOTE: At least boozers and drug addicts had to work or steal to feed their addictions. Environmental addicts are the costumers who get it free.

I have never met an environmental true believer who did not start preaching about saving this, that, or the next thing the minute they smelled an opening. Many years ago I met one who went on and on about saving a few patches of dead coral reef because it took nature millions of years to make them. He swore they were objects of beauty. I swore they looked like rocks. The truth: Environmental addicts are not interested in saving rocks or roaches; they insist on saving the world for posterity, even when it does not need saving.

I just cannot shake the notion that drunks and environmental addicts are cut from the same cloth. Sad to say, environmental addicts are much worse than drunks. They conned the Socialists in government into paying them for saving whatever it is they save. I think the EPA has a budget of 8 BILLION a year. At least the drunk contributes to the economy when he or she is under full sail, but what do environmental addicts contribute by living on tax dollars? (No philosophical touchy-feely responses to my rhetorical question please.)

The gambling addiction

OTB put a dent in neighborhood bookmakers. This will wipe them out:


Top Court Paves Way for Legalized Sports Betting
George Tsartsianidis/Dreamstime)
Monday, 14 May 2018 10:24 AM

https://www.newsmax.com/finance/econ.../14/id/860161/
I am not sure how Wall Street’s gambling casinos will deal with sports betting. Betting in Wall Street casinos is called investing. Wall Street sharpshooters can hardly call sports betting investing.

Incidentally, wise guys will tell you “Never bet on anything that walks on two legs.” I think they meant stock brokers, wrestlers, and roosters.

NOTE: Once upon a time —— when the press was half-ass legitimate —— they put the daily stock market report on the same page as thoroughbred racing results.

Do not get me wrong. I have no objections to gambling. I do object to the government shilling for the casinos.

Parenthetically, every system to beat the house works. The worst betting system ever invented will payoff once in awhile. The best system in the world will not payoff enough times to beat the percentages.

Punters only get nine decisions a day at a race track assuming they bet every race. So how many wealthy horse degenerates do you know?

Always remember that gambling is an addiction. Poker or pinochle —— golf or tennis —— are GAMES. Every game requires precise skills; hence, the most skilled player will beat the addict every time. Conversely, good game players are notoriously poor gamblers. The best poker player in the world cannot predict the winner in a walkover.

Betting on the gees-gees, or the galloping dominoes, or buying stocks is gambling. So if you are an addict do not send for the gendarmes when you lose.

The charity hustle addiction

Charity addicts selling institutional compassion are the worst of the lot. Much worse than every other addict. Environmental addiction will disappear when bootleggers can no longer get their hands on tax dollars. Charity bootleggers have been around since the first government was formed. They will be around forever because addiction-free individuals are forced to feed the charity addiction. Inevitably, being forced to pay the bootleggers ends up by working for the addicts physically, financially, and politically. In short: Charity addicts do not care how many addicts they create well-knowing society will pay to care for them without curing them.

Finally, weakness, or genes, or lack of character, does not create an addict. Gullibility is the prime mover that creates addicts.


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Starting a thread with an opening post of over 40 paragraphs is proof of an addiction.
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Starting a thread with an opening post of over 40 paragraphs is proof of an addiction.
It is certainly a proof of determination to make a point. I think that, probably, addiction is a combination of cultural pressure, habit, self-image and genetic weakness. In our house, everyone except the dog smoked, so when you were little you wanted to grow up and smoke, like all the romantic people in the films. I started at eight. When I was hanging about waiting to go in the RAF I worked in a tax office that was so intolerably boring I soon began to smoke about fifty a day, and the RAF didn't help. I tried to give up several times, ending by changing to snuff, with the result that, ultimately, I got a tumour in the bladder instead of in the lungs. The key thing, however, is capitalism. They are still selling tobacco, because there is money in it.
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Starting a thread with an opening post of over 40 paragraphs is proof of an addiction.
To Bookworm: Every addict should be so lucky. Lengthy messages is a spare-time activity.

Like the fat men said “Talking is something you can’t do judicially unless you keep in practice.”


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I enjoyed how you included a blurb of jp Morgan attacking crypto. Banksters and governments are terrified of the crypto revolution and both have been trying to get their grubby fingers into it for sometime now and both have their own versions of what the general population believes it to be.
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It is certainly a proof of determination to make a point. I think that, probably, addiction is a combination of cultural pressure, habit, self-image and genetic weakness. In our house, everyone except the dog smoked, so when you were little you wanted to grow up and smoke, like all the romantic people in the films. I started at eight. When I was hanging about waiting to go in the RAF I worked in a tax office that was so intolerably boring I soon began to smoke about fifty a day, and the RAF didn't help. I tried to give up several times, ending by changing to snuff, with the result that, ultimately, I got a tumour in the bladder instead of in the lungs. The key thing, however, is capitalism. They are still selling tobacco, because there is money in it.
The OP...like just about everything written about addictions, implies that these are personal problems controlled by personal choice. No surprise! That is the basic message you get from all the self-help proselytizers from Doctor Phil to Oprah. So, I'm glad someone mentioned that we are still social creatures, regardless of the fact that we have to live under an economic system that wants us to be autonomous individuals who soak in memes and messaging that advertisers bombard us with every day....now there's a cause of addiction all of its own!

A few years ago, Johann Hari, the Swiss-born psychologist and author wrote a comprehensive study of the War On Drugs called "Chasing The Scream." In the interests of full disclosure, I never bought or read the book, but Hari did so many promotional interviews and wrote so many articles about addiction and the failures of treating addiction, I feel like I was already there!

One of Hari's key evidences of cultural motivators for addiction came from the research on US soldiers and returning Vietnam veterans during the 60's and 70's. By some estimates, some infantry divisions that were in the most lethal kill zones, had an estimated 30% rate of heroin addiction (which was cheap and easy to come by/and NOT being stopped by the US High Command!). But, after the soldiers left the killing fields and returned home, heroin and other IV drug use rates returned back to background level for their sex and age group! Only difference was, soldiers who started smoking after they were drafted, mostly continued smoking after the War!

So, Hari and other addiction researchers...who want to see the social put back in society, say that there is no merit in fighting addictions of any kind as individual problems that have no connection with isolation, sleep deprivation or economic stresses and other factors that lead many people to self-medicate...and that's what we're talking about here! Since many addicts either can't afford or feel standard medicine doesn't help them with their problems. So, would one of the solutions be living in caring societies where people watch out for each other? Those are the kinds of social arrangements we used to have before capitalist individualism became the goal!
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