Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies - make your way
straight before me. Not a word from their
mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled
with malice. Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongues they tell lies.
- Fifth Psalm, verses eight and nine
The universe makes infinite idiots just
to eat them.
- Rick from an episode of the television
cartoon show Rick and Morty
My latest favorite film and
book-that-is-its-source is The Big Short. I
did see it a couple years ago, even introduced
page piece with a significant reference to it.
But I watched it again the other day, and decided I
should read the book and presently have been doing
It blows my mind the extent
to which people can be short sold.
The Bible speaks about
the short selling of people throughout.
The reason people don't talk
about this phenomena, to be summarized shortly,
is because of the astoundingly profound
quote from one simple frame of a single Dilbert
panel I pulled ten years ago.
is the courageously sincere Alice character saying
truth like no one ever has. The gentleman there is
her boss, and while I think we can all admit we'd sometimes
like to call out our superiors on some things as
our better natures inevitably prevail, this isn't
about bosses at all
— I very much appreciate my job and those who make
This is about the fear we have getting in trouble
for seeing the truth and calling people out on
I wrote about short selling
people in a home page
piece a number of years ago, augmented by
this blog post. Just some thoughts. Really,
anyone who prayerfully studies Scripture
and incisively peruses current events on some regular basis
could see it. I'd add that
after a modest survey of Tupper Saussy's
Rulers of Evil
and a variety of other honest sources elucidating the real
powers and purposes behind all System operations,
anyone would be able to see, hear, and understand
— even join together and speak meaningfully and
charitably about important things.
It's not hard. It is made
hard by people who will not only refuse to humbly bend the
knee, but are sworn to rigorously prop up people and
tell them things to keep them from paying attention.
The entirety of The Big
Short is how a number of Wall Street financiers
made millions shorting the nation's mortgage bond industry just
before it collapsed in 2008. The details are coated in technical
financialese, but the book slows it down and the
film even features beautiful women in bathtubs to explain
things. The numbingly arcane language and turgidly complicated
procedures are much of why it happened, but make no
While Michael Burry at one
point in the book says, "I'm not making a bet
against a bond, I'm making a bet against the
system," what he really means is he was making a bet
against the people, millions and
millions of people in this nation who lie and are
subject to more powerful liars putting them on the
altar. This is the seldom explored truth
about the System: Cain
definitely sets people up to be shorted.
It is arranged to be
When World devotees in
Cain's service do human sacrifice, they do
nothing other than what he did in murdering Abel.
Did you see that, there in the fourth chapter of
Genesis? He "talked with his brother," (KJV) the
implication clearly that he said something outside
the bounds of his true intentions to
convince him to go into the field.
Caesar's legion of minions
do this 24/7, they're
supposed to do this, dutifully laboring
as they should
— from government bureaucrats to university
professors to church leaders to television pundits
to community organizers to bank lenders, oh
those bank lenders — "No, you're good!
You're a fine individual, worthy of our
God tells you something
much more veritable. He says you're worthless
because of your sinfulness. Yes, He does
love you still the same and He allowed Himself to be
nailed to a cross to take the penalty for that
sinfulness and clothe you in His righteousness. Because the System was put in motion
after Cain's actions, those sustaining it know
nothing about God and everything about building a
city and prosecuting his brother in order to be his
In an interview on Greg
Koukl's Stand to Reason, apologist Abdo
Murray detailed the characteristics of this product quite graphically.
This is a bit of a paraphrase, but it is very close.
|Today if you are sexually
confused you are considered a hero. If you are
morally confused you're a progressive. If you are
religiously confused you are tolerant. These things
are lauded as virtues, but if you are clear about
those things you are a bigot, a regressive,
intolerant. Clarity is decried as a sin. Our
"post-truth" society now features a tyrannical
deference to feelings and preferences over truth.
How do we get the value of clarity back
with conviction and compassion, and actually honor
what is true?
It is simple: We don't
clarity, truth, much less righteousness. We don't
even want justice or mercy or anything hifalutin-sounding folk say
we want. We just want to feel
good and commission those good-looking people to
keep telling us how good we're supposed to feel.
I watch so many holding the
World's megaphones saying things
people want to hear, and then I look over and see
the hearers smile at me and pat me on the back
— yeah, that's what I want. I really
have no idea what those things are, but I do know I
want to feel good no matter what.
what ends up being mindlessly adopted as
TRUTH. Why go through the trouble of finding
out what it really is
— that'd be too narrow-minded, and just
too hard! Instead they enthusiastically
tell me I'm supposed to like it and that so
many do too, so... YEAH!
The truth above all truths
is that deep inside each one of us is a
broken, bewildered, wounded, and please, let's face reality
— a reprehensibly evil individual. I believe deep down each one of us
knows that yet we spend our lives trying
so hard to smother it in juicy wholesomeness. What
is less understood is that there are gushing
professionals out there to help us do that on the
widest scale possible.
I have to say that at the
end of the
week just after the first day of summer this year I
happened to be in
Santa Barbara, and there couldn't have been a more
striking demonstration of this truth than in what I
witnessed. There was a buzz in
the air because they were preparing for the Summer
Solstice parade and events that Saturday. From what
I gathered it involved all kinds of hip, colorful
things happening related to artistic expression and
It was generally not a whole
lot different than anything pagan ritualistic
religions have done for centuries
— and I'd say Santa Barbara is a prime breeding
ground for that. A promotional piece of artwork
shows a group of people with their arms raised high,
in worship of... what?
Don't get me wrong. Floats
and costumes and music and dancing and displays and
merchandise can be joyously wonderful things. I just
wonder, what is it for? I'd venture
most would say something like, "Just go with it!
Makes us happy! Celebrate!" It is certain
that all this is explicitly a celebration of the
unusual, the unconventional, the untraditional
— meaning there is a profoundly implicit
connection to sodomism ("You may
give full vent to
your sexual preference"), socialism ("We
must forcefully take from some to give to others"), and racialism
("If you don't agree you're racist").
It's not hard to see its
ugliness right there in Abdo Murray's ruthlessly
The ironic thing is that up
and down this quaint city's finely manicured main drag, State Street,
are bars, bars, and more bars. Next to just about
every fashion boutique or ice cream shop or real
estate office is a bar. What is it,
exactly, that these people with gargantuan pasted-on
smiley-faces trying to smother with alcohol?
That handful of
investors who've found a way to short the American
people peered into this circumstance and pounced
— yet even in raking it all in they each
do feel something about it.
Towards the end of
The Big Short one of them, Ben Rickert, turned
to a couple of young traders gleefully high-fiving
each other about
scoring huge on their credit default swaps and
growled: "No dancing. This is the American
people you're talking about, people with jobs and
Mark Baum knew his shorts
were going to pay millions and sat dejected at a
table on a high-rise patio, wrestling with his
epiphany that his actions were the ones required
to reveal how much the country is made up of so many
savagely destructive liars
— rich, poor, doesn't matter.
As he was badgered by his colleagues about making
the call he struggled mightily with the perverse
truth that the only way they could be called
on it was for him to cash in.
Jarod Vennett held a $47
million check in his hand and looked up to the
camera and said, "I'm not a hero,
never said I was one. You don't have to like me." Oh
he is a hero, definitely, to those who accept what he did to
make the call and expose the grand lie
— short sellers do provide a legitimate public
service. The catch is that so many forces,
institutionally established and sustained,
perpetually keep people in the most entrenched
denial. One of them used billions of taxpayer
dollars to subsidize the take.
any attention to that very bad-looking thing that just happened just
— never mind that, you're still good! No worries at all!..."
In one of his several brief
explications author Michael Lewis for his part declared:
"No one seemed able to see what was so plain to him:
These swaps were all part of [Michael Burry's]
global search for value." Burry added "I don't take
breaks in my search for value. There is no golf or
other hobby to distract me. Seeing value is what I
Out of the thoroughly
System-propagandized universe a more accurate
rendering of "seeing value" here would be
"shrewdly identifying where
proficient cutthroat exploiters have lied to eager naïve
exploitees about their value and punishing them
both by collecting the difference while at the same
time unwittingly inviting the magnificent political and religious mandarins to rescue
both so they'll look really good."
What about me? Why don't I
"short the people"?
Yeah, you'd think.
I don't for a number of reasons.
One, yet again, I know the System is
fixed. I don't rail or remonstrate against it. Many
spend lifetimes seething and crusading against Caesar
and his hordes, but that rebellion is
their lifeblood because they are justified in
crushing it with seven-fold strength. There are thousands of sworn bad guys
out there, but most of us average folk don't grasp that the worst of them
are the smiliest gushiest people holding court in
that religious organization with the nicest looking
branches right around the corner
from our homes.
The other reason I don't
short people is that as a follower of Christ, yes as brutally uncaring as it seems, I
do want them to viscerally comprehend
the reality of their complicity. I admit in a way I am
like a short seller standing right there,
and just like Alice from Dilbert and our friends in
The Big Short asking, "What am I missing here?
You habitually do stupid things and constantly lie
about it." Yet they still bleat, "No, no, I'm
good and all these people can prove it, so back
Thing is, I can't
force them to see something they can't see,
but I also can't cash in on it
— I want them to be honest with
themselves and turn to
the One Person who makes people not liars and
anymore. I simply won't exploit them
— I can't, God won't let me. All I'm to do
is share with them, that's what I did
in Santa Barbara.
I ministered and prayed. I
talked with people and prayed for them.
Yes the Bible says that's
risky. Most of these people will still reject Him.
Many would want my head for saying things that just
don't comport with the spirit of Summer Solstice
where positive energy vibes abound. That is indeed
the pushback to apocalyptic revival
— the book of Revelation
is full of references to the ultimate destiny of
people who'll heed their master who, from
the tenth verse, second chapter, "...will put some
Read the rest of Revelation
to appreciate that intention. Jesus said they'll
contemptibly marginalize you, believing
they are doing it for God. They're rabidly into it
— just listen to what
they'd say if you challenge the reigning zeitgeist
at Summer Solstice: "We don't bring here the religion, the dogma
— that's gotta go! You can believe in Jesus if you
want, that's fine, but don't tell us how to live."
This is merely a whacked-out form of Hinduism
reworked for more Americanist sentiments, the mantra
of this now rampant New Age dominion "Every
belief is a good one!" Those who spout it don't
seem to recognize that the belief of not believing
in Hinduism is the one they most adamantly refuse to
— quite dogmatic if you ask me.
And quite insistent! Just as
the bankers and ratings agents were screeching for
years in the early 2000s "Look at this really
valuable shit! It isn't shit at all, it really isn't,
it's special! It's valuable! Buy it! It's all in the
interpretation! Trust us!" — those bouncing up
State Street were essentially saying the same thing.
"Look at how valuable I
am with all this pomp and pretense! We can be
whoever we want to say we are! Look at how special I
say I am! And there are so many
of us it has to be good! Woo-hoo!"
Push them a bit on the stark
reality of that situation?
How annoying! How
— ummm — constricting! ::Ee-yew!::
To fully protect these
sentiments, the Solstice throngs are zealously
urging Caesar to further codify the precedent of judicially certified
Critical of sodomism socialism racialism? You will be prosecuted.
Put in jail or face some similar "hate crime" penalty?
Absolutely. The latter part of Revelation clearly
states that will even be death.
Jesus gently reminds us to remain
faithful through it all
— which means loving them with His
self-sacrificial love right now, being truthful
yet merciful, bold yet gracious, bracing yet caring.
The reckoning will come, but the harvest is
right now. They are subsumed in fear under
Caesar right now, as always — they may instead fully
enjoy God's bountiful forgiveness at no cost to them
but at the cost of everything to Him.
Many think the Revelation
is only about Armageddon and stuff like
that. Much more it is about those who worship God in Spirit
and in Truth reaching out with that rich, deep,
overwhelming love to anyone who'll want to see and hear and touch and
experience Grace and Truth.
It is also, however, about
the destiny of those who just don't want it, and it
harrowing, truly harrowing. You think The Big Short
was really that big? God is the ultimate
short seller. Know what else though? He is
— He'll totally go long with you if you'd let Him.
Jesus is infinitely valuable, connect with
Him, He's reaching His hand out to give Himself to
you, along with the Kingdom.
Don't believe any of that? No worries. There are always those
scouring the vast value assignment disinformation to take care of that
business, and they will.
I must add this note
in closing. I'm not so obtuse to deny that there may
indeed have been many people enjoying Summer
Solstice activities who are strong faithful
followers of Christ. Nor do I dismiss how
industrious and accomplished the participants are
doing good things for society during their work week,
and I'm not getting in the way of what the World
does with its pagan celebrations on the weekend.
I also do not think Jesus must be
the Grand Marshall of some festival, that's not what
He's about at all. I even wrote
a home page piece some
years ago about James Ensor's depiction of that
— it is itself pretty gruesome.
That's the whole point.
Millions of people have Jesuses in their heads and
in their hearts that really aren't Him, many of them
put there by those who don't want you to know Him. I
myself want to be sure Jesus is not some sublime
concoction of mine
— being in a relationship with anyone means
you spend a lifetime getting to know an individual
for who they truly are.
I do, however, want to be on
track with how the World is trying convince me their
Jesus is the one I should follow.
The question then in all of
it is a good one.
Does your Jesus belong to
the World, or does He reign in the Kingdom?
He'll help you find out if
you'll ask Him.
The interview with Abdo Murray on
Stand to Reason was
from May 4 2018. He was speaking on
his latest book Saving Truth.
I simply had to include the
photograph (my own) of the promotional banner
with the lion and bear, I believe
war (Devout Romanists battling
Radical Selfists) girded of
course by alcoholic consumption - a vivid
picture of what the solstice
celebration is really about. The
photographs of the dancing ladies
and masked individuals were taken
from the festival website. To be
fair to the company "Firestone
Walker," they explicitly declare
that they do not support any given
political cause or organization.
I've discovered in reading The
Big Short that some of the main
characters in the film do not have
the same names as those in real
life, as they refused to allow the
film to use them. For your
information, Mark Baum in real-life
is Steve Eisman, Jared Vennett is
Greg Lippmann, and Ben Rickert is
Ben Hockett. Michael Burry did allow
his name to be used.
Burry's quote about shorting the
system is on page 49. The remarks
about Burry's search for value are
on page 56. Some rough thoughts of
mine about value and its transfer
from one to another are
I've written a number of pieces
about the political power of this
sodomism socialism racialism
here is one that gets into it in
relation to today's ever
To get a better idea of how the
World System operates, I invite you
to take a tour of the webzine.
Here is the
site map to help with your
navigation. I also have a
Contents" page to go through
this as if it were a book.
a modest list of Jesuses the
World System likes people to follow.
Here is a page
of all the bad guys people like to
Here is a rough sketch about
what modern human sacrifice looks
One of the key ways churches
enlist themselves as agents of Cain
is to contractually obligate
themselves as non-profit tax-exempt
is a bit more about that dynamic.
Here is a
brief description of who is at the
top of the
World System psyche-molding apparatus.
For a great read on how much
people's wickedness breaks God's
the first few Psalms. The verses
of one of them I put in the opening
quote. For a great story about an
entire city God wanted to reach read
Jonah - it is much more about
God's desire to save than a guy
being swallowed by a fish.
Some thoughts about Grace
And Truth are