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Wake up and get out of your debt prison before it’s too late

I woke up one day fed up with the debt I had accumulated and thought about how I could kill it by doing the same thing I had been doing my whole life. Fuck no. This isn’t possible. If you wake up and think this, you aren’t serious about getting out of debt.  You never will be.  You have to hate it.  Reading books on personal finance and doing little things has chipped away a bit. But as Dave Ramsey says, radical change requires radical change, or how I interpret what he says. Not waking up scared about my future debt, about the life I will not give my family wasn’t doing that. Now I am there. And I am worried about our American nation distracted letting their debt grow like cancer as they scream foul at some fantasy. They don’t realize their protest falling on deaf ears is leading to an oppression that they won’t look at and must see, growing on them and in them. Debt is a prison, makes you a corporate slave. I still don’t see the outrage en masse. I wait. Will it come? Will they want to Andy Dufresne?  My outrage is right here becoming frugal and not worried about what others think about my affluence.

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The Ultimate Placebo Effect: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

NPR: Why Your ‘Small-Batch’ Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Wow, this is not surprising; Americans duped by language.  Thank god for Post-Structuralism, and Modern Literary Theory and Criticism, without these concepts I would be worse for the wear.  See those fancy words on that fancy bottle in your fancy hand?  They mean shit.  Essentially, if you see words described as:

“”Ury says that one of the tell-tale signs on the bottle is the wording. “Does it say it is ‘distilled’ by that company, or does it say it’s ‘bottled by’ or ‘produced by’ that company? That sounds like a small difference, but it has a big legal meaning.””

As readers and consumers, we love our words, like “natural”, “antioxidants”, and “organic”.  They make us feel better… But what do they mean?  Words like these have ambivalent, and sometimes misleading, meanings.

It’s about time the liquor industry caught on and started taking advantage of booze hounds.  It takes about three seconds to make up a slogan for a brand that is marketable to the demographic they are trying to sell to; here: Rare Single-Batch Kentucky Whisky, made right here in America.  Slap that slogan under the name, and give it a hefty price- because it’s worth that, and let it sell.  No one will be the wiser, and you will profit!

Anyway, remember the next time you are sippin’ that exclusive (and expensive) whisky, just keep telling yourself it’s the real thing, and worth every penny…  Because the Placebo Effect is powerful.  And that’s no lie.