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We’ll go down in history as the first society that wouldn’t save itself because it wasn’t cost-effective. Kurt Vonnegut
We either save the party or save the president. House of Cards US s2e13: Chapter 26, Jackie, Netflix 2014
Why save this America? … It didn’t need to end up like this and it still doesn’t … We have to get rid of the whole rotten system that gave us Trump. Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 11/9, 2018
It’s like the Lotto: you can’t get saved if you don’t play. Bill Maher, Religulous, 2008
I said, ‘God, if you save me, I’ll work for you.’ Cat Stevens, cited Alan Yentob, Imagine … The Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens, BBC 2006
We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone. Martin Luther
A bizarre twist of fate led a young man to save the life of a woman. Incredibly, the woman choking to death had saved the same young man’s life years before. Was it more than coincidence? Was it part of the universe’s grand design? Weird or What? s1e7: Mind Control War, Discovery 2010
That’s what got us in trouble in the first place – interfering with Nature. Meddling. Doesn’t anybody understand that? … Stop interfering. Leave Nature alone: haven’t we done enough damage?… And the supreme arrogance – Save the Planet. Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves. We haven’t learned to care for one another – we’re gonna save the fucking planet? George Carlin, Napalm & Silly Putty
By the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place – the planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doing great; it’s been there over four billion years … Believe me, the planet has put up with much worse than us … The planet isn’t going anywhere, folks. We are. We’re going away. Pack your shit, we’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little styrofoam. The planet will be here and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation. Another closed-end biological mistake. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas, and it will heal itself, because that’s what the planet does – it’s a self-correcting system. The air and water and earth recover and be renewed, and if plastic is not degradable, well, most likely, the Earth will include it in a new paradigm. Earth plus plastic. The Earth doesn’t share our prejudice against plastic. Plastic came out of the Earth; She probably sees it as one of her many children. In fact, it could be the reason the Earth allowed us to be spawned in the first place – it wanted plastic and didn’t know how to make it. It needed us. That could be the answer to our age-old question: why are we here? Plastic, assholes! ibid.
O King of tremendous majesty, who freely saves those who should be saved, save me, O source of pity! The Missal, used by Church till 1964, The Ordinary of the Mass
I’m not trying to save everybody – just you. Alex Cross 2012 starring Tyler Perry & Matthew Fox & Edward Burns & Rachel Nichols & Cicely Tyson & Jean Reno & Carmen Ejogo & John C McGinley et al, director Rob Cohen, Alex to Pop-Pop
In our time we’ve witnessed the zenith of global finance. In 2006 the world’s total economic output was worth around $47 trillion. The total value of stock and bond markets was roughly $119 trillion. More than twice the size. And the amount outstanding of the strange new financial life-form known as derivatives was $473 trillion. Ten times larger ... This is the story of financial globalisation. Professor Niall Ferguson, Ascent of Money: Chimerica, Channel 4 2010
According to [George] Soros’s Theory of Reflexivity, financial markets can’t possibly be perfectly efficient much less rational ... His biggest coups came from being right about losers not winners. And the greatest of these was among the most momentous speculative hits in all of financial history. On September 16th 1992 with the British £ in big trouble I watched as Soros put out a contract on the Bank of England ... So sure was he that the £ would drop that he bet ten billion dollars. ibid.
The Nobel Prize in Economics. It seemed as if Intellect had triumphed over Intuition. As if rocket science had taken over from risk-taking. Equipped with their magical black box, the partners in LTCM seemed poised to make money far beyond the wildest imaginings of even George Soros. And then in the summer of 1998 when every self-respecting hedge-fund manager should have been playing with his yacht something happened that threatened to blow the lid right off the Nobel Prize winner’s black box: Reality started to misbehave ... On Monday August 17th 1998 a giant asteroid smashed into Planet Finance. ibid.
The only chance of survival was to find a White Knight to rescue them. And the most powerful Knight in town was none other than George Soros. It was the ultimate humiliation: the Quants from Planet Finance begging for a bail-out from the Prophet of Irrational Unquantifiable Reflexivity ... Fear that Long Term’s failure could trigger a general financial meltdown, the New York Federal Reserve hastily brokered a multi-billion-dollar bailout by fourteen Wall Street banks. ibid.
The ascent of money has seldom been smooth. Time and again it’s been punctuated by big painful crises. ibid.
American borrowers have come to rely on Chinese savers, a symbiotic relationship between China and America that I call Chimerica. ibid.
So enormous have Chinese savings become in recent years they’ve enabled globalisation to do the most almighty U-turn. Previously, it was the rich English speakers who leant money to the poor Asian periphery. But now it’s the Chinese who are lending money to the Americans. Welcome to the strange new hybrid country of China and America – I call it Chimerica. ibid.
The People’s Republic of China has become banker to the United States of America. ibid.
What starts with competition for Olympic medals could end in a battle over dollars if the Chinese decide one day to cut off their credit line to the American empire. Maybe as its name suggests Chimerica is nothing more than a chimera ... The really big crises come just seldom enough to be beyond the living memory of the people who run today’s companies, banks and funds. ibid.
The Ascent of Money has been one of the key factors in human progress, an extraordinary story of innovation, intermediation and integration that has done as much as anything to help people escape from the drudgery of subsistence agriculture. And yet Planet Finance can never quite escape from the gravitational force of Planet Earth. Because the Quants can never take full account of the human factor – our tendency to underestimate the probability of black swans. Our propensity to veer from euphoria to despondency. Our chronic inability to learn from History. ibid.
43% of Americans now have less than 10K saved for retirement. Celente & Schiff & Paul & Faber & Rogers & Woods, MeltUp: The Beginning of a US Currency Crisis
Retirement will become a thing of the past ... Social security won’t be there ... Retirees will soon be forced to re-enter the workforce. ibid.
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. Alan Greenspan, Gold and Economic Freedom
Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: Deuteronomy 15:4
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. Jeremiah 8:20
He saved others; himself he cannot save. Matthew 27:42
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Luke 13:23&24
What must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30
The children may yet be saved. The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s 1960 starring Joyce Grenfell & George Cole & Cecil Parker & Eric Barker & Thorley Walters & Irene Handl & Lloyd Lamble & Nicholas Phipps & John le Mesurier & Basil Dignam & Michael Ripper & Raymond Huntley & Liz Frazer & George Benson & Sid James et al, director Frank Launder, shrink in court