posted on May, 27 2008 @ 11:14 PM
In a world of uncertainty, if you can find a way to virtually guarantee income for a long period of time, you're on an island of safety when everyone
else is treading water. These are artificial constructs of a monetary system that progressively implodes.
Industry is doing all it can to keep up with the system and hold their heads above water, not aware of their fundamental causes. Here are a couple of
Intel has come out year after year with "advances in technology" with their cpu computer chips. In reality, there are very small advances with each
generation. What they have done is create a manufacturing process that can be scaled over a very long lifespan without much change in the process
30 years ago a computer chip might have 10,000 transistors. By 1990 they had a million. Today they're crossing the billion transistor threshold.
All of this sounds impressive, but in reality it's just the same old manufacturing method but on smaller scales. They literally use optical
magnification techniques to change the product they manufacture.
They had a choice of jumping far ahead in capacity and transistor count, but they didn't. The option to scale computer chips to 1/10th of the trace
width in 1 step was not financially sound. Not that it couldn't turn a profit... it just couldn't turn a continual profit over 30 years.
Instead, with each new step they scale it to 85% of the previous trace width, then milk that level for all the money its worth. This way, they have a
sure way of getting many more cycles of profit in before they really are forced to develop a new technology. They've been doing this for 35 years,
and only now are having to come up with new ways of making computers smaller. They could have given us what we have today many years ago (but there
wouldn't have been much profit in that!)
Also, many of the chips they create come off the same line. Some of the chips are deliberately crippled to create a chip they can sell at a lower
price point, making the non-crippled chips look like a premium product. The "premium" product is much more desirable, and sells for a much greater
profit margin. More profit is made out of the top 5th than the bottom 4 quality levels combined. They destroy some of the top level product so that
there is a lower-level product to make it seem more valuable to the psychology of the consumer.
The idea would be similar to a car manufacturer building a V-8 engine, then sealing off the intake manifold to 4 of the cylinders. The "4-cylinder"
engine has 300 dollars profit on it, the "real" V-8 makes the company $3,000. If there were only 1 kind of engine, they'd have to settle for much
smaller profit overall.
Gone are the days when a craftsman or reputable company would make a quality product that outlasted the competition by at least one order of
magnitude. Why build something that lasts, and sell it once, when you can build something that breaks to keep the customer coming back over and over
When the whole industry settles on an agreed-to lifespan for a particular type of product, you don't have to worry about a steady revenue stream.
With cars today it's like splitting hairs. They all cost too much, are obsolete too soon, look too much alike, and break down after 5-7 years.
It's all about chasing the dollar. There are plenty of products, just not enough money to go around to keep everyone and everything financially
afloat. Bankruptcy and foreclosure is a sure thing in a debt-based economy. The spectre of fractional-reserve banking and issuance of currency with
automatic debt attached keeps us running on a treadmill that's moving faster and faster as the years go by. Don't forget, these are symptoms of a
system that doesn't have to be this way... but we'll have to do the dirty work to change it.
There will be a day where it will hurt less to confront the monster that is the banking system, than the pain it will cost us to continue living with
[edit on 27-5-2008 by ianr5741]