WATCH: Pick Your Pieces – #SolutionsWatch

Do you feel helpless? Powerless? Unable to achieve your goals? Is that because you are a weak, powerless, helpless good-for-nothing? Or because you have become stuck in a narrative frame that tells you that you are weak, powerless and helpless? And, if the latter, how do you rewire your cognitive circuitry to break you out of that habit of thinking?

Joining James Corbett to discuss his answer to these questions and other insights from his new book, Pick Your Pieces – Some Thoughts to Think About, is Joe Plummer of JoePlummer.com.

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Nov 13, 2023 6:41 AM

Newsflash Joe: it’s great what you’re doing but you’re mistaken if you think no one has had a line on this before you…2500 years ago Siddhartha Gautama was riffin’ on all the suffering caused by the greed, hatred and delusion roiling around in our minds…..

les online
les online
Nov 13, 2023 3:11 AM

We need to improve our brain’s logic centers,
and strengthen its rationality programs…And
strengthen the intellects control over impulses
and the instincts…
I’d strong instinctual drives when i was young,
now i wonder what it’s all about…
Lenin was an intellectual. Pol Pot was an
intellectual…So was Robespierre…
Most people are shit frightened of their anger,
of their aggression – testament to schooling,
and schools as Anger Management Program
institutions…So we outsource the venting of our
anger and aggression to the State, which then
gives us permission to vent our rage in WAR…
The Return** of The Repressed…
(Emotional Lobotomy of the Masses (ELM)…

** (alternatively) The Revenge of The Repressed…

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 12, 2023 5:53 PM

The way of walking alone https://youtu.be/vdNrytmiL2U

Nov 12, 2023 11:59 AM

There is so much in this interview and book that even “100 hours” would be insufficient time to devote to it. Respectfully observing that James and Joe air their collective insights for free – where are we going to channel all this liberated psychologic energy-complexity? ….Into the emerging ‘agoric free-market’ (or “cattalaxy” as James defined in “Episode 331” and “Interview 1473”) to “exchange and reconcile” economics?

Even if these “emerging decentralised parallel systems” are “catallactic”; we are still going round in a free-market neoliberal spin grounded in authoritarian Austrian Market-Economics:

The catallactician describes the order of human activity, quantifies and examines it. But directing that order? Managing it? Controlling it? Coercing its participants into a unitary plan of action?

Same shit, different century – now jazzed up with ‘neuroscientific new agendum’ of >self-directed neuroplasticity<. One day the penny will drop that any “reality-independent observer consciousness” is a figure of speech and a figment of the imagination; one that is nonetheless programmable (or reprogrammable) as ‘our’ neural circuitry or mental-machinery — for better or worse — as a “helpful/harmful; wholesome/unwholesome; responsible choice ethics and libidinal moral economics of the Austrian School of neoliberal “self-regulating market-behaviourism” as moral individualism.

That entity in your brain is the market-economy. You are your habit energy – programmed or reprogrammed – whichever comes straight from Plato throughout Aristotelian rationality throughout the Summa Theologiae into rational market-economic behaviourism (Hayek, von Mises, Simon’s ‘bounded economic rationality’) with little amendment — just as a moral continuation agendum. Rational awareness from a distance is ‘platonic’ reality-independent observer consciousness; ‘lower ego-engineering’; ‘desiring the change you want’ as reward endowed end-goal; ‘craving and desire-dissatisfaction addiction’; ‘desiring the actual act of doing’ (as mental rehearsal of that thing) is market-fundamental ego-engineering pure and simple. And so on and on (whenever ‘on’ is ‘being’ in habitual reification.)

All this is basically degraded and individualised zen. The voice in your head is not yours, it is the dominant culture speaking to you as personalised by you as you. It ain’t an entity; it is a libidinal moral economics – one that knows no bounds to its desiring and craving apparently (whichever is zen 101.) Linguistic reality and phenomenal reality are not the same. Any linguistic ‘automatic mind’ is not living experience – thereafter: the voice in the head is already morally dead. Replacing one voice with another is progressive ego-engineering until ‘we’ replace the object of speechsound from the imaginary to the earthly said nobody.

Everything Joe says in his book is good, but is basically 21st century mind-machinery that has already been said for 2.5Ky. Of course we can accomplish >self-directed neuroplasticity< by diverting energy away from active economic fundamentalism to active ecologic wisdom as earth justice and redistribution of wealth from the Globalised free-market North to the economically neutralised market-enslaved South – so why can we not just rewire our neural circuitry and simply say so? 

Nov 13, 2023 1:03 AM
Reply to  Bryan

Long before neuroplasticity became a buzzword Jiddu Krishnamurti called it Choiceless Awareness and
Douglas Harding referred to it as ‘Headlessness’.

And long, long before that the Buddha called it Non Attachment.
Jesus simply said: ‘The Father and I am One’.
Joe Plummer has realised the Truth and is therefore compelled to share it.
Go Joe🙂

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Nov 12, 2023 10:33 AM

Corbett back to soft values again.
Its ok but but butt: “I was a drug addict, alcoholic, LSD tripper on a suicide voyage, but one day I said to myself no, I pulled myself up by the hair, wrote a book about it and became a star…..and YOU can do the same”.
Its just…..all is forgiven but but butt…….for the moment there is other chickens to fry.

Nov 12, 2023 8:20 AM

Chris Hedges unacceptable, or too off topic??

Nov 12, 2023 3:53 AM

Hey James?
What you got in your guitar collection?
I’ve got a J45, a Gibson 339 and a Godin 5th Avenue. Gotta admit the J45 is my musical love.
For a factory built guitar it sounds amazing, and exemplifies American know how and quality workmanship.

Nov 12, 2023 5:51 PM
Reply to  Johnny

I wore my J45 out and gave it to a 16 year old in Ireland. But as you say it sounded the ‘business.’ I let go of my 1952 Gold Top ($90 from NYC hock shop) in Australia to end up with a perfect condition 1957 Black Beauty Custom, nickel and abalone. Unfortunately I took a bad deal on it to pay for a disabled friend’s air ticket to Atlanta that she didn’t need. I’ve regretted that move every day ever since as the Black Beauty played and sounded a DREAM. Let alone it cost 900 Australian. (£600) 2 months work in a whisky bottling warehouse/factory in Melbourne. The gigs weren’t paying enough.
I have an Ibanez Bob Weir Pro 1978 which is like a beefed up SG built for sustain. Acoustic is a Freshman Apollo 4 DC which does the job alright. Other things LTD Viper 24 fret, 1985 Ibanez RoadStar 2, they made a sort of strat which actually did the business, a heavily inlaid Mirage(don’t know the model) which is OK, and an LTD 24 fret 5 string bass.
Finally I found a Marshall all valve JCM 900 which does it up right, nearly just around the corner, and the little Yamaha THR5A for acoustic means I’m good to go.

Nov 13, 2023 10:24 PM
Reply to  ariel

Keep on rockin in the free (not anymore Neil) world Ariel.

Nov 14, 2023 3:26 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Even back then I did wonder what Neil thought he was on about, unless he just couldn’t let go what is an OK line/catchphrase. I’ve never been prepared to sacrifice the song so I can finish it. ‘Strawberry Fields. forever.’
I mean Lennon did that quite a lot of the time.

Nov 12, 2023 12:21 AM

This is brilliant!

But more importantly, it is practical, use-full and overflowing with Truth.

Joe Plummer is a teacher of Truth.
Joe is echoing and reinterpreting the words of all the great teachers of the past (and present) by making them use-full in the 21st century.

Change begins now, with us.
Just gotta take THE leap:



Nov 11, 2023 11:11 PM

I like James Corbett but I listen to his mate James Evan Pilato over at Media Monarchy more so due to his entertaining radio podcasts and kickass music . I’ve noticed Corbett cops a bit of flak here at OffG but not sure it’s all warranted. I discovered him during the COVID nonsense and he made a lot of sense amidst the madness at the time. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea and I get that but you can’t question how prolific he’s been and consistent.

Nov 11, 2023 11:46 PM
Reply to  JoeC

his 9/11 warning to office workers was amazing , maybe his light and humorous touch helps protect him , he always sounds quite cheerful while discussing this hellish dystopia

Nov 12, 2023 12:12 AM
Reply to  JoeC

J.C is surface level,

Captain Birdheart
Captain Birdheart
Nov 12, 2023 12:44 AM
Reply to  JoeC

Now that us slaves are allowed to have balls, (used to be just like cattle), it is sad when we don’t testify like gentlemen.
JC controlled.

les online
les online
Nov 12, 2023 2:58 AM

Some people are controlled…
And some other people are controlled by an
obsession about others being controlled…

Captain Birdheart
Captain Birdheart
Nov 12, 2023 3:13 AM
Reply to  les online

Would just not want to die not knowing what has gone on.
Near all are happy, it seems, with a false history.
What happened in 1400 and late C18 ?
Shut up, don’t want to know.
Everyone who supports the establishment is unsane

Nov 12, 2023 12:56 PM
Reply to  JoeC

I’ve been watching Corbett since 2015, shortly after I happened upon a documentary about 9/11 (back in the Wild West days of youtube) and began my descent down the rabbit hole..
He and Catherine Austin Fitts were my main go to’s until 2020 when many others started speaking up about cvid. Now I watch/read them as well as many others.
Oh, and he is the reason I read Offg based on an interview he did with Kit Knightly.
I think Corbett and his editor Broc West do terrific work.
I have learned an enormous amount of (true)history from him. Things I was never taught in school.
He’s done some great documentaries about subjects that mainstream will not go near.
Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, Big Oil and the Rockefellers, World War 1 origin, Maurice Strong, and many other topics.
He does great interviews with other independent journalists, and blessedly does not interrupt.
He can be a bit snarky at times, but everyone has their short-comings.
I enjoy his site immensely.

Nov 13, 2023 9:46 AM
Reply to  judith

I found James a tad overzealous at first Judith, but after watching this video I’ve grown to appreciate his style, and the fact that he really listens to his guests.
Always an admirable trait in a journalist/commentator.

Nov 11, 2023 7:00 PM

i like Corbett and find his content generally excellent , even so he really does act like a man without much worry , in theory a man who lives openly in ‘western’ Japan should fear for his life with his type of content

Nov 11, 2023 7:15 PM
Reply to  hoaxashian

Why should he fear for his life?

Nov 11, 2023 7:39 PM
Reply to  Rutabaga

because he is an articulate and outspoken truth seeker thats why

The Coming Revolution
The Coming Revolution
Nov 12, 2023 5:10 PM
Reply to  hoaxashian

So long as his efforts are invested in exposing actors and not to the system itself, he’ll live.