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$38 Billion In Cuts? Make That $353 Million

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Warning: people on blood pressure medication are urged not to read this.

Yesterday the media had a field day when it was uncovered that the hard fought $38 billion in budget "cuts" which almost caused America to shut down were in reality $14 billion. We, thus, can't wait to find out what the response will be when it is uncovered that the actual cuts were... $353 million. Yes: the ongoing functioning of the government was a pawn in a soap opera whose benefit to the US debt is $353 million, or about what Goldman's trading desk makes in less than one day.

From Washington Post:

A new budget estimate released Wednesday says that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would produce less than 1 percent of the $38 billion in claimed savings by the end of this budget year.

The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows that the spending bill due for a House vote Thursday would pare just $352 million from the deficit through Sept. 30. About $8 billion in cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid are offset by nearly equal increases in defense spending.

The House began debate on the measure Wednesday with a test vote slated for the early afternoon. The measure appears on track to pass the House and Senate this week before a stopgap spending measure expires Friday at midnight despite opposition from some of the GOP’s most ardent budget cutters.

The budget deficit is projected at $1.6 trillion this year.

The CBO study confirms that the measure trims $38 billion in new spending authority, but says many of the cuts come in slow-spending accounts like water-and-sewer grants that don’t have an immediate deficit impact.

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Republicans say they wish the measure would cut more but that the cuts negotiated by Boehner are about as good as can be expected giver that Democrats hold the Senate and the White House. In his February budget, Obama pressed a freeze on domestic agency accounts.

“We continue to push this president to places he never said he would go,” said House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California. “The president said he would freeze spending. Our Speaker negotiated, outnumbered 3-1. We have cut spending.”

Speechless yet? You should be. And for those confused how B.H.O. picked the arbitrary number of $4 trillion in "cuts", John Lohman summarizes it best.

How Washington Cuts $38 Billion in 5 Simple Steps:

1.    Announce spending bill that claims $38 billion in cuts
2.    Wait for CBO to announce it only cuts $353 million1
3.    Realize you only do 0.0093% of what you say2
4.    Divide $38 billion by 0.0093% to get necessary target3
5.    Round to the nearest trillion and announce result

1 : Source: Washington Post, April 13, 2011
2 : $353 million divided by $38 billion
3 : $38 billion divided by 0.0093 = 4.1 trillion

 

 

 

 


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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:25 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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Reminds me of the old cartoon where scientist one points to a box in the middle of his equation, and the caption of the box reads, "Then a miracle happens."

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:35 | Link to Comment redpill
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The cartoon it reminds me of is this: http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/2639/1220584-fffffuuuuuu__super.jpg

The whole thing is an insult to dog & pony shows.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:34 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Christ, you just keep blabbering even though you have no fucking clue what you are talking about.  

When you own gold or silver, physical, in your hand, no-one can steal from you without physically taking it.  Your kind love fiat money because you can steal as much as you want via dilution and no-one is the wiser.  You then proceed to claim that anyone who points out the theft are "sheep" for some reason.

How do you keep from drowning in the shower?

Edit:  Did someone delete a bunch of posts in this thread?  I am now replying to someone that I was not replying to previously.  This was directed at Mark McGoldrick, along with another "pure gold" reply.  

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:39 | Link to Comment redpill
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Yes, occasionally when things get too ridiculously trollish and OT, they get "disappeared" - I knew who you were talking to, though now you may get undeserved junks because the continuity was fractured.

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:39 | Link to Comment tmosley
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I would guess it was a server error, otherwise my above reply would be gone too--they wouldn't leave one non-troll reply while deleting a bunch of others.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:45 | Link to Comment marc_hanes
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A good policy is when you think a post you are responding to may be "disappeared" state in the first line who you are responding to. As in: @tmosley

This should help eliminate ambiguity.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:09 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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Nope - happened to me around a week ago. My comment was left in place but the comment I was responding to got disappeared. Looks like if a comment gets over 45 - 50 junks, it gets deleted. 

Edit: Not surprising - the comment was by that Mark MacGoldDick guy

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:52 | Link to Comment andybev01
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Oh, thank god; I thought you had a stroke.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:54 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Random thought--an epitaph for Charlie Sheen:

Died of a stroke...OF GENIUS!

In hindsight, I should have put my edit at the top of the post rather than the bottom.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:25 | Link to Comment long juan silver
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When you own gold or silver, physical, in your hand, no-one can steal from you without physically taking it.

Except when you sell it. Or when you buy it. Or when you store it. Or when when the the government starts 1099-ing it, or when you transport it to/from overseas &c, &c, &c.

 

You're a blubbering ass. You type before you think. It's a real personal flaw of yours and I'll bet you talk the same way. When you do that your 600 daily posts start to real like an Ed, Edd & Eddie script.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 20:13 | Link to Comment tmosley
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I thought you sounded like a 12 year old, Willy the Dumbass.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 04:41 | Link to Comment Popo
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So few people see the ass-reaming of government metals transaction-taxes on the horizon.  The real trick is not going to be just holding physical.  The real trick is going to be getting your physical off shore.

I suspect we're going to hear about people with trunk-loads of silver getting busted on the way into Canada soon...

 

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 08:49 | Link to Comment rocker
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Sorry, but they will get you off shore too. Unless you plan to leave and live there.

On the topic, that's why the FED has a printing press. 

This is good for Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Rare Earths and very good for Ink Futures.

                                         Dam, there are no ink futures. GS has that in a private account. Hmmmm. 

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 03:59 | Link to Comment Michael
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Thank God Congress did not disrupt my complete and total economic collapse scenario.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:58 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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You can do the same thing with stocks, too. However, unlike government companies don't want the value to go to zero.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 22:29 | Link to Comment DoctoRx
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TD's post says it is "updated" - wonder if that led to the (numerous, I think) comment deletions.  

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 22:45 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Mark McTrollDick is kinda tiresome...'How do you keep from drowning in the shower?' Obviously by blowing himself...heard those spineless types excel at that. No visual needed, just take a beer off the wall...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Obummer
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Ladies and gentlemen, kind folks of America, friends and global citizens, I come to you today to speak of the future.  The future is out there, it is waiting for us.  And we are going to win it.  We are going to win the future.

Some say the future has yet to happen, that the future is not a war, that it is not "winnable".  You and I, fellow Americans, know better than that.  You know as I do that the future has always been bright for America, for the American people.  The future is ours to grasp, right in front of us.  The future is there in the air, like the brass ring on a merry-go-round at the county fair.  All we have to do is reach out our hands and the future is ours.  We will win the future.

Now, winning the future may not be easy.  It may require some sacrifice from all of us. Others may seek to grab the future from us, to pull it back, out of our grasp.  This will not happen, not as long as I am President of this great nation.  We will not allow anyone to pull that brass ring out of reach.  We will hold it in place, and then we will reach out and take it.  The future is America's, and we will win it. The future is America's new manifest destiny.

This is not to say that we will win the future alone.  There is plenty of room for our friends and allies in the international community to also win the future with us.  Together, we can all be winners.

I have heard of some attempts within our ranks to discredit the idea of winning the future. This is not right.  This is not the America I love. Clearly these attempts have been orchestrated by the terrorists that we have been fighting for so long.  You see, the terrorists also want to win the future, and they have infiltrated the very heart of American society. Even as I speak they are in our living rooms and our bedrooms, waiting for their moment to strike. Rest assured that I will do everything in my power to ensure that these terrorists are unable to grab our brass ring.  They will not win the future.  America will win the future.  Thank you, good night, and God bless America.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:50 | Link to Comment Mach1513
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if only we could lose the past...

then the future that we win might be worth something....

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:34 | Link to Comment Carpe Diem
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Beautifully written. Watch him shuck and jive. And he fiddles better than Nero.

This great viral tune says it all.

It's the new matra for all of us tired of the political charade.

 

http://www.crockagators.com/audio/Shuck_and_Jive_hifi.m3u

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:39 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Sounds like the speech writer for the semi literate BushII.

Excellent plagiarism.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:48 | Link to Comment That Peak Oil Guy
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I'm not sure there's much of a future left for us to win...

http://dieoff.org/page125.htm

TPOG

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:44 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Heh.

That "Some say" strawman just never gets old, does it?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:25 | Link to Comment cbxer55
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Winning!

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 02:35 | Link to Comment Dave
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Interesting. Win something that is not a contest and does not yet exist. So, how does one win it and what happens if you do?

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 04:05 | Link to Comment Michael
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I see your lips moving but your not actually saying anything. Good Obama diatribe.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:32 | Link to Comment willien1derland
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Love the Far Side  - Would love to see Gary Larson's take on this fiasco

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:44 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Even Gary Larson couldn't come up with shit this hilarious.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:18 | Link to Comment sterling effort
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Love the Far Side  - Would love to see Gary Larson's take on this fiatsco

Fixed it for you

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:33 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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I had forgotten about this one until you mentioned it. The caption is just as funny because no one in Congress or the White house will want to be explicit. Just accept it when we tell you it's $4 Trillion by 2024.

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:36 | Link to Comment Michael
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I can't wait to fire hundreds of incumbent senators and congressmen in 2012.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:36 | Link to Comment dogismyth
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do you think that will solve the problem?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Michael
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Firing those people over and over again and again, yes.

$100 billion in spending cuts means 100,000 democrat jobs and votes lost. That's why they don't want to cut spending period.

I will deploy my secret weapon on them soon.

A complete and total economic collapse of the USA will fix this country in the end. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment redpill
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Shh, all your talking makes it hard to hear the band.  Don't worry, they told me this ship can never sink.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:59 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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And wouldn't you know it, but JP Morgan was behind that damned ship as well?

 1902, J. P. Morgan & Co. financed the formation of International Mercantile Marine Company, an Atlantic shipping combine which absorbed several major American and British lines.  One of IMM's subsidiaries was the White Star Line, which owned the "RMS Titanic". The ship's famous sinking in 1912, the year before Morgan's death, was a financial disaster for IMM, which was forced to apply for bankruptcy protection in 1915. Analysis of financial records shows that IMM was overleveraged and suffered from inadequate cash flow that caused it to default on bond interest payments. Saved by World War I, IMM eventually reemerged as the United States Lines, which itself went bankrupt in 1986.[18] Morgan lost heavily on the deal.[19]

- Wikipedia

Fucking JP Morgan.  The story hasn't changed. Will it ever?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:20 | Link to Comment redpill
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Doubtful, the banksters are already playing for the next chapter.  You can be sure that they'll do whatever is necessary to get in early on the next "system" when this one finally dies.

"This will be the 6th time we have destroyed Zion, and we have become exceedingly good at it."

--The Architect 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:39 | Link to Comment Carpe Diem
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And here is the band playing the new matra for all of us tired of the political charade.

http://www.crockagators.com/audio/Shuck_and_Jive_hifi.m3u

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:43 | Link to Comment dogismyth
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Voting them out again will do nothing.  Are americans really that ignorant? I guess so.  And if that doesn't work we can go to Plan B...defecate on their front lawn.

Voting is a right.  Just like a shareholder...which you are....in the USA, Inc.  And guess what your only entitlement is that never changes....paying the piper.

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:07 | Link to Comment kito
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rotate the oligarchy

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:47 | Link to Comment j0nx
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HAHA good luck with that there sparky. The fine citizens of Nevada and the SanFran area see fit to keep returning Reid and Pelosi to us election after election so something tells me there won't be too many sociopaths fired next year. At least not the ones who matter anyway.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:01 | Link to Comment walküre
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Firing them is only 50% of where you want to be.

Not replacing them is the other 50% of the deal.

Get the deal done!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:40 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Diebold doesn't fire the incumbents who tow the line.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:53 | Link to Comment Professor Hindsight
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What did you expect from god believing dumbasses that run this country?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:54 | Link to Comment redpill
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You mean Allah?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:16 | Link to Comment takinthehighway
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The only god these people worship is the one they see in the mirror.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:32 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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Your coment is idiotic.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:43 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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They scare me too. They really dont believe we have to control popylation or address sustainability to save the future because jesus is coming and he will wave a magic wand and.fix everything for us.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:16 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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...and so is yours.  To be fair, I junked you, too.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 20:13 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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Buncha Pussies.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:00 | Link to Comment cranky-old-geezer
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They ... [believe] jesus is coming and he will wave a magic wand and.fix everything for us.

They better hope he doesn't come back.  They'll be in really deep shit if he does. They're not gonna like what he tells them.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 22:51 | Link to Comment RichardP
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They really don't believe we have to control popylation or address sustainability to save the future ...

Do you think it would make a difference if they believed in population control and sustainability?  Like, believing in these things will actually fix things?

The folks who scare you also know that the following is in the Bible.  I'm guessing that they believe this also.  What in the world are these verses talking about?  And should they send a tingle down your spine?

Mathew 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Mark 13:20  And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

What is coming that the whole world will die except that Jesus will come sooner than expected and circumvent the annihilation?  Given that he will come back sooner than expected, it will likely be a better than expected event.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 23:16 | Link to Comment Hot Piece of Bass
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Another passage which has always brought me strength...

"And here's a
new trick, Mr Knox....
Socks on chicks
and chicks on fox.
Fox on clocks
on bricks and blocks.
bricks and blocks
on Knox on blocks."

- Fox in Sox 23:12

If you really want to die that bad why not go over to Fukushima and make yourself useful in the meantime?

Go kick some dirt on that sh*t or something.

 

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 01:38 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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I like the part where he contradicts himself about every damn thing and nobody calls him crazy.

http://opus.fm/view/biblical_contradictions_now_with_pictures/

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 23:38 | Link to Comment RichardP
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I was supporting topcallingtroll's contention that the future is not likely to be saved - using the same literary space that he used (the Bible).  If that came off like a death-wish on my part, that wasn't my intention.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 03:39 | Link to Comment Michael
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That's Agenda 21 bullshit you are talking about you know.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 22:05 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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Virtually none of them have a compelling belief in God. They have a belief in government, it's power and their ability to dispense prosperity, economic justice, retribution, fairness...and other godlike characteristics. It's more seductive than sex and invisibly evil and corrupting.

If they had a significant belief in God they would hold themselves accountable and recongnize something greater than themselves. Besides, the atheists haven't done particularly well in the old USSR, PRC, PRNK, etc.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:55 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:13 | Link to Comment agrotera
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Exactly williambanzai7!!!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:33 | Link to Comment falak pema
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hoopla! tomorrow beats today any day...I don't know Why!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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...Had this on a sweat shirt in my nerdier days.

...good times...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 20:20 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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There was absolutely NO reason to junk the previous comment.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:16 | Link to Comment defender
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Ehh, it was just the jocks helping you remember what it was really like durring those good times.  As long as you don't mention anything involving a locker room and a towel, we should be OK.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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A friend sent me this today - I do think people are starting to understand:

http://arkadaba.blogspot.com/2011/04/career-choices.html

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:50 | Link to Comment j0nx
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No, they are not. Not even close by a long shot.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:37 | Link to Comment mogul rider
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Deux Ex Machina

 

The new normal

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:44 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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WHOA! Russia Today says 400 thousand people in 200km radius will get cancer!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0H-mtsdsgg&feature=player_embedded#at=38

RIGHT NOW ON YOUTUBE! This is very very very scary


After reading TD's GREAT WRITE UP here with high bloodpressure and seeing this video OMG I think my heart is stopping!


Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:55 | Link to Comment Commander Cody
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Too much coffee?  Perhaps speed?  China said its a no-never-mind.  One cancels the other, so it didn't happen.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:31 | Link to Comment equity_momo
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haha that sounds like a Far Side greeting card.

in hitch hikers guide to the galaxy ,the question was "what is the answer to the ultimate question of life,universe and everything.

a more difficult question is "when will the sheeple wake the fuck up to this fubar govn"

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:59 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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Today in class, I showed a video by The History Channel about the French Revolution.  It made me compare and contrast things as they were vs. things as they are.  They are very, very similar.

They had the Enlightenment. We have the BRICs

They had massive crop failure and record bad weather.  Check the forecasts for the US this season.

They had The French Nobility, we have Michelle Obama.

They had massive inflation (but not iPads) we have, arguably, 10% inflation on things that matter.

They involved themselves in wars they couldn't afford (or win) (US v. Britain, France v. Austria)

They were the biggest show in town, economically and even size-wise.

They pushed the proletariat to it's breaking point.  We have fluoride.

No, seriously.  Is it such a stretch to imagine that TPTB, wayyyyyy back when, as soon as they had the technology, might introduce an element into society that when, once ingested en mass and over a broad length of time, would serve to prevent a revolution like that from ever happening again?

Can you even imagine such a thing happening here in The States?  Has Fluoride and TV finally done its job?  When have we lost enough? 

Incredible.  The only riots that have taken place around here was because $100,000 +/Year wasn't enough for school teachers in the Midwest.  God help us.

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:20 | Link to Comment sschu
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the French Revolution

In my efforts to find the closest historical parallel to our predicament it seems the French Revolution is one of the most interesting.

Projecting forward, Robespierre, the National Assembly, the guillotine and the public demonstrations etal are not that far fetched.  It all results in Napoleon a dictator, crowning himself emperor, invasion of Europe and death in Russia.

Very believable, possible and concerning.

sschu  

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:42 | Link to Comment Carpe Diem
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How about Nero who fiddled while Rome burned.

Here is a great tune after his namesake that says it all.

http://www.crockagators.com/audio/Shuck_and_Jive_hifi.m3u

 

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:59 | Link to Comment Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Now accepting applicants for several Tricoteuse positions! We're handling unemployment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricoteuse

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:11 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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Can you even imagine such a thing happening here in The States? Has Fluoride and TV finally done its job? 

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TV and - the I. R. S.

 

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Incredible. The only riots that have taken place around here was because $100,000 +/Year wasn't enough for school teachers in the Midwest. God help us.

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Food stamps; were the ppl actually starving there might be 'riots' ... otherwise ...

 

 

 

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 22:39 | Link to Comment SaulA
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"They pushed the proletariat to it's breaking point.  We have fluoride."

 

Does that explain why people with private wells (i.e. rural home dwellers) are terrorist individualists?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:38 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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In the defense business we had large flowcharts which always include one box called: ATAMO - And Then A Miracle Occurs.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 01:14 | Link to Comment SoCalBusted
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We had one labeled "FM"..  Fucking Magic

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment TooBearish
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I have high blood pressure and I am not reading this

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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Handful of beta blockers downed with a shot of scotch you handle anything.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:30 | Link to Comment FOC 1183
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that combo lowers my golf score by 8 strokes

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:42 | Link to Comment redpill
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it doesn't count if you've fallen asleep in the cart by the 16th hole and your buddies give you pars on the last two

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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I've tried taking up golf, but I just can't drink that much and finish 18 holes.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:49 | Link to Comment redpill
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That's why I stay away from brothels in Bangkok as well

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:49 | Link to Comment drswhaley
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That's 0.0093% of the total shots you take during a round?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:00 | Link to Comment FOC 1183
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yes, but didn't want to sound like the lush that i am

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment downrodeo
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Another drawback to the coming collapse: no more pharmaceuticals... :-(

 

...now i'm going to actally have to deal with my emotions. Suck!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:22 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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stock up while it's still legal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Ecm8PL0yU

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:46 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Grow your pharmaceuticals.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:15 | Link to Comment cgbspender
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Goddamn I'll miss drugs.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 21:25 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Peyote ;-)

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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I believe the FED said they couldn't do it alone.  They needed help from the fiscal side.  Now you have your answer.  And commodities are supposed to crash?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Village Idiot
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353mm. winning.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:38 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Winning the future, Village.  Winning the future.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:54 | Link to Comment Village Idiot
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Oh yeah, the future.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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GOD HELP US ALL!

IS THIS WHAT IT HAS ALL COME DOWN TO?! $353 MILLION?!? PITCH FORK TIME MFers!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:48 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Pitchforks? Heck no, they have massive crowd control.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:26 | Link to Comment lieutenantjohnchard
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speechlees? no. surprised? no. met expectations? yes.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:35 | Link to Comment centerline
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Too funny.  Like anyone thought they could really cut the budget!  The script clearly says to cut just a tiny little bit (and talk a big game) - enough to spook everyone into thinking the world might come to an end really soon as a result.  Kind of like barfing just to top of the throat without losing the whole meal.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:52 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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No one except the federal employees cared if they shut down the gubmint. I just want 'em to stay open long enough to process my income tax refund.

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 03:11 | Link to Comment Dave
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Refund? Far out man.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:29 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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I bet Obama is a good tapdancer.

 

TAKE IT AWAY OBUMBLE!! LET'S GIVE THE RETARDS A SHOW THEY'LL FORGET AFTER THE ELECTIONS!

 

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:29 | Link to Comment Debtman And Robbin
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You think he'd also be a good "National Continuity Coordinator"?

Therefore, which one would qualify as "catastrophic emergency"? Fukushima? Government shutdown? Comex collapse? Zerohedge turning out to be a CIA psy-ops? Muir changing his avatar?

"Catastrophic Emergency" means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions;

Is a telepromter eligible to be the "single National Continuity Coordinator"? Would a telepromter with a two inch mustache be eligible?

NSPD-51 and HSPD-20. I wonder if there is a German copyright on that shit, dating back to...let's say...1933.

Too many questions...sorry. Gotta get another beer.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:29 | Link to Comment NOTW777
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this is the same CBO that said obamacare would cut the deficit

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:38 | Link to Comment smlbizman
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the cbo is the scape goat....everyone of these assholes always credit their decisions to someone else, ...never ever have anyone stood up and said my idea is...its the cbo, boweles simpson, god, the people for fucking other people.etc.,....all the cbo does is math based on provided info...so big o says 1+1= 4....hows it look?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:39 | Link to Comment willien1derland
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Bingo! We have a winner, unfortunately, if you are a US taxpayer well you know where you stand unfortunately - I want to know when it became publicly acceptable to blatantly lie without accountability or recourse....

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:51 | Link to Comment Pool Shark
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I think it was somewhere between:

"I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinski."

and:

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:04 | Link to Comment NOTW777
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2 clinton quotes

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Pool Shark
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Actually, the second was a quote by Dick Cheney (though members of both parties parroted the phrase).

Republicrats,

Demicans,

A plague on both their houses...

 

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 11:30 | Link to Comment MSimon
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Saddam outsourced his nuke program to Libya. The Kahn network. You can look it up.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Bolweevil
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shake and bake!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:30 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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I'll get over you, I know I will... Ill pretend my shit's not stinking ... As I'm the king of wishful thinking.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:30 | Link to Comment ivars
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Just not to forget important things:

Spent fuel pool at Fukushima reactor 4 has become open air reactor as spent fuel rods are admitted to be damaged and undergoing nuclear fission since March 13th:

http://saposjoint.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2657&p=31780#p31780

An open air fission reactor. Not very powerfull so far.

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:45 | Link to Comment magpie
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yummy Plutonium Oxide...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:50 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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At this rate Japan is going Godzilla will BE a reality after all that radiation.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:08 | Link to Comment trav7777
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this is as I deduced just from the spotty information that we received out of Japan.  The SFPs always were the problem.  Mechanical dislocation of rods along with water has placed them into sporadic criticality, explaining inaccessability, neutron beams, all of that.

The *pools* are why nobody can access the reactor buildings and why we continue to have radiation release.

A SFP anywhere should be looked at as an uncontained potential reactor core (or several).  Some physical damage plus unborated water and you're going to get fission.  Don't pour in water and you get an uncontained meltdown, zircaloy fire, etc.  Lord knows what is underneath these SFPs all over the world...maybe aristichan can weigh in.  It very clearly does not look like they have the same physical safety apparatus as an actual reactor.

This is a sick irony that they put all this effort into designing relatively safe actual reactors, with multiple redundant safety systems, yet they take the very same shit, put 97% equivalent rods in a big matrix in a fucking swimming pool and pretend like we can then just put it on ignore.

A SFP meltdown is a massive catastrophe waiting to happen.  It is not nuclear power that is dangerous, nor reactors, but everything outside of them.  The only part of the fuel cycle that appears to use containment and safety is the actual fission part, when in any kind of LWR, the rods are JUST as dangerous after they come out of the reactor as during the fission process.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:55 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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It is just a matter of time before a crazy man crashes his private plane into a cooling pool.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:25 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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someone posted this yesterday, just incredible.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81434833/

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:14 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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Better copy on Youtube - but yeah ...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:00 | Link to Comment kengland
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Trav,

Do you have any good book suggestions for the current and historical state of affairs when it comes to culture?

Your a good man. Keep up the fight brother.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:38 | Link to Comment tiger7905
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Latest from Arnie at Fairewind Associates about Fukushima, getting more concerned about information flow, or rather lack their of.
Also a link to a recent session Arnie did on the myths of 3 Mile Island.

http://goldandsilverlinings.com/?p=616

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:28 | Link to Comment DeweyLeon
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There really isn't anything the elites can do to the people at this point, short of starvation, that the people will not take.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Chris Jusset
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As long as the sheeple have their Dominoes Pizza, Bud Light, Doritos chips, and remote control (for tuning in to "Dancing With the Stars" and Major League Baseball), then there will be pervasive contentedness ...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:49 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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No kidding. 401K's/IRAs were effectively raided, home equity stolen, stagnant wages, lost jobs, rising cost of living, consumer/student debt, taxes rising, social security recipients being screwed, and now they are going after the public sector retirements as the last bastion of any wealth left to take.  Fucking Americants!

They are already and literally starving people in America, kicking them out of their homes, taking any savings they have through dollar debasement and you have these fucks that believe "if we just voted for ______ (fill in the blank with your "party affiliation"), things would work themselves out.  Now that the ______ is in control they will really take care of these problems."  Jumbled thinking fuckers.

I still have people tell me, "Dr. Head, don't fight the system like a serf.  You need to just work harder, become richer, and you too can be part of the top 1%."  Fuck that.  It's their party and we ain't invited.  

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:05 | Link to Comment citta vritti
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make that top 0.0093%

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:07 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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You make it sound as if the wealth was swapped for some magic beans. No, we got American Idol, Lost, some Superbowl finals, and.... hang on, all of a sudden it sounds as if the magic beans would have been the better swap.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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That wealth was swapped for indentured servitude of debt to the banksters and paying tribute to the federal government in a whole array of fees, charges, and garden variety fists up our ass.  It was traded for police interrogations, loss of privacy, and letting the TSA fondle our children. 

But look at the bright side.  We do get to o cast ballots so that each side of the aisle can take turns raping us financially.  America. Land of the free baby.  Freedom to be a fucking slave.  Don't forget to vote.. meh.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:34 | Link to Comment equity_momo
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Fuck voting.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:48 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Sarcasm detector must of been off.  My bad.  Fuck voting indeed. I do vote, but just to say no on all taxes, levies, and such. The puppet in the seats don't matter though.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:54 | Link to Comment equity_momo
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No i heard you loud and clear Dr. I just felt like emphasizing your post into a few short words.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:08 | Link to Comment pazmaker
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Are you a Neurologist?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:21 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Nope, just a doctor of being a dick head or so I am told. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:48 | Link to Comment Robot Traders Mom
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Bingo. Unless our lives are truly in danger and our survival is on the line, there is nothing the masses will do...

+1

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:27 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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and if the sheeple don't take it, they will just increase the fluoride levels in the water

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:33 | Link to Comment hambone
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Hmmmm.  That is why hyperinflation is a lock.  We can not and will not stop spending.

Not much more can be said...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Hearst
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These cocksuckers believe they can keep the funny money flowing with out consequences.  The 'deflation' card will be pulled again and again as some asset (housing) prices fall and funding dries up.  In the end, the ink will keep pouring and inflation in 'commodities' will be blamed on just about everyone and anything else except the FED. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:49 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Damn straight.  It's those Muslims that are causing oil to spike.  I mean, it's speculators.  I mean, unrest in the middle east.  I mean we need to drill more.  It's those damned liberals....etc, etc. Left, right, left and the lemmings follow and spout these excuses as gospel.  Fuck them.

Nevermind inflation is already baked into the cake.  QE the First is just now showing up in oil prices and food.  Wait until QE lite and QE2 make its way into the money supply as it relates to oil and food. 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment I only kill chi...
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If only our Muslim brethen could give us a hand, with a suitcase to

DC while congress and Barry are home. Yea, I know collateral damage

is a bitch.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:38 | Link to Comment hambone
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Collateral damage of what these guys in DC are doing to our nation and worldwide is far worse than the collateral damage you are suggesting.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:14 | Link to Comment mtomato2
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Dr. Head, forgive me for not previously being a fan, but I like what you're saying/repeating here.  I'm about to come completely un-fucking-glued.

I heard a couple of people I used to actually admire interviewing with Andrew Napolitano (whom I still do) the other day.  They were arguing that the "Republicans" (note the quotes) needed to go ahead with raising the debt limit because then ... (here's the best part) "WHEN WE WIN..." in 2012, "WE" can REALLY make some SERIOUS cuts to the budget THEN!!!  Holymotherofgod.

I even heard Rand Paul say that the "ONLY" way he would vote to increase the debt ceiling was if "some serious cuts, or a balanced budget amendment were included with it..."

Is anybody even LISTENING to these asspounders anymore?  Why, O WHY is ANYBODY in public office right now?

 

Holy Shit.  There went my New Years Resolution to try and be more civil on Zero Hedge.

I'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!!!

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:39 | Link to Comment Blotsky
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I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 19:43 | Link to Comment cgbspender
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That's an absolutely fantastic quote, from an absolutely fantastic movie.

Too bad cinema junkies are the only ones who have ever even heard of it (in my dealings, atleast).

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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Agree - here's the Cliff Notes version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:31 | Link to Comment DonnieD
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Is this not fraud?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Developers
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More like gross negligence.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:29 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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I think everyone should simply quit paying taxes until they get their crap together.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 17:52 | Link to Comment cxl9
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You go first. I'll stand way ..... over here and watch.

 

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:29 | Link to Comment plocequ1
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Much better. Now back to our rally in progress. Im glad to have Obama as my commander in chief.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:30 | Link to Comment silvertrain
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WWE wrestling shit here people....

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:31 | Link to Comment FunkyMonkeyBoy
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The rulers are the criminal scum of the earth and the people they rule are stupid, apathetic and docile beyond all imagination.

It's a win/win situation.

You're only alive 70 years anyway if you're lucky, so who gives a s**t, you may as well spent that 70 years being a slave for peanuts, what else is there to do anyway?

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