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America's Economy Explained In One Picture

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One animated gif is worth a thousand FOMC press conferences

America’s economy in one pic.

h/t Rational Capitalist Speculator


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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:05 | 1217823 augie
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The chinamen is not the issue.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:09 | 1217847 Bokkenrijder
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Hahaha! +1

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:10 | 1217867 redpill
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Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:15 | 1217893 PY-129-20
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redpill, this isn't a guy who built the railroads here. This is a guy...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:42 | 1218036 AldousHuxley
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...a guy who put life savings in TBills.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:47 | 1218062 Mr. Sheeple
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who peed on my rug!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:03 | 1218132 Id fight Gandhi
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Like I said, uh, Wu peed on my rug.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:09 | 1218143 Bokkenrijder
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That rug really tied the room together...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:14 | 1218164 OldTrooper
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And these guys peed on it...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:34 | 1218236 arizona11912
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That was an awesome movie.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:37 | 1218399 OldTrooper
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You know it, Arizona!  However, the proper reply, of course, would have been, "Shut the fuck up, Donny."

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 20:10 | 1218471 Hot Piece of Bass
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:33 | 1218764 Problem Is
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"Donny you're out of your element! Dude, the Chinaman is not the issue here!"

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 01:06 | 1219307 palmereldritch
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I see nothing but nihilists on this sub-thread

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:48 | 1218272 Id fight Gandhi
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Fuckin A

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:04 | 1218314 augie
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the only thing that makes me happier than a big lebowski qoute is 10 other peoples lebowski qoutes. All of you just made my day.



Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:12 | 1218332 spekulatn
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:32 | 1218771 Problem Is
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"You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus."

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 23:18 | 1219113 FEDbuster
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The Dude on the effects of FED policy?

"This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head. Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber."


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 02:50 | 1219402 augie
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That made my waking up from a nightmare so much easier. Thanks mate.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 08:59 | 1219920 Extremist Tan
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Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism.  At least it's an ethos.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:21 | 1217930 willien1derland
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BWWWAAAAHHH!!! I thought the NEW term was Warlock Vatican Assassins...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:43 | 1218045 faustian bargain
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:57 | 1218852 Dooud
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He peed on my rug man.... It tied the room together.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:16 | 1218336 grekko
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Right! Going nowhere, FAST!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:30 | 1218374 grekko
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Right, he's bought and paid for.  The problem is the bankrupt JPM (that owns the FED), which can be destroyed by buying an ounce of silver (make sure it's delivered into your possesion).  Let's destroy the power of the private bank that runs the country.  Someday there will be a margin call on all the shorts that JPM plays (hopefully soon!) .

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:00 | 1218668 SoNH80
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If only.  PM = good, JPM = bad, but they've got plenty of tricks up their sleeve.  "Bank holidays", "state of emergency," "suspension of elections," et. al.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:05 | 1217825 masterwoo
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funny pic...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:06 | 1217828 slow_roast
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I've been to China, they all have motorized bicycles now.  American, liberating the tired legs of the Chinese by exporting our money so they can buy electric bicycles!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:20 | 1217920 tmosley
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Hmmm, you're saying that our hot checks enabled the Chinese to buy Chinese-made electric engines for their bicycles?

You MUST work for the Fed.  Say hi to Ben for me.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:52 | 1218087 chet
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That's where we're headed.  First we'll all buy smaller cars, then small used cars, then mopeds, then electric bikes. 

This devolution to third world standards is considered "progress" by the "planners" here in Portland, OR.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:15 | 1218339 grekko
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No, the powers that be.  But delight in the retribution to come.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:35 | 1218400 Dugald
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That's where we're headed.  First we'll all buy smaller cars, then small used cars, then mopeds, then electric bikes. 

You forgot Rickshaws.....

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:36 | 1218401 Ahmeexnal
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Aim higher: Barefoot nation.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:46 | 1218825 knukles
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And what's the name of the chicken that you're fixing for me? 

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 03:40 | 1219450 Henry Chinaski
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Bingo!  Sit in the cold and dark and not do much = virtue.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:04 | 1217831 Robslob
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looks like the wheels on Ben's printing press to me

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:08 | 1217843 nah
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great cinematography... the lighting and motion is perfect

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:22 | 1217939 willien1derland
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I laughed...I cried...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:19 | 1218346 grekko
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...I took a extra is in silver.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 03:35 | 1219448 StychoKiller
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"Easily the feel-good movie of the year!  Two thumbs up!"


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 05:44 | 1219525 falak pema
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All it lacks is Benocide's Romanov beard on that guy!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:11 | 1217857 Waterfallsparkles
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Perfect.  Peddling like crazy but not getting anywhere.  Just like Bennie Bucks printing press.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:08 | 1218149 Id fight Gandhi
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And a chinaman doing it is the icing on the cake

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:18 | 1218179 OldTrooper
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You know it!  Did you notice the chinaman is lying in the middle of a road practically begging for a truck or bus to finish him off?  Rather ironic.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:08 | 1217859 mynhair
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Turn it upside down, and it resembles SuddenDebt.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:40 | 1218017 Crack-up Boom
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+100  Sudden Debt's avatar rocks!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:54 | 1218291 velobabe
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you caught my attention, mineheir.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:08 | 1217860 Josh Randall
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Is this guy one of the 62k that just got a McDonalds job? Would hate to see the other 900k they said no to

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:12 | 1217866 dannyskorner
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:15 | 1217868 Texas Gunslinger
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I'm not sure if I understand the point, but let me take a guess:

That bicycle is fake, which is in reference to China's reliance on producing pirated goods.  The picture would be funnier if the Chinese guy was wearing an eye patch, or had a wooden leg or had a parrot on his shoulder.


Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:35 | 1217997 Segestan
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Stop it with the reality show... you'll hurt the revolutionist and Liberals gig.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:39 | 1218022 willien1derland
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If he had Donald Trump's hairstyle & he held a Birth Certificate as well it would capture a moment in American History

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:55 | 1218101 Uncle Remus
Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:04 | 1218306 fuu
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Have you ever noticed that Texas is an anagram for Taxes?


Actually your name is an anagram for: Enraging Sex LustUntangle Sex Rigs, and Learning Sex Tugs.


Which is funny after reading your enraged Christian routine in the other thread.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:11 | 1217874 flacon
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I just finished re-reading Atlas Shrugged again (and watched the movie over the weekend). So true. So sad. We should all just QUIT like John Galt did. 

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:43 | 1218030 willien1derland
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Who is John Galt? - I bet Ayn Rand could kick Obama's a$$

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:30 | 1218225 Argonaught
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First she'd sleep with him, then discard him

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:38 | 1218407 Ahmeexnal
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But then who would the looters have left to loot??

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:13 | 1217882 dalkrin
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Reminds me of Death of a Salesman: I believe it is Biff who keeps telling his dad:  Look, I can do jogging motions while on my back!  I can feel my muscles burgeoning!

If more Americans did this simple and entertaining gimmick, we'd be back in shape in a jiffy.  Somebody capture that gif, add a soundtrack, and release it on DVD.

It's almost as promising as the silver prospects!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:14 | 1217889 Silver Bug
Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:17 | 1217891 jtaskinen
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I just read in a paper that Texas wheat harvest is more of less destroyed by the drought.

Is this good news when Fukusima has polluted fish and half the farm land overthere?

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:21 | 1217915 mynhair
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Very good news.  At least the wildfires didn't get it.

Bad for shorts, but who shorts food, anyway?

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:02 | 1218671 SoNH80
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Very good news?  Do you eat?

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:19 | 1217905 Old. No. 7
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There's a silver short analogy in there somewhere. Paste him on a chart.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:23 | 1217941 Re-Discovery
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The little guy's working too hard for it to be a perfect analogy.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:24 | 1217946 itchy eyes
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Gotta give the kid credit for stamina.  I've been watching him for a half-hour now and he still hasn't taken a break. 

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:39 | 1218012 MrBinkeyWhat
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Watch him for a few more hours, have a toddy, turn in, and have sweet dreams.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:28 | 1217954 RockyRacoon
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Wasted effort -- going nowhere -- nothing for something.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:29 | 1217968 rambler6421
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:36 | 1217988 Cassandra Syndrome
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Spend all night analysing this intriguing image!

Going nowhere despite the twin limbed powers of the debt from China to consume the products made in China lying flat out on the Road to Serfdom?


Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:38 | 1218002 Re-Discovery
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I do think the ever optimistic sheeple grin is appropriate,

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:39 | 1218008 infinity8
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gettin' nowhere fast. . .how long 'til he loses that grin?

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:05 | 1218312 Bananamerican
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at least until Kate and William say "i do"

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:39 | 1218021 slewie the pi-rat
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that looks like a Masonic bicycle.

deist taoist?

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:49 | 1218041 ebworthen
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The best thing about a part-time McDonalds job this time of year is that you can work for a little while and get free food until you can quit and go back on unemployment and food-stamps when the NFL season starts. 


Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:47 | 1218052 AldousHuxley
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More accurate portrayal would be if that guy paid for that bicycle with his children's credit card and then there's a steamroller coming down the road with a Chinese flag on it.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:47 | 1218053 faustian bargain
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But he looks so happy...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:54 | 1218083 zerozulu
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so does 89% American.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:51 | 1218069 Mr. Sheeple
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:50 | 1218076 zaknick
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The Four Horsemen have interlocking directorates with the international mega-banks.  Exxon Mobil shares board members with JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and Prudential.  Chevron Texaco has interlocks with Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase.  BP Amoco shares directors with JP Morgan Chase.  RD/Shell has ties with Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, N. M. Rothschild & Sons and Bank of England.

Former Citibank chairman Walter Shipley sat on Exxon Mobil’s board, as did Wayne Calloway of Citigroup and Allen Murray of JP Morgan Chase.  Willard Butcher of Chase sat on the board of Chevron Texaco.  Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan came from Morgan Guaranty Trust and served on the board of Mobil.  BP Amoco director Lewis Preston went on to become president of the World Bank. 

Other BP Amoco directors have included Sir Eric Drake, the #2 man at the world’s largest port operator P&O Nedlloyd and a director at Hudson Bay Company and Kleinwort Benson.  William Johnston Keswick, whose family controls Hong Kong powerhouse Jardine Matheson, also sat on the board of BP Amoco.  Keswick’s son is a director at HSBC.  The Hong Kong connection is even stronger at Royal Dutch/Shell.

Lord Armstrong of Ilminster sat on the boards of Royal Dutch/Shell, N. M. Rothschild & Sons, Rio Tinto and Inchcape.  Cathay Pacific Airlines owner and HSBC insider Sir John Swire was a director at Shell, as was Sir Peter Orr, who joins Armstrong on Inchape’s board.  Shell director Sir Peter Baxendell joins Armstrong on the board of Rio Tinto, while Shell’s Sir Robert Clark sits on the board of the Bank of England.

As a result of the deregulation craze in the US companies no longer have to report their top shareholders to the SEC.  According to 1993 10K reports filed by the Four Horsemen, the Rothschild, Rockefeller and Warburg banking combines still control Big Oil.  The Rockefellers exert control through New York mega-banks and Banker’s Trust, which in 1999 was purchased by Warburg-controlled Deutsche Bank in its bid to become the largest bank in the world. 

As of 1993 Banker’s Trust was #1 shareholder in Exxon.  Chemical Bank was #4 and J.P. Morgan was #5.  Both are now part of JP Morgan Chase.  Banker’s Trust was also leading shareholder at Mobil.  BP listed Morgan Guaranty as its biggest owner in 1993, while Amoco listed Banker’s Trust as its #2 shareholder.  Chevron listed Banker’s Trust as its #5 shareholder, while Texaco listed J.P. Morgan as its #4 owner and Banker’s Trust as #9. 

Thus, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase – the banks of Warburg and Rockefeller – have increased shares in Exxon Mobil, BP Amoco and Chevron Texaco.  Rothschild-controlled Bank of America and Wells Fargo exert West Coast control over Big Oil, while Mellon Bank also remains a big player.  Wells Fargo and Mellon Bank were both top 10 shareholders of Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco and BP Amoco as of 1993.

Information on Royal Dutch/Shell is even harder to obtain since they are registered in the UK and Hollandand are not required to file 10K reports.  It is 60% owned by Royal Dutch Petroleum of Holland and 40% owned by Shell Trading & Transport of the UK.  The company has only 14,000 stockholders and few directors.  The consensus from researchers is that Royal Dutch/Shell is still controlled by the Rothschild, Oppenheimer, Nobel and Samuel families along with the British House of Windsor and the Dutch House of Orange. 

Queen Beatrix of the Dutch House of Orangeand Lord Victor Rothschild are the two largest shareholders.  Queen Beatix’ mother Juliana was once the richest woman in the world and a patroness of the right-wing occult movement.  Prince Bernhard, who married Juliana in 1937, was a member of the Hitler Youth Movement, the Nazi SS and an employee of Nazi combine I.G. Farben.  He sits on the boards of over 300 European companies and founded the Bilderbergers.

When you’re being robbed, it’s always a good idea to be able to identify the perp.  Now if only we could get the cops to bring em’ in…

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:48 | 1218432 Diogenes
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Six degrees of frigging crooks?

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 22:41 | 1219005 samsara
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Thank you very much.  Most people don't understand that it's just a small group of thousands that run everything.  As you have shown, each are on multiple boards, They all are on first name basis with each other.  They KNOW who is in the club, and they KNOW who isn't.

NOW,  what we need is a website that combines...

A database of Board of directors of the above major corps,

Their Names and Addresses, with A website that combines the ideas of  "Homes of the Stars"  tours with Child molester website.

Linked into Google Earth mapping.

So you can click on a corp, Click on a name, and Get Driving directions.

Just so that the 'Little people" can click on a name and drive over ring the door bell so to speak and say "Thank you" in a very personable way....


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 01:16 | 1219316 palmereldritch
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Ding dong!...Karma calling

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 17:53 | 1218078 zerozulu
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I have seen drunk japanese old men after mid-night fell on the side walk and still paddling. Can you imagine how funny it looks in real.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:01 | 1218112 dearth vader
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Actually, this is a fiat bike.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:21 | 1218190 Dr. Engali
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Now that's funny. Thanks for the laugh :)

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:11 | 1218156 sasebo
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Resembles another goofy peddler peddling crap & not making any progress named stupid Bernanke? 

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 18:58 | 1218299 velobabe
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tyler, obviously it is not a fixie!

people, americans just put it on cruise whenever possible. downhill c r u i s e, slide right cheeky!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:10 | 1218321 Eireann go Brach
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that is some funny shit haha

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:27 | 1218367 gwar5
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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 20:31 | 1218560 Pepe
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Now, that's a well done allegory of the US economy. Masterpiece depicting wishful thinking, wasted effort, hypomania. Tragic and Comical.

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:35 | 1218777 blindman
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Jimi Hendrix - Power of Soul - Band of Gypsys

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 22:06 | 1218879 krispkritter
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Confucius say, girl who ride bicycle, peddle ass all over town...

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 23:34 | 1219155 Logan Tassajar
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8 year olds dude

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 00:17 | 1219242 Dixie Rect
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Doesn't he own ShittyWok? He got his working capital from ShitiBank.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 01:09 | 1219313 palmereldritch
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The longer version of the gif shows the FED steam roller appearing at the top of the frame

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 07:14 | 1219653 Brother Revegen...
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hahahah))) so hilarious))

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 07:46 | 1219702 swanpoint
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this animated GIF captures the true nature of the china-man.

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