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Colbert Takes On Mubarak, As Egyptians Take On Regime With Bread Helmets

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Who better to explain what is going on in Cairo to America's masses than Stephen Colbert. And yes, Jersey Shore analogies are most certainly included for comprehension's sake...


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and Second:

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And, indicatively, this is how Egyptian protesters protect their heads during a revolution:

Have you ever wanted freedom so bad, that you strapped bread to your head?

And this:

h/t Scrataliano


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Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:41 | 937975 serotonindumptruck
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I've been accused of having a sick sense of humor in the past, however I see absolutely nothing funny or humorous about the situation in Egypt.

Do I need to lighten up? 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:46 | 937987 UGrev
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No, however.. the guy with the bread helmet deserves a chuckle... I mean.. c'mon.. lol

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:16 | 938045 Malcolm Tucker
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Video of Mubarak Police shooting dead a lone, unarmed Egyptian protester!!!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:20 | 938051 UGrev
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If you're trying to make a point, it failed. Bread helmet guy is funny.. the rest of the revolution, not so much. I understand it seriousness... I just choose find a little light-hearted spot in all the doom and gloom around here and in the world. 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:49 | 938098 Michael
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Maybe this is how we got so desensitized to it, watching stuff like this.

SNL: Massive Head Wound Harry

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:20 | 938198 Haywood Jablowme
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Bread helmets........BRILLIANT!  HAHA LMFAO

Sourdough bread bowls biznitches!!  One size fits all!



Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:51 | 938380 Michael
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Wardrobe malfunction?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 02:01 | 938468 Canaduh
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Sun, 02/06/2011 - 03:24 | 938508 Michael
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Looks that way.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 04:51 | 938546 BorisTheBlade
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Egyptians are taking on their elite with bread helmets, Americans are still stuck with their tinfoil hats.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:45 | 938653 Batty Koda
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How has that worked out for them?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:21 | 938685 BorisTheBlade
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Obviously it hasn't yet, but looks more practical.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:21 | 938686 BorisTheBlade
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Obviously it hasn't yet, but looks more practical.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:22 | 938688 BorisTheBlade
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Obviously it hasn't yet, but looks more practical.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:25 | 938689 BorisTheBlade
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Sorry for a qaudruple post, tinfoil hat malfunction.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:54 | 938109 MsCreant
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Malcom waits for a thread to get going, then posts his blog at the top of the thread. Don't take it personally, you were just near the top to respond to. I have found what I have seen on his blog useful so I am not dissing him, but I know he was not responding to you in particular.

Tragedy and Comedy are two faces on the same coin. No reason to have a fight about this one. Cannot have one without the other.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:17 | 938200 Amish Hacker
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Agreed. There was nothing funny about 9/11, but I remember when The Onion came out with their first issue afterwards, the headline was "Holy Fucking Shit."

No need to fall into the "serious" trap, especially with things that are too important to get all serious about.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:48 | 938373 MsCreant
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Great headline! Because it sucked so hard is why it could be that freaking funny.

I have been told that one way of thinking about it is that each of the 4 basic emotions (happy, sad, angry, afraid) can serve to mask the others, depending on what is more threatening at the moment. We laugh because we are overwhelmed with sadness, anger, or fear. We get hopping pissed because we don't want to own sadness and loss. We rage because really we are afraid. The knee jerk one often isn't the real one. We are just human, there is no right way to be. We will go through them all, processing and becoming.

I like the Amish Hacker motif!

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:30 | 938697 SWRichmond
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If those are the 4 basic emotions then it is amazing we've gotten this far.  Three of them are negative, two are often paralyzing.  I do, however, understand the chemical nature of emotions and human behaviour / response.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:49 | 938377 Ned Zeppelin
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You're right. It was the shit that came after that was a scream - color coded terror index the same in Des Moines as in New York, as if the country was infested with Islamic terrorists; blaming 9/11 on Iraqis instead of a simple case of the USA being caught with its naive pants down around its ankles. I mean, allowing Saudi dirtbags to take huge jet flight training without so much as a question being raised? George Bush as an inspirational president? Guiliani a supposed hero for happening to be on duty when 9-11 hit? Now, that some's funny shit. 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:53 | 938383 MsCreant
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Nice to see you around Ned. Hope all is well.

The country is infested alright. Same problem then as now, eh? We need a nano-technology or something that just takes out sociopaths and psychopaths. Course then again, how would we find folks to be bankers, CEOs of TBTFs, and politicians?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:02 | 938670 tamboo
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:07 | 938671 tamboo
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Sun, 02/06/2011 - 13:46 | 938912 MsCreant
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Yup! That you are.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 14:58 | 939037 Absinthe Minded
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I'm afraid soon we'll all have to carry weapons to feel prepared to go out. I say prepared because we may never feel safe again. It seems like our Constitution is working against us. Everything that gives normal hard working people who just want freedom and the ability to build a normal life also enables weasels to exploit it's virtues and twist them into a sick right to fuck with us. I'm sick of al the fuckin' unions in this country, if you don't like how a company treats you then fuckin' quit! Find a place to work that you like. It's sad that people are so wimpy now they have to rely on unions. Unions just take advantage of you. Union dues are like paying protection to the mob, or giving to a charity that has a 60% operating budget. All bullshit ways to fuck people over. Totally OT but just had to vent.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:27 | 938693 downwiththebanks
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Uncle Sam was not "caught with [his] pants down" on 911.

He used his little alCIAda patsies to deflect attention from the fact that he and his contractors carried out the meticulously planned operation from beginning to end.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:44 | 938239 Hephasteus
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Hmm. You're neptune and mercury are strong. You figured out the entire context of the situation and fixed the miscommunications. I used to incessently do that when I used to hang around astrologer types who just go out of thier flipping minds and criss cross wires right and frikkin left during mecury retrogrades. It got to be a joke. I'd say. I'm not fixing this one. And they'd actually talk and fix it themselves.

Not that that's going to happen here. He just comes in dumps links to his blog and blows. Which is why banazai and ori are NOT A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME like him. But then you knew that and that's why you fixed it.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:40 | 938362 MsCreant
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On a Meyers Briggs, I'm guessing you are an INFP, but the F is very close to being in the center, towards a T. I'm the same way is why I say it. You let your P and F rip more freely than I do, I'm more repressed because my environment forced me to be (survival demanded it).

I understand the astrology as a way to unhook from linear thinking to discover other narrative possibilities. 

I'd love to have you do my chart. 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:57 | 938385 chumbawamba
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Get a room, nerds.


Sun, 02/06/2011 - 00:12 | 938400 MsCreant
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Will you be joining us sweetie?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 02:01 | 938469 chumbawamba
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Only if there will be cake.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 06:55 | 938571 Hephasteus
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Sure I'll bake a cake. I think i got 2 orpheus eggs left.


Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:32 | 938699 SWRichmond
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I like to watch, Eve.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 13:11 | 938824 MsCreant
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Are you the snake in the garden then?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 17:23 | 939275 Hephasteus
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We're all the snake. The head is government scribes. The tail is the poor. The head always tries to eat the tail. The middle is responsible for keeping the snake straight by drowning the head in a bucket of don't give a fuck.

The middle is the target. It will be taken out or seperated but the tail won't go with the head. It's break up time.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 17:28 | 939282 damage
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I'm INFJ, and Gemini Cancer rising...

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:16 | 938747 Landrew
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The price of bread is what started the riots. The man is making a statement, bread is more protection than any helmet? As we run out of cheap energy does this fate await all of us?Bread helmets with U.S. flags?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 13:12 | 938827 MsCreant
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Nice interpretation. 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:40 | 938086 ThirdCoastSurfer
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Football, err.. I mean Mubarak, has been berry,  berry good to me. 

For sale now on HSN, the Food Helmet! During the day, it protects your skull, at night, it's a delicious meal. Up size now,  and breadstick sideburns are just $.99 extra!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:47 | 938095 bunkermeatheadp...
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As the old saying goes:
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 00:04 | 938389 chumbawamba
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Egg-zactly.  There are people literally dying from being struck by projectiles.  As ridiculous as they look, the breadheads and rockdomes are exercising extreme sense.  They are trading a little bit of their dignity to increase their odds of surviving this maelstrom.  And when your local sports customs don't incorporate gear such as helmets that make them ubiquitous, you'd be wise to improvise.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 08:22 | 938587 velobabe
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 headscarf burja.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:29 | 938020 Michael
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When you laugh off every serious legitimate concern, trying to render the issue innocuous, you are diagnosed as having; "Colbert/Stewart Chuckle Syndrome".

The entire MSNBC staff and most CNN, FOX, MSM employees are certifiable as having this syndrome.


Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:06 | 938186 TBT or not TBT
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Well, it all looks caricaturally silly to us, the nutty rest of the world.   Take Egypt, where leading clerics invented new Islamic texts to justify cutting off 90% of all egyptian girls clitorises.   Five millenia or whatever of civilisation under their feet and plenty of places there smell like sewage.    Over 80% of the population would like to see the punishment for adultery be stoning to death, and don't get me started on the rules of evidence for such cases depending on whether you are male or female.     It is a great stinking tragedy, down there with some of the shittiest countries on the planet, but there are billions living such backwardness.   We can't take on the problems of the whole world.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:13 | 938193 serotonindumptruck
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Wow, that's just freaking hilarious.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:27 | 938212 New_Meat
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5,000 year leap.  Why does this continue in a 'civilization' that was purportedly the 'most enlightened' back when?  e.g.:

must have something to do with all of the things that are being challenged these days.

- Ned

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:32 | 938698 downwiththebanks
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While Egyptian civilization gave birth to Ancient Greece and was world paragon for more than 6 millennia, they're not as cool as White Europeans.

Because Egyptians never found a way to use slave labor, genocide, and ecological pillage in order to put flashing lights in their sneakers.

Fuckin' idiots.  You can be free without illuminated shoes.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 00:09 | 938397 chumbawamba
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What is your source for all these assertions?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:34 | 938769 TBT or not TBT
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As to the prevalence of the various types of cutting up little girls' junk, you could  start with the very extensive Wikipedia article on the practice ( ), which tags prevalence of the practice in Egypt (see the long list country by country) at somewhere between 78 and 96 %, giving multiple references that you can click through.

This is

a)  very fucked up

b)  true story

It is not an islamic practice per se, but important clerics in Egypt have stated that non authenticated parts of the Islam's sacred texts make reference to the practice as being proper.    It is hard to imagine this is false, given the practices of Islam and FGM have coexisted in Egypt for over a millenia, and in that time the religion of peace has at best done nothing to recommend against the barbaric practice.    

Keep all this in mind while watching the bread-heads chunking bits of paver at each other.

There is a reason the place is so goddamned poor, and the reason is between the baguettes.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 16:09 | 939138 chumbawamba
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You're an idiot.

No matter how many times this is pointed out to bigots and racists like yourself, you'll only hear what you want to hear to reinforce your own stereotypes and hatreds, the hatreds instilled within you by a hurtful, distant mother and a negligent, absent father.

"It is not an [I]slamic practice per se..."  No it is not.  Not per se, or at all.  It is a cultural practice, carried out by ignorant fucks who also happen to practice Islam.  Since you're an ugly human, intent on finding fault in others to cover up your own inadequecies and self-shame, you find connections that aren't there.

Are rape, divorce and abortion not "Christian practices per se" but Christian nonetheless since there are high rates of each in America, a predominantly Christian nation?

Do you now sense the mental retardation of your logic?

And just for good measure, here are the parts of the Wikipedia page you linked that you obviously missed:

Al-Azhar Supreme Council of Islamic Research, the highest religious authority in Egypt, issued a statement saying FGM/C has no basis in core Islamic law or any of its partial provisions and that it is harmful and should not be practised."[36]

Coptic Pope Shenouda, the leader of Egypt's minority Christian community, said that neither the Qur'an nor the Bible demand or mention female circumcision.

Go back to clown school and learn to properly exit the car before you attempt philosophy, you fucking derelict.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 16:53 | 939220 TBT or not TBT
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""It is not an [I]slamic practice per se..."  No it is not.  Not per se, or at all. "

That's what I said, but there are lots of egyptian imans who are OK with it, including some prominent ones who've used their standing to justify it.   Their standing comes from...Islamic texts, even though they can't cite official verses specifically condoning it.

On to your comment about it being "a cultural practice" well, what a genius you are, with your ability to separate what is "cultural" versus what is "religious" in arab countries, where thirteen centuries of heavily codified islamic tradition regarding all aspects of life have produced what we see arab countries today.     The place is a shithole because the culture is fused to Islam and vice-versa.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 21:31 | 939628 chumbawamba
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Not only are you an idiot, you're a wanton idiot.

I can point to Fred Phelps, who has cited the Bible upon which he bases his standing that God hates fags.  As long as you're willing to accept Phelps' standing alongside these nameless Egyptian ima[m]s that you venerate then your position is valid.

It doesn't take a genius to know what is cultural and what is religious practice.  It just takes someone with a basic understanding of the subject upon which they are speaking, which you have proven without doubt you lack entirely.

You're simply a bigot in the neocon mold.  You have no rational basis for hating Arab countries other than the fact that they are Arab and you somehow justify it with your bigoted and racist views that you likely regurgitate from some other source.

You're a simpleton.  Stop trying to debate me, and stop talking about the Arab world, or for that matter, any subject in which you are a hopeless hack only pretending to be knowledgeable for the sake of arguing.

I hope I've made myself clear.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 21:49 | 939644 Batty Koda
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Islam is fucked in the head, let's not deny it. The point is we should not fuck with their culture they should not fuck with ours. They are anti women, anti gay and whatever else, but it's none of our business unless they want to emigrate to britain/America. In which case we should be extremely picky about who we let in.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 23:55 | 939815 chumbawamba
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Yes, and America is pro-gay, and we treat our women like delicate flowers.  We are so beyond reproach that we can smugly consider ourselves a model of perfection for other lesser cultures to follow.  We should definitely keep our pure and sacrosanct culture unadulterated by those Muslims and their silly ideas about an invisible man in the sky.

I am Chumbawamba.


Mon, 02/07/2011 - 06:53 | 940118 Batty Koda
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Not quite the same though is it, to me stoning people to death seems a step too far in the direction of barbarism. Sure nobodies perfect but that doesn't mean everyone/culture is the same.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:11 | 938035 snowball777
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Yes, you can appreciate the gravitas while keeping yourself from becoming demoralized with the humor.


Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:32 | 938073 serotonindumptruck
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About the only thing that I can appreciate is the effectiveness of the propaganda.

The use of ridiculous, slap-stick comedy, which is apparently suitable for American mass consumption when describing the situation in Egypt, serves only to reinforce the willful level of cognitive dissonance in the West.

I have nothing but contempt and disdain for people like Stephen Colbert and John Stewart.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:40 | 938087 snowball777
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Your loss; they're the only honest media left.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:25 | 938210 tmosley
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Sorry, they are only "honest" when Republicans are in charge.  You could see their tone change instantly when the results of the 2008 election were announced.  I stopped watching soon after, as I have little interest in watching intellectual fellatio of the current administration.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:10 | 938740 tmosley
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So what, you could only find two examples of criticism of anyone on the left in the last two years.  Real unbiased there.  Shit, Hannity probably criticized more conservatives during that time period.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 14:48 | 939021 snowball777
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That's what I had time to find on YT. Keep that mind snapped shut, Hoss.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:34 | 938360 ssp2s
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Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:28 | 938217 New_Meat
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snowball777: (and I've been moving a lotta snowballs today)

"...honest media..."

Do you mean the ones who stay bought?

- Ned

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 01:08 | 938443 serotonindumptruck
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Yes, my loss.

Not to be too gay here, but Stephen Colbert and John Stewart can suck a wet, sloppy turd out of my ass. Repeatedly.

Honest media?

How about Max Keiser or Nicole Foss?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:15 | 938679 tamboo
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some jews are big on scat, you never know.
"these people do not understand toilets and refuse to use them except as repositories for tin cans, garbage, and refuse . . . They decline, where practicable, to use latrines, preferring to relieve themselves on the floor."
in practically every room there was a pile of garbage in one corner which was also used as a latrine. The Jews were only forced to desist from their nastiness and clean up the mess by the threat of the butt ends of rifles. Of course, I know the expression 'lost tribes of Israel' applied to the tribes which disappeared -- not to the tribe of Judah from which the current sons of bitches are descended. However, it is my personal opinion that this too is a lost tribe -- lost to all decency."
. We entered the synagogue, which was packed with the greatest stinking bunch of humanity I have ever seen. When we got about halfway up, the head rabbi, who was dressed in a fur hat similar to that worn by Henry VIII of England and in a surplice heavily embroidered and very filthy, came down and met the General . . . The smell was so terrible that I almost fainted and actually about three hours later lost my lunch as the result of remembering it."

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:51 | 938105 bunkermeatheadp...
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Their shows are crass, formulaic, and unimaginative. However, how many more Americans (who do not watch MSM news) just learned that we give Egypt billions in aid from that Colbert report.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:19 | 938203 snowball777
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I'll give you crass (it's comedy) and even formulaic (can you write 200 unique shows a year?), but they're quite imaginative at times (e.g. the Glenn Beck parody).

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:48 | 938244 TBT or not TBT
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I thought Colbert was a spoof of Bill O'Reilly.   Has either of them pulled off a Beck?  It would be too far out of character for Colbert.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:23 | 938205 dark pools of soros
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unimaginative??  more like unimitating your opinion

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:58 | 938668 Batty Koda
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I agree that Stephen Colbert and John Stewart are slimy cock suckers, worse in my opinion then any Neocon or Global elitist. But you're being a bit hypocritical focusing on a few hundred people in Egypt with headwounds when 40,000 people a day die of easily preventable diseases and malnutrition. Where's the outpouring of emotion for them? If we took everything seriously we'd all be miserable goths.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:32 | 938700 downwiththebanks
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Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:36 | 938706 SWRichmond
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The use of ridiculous, slap-stick comedy, which is apparently suitable for American mass consumption when describing the situation in Egypt, serves only to reinforce the willful level of cognitive dissonance in the West.

I have nothing but contempt and disdain for people like Stephen Colbert and John Stewart.

+1.  I was so disgusted by the first clip I didn't even watch the second.  This is serious shit; the left loves to complain about "American Exceptionalism" but Colbert's version is just despicable.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 17:41 | 939302 thegreekT
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The pics are very funny, the context not. In any case if it weren't for Suez none of you pretentious monkeys would give a toss about these guys. I mean, 88% of Americans don't have a flipping passport, how can one expect them to know where Egypt even is....


Come on Serotonidumptruck: Point to Egypt on the map son.... I m 3:1 offered you can't.

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 01:24 | 939947 serotonindumptruck
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Greetings, Rabbi.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 18:59 | 939412 Bill - Yes That Bill
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Yes you do.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:41 | 937978 zaknick
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:45 | 937983 UGrev
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My god.. is that man protecting his noodle with.. bread? Holy crap, Subway must be pissed with the mis-use of their sub-rolls!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:32 | 938222 TBT or not TBT
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In their revolution, bread is like gold, so they wear it.   You know, conspicuous umm, ostentation.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:52 | 937984 bob_dabolina
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I occasionaly strap bread to my head after too much Jameson. It takes the Jack Daniels for me to break out the plastic flower pots. VIVA LA REVOLUCION!!!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:42 | 938233 Blano
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Jenna has quite an effect on you, eh??

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:46 | 937988 Sokhmate
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necessity is the mother.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:46 | 937990 Lone Mad Minute...
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Yes, you need to lighten up on some fiat and get Physical.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:57 | 938010 serotonindumptruck
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Yeah, Olivia Newton John was hot back in the day, huh?

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:44 | 938237 Blano
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Still is.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:51 | 938004 MsCreant
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The one you ID as a rock is styrofoam. 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:13 | 938194 Hephasteus
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Saved my brain when I had my motorcycle wreck. Of course the plastic over it did most of the work the stryofoam just dulled the thump.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 01:14 | 938447 MsCreant
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Twice my husband has been in face crushing accidents. Helments saved him both times. I know styrofoam when I see it. I have two cracked helments that I trained on.

This is awful, one of the bike accidents he was wearing a grateful dead, "steal your face" jersey. The plastic helment did indeed take the hit on that one. 

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:32 | 938644 velobabe
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well i remember in a race back when we wore hairnets, this bitch took me out, and i broke my collarbone, but the strap to the helmet really sliced my ear, almost off.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:12 | 938744 MsCreant
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There is a great deal of debate about helments. I wear mine because of what I saw it did for my husband. 

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:38 | 938710 SWRichmond
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And he still rides?  An accident between a semi and a four-door sedan that took place in front of me on the Interstate was enough to convince me to quit.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:23 | 938758 MsCreant
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We used to ride daily, but not anymore. I am actually looking to ride more myself, but more for utility rides (store, errands, stuff like that). I used to ride more but my job got me so busy that I am lucky to get in a long walk or run three times a week now. 

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:42 | 938779 SWRichmond
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When my wife and I started a family I opted for activities that are more longevity-friendly.  Now that the kids are approaching young-adulthood I am beginning to be OK again with riskier stuff, but after what I saw that day on the Interstate I will never again be able to relax on a motorcycle.  The short version is: had I been about three seconds ahead of my actual position, I wouldn't be here writing this.  If a semi driver won't see (or won't look for) a full size four door American sedan, then how the hell am I going to survive on a motorcycle?  Since I rode for enjoyment, I stopped riding when it stopped being fun.  It's not so much fear of death as it is fear of pointless death.  Cost / benefit and all that.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 14:08 | 938952 slewie the pi-rat
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my bikes have pedals

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:55 | 938008 downwiththebanks
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Maybe Uncle Sam can supply them all with the requisite riot gear to withstand attacks from goons bearing BernankeBucks.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 18:59 | 938014 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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The people would be crazy to give up now after s**t like this happening to them:

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:07 | 938016 bob_dabolina
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Wait a minute....the guy with the cooking pot on his head is wearing a life preserver and surgical mask.

A harbinger of Obama care? are #801, doctor Hussein will be right with you. Please take a seat.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:18 | 938039 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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One of the exquisite works of art in the region...

...because he is a Morgan Vanderbilt/whatever...Funny how satirical world history can be.  This Colbert satire is mostly geo political spin.  Soon we will have a new United World Government Order based on the Hegelian divide of "democracy".

The movement coming from the people trring to regain their rights and power is another story.  They are hungry.

Bernanke prints Food

The riots in North Africa and the Middle East are occurring for one main reason.  People are hungry.  Yes they want their leaders gone, and yes they want a better form of government, but the tipping point is the aching coming from their bellies.  Here in America we have the same thing, yet the dollar keeps the food stamps coming in.  The problem is, the greater the amount of dollars issued by Bernanke, the greater amount of food stamps needed to feed the hungry.  If Bernanke could just print food, we wouldn't have a problem.  Bernanke wishes to be such an alchemist, if only for a day.  Yet the man who stands in front of America comes from a long line of self taught alchemists.  The dollar has brought more complacency to policy than anything.

Americans have been privileged for the last hundred years because of the dollar, yet at the same time, it is the dollar holding them back.  The dollar has the upper hand when it comes to finance, but for those who do not earn many dollars life becomes cumbersome.  It is even worse when other countries try and compare their fiat vs the dollar.  The dollar has unlimited power on the Monopoly board.  Imagine playing that board game with someone who can give themselves as much money as they want.

Life in America is slightly different from the rest of the world, until it isn't.  No one can print monie, and so it is only a matter of time before the fiat ponzi collapses.  It is in its death throes now in not only North Africa and the Middle East, but in Europe's periphery as well.  These nation states are about to rise up and end the old system.  Will the new one be better?  Time will tell.

In America, we elect new Congress and new Presidents.  We have a schedule.  This schedule makes us think we can change things, when in fact it makes us complacent.  Instead of wanting to kick everyone out at once, we wait for the schedule.  This appears different from dictatorships because it appears we have the ability to change the system when we want to.  The only difference is the apparition of change, when that is far from reality.

First of all, never forget, Diebold threw the '00, and '04 elections.  Would Gore and Kerry have been different?  No.  But I think it is important to remember that America is a fascist dictatorship.  Obama's policies are no different from Bush's.  Even Dick Cheney can tell you that.  From Guantanamo to the wars, same policy.  The ironic thing is that they share the same economic policy; Keynsianism.  Then again, we are all Keynesian, ain't that right Nixon?

Bush ran TARP through like a dagger in the side of America.  Obama not only cheered from the sideline, he came onto the field!  Remember, Obama flew from his campaign trail to plead with Congress to pass TARP.  What do we owe these politicians?  Did they save the world from crashing?

First, it is the politicians and bankers who got us into this mess.  Truck drivers did not want NAFTA passed (yes I am taking this back through the incompetent line of Presidents), teachers did not want TARP ushered in, and Americans do not want any more of this quantitative easing.  So if the people of America do not want this farce of an economic policy, and neither do the people of the world, why are we doing it?

There is a theory, the current 'politic', that people can not think for themselves; that they need others to tell them what is right.  I think that everyone has the ability to see the truth, and therefor no one needs anyone else's opinion.  Of course the best way to solidify an opinion is to keep an open mind and listen to other people's thoughts.  People's experience are circular.  Do we need linear thinking to prove our axiom?  Probably.

Bankers want money.  They start a system based on usury.  The usury gets out of control.  What should be done?  Should we continue to inflate the old system?  No, because the system is flawed.  Usury is against logic.  We want everyone to be safe and happy, that is our goal of our society.  Anything that goes against that should be taking outside.

The control of usury is not only subversive, it is binding, but if only in our thoughts.  People now think that the almighty dollar will save us from....the almighty dollar.  Yes, people are shadow boxing, and it would be a great exercise if they knew what they were doing.  Practice is practice.  The game is the game.  We have been in the game since oil plateaued.

Is it ironic that once oil plateaued the oilgarchs crashed the already totally fucked economic system?  They had been preparing to do it since Rubin and Summers rammed NAFTA through, since Glass-Steagall was eliminated.  Once Greenspan tipped off the "housing fiasco" with cheap rates the system was as good as done.  Housing peaked in '05, equities peaked in '07, and during that time oil production went flat.  It was time.  It was their time.  Oilgarchs and their ilk do not let opportunities go to waste.  All of this was part of the plan.  And like a phoenix their will be dust to dust.

This is why I strongly believe that fiat has its days numbered.  While the world burns the dollar is safe nowhere.  Paper will be ashe in an instant.  That is the way it goes.  That is science.  Another point of rhetoric is that fiat was never and will never be monie.  It does not fit one of the rubrics, and that is "a store of wealth".  An IOU is not a store of wealth.

This is where gold comes in.  It is a store of wealth.  Yes that wealth is determined based on the world's financial structure, but what does that mean today?  With quadrillions of dollars floated through the netherworld, and two Olympic sized swimming pools of gold, what does that tell you?  What does it mean that when Presidents flee their countries, they take as much gold with them as possible?  What does it mean that Fort Knox has not been audited in several decades?  What does it mean when COMEX, the LBMA, and EFTs like GLD have more paper claims on their gold than they have on reserve?

Hugh Hendry had it right when he said, I suggest you panic."  He did not mean go hide under a rock, however.  He meant that if you were to hide under a rock, you better line up your ducks first.  The squirrel, as unattractive as it is, is at least smart enough to save for the winter.  They kept their wealth stored, safely or not, they tried.  Trying is half the battle.  This battle may soon be over.  When the next terrain has a more adjusted and real narrative, where will you be?

Right now the richest people in the world are in a country that can seperate itself from the rest of the world in fifteen minutes.  All it has to do is blow its bridges, which are wired with explosives.  How ironic that the oilgarchs are as far away from the problems that they have created?  It is not ironic at all.  There are reasons even behind manic thoughts.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:35 | 938078 Arius
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Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:38 | 938295 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Anderson = Pharaoh?

Mubarak = Pharaoh?

Reliving history, again and again.  Doomed to repeat, or doomed to forget?

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:19 | 938049 johnQpublic
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and yet no tin foil hats

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:21 | 938053 bob_dabolina
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Third photo from the bottom looks like a tin helmet to me. He doesn't want Mubarek reading his thoughts....

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:30 | 938069 Money Squid
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I give props to bread helemet man. At least he brought his lunch with him and can eat this protective headgear after a long day of protesting.  The guy with the water bottles comes in second because he left the caps off. If he left capped the bottles and could hold them securley in place the would be more effective. Buckethead's idea could work, but he needs to cut two holes in it so he can leave the bucket own and still see out. I do not think brick-head understand the concept.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:58 | 938255 Rodent Freikorps
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Be a good field expedient Great Helm.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:36 | 938081 Money Squid
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Why are these guys throwing rocks? I thought this was the Middle East, no rock slings? Did they not ever hear of David v. Goliath?

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:48 | 938306 StychoKiller
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Sling accuracy requires practice.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:31 | 938766 Hephasteus
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A sling would be deadly force, not so much with all the armor the guys are wearing.

It's in their conciousness and subconciousness. The police were "stoning" them when they threw rocks down from the building tops. The crowd is "stoning" the police back. It's punishment.

Helmets and armor are just to make cops and soldiers feel safe. If 7.62x25 as commonplace as a pistol round it would be entirely useless anyway. It's only real use is for when that 5th round finally cracks through the bullet resistant glass in your humvee or when someone pops one off from 500 yards out and gets lucky.

If you see one of these helmets won't help ya.,-7-62x25-cal,-...

But any other pistol round is useless against them.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:45 | 938092 blindman
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Uprising in Egypt: A Two-Hour Special on the Revolt Against the U.S.-Backed Mubarak Regime

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 19:50 | 938103 Watts_D_Matter
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The bread helmet is interesting.....Do birds swoop down and peck his head??  And what about mold?  If the army shoots a water cannon at him he will be mush...

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:29 | 938284 buzzsaw99
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If the army shoots a water cannon at him he will be mush...


naa, it's wrapped in plastic.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 20:11 | 938129 Rick64
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 The U.S., IMF, and World Bank have backed this regime and are as guilty of suppressing its people as Mubarak.

 The majority of the U.S. aid to Egypt is designated for foreign military financing, and this money goes right back to U.S. corporations because thats where they buy their weapons. U.S. taxpayers get shafted again.

 The loans from the IMF(600M) and World Bank (1B) in the late 70s was spent on infrastructure projects and that money also went to U.S. and multinational corporations because they get the contracts. Fast forward to 1991 when they can't pay these loans back and Mubarak agrees to an IMF structural adjustment program (SAP). The SAPs include privitization, trade liberalization, higher interest rates, cuts in government spending, higher taxes, ect... Is it a coincidence that privitization started in the 90s and their financial markets were opened up in 92-95?  So after all these loans and aid they have high unemployment, inflation, and the poverty is the same or worse.  Same old game. Never ending debt cycle at the expense of the common man.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 20:13 | 938132 serotonindumptruck
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Perhaps projectile vomiting and explosive diarhea can be incorporated into the potential joke material here.

Otherwise, good post!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:05 | 938184 bunkermeatheadp...
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They did the same thing to Mexico.

Now that they have had practice on thrid world nations, they are going after Europe and the U.S.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:34 | 938290 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Thank you Rubin and Summers!

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 05:13 | 938551 AnAnonymous
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The majority of the U.S. aid to Egypt is designated for foreign military financing, and this money goes right back to U.S. corporations because thats where they buy their weapons.

That is mercantilistic tactics.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:37 | 938707 downwiththebanks
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Food aid, too, must be obtained from White Imperialist multinationals.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 20:51 | 938167 SilverIsKing
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I'd be surprised if by next week, we don't begin to see the Egyptians donning headwear provided by U.S. companies with their logos emblazoned on them.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:36 | 938228 New_Meat
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Those caps and tees emblazoned with the losing team from the "Big Game".  I spent a small time up on the ROK/DPRK DMZ and some of the urchins running around were wearing Red Sox tees.  lmao. (yep, during the long drought).

- Ned

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:25 | 938276 SparkyvonBellagio
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Someone needs to sell rocks in Times Square.


Rocks, Pointy Rocks, Get your Rocks, you can't go to the Stoning empty handed!



Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:27 | 938281 Tarheel
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colbert is a polished comedian. funny how he passes as a newscaster these days. US news outlets are a joke anyway, so why tune into comedy central to see whats new in world?

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:35 | 938292 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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US to the people. 

Here is the court jester.  Laugh, don't cry.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:28 | 938282 scratch_and_sniff
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The bread helmet, that.s a PR disaster.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:41 | 938299 Rodent Freikorps
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No shit. Lot of these starving protesters are fat. Kind of ruins the narrative.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:29 | 938285 Rodent Freikorps
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Let them eat helmets.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:50 | 938313 boeing747
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I think they do understand who is David RockFeller.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:10 | 938332 Zero Govt
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Crumbs! ....there's a lack of yeast in his helmet, baked it 2 sizes too small i reckon, he needs to use his loaf

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:16 | 938344 Missing_Link
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I'd say he's on a roll.

In fact, he's getting a bit abread of himself.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 01:00 | 938438 mtomato2
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Since no one else did, I'm gonna give you props for that.


But I think the picture was from yeasterday.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 01:02 | 938440 MsCreant
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Agree. I giggled too.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 12:26 | 946541 mtomato2
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Yeah, but did you get mine?  YEAST-erday..."  Get it?  Yeast?  Bread? 





I love myself.

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 13:48 | 946890 MsCreant
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You just said that to get a rise out of me, you and your ill bread humor....;-D

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 16:05 | 947349 SWRichmond
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Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:21 | 938347 rookie
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Meet Asmaa Mahfouz and the vlog that helped spark the revolution

Must watch . . .

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 01:25 | 938453 blindman
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amazing .  i was looking for a transcript of this

but no luck. 

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:21 | 938349 Sad Sufi
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I enjoy the humor of the helmets.  Colbert is hard to take, but does present truth in his sarcastic way.

When I see a man with a bandaged head and a helmet over that, still out there trying, I can sense his sincerity, and his pain.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:26 | 938356 saulysw
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If we were in the 70's still, I might call him a "bread-head", man.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 13:50 | 938922 MsCreant
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Do you think he is chewish?

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 23:49 | 938378 Sad Sufi
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While it is humorous, it is good to see an example of why the people have had enough, and are willing to take a piece of re-bar in the face or a bullet.

Great vid of Google activist hustled away by Egypt secret police.  Notice how the crowd responds.  They've seen this before, and they know when not to make a fuss.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:31 | 938382 JW n FL
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 00:06 | 938392 Atomizer
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iowntheworld & weasel zippers were onto this long ago.

You're missing the clothes basket shot. Have a look. :)



Sun, 02/06/2011 - 00:24 | 938411 papaswamp
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food is so scarce we are taping it to our heads....

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 00:57 | 938433 PY-129-20
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Long batons, tear gas, riot gear.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 02:01 | 938441 bob_dabolina
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Sun, 02/06/2011 - 14:51 | 938477 slewie the pi-rat
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there is a wealth of humanity on this page:  the colbert stuff; the egypt stuff;  the comments.

self. others. context. change. displacement. humor. friendship. group awareness and values. malcom got 1 junk and hopefully, we won't be dissing squirrels in the future, here. 

colbert is very good.  esp. the interviews and the ego flips, while doing the physical comedy, which was also great, (let's get physical), above.  when he got his portrait into the smithsonian, i stopped watching.  my cable went off, and when i talked to the manager about it (after living here 2+ years), she said, "That's not included in the rent! Talk to the cable company." Riiight!  no TV works for me!  turned out to be a good time to "turn off", in the tim leary sense.  i esp. appreciate the jungian stuff and the astrology, too, not to mention the circular/linear grasp. 

and Missing Link got me, too! nice!

here are people rioting over poverty and food, and they look very healthy.  they seem to still have their sense of humor, at least that was my impression from some of these shots, as well as good focus.  that brotherhood seems to be a pretty good union (!), & moslem/sufi psych is top shelf, too, imo.  i do not see one woman in these photos, so i'd better double-check that.

we tend to take our culture and context  for granted (the one about the fish not knowing what water is {?}), and some of the humor here is from getting that pushed around, i think.  i have never lived in this culture, but my daughter has, and when she was in Pakistan after the earthquake, she did the Ramadan Fast.  as we discussed her experiences, practically in real time, over the internet, i was struck by the incredible level of participation in the ritual dimension, and the religious injunctions, if that's the right word here, to do so.  not to miss a beat.  ever.  that was, frankly, impossible for me to get my noggin wrapped around. but, iyam conditioned by a different culture.

now, i am wondering how that, or a very similar dynamic might be e/affecting these happenings. 

and, what about us?  would we be able to choose NOT to take to the streets if practically all our neighbors were out there?  most of us are anonymous, here.  not in the hood, tho.

one of the recent themes i have appreciated on the www is the idea that the US seems to be absolutely bifurcated along at least a handful of issues, maybe two hands.  these people do not seem to be.  i haven't followed the stats, but there are dead and wounded, with the latter way up there, by comparison.  here, because of the bifurcations and divided opinions, values,  and resultant emotional differentials, well, you can connect my dots, for yourselves, if that is your inclination. 

this is very rich for me.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 03:14 | 938506 thecakeisalie
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Bread only stays soft for so long...

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:39 | 938648 chumbawamba
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I'm guessing what BreadHead is wearing is several days old.  You don't want anything soft that a projectile will simply penetrate.  You want bread that has hardened a bit, something firm to take the impact.

If I was there, I'd choose a stylish metal bowl from my mother's cupboard and improvise a chin strap.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 14:32 | 938989 Things that go bump
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Make sure you put a sponge on first, to absorb the impact, then strap on the metal bowel.  

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 03:45 | 938512 Yen Cross
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 Anyone that takes Colbert/ John Stewarts `protege seriously Is malinformed.Colfrezzzie. As in Sorbet!

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 03:58 | 938521 Dicite justitiam
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I've never seen Colbert before, he seems racist.  They really broadcast this on MSM?  Shit, then why not deliver news via autotuned porn MMA?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 04:50 | 938545 saulysw
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They alrady do. It's called "The Naked News". Obviously, NSFW.

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