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Forget Hugh Hendry... Ashton Kutcher Recommends You Panic, And Prepare For The Apocalpyse

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It seems that it was just yesterday that everyone's favorite outspoken Eclectica manager, Hugh Hendry, was advising that the best course of action is panicking. It appears his message was not lost on one Ashton Kutcher. Per the HuffPo: "Ashton Kutcher is in hard training for the apocalypse, but this no big screen role: he's afraid that armageddon is coming.....Kutcher is stocking up on guns and spending hours and hours running
the canyons near his home, pushed on by visions of being chased by wild
boar. He's also taking daily bikram yoga sessions, and learning Krav
Maga, a deadly Israeli combat technique taught to high-powered special
ops. All of my physical fitness regimen is completely tailored around the
end of day. I stay fit for no other reason than to save the people I
care about." And so survivalism has just gone mainstream...and copycat cool. Good luck trying to find stockpiles of MRE rations, freeze dried beans, and ammo going forward.

More from the Huffington Post:

Speaking to Men's Fitness,
Kutcher predicts that the "end of days" is on its way, and he wants to
be prepared for the inevitable madness. He told the magazine (quotes via JustJared):


"It won't take very much, I'm telling you. It will not take
much for people to hit the panic button. The amount of convenience that
people rely on based on electricity alone. You start taking out
electricity and satellites, and people are going to lose their noodle.
People don't have maps anymore. People use their iPhones or GPS systems,
so if there's no electricity, nobody has maps."


And then what? The way Kutcher sees it, all chaos breaks.

"And people are going to go, 'That land's not yours, prove
that it's yours,' and the only thing you have to prove it's yours is on
an electric file. Then it's like, 'What's the value of currency, and
whose food is whose?' People's alarm systems at their homes will no
longer work. Neither will our heating, our garbage disposals, hot-water
heaters that run on gas but depend on electricity - what happens when
all our modern conveniences fail? I'm going to be ready to take myself
and my family to a safe place where they don't have to worry."

So what's a soothsaying star supposed to do when he sees the end of
the world? Kutcher is stocking up on guns and spending hours and hours
running the canyons near his home, pushed on by visions of being chased
by wild boar. He's also taking daily bikram yoga sessions, and learning
Krav Maga, a deadly Israeli combat technique taught to high-powered
special ops.

"All of my physical fitness regimen is completely tailored around the
end of day. I stay fit for no other reason than to save the people I
care about."

We are not sure how Demi feels about being chased by millions of milfthursty zombies who will have lost all rational thought once their infinitely dilutable pieces of paper are taken away.

h/t Louis


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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:38 | 836251 Trimmed Hedge
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Ashton Kutcher??



Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:52 | 836290 traderjoe
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After listening to a steady stream of complaining on this site, including myself, I welcome and celebrate any and all persons that stand up and vocalize their beliefs - and his apparent skepticism of the vast use of resources for meaningless conveniences - and then act upon them. If he gets but a few more people to think and prepare, then he has accomplished a great deal in my book. I'm guessing he probably has one of the larger followings on twitter...

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:00 | 836332 JLee2027
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and his apparent skepticism of the vast use of resources for meaningless conveniences 

You mean our God given resources that we have earned the use of by hard work and sacrifice? The reason we have problems now is the lazy forget all that and want everything for free. And then there's the agenda driven folks like yourself, that want to make us feel guilty.

Guilty of what? Nothing. We earned it, we use it, it's ours. MadMax is not happening.


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:16 | 836377 traderjoe
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I made no judgment on the accuracy of his predictions. I merely celebrated his willingness to speak his mind even though it might engender some skepticism.

Agenda-driven? You mean like suggesting that all resources are God-given and therefore our right to use as we see fit? [How'd that work for the residents of Easter Island?]

I have no particular agenda re: the environment, though I do believe there needs to an awareness of our personal and collective impacts. 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:24 | 836406 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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[P]eople are going to lose their noodle.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:31 | 836632 Thorny Xi
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Lose their God-given noodle, that is.

Hey, the guy's doing Demi Moore and that fitness rag, owned my American Media (National Enquirer) has more circulation than The Oil Drum could ever hope for. 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:33 | 836640 the rookie cynic
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All captured on a Nikon Coolpix camera...

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:01 | 836689 velobabe
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LH, bikram yoga needs artificial heat to get the room to 100 degrees. i went to couple of sessions, it is just plain stupid. what is he talking about losing electricity when the end comes. he is a hypocrite. he won't have any heat, to do his Yoga in. these dumb yoga pushers, they have like five electric space heaters located around the room. heat up the yogis and let them fry. world comes to an end and AK can't do bikram yoga cause he ain't got no electric heat. i swear i am one hoot after a laugh.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:24 | 836727 SilverIsKing
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I hope you are kidding.  AK is doing yoga now in order to get himself into the proper physical condition.  I'm sure he's well aware that, if the apocalypse happens, he won't be looking for the nearest yoga studio.  It's better to actually be in top physical shape than only wish he was.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:21 | 836821 velobabe
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silver I ski ng, is that the same picture avatar that headless horseman uses?

AK is just like any other man doing yoga. to see

downward dog, bitchez.

i know exactly where these two live in id a HO, he is just bitch slapping, when he talks all bikram yoga shit. he is jewish i believe or demi is. no matter. madonna did yoga too and and turned to the jewish religion. i say, time better spent riding a bike. hell, three of the last bank robberies in and around boulder center, got away on bicycles.

V E L O power.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 01:59 | 837261 gnap
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Its clear that Ashton is one of those Bible freaks because he uses the term "end of days".  Well I will say this .. the Bible says that the meak shall inheret the Earth and if these Bible freaks think the end of days is coming, then by all means give up everything you got and hope you are chosen.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 02:05 | 837264 SilverIsKing
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No.  My avatar is unique...until someone steals it.

I had tried yoga a few years ago and if you hit it right, I agree that the visuals can surely be a fringe benefit, although I highly doubt AK has taken up bikram yoga to check out girls' asses.

Additionally, I know several non-Jews that do yoga whom have no intention of converting to Judaism.  How does that comport with your theory?

Are you suggesting we all get bikes and rob banks as preparation for the end of days?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 11:57 | 837687 snowball777
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Marvel disagrees.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:39 | 836756 A Nanny Moose
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Bikram...ugh. Yoga for the dumbed down masses.

In yoga, breath and movement generate plenty of heat.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:26 | 836832 velobabe
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bik ram you .......... generates a lot of losers. generate a lot of sweaty stinky bodies that i don't care to look at. imagine having to heat up a room with electricity to do 20 specific poses. it is very nazi yoga. i laugh when anyone tries to tell me they are all bikramed. well, now robotrainer says he does it with his GF. so we all know how F A B robo is, plus his MOM is following him around everywhere nowadays on ZH. momma's boy.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:42 | 837050 Village Idiot
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Velobabe -

So what I hear you saying is that yoga is ok for Jews and Nazi's?  Or yoga is run by sweaty Nazi's and turns people in to Jews?  What?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 22:00 | 837076 Alienated Serf
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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 23:28 | 837152 dogbreath
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downward dogbreath bitchez

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 08:46 | 837398 velobabe
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i apologize to every one that i might of offended. i have no idea what i speak, lately. happy new year. i just really can't wait to get over this h a p p y shit, start off sunday with

what e v e r †

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 13:40 | 837986 tamboo
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too bad it doesn't turn nazi jews into aryans, it would go a long way towards beautifying the place.

so ashton's going to use a yid combat technique against
other yid combat techniques? lol.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 23:30 | 837155 dogbreath
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If yoga were food - Bikram would be Macdonalds.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 10:20 | 837516 thetruth
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It is more accurate to say that the benefits of any style of yoga are completely dependent on the practitioner.  A person with the right mindset can receive as many benefits from Bikram as from any other style - except maybe Kriya. 

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:16 | 837746 velobabe
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i only do it for the stretch†

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 18:08 | 838579 dogbreath
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your first sentence I totally agree with.  2nd sentenc  Bikram - 27 postures for the rest of your life, sorry no. 

Mc Bikram

downward dogbreath

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:35 | 836450 JLee2027
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You mean like suggesting that all resources are God-given and therefore our right to use as we see fit? 

They are.

[How'd that work for the residents of Easter Island?]

Oh my goodness. WTF is that supposed to mean? 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:45 | 836485 Fish Gone Bad
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After the apocolypse, Ashton is going to buy Easter Island and rename it Halloween Island.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:16 | 836889 spinone
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I'm glad he found motivation for his workouts.  I hope he buys lots of silver to crush JPM.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:47 | 836486 Fish Gone Bad
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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:47 | 836487 Village Idiot
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[How'd that work for the residents of Easter Island?]

"Oh my goodness. WTF is that supposed to mean?"


They converted to Judaism? 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:28 | 837033 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Easter Island residents killed all the rabbits. Without rabbits to hide the eggs all of the trees died.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:44 | 837055 Village Idiot
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That makes more sense than the conversion to Judaism theory. I'm going with the rabbits. 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 22:05 | 837081 Alienated Serf
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 fxrxexexdxoxmx  wins the internets with that one.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 11:57 | 837689 snowball777
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It means when we vote for who will be food, you will win!

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:26 | 836411 Freddie
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Gigilo Ashton talked about how they lost power at their cabin and he loaded his gun and in a panic they went to the grocery store.  He is an apologist for Mugabe 2 Hussein to insure he gets movies in Hollywood.  If you bash conservatives and shill for marxism you can be a star too. 

His dowager wife is always bitching that she spent $500,000 on new t*ts, a face and ass lift plus a lot of work and still cannot get movie parts. 

BTW - those God given resources are being created each day by that reactor called the earth's core turning rocks into oil and nat gas. There is energy all over the earth and the earth is making new energy each day.  Solar will get cheaper over time too and geothermal power by the earth's core will work as well.  It already is working.


Thu, 12/30/2010 - 08:30 | 837385 h3m1ngw4y
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where´s your <sarcasm /> tag?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:27 | 836415 DaveyJones
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Don't you hate it when others fail to realize your "God given" rights? Now if those pesky natives would just get out of your way and let you get on with you using all your plentiful stuff earned by nothing more than honest hard work. You're right, guilt is for the common folk. Just a minute, Lloyd is texting me. 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:54 | 836516 OnTheFelt
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Are you fucking kidding me?

Define G.O.D please.....oh wait you can't because it doesn't exist, at least in the way that I know you are proclaiming it to exist.

If you happen to feel guilty because of the aforementioned post, then you probably should because you are.

But that is irregardless, because the whole point of the previous poster apparently whooshed right over your incy head.

Here, let me spell it out for you, what he means it is the haphazzard, lazy, me me, I deserve something mentality that is plagued by most westerners. 

Enjoy the tipping point, because as the old saying goes, I don't have to out run the bear, I just have to outrun you, dipshit.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:08 | 836559 Id fight Gandhi
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Define "irregardless"

Please spell it out for me. I'm kinda slow.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:52 | 836774 Armchair Bear
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without lack of regard?

not lacking regard?

this is a non-word so REGARDLESS of who wrote it - the person is (somewhat) illiterate?

Go ahead "refudiate" me!!

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:22 | 836824 edwardscpa
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Hey - if he used it in a complete sentence, and people understood what was being conveyed, then I'd give him a pass.

Irregardless, I don't think he used it properly in his sentence.  Fail.  lol.


side note - tic tacs are addictive.  mmmm.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:36 | 836850 RichardP
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The word irregardless used to be in the dictionary.  Folks used to use the word.  Some still do.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:34 | 836944 Hellholeratrace
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From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Usage Discussion of IRREGARDLESS:
Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead. Examples of IRREGARDLESS:
I told them that irregardless of what you read in books, they's some members of the theatrical profession that occasionally visits the place where they sleep. —Ring Lardner, The Big Town, 1921 Origin of IRREGARDLESS
probably blend of irrespective and regardless
First Known Use: circa 1912
Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:56 | 837061 Village Idiot
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self admission - Internally, I used to look down at the (Ir)regardless crowd.  Thank you for lightening the loathe. Or was it loath.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 22:52 | 837122 Creepy Lurker
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Loathe: (verb) To harbor a strong dislike or hatred for a thing.

"I loathe bananas!"


Loath: (adverb)[I think] To be reluctant; hesitant.

"I was loath to speak after seeing others attacked for it."

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 01:32 | 837250 chumbawamba
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Say what you will about that tawdry tart, "refudiate" is a bad-ass word.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:33 | 836741 zeusman
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I would also like to know your definition of "irregardless"?  Does the ir cancel out the regardless part? LOL

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:01 | 836888 LudwigVon
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ATM Machine.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:37 | 837045 Reductio ad Absurdum
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Does the in- cancel out the flammable in inflammable?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 23:08 | 837136 JLee2027
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Are you fucking kidding me?

Define G.O.D please.....oh wait you can't because it doesn't exist, at least in the way that I know you are proclaiming it to exist.

When he resurrects you on Judgement Day you need no proof. Unless of course you're alone in a foxhole with shells coming down on you. Good luck on that!

I won't respond to you you types will argue endlessly just to argue. BYE!


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 23:28 | 837151's picture

I like to sleep late so I'll likely miss the judgement part but wake me for cocktails at four.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:04 | 837190 Village Idiot
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Thu, 12/30/2010 - 03:06 | 837287 Terminus C
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"Revealed" religion is the ultimate demonstration of human arrogance.

"I know God, what he wants, what he looks like, and everything he has ever done."

Imagine, the little pathetic human virus on a tiny back water planet in a minor galaxie knows the creator of the infinite universe.  Absolutely the most arrogant immagination of human kind one could possibly immagine.

(Among many things religion made me wonder about... why does God, as described by the revealed religions, need to have a sex?  If there is no other God, what is the penis for?)

There may be a "god" but it is not "revealed" in any "bible".

Junk away arrogant bitchez!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:21 | 837760 Winston Smith 2009
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And with any "god" used to explain the creation of the universe, one has to deal with the problem of infinite regression. If god created the universe, who created god? Then, who created the uber-god that created the god? If the common excuse that god has been in existence forever is used, then the user can be asked why the universe or the conditions that resulted in its development and existence couldn't have been in existence forever, obviating the need for a god.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:56 | 839019 JLee2027
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Or God is something that human beings cannot comprehend because we are limited by space and time. 

Let me ask you. Can a dog comprehend human activities? Of course not. So I guess any theory that a dog came up with to explain human behavior would look pretty stupid right?

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 02:08 | 839107 Red Neck Repugnicant
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Can a dog comprehend human activities? Of course not. So I guess any theory that a dog came up with to explain human behavior would look pretty stupid right?

First, your quote would not settle well with the hundreds of millions who blindly and faithfully follow organized religion - they've got it all figured out, from start to finish.

Second, your analogy about the dog and its understanding of its environment is better if you use fish: for humans to understand the universe/God is a bit like a fish swimming in the Pacific and understanding where all the water came from.

Third, unlike fish, dogs (and woodpeckers), some humans have a fully developed frontal cortex that does, in fact, enable us to understand the "fish tank" in which we swim.   That fish tank is comprised of three things: dark matter, dark energy and everything else. Dark matter comprises about 25% of the universe.  Dark energy comprises the other 75%.  Within those numbers is a small, infinitesimal error that does not actually add up to 100% - more like 99.99999999->%.  In that .000000001->% are the hundreds of billions of galaxies, hundreds of billions of suns, trillions of planets, and you and me.  

So....having a fully functional frontal cortex makes me wonder why God - if he really created it all for us - would have designated us so far to the right of the decimal point in the grand summation of it all.   

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 19:42 | 838721 velobabe
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need to have a sex?  If there is no other God, what is the penis for?

you know i never thought of that. and we can bear children.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 23:52 | 839017 JLee2027
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"I know God, what he wants, what he looks like, and everything he has ever done."

Where did you get that? You are badly misinformed, that's not in the Bible.

We know God exists and that the Holy Spirit lives inside believers in Christ to protect and guide us. The laws and moral values to follow are also written in the Bible. 

why does God, as described by the revealed religions, need to have a sex?

God does not have a sex, he invented sex! He appeared as Jesus because the male is the religious leader over women. That's all explained in the Bible if you ever take the time.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 09:55 | 839309 pan-the-ist
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You lost this argument because the foundation of your argument is based on your irrational belief in a deity.

BTW, you can have an irrational belief in a diety and argue reasonably.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:35 | 836750 A Nanny Moose
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How can you be so sure? Nothing is that certain. I would worry less about energy, and more about water. If we paid the true cost of delivering water to our faucets, there would be no car washes, not even hand washing in the front yard. There would be no lawn on which to wash your car. The default actions of faucets/showers would be off.

We can survive without energy....water? Not so much. Since states like CA consume 20% of their energy moving water you can worry about energy.



Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:44 | 837054 Reductio ad Absurdum
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(1) Not a problem if we reduce the human population.

(2) Also not a problem where I live, where there's plenty of water underground which is always being refilled by constant rainfall. Historically we've always used wind power to raise water, and we will again in the near future (out of necessity).

In summary: Don't live in a fucking desert, and stop allowing morons to breed.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:04 | 837191 OldPhart
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oh, damn...I live in the desert and have two sons.  No darwin award for me.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:25 | 837775 Winston Smith 2009
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"Don't live in a fucking desert"

Are you referencing the great Sam Kinison's extremely funny routine? The problem with it is that the people he is referencing had the desert encroach upon _them_ and couldn't move elsewhere because of national boundaries and surrounding countries that didn't want them to move into their territories.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:29 | 837786 MurderNeverWasLove
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Junked for still not having practiced what you preach.  Too many people, starting with YOU.

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 10:01 | 839315 pan-the-ist
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Make the people in the desert pay the true cost of delivering water.  BTW, I'm going to dam the Mississippi and make a huge lake out of Illinois.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 03:25 | 837296 TDoS
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Said the man standing on the backs of so many slaves.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:00 | 836334 Spitzer
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He is way over exaggerating how bad it could possibly get. Why would there be no electricity for any long point in time ?He is slightly brainwashed by the greenie peak oil fools.

There will soon be a financial apocolypse but it sure as hell will not be the first time it ever happened.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:03 | 836339 JLee2027
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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:54 | 836511 Fish Gone Bad
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I am not afraid of the power going out.  I am not afraid of the water going out.  I am actually afraid of unemployed police. 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 23:14 | 837139 Temporalist
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Unemployed masses of anyone.  In Japan over the past few years the crime rate by the elderly has skyrocketed because they have no jobs, no income, no pensions or savings, no very afraid of the Baby Boomers starting Jan 1 2011!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 03:07 | 837290 stev3e
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>>In Japan.....the crime rate by the elderly has skyrocketed<<

is that so?

and when you were in Japan last time, you experienced/witnessed this explosion of crime by the elderly Japanese?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 07:31 | 837370 breezer1
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+1000 . i have a black belt in yoga.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 19:45 | 838725 velobabe
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i have a ribbon belt in sword fighting.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:09 | 836362 Uncle Remus
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Why would there be no electricity for any long point in time ?

Someone let the magic smoke out of the power plant? Fairy dust towers fell?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:21 | 836402 hbjork1
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Ashton knows that there is going to be a big solar flair like the one that is believed to have happened a few million years ago.  The electromagnetic pulse will fry any operating electrical equipment including the grid.  

But I am an old guy, can't do anything about it.  Perhaps he could be appointed the head of a committee to worry about that until it happens.  

Happy New Year to the Zero Hedge team! 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:49 | 836499
Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:19 | 836596 Rusty Shorts
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I suggest everyone take a look at this, then go to his channel and watch his other uploads. This new theory is set to blow the top off of the current understanding of the universe.


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:36 | 836646 Rusty Shorts
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Magnetar SGR J1550-5418 recently became active, and is producing gigantic Gamma Ray Burst which are aimed directly at the Earth. One burst in 2008 heated the upper atmosphere of the Earth by 50 celcius in a matter of minutes, more here.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 01:09 | 837236 False_Profit
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...thanks to all regarding links on this interstellar thread...i find this fascinating and you have provided me with my daily fix!

we are definitely in a period of the "quickening" of information dissemination and knowledge, and the realization that we still know very little on a universal level, and about the history of our lowly interplanetary vessel called earth and its previous inhabitants...and keeps our discussions of economic malfeasance and eminent collapse in context for sure...

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:13 | 836708 Bastiat
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Read Talbott's Electric Universe and Donald Scott's Electric Sky last year.  Absolutely terrific stuff.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:08 | 837192 iDealMeat
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++  Thanks Rusty.  wayyy cool.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:31 | 837791 Winston Smith 2009
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Re: solar storm of 1859. When the same thing happens eventually in our modern electronic world, and it will, it will be catastrophic.

Another thing that _will_ happen and could have catastrophic effects, a magnetic pole reversal:

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:22 | 836479 Red Neck Repugnicant
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Why would there be no electricity for any long point in time

I'm not sure.  Perhaps if Republican senators like Phil Gramm collude with energy companies like Enron?

Blackouts are truly wonderful for profits, as people become desperate and pay anything to get the AC working.  Too bad those pesky unregulated derivatives blew up!  

Does anyone know if there is a connection between Phil Gramm, George Bush, the 1992 Energy Policy Act which forced utilities to carry Enron's energy, Wendy Gramm (his wife) as the Chair of the CFTC, the deregulation of energy future contracts and the future total implosion of Enron? 

Those Republicans sure do find themselves in the middle of a bunch of pickles.  Weird. 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:13 | 836814 Calmyourself
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How about bammie colluding with Chinese solar panel manufactureres to ban drilling in our waters while China drills off Cuba's northern cost?  Your a dull tool.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:53 | 836980 zeusman
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Good point Red Neck Repugnicant - those Repubes do tend to fuck everything up every time they get in office with their degregulation, crony capitalism bullshit

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:51 | 837067 Reductio ad Absurdum
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"every time they get in office"

And why do they keep getting into office? The liberals must be doing a really GREAT job if the public keeps voting them OUT of office.

Stop thinking along two-party lines.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 02:17 | 837267 Red Neck Repugnicant
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And why do they keep getting into office?

Are you aware that over 40% of all Americans think the Earth is 6,000 years old, and that fossils were planted by God to confuse us?

More Americans believe in a literal Hell and a red-faced guy with horns on his head, than they do in Darwinism. 

The average American watches over 150 hours of television per month.  If there are 720 hours in a month, and the average person sleeps 8 hours a day, that means the average American spends over 30% of his waking life watching television.

Only 34% of all Americans believe that George Bush started TARP.  

Only 16% of Americans believe that half the TARP funds have been repaid. 

About 40% of all Americans believe that Obama wants death panels - probably the same 40% who think the Earth is 6,000 years old.

50% of all Americans believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

The state of California elected Conan the Barbarian as their governor.

Over 40% of all Americans don't know who our Vice President is.

Gun sales sales surged after Obama was elected President because Americans thought their country was under attack.

There are individuals here - in the ZH community - who have dozens of canned hams buried in their back yard

Not only did our education system produce this girl, but she was actually put on stage as a viable candidate that best represents American teenagers: I surprised by the results of American elections?


Thu, 12/30/2010 - 08:41 | 837391 TBT or not TBT
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"Gun sales sales surged after Obama was elected President because Americans thought their country was under attack."

It is under attack.    Obama, if he hadn't been elected to public office, couldn't get a security clearance from the same federal government he is the figurehead of, because of his long, long, continuous history of anti-american activities and associations.   The second two years of Obama's sham of a presidency will unfortunately be very interesting, as the Congress will now be holding hearings on what the federal governments' zillions of agencies have been up to.   They are totally out of control, and this is by design.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 10:51 | 837558 Red Neck Repugnicant
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quod erat demonstrandum

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 10:20 | 839329 pan-the-ist
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Soo.. our elected president should get security clearance from our private military industrial complex?  Does goose stepping come natural to you?


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:53 | 836505 scratch_and_sniff
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He’s a f***ing half-wit, like a lot of people that post here tbh. He's going to learn Karate, wtf?... to protect Demi from hordes of rampaging starving lunatics with hard-ons. I can picture it now, Mr Kutcher karate chopping his way through a mob of lusting goldbugs with guns and big throbbing cocks. Lmfao, its too much. I bet even when his bedroom light bulb wears out he jumps into action, ripping off his shirt to reveal a bright red blitz suit with colour coordinated nun chuka's. Enough.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:20 | 836605 TheEmperor
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I have never met Kuchar but I have heard him speak openly and honestly (I believe) on Real Time with Bill Maher.  The guy is aware, he knows about the issues we all face, maybe he is overly apocolyptic and maybe he is not.

Basically, you dont know and I dont know but I do know 'stuff' will happen when major socio-economic impactful events occur eventually.  If the dude wants to prep and is willing to share on a mainstream mag...I say 'Dude, whoa'.



Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:40 | 836860 Bendromeda Strain
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When the SHTF, does Maher put combat lifts in his shoes?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 01:04 | 837235 LudwigVon
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Bill Maher is a waste on this Earth.

There are important things to learn and do before one dies.

Please, do not spend time on laughable morons.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:58 | 836506 low_frequency_trader
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Just sayin . . .

Shortly after midnight on September 2, 1859, campers in the Rocky Mountains were awakened by an "auroral light, so bright that one could easily read common print. . . . the solar storm of 1859 has been dubbed "the Carrington event". It remains the most severe solar storm to affect the Earth in recorded history.


 . . .[a] March 13, 1989 geomagnetic "Superstorm" . . . triggered strong direct currents in the long wires of the Canadian electric power grid. . . . the result was a power outage that knocked out power to the entire province of Quebec, Canada--six million people--for nine hours.

. . . John Kappenman of Metatech Corporation theorizes that a future repeat of the Carrington event or the 1921 geomagnetic storm could result in catastrophic failure of large portions of the electrical grid that would last for years, costing 1-2 trillion dollars in the first year, and putting million of lives at risk. Full recovery from the event would take 4-10 years.

from Dr. Jeff Masters' Wunderblog

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:18 | 836598 malikai
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It'll be just like Maximum Overdrive. Maybe Laura Harrington will make a cameo in the apocalypse too. She was so hot back then.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:47 | 837834 Winston Smith 2009
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Re: March 13, 1989 geomagnetic "Superstorm." I was working at a microwave communications site at the time. The antennas had magnetic field sensors on them so an alarm would be triggered if they were moved (most likely blown) 0.5 degrees or more off azimuth. On the night of the storm, the alarm was triggered at my location and manually reset, then triggered again, manually reset, etc. I knew about the predicted storm and on a hunch called other stations on the link to ask if they'd had the same problem. They had. There was no wind and the antennas weren't moving, the Earth's magnetic field was...

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:57 | 836526 Fernley Girl
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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:01 | 836538 TheProphet
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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:09 | 836900 weinerdog43
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Electro magnetic pulse

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:12 | 837195 FEDbuster
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Read "One Second After" to get a glimpse of a post EMP world. 

Kudos the Ashton for keeping the "kooky" Hollyweird traditions alive.   Maybe Ashton and Demi could head down to Uncle Ted's (Nugent) ranch in Waco, TX for some bow hunting training.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:04 | 836551 Missing_Link
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Solar storms and plasma bursts.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:25 | 836615 Jeff Lebowski
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Ever visit a power plant?  How about a steel mill?

Enlightening, to say the least, in regard to the technology, support, and consumption of these facilities.  Financial apocalypse will happen, but yet, people will show up to work at the plants, shipping yards, mines - business as usual?  How much would you sell your gold for in an apocalypse?  $1500?  $2500?  $10,000?  What makes you think that if you wouldn't sell your PM in a time like that, that someone would sell a consummable, when a replacement cost was not able to be calculated/replaced? 

I'd say that, God forbid it happen, you'd eat those words in a matter of days.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:46 | 836670 cossack55
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Ever heard of anarchists?  I'm a thinkin' those plants will be a-burnin'.  When it goes, it goes all the way.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:18 | 836719's picture

I've heard of anarchists. They believe that society functions more justly and efficiently without government. Governments are in the business of destroying power plants and production facilities. War, as they say, is the health of the state.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:03 | 837188 Jerome Lester H...
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You obviously have not been to a power plant after 9-11. Anarchists are going to burn down power plants? With what? Bic lighters? Security detail at any power plant these days consists of well armed military types who would consider anarchists as nothing more than easy target practice. Go to any power plant and try and get past the guards with machine guns. We deliver to power plants on a weekly basis and I can tell you that unless these "anarchists" are armed with tanks and rocket launchers they are not going to get anywhere close to a power plant! 

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:06 | 836697 Dirt Rat
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In Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, the man and the boy come across a well-stocked bomb shelter. The Krugerrands are tossed into a corner with a derisive "Humph!" They are ecstatic that it is well-stocked with food, but more than a little disappointed they find no usable ammo or guns.


Goodness forbid that the human race ever arrive at the state of The Road, but it is still a very good read for apocalyptic types who want to think of what might happen and what one's priorities might be.


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:05 | 836893 trav7777
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I'll be too busy out looting to worry about reading stupid novels.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:15 | 837200 FEDbuster
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You loot, we shoot.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 08:44 | 837396 TBT or not TBT
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Don't worry, according to the article the zombies will be chasing MILFs.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 10:22 | 837521 JW n FL
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by TBT or not TBT
on Thu, 12/30/2010 - 07:44


Don't worry, according to the article the zombies will be chasing MILFs.


TBT or not TBT,


Thank! You!! I needed a LAUGH!!! God Bless You!

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:47 | 837222 tmosley
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Money (gold) is useless under precisely one condition--when there is no trade.  Problem is, trade is something that comes naturally to humans.  As such, so long as there are humans, there will be trade.

The Road is highly unrealistic, in that it portrays cannibalism being adopted on a permanent basis (doesn't happen, except very rarely as a ritual).  The people they were keeping for food would use food until they were eaten, and would be otherwise useless.  In reality, if conditions are such outside that humans can survive, then other plants and animals can survive.  If other plants and animals can survive, then humans can harness them for food.  Humans will trade for food, skins, ropes, etc.  

Gold is useless only during those very brief moments of time best described as "riots".  For those times, you hold guns and ammo.  For the lean times, you hold food.  For the other 99+% of the time, you hold gold.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 01:48 | 837256 False_Profit
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Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:50 | 837851 Winston Smith 2009
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"The Road is highly unrealistic"

It was also extremely sssssllllooooowwww........... I generally like dark movies, but that one was both depressing _and_ boring.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:44 | 836759 A Nanny Moose
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Indeed. But middle of the road is not evocative. It does not sell shit to people who don't need it.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:53 | 836512 Simit Patel
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on twitter he's saying the comments are being taken out of context.

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 18:27 | 841844 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Your link shows two tweets on Dec. 29 that show him referring to the Huffington Post story as quoting him out of context, but confirming that he gets motivation to work out by thinking of how serious the possibility of a bug-out is.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:59 | 836785 Calmyourself
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"meaningless conveniences"  Being preached at by a guy who drives the commerical version of an SUV, flies private and screws Bruces' ex wife is irritating..

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 20:09 | 836903 bobboberson
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seriously.  i hope fucktards like him are the first to get the short end of the stick along with the wall st banksters when TSHTF

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:06 | 836555 Haywood Jablowme
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Ashton Kutcher??



First the Fat Boys break-up and now this.....

The other night I dreamt of knives, continental drift divide. Mountains sit in a line
Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Brezhnev. Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs.
Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam book neck, right? Right....
Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:36 | 836747 knukles
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Isn't he married to Justin Beiber?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:27 | 837029 Blano
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Holy shit, Ashton Kutcher??  I smell a major buy signal.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 23:15 | 837141 JW n FL
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Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over (2010 Version)



Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:41 | 836255 Withdrawn Sanction
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"Dude, where's my apocalypse?"


"And then...?"

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:50 | 836284 maddy10
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And then????

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:27 | 836419 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Nobody has maps.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:27 | 836627 Village Idiot
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the automobile club is your salvation.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:29 | 836628 Drag Racer
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Dude, where's my map. Oh fuck, where is So'crates. He can draw.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 14:35 | 838128 JW n FL
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No! and Then!!


andddddddd.... thennnnnnnnn?


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:56 | 836313 midtowng
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That has got to be a huge contrary indicator for the doom and gloomer crowd.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:00 | 836335 Cognitive Dissonance
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Everything is a contrary indicator for something else. That's why there's a market for nearly everything. For proof see eBay.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:39 | 836461 Uncle Remus
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Everything is a contrary indicator for something else.

His end of the gene pool?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:01 | 836542 Babalooee
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the shallow end

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:45 | 836763 A Nanny Moose
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There an ETF for that?

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 00:55 | 837228 goldsaver
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nope, but there is an app for that.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 22:25 | 837099 Calmyourself
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The entire pool needs a good dose of chlorine, starting with Ashton baby..

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 18:40 | 836755 knukles
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Yeah, and Demi Moore (who was born in Roswell N.M., BTW) was G. I. Jane, too. 


Wed, 12/29/2010 - 21:03 | 836996 Uncle Remus
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who was born in Roswell N.M.

Jeebus, that explains soooo many things.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:59 | 836321 Cursive
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Lulz. And can you imagine a world without garbage disposals?

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:04 | 836348 CPL
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I drive to the dump on saturday.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:33 | 836440 Cognitive Dissonance
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I get to visit every one's garbage on Sundays between 10 AM and 2 PM per the final settlement.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:11 | 836575 Cursive
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We're talkin in-sink-erator. LOL.

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 09:18 | 837416 h3m1ngw4y
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you will have a lot less garbage for the lolz. think of this as the bright side

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:40 | 836256 Ragnarok
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Nobody tell him about the Federal Reserve. LOL.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:55 | 836310 Cleanclog
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Very very funny!  Go get 'um!

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:30 | 836426 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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What's the value of currency?

Sounds like he knows.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:43 | 836258 hugovanderbubble
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Is not Obama in Oahu doing surveillance tactics?:)

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 16:22 | 836403 DosZap
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No, he's faking Church goin', and having new Birth Certs made.What a hypocrite.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 17:01 | 836540 goldmiddelfinger
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and playin golf in his "mama's pants" LOL great swing too. Watch the pager!

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:42 | 836260 LFMayor
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my appraisal of this Hollywood nothing just went through the roof.  Talk about finding gold while digging out the latrine.

He's still got some learning to do though... you don't worry.  You fix it or forget it, but either way you should put it down.

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 15:45 | 836266 absinthejo
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Ashton Kutcher knows about the Olduvai Theory. You have to be really bored in Hollywood to google it.

On a more serious note, the message is correct but the way he describes doesn't help to make it go mainstream.

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