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Guest Post: Circus Clowns And Sideshow Freaks

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt Market

Circus Clowns And Sideshow Freaks

In my worst nightmares, when the lights are
swallowed by the smog of some nefarious gloom and the air itself becomes
a stale sarcophagus into which I am entombed, and the grim hands of
putrefied fate sink their wretched grip into the thick of my neck and
all seems irrevocably lost, I merely recall that soon I will awaken to
the horror of a terminal America infested by career criminals and
certifiable morons, and suddenly, my off color dreams don’t seem so bad. Ultimately,
there is nothing worse to me than a public majority that takes
everything they hear from the mouths of political warlocks at face
value. Even the fear of death is truly a pittance compared
to the threat of being enveloped by a stampeding herd of frightened,
stupid, human cattle.

Is this melodramatic? Not at all. When
a man is aware, and by aware I mean honest with himself, he inevitably
suffers the pain of being certain while the rest of the world enjoys the
bliss of false assumptions. We live in a culture that
inflicts great punishment on those who know, and lavishes enticing but
short lived rewards on those who ignore. In such a place as this, meaning disappears, and countries die.

The first century satirist, Decimus Juvenalis, grief-stricken by the destruction of the Roman Republic at the hands of a succession of emperors and tyrants, wrote: “The
people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else,
now meddle no more and long eagerly for just two things — bread and
circuses." At that time, the autocratic rulers of the empire were highly visible. Even celebrities. They
played the hollow Roman Senate like a pipe organ and created elaborate
events, moments of pageantry in the otherwise terrifyingly bleak lives
of the citizenry, and of course, the people were thoroughly distracted
while their economy, their government, and their land crumbled around

Today, our autocratic rulers in the form of a
corporate oligarchy keep rather hidden from the prying eyes of the
commoners, but they wield the same power as the emperors of old, with
the same obvious results. America is ripping apart at the seams. Our currency has been destroyed. Our treasury is indebted beyond the point of any return. The cost of our daily survival is quickly rising beyond any average person’s means to pay. And,
our political system is a never ending parade of googly-eyed muppets
singing and dancing to the tune of the false left/right paradigm. Yet, where has our attention been lately…?

Apparently our impending doom is not as
entertaining as the Osama Bin Laden Show, which has been written and
choreographed like a bad Tom Clancy novel, or a contrived episode of
‘24’ (Jack Bauer finally shoots Bin Laden square in the head with his
hawk-like vision and badass marksmanship while Osama in typical TV land
fashion uses a woman as a human shield. Sorry to spoil the ending for you if you haven’t seen the final episode yet). Or
how about the battle of “wits” (I say this knowing full well the irony)
between Barack Obama and Donald Trump, two soulless rock-em’ sock-em’
robots in a fake duel for fake polls, fake votes, and a fake presidency. Let’s
not forget about the “Royal Wedding”, the eagerly awaited international
event that featured a throng of throwbacks from the Dark Ages prancing
around in Nutcracker outfits and partying to the tune of millions in
British taxpayer dollars.

Do any of these things really matter? Not in the slightest. How long must we endure this hokey carnival ride before we finally start focusing on legitimately important issues? That’s really up to us…

Day after day, we allow ourselves to be conned, befuddled, and frightened by a cast of clowns and freaks. Why do we do this? How can we stop the madness? First, we have to understand how the propaganda works, before we can diffuse it. Let’s
examine some of the tactics of disinformation being used today, as well
as the purpose behind some of America’s most prominent distractions.

“The Boogeyman Is Under Your Bed…”

A collapsing dollar, state funding on the brink, a
still irradiated Japan, gasoline price spikes, and, the only thing that
has lately been able draw people outside of their television and
microwave fajita saturated cocoons is the orchestrated hoax of Osama Bin
Laden’s death. No independently corroborated physical evidence? No independently corroborated video? Body
dumped at sea in less than a day without independent verification of
the identity (apparently to avoid his rising from the grave as the
invincible Zombie Bin Laden)? No problem! We
fully believe every word the Obama Administration says without question!
Lets go do keg stands on the White House lawn, yeehaw!

A boogeyman is a very powerful tool for corrupt governments. In
fact, every despotic regime in history has concocted one fantasy
villain after another in order to maintain their psychological
stranglehold on the populace. Killing one only means a replacement is
soon to be introduced. While many Americans are intelligent
enough to at least express some concerns about the obviously deceitful
manner in which the Bin Laden death has been handled and promoted, there
is still a significant swath of the population that has invested
themselves so completely in the Bin Laden myth that they will support
the official story without question.

Sadly, villains often become the drivers of history. Most
events on the human timeline are merely reactionary movements of states
and peoples to counter a dangerous antagonist, whether actual or
fabricated. Very rarely do people act in concert to change
the shape of their society or their surroundings without a symbolic
devil to spur them on. This is not to say that there are
not real ghouls to be dealt with in every generation, but problems
surface when we become ADDICTED to the idea of villains. We
become so lethargic when it comes to putting in the effort of
determining our own destinies that soon we start to need monsters to
inspire us to take action in life. We welcome governments to conjure enemies for us because it makes us feel as though we have purpose again. As though we are a “team”. Just look at the deluded lemmings that roamed D.C. enthralled at the unconfirmed and unsupported claim of Bin Laden’s death. A
civilization caught in this circle of pure reaction usually devolves
into something utterly pathetic; a people without principles feeding on
each other for comfort.

Interestingly, the fermentation of amoral or
destructive behavior is found most often in power structures, like
governments and corporate institutions, where the desire for overt
control can be satisfied. It is at the top of the pyramid that we find the bottom of the barrel in terms of humanity. So,
it is not strange at all to consider the fact that elitists seek to
create monsters out of thin air, like the “axis of evil”, terrorists,
lone gunman, homegrown extremists, barter networkers, or Amish dairy
farmers. They know that people seek out dragons to slay and so provide proxies and facsimiles. If they didn’t, the masses may turn their attentions towards a real threat, like the elites themselves.

Again, this is common sense and a consistent
tactic, one which has been admitted to openly by establishment
authorities for decades. The true boogeymen are not under
your bed, they are not your next door neighbors who participate in
activist groups, they are not right wing extremists, they are not even
men in caves in Afghanistan or Pakistan. The only monsters worth so much attention and dedication are those that are closest to us. To
find them, we have only to follow where all our money goes, where all
our votes are misspent, and where all our decisions are made without our

“If You Didn’t Vote, You Have No Right To Complain…”

Perhaps the most effective scam of all time is the construction of the false left/right paradigm. Anyone
who does not understand this fundamental fallacy of our political
system will never be able to understand the bigger picture of how our
government works or why or “elected” officials do the things they do. If
you cannot accept the fact that both major parties are essentially the
same, supporting the same primary legislation and differing only in
rhetoric, then you will probably attribute the constant failings of our
leadership to “greed” or “stupidity”. This is simply not the case.

When Obama went back on his election year promises
to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and pull troops out (there are
still thousands of troops and private contractors in Iraq too, for those
that bought the second pullout lie), for instance, or when he decided
to support the Patriot Acts after criticizing them, this was not because
he has a bad memory, or even because he wanted to win your vote. He
made promises and then nixed them because that’s HIS JOB; to perpetuate
the false idea that the Democratic Party is anti-war, and different
from the Republican Party.

When Bush Jr. ran on a platform of limited
government and conservatism, then tripled the size of the Federal
Government, it was not because he is an idiot man-child. It
is because it was his job to pretend as if he cared about traditional
conservative values, while instituting socialist globalist programs
under our noses.

When a hypocrite and a bottom feeder like Donald
Trump, a confessed liberal on taxes, health care, and trade, a man who
stooped to using eminent domain in an effort to steal an elderly woman’s
home so he could pour a limousine parking lot on top of it, is suddenly
presented as the new hope of the Republican Party and limited
government, I think its time to pack up our preconceptions about there
being any such thing as a two party system.

In the end, most political leaders are more like circus clowns, meant to amuse us. They
bumble about the center ring spraying seltzer water at each other and
cracking each other’s skulls with rubber mallets, but who really cares
which clown wins this slapstick contest? They may make us
feel as though we have a choice, and thus a voice, in our government,
but at bottom, it is the ringmaster that decides the course of the show. The clowns are a sidenote. Not
voting for either of them seems to be only the option left, or, voting
with one’s conscience for a candidate that’s not an establishment
favorite (aka Ron Paul).

“War Is Necessary To Perpetuate Freedom…”

War leads to many things, but rarely does it ever lead to people being more readily free. WWI
(a fabricated war) led to the implosion of Germany and the subsequent
rise of National Socialism (a banker fabricated political movement)
which led to WWII, which then destroyed most of Europe making way for
the construction of the EU (a banker fabricated supranational union),
basically a more subversive and insidious form of socialism with even
greater control and unaccountability. Most wars are planned
like cross country vacations; you may deviate here and there, but
eventually you’ll find yourself at the destination mapped out for you
before hand. The vitriol brewing in the Middle East today is no exception.

Wars not only break down and then centralize
sovereign systems, they also rally the masses to support governments
they otherwise might oppose. Wars create fear, not to mention the thrill of tribal victory. Wars collectivize societies, dissuade and shame individualism, and bring everyone under a single banner and a single philosophy. Where
I might be applauded today as a writer for speaking out against the
nonsensical involvement of the U.S. and the EU in an internal civil war
in Libya, I may be attacked tomorrow if a terrorist bombing occurs in
Libya’s name. Where I might point out that only a year ago
and despite his disturbingly violent nature Gaddafi was the globalist
go-to man for the African Union, and supported widely by the UN for
purchasing African Union memberships for poorer nations with Libyan oil
money, others might say that I am undermining U.S. solidarity in the
“war on terror” by being factual. Wars have the ability to turn the common man into a mini-tyrant, not to mention a censor for the establishment.

In the end, if you want to distract the public away
from the horrifying strife of economic collapse or even hyperinflation,
the only conceivable avenue is war. Nearly every
engineered financial disaster in modern history has been followed by an
engineered conflict to muffle the cries for new management. In
America’s case, these wars are always preempted with calls for the
“spread of democracy”, making the target country more than a target, but
a monster (as discussed earlier) and making us the knight in shining
armor off to rescue the poor helpless villagers of the planet. We play out the myth then find that we have again only furthered the aims of globalists, and weakened ourselves in the process.

The Show Must Go On

The world that we experience through what is often termed the “mainstream” is, quite simply, an illusion. The life many live is not real, but an elaborate production. A rented life. A life they do not own.

Is this not the stuff of “conspiracy”...? That is the wrong question. Is this the stuff of fact? THAT is what we should be asking ourselves.

It is time for the American people to stop fooling around with what is “probable”, or “more likely”. Occum’s
Razor (the misinterpreted version of the principle) has never been
applicable in terms of human systems, and especially not those dominated
by a handful of men, as most usually are. The “simplest explanation” for a social situation is rarely the correct one, and is completely up for interpretation. I would replace the word “simplest” with the word “practical”. What
I deem as practical (the influence of elite minorities over the flow of
historical events) may be considered outlandish by others because their
perception is skewed by their lack of knowledge. Perception changes with knowledge. Practical explanation changes with awareness. The underlying truth, after all is said and done, is constant. The truth does not change, we change.

Propagandists have always understood this
condition, and the science of manipulating perception with diversion,
bias, and fear, is ever present today. Whether it’s a faux
attack on an Al-Qaeda compound containing a Bin Laden body we’ll never
see first hand, a sham of an election with marionette candidates, or a
war in Libya that is never officially categorized as a war, you will be
lied to by government, and these lies, whether you accept it or not,
will eventually hurt you, or someone you care about. Recognizing the distraction is the first step in dismantling disinformation. Knowing what we are facing is the key to undoing the damage done.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of
the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element
in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of
society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling
power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our
tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard
of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society
is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner
if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In
almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics
or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are
dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the
mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull
the wires which control the public mind.”

From ‘Propaganda’ by Edward Bernays (named one of Life Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th Century).


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Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:10 | 1233292 JohnnyR2121
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From Interactive Brokers this morning:



Tue May 3 04:38:47 2011 EST


In light of the recent extreme volatility on the silver contracts, the

various exchanges that trade silver derivatives are expected to increase

margin requirements on these contracts. As the increase is anticipated

to be approximately 20%, we will be requiring an additional 25% cushion

of margin on top of the exchange-mandated maintenance margin

requirement. We anticipate this change will become effective as early as

12pm EST on 3 May 11.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:17 | 1233303 cossack55
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Fantastic news. Could only be better to raise margins to 100%.  You want 5000 oz.s AG, cool, fess up $240k or hit the street moron.  No more stupid games. Phys only or die.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:39 | 1233354 Re-Discovery
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Pretty soon, the only way to buy silver futures will be with silver (or gold.) 

Put differently, you aint gettin' any.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:56 | 1233411 Stuck on Zero
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Don't laugh.  When the powers in control wanted to wipe out the Hunt brothers they only permitted sell orders in the silver commodity exchange.  That's the next step here. 

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:25 | 1233789 destraht
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but for every seller there is a buyer right?

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:43 | 1233366 MarketTruth
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Neo: You know the answer to that question.

Merovingian: But do you? You think you do but you do not. You are here because you were sent here, you were told to come here and you obeyed. [Laughs] It is, of course, the way of all things. You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect.

Morpheus: Everything begins with choice.

Merovingian: No. Wrong. Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without.


Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly is systemic - creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.

TV Neos: You can't control me! I'm gonna smash you to bits! I'll fu--in' kill you!

Neo: Choice. The problem is choice.

Architect: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art - flawless, sublime. A triumph equalled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus, I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another - an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother.

Neo: The Oracle.

Architect: Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:52 | 1233396 gordengeko
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Awesome add.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:46 | 1233368 ToTheNthDegree
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Second that.

Margin hikes will only drive the price higher. And as the ability to take on leverage is reduced, people will look to buy more physical. If you are taking on a cash position (or even forced to, if margins go 100% cash), people might as well buy the physical. 

In a way I am happy that the Comex is hiking margins. After all, we are interested in a long-term bull-market in silver, not a short spike that will fizzle. The worst thing that can happen to silver is for it to remain parabolic and then collapse.

Even if the bankers are manipulating the price down, this is good and healthy for the medium and long term development of the silver price.

In any casy, with the whole Bin Laden pony show I will not be forced out of my positions in commodities. A week from now people will regret selling. The big money is getting ready to move in.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:16 | 1233296 cossack55
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Margin increasing Bitchezzzz!!!!!!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:14 | 1233297 Saxxon
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Jeepers, lighten up.  Empires die and rot and flowers grow out of the slag heaps.  Git yourself a medical MJ card and spark up a bowl of kief.  You are living in interesting times.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:23 | 1233319 Oh regional Indian
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Interesting moment there Saxxon. I was moved by the man;s tone and was going to comment as such and then I read your post and had the opposite reaction. Since I don't consider myself too suggestible, I think it is the issue at hand that is polarizing, cognitive dissonance creating.

Of course we all know that what we are watching/being a part of is an inevitable run off the cliff for Lemmingstan, which I consider any country with a CB.

The aware ones can turn around and face the herd and calmly walk back, un-do.
The day of the nation-state may be at hand and that is a good thing, by all accounts.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:40 | 1233358 cossack55
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A very good thing, tho, I am sure it will arrive with a price.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:46 | 1233369 Oh regional Indian
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Indeed Cossack and a heavy one.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:32 | 1233540 tip e. canoe
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"I think it is the issue at hand that is polarizing, cognitive dissonance creating."

methinks this is precisely the point of this entire 3 ring polarize.   so even if best case scenario, you got 50% of the pop not believing the bullshit, how many of them are going to be engaged in doing something about it to counter the other 50% who are backed by the power of the state apparatus and assorted minions?

this is strictly a numbers game at this point.   Truth does not enter the equation, only 'truth', that is which is in the eye of the beholder.   perceptions rule and one must be realistic in accepting that enough perceptions can be manipulated by those who have the 'capital' (that which one can fool another into accepting in turn for continuing their cognitive dissonance) to do so.

so unless one can gather up enough gold & silverbugs to finance a guerilla mass media campaign to inject some Truth into hearts & minds all across the populace, perhaps it might be best to hunker down, stay silently out of harm's way and work on one's composting skills.

for saxxon is right, sometimes flowers even bloom in shards of plastic & a tiny bit of well-decomposed organic matter.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:40 | 1233601 vocational tainee
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I know them thoroughly, and have walked in all their kingdoms.                                                                                       Like God, whose servants they are,they utter their pleasure not by sounds that perish,or by words that go astray,                     but by sings in heaven,by changes on earth, by  pulses in secret rivers ,                                                                                heraldries painted on darkness, and hieroglyphics written on the tablets of the brain.                                                            they wheeled in mases; I spelled the steps.                                                                                                                       They telegraphed from afar;                                                                                                                              I read the signals.They conspired together; and on the mirrors of darkness my eyes traced the plots.                                    Theirs were the symbols; mine are the words.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Th.  de Quincey

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:42 | 1233610 vocational tainee
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sorry, some how me.ssed it up

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:55 | 1233674 tip e. canoe
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actually it's perfect as it's formatted

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 17:06 | 1235759 RockyRacoon
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You inadvertently transformed prose to poetry.

Good job!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:48 | 1233638 CHARLIE.DONT.SERF

It is amazing to me how much cognitive dissonance the story of OBL's death caused in me.  

I did not know why I was so upset until I woke up this morning and realized that the story had torn me away from the root and had me striking at branches.  It is amazing that despite spending years trying to deprogram myself, the image of OBL's death was enough to drag me right back in.  Upon realizing what I had gone through, I came across this article.  It helped tremendously, and yes, the tone is a bit melodramatic, but it serves a purpose as an antidote to the bullshit they're feeding us.  Now I'm hoping that fellow warriors begin to address the fact that the official 9/11 story is a croc of shit to begin with.  That what happened to OBL is of absolutely no consequence.  It is an illusion within an illusion within a nightmare.  

I am truly surprised at the sense of relief I am feeling.  It goes to show how fucked up this propaganda really is.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:17 | 1233759 MilleniumJane
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It is an illusion within an illusion within a nightmare.

+1.  So very true.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:33 | 1233570 NotApplicable
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So, you're recommending more distractions?

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:14 | 1233299 CH1
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Well said, sir! Thank you.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:16 | 1233302 Big Corked Boots
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There are no "morons." Only unconvincing co-conspirators.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:18 | 1233306 cossack55
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They are morons because they fail to see the noose.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:58 | 1233694 MachoMan
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But do they even have to see it?  Are they even incentivized to see it?  If you accept peonage and understand that you will be "taken care of", albeit to the minimum standard possible, then what incentive do you have to implement fruitful change that risks this social underpinning?  The worst part, if somehow the safety net is broken or attempts to be broken, they thrash about and decide to vote themselves another dinner from your pocket.  TPTB merely facilitate this vote and throw in some pork of their own along the way.

They're not morons (morans?), they're just bullies...  eventually, the nerdy kids get sick of not having lunch money.  Unfortunately, fruitful change would require people who do not believe in collectivism and who are generally mindful of their own business to band together...  I see this category of people as likely resourceful enough to simply move rather than duke it out...  leading to further hindrances for fruitful change.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 14:31 | 1235139 buzzard
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"...fruitful change would require people who do not believe in collectivism ..." "to band together..."

I realize what has bothered me when I read these discussions. I generally agree with the premises yet there seems to be a disconnect. And there it is in one sentence. I believe that most of us here have not defined the terms precicely enough to make a practical sense. We hear 'collectivism' and we envision 'communism' (which is, of course, bad) yet we understand that on a basic level we must, as a group,  effect change or it will not happen.


That is why I chafe when I hear the word collectivism used as a perjorative; because it promotes a false image that is not, in my opinion warranted. Thank you, MachoMan for putting it right out there.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:18 | 1233307 PY-129-20
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According to this SPIEGEL article, first reported in the English Times Magazine, Portugal has 382,5 t GOLD - most of it was collected during Salazar's reign - and now people demand that Portugal should first sell it's gold before getting bailed out...,1518,760331,00.html

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:21 | 1233313 rich_wicks
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They should dump the Euro, and move to a gold standard.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:17 | 1233308 Wakanda
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Wonderful, insightful article.

I loved every lurid truth-telling.  Maybe I'm the sick-o.

Thanks Brandon, and thanks Tyler for posting it!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:20 | 1233310 rich_wicks
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Here, let me put this all into perspective with an early comment:

I'd inline it, but I'm not allowed to.

That shows the Federal Tax Revenue as a percentage of the National Debt.  As of 2010, it was 15%.

This means, that if the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 15% that it would consume the entire year's Federal tax revenue.  Every cent of taxes collected by the Federal government would go simply to pay the interest on the debt.

How long do we have?  A year?  2 maybe?  We don't have 10...  Mr. Smith is right.   All this argument about gay marriage, binLaden, the wars, the circuses - it's kind of unimportant when you realize we're just about to go insolvent and we are about to go insolvent because we spent 30 years arguing about flag burning, gays in the military, school prayer, and other trivial nonsense which really doesn't matter compared to the solvency of the nation.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:44 | 1233574 hedgeless_horseman
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Neither sovereign default, nor hyper inflation, will mean the end of the world. 

Propaganda, like death and taxes, isn't going anywhere. 

Prepare accordingly, do good work, and enjoy life.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:19 | 1233314 TaxSlave
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Excellent article.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:23 | 1233317 wisefool
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Joe K (CNBC squawk) had barney frank on just a few minutes ago. He tried to get barney going. barney got pissed. and then said "If cable TV is not the place for serious, non-hysterical discussion then I am dissapointed"


This from Frank, the guy who was head of the banking committe during the build up to the worst financial disaster since the great depression.


Disappointed indeed.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:36 | 1233325 Anonymouse
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Today the Obama administration announced that he has found Amelia Earhart in an undisclosed location which he had noted while flying to Mumbai last November.  The famed aviatrix was positively identified though no wreckage was recovered.  She was promptly cremated, along with all her personal possessions, in accordance with her wishes that were found on a note pinned to her chest.



US President Obama stunned the world today in announcing there are indeed aliens held in Area 51, where they have been detained since crash landing at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.  An unnamed spokesman said that the Raelian ambassador had demanded the return of all the detainees and all spacecraft hardware recovered from the accident, as well as photographic images and any notes of the event, as evidence is considered highly offensive on their planet.  Mr. Obama fully complied with their wishes in hopes of cementing the budding relationship with our extraterrestrial friends.  The Raelians offered their thanks and left Obama the gift of a book promising “To Serve Man”.  In an act reminiscent of Mr. Obama’s return of a bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the UK in 2009, Mr. Obama gave “To Serve Man” back to the Raelian ambassador as a goodwill parting gift.



And in a 4th stunner in less than 36 hours, the State Department announced they had recovered the Ark of the Covenant.  The Ark had been misplaced in a warehouse since World War II.  On noting the similarity to the Stephen Spielberg movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, a State Department spokesman replied “It turns out, President Obama had seen the movie and demanded all warehouses be searched.  It took a month, but oddly enough, there it was in a wooden crate”.  Mr. Obama made arrangements with the US Air Force to return the sacred Ark to Israel, as a surprise gift.  However, while in route an airman discovered a note written on flash paper stuffed into a crack of the crate.  In accordance with the instructions, which were confirmed to have been written by an unnamed but reliable Israeli source, the Ark and the note were promptly dumped into the Pacific in an undisclosed location somewhere along the Marianas Trench.



Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:47 | 1233374 cossack55
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Did you see the article that they found Reagan and J. Kennedy alive and well, living together in a cabin in the Sawtooth Range.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:17 | 1233507 JohnG
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Elvis and D.B. Cooper also found.....

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:48 | 1233385 Holodomor2012
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Good stuff.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:11 | 1234358 Mariposa de Oro
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LMFAO!!  Thanks for the giggle!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:28 | 1233328 antidisestablis...
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Oh brother, we are really on the fringe with this one.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:12 | 1233438 Internet Tough Guy
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ZH does more shark-jumping than Trump at Seaworld. Conspiracy over credibility.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:35 | 1233581 tip e. canoe
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when 'credibility' smells like conspiracy, then 'conspiracy' sounds more credible.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:27 | 1233331 purplefrog
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One of my favorite quotes.  I was blown away when I first read it.

"And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak...Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us."

Martin Luther King

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:42 | 1233609 hedgeless_horseman
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From CS Lewis' Screwtape Proposes A Toast:

Democracy is the word with which you must lead them by the nose. The good work which our philological experts have already done in the corruption of human language makes it unnecessary to warn you that they should never be allowed to give this word a clear and definable meaning. They won’t. It will never occur to them that democracy is properly the name of a political system, even a system of voting, and that this has only the most remote and tenuous connection with what you are trying to sell them. Nor of course must they ever be allowed to raise Aristotle’s question: whether “democratic behaviour” means the behaviour that democracies like or the behaviour that will preserve a democracy. For if they did, it could hardly fail to occur to them that these need not be the same.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:27 | 1233800 Milestones
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Thanks for the excellent post.      Milestones

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 11:15 | 1234012 purplefrog
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You are more than welcome!  It's good to find someone spiritually alive.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:30 | 1233332 Aulieude
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Burial at sea...."apparently to avoid his rising from the grave as the invincible Zombie Bin Laden"

Hopefully they didn't bury him anywhere off the coast of Japan...... Uh oh......

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:16 | 1233492 Bastiat
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bin Zilla !!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:19 | 1233779 MilleniumJane
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Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:58 | 1233690 CHARLIE.DONT.SERF


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:33 | 1233339 gordengeko
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"the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses."

Finally someone who quotes bernays.  Make no mistake about it, these people know the human mind very well and have been studying human behavior for centuries!  We are not even close to being free, the only freedom we can strive for is freeing our mind from the propaganda bullshit and being able to think for ourselves.  Funny how most christians and catholics like to preach Jesus and his life but make NO MENTION of his teachings!  Which he was all about freeing your mind from bondage!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:34 | 1233342 djsmps
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That's the best essay I've read about the situation today.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:28 | 1233559 SoNH80
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Here's the money quote: "It is at the top of the pyramid that we find the bottom of the barrel in terms of humanity."  Worth remembering.  Easy to knock the "sheeple" trying to scramble to keep the wheels on in their daily lives, with generally limited financial/social/intellectual, etc. resources, but you've got to keep your eye on the ball.  BTW Bin Laden is dead, good riddance to that piece of excrement.  Flushed into the Indian Ocean like last week's tandoori chicken, some small measure of symbolic justice.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:35 | 1233344 Alcoholic Nativ...
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""Since the 11th, many of America's policies have come under the influence of the Mujahideen, and that is by the grace of Allah, the Most High. And as a result, the people discovered the truth about it, its reputation worsened, its prestige was broken globally and it was bled dry economically, even if our interests overlap with the interests of the major corporations and also with those of the neoconservatives, despite the differing intentions."

"And for your information media, during the first years of the war, lost its credibility and manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires, and its condition has often been worse than the condition of the media of the dictatorial regimes which march in the caravan of the single leader."

......Adam the American posing as Osama Bin laden in a 2007 Al-Qaeda release

lol Osama was dead even back then.......

I see the media is still going along with the big lie theory.





Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:41 | 1233353 writingsonthewall
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So Tyler.....have you worked out what the 'bad news they wanted to bury yesterday' was yet?


I can't find it yet - but I am certain there is something - the dollar collapse is not enough on it's own - there must be bad news which would have brought the end game to a head.

I mean the gold flash crash was odd on it's own - but PM manipulation has been going on for weeks, maybe someone just made it a little too obvious. I cannot live with the 'coincidence' that Osama was killed on a day when most of the world's markets were closed and the US was trading solo. It's like the EU announcing the Greek bailout during Easter too - it's no coincidence, they choose these times.

...they have bought themselves some time.....but not long....someone will find out what the news was they wanted to hide...

I want Tyler Durden to be that man...

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 18:01 | 1235944 Weaseldog
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Emmanuel Goldstein is about to engage in a false flag attack as retaliation for OBL's death. We're being prepared.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:48 | 1233387 baconator3000
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boogerbutt booger butt...oh booger..booger..butt. boogerbutt

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:54 | 1233395 ReeferMac
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Excellent writing Sir, thanks for sharing.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:55 | 1233403 ReallySparky
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Excellent essay.  I will forward this link to several people on my e-mail list who constantly give me the "look", when I talk about what is occuring in our country. 

Bravo, excellent essay.  Thank you.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 08:57 | 1233417 fledermaus
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1st post ever! (Sound of cherry popping) Thank you Mr. Durden.  Very nicely written and 'spot on' to my mental confusion with the utter futility & disconnect as society goes off the cliff, fumbling with the radio knob.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:01 | 1233426 Basia
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This essay corroborates Lindsey Williams" experience with the elite in the oil fields of Alaska.

Google and YouTube Lindsey Williams. It takes patience to listen to him but his information will blow your


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:01 | 1233428 Internet Tough Guy
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If OBL wasn't dead he would be photographed holding a copy of the Times with his obituary on it. He's dead, Jim.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:38 | 1233593 SoNH80
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9/11 conspiracy theories = the Twinkies of politics, sweet, satisfying, but with no value whatsoever, a cul-de-sac that confuses, confounds, and diverts. Sort of like "dialectical materialism" or UFO-ology.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:02 | 1233433 glassline
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Oh wow dude, you're so right. I was starting to think that life was worth living again but I see now that we have truly gone to hell in a handbasket. The sky has fallen and life is just a vail if tears. The capitalists, socialists, and freeloading welfare queens have taken over. If only the righteous such as yourself and a few others could run things we could return to good olden days of before that whole Christ crucifixion/fall of the roman empire/founding of the federal reserve/election of a black foreigner to POTUS thing. 150bc, the last truly good year. Anyhow, please don't go Galt on us, we need your benevolent selfishness to guide us back from the brink.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:03 | 1233444 Internet Tough Guy
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Don't tell the author that royal weddings have been going on for centuries.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:17 | 1233769 writingsonthewall
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Not in France they haven't.

Not such a tough guy after all are we troll boy.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:02 | 1233441 john39
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The awakening is under way. It started quietly, but will increase until critical mass is reached, and enough become aware if how badly this reality has been manipulated.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 13:48 | 1234907 kujo
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Nah, they just wave the flag and everbody falls in line.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:09 | 1233462 anan7
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I simply don't believe the government is competent enough to pull off a charade such as the Bin Laden capture.  Did they have the foresight to fake an IT guy's tweets in Abbottabad for months leading up to the operation?  Hell no.  That guy is the proof I need that this actually went down.  

It's ironic how the same people who call the gvt a bunch of buffoons will eat up complex conspiracy theories like this with a spoon.  I maintain the gvt really IS a bunch of buffoons and thus could not pull off such a coverup even if they tried.  All they are good for is fudging weekly economic figures, maybe.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:16 | 1233763 tip e. canoe
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"That guy is the proof I need that this actually went down."

that guy is proof that 'something' went down.   if that's all you need to prove that 'this' went down exactly as they say it went down, then i got a nice sturdy bridge to sell ya.   you can even install a toll station on it and make mad money yo!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:19 | 1233777 fiftybagger
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Useful idiot you are

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 17:55 | 1235922 Weaseldog
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It seems they've been following this guy since 2003. So they've known all along where OBL is. Assuming OBL didn't die in 2001.


But he has been more valuable alive than dead. His name grants a president fantastic powers.


The question then is, why did Obama choose to retire his magic rabbit's foot at this time?

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:12 | 1233485 the not so migh...
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good artcle

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:15 | 1233489 Caviar Emptor
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There are many forces pushing Americans into denial. Some of it has been ingrained for a very long time through the political system. Some of it is situational. Bottom line, it's easier to wake up from denial when the attack comes from outside. It's a lot harder when the enemy is ourselves. 

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:55 | 1233677 CreditcalMass
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One of the best articles posted on ZH in a long, long time, kudos Tyler.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:58 | 1233691 sasebo
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The US's problem? Too many stupid assholes.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:00 | 1233696 Chuck Walla
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A study of Bernays is a study of the history of the last 100 years. The man was an evil genius.  Any attempt to understand modern America requires at least a passing review of his legacy.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:12 | 1233737 gordengeko
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On a par with Bernays as the most sought-after public relations counsel of the decade was Ivy Ledbetter Lee, among whose chief clients were John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Bethlehem Steel, Armour & Company, and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Lee is represented in the Coolidge-Consumerism collection by "Publicity: Some of the Things It Is and Is Not" (1925).


From then on he faithfully served the Rockefellers and their corporate interests, including a strong involvement in Rockefeller Center — he was in fact the first to suggest to Junior (against his reservations) that he give to the complex his family name — even after he moved on to set up his own consulting firm.

He became an inaugural member of the Council on Foreign Relations in the U.S. when it was established in New York City in 1921


Rockerfeller Foundation - Financially supported education in the United States


Just incase some people needed some help with starting their own research.


Tue, 05/03/2011 - 13:17 | 1234756 AlaricBalth
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Bernays believed that instead of reducing fear within the masses, the government should actually encourage and manipulate their fears. This would then allow the people to be made more malleable.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:05 | 1233716 CHARLIE.DONT.SERF

Loved this quote:  "Ultimately, there is nothing worse to me than a public majority that takes everything they hear from the mouths of political warlocks at face value. Even the fear of death is truly a pittance compared to the threat of being enveloped by a stampeding herd of frightened, stupid, human cattle."

It is so extreme that it made me feel better about the frustration I feel.  

We're surrounded by idiots.  I have come closer to coming to terms with that.  Life goes on.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 18:20 | 1236028 RockyRacoon
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I was rather fond of this quote from the article:

Perception changes with knowledge. Practical explanation changes with awareness. The underlying truth, after all is said and done, is constant. The truth does not change, we change.

It is my view that resistance to inevitable change causes many of the problems that modern "civilization" faces -- at any time in history.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:11 | 1233740 velobabe
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spot on........>.............

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:40 | 1233843 tawdzilla
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The navy seals were just waiting in the wings waiting to be called upon to run interference on Obamas doctored birth certificate, which was also running intereference on the Feds press conference, which was running interference on the S&P downgrade of US debt, which was running interference on...   

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 11:25 | 1234050 windcatcher
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Bernays mentions “Democracy”.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Americans just do not understand that their Democracy has been overthrown and that we live in a Fascist state. It will take at least 100 years of struggle and millions of American lives to regain our Democracy. Your future is one of survival and struggle.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 11:49 | 1234187 Fernley Girl
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First time I ever saved an op ed to my HD.  Very well done, Mr.Smith.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 13:18 | 1234307 michigan independant
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Public service anouncements back then was crucify the issue and it was left on a tree to rot as a reminder as the stench entered your nostrils. This was your friend, neighbor, or you for stepping up to the plate. Business is fear and praise at the moment is you missed that. Economic exile is no different. If there was five good emperors then I am hard pressed to develope five good presidents. This comment is directed to those presidents who defended sound money.

to pretend as if he cared - summarily correct

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:14 | 1234364 Bartanist
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Best written article I have seen in a loooooong time.

The question is: what if anything to do about it? To justify taking action, other than to simply accommodate the truth, there must be a some better and more worthwhile goal to aim towards. Should we aim to isolate ourselves? Participate willingly and simply desire to ascend as high into the hypocrisy as possible or does fighting it yield something better?

We all make our own choice... and maybe that is the entire point after all.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:32 | 1234535 Shitters_Full
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Now that OBL is "accounted for": one guess where all of the troops in Afghanistan will soon be redeployed to.  How does the song go?


"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli"

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:42 | 1234582 knowless
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i love bernays, the man who propagandised the word propaganda, public relations it is!

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 14:05 | 1235013 Fiat Money
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sorry, you missed the most important factor:  cultural issues (one's cultural or identity affiliation)  TRUMP financial issues, and  it is the Neo-Con HIJACKING of both the Repub and "Democratic" Party  that brings us to the recitation of "left-right" hypocrisies you mention.    This is a modern repeat of the Venetian trading empire ruthlessly extorting Greek colonies (and playing against all rival empires, eg trading with the Hapsbourgs, Bourbons, AND Turks)... or the Anglo empire using Scots cleansed from Scotland as hired mercenaries to cleanse the Irish from Ireland (see "Ulster Plantation") -   it is NOT  equal opportunity greed and graft,  ONE PARTY PREDOMINATES,  in this case, the aipac Neo-Cons  who OWN both major US political parties, and  the entire US war lobby/industry, and the GS, JPM, Fed Wall St. financial swindlers & predatory loan sharks,  who are quite practiced in economic sabotage & extortion.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 15:18 | 1235377 malek
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Excellent article!

I only don't like the repudiation of Occum’s Razor. It's still the most helpful consideration, one must just keep in mind that purposeful deception is very common in human systems.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 17:47 | 1235901 Weaseldog
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Tyler isn't nearly so melodramatic as the story of how an unarmed OBL was assasinated.

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 18:36 | 1236089 XitSam
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How was World War I a "fabricated war"?

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