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Submitted by Giordano Bruno of Neithercorp Press

How To Fake An Economic Recovery

This may be a highly distasteful proposition, but just for a moment, I
want you to sit back, and imagine that you are a member of the
corporate banking elite. You are a walking talking disease ridden power
mad pustule who naively believes himself intellectually superior to the
vast majority of humanity and above the inherent laws of conscience,
honor, and general good taste. You are a villain in the purest sense,
in that you not only do great harm to the world, you actually SEEK to do
great harm to the world, if only to benefit yourself and your exclusive
circle of “friends”; a clan of degenerate blood thirsty sociopaths with
delusions of omnipotence that stalk the night like Armani wearing
Chupacabra exsanguinating the joy from poor unsuspecting cultures. You
are capable of anything, and sadly, you take “pride” in this fact…

You aren’t “rich” in the traditional sense. You aren’t a “Bill
Gates” or a “Donald Trump” (I’m beginning to wonder if Donald Trump is
even solvent, or if his entire fortune is a special-effect courtesy of
NBC). No, you don’t “make” money, you MAKE the money. You are a global
financier. You are a central banker. You create the fiat that the rest
of the country uses to sustain its fantasy economy. You dominate trade
through monopoly and corporate fraud. You control the flow of currency
through an economic system using fractional reserve banking,
artificially pegged interest rates, and your ever trusty printing press.
You put your substantial monetary clout behind BOTH major political
parties, and groom presidential candidates to your globalist standards.
Any politician who desires to climb the ladder of power turns to you
for assistance, not the voting public. You have a tremendous financial
stake in every corporate news provider in the country, if not own them
outright. You invite their top reporters to posh banquets, give them
unlimited access to prominent social figures and high rollers, and fly
them to private alcohol addled orgies in the middle of the California
Redwoods (I wish this was all made up). Forget responsible journalism,
they love hanging out with you, and would probably write whatever you
tell them to.

Now that you have placed yourself in the tight fitting shoes of the
“enlightened few”, I want you to imagine that you have engineered an
implosion in national credit sectors using ultra-low interest rates to
fuel mortgage and derivatives bubbles that would contract at an
unprecedented pace once it is revealed to the wider investment world
that those equities which they prized only days before are now “toxic”,
essentially worthless, due to mass debt defaults on loans which never
should have been made in the first place. Yeah, you’re a real dirtbag.

Of course, you aren’t finished yet! Your ultimate goal is
centralization, and the key to centralization is to remove all options
available to the masses but one; the option which garners you the
greatest amount of dominance. A global economic system based on a
single world currency and a single unaccountable governing body would be
ideal. What would you call this world currency? I don’t know, how
about something innocuous sounding like….Special Drawing Rights (SDR’s),
which you can then label as a mere “basket of currencies” when it is
really a parasitic financial instrument meant to absorb currencies until
it replaces them completely:

In order to begin instituting this world currency, you would first
need to remove the standing world reserve currency from its exalted
position, that currency being the U.S. dollar. This seems rather
impossible to many mainstream analysts who cannot fathom the possibility
of a breakdown in the mighty Greenback, but you have already set the
stage. You have created a progressive debt singularity so immense that
no amount of fiat, no amount of taxation, no amount of austerity could
ever satiate its hunger. You now have the perfect excuse to print the
dollar with wild abandon until its withered, corpsified remains are six
feet underground, leaving the door wide open for the tap dancing
fast-talking SDR to take its place.

The issue is, how do you convince the general public that all is well
until you are ready to unleash hyperinflation and fiscal Armageddon?
How do you make them believe with all their hearts that they are not in
the midst of a debt meltdown and the end of their financial sovereignty,
but basking in a full-on economic recovery?!

You can’t stop wealth destruction now that the avalanche has been set
in motion. You can’t stop inflation and dollar devaluation (nor would
you want to. Hey, you’re evil incarnate, remember?). The effects on
mainstreet are beyond your ability to hide, but, what you CAN
manipulate, are the statistics and indices that Americans rely on for
psychological comfort. You give everyone a blindfold and a cigarette
and you do what you do best; lie!

Here is a step by step guide to fabricating an economic recovery out of thin air….

Don’t Count The Unemployed, Discount Them: Jobless
people are a real downer and a pesky nuisance because they represent
living breathing proof that a recovery is not taking place. By most
standards, a recovery in jobs markets can be claimed if meaningful
evidence shows a return to unemployment standards (normal unemployment)
set before the recession / depression was triggered. If you are a
global banker today, however, this will not due. Instead, you simply
change the definition of “normal unemployment”. Thus, the debilitating
jobless rate which was originally thought of as “bad”, is now thought of
as “natural”. You must then publish long-winded white papers using
more subjective statistics devoid of common sense while feigning a
logical pretense:

This only satisfies a small portion of the populace, though. Next,
you must rig the manner in which unemployment is calculated to always
overlook certain subsections of jobless. Never count those people who
have been unemployed so long that they no longer receive benefits.
Always count people who are underemployed as fully employed, even if
they are only able to scrape together ten hours a week through part time
McSlavery. After this, change the manner in which raw data on
unemployment is actually collected.

First, the Labor Department derives most of its raw data on
unemployment not through any traditional mathematical means, but through
two separate surveys which are open to wide interpretation; an
establishment survey, and a household survey. The establishment survey
is what we hear about at the beginning of every month, while the
household survey tends to float under the mainstream radar. In 2009 and
2010, the Labor Department deemed the household survey data (a phone
driven survey of 60,000 households) “more reliable” for indicating job
growth, because it was accurate in counting small business hiring and
self-employment. So, you have two separate surveys (unscientific
indicators of employment) combined together to produce a job growth rate
number, and an unemployment percentage, both of which represent, at the
most, a GUESS on the current state of jobs in this country.

While the establishment survey showed only 36,000 jobs created, the
household survey somehow showed around 600,000 new jobs created!?:

Basically, the BLS is asking you to believe that over 600,000 people
either started their own businesses, or were hired by home based
businesses in the month of January alone. I’m curious as to where all
the capital inflows are coming from to launch such a revolution in home
entrepreneurship in the middle of the greatest credit crisis in history.
Oh well, if the Labor Department says it’s true, it must be…

The juxtaposition of odd data collection methods is the reason why
the government was able to claim a drop from 9.4% to 9% in the jobless
rate while announcing only 36,000 jobs created! The household survey
has become an incredibly useful tool for generating arbitrary employment
data which can be molded to say whatever government officials and
central bankers want it to say. Anyone who controls the source data for
a calculation controls the outcome of that calculation. It’s that

What I wouldn’t want, if I was the Labor Department, is for some
outside independent citizens group to monitor my survey methods while in
progress. That would make life for a statistical huckster very
difficult indeed.

As Long As Stocks Are Green, The World Is Golden:
Near zero interest rates can be very useful if a central bank wishes to
throw a tidal wave of fiat into a particular index in order to make it
appear healthy. Certainly, the Fed has avoided admitting to any
manipulation of the stock market. QE measures are all “above the
board”, and all is well in Bernanke’s Mayberry. A question arises here
though that desperately begs to be answered; if the stock market’s
meteoric rise from near destruction to the 12,000 point mark is “real”,
and completely in tune with a legitimate recovery, then why is the Fed
still keeping interest rates at near zero after almost three years, and
why are they continuing quantitative easing measures? Could it be that
without constant liquidity injections from the Fed, the stock market
would once again collapse like a wet paper sack? We know that in 2009,
it was revealed that bailout funds which were supposed to go towards
muting the effects of toxic bank assets were actually being pumped into
the equities of healthy banks instead, meaning,the money has not been
allocated to the areas promised:

We also know that top hedge fund managers have openly stated that
stocks will remain bullish because QE funds are propping up the market:

And, frankly, if you are a global banking cartel intent on keeping
the American people in the dark, it makes perfect sense to prop up
stocks. A Dow in the green is like a mass dose of fiscal lithium; it
calms investors into a stupor. Even people who are otherwise
unconcerned about economics will keep track of the Dow as if it is a
solid indicator of their personal financial safety. A great test would
be to observe market reactions to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike
and a freezing of QE in order to counter inflation. Will the Dow stand
on its own two feet then? I seriously doubt it, but then again, I don’t
know that the Fed will ever raise interest rates again…

Inflation? What Inflation?: Unmitigated inflation
spells doom for any society. It’s like some monetary based animal
instinct deep down in our collective unconscious. The moment we hear
the word “inflation” or see prices rise dramatically, we revert to
survival mode and begin honing our mammoth bone battle mallets.
Governments and central banks throughout history have made it their top
priority to hide the effects of inflation from the citizenry at all

To mask inflation is nearly impossible, especially where commodities
and base goods are concerned. That’s why our government and private
central bank calculate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) without counting
food or energy. Most grains and crude oil have doubled in price over
the past year alone, and this does not reflect well on the safety of the
dollar, or the effectiveness of liquidity measures by the Fed. China,
whose inflation is but a prequel to our own, is also distancing food and
energy price surges from its CPI numbers, giving the false impression
of leveling markets:

Corporate retail chains have a tendency to absorb rising prices of
base goods to avoid alienating their customer foundation, hoping that
the increases are temporary. When retailers realize that prices are not
going to drop back down, they eventually relent, and shelf costs
skyrocket. The bottom line is clear; overall worldwide food averages
were up over 28% in 2010:

Crude oil prices continue to hover near the $90 mark even though inventories are at a 20 year high:

The World Bank is now warning of possible disasters (which they helped create) in the wake of “dangerous price levels”:

Our government’s response? Complete denial that there is any
significant threat of inflation. Denial that overprinting of the dollar
and its subsequent devaluation has anything to do with rising prices.
Scapegoating everything from weather, to speculators, to the fake
“recovery” itself for price spikes. The longer they keep the
terminology of inflation out of the mainstream, the less Americans are
likely to prepare for an onslaught of the dollar.

Create Debt To Pay Off Debt: This is pretty self
explanatory. If foreign investors want nothing to do with you, your
explosive national debt, or your depreciating currency, where is your
government going to get the money to continue spending like a drunken
trophy wife at Macy’s? If you default, the jig is up, and no one will
buy your recovery yarns. Instead, print even more fiat and use it to
purchase your own Treasury bonds! This serves two purposes; first, it
props up the federal bureaucracy which gives the impression of stability
(at least for a time), and, it furthers your goal of squeezing the
dollar like a grape.

Remove All Checks And Balances: If you plan on
decimating an economy, you can’t very well have people pointing fingers
at you while you do it. That would be inconvenient. It’s funny, but
for years, ratings agencies like Moodys helped global banks facilitate
the mortgage and derivatives crisis by categorizing worthless assets as
AAA securities. Without them, no one would have invested in such
garbage in the first place, and the banking fraud would have been
immediately exposed. Now that ratings agencies are finally doing their
job and downgrading the creditworthiness of banks and countries that
possess extreme liabilities, the SEC is moving to marginalize them:

Interesting that as the U.S. nears a possible credit downgrade, we suddenly no longer care what ratings agencies have to say.

The SEC in itself is one enormous joke, and in no way a practical
overseer of banking activity. The organization has shown itself to be
either fantastically incompetent, or deliberately indifferent to ongoing
financial fraud. I never thought I would find myself agreeing with a
cretin like Bernie Madoff, but according to the middle-weight Ponzi
artist, global banks he dealt with, like JP Morgan and HSBC, had to be
perfectly aware of the scam he was undertaking, otherwise, it could not
have been possible:

Likewise, the SEC’s complete lack of proper investigation into such
activities turned Wall Street into a globalist playground where much
bigger conmen than Madoff have nested and bred like fleas. It’s not
that the system needs more regulation, or more legal wrangling; this
would accomplish nothing, because the system is regulated by the
criminals! Therefore, new laws can be enacted in concert, and the
government can deem the system reformed and recovered, all while the
underlying corruption remains untouched. If the poison that instigated
the fall of the markets is not uprooted, treachery will continue to
reign supreme, and healthy markets a childish illusion.

The Creeping Terror

Two years ago I was in my local Borders bookstore and noticed that
they had downsized their stock selection by what looked to be nearly a
third. I made a point to ask if this was a chain wide phenomenon. Most
employees I talked with said yes. I then asked if they had begun
cutting employee hours by significant margins and specifically laying
off longtime workers that had built up substantial pay increases.
Again, the consensus was yes. Finally, and most importantly, did
Borders discuss these changes with their staff in a manner that was
informative and open, or, was there a lot of confusion amongst employees
as to what exactly was going on? The response was that they were
overwhelmingly bewildered by Borders’ lack of clear communication as to
the direction of the corporation.

My suggestion to them was to start looking for another job, because
their company was about to declare bankruptcy. They, of course, denied
this was remotely likely:

It may sound like a stretch, but the reason I bring up Borders’
impending chapter 11 is because, to me, it represents a microcosm of the
creeping nature of economic collapse, especially when that collapse is
being wielded and delegated. [TD: Borders filed for Chapter 11 this morning]

Borders has been on the verge of default for quite a while. Did they
refuse to relay this information openly to their employees because they
selfishly wanted to maintain profit margins just a little longer until
they were ready to pull the plug? Of course! Do global bankers with
aspirations of a centralized currency keep the true destabilization of
the market spectrum and the coming international dollar dump to
themselves because in the end they will benefit from our shock and awe?
Of course!

Whether a person loses everything all at once, or a piece at a time,
the end result is the same, however, there is something especially cruel
in the idea of fiscal theater; the act of inspiring false hope that a
financial environment is sound when it has, in truth, already
suffocated. Why would our modern day robber barons put so much energy
into constructing a fake recovery? There are many reasons, but first
and foremost, to create apathy. To lure us towards inaction. To
swindle us into assuming the storm will blow over, and all will return
as it was. Unfortunately, recovery without intense restructuring of our
economic system is impossible. The fundamentals do not support the
suggestion in the slightest. The question is, who will be at the helm
when the dust settles and this restructuring does eventually occur?
Will the American people take the lead, as they should, and commit to a
concrete free market rejuvenation of our financial environment? Or,
will we sit back yet again, and let the banksters set us up for the next
grand disaster?


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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 08:47 | 966228 Turd Ferguson
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"I want you to sit back, and imagine that you are a member of the corporate banking elite. You are a walking talking disease ridden power mad pustule who naively believes himself intellectually superior to the vast majority of humanity and above the inherent laws of conscience, honor, and general good taste. You are a villain in the purest sense, in that you not only do great harm to the world, you actually SEEK to do great harm to the world, if only to benefit yourself and your exclusive circle of “friends”; a clan of degenerate blood thirsty sociopaths with delusions of omnipotence that stalk the night like Armani wearing Chupacabra exsanguinating the joy from poor unsuspecting cultures. You are capable of anything, and sadly, you take “pride” in this fact…"

This is all I've read so far and I love it so much I had to stop to C&P and highlight.

Great stuff. I'm going to read the rest.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:10 | 966279 HUGE_Gamma
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you just wanted to have the first reply on the page

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:26 | 966316 Turd Ferguson
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Why? Is there some kind of prize involved?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:52 | 966379 tmosley
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That was it.

Sorry, there's a recession on, you know.  Next month, the prize will surely be a trip for four to Aruba, if President Obama's predictions about the recovery over the next two years prove true.  Surely they will, as he and his economic team have never been wrong before!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:36 | 966673 I Am The Unknow...
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tmosley dude you are so under-rated on this site IMHO.  You make me laugh so freaking hard sometimes.  I don't know what it is about your smartass humor but I find it hilarious.  Thanks and keep it up!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:46 | 967507 Cleve Meater
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A date with Blythe at a seedy hotel across the river in Newark... Bring the heavy-duty condoms, or better yet, a bicycle inner-tube.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:40 | 966350 Wynn
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OT - Matt Taibbi is on Imus right now. good stuff

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:05 | 966553 Pegasus Muse
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This article by Harry Martin complements Bruno's article nicely:  

The Federal Reserve Bunk 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:25 | 966317 Twindrives
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Turd, I'd swear you were talking about that POS Barack Obama.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:54 | 966380 hambone
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Speaking of Big O -

Banking on growth, not cuts
In his new budget plan, President Obama is hoping that a strong economy will erase much of the deficit, but some experts say he's being too optimistic.

good stuff - MW is full of great hard hitting "journalism"

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:24 | 966466 william the bastard
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The President should be leading now. He should be deeply involved in the spending-reform efforts the way governors are in New York, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Indiana and elsewhere. Instead his adminstration's budget is filled with dodges, scoring gimmicks and unrealistic assumptions. With economic future at risk, that's an outrage.

-David Malpass (WSJ Opinion page 2/16/2011)

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:31 | 966330 bonddude
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one way to fake a recovery is to have the FDIC

sweep shit under the rug especially these damn

IndyMac facts that won't die and the total 

systemic effect of rampant bank fraud.Bernie is correct insofar as there was lax, rubber stamp FDIC audits. IndyMac is a prime case and the FDIC prefer that story go away. IndyMac's failure revealed and started a domino effect in California that saw many banks fail. One fraudulent developer, Bijan Madjlessi, who was written about in a Santa Rosa Press Democrat expose' is reported to be directly responsible for the failure of several California banks in an amount estimated so far at $400 Million. He has failed developments in Cal and Nevada and many lawsuits in Sonoma County including a class action suit against him. The FDIC audits missed all of the STRAW borrowing and buying this man orchestrated. Not only that he screwed over his contractors with the help of dirty bankers thusly. Watch the whole fun series.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:36 | 966345 bonddude
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There are local bankers who knew poor

sub-contractors credit lines were 1.Set up based

on coersion for amounts in excess of their

knowledge and then emptied by this crook

and his "Bank". Jail is TOO GOOD !

Hello? FDIC???????

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:04 | 966556 goldfish1
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Typical gubmint non-accountablility

and outright dereliction of duty. Yet

the paychecks, benefits and pensions

keep coming.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:05 | 966784 MachoMan
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Not sure if you've been associated with an FDIC audit, but the primary feet on the ground are likely kids fresh out of undergrad with an accounting degree.  If you think they are going to find anything buried halfway to China by using a garden spade, you're sorely mistaken.  However, given the mandate to find something wrong, they will undoubtedly harp on something completely immaterial...  which may or may not be enough to destroy the bank given the lack of judicial oversight/appealability of administrative issues...

It may be perfectly fair to allege rubber stamping of audits, I have no idea...  but, generally speaking, incompetence can also account for much of the issue.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:15 | 966425 orangedrinkandchips
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yes, it is just like a bit, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the rest of it.

I wish he were making it up. I wish he were the only one thinking this....

however, with the advent of the net and better communications, rapid-fire communications, we are all sitting back and singing..."ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER..." shit we learned in Sesame Street

The markets too, the indexes especially, show so much desperation to keep them up. So much so that they are worried about 1 down day.

2 points he made that are inexplicable.

1.) why are they still ZIRP and QE2 when "all is good"??? (shake your head and say yes!!!!)
2.) Donald Trump is broke. The author is just NOW beginning to think he is all smoke and mirrors? Living off of loans?
he is all smoke and mirrors...

great article...sad but so true.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:04 | 967027 jus_lite_reading
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Amazingly, most of these comments carry more validity than those fat pundits on CNBS talking up the economy.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:33 | 967191 GreenSideUp
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I love ZH for the comments, even with the "noise", there's a wealth of info, insight and intelligence, and best of all, the humor (!!!) from so many of the commenters here.  I've learned and laughed a LOT.  

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:26 | 967156 Oracle of Kypseli
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I enjoyed the creativity of ".....Chupacabra exsanguinating....." just as good as an earlier post using "Chingada Madre"

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:33 | 966489 hambone
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Fake an economic recovery???  We're faking we have an economy...period.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:34 | 966660 A Nanny Moose
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:41 | 966898 rosiescenario
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A+....and a fake and for the people (those residing in NYC engaged in finance).

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:51 | 966959 velobabe
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like woman faking an orgasm. i have. plenty of times. but i didn't believe i was fraud, just making the man feel good about the deed†

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:56 | 967305 SteveNYC
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F*ckin hilarious! Your heart of compassion is something to behold!



Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:25 | 968334 StychoKiller
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Your concern is appreciated, but next time, jump on top of that worm and push it all the way down to the other side of the mattress!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:05 | 967034 jus_lite_reading
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+$14 TRILLION and a side of M.A.D.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 20:38 | 968570 The Real Fake E...
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as my name would suggest, yes I do agree

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:00 | 966764 cougar_w
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I got this far:

"I want you to sit back, and imagine that you are a member of the corporate banking elite...

... and went "Do I have to?"

I did finished the article though.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:12 | 966802 GoinFawr
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It's an exercise in 'know your enemy' Coug. Sometimes you just have to hold your nose and wade in...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:31 | 966860 tictawk
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I got lost in this article.  Does not make sense, why?  DEBT is borrowing from the future.  It is wealth we DO NOT HAVE.   "wealth destruction"  happens with a DROP IN NOMINAL VALUES of an asset and "HYPERINFLATION" is a RISE in nominal values of assets because the value of the medium of exchange is destroyed.  We have hundreds of trillions in debt (money we don't have) and the Fed has printed two trillion in the last two years.  Does this result in hyperinflation?  NOT!!!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:30 | 967176 c-rev with a twist
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Valid points.  But what do every single deflation in history have to do with hyperinflations?  One always preceeds the other. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 08:51 | 966240 Sathington Willougby
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¡Tenga cuidado con Chupacabra!




Wed, 02/16/2011 - 08:51 | 966243 cossack55
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Great post.  I feel a little unsavory right now, need to go shower.  I'm pretty convinced that most amerikans will sit back and get ready to beg on their knees.  We have already fallen, the corpse just has not hit the floor yet.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:01 | 966268 Michael
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The filthy animals at FOX News are on notice. Their coverage of the CPAC Winner, Dr Ron Paul is documented character assassination.
This dirty trick is a new low for FOX News. This blatant attempt to smear Dr. Paul was deliberate.

1. Law .
a. defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.
b. the act or crime of publishing it.
2. anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.

1. defamation; calumny: rumors full of slander.
2. a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.
3. Law . defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
–verb (used with object)
4. to utter slander against; defame.
–verb (used without object)
5. to utter or circulate slander

FAUX should lose their broadcast license as this is a clear violation! Ron Paul is lawyering up on this one. At the very least FAUX should be forced to make a public apology to Dr. Paul, his supporters and CPAC. The individual(s) who actually pulled the trick should be exposed and fired! and then criminally charged! Bastards!

Fox News Ron Paul CPAC Lies Exposed

From the original FOX announcement of CPAC Winner, notice the same announcer from 2010 is not wearing a lanyard around his neck in the 2011 announcement.

Busted:Fox News CPAC Ron Paul Video Deception

I am not going to let those filthy animals at FOX News get away with this blatant character assignation of the good Doctor. They will pay for their libel and slander. People over there will be fired and the fines will be huge. Dr Paul may even wind up owning that network.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:14 | 966285 razorthin
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Saw Charles Krauthammer on O'Reilly last night.  I want to kick the snot out of him too.  I like Bill, but shame on him for agreeing that Dr. Paul cannot win. "Fair and Balanced", my ass; "The Spin Stops Here", my ass's ass.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:42 | 966306 Michael
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I didn't see any report on any other channel about this issue this morning. I believe they are all in it together to marginalize Ron Paul.

Rasmussen Poll was out and the cretins on FOX dismissed it as not being relevant.

SHOCK POLL: 2012 Presidential Election Match-Up

Barack Obama 42%
Ron Paul 41%

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:26 | 966469 william the bastard
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Is HuffPo down?


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:06 | 966561 goldfish1
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In case you missed it, Huffpo now owned by AOL.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:44 | 966920 rosiescenario
rosiescenario's picture the right question would be "Is it up?"

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:28 | 966320 blindfaith
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to all the above comments, I offer one simple answer...Rube rt Murcock-of.  Do you still think the WSJ is as good as it was a short few years ago?  I don't.

Propaganda and idea/truth manipulation are hall marks of a narcissus.

Put your money where you mouth is...stop watching them.  Better still stop buying the products that sponsor the spewthey broadcast ( I haven't watched cnbc for 10 years, and if GE made postage stamps I'd be walking letters to the addressee).


Egypt, about the only country with guts and discipline.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:28 | 966326 cossack55
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You forgot Iceland.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:31 | 966483 snowball777
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Guts? Maybe. Discipline? Not so much.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:28 | 966323 razorthin
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Take it easy!  I said I like Bill.  I do like Fox generally; and I do like Beck, since he has at least a shread of libertarian sense.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:15 | 966588 yabyum
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Beck needs his meds adjusted.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:44 | 966702 goldfish1
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I said I like Bill. I do like Fox generally; and I do like Beck

Like these slimeball globalist apologists who are complicit in the stealing of our country? Fukk you.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:43 | 966358 bonddude
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He got his talking point from TRUMP! hahaha

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:32 | 966485 Hubbs
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Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention Trump in my tirade above. He is the cossumate bullshitter! The "Art of the Deal"? my ass! The art of the hype is more like it. Manyof those who have swallowed his bullshit have lost a few bucks over the years.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:00 | 966394 HellFish
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Sorry but Paul can't win.  His ideas on defense are too far from the mainstream. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:23 | 966456 Michael
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Personally I would prefer a complete and total economic collapse too.

If it wasn't for Dr. Paul, the morons in this country wouldn't have any idea where to begin to understand what is wrong with the national debt and monetary system.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:42 | 967250 A Texan
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"you're all familiar with the broken clock that is right twice a day. ron paul is like a strange broken clock that is right 23 hours a day. then you get to some foreign policy midnight, and in stead of chiming, it barks and smears itself with poo." 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:26 | 966470 Hubbs
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I have never watched a complete show on the FOX Fucks:

O'Reilly just thinks he is such hot shit and so self important. How does anyone tolerate him. I'd like to stick a pith right up his ass!

Glenn Beck is a woman. Not a bit of masculinity to back up his talk. Talk about a pathetic messenger! The Oprahization of our socioeconomic predicament. He might as well just go back to the (his) bottle.

And while I am at it, that fat Dominican Republic whoring, Oxycontin gobbling fat fuck Rush Limbaugh is a slimeball and a half.


Is this all we got to "lead" us on the airwaves?


Constructive criticism on public speaking for Ron Paul: Speak slowler, say each idea once, and don't appear so wound up. (And maybe I should learn to do the same think myself!) You look less confident.

Damn, I am in a piss mood this morning.



Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:49 | 966720 palmereldritch
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A good source for classical liberalism and libertarianism.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:51 | 966734 goldfish1
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There ain't no fixing this. It's like a rotten apple.

..cut off the few pieces that might still be salvageable, but the rest? C'mon. We know better.

Paul is allowed to talk to let people think there's a shred of objectivity. He's impotent and they know it.



Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:29 | 968350 StychoKiller
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Is this all we got to "lead" us on the airwaves?


Could be worse, reference Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:49 | 966517 G-R-U-N-T
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It's true...Paul doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell of winning. Paul is a nice guy and I like some of his ideas but he is definitely unelectable.



Thu, 02/17/2011 - 00:36 | 969198 akak
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And everyone "knew" in the 1980s that the Soviet Union was a dire threat to the United States, and would be so into the indefinite future.  Just as everyone "knew" that Hitler was not so crazy as to attack Poland, that Reagan was "too extreme" to be elected president, and that the Berlin Wall would stand as long as any of us alive in 1988 would live.

Politics, my friend, is the art of the possible.  And history has demonstrated, countless times, just how the "impossible" can almost magically become the possible virtually overnight.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:19 | 966298 Bob
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A new low?  Now that you've found Fox, you should watch it regularly.  Catch Glenn Beck when you get a chance.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:15 | 966426 blindfaith
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Hey Tyler...we really need that sarcasm button added to the tool bar.

I understand that GB is a savior, that he walks on long as the water is no thicker than a dollar bill and his Italian leather shoes don't get spotted.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:46 | 966797 Bob
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C'mon, you gotta love his Mr. Rodgers Storytime approach to paranoid madness. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:27 | 966321 cossack55
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I don't understand FOX News.  I don't watch often, but, I have never seen a fox and I've never heard any news. WTF

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:16 | 966587 blindfaith
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On readers who JUNK comments that mention FOX and or the News Corpse group...what are you doing on ZH?  Are you lost?  Or employed by them?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:24 | 966434 Unlawful Justice
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Thinking is very upsetting, it tells us things we would rather not know.

I don't feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to for go their use. ~Galilieo

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.~ Aldous Huxley

It is the nature of the human species to reject what is true but unpleasant and to embrace what is obviously false but comforting. ~H.L Mencken

The chief source of problems is solutions. ~Eric Sevareid

Nobody looked at the problems that could be caused by the solution.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:54 | 966535 Sheriff Douchen...
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Hey Michael - SPAM MUCH? You've posted this exact same nonsense on what... 4 different threads on ZH today. I'm sure the Huffpo, MSNBC and NYT could use your traffic.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:37 | 966681 Salvatore CFA
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Ah, Fox know, one of Gretchen Carlson's favorite movies is "Basic Instinct."

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:17 | 966817 DFCtomm
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Before we canonize Paul lets see if this dog can hunt. He's got the job he wanted so lets see if he can run with it. This is his moment, but can he rise to the challenge? 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 08:52 | 966251 Oh regional Indian
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All one big lie, what we see is definitely not what we get!

The curtain was pulled long ago for anyone with eyes to see.


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:12 | 966286 blindfaith
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that assumes that people want to SEE.  They don't.  And, they don't want to listen.  And, they don't want to talk about it.  And, they don't want to do anything about it.

How many people, friends, have you forwarded some ZH article many time have to brought up in conversation some dangerous direction the 'leaders' are taking many times have you pointed out to friends that 16oz box is 12 now and the price is the many times have you told some friend that his bonds are going to get many times?  You, me, ZH...we are downers, even the few friends that listened at first don't listen now.

Americans love their missery, their blood, their bandits, their feeling of superiority over the rest of the world, their invincibility. We love to start wars and then cry out "support our troups" to any friend who objects.   So what do we do to the ones who warn of dangers, we put their heads on a pike.

Give them toys and they will eat out of your hand...apples anyone?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:25 | 966314 Oh regional Indian
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True BlindF. But since Ron paul is being made a Lion for his Fed Talk for three decades (all talk no action), I thought I'd share the words of a real truth teller, who got put in jail for telling it like it is.



Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:53 | 966376 Michael
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Thanks ORI. I was aware of the Bankruptcy of the US in 1933. Everyone should read that link.

I wonder how the Banksters feel about the 200 million guns in the US?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:28 | 966322 jus_lite_reading
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:54 | 966750 goldfish1
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Americans need a leader and a plan.

since there is none, they'll keep what they have - the illusion that things might work out.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:02 | 966270 GreenSideUp
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To swindle us into assuming the storm will blow over, and all will return as it was.

That propaganda has worked better than anything.  

"It can't happen here".  


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:56 | 966390 jus_lite_reading
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"Borders has been on the verge of default for quite a while. Did they refuse to relay this information openly to their employees because they selfishly wanted to maintain profit margins just a little longer until they were ready to pull the plug? Of course! Do global bankers with aspirations of a centralized currency keep the true destabilization of the market spectrum and the coming international dollar dump to themselves because in the end they will benefit from our shock and awe? Of course!"


Words can not describe the accuracy of this statement.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:55 | 966752 goldfish1
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:04 | 966272 jus_lite_reading
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Excellent. I will be sure to pass this on to every human with a brain to read.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:45 | 966711 MonsterBox
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:05 | 966273 falak pema
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World government is not possible as long as Angelina Jolie is not behind bars. She is out to adopt all the starving children in the world. This will definitely bring down the Bilderberg scheme of SDR cum World pasta salami cum baloney State. Can't have a Hollywood elitist letting the impoverished masses into the haloed temple!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:04 | 966275 westboundnup
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I'm an investor (by no means a trader) and even I know something is amiss gravely.  The canary in the coal mine are several prominent fund managers pulling the rip cord. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:15 | 966290 youngman
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I am with you on this one...its like they are saying.." here is your money ..plan accordingly"

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:26 | 967151 velobabe
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your ducky picture reminded me of this annual event that a large local presence bank, in my old home town would have. ducky derby = alpine bank. the rich hold charitable events and contribute to so called charities because of their guilt. i only had credit cards for the mileage.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:34 | 968370 StychoKiller
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Boulder does some pretty kooky things -- reference the Kinetic sculpture race(s).

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:04 | 966276 Duuude
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"For the last one hundred and fifty years, the history of the House of Rothschild has been to an amazing degree the backstage history of Western Europe... Because of their success in making loans not to individuals but to nations, they reaped huge profits... Someone once said that the wealth of Rothschild consists of the bankruptcy of nations."

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:23 | 966460 Crassus
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That was JP Morgans game. Through the 20th Century, JP Morgan enriched itself because nations did not (and do not) understand money. Wealth is natural resources and labor. Financial services are great for equity-stripping pension funds, foundations and homeowners, but the big score is issuing bonds to dictators and juntas. But a slight annoyance, the transactional economy, money chasing money on the deal, 24 hours a day has grown to perhaps 50 times the size of the real economy. This Jupiter sized cyber economy can not land on the Earth-sized real economy without inflating and destroying every market. The cyber money must somehow remain in space.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:18 | 966287 RemiG2010
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All of the above is 'just' speculation and Berni Madoff 'just' wanted to be loved!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:19 | 966299 snowball777
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"They seemed so happy with the statements. How could I take that away from them?" - Bernie

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:35 | 968374 StychoKiller
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Guess that the Con man must also con himself at some point...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:17 | 966292 Bob
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Will the citizens take charge or sit back? 

I think it's clear that the charade of democracy in which we live is ruled by the elites and their corporate media, which defines and shapes the news for the masses in order to maintain a pretense of meaningful discourse that supports the politicians' actions in favor of their wealthy patrons.  And most of the people get suckered in most of the time . . .  especially the intellectual lightweights who fastidiously consume the news and pride themselves on their active participation in "democracy."  In those few cases where public opinion remains recalcitrant, say, on TARP, it is just overlooked and the media moves on to the next "crisis." 

Of course, we have entered the endgame for the sociopathic elite.  Now we're being exhorted to become "adult" about putting the squeeze on the elderly and poor while the elite squeeze out another round of criminal profits as the public keeps their game afloat. 

Adults would exterminate these mofos, imo. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:22 | 966307 razorthin
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Will the citizens take charge or sit back?

Only if the streets are furnished with barcaloungers, Apple doodads and ATM machines.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:29 | 966327 Bob
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Actually, I think the middle class is hopeless.  As long as they remain middle class, at least.  They've got too much to lose.  They'll bitch and, unable to rebel against their overlords, whip those below them for satisfaction while the elite party on.

It's those who don't watch the news or discuss politics that represent real hope.  They're not plugged into the con and they have no illusions whatsoever about being represented in some sham of a democracy.  They're the people who are going down the tube and they know the score.  They couldn't care less what the politicians and corporate media are spinning. 

They'll hit the streets before too long.  No income and no credit has a way of pissing people off to the point of being "unreasonable,"  regardless of how much junk food they can stuff themselves with off their SNAP cards.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:35 | 966339 razorthin
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I hope you are right.  I still have plenty to lose (and maybe very soon, when the thought police follow-up on the threat of net neutrality), but I am itching to go Egypt on these mofos.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:51 | 966360 Bob
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It sounds fantastic to say that anybody will "go Egypt" here, but how could it not happen?  We already have the same income disparity that Egypt has--what are people gonna do when they have nowhere to live (in a nation of 3 million empty homes, no less): Live happily on the streets?

It ain't gonna fly. 

Hell, we've got The Hillary trumpeting unrestricted internet access as a "universal human right."  How will people react to losing their cable . . . which keeps them pacified and "tuned out"?  It won't be pretty.

Just keep telling them to be "adult" about it and see where it goes.  I remember the Egyptian VP using exactly that strategy. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:27 | 966473 NumberNone
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Naive to think that TPTB have not already planned for the 'go Egypt' scenario.  War game scenarios played out and the opponents defeated before the revolution even begins.  Revolutionary outbreaks will be quarantined and treated like an infectious disease. 

The "middle class" has been zombified and bought off with toys and perceptions of stablity.  Any uprising against status quo will only frighten the middle and increase the clamor for swift justice against those bringing the revolution. 


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:40 | 966497 Bob
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The Egyptian "revolution" was nothing more than peaceful mass protests that included strikes.  They've all happened here before.  Try "defeating" them after we've all (including policemen) been flooded with images of Arabs demanding accountability and basic "fairness"  and universal condemnation of harsh government repression.  TPTB are gonna have a tough row to hoe if things heat up. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:42 | 966505 MolotovCockhead
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If the middle class is hopeless then America as a whole is definitely beyond salvation.

The meddle class is fearful because they've too much to loose, so they won't fight back.

The poor will never resist against TPTB, they need their social security and their food stamp!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:01 | 966545 Bob
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Watch the working poor, the painfully struggling working class, the under-employed ex-middle class, the 99ers and the 40% of the senior population whose only income is SS.  That's just too many people.  Biflation and "austerity" with dying illusions of a real recovery are gonna break their backs. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:18 | 966297 Quinvarius
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The SEC should initiate "hot calls".  If they suspect someone is doing something crazy, but don't have the time, intelligence, or people to effectively look into it, they should call the perps on the phone and at least yell at them.  They should say they are waiting for the perp to make one little mistake, or that they are gathering evidence on them, anything.  They should scare the crap out of people and kick the anthill more often.  And they should scream while they are on the phone like angry asswipes.  People respond to emotion better than facts.  It is the same thing as during WW2 when they made the turret gunners on the B-17's constantly swivel.  They wanted them to look like they were alert.  

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:06 | 966563 MayIMommaDogFac...
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...not in my job description, sorry...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:12 | 966574 MsCreant
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I did not junk you. I do wonder if you absorbed where the author of this article is coming from. SEC is part of the facade. They can't do shit, they won't do shit, they are either actively part of the conspiracy or passively a product of the obfuscation being described. Turn to them for NOTHING.

Your post makes more sense if we make the following adjustment:

Quinvarius and MsCreant should initiate "hot calls".  They should unite with like minded others and form their own organization which calls the perps on the phone and at least yells at them.  They should say they are waiting for the perp to make one little mistake, or that they are gathering evidence on them, anything.  They should scare the crap out of people and kick the anthill more often.  And they should scream while they are on the phone AND BE angry asswipes. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:23 | 966301 falak pema
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He's having his love affair behind bars. Maybe Mars bars from Venus...dark world...behind NY state prisons. I'm referring to Madoff...(see comment above)...before you dunk-junk.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:20 | 966302 CU1981
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Great Article ++ QE^♦

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:20 | 966303 Corduroy
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The financial terrorism that is afoot is based on the weak will of the general populace in multiple western countries, predominantly the USA and UK. However, due to fundamental value changes in the population of these countries, unlike previous severe depressions, the point at which people can no longer afford to eat or pay for satellite tv / broadband / computers / consoles / drugs will result in mayhem rather than organised compliance.

As yet the risk / reward of disobediance is not sufficient, but is growing, and the first sign of where things are about to head (for the UK) will be the Trades Union Congress March on Saturday 26th March in London... be sure to tune in that day for some interesting scenes...


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:02 | 966398 Bob
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Here in the US it would appear that it is the public employee unions that are drawing the line first:

When we all know who the literal criminals running and profiting from this system are, they really aren't gonna give a shit about the divide and conquer politics of envy that seek to disenfranchise them. 

This is just the first serious crack in the dam.  We're in for some very interesting times.  The entire system will be brought into question.


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:21 | 966304 gookempucky
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Another scam or should I say charade- another nationization program buried in the Obamanauts revenue stream-just another cut of the other thousand slice's on the way to death.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:33 | 966336 cossack55
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Saw that earlier.  Electricity is going to the stratoshere, just as the T-in-C promised. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:23 | 966309 wherewasi
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Incredible description of the banksta-scum, TD.  Couldn't help but smile while reading it.  Could easily be the intro to a new "Fear and Loathing..."

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:23 | 966311 cbaba
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Great post, excellent.... thanks Tyler..

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:25 | 966313 apberusdisvet
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At first I thought it strange that Obama picked Hillary, a dangerous political foe, as SofS; now it all makes sense.  It's interesting that she is really a Marxist at heart, and so is Obama.  How does Marxism reconcile with the corporate fascism of the banking cartel?  Are the Marxists the convenient tool to implement their normal agenda of massive genocide so that the corporate fascists can then pick up the pieces?  Who finally rules in the end?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:35 | 966342 Shameful
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Look up who funded Marx, and then the later communists.  Colletivizing private property under centralized control is the plan, because guess who gets to run the property after it's all seized.  If it makes you feel better most communist stooges are usually purged.  They don't trust each other.  Spend some time reading up on the history of communism and it's figures, it's one hell of a wild ride.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:42 | 966355 taraxias
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You are confusing fascism for marxism, very common among brainwashed Americans.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:20 | 966710 GoinFawr
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It's a serious problem; a heavily conditioned reflex.

"Spend some time reading up on the history of communism and it's figures, it's one hell of a wild ride."

Yes, do. You obviously haven't yet.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:01 | 966396 anony
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Think of a line of string. Now let the left tip of that string represent a communist. Let the right tip of that string represent a fascist.

When you bring those two ends together, by wrapping them around a coffecup, say, the ends are practically indistinguishable.

That do it? 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:06 | 966728 GoinFawr
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Yep that does it; wrong.

You're confusing 'communism' with 'Stalinism'.

Another common misconception endlessly promoted in the US.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:42 | 968398 StychoKiller
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Sorry, communism only works for Bees, ants, and termites -- the workers are all virtually clones of each other, is why.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 00:23 | 969050 GoinFawr
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Hmmm, I don't recall saying it 'works', just that the other dude had misnomed it.

Please don't stuff ideologies into my mouth.

As long as we are on the subject though, you're wrong too: the successful communist state would require diversity to operate efficaciously as it would be impossible to have a functioning society that was made up entirely of bee keepers, no matter how much they all appeared to be exactly the same to the untrained eye.

 The real problem for communism, (and this may actually be what you were trying to get at, I don't know) is that not all people are equally decent. Whether it is a product of upbringing (environment), genetic, or a combination of the two doesn't matter, unfortunately some people behave like complete assholes (sociopaths); lacking the modicum of empathy that a healthy society requires in each individual to prevent one individual from usurping the rights of another by force.

  In fact, the farther to the 'right' you go on the standard linear political scale, the more successful the selfish assholes without any integrity get, and the less opportunity there is available to the 'love thy neighbour' type.

I mean, if you wanna get technical, dictatorships and autocracies often 'work' for long periods of time... wouldn't necessarily want to live in one though.


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:30 | 966329 TideFighter
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It all became clearer in the bathroom mirror. This past weekend, my wife and I went shopping for a bathroom mirror to hang on the wall. All the usual suspects (Lowes, Home Depot, a few local warehouses, and some smaller bathroom fixture suppliers). When we got home, I ask her if she had noticed anything unusual in the stores. It only took her a second to answer.

"There's no inventory, of anything", was her reply. She was right. All of the stores had spread out their store displays (like a car dealer with low inventory-to make the lot look fuller). In Lowes, there were only five choices, where once the choices covered an entire isle. Same at HD and the local stores. They are not ordering new inventory, lumber is skyrocketing, putting projects on hold. I noticed window coverings are up 40% since October. Nobody working in stores. One guy said he has to cover three departments now.

Earnings are bound to shrink, and shrink. Go Russell 36,000 //sarc off.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:32 | 966332 Shameful
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Excellent piece.

But sadly, same as it ever was.  This pillage will be massive and it will take most by surprise.  What is left out of the above is the fact that even if the oligarchy took no pains to hide it many would not believe it was happening.  I cannot relate the number of people I have heard tell me that "It can't happen here".  The masses are so sure of America being magic that they will refuse to believe that anything will happen.  I appreciate the fact that they are taking some pains to hide it, as transparent as they are to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.  I feel less insulted that they are willing to at least tell a feeble lie rather then come out and say "We are going to loot and kill you, and you are to dumb and lazy to even raise your listless eyes to look at us".  At least that means there are some people in the public they are still concerned might get pissed and do something if they knew the truth.

The real twist of the knife is when the masses will turn to this same oligarchy that is pillaging them to save them.  After they have kicked the chair out from under us we will beg them to help us stand back up, and surely they will 'help'...for a price...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:33 | 966661 ColonelCooper
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"The masses are so sure of America being magic that they will refuse to believe that anything will happen. "

"The real twist of the knife is when the masses will turn to this same oligarchy that is pillaging them to save them.  After they have kicked the chair out from under us we will beg them to help us stand back up, and surely they will 'help'...for a price..."

Shameful, you are a wise wise man

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:46 | 966333 lesterbegood
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Lawful money has returned. Fiat money is all but dead.

We the People are back!

Behold the the Golden Age.

Join those who have reclaimed their lives, liberties and posterity.


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:53 | 966532 MolotovCockhead
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Be careful of what you wish for!! What if they replace paper fiat with microchip fiat?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:15 | 966582 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Silicon is not paper.  The Bernank is not printing.  Fiat is an automobile.  </sarcasm>

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:37 | 966343 proLiberty
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Ludwig von Mises said that credit expansion causes the "appearance of prosperity", after which time rational values return.   Leftists (er, now "progressives") love to scold the rest of us on the issue of "sustainability". However, in their present meta-meme, everything in life must be "sustainable", that is except economics which the left wants to manipulate and distort in their vain effort to create the first sustainable economy that is totally detached from rational economics.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:38 | 966347 bronzie
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read G. Edward Griffin's, "The Creature from Jekyll Island" - he details the games that the banksters play - this book should be required reading for all humans on this planet

another good one is "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins

until the majority of the people living on this planet have been educated about banksters and the games that they play, we will continue to suffer from their existence

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:41 | 966352 lesterbegood
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"A well-informed man is a free man"

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:01 | 966758 GoinFawr
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I'll second that John Perkins recommendation.

'Confessions of an EHM' provides a concise blueprint for what is, if it isn't already happening, in store for your country. Complete with examples of how/where it has been successfully perp'd, and how your nation can protect itself, or extract itself if need be.


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:39 | 966348 johnQpublic
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Anyone who controls the source data for a calculation controls the outcome of that calculation. It’s that simple.

who originally said that?

a)matt simmons

b)bill hicks



he who controls the past, controls the future

he who controls the present controls the past



now that just about every conspiracy theory is being proven true, all we need is a reptillian to pop up in roswell with a handful of amero's

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:57 | 966392 Oh regional Indian
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"all we need is a reptillian to pop up in roswell with a handful of amero's"

That is priceless humor johnQ.

Thanks for the belly laugh!


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:41 | 966353 Zero Govt
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Snake oil, propaganda or white noise... all emanating from 'The Parasite Club'

Club Parasite will do anything to keep the Club members of politicians, bwankers and parasitical businessmen enriching themselves using various ponzi schemes to live off the wealth (backs) of society.

The Parasite Club is all about monopoly power systems and fuking the free (competitive) market because these scum are too fat, too lazy, too dumb to compete. They need the prop of the State monopoly to fuk a free society and free markets over.

If you want to explain politics, the law and regulation understand only one thing, how to destroy a free competitive market and replace it with State endorsed monopolies. It really is that simple.

Club Parasite, a game of monopoly by monopolists who cannot compete on merit


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:53 | 966375 Shameful
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No actually in a manner it is competing.  They are leveraging the inherent flaws in human character to dominate those who do not exploit such flaws.  Humans are afraid of change and afraid to be free and make their own decisions.  Most want a strong hand to guide them and tell them what to do and what to think. 

You say these guys cannot compete straight up, maybe that is true.  But they don't have to.  They learned the trick, control the levers of society and it doesn't matter how inferior the product you can be #1.  Hell with the right ref and doctors I can beat any heavyweight boxer in the world.  Sure they might have to pump enough tranquilizers to kill 5 plow horses into Klitschko, and to rig up my gloves for me to go head to head with him, but if I own the docs and the refs no problem!

So long as man is willing to agree to let the state pick winners and losers, the state will be taken over by the finest of the parasite class.  So at least there is a competition among the parasites on who can steal and suck off the masses the most.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:02 | 966399 Zero Govt
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The Parasite Clubs currency is snake oil, the means of exchange of robbing your pocket in exchange for providing vacuous worthless words such as "'security'. It is the age-old methology of creating fear, or stoking fears and promising to 'solve' them while robbing you.

So for the meaningless words (hed fuk) of "democratic government" we give them 30-60% of our income. It's the greatest ponzi scheme ever devised. Sucker the poor suckers with 2 words and you get to rob societies wealth.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:18 | 966439 Shameful
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Oh I totally agree.  I'm just less then optimistic about humanity ever finding it's way out of the trap.  It's nothing more then slavery, just a more refined sort of slavery, just as I expect the futures slavery to be even further refined.  The mass man is so well trained now, the masters could vanish and the mass man would still toil for the vanished master.

In my mind any real hope for a reprieve is that the parasites will hit the tipping point.  Where there will not be enough wealth for all of them to live the life they want, forcing them to compete with each other.  Based on their nature it will lead to them killing each other off to "thin the herd", and that will cause chaos.  In that chaos the grip may loosen as they turn on each other.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:29 | 966845 MachoMan
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If true, we would need to de-evolve in order to break the evolution, growth, and refinement of our slavery.  I think this is ultimately the real question with which we are posed: is the risk of the potential implementation of a neo dark ages worth scrapping what we have become so accustomed to?  The worst part is, even if we hit the "reset" button, there will inevitably be some technology of slavery persist in the new world...  some parts of our evolution and development will not be unlearned, but will instead persist.  In other words, we would only be hoping for the diligent parts of our cancer to be radiated way, knowing full well the treatment would not capture them all.  Clearly, this is a bleak prognosis.

About the only way I see a possible way out is to essentially whipe the slate clean with the constitution and virtually everything else and start over, except make it more difficult to pass virtually any law (especially at the federal level)...  simplify everything...  let every working man know what the laws are...  what he has a right to expect...  make them clear enough that anyone can follow them (including government actors and judges).  And leave it be for a few centuries...  essentially, if we cannot avoid the refinement of our slavery, then we have to stretch it out over a much longer timeline.  We are presently being boiled very quickly imo...  I think frogs might have even jumped...  humans are not so aware... 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:35 | 967211 Sean7k
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Well said Machoman. I would add, we are all speaking as if we have discovered some great truth, as if we are the first to see through the illusion.

The study of history is replete with examples of naysayers and anarchists, whom upon seeing the system for what it is, proclaimed its bankruptcy. Yet, nothing has ever changed. 

We all get seventy years, plus or minus, to find some happiness in this world of ours. Some are born into better social status than others or more beautiful places, but the corruption and destruction are everywhere-insidious and pandemic.

We have a choice to make: in our self awareness, will we choose to create our own heaven on earth or live in the hell that is laid before us? Ultimately, it is the only act that we have any control over. This is not a guarantee, but in a world of great risk, while we may feel the need to warn and proclaim of the great darkness that steals the day, it is just as important to devout some of the limited time we have to the creation and development of our families, friends and lovers for the purpose of experiencing the only heaven we can know. 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:30 | 966853 topcallingtroll
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If 21st century slavery is further refined from 20th century slavery which was further refined from 19th century slavery, then I say the trend is good!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:33 | 967688 MachoMan
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About the only thing increasing faster than the world's population is the percentage of the population joining the slave ranks.  (ok, maybe the money supply).  The treatment of slaves, what you're referring to, is a fickle mistress...  prone to the whims of often changing masters...  In this sense, the real item to look for is the sheer number of slaves, not their treatment...  as conditions can change their treatment at any time...  but slave revolts, so to speak, require much more effort...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:41 | 967243 gall batter
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The choice will be the lesser of two parasites.  

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:16 | 967391 gall batter
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Shameful, I like what you say.  And I need a strong hand to guide me.  Are you available? Oh, yeah, how old are you? And if you own instead of rent, is it free and clear?  No liens, I mean.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:28 | 966475 nevadan
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When a parasite kills its host, it too will die.  In the end starving mobs rule the day.  The question is--What comes afterwards?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:55 | 966534 Zero Govt
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The parasites are already having to compete with each other, hence vampire squid Goldman Sachs sucking AIG dry and others (using regulatory 'rule changes' to do their bidding). I've a financial regulator where i'm from bullying small operations out of business because the market is declining, its quite simply to siphon business into the Big Boys laps.

But there is a solution and its public protest and in this modern day and age that can take many forms, many innovative and novel hopefully. Eric Cantonas suck the banks dry (the Irish are doing that very successfully) or the US version of short 'JP Morgan'. Then there's the online Petition process. 

And there's what we do as individuals, where we put our money, wether we choose to continue putting our money into national monopolies rather than 'Go Local' regards pensions, insurance etc. We need to take our money out of their systems and put them into smaller (and ultimately safer) smaller businesses we do have some influence over

The web will prove to be a breeding ground for new ideas for us to usurp the system and support our own

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:55 | 966536 LawsofPhysics
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When I find myself agreeing with "zero facts" here, you know the situation is dire.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:57 | 966537 LawsofPhysics
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We should be breaking up these large CONs, instead there are mergers everywhere.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:45 | 966362 e_u_r_o
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sad world we live in, fortunately this cant last too long

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:34 | 966494 DaddyO
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Don't ever underestimate a printing presse's ability to prolong the inevitable!


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 09:55 | 966388 monopoly
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Great article. Too bad most of the people do not even have a clue as to what is going on. Just watch Peter Jennings, Katie and Diane on TV.

But the facade can last longer than we imagine. Not shorting this market and have not for months.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:01 | 966401 LawsofPhysics
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Notice the bit about the international bankers "creating SDRs" out of thin air;

What does it all mean? simple;

New world currency, same old fractional reserve banking, one world slavery.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:08 | 966413 Downtoolong
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Of course, you aren’t finished yet! Your ultimate goal is centralization, and the key to centralization is to remove all options available to the masses but one; the option which garners you the greatest amount of dominance.

There’s an article in Kiplinger today about the movement to make 401K’s mandatory.

Right in line with the theme of the quote above. It’s like Wall Street saying “If people won’t voluntarily pay for our overpriced services and participate in our rigged markets, then we’ll just have to get their government to force them to do it”.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 13:11 | 967084 AbandonShip
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Scary thought.  I already have forced savings taken from my paycheck, it's called Social Security.  Now I have another hit of forced savings?  Me thinks this is not going to fly well.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:13 | 966421 Cheyenne
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Gotta love Tepper. Look at his five-year performance compared to his redpill-munching "peers." Tepper has a double-digit lead over no. 2 in the 50-entrant field of managers who posted any gain at all.

Reminds me of Big Brown in the 2008 Preakness: "He's disapPEARing from the field."

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 10:19 | 966441 falak pema
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People hate seeing their own wrinkles reflected back at them. We're all 23 in our heads, right? So why shouldn't Benbernanke feel his brand of 'californication' is magical beans that will save the USA. "You're sooo butifulllll...ben...i love youuu. I swoon every time you move your hips and twinkle in your blue suede shoes...." 

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