Guest Post: Memo To Bernanke: It's Called Blowback, Baby

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Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:09 | 1247605 Herne the Hunter
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Silver back at $36...

Gold almost back at $1500...

WTI at $102...

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:15 | 1247639 SheepDog-One
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Their propaganda costs them huge sums now and growing, while the effectiveness drops measured only in a few hours now. What will be this weekends propaganda diversion, full scale alien invasion to take peoples minds off the govt and bankster lies?

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:28 | 1247678 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Some of you folks don't get it sometimes, sure THEY are self-interested, but they also know, in their self interest they can only push their model so far.


The real problem is a one of limited choices: that of a pancake "Splat" landing, OR that of a decline that is between Splat and well, a gentler splat.

contrary to the absolute parasite model, these folks would like to have their cake and eat it too, but only so far as they can avoid a Tunisian outcome.


Ben has limited choices, and he knows it.


the other problem is, that knowledge spread across the internet has seeped into some of the bourgeiois. People know things faster than they can spin.

Sat, 05/07/2011 - 04:26 | 1248040 michigan independant
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I would not say "that of a decline that is between Splat and well, a gentler splat."

Cratering in segments that cannot be replaced or repaired now. You ask any manager what do they need? It will illuminate your view of the empire.


Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:26 | 1247682 john39
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is not beyond the realm of possible that the backlash is also part of the programming:

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:48 | 1247766 dr_teeth
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Blowback, isn't that when you take a large dump and the toilet water splashes back onto your ass?  Oh, wait, that's splachback. Well, it's almost the same thing.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:53 | 1247774 r101958
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Their propaganda costs us huge sums. All the trillions will be/is being paid for by us, one way or another.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 16:23 | 1249068 Doña K
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keep buying coins in equal time intervals and sleep tight.

If everyone bought one coin (silver and gold) we will break them

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:15 | 1247907 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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If they do a good job countering Blowback, could one then say that it's a Blowj-b?

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:09 | 1247608 NOTW777
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goolsbees performance this morning was over the top - talking booming job market - claiming "millions" of jobs

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:51 | 1247782 nope-1004
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Goolsbee reminds me of the muppet character "Beaker".  Mouth never stops flapping, but nothing of substance comes out.  The guy is simply there to say shit for a paycheck.  If he believes what he's saying, then he truly is an idiot.


Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:14 | 1247903 newworldorder
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He has been granted one of the best "Economics" education money can buy from the University of Chicago.

This coupled with a lobotomy upon admittance, guarantees an economist that the financial elite can depend on forever.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 13:03 | 1248194 Manthong
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Isn't that the same esteemed joint that gave us tenured terrorist now retired pensioner professor, and Obama ghost writer William Ayers?

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 15:06 | 1248782 Dirt Rat
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The University of Chicago gave us all kinds of fun people, like the Dark Prince of neo-conservatism Leo Strauss, Augusto Pinochet's economic advisors and Cass Sunstein. I could go on and on about other things and people they've given us, but if I did that, we'd all need barf bags.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1247610 InconvenientCou...
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fiat is a confidence game, a notion.

Notions are extremely asymmetrical in terms of elapsed time. It takes a long time to garner a notion but it can be lost in a very short time.


Fri, 05/06/2011 - 13:21 | 1248292 TheMerryPrankster
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A tight rope walker crosses on a slender line, a net beneath him and a balance pole in his hands, 2 levels of protection ensure a safe crossing. Remove the net and balance pole and any error is fatal.

Now what happens if a computer glitch, a hack, or some other curious event prevents 44 million SNAP (food stamps)  cards from being refilled with credits at the beginning of the month? 1 in 7 americans without food, could make a large angry crowd in any urban area. What happens when gas becomes so expensive its no longer practical to burn it in automobiles, but emminently practical to burn it in molotov cocktails?


My point is all safety nets have been dismantled or cannibalized to maximize profits for the slender number of real americans who really do matter to the corrupt oligarchy, they have convinced themselves they are immune to reality. Royalty in France had this same out of touch quality to it, right up until they felt the cold steel of the guillotine blade across their sweaty necks.


The system is creaking, failing under its own weight, we can see it in food stamp participation, unemployment and general incompetence by the political class. The days for preparation grow short, at most we have until 2015. Things could fall apart a lot faster and a lot sooner. At worst we will go back to living as our great grandparents did, electricity may become a luxury denied most of us. Plan accordingly.


An inverted pyramid is not a very stable structure.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:16 | 1247620 SheepDog-One
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They know theyre screwed, the clock is winding down fast so thats why theyll need a really huge diversion to throw everything on its ear, spectacular horrible events to shock the american sheeple so that the lying govt and media and FED statistic spin and lies are the last things on anyones minds. Soon.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:29 | 1247697 durablefaith
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Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1247621 rufusbird
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".....the forces of blowback and delegitimization only coil tighter." This could have surprise ending like the monkey...

"The master took a small group of students into the forest where he hung a dried gourd from a tree.

The gourd had a small hole through which he filled the gourd with sweet sticky rice.

The class withdrew to watch. After a while a troop of monkeys came along and one of them put his fist into the gourd to grab a handful of the sweet smelling rice. When he couldn't withdraw his hand he began to screech. This attracted the attention of a leopard lurking nearby who quickly killed and carried off the monkey.

The master asked the class “What was the trap that killed the monkey?”

“The gourd?” asked, one. “The rice?” asked another...”No” said the teacher....”greed”.

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Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:10 | 1247624 Gloomy
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This is BS. My kids are looking for jobs and the market is definitely much better. Yes, QE has goosed the economy. Get over it and move on.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:16 | 1247645 SheepDog-One
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I hear McDonalds is hiring. No wait, they already hired. Well good luck to your kids in their job hunting, theyll need it with an idiot parent like you.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:32 | 1248026 Gloomy
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It is blind not to see an economic recovery. It is also blind not to see that all the newly printed money will flow through the improving economy to cause much higher inflation.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 16:31 | 1249099 Doña K
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My family is taking your advise to move on. We are moving to a more stable country before it's too late and transportation is not available at any cost and the borders are sealed just like the iron curtain.

Revolt now before it's too late.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:19 | 1247651 Josh Randall
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Of course the job market is better for kids, because they are cheaper and will displace a more seasoned expensive worker. Thats the new model Gloomy -- hire young, cheap, and work em 60 hours a week, while you fire the 80-100k+ Team Lead or Manager. Then outsource the backoffice operations and VOILA, you have a lean cheaper company with less overhead and fixed costs

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:55 | 1247785 r101958
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Very well stated Josh.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:30 | 1247688 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Keyword being "looking" not "my kids just got or HAVE jobs"


Glad to see Hopium is alive and well. Hope your kids are smarter than you.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:42 | 1247744 takinthehighway
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Wishful thinking 'cause the kids are 20somethings still living at home?

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:12 | 1247886 Mariposa de Oro
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My friends who USED to work at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are STILL without jobs.  The few that are still employed don't know what they're going to for work when they're finished mothballing the Shuttle.  The only reason I'm still employed is because I saw the crap coming and headed overseas.  Last fall my employer had a RIF.  Some of those folks STILL don't have jobs.  We're expecting MORE lay-offs later this summer.  The only thing 'goosed' by QE is the damn stock market.  The rest of us are slowly becoming dead ducks.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 14:47 | 1248715 PrintingPress
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Key word "looking". 

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:14 | 1247630 Josh Randall
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Blowback - just like a Vegas flash mob at a convenience store...

See if these people were REALLY smart, they would have hit a department store. But I guess the masses are satisfied with free Monster energy drink, bad beer, and twinkies when the costs of food and energy are too much


Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:31 | 1247696 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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josh: wait for it.


Crime is already rising in many cities.


They will take what isn't given, so be vigilant.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:07 | 1247843 csmith
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No way to steal several hundred gallons of gasoline I guess...would take too long.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:14 | 1247633 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Bernanke doesn't care.


Flash Crash Anniversary:

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:16 | 1247644 treemagnet
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Use this time to prep for bad times - truth is yours to use, so use it wisely.  Its also a great way to channel anger over the fraud, lies, and corruption.  Eat the rich.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:26 | 1247670 SheepDog-One
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Thats right, when youre out shopping for tarps and water purifiers and your friends make fun of you because theyre out shopping for new IPads and youre just not kewl, you just smile at them.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:41 | 1247731 takinthehighway
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And these same "friends" will show up at your door at TEOTWAWKI +1 demanding that you take care of them...

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:46 | 1247750 SheepDog-One
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Funny, I already tell my sheeple friends 'When you see the SHTF, dont come around here! Go to the Apple store theyll help you'. I'll stack em out back like cord wood. 

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:11 | 1247875 treemagnet
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My Dad gives me shit but knows deep down I'm spot on when I tell him I know I'm the first call he'll make.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:27 | 1247673 falak pema
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Blowback is economic backlash...if it combines with social outcry... it becomes explosively unstable in the ghetto and spreads like the plague to the middle class now compressed worse than a kleenex in a man's hip pocket or a woman's menstrual pad. Squeeze where it hurts and the ouch is heard around the globe like a gathering twitter that sends shocks to those who think they're immune to tsunami damage. Watch them run when the people's dam bursts...running wild in the streets like molten ire belched by the gods.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:30 | 1247686 Kina
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The moment will begin when their flat screen tvs are taken away, and they all look up and start crying like a baby whose dummy has been stolen. OR when beer becomes too expensive.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:22 | 1247949 Abitdodgie
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You would not be English by any chance

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 14:48 | 1248719 falak pema
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not even in my wildest dreams.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:26 | 1247683 PaperBear
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Physical silver COMEX inventories continue to shrink while increases in margin for a futures contract have gone parabolic.
They hold only 33MN oz these days versus 3BN oz in 1955 - if my maths serves me correct then this is a 99% reduction.
The Silver Liberation Army has the criminal banksters in the pain locker - WOOHOO
Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:26 | 1247684 JR
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The economy — that’s where Bernanke is getting the value for the stock market.  Only a fool would ignore it. How long will the savers and jobless and underemployed and stagnant workers, the house bitten and the bubble victimized investors, need to suffer for the benefit of inflation building and “massive covert manipulation” for the financials?

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:27 | 1247685 breezer1
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charles is a very good writer. for those of us less talented the word bullshit carries the day. 

as for calls for another ' distraction', i agree that something planned or a black swan will need to distract very soon.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:31 | 1247690 SheepDog-One
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Hardly anyone 10 years ago knew the scam that the 'FED' is widely recognized as today, very few question what money everyone is on the internet talking about the FED fractional fiat central banksters, the Federal Reserve Note fraud, how its really worth nothing. Now maybe they still have the 401K geezers and the 20-something credit consumers onboard, but thats about it. Everyone else now knows its a rigged game of slavery for the many, all riches to the very few.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:33 | 1247699 Waterfallsparkles
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The Stock Market doubling does not create confidence.  Instead it creates resentment among Americans. 

They slowly watch themselves being sacrificed with the lower Dollar purchasing power, Higher Food costs, Higher Gasoline costs, Higher Heating costs, Higher clothing costs.  No interest on their savings, no COLA for Social Security for 2 years.  How does this make them feel better about the economy.  It is quite the reverse as they resent the Banks that killed the Economy being the only ones that have benefited from the "RECOVERY".   Recovery, for who?  Not for the Middle Class.  This causes resentment and will end up with class warfare.

Bernanke may have studied the Great Depression but he must have skipped earlier History.  Like the fall of Rome, Egypt (let my people go), Marie Louie Antoinette, the French Revolution, the Tea Party, the war of 1812.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:34 | 1247711 Kina
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How many Americans, up to their necks in debt before the crash, had spare money to invest in the share market anyway?


They are going to be mighty angry if they ever realise that the net result of the Fed & Govts recovery effort has been to make the powerful their masters and the rich richer at the expense of teh middle class.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 12:28 | 1247986 Mariposa de Oro
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As long as the TeeVees work, the sheeple will never realize anything.  Talk about a WMD.

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 15:02 | 1248765 Meatier Shower
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