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Guest Post: The News Cycle: Full of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

The News Cycle: Full of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

No wonder we're struggling; we're given tales told by idiots as "news" and "interpretation."

The Mainstream Media has completely failed to make sense of the global financial crisis. By "make sense" I mean a framework of interpretation that properly attributes responsibility to the causes and players and which explains the key dynamics in common language.

A framework of interpretation doesn't disappear in the next news cycle: it is constantly reinforced by additional interpretation and illumination.

The news cycle now lasts at best the length of a playoff series. Mr. bin Laden's news cycle didn't even last as long as an NBA playoff; the demise of the "most dangerous man in the world" was shoved into the ashbin of history within a few days, with little interpretation beyond fist-pumping and a few fusty pontifications by the usual suspects, i.e. the "experts" trotted out during "big events" to explain it all away.

The full quote from Macbeth (Act V, Scene V): It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Every "news event" is terribly important, until a few hours later it is unimportant.

This is a form of madness, a madness which goes unrecognized in the crazed, turbulent flood of "news."

To be sure, a handful of people within the Mainstream Media (which now includes the Web aggregators such as HuffPo/AOL) do labor away at an honest account, but these reports are either buried beneath an avalanche of dross or they are touted (briefly, of course), as the Media's Potemkin Village: you see, we really are doing good journalism here.

The ugly truth is the Mainstream Media now depends on adverts aimed at the top 10% of the populace for its survival. It's all well and good to talk about journalism, blah blah blah, but I've got a kid in private school and a mortgage, and the last thing this "news organization" needs is to undermine the advertisers by calling the entire Status Quo into question.

Simply put, the top 10% of households are the ones paying the media's bills. Their consumption of goodies accounts for 40% of the entire U.S. economy, and so advertising rather naturally skews to serve their desires and aspirations.

The debt-serfs and tax donkeys below (I raise my hand here) may have aspirations to the lux life, but with the home ATM shut down, costs for essentials floating ever higher and earnings in decline, their discretionary income approximates a shovel full of snow dumped on Death Valley asphalt in July.

Local television stations limp along until a new election cycle disgorges a wave of pricey electioneering. Elections are an essential "profit center" for TV. Do you reckon that colors their coverage of the travesty of a mockery of a sham that is American politics? Of course it does: the Media is itself dependent on the charade being treated as "terribly important" when it is all just a money-driven tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The essential framework of intepretation that is missing from the Mainstream Media is that the Status Quo is unsustainable and profound changes cannot be avoided. But rather than assemble a framework which might help us understand our limited pallette of hard choices, the Media distracts us with a frenzy of gossip, brightly packaged "news" that looks just like marketing and circus-like "thrills and spills" to entertain us between the "clash of gladiators."

A handful of commentators understand this, and a few of those are occasionally given a bit of space amid the cacophany, again, to burnish the Potemkin Village image of the media as "responsible" and "providing a wide range of voices," blah blah blah. David Stockman is such a voice, relegated to the back pages/buried links or "financial section" where it can be overshadowed by the "earnings surprises" and "rising profits" stories: David Stockman, Reagan economist, on debt spree.

The truth is that the Media is terrified of the coming transformation
. Dependent as they are on adverts aimed at the top 10% (with a few grocery circulars for the bottom 90% to paw over, looking for bargains), the idea that the entire edifice is crumbling leaves them with no lifeline.

There is a lifeline, but they are too afraid to see it: you could tell the truth. The truth is difficult, but it is something some people would pay for. It is, after all, one of the essentials of life.

There is another idiot in the room: search engines which reward aggregation of meaningless sound and fury. If the Google et al. algorithms weighted original content as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, and any aggregated links to that content a 0 or a 1, then that would instantly change the incentives of the "game" of "attracting eyeballs" and thus advertisers.

Right now, an aggregated link to this entry places higher in a search of the title than my own site, which is a Page Rank 5 site (i.e. it has a lot of "strong" links in and a lot of content). That is a snapshot of what is pushing the Media to spewing ever louder and more meaningless sounds and furies.

If all the major search engines relegated aggregator links to the basement and rewarded original content, that would help right the sinking ship.

The Mainstream Media is boxed in by its old models and its fear of the future. As its subscriber base melts away, it turns to precisely the worst "strategy," which is marketing to the top 10% of the populace which supports its advertising base, and giving that top tranch what they want to hear: everything's gonna be fine, profits are rising, we have a great lineup for Fall, the latest fashions are "gotta have," and all the other idiot's chatter of marketing which signifies nothing.

By offering up an idiot's delight of "content" and fawning support of the Status Quo "story"--there is no need to transform anything, everything's fixed, there's plenty of everything forever, technology will seamlessly provide solutions to every vexing problem, our system (healthcare, politics, etc.) is the finest in the world, etc.--the Media and its search engine offshoots have failed the nation, profoundly, deeply and irrevocably.


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Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:49 | Link to Comment Racer
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There is a vested interest in banksters and their aids delaying as much as possible ... the outcome will be out of bounds of the justice system if they keep the pretence up just that long enough for it to be out of time for them to do the time

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:49 | Link to Comment redpill
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And yet they still play best of seven in every freaking round of hockey playoffs.

It is amusing to listen to CNBC every once in awhile; it's so painfully irrelevant that it makes you wonder if they are really that clueless and don't understand what is actually happening, or if they really have no journalistic integrity whatsoever and they are just proceeding according to the "what stocks are hot today" formula.


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:03 | Link to Comment newworldorder
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The media has become a reflection of society. Very difficult for anyone to take an opposing position on issues that matter. Opposition is not tolerated. Group think is rewarded.

If one gets a repuation as "difficult or negative." you can kiss that career goodby. In order to work you have to take the blue pill. By definition, - taking the red pill, makes you long term unemployable.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:22 | Link to Comment CH1
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Opposition is not tolerated. Group think is rewarded.

12 years of government school conditioning, 5+ hours per day, started at 5 years old... it works. :(

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:39 | Link to Comment Rainman
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Kudos to all blue pill ingesting humanoids. Sincerely, Agent Smith

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:17 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"news" itself is a creation.  you really need to read the life of Joseph Pulitzer.  "what is it?" is not a philosophical question.  the answer is "what's new?"  sometimes it's obvious (the airplane, the moon-landing, the automobile, Playboy)-but more often than not "it's that other something."  why does ZH "get the news?"  "must be the incredible reporting!"(ha, ha!)  obviously since we are not the NY Times or WSJ--that's not true.  what we do know for a fact is that "news is sensational!"  ("JAPANESE BOMB PEARL HARBOR") so clearly "there must be some direction at the top" (double entendre alert!) in order to "get it."  (double meaning alert!  double meaning alert!)

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:53 | Link to Comment Shell Game
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..the Media and its search engine offshoots have failed the nation, profoundly, deeply and irrevocably.

My sentiments exactly. This MSM is second only to our monetary policy makers in sheer disappointment, ineptness and lack of truthfulness.  /tv

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:51 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 This trade is what I live for!

    Buzzards circling Scorpions!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:56 | Link to Comment GeneMarchbanks
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talkativeness is afraid of the silence which reveals its emptiness-kierkegaard. Yep, you're seeing it! I just pulled out Kierkegaard. Next up any chance to use Heidegger I'm all over it. Try me

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:59 | Link to Comment redpill
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Appropriate how many Keynesians are being overcome with Fear and Trembling.


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:24 | Link to Comment Spalding_Smailes
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N.A Class 8 truck orders reach highest level since spring of '06

ACT data shows that December net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles in North America topped 27,044 units—marking a 125% jump year-over-year and the highest monthly total since May, 2006.  

Topping even the very bullish ACT North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook thatACT Research Co. (ACT) released just eight days ago, today ACTannounced that  its latest outlook report shows that net orders for North American heavy-duty commercial net orders have reached their “highest level in four- and- a-half years.”


May 19 (Reuters) - Sales by Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) dealers of its machinery accelerated in the three-month period ended in April, while engine sales growth slowed, the world's largest maker of heavy machinery said on Thursday.

Overall dealer sales of machines rose 66 percent in the three months ended in April, faster than the 61 percent growth for the three months ended in March. Sales growth picked up in all regions but Latin America, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Rise in truck and trailer forecasts

For example, Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) recently raised its forecast for U.S. Class 8 sales this year from 220,000 units to between 230,000 to 240,000 units. The increasing pace of truck and trailer orders is leading many OEMs and analysts to raise their equipment sales forecasts for the year. “The order rate is so high now that we’ll reach a natural ‘ceiling’ soon in terms of how many trucks we can physically produce this year,” Ron Huibers, VTNA’s senior vp-sales and marketing, told Fleet Owner at the company’s New River Valley plant outside Dublin, VA.

Paccar, which builds both Peterbilt and Kenworthtrucks, also raised its sales forecast for 2011. At the2011 Mid America Trucking Show, Peterbilt GM Bill Jackson estimated total industry Class 8 sales would reach 210,000 units this year, with medium-duty sales reaching 50,000 units.

Yet, by April Paccar widened its sales projections range for Class 8 vehicles to between 200,000 and 220,000 units. “Class 8 industry retail sales in the U.S. and Canada in 2011 are improving steadily,” said Dan Sobic, Paccar’s executive vp, in the company’s first quarter earnings report.


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 22:11 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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Where else do you find a quote from Kierkegaard next to a report on dump truck sales? It is things like this that give Zero Hedge its piquancy.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 22:36 | Link to Comment knowless
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if only he would include who the purchaser was.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 00:56 | Link to Comment obelisks
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a means of transportation for the masses to the FEMA camps ?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 08:11 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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A whole lotta folks with $5 in their pockets, mining for Ag?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:58 | Link to Comment fockewulf190
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Is Liesman taking his Prozac yet? 

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:04 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 So true.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:40 | Link to Comment nah
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Guest Post: The News Cycle: Full of Sound And Fury, Signifying ...

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talkativeness is afraid of the silence which reveals its emptiness-kierkegaard. Yep, you're seeing it! I just pulled out Kierkegaard. ...



Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:53 | Link to Comment IEVI
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The media might be pandering to the top 10%, but I don't think the other 90% really wants to hear the truth.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:09 | Link to Comment Alpha Monkey
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maybe 100% of the 90% don't want to hear the truth, but almost any percent that does, should be more than enough public interest to help keep the 10% in check.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 01:37 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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That's how it works. Fill the world 90 percent who are stupid and believe anything. Then toss the 10 percent who know your full of shit into the mix and allow them to be driven crazy by the other 90 percent.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 17:54 | Link to Comment Sheikh Djibouti
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Here in our quiet tourist town in middle Europe we have given up our television, as there is a tax on it. So no more public TV contributions. Internet is where it's at.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:27 | Link to Comment CH1
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Internet is where it's at.


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:11 | Link to Comment Corduroy
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Thanks for posting, was a timely reminder of our not so 'free' internet, and I will be forwarding the link on

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:01 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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i find no sound or fury emmanating from the msm.  that's why i come here.  there was a famous video put out by the US Army upon our entrance into the war versus the German and it talked about the German machine gun known as the MG-42.  The title was "it's bark was worse than it's bite."  In fact "it's bite was your worst nightmare" and just the sound of the weapon was enough to cause a panic.  are markets so different?  "the worst MG-42's out there are the ones you don't know about."

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:51 | Link to Comment fockewulf190
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Yeah, I saw that training movie you are talking about, praising the glories of a lower cyclic rate of US machine guns compared to the german machine guns.  Looky here troops!  That german MG only hit the target 11 times, while our slower, more controlled MG hit the target 14 times!  Don´t be afraid of that german noisemaker, we´re better!  And the sheeple blissfully go out to no man´s land and face the hail of lead with a smile of confidence.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:00 | Link to Comment Mae Kadoodie
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Pictures of Matchstick Men- Status Quo.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:02 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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They are journalism grads.

Do you really expect them to have the intellect to even have a clue they just spouting shit?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:16 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 You spout off and take knocks! What makes you any different? I think you're turning out just FINE!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:40 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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"My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure."


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:46 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Don't you ever forget what you just said! EVER



Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:06 | Link to Comment Racer
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"If all the major search engines relegated aggregator links to the basement and rewarded original content, that would help right the sinking ship."

And I rarely like to use the 'top search' that google gets paid for to put there .. often I like to use the other now out of favour search engines because they come with some pretty amazing links by comparison!


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:06 | Link to Comment Use of Weapons
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This was news back in 1959.


Did I over-shoot in my delorian again? Ugh.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:05 | Link to Comment Derpin USA
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I am thoroughly convinced that it is humanity's nature to deny that things are wrong until the point it can no longer be denied. Coincidentally, this is also the point at which there's nothing much to do about it anymore.

We must go over the cliff before we realize we're going over the cliff. It is what we are.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:31 | Link to Comment Racer
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The banksters have honed the Milgram experiment..


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:20 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Until not long ago news media was accused of being "yellow journalists" ie over-reporting bad news, scandals, crime, violence. That was the US news tradition from the time of Hurst. 

It all changed abruptly after 9-11

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:23 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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i'll never forget the warnings about "rumor mongering" during the fall of 2008.  "be careful what you say"--so "just report the collapse" and "you get to keep your job."  This time is different though.  "Everybody went to the web to see what was going on."  And who are most of us?  "People who have various forms of inside knowledge."  Plus "the market is surging."  Can never be informed enough during a bull market, no?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:19 | Link to Comment CH1
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That's usually the way it goes, but that is not fundamentally what we are. [Insert LONG explanation here.]

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:09 | Link to Comment CH1
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The only serious sources nowadays are newsletters.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:10 | Link to Comment Piranhanoia
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it is required by law to remove any content not understandable in english or in physical gesture, to the average 8th grade educated citizen for more than 30 seconds at a time. This way, even the severely inconvenienced will not feel embarrassment for not understanding the drivel that their theoretically more well developed viewer might laugh at, and thus, embarrass the entire country.  No child left behind, remember?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:14 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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When News organizations became profit generating departments of a conglomerate, they ceased to be news organizations and became entertainment. And entertainment, is transient, fast and rarely deep.

There was a time when advertisers competed for space in the papers and Network News shows that had the most credibility (think CBS in the time of Walter Cronkite or the Washington Post after Watergate, 60 Minutes when the had balls). That is no longer the case. Now it is the exact opposite. Now it is the networks and newspapers that work to please the advertisers. And that usually comes in the form of being as superficial, entertainment oriented and non confrontational as possible. In effect...they must be everything that is the antithesis of a News organization.

the saddest part of this all: that IS what Americans want; Superficial, entertainment oriented and non confrontational "news".

And a dumbed down population cannot survive.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:09 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Meddling with the primal forces of nature is so 1976...

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 08:13 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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Network News has done a mind-meld® with People Magazine™, and here we are!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:12 | Link to Comment Cdad
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This is a form of madness, a madness which goes unrecognized in the crazed, turbulent flood of "news."

Well said.  It does feel like madness, listening to ANY program over at the BlowHorn [CNBC].  The other side of the Greece bailout out and the BlowHorn is prattling on about The Hangover 2.  Gold will print an all time high, and some ass clown banker will be on talking about selling the VIX and getting long Netflix on the same day.  

As redpill has suggested, the debate can only be those in the MSM are either dumb as hell, or they are bought and paid for slaves of the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street.  Those are the options.  This as their ratings tank perpetually.

Anyone could see what was going on today, selling marked up winners into the gaping maws of the ETFs...but the BlowHorn never misses a beat suggesting this or that hot stock with apparently zero knowledge about how this intraday scam works...and consequently how it can come undone in nanoseconds.  I'm no rocket scientist, but it was pretty plain to see today.  The question then becomes who do these MSM folk really think they are fooling?  

Let me remind all of you who might post that everyone in America is watching Dancing with the Stars, Average Joe sparked the Tea Party revolt, and Average Joe, by and large, does not get his news from the MSM anymore, seeking better alternatives on the Internet.

Insanity.  Well said.

Even now, Cramer is going on about robust numbers out of Japan.  Huh?  Is he refering to Japanese auto production...and he is looking at the chart upside down?  



Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:00 | Link to Comment Vic Vinegar
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Don’t forget about Bloomberg…doesn’t Deidre Bolton follow ZH on twitter?  That means she’s popping red pills for breakfast, right?  And what about my boy Dom Chu... his fiery glare just screams “status quo challenger”

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:16 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Here's where Cramer got his info...

(notice it was from his 'agency' [0:03])



Wed, 06/01/2011 - 03:44 | Link to Comment Seer
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"Average Joe sparked the Tea Party revolt"

Sparked, as in started?  If "started," then I'd have to disagree- it was the Koch brothers.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:16 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Shortened attention spans, poor memory, the constant need for stimulation coupled with an inability to cope with reality: all symptoms of drug abuse. If you didn't know any better, you'd think the entire country is on drugs. Or maybe we do know better: red bull, energy drinks, Starbucks coffee drinks, soda drinks, all super-caffeinated. We used to joke about it. Maybe the joke was on us.....

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:18 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Caviar. You are borne of fish eggs. Lighten up.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:26 | Link to Comment Cdad
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The entire nation IS on drugs.  Be it caffeine or Prilosec or Viagra or Prozac [which I guess works best if you layer yet another antidepressant on top of it].  All of it is washed down with a great big dose of fluoride.  We need uppers to start the day, and downers to counteract the uppers.  I have a feeling that the entire nation is on Ambien...which consequently causes folk to do all sort and manner of weird things in their sleep...which one might conclude is not conducive to actual sleep.

Everyone has a condition.  Everyone has a problem with reality.  Everyone prefers monosodium glutamate to actual food.  We are everything you suggest.  

I stick to vodka myself.  What?  Did you think I could stand against the tide all alone?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:50 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Cdad, I don't take aspirin. I don't like coffee! I'll jump of a cliff with you any time!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:58 | Link to Comment delacroix
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some bottled water, now includes fluoride on the label, as if it is a vital mineral.  we're in bizarro world

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:19 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Dihydrogen monoxide bitchez! (mixed with 'kool aid')...

Keeps you strong, healthy, feelin fit & in the game...


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:25 | Link to Comment Xibalba
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ZH should be grateful the MSM are such failures.  For without their collective incompetence, there would be no need for web-news outlets such as this.  

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:29 | Link to Comment Use of Weapons
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Three Corporations own all the TV in your nation.

Five (generously there) own all the print media.

Four own all the movies.


Out of these Corporations, none are American and none give any allegiance to your country above others. They exist for profit; this does not include a 'seig heil' to the flag & a pledge of allegiance each day.


These groups are not mutually exclusive bodies; nor are their operatives mutually exclusive from your governing bodies.



Now grow up.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:59 | Link to Comment InconvenientCou...
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"Three Corporations own all the TV in your nation. Five (generously there) own all the print media. Four own all the movies. Out of these Corporations, none are American and none give any allegiance to your country above others"

I always thought it would be the AI machines that would turn on humanity. Who knew it would be self aware, hive-brained coporations?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 23:33 | Link to Comment New World Chaos
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The entire financial / oligarchic / government / bureaucratic / media / education / military / police / prison-industrial complex is a hive mind which has been self-aware at least since Roman times.  Its neurotransmitters are pieces of paper and acts of corruption, greed, legalized extortion and violence which inspire other such acts, ad infinitum.  That's how it processes information.  There Illuminatt are aware of the hive mind and can communicate with it by using occult symbolism in public.  They call it Lucifer.  This is actually a Devil that even an atheist can believe in, because there is nothing supernatural or telepathic about it.  Just subtle manipulation of the collective unconscious.  Lucifer has many more information processing pathways than humans do, so for most people, freedom and free will are illusions.  Their only available degrees of freedom are those that don't matter.  Everyone ends up feeding Lucifer in his own way, even though almost everyone would deny it vigorously.  "The Devil's greatest trick is convincing people that he doesn't exist".

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:03 | Link to Comment newworldorder
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RE; use of weapons

You have figured out 1/2 half of the equation.

What is the other 1/2 half? Namely - that large multinational corporations and sovereign funds exist to project economic power and employee as many people as possible (directly or indirectly.)

They have become the instrument by which governments are able to extract continuous wealth from the individual, regardless of nationality.

Study the economic history of the last 50 years. The "new world order" does not rule through the United Nations, but rather through the G8, G20 or any other extra national organizations, (IMF, BIS, World Bank, etc.)  

Large multi national corporations, regardless of where they are located,  will be protected as much as possible by every government on earth as well as the biggest, baddest cop on the beat, - the US Military.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:34 | Link to Comment Narcolepzzzzzz
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Zbigniew Brzezinski summed it up 40 years ago:

"Nation state as a fundamental unit of man's organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state."

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:38 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Brzezinski was a commie traitor who worked for Carter.

So, who cares what that evil bastard thought?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 03:57 | Link to Comment Seer
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Maybe if people actually bothered to listen to these folks as to their message (no, you don't have to sign up to what they may or may not be promoting) then perhaps we might not be in this predicament?

Seems to me that what he had been projecting has, in fact, turned out.  Sucks, but had we actually bothered to debate the ideas way back when rather than spitting frothy "kill commies" shit we might not be talking about this bastard.

Shooting the messenger is stupid.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 22:16 | Link to Comment kumquatsunite
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And what's really interesting is that at this point in world affairs, Putin seems to want America to continue to exist...which may not happen given the nice little article at Huffington Post which chortles with gleed about all the Mexicans (oh scuse me!) that is "Latinos" who are now in the United States.

So that sandbagging that was postulated, which was that the US Census burea really was lying about the number of foreigners/"latinos" in the United States is proving to be, of course, true. After all, when whites are called "white not Hispanic" ya gotta figure the white genocide writing is on the wall. Combine that with those nice death panels for the older folks, the only really big group of whites left on the planet, and voila! you've given America over to Mexico. Problem is that doesn't work to well for Russia. Ya see the United States is the only country big enough and strong enough to keep China in check. Remove the United States as has de facto been done, and China rules all: One China World. Get used to it. You thought they LIKED making those cheap chotchkies for ya'll? ha ha ha...The Mexicans are the arrow to the heart of America that destroys her, and lays open the One China World. 

Only hope: End all immigration now. End all "family" reunification immigration(aka one immigrant turned into twenty). No birth drop babies are citizens (ya gotta be a citizen parent to give citizenship). Oh and all that "compasson" stuff about "they are such good people", well your kids and grandkids ain't gonna appreciate your not saving the natural resources needed for the future for them, and they ain't gonna appreciate your not saving this country for them. There's gonna be hell to pay on that one.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 21:05 | Link to Comment Use of Weapons
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The other half is this:

The White. [Officials]

The Red. [Service providers]

The Yellow. [Slaves]

The Blue. [Priests*]

The Black. [Enforcement]

Google passes - German insurance companies parties with whores - local PFI foundations in the UK.

However, a fourth class exists at Google that involves strictly data-entry labor, or more appropriately, the labor of digitizing. These workers are identifiable by their yellow badges, and they go by the team name ScanOps.

'The women wore red and yellow wrist bands... There were also women with white wrist bands. They were reserved for board members and the very best sales reps.'

Watch closely at the Apple store colouring.


We are not naive. We simply find the modus operandi of present systems callous, simplistic and shallow. Nor are we impressed by the simian usage of symbols. The greatest myth that the internet peddled was that these were secrets, or unavailable to anyone; this is not the way of the new. All is there to be seen, the only danger is falling into the abyss of representation and being swallowed by the echo chamber. Nietzche warned us well. [NSFW]




Watch for The Green. Not the fake Green of 'internship' or 'acolytes', but the Deep Green. The Goddess is not un-cruel, and has been called to the table.



Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.






*Or, 'sellers of truth'. Old Priest-hood is different - under capital, the Priest is the one who sells the apex product. Ipads are an asthetic religion, not a product in the old sense. Research brands for data.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:01 | Link to Comment Seer
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But... google is going to save us!  Yes, technology is needed to put all those color codings on people!

Google, another product of centralized control...

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:31 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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MacBeth quotes eh?

I like:

Liver of a blaspheming joo (banker)...

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:56 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 I'm Christian Buzz! Is my liver saved? Born and raised.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:05 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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You don't want to be liverated for the witches brew.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:00 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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  You win Buzz!

     Yen Cross.  JUST KIDDING!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:37 | Link to Comment bbq on whitehou...
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How many people do you know who are or were in prison? How many people do you know who will die for you?

No one.

To understand human nature you need to understand humans at their most vulnerable.

Its never about good, or evil its always about nobility.

How do I do good for my kin? Once you understand that you will understand human nature.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:11 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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What total drivel.

Nobility without "good"?

You are a moron.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:09 | Link to Comment Seer
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Good to see you continue to do your hard work.  Never pass up an opportunity to denigrate someone.

It reads a bit like drivel, yes, but it speaks to tribalism, a unit of human cohesion that's been around longer than any other.  Just the facts...

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:48 | Link to Comment andybev01
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Bubble-headed bleach-blondes, bitchezz!!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:54 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Beat it!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:11 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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dirty blonde

dirty laundry

down and dirty

dirty dozen

Note: i did not write "dirty sanchez" no i did not. i am being good.


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:59 | Link to Comment Racer
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To see the Genocidal in chief ChairSATAN Bernanke go down in history as the worst perpetrator of causing the most human deaths, poverty, and misery to generations to come, the worst  in the entire history of the world up to now will be something he can take to which every god he worships and say here weigh my heart, can I enter the Kingdom of RA.

And they will say "we don't take credit cards and certainly not paper, that is only good for  corpse wrappings!"

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:07 | Link to Comment ATG
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The bears have no mansions on Fifth Avenue



Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:14 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Some bears did buy missile silos when they were on sale. Of course, that was before being a doomer was all the rage.

Time will tell who is the better planner.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:08 | Link to Comment Seer
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Ha!  I knew it, you crawled out of a hole!

For whatever it's worth, I'm redneck trailer trash, so I suppose that I shouldn't be throwing stones...

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:09 | Link to Comment AZSovreign
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No news on Fukushima,,, until it suits them...

No news on the the 3 comets and 4 asteroids that will all pass earth from Sept thru Feb.

One of those comets (Elenin) just may be dwarf star instead, ( oh joy) but yep your right no news.


What was that old saying old news is no news?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 00:49 | Link to Comment Milestones
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Elenin will pass closest to Earth 9-26-11 and who knows what after that-supposedly could rearrange our polarity. For what its worth--just passing info on.     Milestones

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:15 | Link to Comment spekulatn
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(Looks both wayz)


Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:35 | Link to Comment zaknick
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Potemkin Village indeed!

How long can this drag out? Those freaking useless eaters and their entitlements; cut them off I say!!! Let the riots begin; it's the only way to topple the banksters.

The day the truth is told in the mass media about everything that has gone on in this monstrosity of a country, there would be another civil war except this time along ethnic lines.

Carry on to Judgment Day, AmeriKKKlansmen!

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:45 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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the Media and its search engine offshoots have failed the nation, profoundly, deeply and irrevocably.

Indeed.  The sad fact is that every institution essential to running society is simply incapable of accomplishing their stated mission to society.  It is all about narrative being the substance rather than substance itself.  No wonder the public face of much of our media, and the other institutions it covers now look like a Stepford Wives version of The Hills, served up at Wal Mart.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:52 | Link to Comment onarga74
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"and that's the way it was...Tuesday May 31st.  I'm Walter Cronkite.  Goodnight.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 The child speaks?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:23 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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That commie traitor should have been hauled into the square and shot in the brain.

Not killing that treasonous fuck was evidence the US was on the path to self destruction.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:22 | Link to Comment Seer
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Ah, the innevitable "kill commie" rant... 

What the fuck have you ever really contributed here?  Have you ever asked a REAL question?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:22 | Link to Comment gwar5
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The MSM is doing what they are supposed to do -- cover up and protect TPTB. They play dumb so the regime can claim they were "blindsided" by the "unexpected" coming collapse that "no one could have foreseen" so TPTB won't be the scapegoat.

The MSM is owned by the media conglomerates which are owned by the institutional investers -- ie.,  the usual suspects. Subsidizing poor ratings and loss of revenues are the cost of doing business. Last time I looked CBS parent, Viacom, listed Goldman Sachs as the #3 share holder; and there was Barclays, Blackrock, et al., right up there. Disney=ABC, and GE=NBC.

The MSM eventually stands to gain $60 billion per year in government subsidies. That's what has been put on the table for them. So they now have a huge vested interest in the propaganda. In the interests of full disclosure, they should be forced to scroll at the bottom of their screens that they are angling for $60 billion per year in government subsidy if their politicos can get elected and have their way.

In the next "unexpected" collapse they'll get their government bailout "in the public interest" so they can continue their propaganda as the American Pravda by keeping America informed and Leni Riefenstahling the regime on the taxpayer dime. Transformation much?

Looks like the MSM is already competing to do the most ass-kissing to get the lion's share. Surely they're not backing the Marxist candidate for president again, or any of the 70+ House dems that are card carrying members of the Socialist Democrats of America?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:26 | Link to Comment Seer
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Pretty good encapsulation...

These folks are all circle-jerking.  They pay in taxes and get subsidies in return.  It's a wash.  They feed off themselves for the purpose of keeping the masses distracted (via shit like selling wars and scaring us with other hobgoblins).

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:20 | Link to Comment monopoly
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Excellent article. +2

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:28 | Link to Comment monopoly
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They are trying to drag this out so we start to believe this is all normal. They will attempt to destroy the truth so they can continue with their charade. How long, I do not know. But it will stop, not sure how, but it will. Keep your patience intack and do not give in to them. Do not sell your physical, do not buy their crap.

Just keep moving along, protect your family and significant ones and never lose sight of the end game. It will be one hell of an ending. Hopefully I will know when to cook up a large popcorn.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:26 | Link to Comment Seer
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Good attitude!

"Hopefully I will know when to cook up a large popcorn."

That reminds me, I haven't had popcorn in too long now!  But, why not have it any time, why wait for the BIG event?  Life is to be lived, enjoy today! :-)

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:31 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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Sex and tears sell advertisements.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 21:04 | Link to Comment VyseLegendaire
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There is no point in saving the sinking ship.  You just gather as many survivors as you can and move on with life in the real world. 

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:31 | Link to Comment Seer
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Note: "survivors" happen AFTER they've been saved :-)  But other than that, good advice! (that's what I've been doing for many years)

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 21:31 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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"The News Cycle: Full of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing"

Jebus cripes, did you just figure this out?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 22:02 | Link to Comment TwoHoot
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I afgree with Tyler Durden's original post 100%. I could add a lengthy rant of my own but I won't.

Instead, I will kill all the fun with a serious question, "What are you going to do about it"? Better yet, "What can I do about it"?

I thought the internet would improve the situation but, in practice, it just speeds the cycle of meaningless info squirts.

My personal solution is to back off and simply reject it all unless it is confirmed by reality as I see it with my own eyes. It is the only way I can separate sense from nonsense but I am never sure if I am correct or insane.

ZeroHedge usually adds something several times a day that confirms my tentative conclusions or gives me a new way of looking at things. Thank you and keep up the good work.





Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:32 | Link to Comment Seer
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In essence you just repudiated the need to even bother asking these questions:

"My personal solution is to back off and simply reject it all"

There you go!

THE question should be:

Why should we spend any energy on doing anything about it?

Let it hang itself, which IS doing (newspapers and TV audiences are dwindling and will continue to do so- geez, I quit paying for any of this crap years ago [and now I couldn't afford it ($$) anyway]).

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 22:19 | Link to Comment Jasper M
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Translation: The public news consumer, and thus the news industry, is Not paying atention to what He want them to. So it Must be a nefarious plot to distract. Because, like, the people would otherwise Never ignore his pont of view, right?

Never ascribe to a plan what can be adequately be explained by the ebb and flow of ideological fashion. The don't pay attention, not because they are led astray, but because they Choose not to. 

And perhaps they are right. While deeply unfashionable on this bored, plenty of reason to believe the dollar will Not tank promptly, even if we don't do refashion our thoughts Just So. . In fact, I'm betting on it.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 23:05 | Link to Comment sporb
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*** Not true in Canada ***


-just sayin...

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:37 | Link to Comment Seer
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Ah, another poster child for denial...

The Cannuckers are still claiming that they don't have a housing bubble.  Sigh, happens when you're a follower (sucking the hind quarter of the US), you gleefully follow over a cliff...

Note: yes, there are some reasonable news outlets there, but the assessment is of the whole, and the whole, well, see my above comment...

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 23:22 | Link to Comment Herbert_guthrie
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Mainstream media has not focused on the financial crisis, because the OWNERS of the mainstream media are the ones who have purposely caused it. It is ALL misdirection and propaganda from this point on boys.....

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:45 | Link to Comment Seer
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Obviously there's linkage, but... it's their System that caused it, "they" themselves don't really want anything to do with destabilizing the game that positions them on top of the heap.

Another thought might be that this is just the endgame of capitalism's cycle(s?), which promotes consolidation, and the big entities are stomping out competition because that's what shareholders demand (higher returns).

It is what it is.  The more we focus on it the more we give it relevance.

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 23:51 | Link to Comment JR
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A fine article. And I’m reminded of the item I heard on my way to work this morning. I guess it could be called: No news is good news.

First, the “newsman” relates how a company receipt from Joplin Tire was found 500 miles from the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, where the receipt originated.  Then it was explained how this would be the farthest that wind had ever carried any object and could perhaps be a world record!

But, then, the newsman drops us all back from our excitement with the let down that, alas, it had been carried 500 miles by a person who was in Joplin who had lost it, and therefore, it had not been carried by the wind after all.

If this qualifies as national news, it makes one wonder what trivial event this one pushed out of the mainstream flow.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:47 | Link to Comment Seer
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Notice the subtle/hidden message of consumerism?  Shift from human tragedy to a "receipt" (which draws one's mind to a "purchase").  GW Bush told everyone to go out and go shopping after 9/11.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 01:29 | Link to Comment glenlloyd
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I subscribe to the idea that no lie lives forever. Eventually all the BS falls away and the reality comes regardless as to whether the recipient wants it or not.

On NBR tonight, and I rarely watch because it's just warmed over BS and nothing at all provacative, they did a segment on Hermes and how the stock has moved higher because those who are not affected by the depression are out spending money. BFD! They like to trot out people who spout garbage and come to no conclusion at all, it's all watered down crapola.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 04:55 | Link to Comment Seer
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Sadly, while a lie may not live forever, a lie may have a useful shelf life.

It was someone up high in the GW Bush administration who was heard to remark that while we're all studying what they're doing (sifting through their lies) they're making "new realities."

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 01:34 | Link to Comment Printfaster
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I think that I am being channeled.

Either that or someone is reading my comments.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 01:45 | Link to Comment AldoHux_IV
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Great article about the MSM crapshow.

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