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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:39 | 974839 johnQpublic
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peak bull shit nor peak stupidity can be achieved

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:43 | 974870 andybev01
Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:17 | 974990 Herd Redirectio...
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I heard the aliens on that show V are trying to figure out how to destroy the human soul.  Maybe they should send someone down to DC, to see how its done?

Check out the latest from the Capital Research Institute:

What makes Gold money?

The last few weeks the Capital Research Institute has looked at a wide range of issues, from food inflation to unreliable government statistics to different forms of wealth.  Today we look at one of the crucial issues of our time, is gold money?  What is it about gold that makes it arguably THE best choice to serve as money?

Well, before answering that, it would perhaps be wise to do a  quick refresher course on the system currently in place.   The US dollar currently acts as world reserve currency.  This means that the ‘strength’ of the US dollar underpins the entire world economy.  If you want to buy oil, sorry, you have to buy US dollars in order to buy the oil!  And the value of the US dollar is merely a function of how many dollars are in circulation, how much demand is there, and how much faith people still have in the US Government.

Hold on, faith in the US government?  That is one of the components that determines the value of the US dollar?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:18 | 974993 Herd Redirectio...
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server screw up

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:58 | 975145 jus_lite_reading
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Uh oh! It's finally gone main stream! Watch out boys!

We've known about this for months now but it wasn't main stream. They're worried.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:36 | 975267 andybev01
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"LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Jim Sutterfield was briefly puzzled by a thumping sound that seemed to slam the back of his office chair."

Was Bill Clinton around?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:25 | 975771 CH1
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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:57 | 976073 andybev01
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Thanks for getting that one. :-)

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:48 | 974898 jus_lite_reading
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Allow me to sum up these charts- "We're fucked!"

Let's get this party started NOW!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:18 | 974998 Mudflap
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"We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."

Ayn Rand

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:22 | 975007 Oh regional Indian
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Thanks for the quote. Awesome.


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:33 | 975058 eatthebanksters
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similarly, to quote the wise words of an old friend...."you don't need to make your decisions based on reality, but you sure have to live with the consequences!"

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:35 | 975070 Rodent Freikorps
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"Reality bats last" for the sports lovers.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:52 | 975129 Mudflap
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I always associate that quote with Coopers book on programming and design, 'The Inmates are Running the Asylum'.  Has a chapter on 'Reality bats last'...

"Engineers are uncomfortable stepping away from their firm foundation of rationality and prefer to cling to their assumed limitations. Because they know that we will eventually confront those constraints, they feel responsible to defend them. They call this "playing devil's advocate." Although I appreciate their concern, the constraints of reality are the one thing that needs no help. Reality never needs an advocate, because it can never be denied. It is always true that reality bats last. Knowing that reality will always get its turn at bat, we know that regardless of what we imagine or design, it will never become real if it is not possible. Only someone without skin in the game would design something unbuildable. What's more, we very often find that constraints are illusory and self-imposed. You cannot see that until you step around them."

It makes a lot of sense to push the reality in the world of designing useful software applications (it's what I do, btw).  I wonder if big ben is implementing a form of this philosophy with the full knowledge that reality will be batting last so it will all work out in the end - i.e., he will get paid regardless...  He's just applying creative design techniques to fiscal policy.  BTFD!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:41 | 975460 Arkadaba
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Well ... if you are banker, it seems you can.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:06 | 976829 StychoKiller
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To hear the Decepticrats tell it, "we must make more 'investments' so that more Americans can find employment -- we shoud worry about the debt after unemployment starts falling.", while the Republicons come up, bitchin' and moanin' about it, with a measly $100Billion in cuts!

To US Govt:  please feel free to help us enjoy the coming Great Implosion that's becoming more and more of a mathematical certainty!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:38 | 974846 John Law Lives
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Scary stuff.

The chances of the FY2112 budget deficit being under $1 Trillion are essentially zero (imo).  There is no chance of every running a balanced budget again in the USSA.


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:58 | 974926 dick cheneys ghost
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ohio prison system "ready to blow"

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:39 | 975078 Oh regional Indian
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The great american con, ready to blow for 150 years...


Uncle Sam's NAKED.....

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:39 | 974848 alpds
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Here's another good one (by Dead Prez - Propaganda):

and a quote by John Jay (another founding daddy): "People who own the country ought to govern it."

What we do about it that is the question!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:40 | 974852 NOTW777
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tell us something we dont know.  it doesnt take 3-4 pages of charts and graphs to know this admin. is not telling the truth.

mob behavior will solve nothing.

the tea party had great affect with peaceful protests.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:58 | 974927 alpds
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What do you mean by "this admin"? This is how its been since the inception of the union...


James Madison: "The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. The government we mean to erect is intended to last for ages. The landed interest, at present, is prevalent; but in process of time, when we approximate to the states and kingdoms of Europe, — when the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, through the various means of trade and manufactures, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. The senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, they ought to have permanency and stability."


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:23 | 975012 NOTW777
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so you equate the current level of lying on a par with our founding fathers???

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:39 | 975973 alpds
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Did you even read the quote or ponder its meaning?

Of course, as technology, media and PR industries have evolved the propaganda has risen to much more sophisticated levels. However, the idea of misleading the public for the benefits of "opulent minority" (the elites or ruling class) has been discussed and understood since Enlightenment.

The "founding fathers" were part of the ruling class; at the time, they were some of the wealthiest men in the Nation.

I quoted John Jay earlier in the thread: "The people who own the country ought to govern it." Such views and ideas of founding fathers unsurprisingly are not taught at schools or widely written about. The reality, unfortunately, has not changed. Yes, progress at a very tremendous cost certainly has been made. However, despite this progress, the people who own the country still govern it.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:10 | 976841 StychoKiller
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So, we're NOW better off because welfare bums can vote themselves money from the Treasury?  Check your premises.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 14:54 | 977623 alpds
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Eloborate please about my premises. I do not know what you mean. Who are the welfare bums?

It seems to me that you are missing the point. Both quotes (by Jay & Madison) clearly indicate the true intention of the founding daddies not the myths we're told: government ruled by opulent minority, not by the people - democracy. Whether we are better off is another debate. My point is that since the inception of the union, the people who have owned the country governed it (as Jay states) for their benefit at the expense of everyone else.

The recent crisis and the Fed are simply making it more apparent for the rest of the population who previously believed that US had a true democracy and that their vote had an impact on political decisions.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:26 | 975026 Rodent Freikorps
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All that ended with the ammendment that made senators elected by the popular vote. Now they are just a bit more wealthy whores.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:31 | 975049 hardcleareye
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"the tea party had great affect with peaceful protests"

I trust you are saying this "tongue in cheek"?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:43 | 975095 hardcleareye
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When I think of "Tea Patriots" this is the scene that comes to mind.  Not values that I share.....

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:20 | 975219 moregoldplease
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First of all the guy didn't have Parkinsons. It was a stupid trap which the TEA party did not fall in. You did.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:42 | 974858 Mr Poopra
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 "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."  George Orwell


Tyler, this place will become the stuff of legend after the collapse.  What a great privilege to be a part of this community during this incredible time.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:43 | 975093 Lord Vader
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I second that! 


Thank you Tyler

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:47 | 975461 Zero Govt
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Yes this will be an historic economic event, indeed historic for the level of social change we will go through. We probably won't recognise ourselves in 5 years and i'm serious about that.

The charts are sad and scary shit but don't we already know we're bankrupt and that our "democratic Govt" is a criminal parasite collective with no fuking interest whatsoever in the best interests of either us or country. 

So here's the line, us and them.

Here's the next line, it is us or them.

We've already passed the first line. When the penny drops, or more accurately when the 'economy drops', we'll cross the second line and then we'll physically go after The Parasite Club in Washington 

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:12 | 976847 StychoKiller
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To those same parasites:  "Our work, or Your guns."  Choose one, you cannot have both!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:41 | 974862 Common_Cents22
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look up the lyrics for "cult of personality" by living color and you have Obummer.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:47 | 974889 palmereldritch
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Neon Lights, a Nobel Prize.
Then the mirror speaks, the reflection lies.

Great song.  Awesome guitar hook.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:29 | 975042 Rodent Freikorps
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It is embarrassing to have a dictator who looks like a dick with ears. At least Mussolini looked the part.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:30 | 975785 CH1
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You guys are breaking me up today!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:15 | 975958 Diogenes
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Mussolini looked like a dick with ears, especially from the back. This one looks like "What me worry?" Alfred E Neuman.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:08 | 974944 alpds
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what about founding daddies, JFK, Reagan, and the rest of the scum-bags?



Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:38 | 975077 karzai_luver
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and Bush and Reagan and CLinton and Summers and Rubin and Dimon and Blankfein and Cheney and Rumsfeld and , oh why bother.



you been had son.


Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:47 | 974891 falak pema
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Tyler Durden, the Thomas Paine of the new Internet revolution. Will you take a contingent of Lafayettans from Europe/Canada to help you out?


Raise high the roof beams carpenter...the sky's the limit... as the rage becomes front page.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:47 | 974893 jus_lite_reading
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The end result is the same- destruction by a giant asteroid, supervolcanos, solar flares or total financial destruction caused by a greedy, lying, corrupt "elite."



Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:51 | 974904 shargash
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You lost me on "liberal media." The media isn't liberal, it is Corporatist. If you can't get that, your basic framework for viewing the world is out of touch with reality.

I understand that, if someone is a "conservative," they might view everything they don't like as its opposite (i.e. "liberal"). However, there is endless variation in things you don't like. Seeing those variations is really a prerequisite to informed analysis. In fact, it is what distinguishes informed analysis from partisan blathering.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:05 | 974947 hardcleareye
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After reading many post on ZH, I have come realize that the term "liberal" is not used, as is defined in Websters Dictionary but means "anyone who has a opinion that is contrary to my own that I want to denigrate". 

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 00:22 | 976736 Dr. Porkchop
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The people who throw around the terms; libtard, liberal, repupli-whatever, are people who have yet to extricate themselves of the matrix.


Once you take off the partisan hat, the circulation to the brain returns and you feel great. Then you can start to fight the real enemy.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:15 | 976857 StychoKiller
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Which is why I call "those" people Socialist/Progressives -- there's nothing "liberal" about their machinations.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:17 | 974991 alpds
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Very good point! I strongly recommend Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman. References could be easily (most of the time) verified and explored further for deeper context and meaning.

A very good documentary on the book could be viewed here:

and a lecture by NC on the subject:

hit refresh if the links don't seem to work. 

ps: With the tremendous humility and respect I suggest everyone at ZH read the book andview the docy and the lecture.

Power to the people by any means necessary!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:35 | 976013 alpds
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if you junked this, please explain why... 

"me-me-media, misleading ya" ~ NAS, Sly fox (although he gives props to BO at the end, and it pisses me off it is still a great song)

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:17 | 975965 malek
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First define "liberal" nowadays, and mention if your personal spec is in line with the public conception of that term (as you see it).

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