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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

Pump It Up

Down in the pleasure centre,
hell bent or heaven sent,
listen to the propaganda,
listen to the latest slander.
There’s nothing underhand
that she wouldn’t understand.
Pump it up until you can feel it.
Pump it up when you don’t really need it.

Elvis Costello - Pump It Up

I had been planning an article based on the Green Day song – Static Age -
about the propaganda, lies and misinformation that are endlessly
directed at the American people by the government, the mainstream
corporate media, and the wealthy elite that control the levers of our
society. Then Barack Obama presented his 2012 Budget proposal, including
his 10 year projection for our country. I know you’ve heard the term
Peak Oil, but the term that came to my mind when I saw Obama’s budget
was Peak Bullshit. I thought that would be a great article name, but
some sites wouldn’t like the foul language. I was in a quandary until
the Elvis Costello song Pump It Up came
on the radio while I was driving to work. Down in the pleasure center
of Washington DC, the propaganda, slander and most blatant lies are
spoken without a hint of guilt or even the faintest whiff of shame. The
politicians in Washington DC on both sides of the aisle believe the
American people are stupid, gullible, apathetic and easily manipulated.
They may be right, but there are a few people out there who can cut
through their bullshit and find the truth.

Obama, Wall Street, and the corporate
mouthpieces in the mainstream media have been pumping up the American
people for months with false data, unwarranted optimism, bank profits
created out of thin air by accounting fraud, and attempting to create an
economic recovery built on a foundation of sand, supported only by
lies. The Obama budget is worse than a joke. It is a tragic joke. It
amazes me that he can stand in front of the American people and present
such a lie. The liberal media then unquestioningly presents the budget
as a frugal cost cutting proposal that will reduce deficits and inflict
painful cuts upon the poor American people. It would be laughable, if it
wasn’t so sad. One look at Obama’s deficit projections for FY11 and
FY12, presented one year ago, should be enough to convince you that no
one in Washington DC has a clue what they are doing.




  Federal (Deficit)
Year Spending Surplus
2011 $3,834 -$1,267
2012 $3,755 -$828

 

Obama projected a two year deficit of $2.1
trillion. His current projection, just one year later, is $2.75
trillion. He missed it by this much.

The rocket scientists running our country
underestimated the deficit by 31% in the space of one year. I suppose
that is considered highly accurate for a government drone. Now let’s get
some perspective on Obama’s projected FY11 deficit of $1.65 trillion.
This is the projected DEFICIT. Do you remember back to the Clinton
administration? Did you feel like your Federal government wasn’t
spending enough? In 1998 the TOTAL SPENDING of the Federal government
was $1.65 trillion. We now run deficits that equal the entire budget of
the United States in 1998, without blinking an eye or questioning how we
got here. The politicians have scared the populace into thinking that
the country will collapse without the Federal Government spending $3.8
trillion of your money, every year.

Static Age

Can you hear the sound of the static noise?
Blasting out in stereo
Cater to the class and the paranoid
Music to my nervous system
Advertising love and religion
Murder on the airwaves
Slogans on the brink of corruption
Vision of blasphemy, war and peace
Screaming at you

I can’t see a thing in the video
I can’t hear a sound on the radio
In stereo in the static age  –
Green Day – Static Age

The politicians prefer their actions be bathed in shades of grey. The
corporate payoffs, backroom deals, union arm twisting and selling of
votes to the highest bidder are how business is done in Washington DC.
They believe that if there is enough static noise being generated by the
mainstream media, then the American public will be distracted and not
notice they have destroyed the country. When analyzing Obama’s budget we
need some perspective. Below is a chart showing actual Federal spending
and deficits from 1999 through 2010 and projections from 2011 through
2021. My assessment is that the Great American Empire peaked in
1999-2000. The unemployment rate was 4% and 64.4% of the working age
population, or 137 million Americans, were employed. Corporate profits
were surging, along with the stock market. The Federal government was
spending $1.8 trillion and generating budget surpluses of $236 billion.
The National Debt of $5.7 trillion was only 57% of GDP. 

The decline of the American Empire can be seen in the chart of woe.
The unemployment rate today is 9%. Only 58.4% of the working age
population is employed. Eleven years after peak empire, the working age
population has grown by 26 million people and the number of employed
Americans has grown by 2.4 million. At least 64.4% of the population
would like to be working. This means that there are 14.4 million people
who would work if the jobs were available. The Federal government is
spending $3.8 trillion and generating deficits of $1.6 trillion. The
National Debt is $14.2 trillion, or 94% of GDP. Except for Wall Street
banks and mega-corporations, small business profits are weak and the
stock market is at the same levels reached in 1999. These are the truths
you won’t hear from politicians or the mainstream media.





  Federal   (Deficit)
Year Spending % Change Surplus
1999 $1,702   $125
2000 $1,789 5.1% $236
2001 $1,863 4.1% $128
2002 $2,011 7.9% -$158
2003 $2,160 7.4% -$378
2004 $2,293 6.2% -$413
2005 $2,472 7.8% -$319
2006 $2,655 7.4% -$249
2007 $2,729 2.8% -$161
2008 $2,983 9.3% -$459
2009 $3,518 17.9% -$1,413
2010 $3,456 -1.8% -$1,293
2011F $3,819 10.5% -$1,645
2012B $3,729 -2.4% -$1,101
2013B $3,771 1.1% -$768
2014B $3,977 5.5% -$645
2015B $4,190 5.4% -$607
2016B $4,468 6.6% -$649
2017B $4,669 4.5% -$627
2018B $4,876 4.4% -$619
2019B $5,154 5.7% -$681
2020B $5,422 5.2% -$735
2021B $5,697 5.1% -$774

 

So now let’s assess the reality of Obama’s ten year budget. If you
were to believe the reports in the media, you would think that Obama is
cutting deficits and making hard choices. Amazingly, deficits plummet
all the way down to “only” $600 billion to $800 billion after 2012. In
the chart above, I ignore the revenue side of the equation, because
Obama’s assumptions are beyond ridiculous. His assumption of the GDP
growing from $15 trillion in 2011 to $24.6 trillion in 2021, a 64%
increase, is a fantasy. During the last 10 years, GDP grew by only 51%.
So, despite mind numbing debt levels, structurally high unemployment,
peak oil, and a rapidly aging population, GDP is going to surge over the
next ten years? I certainly believe that. Under the Obama budget, tax
revenues will grow from 14.4% of GDP in 2011 to 20% of GDP in 2021. By
comparison, the historical average is only 18% of GDP. Some of Obama’s
tax revenue assumptions are as follows:

  • Raising the top marginal income tax rate from 35% to 39.6%. This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike
  • Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%
  • Raising the estate tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the estate
    tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5
    million. This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike
  • Capping the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate.
    This will effectively cut tax deductions for mortgage interest,
    charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or
    sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee
    business expenses. A new means-tested phase-out of itemized deductions
    limits them even more. This is a $321 billion/ten year tax hike
  • Massive new taxes on energy, including LIFO repeal, Superfund,
    domestic energy manufacturing, and many others totaling $120 billion
    over ten years
  • Increasing unemployment payroll taxes by $15 billion over ten years
  • Increasing tax penalties, information reporting, and IRS information sharing. This is a ten-year tax hike of $20 billion.

It is an absolute certainty that the Democrats will lose control of
the Senate in 2012. Obama will never get any of his tax increases
through a Republican controlled Congress. They are DOA. Therefore, his
revenue assumptions are overstated by hundreds of billions every year.
Even using his optimistic assumptions, the National Debt would reach $18
trillion in 2015. Using real world numbers, the National Debt will
exceed $20 trillion in 2015. In what must be a gag, Obama says that
interest on the debt will “only” be $500 billion in 2015. Hysterically,
this would mean our debt holders will only require a crumbling empire
to pay 2.5% on our debt. How about 5% as a minimum and 10% as a more
likely rate? This would put interest on the debt between $1 trillion and
$2 trillion per year. The collapse of America is a certainty if Obama’s
budgeted spending and deficits play out. Somehow, the majority of
Americans are overwhelmed with indifference. 

Overwhelmed By Indifference

Some of my friends sit around every evening
and they worry about the times ahead
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference
and the promise of an early bed
You either shut up or get cut up;
they don’t wanna hear about it.
- Elvis Costello - Radio, Radio 

Do you remember when the politicians of both parties were making dire
predictions of Great Depressions, economic collapse and 10%
unemployment if we didn’t pass their ”save an investment banker” rescue
package and the $800 billion “jobs creation” stimulus package? They
assured the American people that these expenditures were temporary and
were only being made to save the country. Before the crisis,
Federal spending was $2.7 trillion. The talking heads at the Fed and in
the White House assure us they saved the world. GDP is growing and Obama
told me we’ve added over 1 million jobs in the last year. Sounds like
the emergency is over. The $400 billion per year of emergency spending
should now be rolled back, since it was temporary. Therefore, Obama’s
budget surely must going from $3.8 trillion back down to a pre-emergency
level of $3.0 trillion in 2012. Not quite. You see, government spending
never goes down. His proposal shows $3.7 trillion of spending in FY12.
Emergencies never end for a politician in Washington DC. Spending equals
power and control over our lives. There will always be another
emergency that requires more spending.

You are now hearing the spin from the ideologues on both sides of the
aisle about their cost consciousness and desire to restrain spending.
It’s all a load of bull. Bush and the Republicans added $4.3 trillion to
the National Debt during their reign of error. Obama has matched Bush
in the space of 2 1/2 years by adding another $4.3 trillion. There is no
effort to cut spending. Obama’s budget shows spending rising from $3.7
trillion in FY12 to $5.7 trillion in FY21. The propaganda and
misinformation being spewed from these corrupt politicians is mind
numbing.

Again, some perspective is needed to realize how out of control our
Federal Government has become. According to the BLS, inflation has risen
by 33% since 1999. Real GDP has grown by 23%. The population of the
U.S. has grown by 10%. The number of employed Americans has risen by
1.8%. The average pay for a Federal drone (aka worker) has risen by 58%,
while the average pay for real workers has risen by only 30%.
Therefore, the average non-government employee has seen a decrease in
their standard of living as inflation has risen faster than wages. As
you can calculate yourself, Federal government spending surged by 124%
between 1999 and today. Have you noticed a doubling in service level,
competence, educational scores, new energy solutions, or safety and
security? What did we get for an extra $2.1 trillion of spending?

    

What we got was exhausting wars of choice, less freedom, less
liberties, less safety, more rules, more regulations, more bureaucrats,
more corruption, a financial collapse, and a government that has put us
on a path to fiscal ruin. We’ve almost tripled spending on Defense. Are
we safer? We’ve more than doubled spending on healthcare. Are we
healthier? We’ve more than doubled spending on welfare. Are the
poor less impoverished? We’ve more than doubled spending on education.
Are our children smarter? The Federal government is out of control. When
you hear a politician or pundit detailing the horrors of “spending
cuts”, please keep in mind they are lying. There will be no cuts until
they are forced upon the government by the looming collapse of our
economic system.







Year Defense Pensions Health Care Welfare Education
1999 $333 $431 $332 $165 $56
2000 $359 $454 $352 $171 $60
2001 $366 $481 $390 $183 $64
2002 $422 $503 $427 $224 $78
2003 $483 $518 $469 $242 $91
2004 $543 $537 $509 $238 $96
2005 $600 $565 $549 $246 $106
2006 $621 $591 $583 $250 $128
2007 $653 $636 $642 $254 $102
2008 $730 $669 $671 $313 $102
2009 $794 $739 $764 $407 $91
2010 $847 $756 $821 $496 $140
2011F $965 $801 $882 $488 $130
2012B $925 $813 $866 $424 $121
% Increase 177.8% 88.6% 160.8% 157.0% 116.1%

 

Now the question is what do we do about it? I know my first
inclination would be to do what that Iraqi reporter did a few years ago
during a Bush press conference in Iraq. I’d love to throw my shoes at
Obama and every lying corrupt politician in America, but the momentary
feeling of pleasure would be snuffed out in seconds by a hail of bullets
from the Department of Homeland Security thugs guarding these traitors
to the American republic.

 

 

Below is my CHART OF DOOM. Using real world
assumptions, the National Debt will reach $25 trillion by 2019. That
level of debt would be 130% of a realistic GDP figure. The interest on
this level of debt would likely exceed $2 trillion per year, more than
the entire Federal spending budget in 2002. This chart will not come to
pass. Our economic system will collapse well before we reach a $25
trillion debt level. This is already baked in the cake. There are not
enough politicians willing to tell the truth and not enough citizens
that want to hear the truth. The result will be default, insolvency,
currency collapse, vaporization of wealth, chaos, and pain.  

The only way to avert the coming financial catastrophe is to go
Egyptian on their asses. Maybe mobs of Americans surrounding the White
House, Federal Reserve building and Wall Street bank headquarters would
get their attention. It wouldn’t take a majority, but a minority of
angry Americans willing to fight for the future of the country. The
anger is building. More people are becoming aware. The internet is
working its magic, just as it is doing in the Middle East. Those in
control can keep pumping out their lies and propaganda, but the truth is
plain to see, if you open your eyes.
 
“It does not take the majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority, keen on setting brush fire freedom in the minds of
men.”
- Samuel Adams
 


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

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:43 | Link to Comment andybev01
Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:17 | Link to Comment 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:

http://www.capitalresearchinstitute.org

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 | Link to Comment Herd Redirectio...
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server screw up

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

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110217/ap_on_re_us/us_arkansas_earthquakes

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

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:36 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment CH1
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LOL!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:57 | Link to Comment andybev01
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Thanks for getting that one. :-)

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:48 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Thanks for the quote. Awesome.

ORI

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:33 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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"Reality bats last" for the sports lovers.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:52 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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Well ... if you are banker, it seems you can.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:06 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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ohio prison system "ready to blow"

 

http://nakedempire.wordpress.com/

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

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/truth-about-america-truth-about-us/

 

Uncle Sam's NAKED.....

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:39 | Link to Comment alpds
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Here's another good one (by Dead Prez - Propaganda): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMnLHmTXjgU

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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment hardcleareye
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When I think of "Tea Patriots" this is the scene that comes to mind.  Not values that I share.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ik4f1dRbP8&NR=1

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:20 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Lord Vader
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I second that! 

 

Thank you Tyler

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:47 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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Neon Lights, a Nobel Prize.
Then the mirror speaks, the reflection lies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0

Great song.  Awesome guitar hook.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:29 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment CH1
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You guys are breaking me up today!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:15 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment alpds
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what about founding daddies, JFK, Reagan, and the rest of the scum-bags?

 

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:38 | Link to Comment 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.

 

Rube

you been had son.

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:47 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5631882395226827730#

and a lecture by NC on the subject:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5631882395226827730#docid=57300...

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 | Link to Comment 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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blxF1aRuunc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QekK7z0rlY

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:17 | Link to Comment 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).

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:52 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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He called it a "liberal" media.  Excuse me, it's a "corporate" media.  Otherwise...

"The road will seem so straight and fair to travel, you will kick yourself for stumbling through the brambles for so long, and wonder at your neighbors who still can't see the path, though it is truly a freeway" -- Aristotle (no, the blogger)

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:12 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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Robert Frost (1874–1963)

 

The Road Not Taken

 

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:06 | Link to Comment Hulk
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Here is Robert Frost reading it himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmnLhXlAi_4

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:52 | Link to Comment curbyourrisk
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Count me in.......Let's set a time and date.

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:54 | Link to Comment hardcleareye
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Good read, but I wish the author had cited his data......  some of the numbers seem questionable, but without his data source and definitions for the categories it's hard to say.......

The expression "Death by a thousand cuts" come to mind regarding the deficit.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:56 | Link to Comment gordengeko
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+33

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 13:56 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmocxeN24Yo

Y'all are nuts. Americans won't look for liberty. They will look for a savior. We are all Europeans now.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:32 | Link to Comment CH1
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No, there are still genuine Americans... though I wouldn't bet on the percentages.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:32 | Link to Comment CH1
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No, there are still genuine Americans... though I wouldn't bet on the percentages. :(

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:01 | Link to Comment PY-129-20
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Norway battles to contain oil slick after tanker is grounded

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14853962,00.html

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:01 | Link to Comment 1223pm
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Out side America things are pretty much clear that it is time for some other nation to take charge of the world finances. I am very humbly want to ask a very stupid question witch intellectuals like on ZH may find not worth answering but I try my luck.

What happens if America refuses to pay the debt? I will aging ask your pardon for asking this question.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:37 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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I think a subset to consider first for your question (and I may be wrong so I would be glad to have further clarification from anyone) is the health of the debtor’s (USG) guarantor which I believe technically would be the US taxpayer.

In this scenario the IRS is essentially the collection agency for the private central banking cartel enforcing collection of interest on this debt for the private Federal Reserve.

The US can’t go broke until taxation falls apart completely which would happen if the USD was dumped abroad sufficiently enough so that no amount printing of FRNs could maintain the illusion of credibility and liquidity anymore.  This may come in the form of hyper-inflation and economic collapse triggered by an oil shock and/or war. Or numerous other scenarios given the precarious fiscal situation of the USG.

The US FED stands between the US taxpayer and the US Treasury so any bankruptcy would be visited upon the citizen first allowing the FED to collect on Treasury (read: Gold reserves) which would allow the FED to realize assets on synthetic debt they created without sufficient reserves themselves.

This is why an audit of the FED is important for many reasons not least of all to determine what reserves they as a bank (THEY the FED) possess to guarantee the debt they are issuing other than the collateralisation by the cash flow of US taxpayers.  Exposing the scam that they have no reserves and thus no right to issue this debt would repudiate and dissolve their authority allowing citizens to seize the Treasury in a default scenario and restructure their debt on their terms on a global reset.

The ponzi artists are expected to manage an order from the next manufactured chaos to achieve a global version of the financial penury engineered from the USD as reserve currency thus achieving a global central bank of fiat and control.

Bankruptcy of the USD and US citizenry is a critical step on the path to this global slavery.

Thwarting it will require repudiation of this debt on the basis that the FED is a criminally fraudulent organization.  The order from chaos, action/reaction/solution manipulation has to be short circuited at this transit point to avoid this feudal endgame.

That’s my hyper-inflated simplistic 2 cents for what it’s worth.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Palmer 

Any 'Grand Plans' the Parasite Club has on making us slaves I can assure you will fail (miserably and completely). People when the economic shit hits the fan will lose any and all faith in the corrupt stinking parasitical institution that is Govt.

They will be in no mood and of no mind to take anymore shit from anyone who thinks they have any 'authority'. Be assured we are not going to transit smoothly from one failed Govt to another. We will all press, "Reject' in the space between

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:00 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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ZG

I hope (damn...notice how they have poisoned that word sufficiently now) that 'reject' is a clear and viable option.

There are a lot of zombies out there today...zombies that don't have an appetite for brains nor even a taste for awareness.

Communicating to the average person the extent of the fraud is, I believe, key to establishing a re-set on the peoples' terms.  Forewarned is forearmed.
Slavery or prey is not an option.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcnumxDdvDU&feature=fvwrel

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:03 | Link to Comment redpill
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"Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us "change," and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon, "change" always means more of the same: more government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more unnecessary war, and more centralization of power.

Real change would mean something like the opposite of those things. It might even involve following our Constitution. And that's the one option Americans are never permitted to hear....

With national bankruptcy looming, politicians from both parties continue to make multi-trillion dollar promises of "free" goods from the government, and hardly a soul wonders if we can still afford to have troops in - this is not a misprint - 130 countries around the world. All of this is going to come to an end sooner or later, because financial reality is going to make itself felt in very uncomfortable ways. But instead of thinking about what this means for how we conduct our foreign and domestic affairs, our chattering classes seem incapable of speaking in anything but the emptiest platitudes, when they can be bothered to address serious issues at all. Fundamental questions like this, and countless others besides, are off the table in our mainstream media, which focuses our attention on trivialities and phony debates as we march toward oblivion.

This is the deadening consensus that crosses party lines, that dominates our major media, and that is strangling the liberty and prosperity that were once the birthright of Americans. Dissenters who tell their fellow citizens what is really going on are subject to smear campaigns that, like clockwork, are aimed at the political heretic. Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

There is an alternative to national bankruptcy, a bigger police state, trillion-dollar wars, and a government that draws ever more parasitically on the productive energies of theAmerican people. It's called freedom. But as we've learned through hard experience, we are not going to hear a word in its favor if our political and media establishments have anything to say about it.

If we want to live in a free society, we need to break free from these artificial limitations on free debate and start asking serious questions once again. I am happy that my campaign for the presidency has finally raised some of them. But this is a long-term project that will persist far into the future. These ideas cannot be allowed to die, buried beneath the mind-numbing chorus of empty slogans and inanities that constitute official political discourse in America."

~ Ron Paul, Preface to The Revolution: A Manifesto

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:03 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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Peak Bullshit?

That will be the absolute last artificial scarcity for these guys.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:27 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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LOVE the Elvis Costello references!

May I add "American Gangster Time" by Costello and the Imposters?:

"Next week there'll be some fashionable new sin
For each harlot and each Puritan
Pull off their wings stick them on a pin
And just watch the money roll in

It's a drag
Saluting that starry rag
I’d rather go blind
For speaking my mind
Or use it just like a gag
So raise it in anger
Just let it hang
American Gangster Time"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VcXdeQlaQs

 

Our lusts are consuming us.

This is not a political or theoretical problem or event - it is a species event; the great unwinding.

Austerity won't save us anymore than spending or QE XVI because we have passed the point where pulling or pushing on the rope matters - as there is nothing on the other end.

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:43 | Link to Comment alpds
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Isn't it ironic that this "starry rag" representing the nation of the "free" has been inspired by flag of East India Company??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_India_Company

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 00:16 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Very interesting, have heard of the company but not related the flag, thank you.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:05 | Link to Comment dootyfree
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This is because the govt must spend in order to tax.  The greatest depressions in history have come after balanced budgets.  Private savings equal public debt.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:06 | Link to Comment TuesdayBen
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The media is in fact liberal - 90%+ of them vote liberal.

Libs are looking particularly ugly these days, and will take another big beating in 2012.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:19 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Bush and the Republicans added $4.3 trillion to the National Debt during their reign of error. Obama has matched Bush in the space of 2 1/2 years by adding another $4.3 trillion. There is no effort to cut spending. 

Two heads of the same monster. I find it painful that anyone still believes in the "two party system". These guys are owned lock stock and barrel. It's the only way they get in and even if they get elected by "the people" they need the big money boys to stay in. 

On Thursday Richard Shelby announced he wants to repeal Dodd-Frank Financial Reform after only a year. LOL! They want to re-start CDO squared ASAP!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:20 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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"I find it painful that anyone still believes in the 'two party system'."

Exactly!

Politics is the Distraction.

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:25 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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A man after my own heart. http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:40 | Link to Comment MiddleMeThis
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Two party system?  We have the Financial Sector, Corporate Greed Party of One.  The only differce is that some wear red and some wear blue.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 17:07 | Link to Comment calltoaccount
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Greedy Old Predator stalwart Richard Shelby has obstructed financial reform and covered up for his bankster buddies for years.  He is fully owned and operated by them just like most pols are owned and operated by the industries that contribute the most to their campaigns.:

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00009920

That's the kind of information people need to pierce through the phony rhetoric of "freedom" and "balanced budgets" spewed by these self-centered reptile traitors to America.  


 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:12 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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"...spending $3.8 trillion of your money"

I don't think (we) Americans have enough jobs or earn enough money to pay $3.8T in taxes - not that they will not try.

Of course I am being a bit facetious as I assume that even borrowed funds is "our money" in the sense it is our - the American taxpayer's - debt obligation for generations on end.

Scroomed regardless.

 

Pete

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 22:46 | Link to Comment dootyfree
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Your tax dollars do not fund anything, tax is just to regulate the number of dollars in circulation.  Keeps dollars in demand.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:22 | Link to Comment dan10400
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The tax hike proposals sound reasonable.   Something on the corporate side as well - especially dealing with tax avoidance thru shelters.    Medicare/Medicade cuts are the bugaboo that is being avoided, as well as a dose of reality for Defense and Social Security.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:22 | Link to Comment DFCtomm
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You're shitting me? Someone wrote a financial analysis referencing green day and Elvis Costello? Did they knock this off during study hall, or maybe recess? The sad part is that it may be very good information, but presented in such a juvenile way that it's unappealing.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:32 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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You are missing the point. The burning platform guys always look at the macro not the micro. And in analyzing the macro I think it is valid to look at cultural trends. I first came to political consciousness during the Reagan/Thatcher years. Not much has changed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnaUL8OpBck

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 22:02 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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Arkadaba:

Do some basic research on "The burning platform guys" and especially SmokeyQuinn before you shoot your yap here on ZH about him and his sheep.

Oh Yes!... Research, so lacking in this day and age.

#780454

Just keep reading down the page and see your hero in action.

There are other links there which take you to SmokeyQuinn as Racist Bigot and 9/11MORON.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 04:13 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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@DavidPierre - I have seen that you have issues with this person/organization - not my battle - at least up to today.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 04:51 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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Go do some homework!

Start here #495628

ZH ain't 'Special Class' for racist 9/11MORONs!

Follow the links back and do some research on SmokeyQuinn and his pack of Ewe-Loving sycophants over @...

www.TheSheepsPlatform.com

Maybe you'll just join up with the Bestiality Boys and enjoy yourself reading the Racist and Obscene comments.  Hell... You can even sign in there if that be your desire.

Tell 'em DP sent ya.

 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 21:37 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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DFCtomm:

see below

#976315

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:24 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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The shoe was too small to be effective. I have come to believe that Obama isn't just ineffective, he is part of the criminal cabal that will finish us. I did note earlier, that he met with Mr Zuckerburg. A POS party as it were.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:26 | Link to Comment voltaic
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I had to stop reading at liberal media, since Ruppert Murdoch, Comcast/NBC and the rest of the corporate controlled media are not liberal. This is the same "liberal" corporate media that pushed for the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions. The same "liberal" media that nealry ignores Guantanamo, the abuses of the Patriot Act, the non-bid defense contracts of the Halliburtons. The same "liberal" media that ignores that Bush signed a law suspending habeus corpus for enemy combatants (whoever they are). The media, by and large is a propaganda outfit designed for corporate profits and not designed for people interests. The 'liberal" media meme is nonsense.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:47 | Link to Comment karzai_luver
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He who signs the checks controls the media.

 

Any of them from krauthammer to olbermann would kill their firstborn if their "way of life" was in the balance.

 

And, the funny part is that they would never have to be told to perform the act.

Such is the power of the statist consensus.

 

Even those who believe they are against it support it at all costs.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:23 | Link to Comment malek
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You are missing the point.

Not many people are sticking to the original meaning of "liberal" anymore. I personally would summarize todays majority understanding of 'liberal' as freedom to ignore history's lessons, and even more freedom from accountability.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:52 | Link to Comment SilverFiend
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Obama continued the suspension of the habeus

corpus.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:26 | Link to Comment km4
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Obama has continued the ruse with more excessive beguilement

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:26 | Link to Comment falak pema
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A guy called TCT says Ben Bernanke can QE to infinity without hurting the US economy. I wonder what the author feels on this. As it is the basis for Obamaish ten year budget/deficit/debt projections. Will the USD be the last fiat currency standing when the dust settles in the intergalactic money battle?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Richard
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So how do we get more organized and where do I sign up?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 17:39 | Link to Comment pods
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That is the beauty of the system, it is self- protecting.  Sure you can organize.  Protest.  Start to really gain some traction.  Then when you are large enough to be noticed, you will be marginalized, discredited or co-opted into being nothing more than a safety valve for the system.  Take the TEA party.  Grass roots.  Issue oriented.  When enough mass was achieved, insert the Kochs, Glen Beck, and voila, safety valve deployed.  Energy directed aligned with Republicans.  Who just so happened to screw us a couple of years back.  But it was far enough in memory for the masses to accept. 

It never will change, because you are trying to work within the system.  Just refuse to go into debt, and debank yourself as best as you can.

That is the only way to achieve anything major.  And since the system relies on continual  expansion to achieve it's goal of silently fleecing the great unwashed, it is the only effective way of achieving results.  If debt is destroyed, the system fails.  Simple.

pods

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 14:55 | Link to Comment Hulk
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Spot on analysis Jim, Appreciate the effort...

Long Au

Long Ag

Long Farm Land

Long Battle Rifles

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:03 | Link to Comment JR
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"America continues to face a true national tragedy as tens of millions of unemployed people have been literally discarded because of big business outsourcing to China, India, and elsewhere.  Worse yet, the unemployment statistics are manipulated every month in a cruel hoax to make it look like the unemployment rate is far lower than it really is." --  Robert Benson, The Collapse of America’s Labor Force 02.16.11

The purpose of destroying and manipulating BLS employment figures is to drive America into a dictatorship of the bankers.   America has an employment disaster and BLS officials are doing their part to try to cover-up the disaster so that the Fed banker cartel can consolidate its power.

Anyone who would sit in Washington and manipulate these figures is an enemy of the people and of individual liberty. Each BLS manipulator, no matter how minor, is playing his part on the banker team.  And that includes every clerk, every small official, every department head, all the way up to the highest official in the president’s Cabinet, i.e.,Hilda Solis who began her Washington, DC climb at the end of the Carter administration in the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs to now become the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet as Obama's Secretary of Labor in the United States Department of Labor.. 

Solis is in charge of these manipulated BLS figures.

The moralilty of our Founders still would  predominate had it not been for the loss of representative government that enabled the profiteers, the lobbyists, the pornographers, the criminal bankers to use the government for their own interests against the wishes of the people. The country is now run for them. 

Instead of a refuge from the despotisms of Europe,  Everyman’s American Dream has fallen victim to the collective Rothschild/Rockefeller Dream of world bondage.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:03 | Link to Comment rienabattre
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Why do you complain? everyday?

Why don't you bring Mr Bernanke and Co into court?

This will be the thing to do with all the material and evidence you have...stop complaining ...

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:36 | Link to Comment CH1
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Into the courts? They OWN the courts!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:40 | Link to Comment Arkadaba
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Isn't the SEC supposed to do that? 

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:04 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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"His assumption of the GDP growing from $15 trillion in 2011 to $24.6 trillion in 2021, a 64% increase, is a fantasy"

 

This is a cinch..  the dollar just has to continue to act let the wet toilet paper in Ben's bathroom to get there..  we can even produce less as a country and still get to those numbers-- via viva inflation!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:06 | Link to Comment hannah
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propaganda works....

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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You'd kind of think if it didn't, they would have quit doing it by now.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:08 | Link to Comment SRV - ES339
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While the "Elvis" references are great, the rest is completely irrelevant...

Relax gang, this budget is nothing more than the first step in a plan to let the idiots running the GOP (I tried to warn you about Boner and Can't-er) paint themselves into a corner... they will.

My money is on President Obama in a battle of wits with these clowns... same thing in Wisconsin, Ohio, etc... the Tea Party is learning the hard way that actually having to govern (instead of rabble rousing) is a very different game... popcorn please!

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:59 | Link to Comment JR
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Jim,

This is truth in the extreme.  And it is the real doomsday clock.  Only two factors are in play with the future of our nation.  One is the truth, and the other is extinction.

Alas, the future at the moment, being co-opted by the banking cartel, is being debated at this very hour in Washington DC by the largest group of self-serving pygmies this nation has every produced.

Not only do they not represent the true wishes and needs of the American people but in their resplendent haircuts and coiffures they have absolutely no clue as to what they are about.  The average man on the street knows much more about the state of his country than these preening, arrogant, worthless banker puppet lawmakers. 

Were they elected by the people?  Absolutely not; they are the product of banker controlled political parties and restrictive primaries, gerrymandered districts, corporate-engineered border-crossing voter blocks promised America's jobs and welfare, and a media created and controlled by none other than the enemies of the people.

J.R.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment Treeplanter
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Going Egyptian would be both stupid and childish.  We have the means to change our gov't peacefully.  Nov.  2 was step 1.  Create choas and the Chicago thugs prevail.  Or we have a civil war to once and for all destroy Obama and his national socialists.  We have the Constitution. Use it or lose it.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 17:56 | Link to Comment pods
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I will defer to Emma Goldman on this:

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."

 

pods

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:22 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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I’ll defer to the Internet on Emma Goldman:

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/terrorists_spies/assassins/mckinley/6...

[snip]:

Telegrams from every national leader poured into the White House and the Pan American Expo. When it was learned that the assassin was an anarchist, people became angry. There was a great deal of speculation about an organized plot to kill the President. Emma Goldman was tracked down in Chicago a few days later where she was arrested on suspicion of murder. Her defiant attitude and comments to the press did not improve matters. When asked about Czolgosz, she championed the anarchist cause." Am I accountable because some crack-brained person put a wrong construction on my words? ...I think Czolgosz was one of those down trodden men who see all the misery which the rich inflict upon the poor, who think of it, who brood over it and then, in despair, resolve to strike a great blow for the good of their fellow man!" Goldman said.

Over the next few days, the President's condition actually improved and reports from the Milburn residence indicated growing optimism. Doctors also stated that the wound seemed to be healing properly and that the patient's pulse was back to normal. "The crisis has passed. The strain on the heartstrings of the Nation has been relieved...President McKinley will fully and speedily recover from the wounds inflicted upon him by the Anarchist Czolgosz," said the New York Times on September 10. But the truth was bleak. Unknown to his physicians, internal infection had already set in and flowed through McKinley's bloodstream. He was dying and no one knew it. Ironically, the headline in the Times on September 11 read "President Will Get Well Soon."

If you do some sleuthing on the interwebs you can find proof online in Emma Goldman’s diary that she was in Buffalo just days before McKinley’s assassination. A damning indictment for the thesis that she was Czolgosz’s controller.

Another Chicago, Bolshevik Illuminati ringer at work...?

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:43 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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You defer to bullshit on the Internet about Emma Goldman

1919:

J. Edgar Hoover is made special assistant  and heads a new section of the "Justice" Department, the General Intelligence Division, established to gather information on "revolutionary and ultra radical" people in the United States.

(Translation into English: mainly workers trying to organize into effective unions in order to improve deplorable wages and working conditions and socialists who supported them.)

Hoover's half-century-long assault on the law, on the U.S. Constitution and on the people of the United States has begun.

He builds a massive index on "left wingers" which includes half a million names along with more detailed files on sixty thousand people.

Hoover uses thousands of illegal wiretaps and informers to spy on Americans. Hoover hires his ultra-right wing friend, George Ruch as his assistant. Ruch, apparently never having heard of the Constitution, expresses astonishment that left wingers "should be allowed to speak and write all they want against the government."

Imagine that!

J. "Edna" Hoover and the gang finally manage to silence Emma Goldman and, miraculously, there is no lone assassin involved.

Along with 248 other activists, Goldman is deported to Russia from New York on December 21st, never to return to the U.S. Goldman had lived in the U.S. for thirty four years and was married to an American.

Goldman had failed to grasp the two essential elements of "free speech" in America:

A) You can say anything you want, as long as it's what the boys in the back room want you to say, 

B) You can say anything you want, as long as no one is really listening. People were listening to Goldman and that made her dangerous.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 23:42 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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She was closely associated with Theosophy as was L. Frank Baum, by association.

Do more research.

The best patsy is the one who doesn't know it...she was a believer, she just didn't know the 'ends intended'.

There's no place like home Aunt Emma...

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 03:07 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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Whatever... lot's of water (sewerage) under the bridge since then.

Happy Anniversary on ZH Palmer!

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 10:46 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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Thanks DP...time flies indeed!

Cheers

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:24 | Link to Comment BernankeHasHemo...
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Nov 2 changed nothing. This is the time to stockpile guns and ammunition along with the will to use them in the near future. Large segments of the military are already prepared to assist in this rebellion.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:32 | Link to Comment falak pema
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There is a road that leads nowhere but is well frequented; it's called life. There is no choice so its well taken and badly lived. It is full of hope, then fuller of dope as hope transmutes into this toxic incense which has the smell of itself but the acrid after taste of its opposite. Wisdom comes hard accepting this contradiction, like the face of a warped mirror transmuted from gazing into reflective void beyond finite horizon. We lose it all when the mirror cracks from striving to see too far like mad speculator. We find what we've always seeked as we fall into limbo : at log last a quiet mind, ephemeral nirvanic flash  as it dissolves into final night. All we can think of is reincarnation into spring source. It never stops.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:35 | Link to Comment tempo
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Remember "City Slickers"...What is the most important thing.      The most thing happened when Buy America Bonds (essentially a Fed guarantee of State Bonds) was eliminated by Congress.   This eliminates nearly all debt financing by the States and forces the States to balance their budgets.   Nearly everyone understands that teachers can't be paid $100,000 per year for working 8 or months a year while the average family in the same city makes $40000 per year and works 2 jobs.   The Congress doesn't have to cut major entitlements it just has to stop any FED guarantee of municipal Bonds.   The Cuts in deficit spending will start in the cities and spread until its reaches Washington DC.   The most thing has already happened.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:38 | Link to Comment tempo
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Every person should write the mayor of the city where you live or own property and ask for the salaries and benefits of the top five highest paid employees and the average salaries of the teachers in their city compared to the average income of the families in the same city.   Then send the response to the papers and radio stations in the area.   Someone should start a web site that publishes this salary data by city.   That web site would get millions of hits and be the next facebook.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:49 | Link to Comment redrob25
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“It does not take the majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fire freedom in the minds of men.” - Samuel Adams

 

 

My favorite Sam Adams Quote. It is the idea behind why I write instead of just reading others.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:19 | Link to Comment BernankeHasHemo...
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It is not enough to write. It is time to rebel and kill those who would try to enslave us.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 17:49 | Link to Comment Hugh_Jorgan
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Side note; Obama's new budget seems to show a doubling of Federal tax revenue between now and 2017, from $2.1T to over $4T. Check it out.

Where the hell do they think that money will be coming from? Is it just padding to make the rife spending seem like less deleterious to the national debt during Obama's "golden age of cutting back", or are they actually considering tax hikes of that magnitude during a depression?

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 18:43 | Link to Comment CH1
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The purpose: To force people to calculate on the fly (not easy) before the next point is made.

Since they cannot crunch the numbers mid-speech, they presume "it must be true to be in a Presidential speech," and buy the lie.

It is all manipulation, performed by teams of experts.

Few people will spend the time you do, to see it as bullshit. They don't want to be bothered; they want to know that their elites are giving them more than they deserve.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 19:56 | Link to Comment Rainman
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...excellent points. All numbers I read these days seem to have similar characteristics. Determine number, arrange numerator, arrange denominator. But you say it more simply.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 20:40 | Link to Comment jmc8888
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Wow, Jim Quinn STILL doesn't get it.  What a fucktard.

These are MONETARY debts.  Since we're going to need to get rid of the monetary system, what do people think will happen to monetary debts?

Of course Jim like an extreme fucktard as stupid as Bernanke, still believes we must 'honor' this debt.  Since he's anti-tax, his way is the FASCIST AUSTRIAN way of cutting spending.

The answer isn't printing

The answer isn't austerity and reallocating that money to pay down debt

The answer is Glass-Steagall to wipe out the fraud.

Jim Quinn is yelling fire in the Snowbeast cave on Hoth. 

We don't need to cut ANYTHING that is needed.  Only dumbass Jim Quinn (and his Austrian MONETARISTS) believe that because they don't understand that we can null fake debt.  HELLO JIM....EARTH TO JIM.

Glass-Steagall will keep you from being a fascist. 

The only way to avert is to make unnecessary killer cuts to pay down the fraudulent debt and if our gov't won't do this, then force it by going egyptian on them?  Why would anyone want to work for a banksta?  You do realize Jim that by forcing people to pay fraudulent debts, you are asking the people to stage a revolution so that they may give its proceeds back to the bankstas?

Yep that sounds like the INTENT of Austrian MONETARY school of fascist thought....brought to you by Hapsburgs. 

Jim Quinn is a fucking idiot. 

What we need is Glass-Steagall....for ourselves

Not start a revolution so we can stick a knife up our own assholes for the banks.

Jim Quinn still espouses the thought process of bankstas....and he sadly and retardedly...still doesn't get it.

If you want to live austere to pay the bankstas the debt they fraudulently foisted upon you....congratulations.....you're 100 percent a banksta bitch.

Glass-Steagall is the answer....not Austrian Austerity....the bankstas backup plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 00:45 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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jmc888:

You nailed SmokeyJimQuinn's retarded ass perfectly! 

He is 'All Blow and No Go' and loves to front himself on ZH and else where as a radical writer when he actually just sucks down pop-culture gruel and regurgitates recycled rhetoric of Green Day lyrics and Fourth Turding bullshit.

His lack of comprehension of true ameriKlan history and the planned social/economic/political events, pre and post 9\11, is astounding and puts him in the minor leagues and still on the bench with Paul Krugman,  Karl Douchenninger, et al.

He is a self confessed 9/11MORON who speaks with a forked tongue.

He and his herd of sheep @ www.theStinkingPlatform.com are proud and determined Racists who's intellectual abilities revolve around, and to the level of bestiality and sexual obscenities in response to any person challenging SmokeyQuinn's juvenile writing and bigoted attitudes.

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*Some basic research.

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Sat, 02/19/2011 - 15:50 | Link to Comment malek
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So living within your means, as the Austrian school teaches, is faschist?
What is Glass-Steagall going to help for the damage already having been done??

You are a fucking idiot.

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 01:15 | Link to Comment BernankeHasHemo...
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Can we pack this Muslim criminal off to Kenya to find his birth certificate? The sheeple of America are too stupid even to rebel as they accept their enslavement. They should be used for dog food.

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