Guest Post: US Government Seizes Pension Funds, Invades Pakistan

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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:02 | 1283499 smlbizman
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power without competence

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:19 | 1283562 Fiat2Zero
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+1. And look at the blond haired adoring dweeb behind him.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:41 | 1283663 francis_sawyer
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Is Obama holding up a urine sample there?

See??? Look!!! This PROVES I was born in Hawaii!

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:42 | 1283666 I Told YOU So
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I think he has his hands in his pants...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:59 | 1284108 TIMMAYYY
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it more looks like the priest of da vinci code....I told you obama was in the big cult. which i assume will just be a group of dudes sitting around....dreaming of the architect whilst wanking over a biscuit someone will be eating in end...

 

the queen is visiting the land of ireland now...i guess the elite are carving up the place after ravaging it like a group of...twats...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:19 | 1283571 smlbizman
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as my internet {comcast} is quite frustrating today.... i am sure when the time comes the internet will be taken from us  and repalced with certain "approved" content

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:37 | 1283959 theprofromdover
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Who do you think encouraged Microsoft to buy Skype (at any price)?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:48 | 1284046 SilverDOG
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All is currently filtered anyway.

Only UK and China filter the internet content more than the USA. 

Have no fear, USA will reach #1 shortly.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:58 | 1284084 FreeNewEnergy
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I wish people would stop all the nonsense over the internet kill mechanism and think it through. The internet is a major source of revenue, not only for major corporations, but millions of small businesses, banks, and the government itself.

The government can't shut down the internet, though they are dying to tax the living shit out of it.

Currently, there are fortunes being made on the internet and the .gov haven't yet figured out how to capture all that cash, but they are working on it. It was created by government, and there's no turning back from it now, no matter how unruly it becomes.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:21 | 1284203 Long-John-Silver
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You are not looking at the big picture. They need to save the Post Office where they can monitor all communications. This is too difficult to do on the Internet.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:55 | 1284381 fuu
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Umm. Not to burst your bubble or anything but it is easier today to monitor everything than it was back in the days of snail mail, copper wire, and tape drives. Everything is recorded and stored. Disk space is cheap. Server space is cheap. CPU cycles are cheap.

 

Here is just one example:

http://srlabs.de/research/decrypting_gsm/.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:31 | 1284250 NotApplicable
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Why does fedgov need revenue, when they can just steal from other places until congress cries "Uncle!", and raises the debt ceiling?

As for the rest of entities you note, their failure is a political mandate to "Save Them!"

When choosing between power and revenue, power will win every time, as winning power increases opportunities to extract further revenue from whatever other sources are left, until they too are bankrupt.

Basically, government is a downward spiral of destructionism created to ensure a need for more government. To believe that anyone within it cares about others' revenue streams (sans the crony "capitalists" who are already part of the governing system) is a laughable concept.

While the net is very decentralized, and impossible to control, it relies upon very centralized core routers already under government control. While individuals could work around this by making a shared mesh network of all of our wifi routers (avoiding public networks completely), I'm sure this will be deemed terrorist activity.

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 03:13 | 1286270 ManOfBliss
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It would very VERY easy to shut down the internet.

They strong-arm the primary service providers. That's all there is to it. 99% of mainstream internet activity would go dead.

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 12:56 | 1287699 WeekendAtBernankes
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Your last paragraph is so true.  It's left me with a rather deep, uncomfortable, and disconcerting feeling.

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 03:11 | 1286267 ManOfBliss
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That's EXACTLY why they WANT to have "kill-power" over the internet.

It's the newest and only bastion of something resembling freedom.

They'll both have power to kill it, and tax it. By getting control over it, and deciding whether it lives or dies, the power to tax it comes easier than ever.

 

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:20 | 1283575 oddjob
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tin pot

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:51 | 1283673 Manthong
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If stupidity was gravity, what would Sheila Jackson-Lee be?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:55 | 1283707 Rodent Freikorps
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A very dense, racist idiot?

I'm not going for the set-up.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:13 | 1283827 flacorps
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A singularity. See, you can finesse the setup.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:45 | 1284022 Rodent Freikorps
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I thought about going with quantum singularity, but I thought it might sound to Trek-ish.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:44 | 1284014 Manthong
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It's a thought experiment.. not my fault that infinitely dense objects are devoid of light.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:55 | 1283721 BigJim
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Sheila Jackson-Levity?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:02 | 1283743 fiftybagger
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A quasar?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:10 | 1283806 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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Paging Dr. Reinhardt..  Paging Dr. Hans Reinhardt..

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:12 | 1283817 A Nanny Moose
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singularity?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:01 | 1284109 YHC-FTSE
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A short indian from Hollywood.

(Red Dwarf Star)

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:03 | 1283502 gbresnahan
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They stole our money to hand over to failed companies like AIG, Citibank, and GM.. Why are we surprised when they steal our money again?

 

Personally I fear for our retirement accounts.  There's like what over $10 trillion in there?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:20 | 1283567 trav7777
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yeah but they can't exactly liquidate those accounts, now can they?

Borrow against them and hand them over to bankers, probably

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:37 | 1283640 ColonelCooper
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I guess the ChairSatan could buy them for freshly inked bills.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:09 | 1283785 cossack55
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And the difference is.........?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:35 | 1284284 dussasr
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The gubmint could nationalize the pension funds and use the money to prop up Social Security which is basically what Argentina did a few years back.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:25 | 1283891 Smiddywesson
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You are darn right to be fearful of losing your retirement account.  Average Americans have no jobs, income or savings.  The USG can't get the money through the tax system.  The only unprotected pool of money is retirement accounts.  Say goodbye to the Roth and IRA.  They could just pass a law removing tax protection for any IRA unless it is in treasuries.  Simple as that. 

Everytime this happens, the first thing a bankrupt country does is attack pensions and retirement savings (Argentia).

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:13 | 1284181 NIRee
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Same happened in Sweden aswell.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:34 | 1284272 NotApplicable
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Don't cry for me, Argentina...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:06 | 1283503 Missiondweller
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Our leaders have no shame. No shame at all.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:31 | 1283901 disabledvet
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God save us if they do.  It's the only thing holding the country together right now.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:39 | 1284289 NotApplicable
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You mean YOUR leaders.

Shameless? Well, that's what you get when you try to choose mine.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:03 | 1283507 DoChenRollingBearing
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.gov strikes again!

Can I just go back to sleep, and one of you just wake me up when our national nightmare is over?  Appreciate it, thanks.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:15 | 1283546 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I am having a glass of red with my breakfast.  This may become the norm for awhile.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:23 | 1283588 SecondComing
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Blood: It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:37 | 1283648 ColonelCooper
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First thing this morning, I finished off the drink that was half gone when I passed out last night.  It seemed like a waste to not keep right on going from there.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:43 | 1283674 RichardENixon
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I'm a light drinker. As soon as it gets light I start drinking.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:03 | 1283752 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Ahh, the spirit of fello ZHers. God (or whatever deity or non-deity) bless alcohol.

 

Group hug.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:06 | 1283773 1100-TACTICAL-12
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I've been tryin to lay off the jug & stick to beer, I find it damn near impossible. All the shenanigan's will drive a man to drink..

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:20 | 1283851 ColonelCooper
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I only drink beer when I have to drive.  Or am driving.  Or out of bourbon.  Or fishing.  Or it's hot out.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:19 | 1283824 A Nanny Moose
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I use to have a rule to never drink till the sun went down. Someone much wiser than myself once pointed out that the sun is always down somewhere.

AA is for quitters.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:14 | 1283825 A Nanny Moose
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duplicate

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:57 | 1284094 Larry Darrell
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And why wouldn't you?  After all...

 

You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.

 

 

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:08 | 1283510 Ham Wallet
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the US Defense Department decided to send helicopters into western Pakistan in a search for more ghosts. Pakistani military fired on the choppers, and the choppers fired back.

 

Anybody got a link to this story?  I haven't heard of this til now.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:09 | 1283515 LFMayor
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there's a link on drudge Ham.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!