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Market Celebrates Just Announced Record Foodstamp Usage By Closing At 2010 Highs

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For those seeking a perfect explanation of what is happening in United Banana States of America right now, then look no further: the just released September Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program data is out and we are happy to report that the number of poor Americans has never been higher - SNAP recipients just hit a fresh all time high of 42.9 million. Naturally, the market celebrates the record number of poor Americans by closing at 2010 highs. No long-winded, somnolent essays, no rants, just observations. These two facts explain everything that is happening in this unrecognizable banana republic. Now that is a five year banana plan you can believe in.

h/t John Lohman


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Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:16 | 776588 Sudden Debt
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Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:19 | 776613 DeanTheMachine
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You know, I've seen that gif a thousand times now, and it never gets old.  I'm chuckling to myself right now.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:48 | 776746 66Sexy
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methinks we're pricing in QE3... bad news is good news.


im sure the free money junkies appreciate the efforts of the american people to remain unemployed.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:59 | 776796 Nepenthe
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This. (or QE2 supersized) The Bernank will be on 60 Minutes and indicates that QE2 could grow...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:58 | 777140 Divided States ...
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Anyone want a Banana Split courtesy Banana Ben?


I guess they just call it QE∞

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:13 | 776839 Kina
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They will have to price in nation wide riots at some stage.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:31 | 776914 FEDbuster
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Urban riots will be a good reason to bring some of the troops home, mostly National Guard units.  As two million "99'ers" roll off the unemployment teat this month, local PD and National Guard groups will gear up for the coming collapse of society. The Ben Bernak will be blindsided again, "We did not see this coming, real estate prices in NYC, Georgetown and the Hamptons were improving?"

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:49 | 777120 Idiot Savant
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+1 - Not just any troops either, but troops that have spent several years perfecting urban combat. Citizens, no matter how well armed, won't stand a chance.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:10 | 777156 Shameful
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Fighting the American public would be retarded.

Why on God's green earth would you fight them when any major town can be turned off with a flip of a switch and a few predator drones?  Turn off the water and power and block food.  Block the roads with light to medium armor and you create a siege situation, against a angry, narcissistic population with no provisions.  Will the people assault the open freeways into teh face of armored combat vehicles?

After a few weeks the locals would accept anything to get the water/power/food turned back on.  And such a thing would be quite easy.  Instead of using hundreds of thousands of troops pacifying a major metropolitan area they could let the areas destroy themselves.  This can be done with a few thousand or less even with major towns, just spread the net wider.  All about knowing your opponent and using their strengths and weaknesses against them.

Think about what LA would look like with no power and no food coming in.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:33 | 777261 Idiot Savant
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You read way too much into my post and jumped to conclusions. The tactics and hardware you mention is exactly what I'm talking about.

Don't you think citizens would attempt to rise up?  Again, citizens, no matter how well armed, wouldn't stand a chance.

If I'd known you are so hung-up on semantics, I would have used warfare instead of combat.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:35 | 777282 Shameful
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Rise up in an organized way, no. There is no leader or unifying force. They would get pissed and loot their neighborhoods. Think we have seen this in our own culture enough.

As to reading to much in, if that is what you meant I stand mistaken. Many people tend to assume that Uncle Sugar would actually sent the troops out to fight door to door. So I had no way of knowing from your comment about such conflict.

We are in agreement that should the oligarchs wish they should be able to suppress any civil unrest by letting it burn out.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 02:16 | 777736 Red Neck Repugnicant
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I find your thoughts on urban warfare fascinating, especially the idea that our government might block all food to our cities.  That's fucking scary!

In such a scenario, do you think Americans will resort to cannibalism?  I may not have a bunch of missile launchers like you guys, but I've got one hell of a barbecue pit and I've got no qualms about eating my neighbors.  If ever there was a meal that called for Heinz Bold and Spicey, it would be a porterhouse cut from Mr Czervik down the street.   

Do you know if human flesh has gristle?  

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 04:21 | 777843 StychoKiller
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And this post is from the same person goin' hyperbolic when someone mentions beans, bullets, bullion and bunkers?  WTF?

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 14:03 | 778172 tmosley
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Liberals do love converting productive capital into consumption goods.  Eating the flesh of men rather than working together with them to build a better future is not that big a leap for them.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:29 | 777271 DaveyJones
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Let's experiment on DC?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:51 | 777212 bankonzhongguo
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A grotesque display of how bad things are is the fact that many of the dependents of deployed US service personnel are Food Stamp recipients.

Never mind the veterans that return from combat and discharged only to be unemployed.

Even when you go out on your third deployment in two years, your wife and kids are getting by on EBT.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 12:10 | 778049 RockyRacoon
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Lots of talk about our troops turning on citizens...

Don't forget about Xe.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:08 | 777332 Kopfjager
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Don't be ridiculous.  These troops that have spent years perfecting urban warfare would be, have always been, and always will be on the side of the people.  We, more than anyone, have been on the receiving end of Washington's policies since the inception of the United States.  

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:23 | 777364 johnnynaps
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I agree. Along with that point......One, my military friends are down to earth enough not to turn on the American public. Two, Congress fears the military and keeps them overseas (watch Gladiator!) which would heavily deflate their impact. Three, look at how effective our military was in the BP oil-spill and Hurricane Katrina.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 15:03 | 778250 trav7777
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Civil War, Bonus Army, Draft Riots, Kent State, Katrina?  The military will follow orders.  If they don't, there will be penalties imposed by those who still are following orders.

One thing the history of warfare has shown is that things have to be REALLY bad before the enlisted will even turn on their own officers.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:43 | 777398 Shameful
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Do you really think the oligarchs are stupid?

First off they will not tell the troops "We are going to kill a bunch of Americans for bankers! Get some!"

What they will do is have them briefed how it's a succession movement or domestic terrorists. And that they are the last line of defense to old America together. They will invoke Lincoln and the Civil War and that they have to do what they must to keep the Union together. After all Americans invaded and killed other Americans in the Civil War did they not? Hell troops attacked vets in the protests marches of the Great Depression. History is full of the nations military suppressing the people, America is not special in history. It like all other nations is made of men and women.

Also correct me if I'm wrong but don't they block some of the net on bases? How much more will they block from the troops when things really heat up?

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 01:50 | 777696 Founders Keeper
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[These troops...have always been, and always will be on the side of the people.]---Kopfjager

Thanks for your post.  And, from the sounds of it, thank you for serving our country in uniform.  We, The People, certainly hope our military men and women will honor our Constitution.

Shameful's post regarding the use of military siege to quell a city-wide riot deserves some discussion.  It is not out of the realm of possibility---nothing is, anymore. 

For the sake of gaming it out, let's say 4 medium size U.S. cities and 1 large city experience city-wide protests that simultaneously erupt into disruptive and violent riots.  Riots beyond the scope of local law enforcement to control. 

Media coverage is going to be the wild card.  Coverage reported from outside the cities, and live coverage broadcast from within the cities.  Will the rioters receive media sympathy or will the victims of the violence? 

How about the troops securing transport routes in and out of the cities.  How many will protest the siege orders.  Will troops be injured by citizens at checkpoints? 

How about life within the sieged cities.  Law enforcement will be overwhelmed.  Will some officers quit their job to be at home to defend their loved ones and property from roving looting gangs and criminals? 

What about militia groups outside the sieged cities.  How long will they wait to act---to come to their countryman's aid?  How will they respond?  Will they act in concert will other militias?  Will they limit their aid to smuggling food, water, and fuel into the starved cities?  Will militia members sneak into the cities to aid police efforts to provide security?  Or, will the militias act with force against US troops at checkpoints? 

What else is developing in other cities or states or nations while all this is going on? Will coverage of the sieges take backseat to other more compelling news? 

There is much to consider.  Scenarios like this are not black and white.  Very fluid.  Lots of wild cards.

OK to think through it.  Hope we don't have to live through it.

Hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 02:52 | 777774 Red Neck Repugnicant
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There is much to consider.  Scenarios like this are not black and white.  Very fluid.  Lots of wild cards.


Agreed.  Lots of wild cards.  Very, very fluid situation right now.

You need guns.  You need canned food - lots of it, preferably with minimal sodium because water will be scarce. You need a network of friends, each one with a unique talent to help keep the community intact. All extraneous people should climb trees, and be on lookout with binoculars.  You'll need a tank.  Definitely need tanks.  Probably could use some sort of tarp to help hide the hams - people will be hungry.  There will be dysentery, so anyone with rectal surgery training should be held in secret locations across town.    

Lots of variables.  Very fluid.  Many, many wildcards.


Sat, 12/04/2010 - 04:38 | 777850 Snidley Whipsnae
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We need only read 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich' to see how civilians can and will be controlled by government.

The take down of civilian resistance is done one group at a time, be it political, religious, ethnic, or mental defectives. By the time that the few remaining dessenters are 'come for', it's way too late for any protest because there are few left to protest.

In addition, an army of informers will be quickly formed to rat out any groups meeting secretly to form resistance groups. Simply read how East Germany was coopted under the Stazi secret police by giving informers small favors. Kids were ratting out parents, spouses were ratting on each other, neighbors were ratting on each other, etc. After E German Stazi records became accessable it was found that about 75% of the population were ratting on someone.

Guns to fight an army of Brown Shirts or SS or German Natl Police or Stazi? Get real.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 11:44 | 778030 Founders Keeper
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[All extraneous people should climb trees, and be on lookout with binoculars.  You'll need a tank.  Definitely need tanks.  Probably could use some sort of tarp to help hide the hams...]---Red Neck Repugnicant

I read your Reply before logging off to go to bed last night. 

I don't much like gaming worse-case scenarios in public.  It makes some people feel uneasy.  I generally prefer facts and solutions.

Before climbing into bed last night, I prayed for you and your family.  I asked God to bless you and your loved ones.  To grant you financial prosperity and good health.  I prayed for you and your family peace, joy, and freedom.  (No sarcasm here.  Sarcasm is not my thing.  And no, I usually don't tell people I've prayed for them.)

I've read many of your posts.  I disagree with your position of course.  But, I think it's worth noting you have a gift for writing.  Your sarcasm is potent.  More importantly, you develop your posts, moving from subtle to surprise.  I hope God helps you find the means of channeling that talent toward helping others.

OK.  Now that's about as nice as I can stand being this morning.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 12:55 | 778086 Red Neck Repugnicant
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You win. I lose - that doesn't happen often. 

That was actually a really nice post, and I now I think I regret targeting you. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and good health and happiness this new year.

Take care...


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:17 | 777172 BaboonAss
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Don't forget the Predator/Reaper drones. I'm sure they'll be put to good use in the domestic "urban pacification" role. Wedding parties in Waziristan or Watts, whats the dif to the drone "pilots" sitting in the command center outside Vegas?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:43 | 777504 johnnynaps
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Predator drones will become mantle pieces.....I will trade a good bottle of scotch for a displayable drone!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:22 | 777474 Instant Karma
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Let them eat cake.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 00:32 | 777581 Founders Keeper
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[You know, I've seen that gif a thousand times now, and it never gets old.  I'm chuckling to myself right now.]---DeanTheMachine

Now I'm chuckling.  I swear, earlier today I was going to write the same thing to Sudden Debt about his animated avatar.  Best avatar on the website.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:20 | 776869 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Do you wear a different hat for each one of your avatars?


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:32 | 777380 JGus
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What cracks me up about THE HarryWANGER is that he was spouting things off just like this from Feb-April 2010. The S&P was on it's way to new all-time highs and there was absolutely nothing that could stop it!


Then, a little something called the flash crash turned him into this big grizzly bear. He was shorting the market and shooting down bulls left and right. His comments were often very dark and foreboding and we were likely on our way to test the lows of March '09.


Sometime during the rally that began in late August (probably late September) he suddenly decided that all of the horrible things HE had been saying about the economy were actually false and that we were once again on our way to the moon.


I don't have the time, energy, or patience, but it would be hilarious if someone went back through his comments over the course of the year and posted a sampling of them beginning in the spring and going through present day.


What a WANGER!!!

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 01:38 | 777678 A Nanny Moose
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or just manic depressive?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:02 | 777003 Ham Wallet
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Shocking turn of events...stores are packed during the holidays.  Wow.

Thanks for the news from the ground. 


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:58 | 777532 Aknownymouse
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The Wanger seems to be eyeing a spot on CNBC with Steve the Lies Man

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:41 | 777104 Ratscam
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Your comment on a topic like that? PLEASE!

GO FUCK YOURSELF at your wonderful evening show, and please shove any of your home decor 5-20'000 USD item up your hairy ass, you stupid ...I could go on...

Thank you Tyler for not taking him offline, the most flagged person on ZH, since he helps me to release my stress level back to normal, by just flagging him. Sometimes for no reason, just for the fun of it!

Since ZH I cannot call myself prolific any longer.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:33 | 777276 DaveyJones
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the only thing jammed are your ears 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:39 | 777290 Ted K
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What's wrong with you?? Everybody knows the first thing you do with California welfare is you get on the bus going to Vegas Casino, get 5 packs of cigs and head to the slot machines.  You must be one of those new immigrants to America that actually wants to work for a living.  

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:16 | 777350 KTV Escort
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to all you idiots (welfare, retirees on SS & pensions, etc) who regularly blow your wad at the casinos: buy a silver coin every week instead... in 3 years you'll have made up all your losses, and you'll be doing your part to stick it up Blythe's ass

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:31 | 777378 Troublehoff
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Yes! Mwhaha


But 'Sudden Debt'.... I fear I may need a new icon called 'Sudden M2'. Less catchy, I admit but ultimately it will dwarf the sudden debt monster. 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:07 | 777445 Gully Foyle
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Sudden Debt

Where the fuck are this weeks bank closings? Fucking lord, don't tell me they are posturing for the Christmas season!

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 10:48 | 777992 unununium
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Maybe they are holed up at the Round Table test kitchens, getting ready to close BAC next week.  Like the tide going out before the tsunami.


Sat, 12/04/2010 - 11:47 | 778034 Miss Expectations
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And BANANA Cake:

This banana cake is just the right size for a small family. Serve this banana cake as a snack cake or as a dessert. Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 to 3 bananas, mashed, about 3/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 scant teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour an 8- or 9-inch square pan. In a large mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg, milk, vanilla, and mashed banana until blended. Combine remaining dry ingredients and spices. Stir the dry ingredients into the first mixture until moistened. Spread in prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched with finger.
Frost with a cream cheese frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:14 | 776590 101 years and c...
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i told everyone this morning....just buy the fucking dip.  it's a buy the dip scheme and it works!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:17 | 776604 Sudden Debt
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the dow still needs to catch up with the gold and silver explosion.


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:31 | 776687 jesse livermoore
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what if there is no dip?


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:35 | 776703's picture

Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:37 | 776715 Jim in MN
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Well, DIP MAH SCRIP that sounds nice.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 01:41 | 777683 A Nanny Moose
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Be sure to use gummint cheese.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:37 | 776711 jedimarkus
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YOU BETTER BUY NOW!!!!  IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO GET ALL IN!!!  QE3 guaranteed!  Free put options too!  VIX plummets!!!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:44 | 776740 mule65
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Always dips.  Coulda had S&P 50 points lower on Tuesday.  The rich get richer and the poor get food stamps.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:35 | 777281 DaveyJones
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until the poor lose it

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:32 | 777487 Delmar
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Take your unemployment check and go buy some equities!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:48 | 777508 johnnynaps
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I am loading up on alcohol! Once tax rates change (whenever that may occur) and market pessimism sets're going to need a drink! 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:22 | 777178 ajax
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No dip? Then you get all your Glenn Gould albums lined up in a row and decide whether you love listening to them more than selling them.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:22 | 777179 ajax
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No dip? Then you get all your Glenn Gould albums lined up in a row and decide whether you love listening to them more than selling them.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:50 | 776761 SheepDog-One
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Everyone all giddy about 19 DOW points? Big deal....

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:16 | 776856 HarryWanger
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Great strategy! We will definitely end this year at new highs across the board. Amazing! 

Ok, back to overseeing the setup. Great morning - awesome sales (and battling a snow storm!). Evening show about to kick off.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:19 | 776863 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I told you I saw your mask slip.

How many avatars do you have?

Akak was right.


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:06 | 777016 Hephasteus
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Government people have to share computers. Which is why most of their hands smell like lotion and ball sweat.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:31 | 777191 ajax
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Men always smell like that.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:20 | 777258 reading
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You are a supreme  

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:17 | 777351 Kopfjager
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When you type, it sounds feminine.  

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:57 | 777223 tahoebumsmith
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Just curious, if everybody here is buying the dip and selling the top, who is getting shafted? That would be the masses!!! So honestly, how long can your wet dream continue? 

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 01:45 | 777690 A Nanny Moose
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It's the new economy. Something from nothing. Everybody wins, and everybody gets to feel good about themselves.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:15 | 776593 Glasgow Gary
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Trade ya my SNAP card for 600 sodas, bitchez!


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:33 | 776690 jesse livermoore
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anyone know the SNAP to GOLD ratio   ......?......

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:28 | 777187 jakethesnake76
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yes Jesse jus buy Cigs an Liquor and save a few weeks then can trade for gold :(can ya still buyem with foodstamps ? :( 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:50 | 777512 johnnynaps
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Not sure, but I was buying EBT cards for 50 cents on the dollar!

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 00:13 | 777549 palmereldritch
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I dunno but the FRD/ANRKY index is nothing but green!!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:16 | 776595 system failure
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How is it, that the government thinks we believe everything they want to feed us. Is it in the food now???

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:18 | 776610 Sudden Debt
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no comment.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:38 | 777197 ajax
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It's in your useless commas.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:16 | 776598 CosmoJoe
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Record people reliant on Govt cheese; major cause for celebration in Washington DC.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:40 | 776726 velobabe
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there she blows†

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:17 | 776600 Tomified
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Looks like they'll need to dispense gas stamps, too.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:28 | 776669 Jason T
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Peggy Joseph ..the most memorable time in her life.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:17 | 776601 TWORIVER
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congrats to Gold longs, Head and Shoulders broken, now likely to see 1500 - 1535 next. if you junked me before thinking I was a permabear or me.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:22 | 776627 Internet Tough Guy
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You are underwater on your DX trade too. Eat that.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:25 | 776649 tmosley
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I do love the taste of gold short flesh.

Tastes like fear.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:41 | 777201 ajax
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Short gold? Pants down and nothing worth beholding.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:43 | 776734 erik
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i didn't junk you.  i commend you for offering congrats to the PM holders.  i think the USD trade call is a little too early.  i'd prefer to get back in at the 50 day MA.  we could see it early next week.

in the meantime, Uggs for EVERYONE!  DECK is officially vertical.

Robo, if you could be so kind as to post a DECK chart por favor.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:25 | 776893 Bay of Pigs
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Time for you to get onboard? We are mostly rational and logical thinkers around here despite being branded crazies and lunatics. 

Gold and silver are probably going to double or triple from here at least (as outlandish as that might sound to you). How long it takes, I don't know. But to me, physical shortages and QE make it almost certain.


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:17 | 776603 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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And this is how the few enslave the many. American friends, you should be very worried about the future, the window of opportunity to act and salvage your country from total doom is getting smaller and smaller.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:25 | 776650 cyclemadman
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I'm just waiting for the day when I can start hunting liberals. out soon will be a guide with identifying markings and likely hangouts. The best thing is they are classified as varmints so there are no bag limits. As far as I know no one is putting up bounties yet, sad.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:44 | 776739's picture

You're so brave!



Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:24 | 776883 Bob
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It makes me just <heart> the internet.  Sure brings cheap bitches out in force, no?


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:34 | 777089 MachoMan
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I guess that depends on what you shoot them with...  7.62 is cheap whereas 338 lapua is expensive...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:04 | 777441 sethco
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-and retarded. not to mention unfunny. And what does your comment have to do with the one to which you replied? You listen to WAY too much corporate radio.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:59 | 776997 silence
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Try not to be so obvious dragging your knuckles there. It's a dead give away.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:25 | 777184 no cnbc cretin
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F you, moron. Too bad ZH allows cretins in. Apparently, they have learned nothing from this site. You're just another stupid Amercian. You think liberals are the problem, you know nothing. You think liberals are pussies, think again, you dumb ass. Your type will be the first to go, when the shit reall hits the fan.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:35 | 777278 Vergeltung
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lol yeah, liberal men are the epitomy of masculinity.

HA, that's a good one.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:26 | 777370 Jendrzejczyk
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:13 | 777458 sethco
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chickenhawk conservatives are the most likely to be closet cases, as is anyone who feels the need to denigrate others' masculinity in an anonymous forum. It reveals an insecurity about one's sexual identity, and a general idiocy.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:33 | 777277 Vergeltung
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right there with you cycle. waiting for the season to be declared OPEN!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:33 | 777369 KTV Escort
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hey fucktard, how about setting your sites on the bankster class instead

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:44 | 777294 DaveyJones
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Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:43 | 777296 DaveyJones
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you're a victim of your handlers

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:48 | 777404 Gully Foyle
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Once again the magical internet causes ones balls to grow larger than the brain.


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:53 | 777518 johnnynaps
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shame you were flagged so many times. Your critical thinking skills of who actually destroyed this country are not yet up to par with Z-hedge!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:29 | 776675 Shameful
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Window of opportunity? You mean that thing we shot past about a decade ago?

We already drove off the cliff, just waiting for the Wile E. Coyote moment now.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:46 | 776749's picture

Just as long as the Acme jet pack isn't defective...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:36 | 777091 MachoMan
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4 decades ago?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:34 | 777383 WaterWings
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US nukes are old too...apparently...scare story??

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:30 | 776679 SheepDog-One
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Pinhole sized window.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:34 | 776698 What a mess_man
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Thanks Funky - we had no idea.  Now, how do you suggest we 'salvage our country from total doom' exactly?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:46 | 776747 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Simple, all you have to do is one thing, and it's non-violent:


You don't like something, on mass, do not conform. The system can only exist if the masses it controls conform to it. Just say "you've had enough, you're not going to take it anymore". The powers that be only have the power you give to them. 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:47 | 776755's picture

Hello, Mr. Beale. I thought you were dead?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:24 | 777065 XPolemic
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The powers that be only have the power you give to them. 

After long deliberation on the subject, I have come to believe that they actually have more power than that. They have the power to make decisions, something most will not do because (a) information availability is poor and (b) our DNA is programmed for laziness and (c) decisions have consequences.

The ability to make a decision is not a trivial one, one can only assume that it comes from either a certain strength, or perhaps an upbringing, or perhaps something else entirely, but whatever the source, until it changes, there will always be rulers and followers.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:48 | 777509 delacroix
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It's easy to make decisions, when you don't have to suffer the consequences.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:06 | 777327 Max Hunter
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The powers that be only have the power you give to them. 

Actually, they have the power that the 90%+ of dumbasses that live for material things, entertainment and immediate gratification give them.

Their power doesn't come from me..

And yes, especially all the dumbfucks that swallow that 9/11 story about brown people that hate us for our freedom.. 9/11 truth would bring about the changes needed in this truth forsaken country.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:35 | 777384 mtomato2
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Hey.  I'm not looking for a fight, or anything, but don't SOME of those "brown people" sort of come right out and SAY they hate us for our freedom?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:50 | 777411 Gully Foyle
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No, those Brown people say they hate "US" because we invade, rape, pillage and destroy their homes women and children.

Wait that is the FREEDOM they hate.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 10:21 | 777967 Max Hunter
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If only they could realize that we are killing them and their children and taking the resources they live on for the good of all.. Democracy.. Democracy.!

Silly brown people.. when will they ever learn... I'm so free I don't know what to do with myself.. What a great feeling..

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 23:16 | 777465 sethco
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it's the flipside of the same propaganda as well as the above

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:56 | 777219 ajax
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Like I said - line up those precious Lps in a row and decide what you can and cannot live without. Sell the rest on Craig's List and Ebay now while your confreres are still on unemployment benefits and have a little cash. It's a hard rain gonna fall but hell when wasn't the same game being played out?    

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 05:46 | 777872 cranky-old-geezer
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America isn't going to be saved.  No nation with this much high level corruption has ever been saved short of a french revolution level change, and it won't happen here.

Forget America, think about your personal strategy.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 10:43 | 777987 unununium
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Anything that ever was saved, was not saved by those who think as you do.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 14:06 | 778169 cranky-old-geezer
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TPTB are in a long term plan to loot as much wealth from Americans as possible.  It began in the 1800s with the federal government via taxation and took a huge leap forward with the creation of a central bank (the Fed) via inflation of the money supply, slowly diluting the value of the dollar and dollar-denominated assets to the eventual point of worthlessness, which we haven't reached yet but are heading there.

How exactly is any American, or any group of Americans, going to stop that?  It's been going on over 100 years.  Nobody has stopped it yet.  No indication anyone is going to stop it.


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:17 | 776606 SpykerSpeed
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Someone help me post this as an image, I'm not sure how.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:58 | 777226 ajax
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Do the "Mashed Potato" yeah yeah yeah.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:19 | 776611 Kaiser Sousa
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ah gubamint cheese...

we use to hold up cars with those bricks while we stole tires off hoopties n the hood...

such fond memories...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:26 | 776898 Bob
Bob's picture

It was a very sharp cheese.  Possibly the best American pasteurized cheese food product of all time. 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:05 | 777237 ajax
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Pasteurised is bastardised. No such thing as "good" pasteurised cheese.

AU LAIT CRU and MOULE A LA LOUCHE are what you want to see on the label before you buy. If not you are being ripped off.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 22:18 | 777354 Bob
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Pardon, monsieur,  I should have said the only good processed cheese.  I  too am a cheese snob. 

The strange thing about that gobmint cheese was that it truly approached extra-sharp cheddar with some serious texture to boot.

Perhaps it was aged for decades in cold war depots before distribution. 

Ah, the good old days.

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 00:26 | 777565 palmereldritch
Sat, 12/04/2010 - 06:28 | 777883 cossack55
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The secret ingrediant was Solyent Green.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:21 | 776612 AccreditedEYE
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I want to say it just can't keep getting any worse, but every time I do Ben & the Crew prove me wrong... At some point, I don't know when, valuation will have to matter again. Till then, we have Harry to lead us through Wonderland.

And speaking of Harry, for such a "strong equity" day, AAPL had a real shitty close... tops suck, look out below.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:21 | 776624 Dagny Taggart
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Harry Potter or Harry Houdini?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:32 | 776686 AccreditedEYE
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lol Hairy Wanker

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:41 | 776727 Dagny Taggart
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The Wankster will wish he had somethin' up his sleeve when he sees his portfolio. Gold 1415.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:19 | 776615 it aint paranoi...
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Banana Republics don't print money using the world's currancy.  Or put their military everywhere on the globe. 


Also, the juntas wear cool uniforms full of bright shiny metals.  What a cool name. Junta. I'm changing mine.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:24 | 776639's picture

Jingo bells, jingo bells, jingo all the way...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:56 | 776783 akak
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Nicely done!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 18:44 | 776958 it aint paranoi...
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I've got to learn to be more clear and clever on this website.  I meant that Banana Republics can't do the harm we have done.


Likening the USA to Banana republics is insultiing to the the banana republics.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:06 | 777018 akak
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Agreed ---- it's even insulting to bananas!


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:38 | 777095 MachoMan
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I dunno, I've definitely harmed some toilets with green bananas...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:20 | 776617 johngaltfla
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I'll gladly trade you my food stamps for a February 95 SPY put today....

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:21 | 776619 I am more equal...
I am more equal than others's picture

SNAP is the more accurate indicator when it comes to the unemployment rate. 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:31 | 776683 SheepDog-One
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Certainly counts everyone. Better than some pinhead taking a phone poll of a couple hundred people.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 21:36 | 777285 Vergeltung
Vergeltung's picture

well said SD1

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:21 | 776620 Freebird
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Cake for all

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:22 | 776628 CitizenPete
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Amerika! Fuck Yeah!

My fav. Amerika Theme Song:


When the heck is the Sovereign Man seminar in Panama again?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:41 | 776732 ronin12
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February 18th. Be there or be stuck in the USSA at the wrong time.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:23 | 776632 Ragnarok
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This is good news as per MSM logic, as these are uber-consumers and will spend that money post haste! Buy the dips! ;)

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:25 | 776652's picture

Buy the dips!

Onion and sour cream -- yum!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:44 | 776742 velobabe
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guaca..mole, dippy

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:23 | 776634 Mentaliusanything
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Thats good ...... Isn't it????

This not so good............

Its all "up" from Here

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:51 | 776766 erik
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Euro spreads came in further today across the board.  Though importantly, Spain, Italy, Belgium appear to have stopped their freefall in yields.  Portugal and Ireland bonds were bought strongly today once again.  The upward trend is still intact though.  Maybe Merkel's comments will get them rising again.  It is just a matter of time until they start rising again.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:26 | 776636 Clapham Junction
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I'll be reading my A. Gary Shilling "Insight" that arrived today.

It will give me something to read before Prechter's "Theorist" arrives......


P.S.  I love CNBC!!!!  Can't wait for my heroes  Cramer and Kudlow...gonna get a bucket of fried chicken with my food stamps and watch 'em back to back on my NEW FLAT SCREEN...BOOOOOYAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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