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Matt Taibbi Asks Why The Fed Gave $220 Million In Bailout Money To The Wives Of Two Morgan Stanley "Bigwigs"

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Matt Taibbi has resurfaced with another stunner of Wall Street impropriety which will lead to merely more silence, even more unanswered questions and be quickly buried by the kleptocratic oligarchy.

The Real Housewives of Wall Street: Look Who's Cashing In On the Bailout

Why is the Federal Reserve forking over $220 million in bailout money to the wives of two Morgan Stanley bigwigs?

From Rolling Stone Magazine

In August 2009, John Mack,
at the time still the CEO of Morgan Stanley, made an interesting life
decision. Despite the fact that he was earning the comparatively low
salary of just $800,000, and had refused to give himself a bonus in the
midst of the financial crisis, Mack decided to buy himself a gorgeous
piece of property — a 107-year-old limestone carriage house on the Upper
BeerEast Side of New York, complete with an indoor 12-car garage, that
had just been sold by the prestigious Mellon family for $13.5 million.
Either Mack had plenty of cash on hand to close the deal, or he got some
help from his wife, Christy, who apparently bought the house with him.

The Macks make for an interesting couple. John, a Lebanese-American
nicknamed "Mack the Knife" for his legendary passion for firing people,
has one of the most recognizable faces on Wall Street, physically
resembling a crumpled, half-burned baked potato with a pair of
overturned furry horseshoes for eyebrows. Christy is thin, blond and
rich — a sort of still-awake Sunny von Bulow with hobbies. Her major
philanthropic passion is endowments for alternative medicine, and she
has attained the level of master at Reiki, the Japanese practice of
"palm healing." The only other notable fact on her public résumé is that
her sister was married to Charlie Rose.

It's hard to imagine a pair of people you would less want to
hand a giant welfare check to — yet that's exactly what the Fed did.
Just two months before the Macks bought their fancy carriage house in
Manhattan, Christy and her pal Susan launched their investment
initiative called Waterfall TALF. Neither seems to have any experience
whatsoever in finance, beyond Susan's penchant for dabbling in
thoroughbred racehorses. But with an upfront investment of $15 million,
they quickly received $220 million in cash from the Fed, most of which
they used to purchase student loans and commercial mortgages. The loans
were set up so that Christy and Susan would keep 100 percent of any
gains on the deals, while the Fed and the Treasury (read: the taxpayer)
would eat 90 percent of the losses. Given out as part of a bailout
program ostensibly designed to help ordinary people by kick-starting
consumer lending, the deals were a classic heads-I-win, tails-you-lose

So how did the government come to address a financial crisis caused
by the collapse of a residential-mortgage bubble by giving the wives of a
couple of Morgan Stanley bigwigs free money to make essentially
risk-free investments in student loans and commercial real estate? The
answer is: by degrees. The history of the bailout era reads like one of
those awful stories about what happens when a long-dormant criminal
compulsion goes unchecked. The Peeping Tom next door stares through a
few bathroom windows, doesn't get caught, and decides to break in and
steal a pair of panties. Next thing you know, he's upgraded to homemade
dungeons, tri-state serial rampages and throwing cheerleaders into a
panel truck.

The impetus for this sudden manic expansion of the bailouts was a
masterful bluff by Wall Street executives. Once the money started
flowing from the Federal Reserve, the executives began moaning to their
buddies at the Fed, claiming that they were suddenly afraid of investing
in anything — student loans, car notes, you name it — unless
their profits were guaranteed by the state. "You ever watch soccer,
where the guy rolls six times to get a yellow card?" says William Black,
a former federal bank regulator who teaches economics and law at the
University of Missouri. "That's what this is. If you have power and
connections, they will give you a freebie deal — if you're good at

This is where TALF fits into the bailout picture. Created just after
Barack Obama's election in November 2008, the program's ostensible
justification was to spur more consumer lending, which had dried up in
the midst of the financial crisis. But instead of lending directly to
car buyers and credit-card holders and students — that would have been
socialism! — the Fed handed out a trillion dollars to banks and hedge
funds, almost interest-free. In other words, the government lent
taxpayer money to the same assholes who caused the crisis, so that they
could then lend that money back out on the market virtually risk-free,
at an enormous profit.

Cue your Billy Mays voice, because wait, there's more! A key aspect of TALF is that the Fed doles out the money through what are known as non-recourse loans.
Essentially, this means that if you don't pay the Fed back, it's no big
deal. The mechanism works like this: Hedge Fund Goon borrows, say, $100
million from the Fed to buy crappy loans, which are then transferred to
the Fed as collateral. If Hedge Fund Goon decides not to repay that
$100 million, the Fed simply keeps its pile of crappy securities and
calls everything even.

This is the deal of a lifetime. Think about it: You borrow millions, buy
a bunch of crap securities and stash them on the Fed's books. If the
securities lose money, you leave them on the Fed's lap and the public
eats the loss. But if they make money, you take them back, cash them in
and repay the funds you borrowed from the Fed. "Remember that crazy guy
in the commercials who ran around covered in dollar bills shouting, 'The
government is giving out free money!' " says Black. "As crazy as he
was, this is making it real."

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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 12:58 | 1162030 the not so migh...
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money laundering?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:04 | 1162031 no2foreclosures
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Now, that's what you call receiving a "financial blow job." Getting all the fun(d) without getting your hands wet.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:01 | 1162033 spankthebernank
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Rolling Stone is a POS mag, but Taibbi has written some great pieces.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:21 | 1162404 long juan silver
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You knew there was shit in those loan packages that Bernak didn't want public and it was hard to believe that his concern was limited to the foreign CB loans.

Watch. There's plenty more ugly buried in those doc's. Remember the program includes at least 21,000 loans and it takes a while to peel back the ownership structure where the owner prefers it confidential.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:00 | 1162034 NotAllowed
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Nothing a couple .308's cant handle!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:00 | 1162035 lynnybee
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as usual, am sitting here stunned.    what the hell ...... sure could feed a lot of hungry americans with that money ....... better yet, could have given the elderly a much - needed social security benefit raise to compensate them for ZIRP .    elderly don't even get to earn interest on their paltry bit of money in a bank account, but, MACK (+others) get their needs met.     stop paying taxes people, put the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK out of it's (& our) misery.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:22 | 1162126 cornedmutton
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You go first.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 23:51 | 1162607 gangland
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I junked you. make me or get me a suicide vest or equivalent. I'LL GO FIRST.  you can continue chasing that Fico. Ms. Lynnybee, YOU STAY UP.
Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:24 | 1162657 Hacksaw
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Don't wait for them to jump, throw the fuckers out the window.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:02 | 1162037 ChiefJohnRutledge
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The big macro problem here is that the Generation of 1968 still has a massive presence in Wall Street, money-center banks, and law firms.  Until they are purged, the country will continue to suck.  From Woodstock to TARP, their legacy is one of disclaiming responsibility and blaming others for the woes they inflict on the country.

John Mack ran his bank into the ground, took TARP money, and should have lost his job.  Instead, he remained chairman of Morgan Stanley, and now we found that his wife engaged in these TALF shenanigans.   Subpoenas should be flying.   Even if Mack's wife did nothing illegal, what the Baby Boomers on Wall Street have lacked is a nice public flaying.   If I were in Congress, I would demand a disgorgement of the Mack profits from TALF and a return of those to the Treasury.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:07 | 1162062 NotAllowed
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I have to agree.  This generation seems to be the most selfish generation of them all.  Although they claim not to be.  I am amazed at the amount of age discrimination I run into when trying to do anything other than work my 9-5.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:14 | 1162103 Mad Max
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The greediest and most entitled generation of all.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:50 | 1162268 TheMerryPrankster
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It's not generational warfare, its a class war. Try not to obfuscate the issue by regurgitating "information" you've been spoon fed by the corporate media.  Your parents or grandparents aren't to blame, it is the structure that is the agent that is sucking you dry and destroying your life.

There will be scum in every generation, as in every race and every religion. We don't destroy everything to save everything, that was the Vietnam model that didn't work so well.Purge the disease and save the sick, hate the sickness not the sickened.

We need all the friends we can muster irregardless of age or generation. Damn those who would destroy us but lets not jettison an entire generation because they lived before us.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:31 | 1162438 samsara
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it's not generational warfare, its a class war.


Thank You,  Standing Clapping.

Those who foist that canard are trying intently to change the debate to their turf.  It is to gently change it to us fighting us again.

Those who put forth that POV are the THEM.


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:16 | 1162637 Muir
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"t's not generational warfare, its a class war."




"The big macro problem here is that the Generation of 1968 still has a massive presence in Wall Street, money-center banks, and law firms.  Until they are purged, the country will continue to suck.

" From Woodstock to TARP, their legacy is one of disclaiming responsibility and blaming others for the woes they inflict on the country."



" From Woodstock to TARP"

Nope, nope, no, no....

Not the same people, nope.


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 21:02 | 1163644 RockyRacoon
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What I don't understand (other than quantum physics) is how some folks who spout "hang 'em high!" from one side of their mouths can sip the kool-aid from the party that is hell bent on "tax cuts for the rich".  There must be some real mental conflict going on in those skulls.  I say hang 'em, too, but I don't want to give the tax breaks to folks who don't need them.  I like how they are sometimes referred to as "the real economic producers".   (Yeah, I know all the arguments...)  Surely that doesn't include the wives in the article.   See how difficult all this is?   That's one reason why I don't get tweaked at these revelations of wrong doing in financial circles.   The man-bites-dog news would be that some connected person DIDN'T get largesse from the captive government.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 21:41 | 1163777 disabledvet
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actually, no.  Dem's still "believe it's possible" and therefore think "hope is just a tax hike away."  The tax cut Right believe "all is lost again so phuck it."

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 23:13 | 1164003 RockyRacoon
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Could be.  You'll get no argument outta me.  It's all moot by now, eh?

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 08:13 | 1164604 Uncle Remus
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And you were born when? You were where during Vietnam?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:00 | 1162283 Caviar Emptor
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There's something you're missing. Looking at it as "an entire generation" is overly general. Most of that generation are in fact the victims. Closer to the truth is this: Supply-siders are still in power at the Fed, in Washington and around the Western world. They believe in Federalism, that there should exist an elite in every country, including the US, and that giving them favorable "supply-side" treatment (including tax treatment) is favorable to the society as whole because it "trickles-down", and because concentrating wealth allows for good business. It's top-down rather than bottom-up. Think Tories in the UK. Most people in the 60s generation believed in bottom-up, but they were overtaken by the elitists (few in number,  big on power). 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:44 | 1162492 falak pema
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Slap bang rat-a-tang analysis. You hit it out of the park like...Mickey Mantle; when I was young! So there it is...its an historical trait and it has to be flushed out...Reagan/Thatcher same paradigm, same mayhem. Brave new world.


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:32 | 1162689 Hacksaw
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Think Alexander Hamilton, it goes back a long way in this country.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:56 | 1163011 Vendetta
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:27 | 1162422 samsara
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"From Woodstock to TARP, their legacy"

Don't tell me, you were born somewhere around 1935-1945sh right?

That's how much you know.  It's like saying that Animal House's fraternaties  Delta house and Omega House were the same guys.

Delta House gave you Woodstock

Omega House gave you TARP

It WASN'T ONE generation there yo yo.

I can see Greg Marmalard and Doug Neidermeyer working for GS.

With Mandy Pepperidge being Lloyd's wife.


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:02 | 1162577 trav7777
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to those who think the elites are super the article...REIKI? WTF. Some kinda mystical asianmade con.
These elites are so clueless and out of touch they will latch onto any kind of bullshit. I mean look at Scientology!

The so-called elite is completely out of it. Remember, they get access to all kinds of free pills

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:51 | 1162768 Troublehoff
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Most of the Third Reich elite were off their tits on speed and utterly delusional - what's new?

I hate this shit, don't get me wrong but look at all your own possessions and remember that just as we are exploited/milked by these people, there are those below us in the global hierarchy who are getting a raw deal on our account, and just as you are pissed and want heads to roll... they want our heads to roll

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:47 | 1163137 TheMerryPrankster
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I think your vision is a bit myopic, the poor, the extreme poor, and the middle class are all exploited to provide revenue and control to the uber wealthy. The fact that the middle class might 'use' the products of the labor of the poor of other nations is not a deliberate act by the middle class, it is however a deliberate act by very wealthy who control the means of production and control the labor used within that production. That labor is merely a tool to maximize their profit and induce you to buy so that they might profit, it is a way to acquire your money, while paying a tiny fraction of it to the 3rd world. The impoverished are merely the cost of doing business, a tool to extract revenue from the middle class of the world, while also destroying the middle class of the world.


Someday soon you will be able to buy goods made in America again, the bad news is you won't be able to afford them as your wages will be sub poverty level. The middle class has little control over the means of production and cannot be held largely accountable for the destruction and exploitation leveled upon the poor.

Blaming the middle class for buying goods made in China, is like blaming your car for burning foreign gasoline - your car can't make gasoline, it has to use the gasoline available to it. The problem is "free trade" which is a government policy that we don't get to vote on.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:01 | 1162809 NumberNone
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Trav, that is just negative body thetans causing you to say such things.  

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:03 | 1162818 centerline
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The long term plays also take thier toll on elite as well.  As we are slowly brainwashed, many of them get weak - soft - and similarly brainwashed.  The same as new wealth typically only lasting a couple of generations maximum.  Most of the rich will likely get wiped out at some point, the same as J6P.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:29 | 1162679 Milton Waddams
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This is the generation that spent its formative years in constant fear of being incinerated by A-bomb at any moment.  Under the media din warning of the "Reds'" imminent obliteration of any given urban center, they were literally living the question of "what would you do today if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?"  No surprise that they responded by living in the moment, acting selfishly with little regard for the future costs of their present actions.  I would imagine if an experiment was conducted on a group of sentient lifeforms; where they were told they have a fifty-fifty chance of enduring a nuclear holocaust, that they too would act extremely irrational, with little regard to the consequences of their actions.  Well, we are all witness to the outcome of that experiment.  Also this is the outgrowth of the "free love, free drugs, free, free, free" sentiment.  It should be no surprise there is an embedded sense of entitlement.  Even further, if one analyzes the predictions of futurists in the 60s, the boomers were sold quite a bill of goods on what the future had in store for them.  It was to be a sort of Eutopia, with an abundance of free time to build out culture and the like.  A time where the average working man would be transported to work in his personal helicopter to oversea the robots operating industry.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:55 | 1162728 Hacksaw
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As a boomer I don't think boomers need to have excuses made for them. As with any other large group of people the boomers aren't monolithic. As in any other generation there are evil men, heroes, cowards, and saints in the boomer generation. Most boomers live day by day and do the best they can with what they have, just like most people have through the ages and will continue to do so on into the future. This it's all the boomers fault mantra is put forth by men who make their money spouting such drivel and absorbed by those too lazy or dumb to think for themselves. As it has been, it is, and it will continue to be.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:27 | 1162900 Milton Waddams
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If science can classify generations of mice so to can it classify generations of humans.

If the preceeding generation is to be titled "the greatest generation", the boomers are certainly owed the title of "the myopic generation".  And understandably so- their formative years were spent in a world where instant, unforeseen, wide spread death was a real possibility.  Drop and cover; your school desk will most certainly protect you from the fallout.  With that said, all generations subsequent to boomers are deserving of the title "the apthetic generation".  Millions of men and woman aimlessly meandering with no cultural endzone; media-message compliant debt slaves grasping at the fading illusion of the American dream.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:04 | 1162048 topcallingtroll
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No welfare or bailouts for anybody.
An honest system is not possible so
it is better just to recognize the fact and
severely limit government so it doesnt cause

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:54 | 1162277 MachoMan
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+1.  It's so simple, but some asshole is always trying to iceskate uphill...

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:21 | 1162646 Muir
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"severely limit government so it doesnt cause




Well, you fucking missed the boat.

You are beyond help.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:02 | 1162050 Fred Hayek
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I wonder if "palm healing" would do you much good if your head was on a f*cking pike?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:56 | 1163158 Rick64
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:09 | 1163866 chindit13
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I'm a firm believer in giving people a second chance. 

Mack's wife is a palm healer?  To me that says:  Crucifixion.

Let's see how good she is at her "craft".  Nail her to a cross in Central Park, both hands and feet, and see if she can heal herself.  If not, she's a fraud.  No harm done.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:40 | 1163933 Rick64
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LOL. Thats even better.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:33 | 1164149 laughing_swordfish
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+ 4 (both hands and feet)

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:02 | 1162051 SilverIsKing
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Eric Holder is going to investigate in this in 3...2...1...1,000,000...999,999...

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:19 | 1162116 hedgeless_horseman
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Who is Eric Holder?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:32 | 1162178 tickhound
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Lead counsel on Dancing with the Stars

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:36 | 1162203 Calculated_Risk
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He's a whore pretending to be a lawyer.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:54 | 1162279 TheMerryPrankster
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that comment is offensive to whores...

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:57 | 1162300 weinerdog43
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Inaction Jackson.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:43 | 1162960 Calculated_Risk
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Touche. Whores actually do something.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:22 | 1163891 the real colbert
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He's busy reading law books, trying to find something to prosecute Julian Assange on.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:24 | 1162417 Buckaroo Banzai
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You mean Eric "Place" Holder?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:35 | 1163583 Vendetta
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A judiciary derelict

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:05 | 1162052 rosiescenario
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We need more Matts to shine light on these assholes...'buttlight' so to speak.


No wonder the IRS is worried about people cheating on their taxes....they read this stuff and wonder why they need to toe the line...

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:06 | 1162069 dracos_ghost
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Yeah right. They don't seem to have a problem with GE getting refunds.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:41 | 1162217 Calculated_Risk
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No wonder the IRS is worried about people cheating on their taxes


Ya, I love how all the sudden cnbc is fearmongering their new program on the IRS catching tax cheats. Must be thier community service for getting caught.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:57 | 1162769 Hacksaw
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And the common man has a moral obligation to pay his taxes why?


Perhaps the most irritating facet of all of these transactions is the fact that hundreds of millions of Fed dollars were given out to hedge funds and other investors with addresses in the Cayman Islands. Many of those addresses belong to companies with American affiliations — including prominent Wall Street names like Pimco, Blackstone and . . . Christy Mack. Yes, even Waterfall TALF Opportunity is an offshore company. It's one thing for the federal government to look the other way when Wall Street hotshots evade U.S. taxes by registering their investment companies in the Cayman Islands. But subsidizing tax evasion? Giving it a federal bailout? What the fuck?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:05 | 1162059 Rodent Freikorps
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Which bailout?

TARP or Stimulus?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:08 | 1162063 vote_libertaria...
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Maybe Matt should be appointed SEC chief or Attorney General.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:06 | 1162064 bigdumbnugly
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is uncle sam wearing crazy lesko's dollar sign laden suitcoat?

or vice versa?


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:11 | 1162079 bob_dabolina
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I'm not gona' lie, I'm jealous.

I wish I could get financing like that.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 02:06 | 1164287 slewie the pi-rat
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yeah!  we could help do god's work!  that guy mack may look like mr pota-toe head w/ horseshoes, but he sure hooked up his old lady and her friend from aqueduct and saratoga!  $200 mil! 

all the zeros want to murder these people.  i understand, but i don't feel that way, myself.

remember doe-eyed pelosi & hanky panky:  "We have to do something!"

well, the FED has got this insta-zombie thingy happening, and it's time for niagara falls thru the liquidity hose.  yeah they bought shit.  that was the plan.  all these tapioca rollers just socialized the losses.  check out he debt We owe! 

but they saved the financial and banking industry and the economy!  well, in case you haven't noticed, maybe not.  maybe's about the best we can say for them.  reflation.  okey dokey!  but this did happen and those were the rules, and these two chicks got hooked up and re-freaking-flated their fuking accounts! 

these are baaad, naughty, haughty girls! 

i think tyler oughta invite them to the site so they can tell us how fukin hilarious this musta been.  can you imagine! 

maybe the non-mack can talk about the 3 year olds coming into the Derby.  why shouldn't they be dimon-esque.  if he can throw a pie in his own face in davos, let's give these girls a shot @ zH!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:10 | 1162085 The Axe
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I just throw-up 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:11 | 1162089 LostWages
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Crony capitalism at its best. Not only do we have the best politicians money can buy, the banksters at the Fed continue to take care of their own right under our noses and we can do nothing......yet.


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:13 | 1162091 Temporalist
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Stories like this just prove gold and silver are invaluable investment classes because they aren't infinite and can't be handed out like glasses of rain water.  I am still reminded that Donald Rumsfeld's missing $2 Trillion is still missing and unaccounted for on budgets...except probably to the taxpayers.

It's magic this paper isn't it?  If Gutenberg could only have invented the digital printing press back when the world would be so much more proserous now.

Amerika is now being told by the IMF it must reduce it's deficit.  Amerika the [Once] Great.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:27 | 1162150 Brokenarrow
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Fucj gold and silver! Glock .40 is the best solution! God damn these whores.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:31 | 1162170 Birddog
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oh yeah, forgot about that...I guess the next day news drowned out any follow up when on Rumsfeld comment 10 years ago.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:00 | 1162306 Temporalist
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But notice the congress is still fighting over a measley $38 Billion.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:15 | 1162366 samsara
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And then,  WT7 was pulled I mean fell destroying all that evidence....

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:34 | 1162183 Birddog
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oh yeah, forgot about that...I guess the next day news drowned out any follow up on Rumsfeld comment 10 years ago.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:52 | 1162521 falak pema
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America is NOT being sold by an arrogant IMF. America OWNS the IMF. But in the current context as Caesar runs around his palace with shit covering his ass, even his faithful servants tell him walking, as serfs by his side, in their long, interminable corridors of power, that he needs to take a new tack...and more important...wash his ass. Obviously, Caesar's worshippers are not amused at this 'lese majesty'!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:08 | 1162824 Temporalist
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Here is something from Monday:

IMF Plots Role as World's Central Bank

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:12 | 1162092 chinaguy
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Shit, I wish I'd thought of that...doesn't appear they'd done anything illegal. Knew I should have gone Ivy League. 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:20 | 1162120 bigdumbnugly
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i guess your point is the rebuttal to the most recent guest poster's position on why college costs are not worth taking on (at least for the privileged).

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:16 | 1162094 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:45 | 1162238 lead salad
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:52 | 1162278 hedgeless_horseman
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Go Buffs!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:14 | 1162368 long juan silver
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:56 | 1162789 Hacksaw
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:10 | 1163053 lead salad
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:02 | 1163482 Yes We Can. But...
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:13 | 1162095 lynnybee
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fiat money system run amuck ....... more, more & more til we go into hyperinflation.   except those that knew how to play the system really won..... they bought up natural resources, land, gold at artificially suppressed prices with their fiat money !!    thank you, ROBERT RUBIN .......bankster-in-chief

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:20 | 1162096 gabeh73
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Charlie Rose can always be counted on to put the right amount of sticky sweet sugar coating glaze on any tool of the powers that be. Now we know one of the reasons why. Watch his interviews with Kissinger, Brezinski, Gates, Gore etc.


it is always interesting to figure out some of the mechanics that make the greatest propaganda machine in the universe work so well. These guys are predictable in so many ways, this is further confirmation. When will people realize what they are doing to us?....what their goals are...why they promote so many lies...why they promote so many wars, taxes and more wars.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:26 | 1162146 gabeh73
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Think Charlie Rose will give a fair hearing to "End the Fed"? people really have no idea what the US MSM is up to...many people really think Boehner versus Harry Reid is an important battle...what year was it 2007,2006? that "gay marriage" was the most popular topic of political debate in the MSM?


Seriously wake the F up...preaching to the choir here I know.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:13 | 1162097 SilverFiend
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If someone set it off,  Wall Street would burn.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:16 | 1162100 Brokenarrow
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This story angers me...........................

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:19 | 1162122 Confused
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This would be the second one today that makes me ill enough to puke. How does THIS go unpunished? 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:18 | 1162379 long juan silver
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They'll just go fire Gary Aguirre. Again. That'll make it well.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:05 | 1162816 Hacksaw
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Or trot Madoff out and run his ass through court again.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:10 | 1163872 Pemaquid
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Good one!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:08 | 1162829 Hacksaw
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:19 | 1162114 knukles
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And we thought that the oligarchs were in Russia and Nero fiddled as Rome burned.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 21:38 | 1162118 Rusty Shorts
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Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:21 | 1162125 Eureka Springs
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Bipartisan response will probably be, Hey it's better than giving it ti Libyan banks. Oh wait!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:23 | 1162130 KingdomKum
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something very wrong here  .  .  .

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:24 | 1162135 gordengeko
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Interesting to see John Mack and Bill Gross both have the same Alma mater -Duke.  Probably just a KO-winky dink.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:36 | 1162193 lamont cranston
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Duke was Jed Clampett's dog. You must mean Dook, the collitch in Durham, NC.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:05 | 1162341 willien1derland
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Wonder if either ever played on the Lacrosse team...just saying

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:24 | 1162139 Solemn Simulacrum
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This shit makes me so fucking mad.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:25 | 1162140 FranSix
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YouTube videos of Wall St. trophy wives being guillotined.



Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:28 | 1162163 gabeh73
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Not the wives faults...these are just payouts to keep all the troops happy.Make sure that Charlie Rose supports the reponsible CFR line on central banking.

 The source of the payouts is the real evil. I mean sure the wives are bitches...not saying they aren't...but you play into their hands when you get all misogenistic and class warfare and shit. If you really want revenge it is best not to boradcast it first.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:26 | 1163090 FranSix
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Its spelled 'misogynistic.'  Nothing more tasteless that the internet for entertainment.  It would be a perfect venue for a picnic and a head-roll.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:26 | 1162154 mogul rider
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Skulls and Bones Bitchez Are gonna get theirs, I can feel it

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:47 | 1162243 laughing_swordfish
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In a just world, they would be nothing but "skulls and bones" by the time we get done with them.

But we lack leadership...we have no Danton, no Robespierre...and no Lenin, Trotsky, or Bukharin or Dzerzhinski for that matter....

Hammer and Sickle bitchez!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:16 | 1162354 Holodomor2012
Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:28 | 1162155 Northeaster
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Until these people and the politicians that enable this, are found floating in The Hudson (or Potomac), the pillaging will continue unabated. Enjoy.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:30 | 1162156 The Answer Is 42
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Ameircans are the best, most generous, kind-hearted people ever!

You think I'm bullshitting or patronizing? Well, would you, after being ripped off of your job, retirement savings, equity on the house, give your money to Wall Street for free, and then borrow from Wall Street at 5%?

You say that's the fucked up government? But but but isn't our government the most democratic, freely and fairly elected one? So one must assume the people did all this willingly.

People, it's time to wake up, stand back to the mirror, bent down, take a look at your asshole and see how much bigger it is. You know why? It's because the shaft is still in there, right now.

Middle class my ass. You have a choice in the next 10 years: eithe join the top 1% or join the revolution.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:32 | 1162180 mogul rider
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Or come to Canada and join Leo's pension for citizen's team

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:38 | 1162215 The Answer Is 42
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Nah, right before the revolution US will just invade Canada. That ought to be good for delaying the revolution for a year or two, what with all that sand oil and cheap meds.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:33 | 1162159 Weisbrot
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time to ask the prez if this is the change he promised. a major change for the worse.

bully pulpit & claw back time?


most likely its just more proof that the dems are puppets of the billionaires just like they say the repubs are.....

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:30 | 1162161 Mach1513
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And I thought this was bad...

It is - but on a different scale.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:44 | 1162164 Zer0head
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While we are often pretty tough on the banking crowd here at Zero Hedge with a little digging one can learn to appreciate how they view the world from the things they do and their lifestyles. To that end this is the first in an occasional series 'Getting to know your bankers' and it is my hope that you approach it with an open mind.

In this edition meet John L. Thornton

Goldman Family Photo of John Thornton with Hank and Thain

John takes the plunge soon after Bear goes down and buys a(nother) house

More on John's house

John at Brookings

John as a regulator

Muckety John

John as HSBC Chair

(Video) John on faith, globalization, the meaning of life and the priority of harmony (stability) in China and China's new found religious tolerance (except for Falun Gong or any other public expression of religion)

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:06 | 1162335 willien1derland
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Awesome post - Zer0Head this would make an EXCELLENT series - great job!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:39 | 1163926 Pemaquid
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What Palm Beach really needs is a tsunami of Biblical proportion. 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:32 | 1162173 Josh Randall
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Hope their Uterus's fall out

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:35 | 1162189 mogul rider
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Ok that's the ticket now we are getting somewhere.



Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:19 | 1163541 Sunshine n Lollipops
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Wouldn't that be 'uteri'? As in, "Their uteri should be violated with cacti."

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:30 | 1162174 Caviar Emptor
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Christy is thin, blond and rich — a sort of still-awake Sunny von Bulow with hobbies.

She has a Royal Wedding to prepare for, after all! C'mon! How else is a trophy wife to an A-lister supposed to get by? What the hell good is her hubster if he can't funnel taxpayer money into her shopping account? And how would it reflect on us as a country if one of our A-listers wasn't properly dressed and bejeweled for a Royal Wedding? 

You people simply don't understand what makes the world go round!


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:33 | 1162186 sharkbait
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Disgusting sickening reprehensible abuse of power and influence.  The ruling elite continue to stick it to the rest of us.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:33 | 1162187 Smokey1
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And Martha Stewart does time for "insider trading".

What a crock of shit.



Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:36 | 1162198 samsara
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Her crime was donating to the wrong party at the wrong time.


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:04 | 1162325 willien1derland
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GREAT POINT - and I am certain that Martha can whip up an impressive crock of SHIT & serve it elegantly to Mary Schapiro at the SEC - Could be a great interview for Charlie Rose...Martha put that CROCK POT down!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:33 | 1162188 LawsofPhysics
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Rome is burning brighter than ever. Prosecute the fraud already.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:37 | 1162197 mogul rider
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I can't wait to hear what comrade Osamabama has to say. Oh did you hear that Trump says Obama isn't an American?


Cool - shit is everywhere

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:02 | 1162323 samsara
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He's about as much of a comrade as Lloyd Blankfein is.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:28 | 1162436 Buckaroo Banzai
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Trump isn't saying that Obama isn't American, he's saying that Obama isn't eligible to be elected President because he was born in a foreign country (Kenya).

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 15:23 | 1162655 falak pema
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Did Trump pretend that Obama's presumedly circumcised state made him truly un-american, like a fishy dishy in a mad hatted USA? It would pour salt on the wound of doubtful birth certificate; like suggesting Cassius Clay was Elijah Mohammed's bastard son! And not the king of the boxing world. Oh, daddy! when we were kings...and they sang  "Ali Boumayé" at  Kinshasa, the rumble in the jungle!  And "mayhem at Manila" to follow like a sequel to end all sequels!

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:03 | 1163034 msjimmied
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"Before she would do so, Fukino said, she wanted to inspect the files — and did so, taking with her the state official in charge of vital records. She found the original birth record, properly numbered, half typed and half handwritten, and signed by the doctor who delivered Obama, located in the files. She then put out a public statement asserting to the document's validity. She later put out another public statement in July 2009 — after reviewing the original birth record a second time."

But Fukino is right, it's the agenda that's important, not the facts. There are plenty of reasons to dis Obama without this ludicrous claim.



Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:11 | 1163047 Buckaroo Banzai
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1) that info comes from MSDNC (er MSNBC) so immediately it lacks credibility

2) we're supposed to rely on the word of this person? Why can't anybody else see this thing?

I call Bullshit.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 17:08 | 1163041 msjimmied
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"Before she would do so, Fukino said, she wanted to inspect the files — and did so, taking with her the state official in charge of vital records. She found the original birth record, properly numbered, half typed and half handwritten, and signed by the doctor who delivered Obama, located in the files. She then put out a public statement asserting to the document's validity. She later put out another public statement in July 2009 — after reviewing the original birth record a second time."

But Fukino is right, it's the agenda that's important, not the facts. There are plenty of reasons to dis Obama without this ludicrous claim.



Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:36 | 1162199 samsara
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After reading the first couple pages,    I can see why cutting funding for NPR and poor people's health clinics are soo  important,    As those upstanding Senators are REALLY trying to make sure we don't waste money on frivious things like those...    That money is desperately needed to pay to billionaires wives and such...
Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:40 | 1162226 Smokey1
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A good case could be made that the money given those two blond whores is far better spent than the money to fund NPR.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:09 | 1162346 samsara
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Ok for those still stuck in the Right/Left false dichotomies,  

Change those two examples to National Parks and Libraries.

Hows that?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:57 | 1162299 Caviar Emptor
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Yep. We need to bail put the elite while the gettin is till good enough for them to re-stock their lifeboats, expand their holdings overseas and be ready for a US disaster. 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:40 | 1162210 mick_richfield
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It seems to me that Matt Taibbi -- as well as most of the commenters here -- are focusing on the wrong issue.

Those crooked rich people.  This worthless generation of executives.  This moronic administration.

Hold on.  Am I missing something?  It seems to me that the only issue here is the Federal Reserve.  They are a private, for-profit institution that the treasonous administration and congress of 1913 gave our country to

Isn't that right? 

If you have a private institution that can create money that Americans are required to accept -- well then, what the hell do you think they will do?  They will give arbitrary amounts of money to their friends.

They will start by using their godlike power to make sure that they have complete control of the political process.  They will end by doing the kinds of things that this article describes.

They have been allowed to create at least $ 1.2 trillion without even mentioning it to our congress!  And actually, probably trillions more I don't know about. 

If they can do that -- why does anyone here even imagine that this country is a democracy?  I cannot undertstand it.  Because they let us sit at the children's table and argue about whatever issues they deem appropriate?  Our "two" political parties get to argue about health care and who fooled whom into going into which war -- while these guys rule the world.

We're bitching about the bars of our cage, when we should be watching the jailer, and planning.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:32 | 1162449 Temporalist
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I heard (Gerald Celente as source) that during the bailout the Fed issued $20 Trillion.  $1.2 doesn't seem so big now.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:35 | 1162454 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes, exactly, of course you are right. Taibbi's too full of rage and bile to look at the big picture.

Not that there isn't plenty to get outraged about. But Taibbi really lets it get in his way.

Taibbi most likely is a "useful idiot" to the real criminals behind the scenes that use the Obamas, Blankfeins, Dimons, etc. as their puppets.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:19 | 1163889 chindit13
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Wrong.  It's not the "big picture" that will finally get us off our asses and into the streets.  It is the "little things" like this:  easy to understand, easy to grasp, and certain to outrage.  Taibbi knows what he is doing.  Now it is our turn.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:55 | 1163969 samsara
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Exactly Chindit13.   People don't really have to know the 'Big' picture.

The guy in Tunisia didn't know the 'Big' picture.  A catalyst is a funny thing.

It could be like a school of fish all of a sudden deciding to turn.  Everybody at once.   Like Tunisia

If you want to understand the reason for this,  Watch this short video about Communication.

Watch particularly at 8:00.   We are near that point.

Boy saying the 'King's naked'  event.

Language as a window into human nature.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 18:26 | 1166980 Agent 440
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So, in other words, operating a pitchfork is just inside your skill set. Barely?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:59 | 1162556 gall batter
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Well, there are "crooked rich people" and a "worthless generation of executives" and a "moronic administration" but, you're right--the real issue here is the Federal R.  I like this: " "We're bitching about the bars of our cage..." We definitely need to plan.  Peacefully. 

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 21:47 | 1163792 disabledvet
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and with a cat mask on.  and nails.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 22:54 | 1163963 Rick64
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 Who gave them that power? Who turns a blind eye to it? Who lets the endless milking of the government go on and on? Of course the average citizen, but more importantly the people in Washington that are supposed to be representing us. They get elected term after term on lies that spew from their mouth until they are elected. If they really have integrity they are fighting the 95% that don't, maybe they get worn down and change sides or just become ostracized. Kind of like a corrupt police dept. . It boils down to a human trait called greed.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 02:36 | 1164339 slewie the pi-rat
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FED it is, mick. 

oh yeah.  must get a catalyst.  get people into the streets.

you don't say that. 

if you're going to have the FED  "backstop" the financial system and allow private losses to be socialized,  then maybe people should accept the FED, too.  you can't have it both ways. 

terrible terrible mistake to do it that way, imv.

and, i can't have it both ways, either.  the mis-allocated capital and zombie limited liability stck companies are still here.  maybe, instead of carrying this nonsense any further, we start calling a spade a spade and get the hell away from reflation.  for the duration!

time to mark to market.  vast, vast, realms of layered fraud.  true banksterism. 

fool us once. 

it's hard for me to imagine people so evil or so styooopid that they wouldn't just like to get the damned liquidations over with and get on with economic activity, at this point.  how the hell could it be more expensive than this fiasco?  what are we?  fiat-bots?

that's when i realize that our entire system has been hijacked by fascists, internationalists, and very secretive people and processes. i just love a good story, don't you? be continued...


Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:40 | 1162211 john milton
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — David Sokol knew of progress towards a possible Berkshire Hathaway bid for Lubrizol Corp. before he bought almost $10 million worth of stock in the lubricant company, according to a new regulatory filing.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:02 | 1162814 Agent 440
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So he ripped of Warren Buffet. I'd shake his hand.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:40 | 1162214 pragmatic hobo
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What I would like to know is, ... why isn't this being reported by NYT, WSJ, WAPO, etc?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:43 | 1162239 ZackAttack
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In asking, you have answered the question.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 16:51 | 1162977 Zer0head
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it was, sort of

Among prominent investors in that program were the businessmen H. Wayne Huizenga and Julian Robertson; Kendrick R. Wilson III, a former Goldman executive who had been a top aide to Henry M. Paulson Jr., the Treasury secretary during the crisis; and Christy K. Mack, the wife of John J. Mack, the former chief executive of Morgan Stanley.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:40 | 1162227 AboutAverage
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Next time the Street sheers the sheeple, it will be sure to have enough Financial PATSYs to help cover up the pillage.  Sure these goons will outsource the help of mercenaries too.   BTW, Taibbi is a bought and paid for (BAIT & SWITCH) goon just like the rest of these talking mouth pieces.   Rolling Stone is a joke.   Rolling Stone covers these stories like it is cutting edge when in fact everything has already been covered by alternative/independent media by a far greater extent.  Try reading Greg Hunter if you want some good coverage of the straight dope.  Now Greg is hitting balls out of the park and has a lot of courage for telling these stories.     

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:24 | 1162418 weinerdog43
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Did you even read the article?

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:43 | 1162229 Overpowered By Funk
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