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Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:22 | 1353932 Sathington Willougby
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Collusion between criminals nets you a cartel and add politics you get law ordained crime syndicates.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 02:52 | 1353824 Yen Cross
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 i'M LONG REAL ESTATE.  Bla Bla I know.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:20 | 1353930 williambanzai7
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At least it's not your Weiner.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 02:04 | 1353796 CompassionateFascist
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WB7 is great...but Nast is greater still. Even here there is evidence of a downward spiral...

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:19 | 1353929 williambanzai7
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I have adopted Nast as one of my role models along with Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Alfred E Neuman.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 01:29 | 1353756 Trifecta Man
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Now this shows you have your ACT together.  Now you are cookin'.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:18 | 1353926 williambanzai7
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I try to monitor all frequencies ;-)

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 01:36 | 1353764 Aristarchan
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Most of WB's cooking is done by Geishas. They know what hits the spot with him.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:55 | 1353467 Aristarchan
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Ted was a little pedantic when it came to building bombs.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:54 | 1353612 williambanzai7
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It's kind of bizarre that his shack is now housed in a museum. How many people get to have their shack in a museum ;-)

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:11 | 1353637 Aristarchan
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Not many...which is also evidence of how the bad infects our society and how even evil deeds can make you an anti-hero of sorts. Ted K. was a Luddite....a technophobic Metropolisian who even spurned technolgy in the fabrication of his mail bombs....which established an unmistakable MO for him that nailed him to the wall (after his brother turned him in). His manifesto was a voluminous hodgepodge of PhD nonsense. What him and a Bin laden had in common was the warped idea that a society that did not conform to their own visions of what it should be, should be destroyed. The Una-Bomber was a little more selective in his targets, since he thought the  publishing of his manifesto would sway the common man to his thinking. Bin laden knew better...he thought we all should die. It is just a matter of degrees of the same psychosis.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 03:38 | 1353851 StychoKiller
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When technology advances(?) to the point where people can design their own (cyborg?) children, I think you'll agree that Kazcynski was right.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:13 | 1353924 williambanzai7
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I already agree with his basic premise. I disagree with his violent tactics.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:32 | 1353669 williambanzai7
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Yes, and soon we will see Bin Ladens lair in a museum next to Bernankes.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:51 | 1353709 Aristarchan
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The Paks say they are going to demolish it...but I doubt it. Five years from now, American tourists with fanny packs and digital cameras will be thronging through it, snapping pictures of fake blood-stains (painted on the floor by Pakistani Tourist Administration), and watching Bin Laden's old TV showing him watching himself. Everything comes full-circle.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:50 | 1353459 Raymond K Hassel
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William, this is perhaps your best post ever; and I say that as one who considers you the best contributor on ZH.  It deeply resonates, moreso than usual.  Those gut feelings that started to creep up in late '08, and then finding out none of it was really new, and then trying to figure out how you never even thought of it before - you captured it.  Your work is priceless, and appreciated.  Thanks   

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:48 | 1353606 williambanzai7
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Tnx Raymond

Actually it began with me in 2007. I even bought Greespans book thinking WTF is going on here. That is when I started asking myself what does the Fed really do?

I can't stand it when I see something that I don't understand. I immediately hit the books.

I realized with Greespan how difficult it is to haul these people to the carpet.

Then the market blew up.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 01:38 | 1353766 Aristarchan
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And then....Jamie Dimon became an American hero....go figure.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:12 | 1353922 williambanzai7
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I have had all of Jamie Dimon I can take. He is a schlemiel just like the rest of them.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:21 | 1353413 Freddie
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Humpty Dumpty looks like that POS, lib Dem, ex-Goldman Corzine.

Ted Kazinski (sp?) is smarter than Bernake and slightly less of a terrorist.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:46 | 1353591 williambanzai7
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One of his Michigan professors said only 10 or 12 people in the country could fully appreciate his dissertation.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:01 | 1353365 Element
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Una-Printer? ... anti Industrial society agenda ... yup ... it all makes sense now ...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:41 | 1353588 williambanzai7
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Yes, the universality of the PhD mind.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:58 | 1353357 Liquid Courage
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Howcome someone as intelligent as you are does not know the meaning of the phrase "beg the question"?

Begging the question (or petitio principii, "assuming the initial point") is a type of logical fallacy in which the proposition to be proven is assumed implicitly or explicitly in the premise.


The "dumbing down", particularly as it applies to the well-worn logical fallacies employed by "them", needs to be resisted wherever it's encountered, so I make no apologies for my apparent pedantry.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:13 | 1353516 GottaBKiddn
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Very well, I apologize for masquerading my conclusion as a proposition.

So should you, for your use of the ill-chosen "Howcome".

If I may say so.



Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:18 | 1353518 Aristarchan
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Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:39 | 1353583 williambanzai7
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Double ouch

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:30 | 1353430 Aristarchan
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O, tis a precious apothegmaticall Pedant, who will finde matter inough to dilate a whole daye of the first inuention of Fy, fa, fum".

- Thomas Nashe

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:53 | 1353339 GottaBKiddn
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We all take slightly different roads to get to where we happen to be, and yet the convergence of paths, like a waterhole, comes here.

One thing that frustrates me is how long people see something that they know is diabolical, and yet almost refuse to believe that it is accomplished purposefully. If we see a bank robber with a bag of money, we wouldn't say that he just happened to have a bag of money, we'd say he stole it. But when a Ph.D lies outright about robbing the bank, we say that it is maybe just a misunderstanding that the smart people will eventually work out for the benefit of all.

The media whores, politicians, and professors are just the same, they're lying.



Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:40 | 1353576 williambanzai7
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It is very difficult to get the man on the street to understand what is happening.

We came close in 2008, but the Obama feint neutralized the threat.

Next time...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:52 | 1353610 Aristarchan
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What? Are you gonna run, WB?

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:32 | 1353663 williambanzai7
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In which direction?

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:32 | 1353670 Aristarchan
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Right into the White House, of course. Can I get a dinner invite? I promise not to slobber much.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 01:57 | 1353785 williambanzai7
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Can I have a tele imager?

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 07:57 | 1354005 falak pema
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Do you remember that Peter Sellers movie...Being There?....

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 08:25 | 1354031 williambanzai7
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Yes I do ;-)

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:51 | 1353337 Henry Chinaski
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I love this blog and everyone in it. Pretty much.

Yes I have been drinking.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:31 | 1353659 williambanzai7
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Give me another triple shot of that stuff.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:30 | 1353429 BlackholeDivestment
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I love you too Chinaski, now put down the milk bottle slowly and back away.

LOL!!!'s so twisred and sick at this point, you must laugh. It's a freaky Kaiju Beach Party.

P.S. I love the whole Masonic ''A'' on the poster. People forget about things like the ''Anti-Mason Party'' and Secretary of State William Seward etc... If I recall, you will not easily find Lincoln's Second Enagural picture, Booth is in the upper right hand corner of the picture and the four conspirators that were hung are right under the podium.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:36 | 1353280 Cruzan Stomp Revival
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Facinating insights by O'Malley on simulacrum in modern societies and how disorienting it can be. It does of course beg the question: just how far afield can the simulacrum get before people recoil from it? IMO, we are at the very limits of abstraction.

99.99% of folks don't think of this; they simply accept -- without hesitation-- abstract things in everyday life as if it were the article itself. ZHers don't, which makes us a very odd bunch.

Virtual stock certificates, electrons representing dollars on a server for your bank account, credit cards, GLD, SLV, CDOs, unbacked paper money in your wallet and on and on. I've backed away from this world, and maybe I didn't have to, but I'd sure hate to beat the crowd to the fire exits when/if they agree with me. 

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 23:34 | 1353566 williambanzai7
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Think about what having the ability to corrupt digital storage means as a form of weaponry. How far have they managed to get in designing such weapons? Who is they?

It's in the news practically every day.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:25 | 1353656 Aristarchan
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We are entering a new age of data warfare. Nobody knows who is waging it. It may be countries, institutions, individuals, and groups of individuals with an aim nobody is sure of. And, it may well be all of the above. And, it is not just digital storage, It is corruption of OS interfaces, and likely, OS's themselves. And some of it may not be ideological or based on national security issues. Some of it may be pure greed. Look at it this way. Your car now has a computer. That computer is operated by thousands of lines of code that is not available to you or a mechanic....only the error outputs are. What is to keep say, a GM, from entering lines of code that causes your vehicle to start having problems after the warranty has run out? What prevents the code form reporting say a valve body failure to a mechanic? nothing but honesty. That valve body, with labor, will cost you $800.00. What, in the end, prevents another car company from hacking into a competitor's sold autos via wi-fi or a cloud, and causing them to fail in warranty? Not much....except car computer security, good you think that is?

How long before it happens to airplanes, trains, power systems?

How long before it happens to foreign nukes? (US nukes are ringed in tightly by digital, analog, physical and many other means of security).

It is the next battlefield...something the Pentagon is well aware of.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:33 | 1353671 williambanzai7
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I see in today's news that Citis accounts have been breached.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 00:51 | 1353703 Aristarchan
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Saw that. The existing security methods of almost everyone appears to have been rendered totally ineffective. A friend of mine who works for SAIC tells me they are taking all sensitive data and moving it to isolated, off-line computers...have been for several months. If SAIC is doing it, so is DoD and probably all secure contractors. NSA has always kept sensitive data on an in-house system not connected to the outside, but I bet they are monitoring the firewalls of all other agencies who do tech sharing with them. Something monumental has happened, WB, when it comes to secure systems, and nobody is talking about it much.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 01:55 | 1353786 chindit13
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You possess a wide body of knowledge, a seemingly infinitely curious mind, and a wealth of life experience not so common on this site.  I always stop at your comments, and am always glad for having done so.  Should you at some future date decide to more widely share your thoughts, whether on this site as a contributor or elsewhere, I'll be a happy and regular reader.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:10 | 1353921 williambanzai7
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And it's free too ;-)

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 07:54 | 1353993 falak pema
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and its animated with "three stooges on a wild goose chase" humor;


As for the upcoming battle of Internet control, cloud computing hold, and IP repression...we are in for a world information control what's new in that...Look at Rupert Murdoch and Pravda...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 22:01 | 1353216 Liquid Courage
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Keynes purported that the judicious, enlightened application of monetary policy could achieve the miracle of "turning stones to bread".

Ever wonder where he got that idea?

Luke 4

   1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

   2Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

   3And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

   4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.


Thanks, Maynard.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:39 | 1353191 blindman
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