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Protests Spread To Vietnam

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After protests recently shifted to Korea, they have now migrated to very tightly controlled Vietnam (and some were wondering what the reason for the orchestrated take down of rice in the past week was), in the first public demonstration by unhappy farmer against the controlling regime in many years. In the meantime, as the media blackout over developments in Korea, Bahrain and just as importantly Algeria continues (not to mention China), keeping in mind that as Nomura predicted, a shut down in Algerian and Libyan oil production is all that is needed for crude to hit $220, we now look forward to Venezuela to join the revolutionary ranks, with the culmination being when Afghanistan and Pakistan, and associated nukes, go in play.

In the meantime, the rough rice non-commercial speculators refuse to give up over what is now a blatant attempt by the commercials to suppress the price of rice. One day we hope to get Wikileaks or someone else to disclose just how much pressure China put on JP Morgan to keep Rice at ridiculously low levels in light of the action in other commodities.


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Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:39 | 1000097 Rodent Freikorps
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Afghanistan has nukes? Don't you mean Pakistan?

India will handle that.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:46 | 1000110 philgramm
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They have opium, the lazy man's nuke

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:51 | 1000121 Rodent Freikorps
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India will turn Pakistan into a sea of glass.

People will have to get their smack from Asia, like old times.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:56 | 1000133 philgramm
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I was referring to Afghan opium.  That opium is one of the reasons why there will be no revolution in the ole' USA.  See we use that opium to make vicodin, percocet,morphine,dilaudid, demerol  etc.  A large part of the american population is drugged with such "medications".

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:59 | 1000139 Rodent Freikorps
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And people claim we are not getting a return on investment.


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:53 | 1000264 snowball777
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I'm a little young yet to partake of the Medicare Part D bonanza.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:00 | 1000277 philgramm
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just stop working and soon you'll qualify for medicaid

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:21 | 1000333 Fish Gone Bad
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That Venezuela comment is not that far off.  A friend came back from visiting his family in Guatamala.  He said a load of bread was about $7.50 (USD).

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:56 | 1000574 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""A friend came back from visiting his family in Guatamala.  He said a load of bread was about $7.50 (USD).""

...and various foods in Cosco's up here have jumped 10% overnight.

Revolutions are a direct result of the non availability of Basic Food, Food and the cost of basic Food...

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:31 | 1000684 Cursive
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Went to bed thursday night and mogas was $2.99/gal. Wake up Friday morning to $3.19/gal. At noon today, some stations raised it to $3.21 befor noon. This afternoon, it hit $3.25. That's more than a $0.25 hike in less than 48 hours. I'm in the Gulf South, two hours inland and the only thing I can compare this to is a hurricane.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 23:08 | 1000918 snowball777
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In these programs, Medicaid investigators pose as beneficiaries to probe providers suspected of fraud and abuse. States have been able to identify and correct a number of instances of providers not complying with Medicaid policies through these projects.



Medicaid agencies have established a number of mechanisms to monitor and control drug utilization within the program. Some of these mechanisms include requiring prior-authorization for certain classes of prescription drugs, performing utilization reviews on services provided, limiting the number of prescription drugs available in certain classes, and implementing Preferred Drug Lists for beneficiaries. These policies limit beneficiary access to drugs with high potential for abuse, and allow agencies to flag cases where exceptional treatments have been prescribed or acquired.


Freakin' party poopers.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:14 | 1000309 MolotovCockhead
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Afghan has Opium but US has Hopium, it's more potent in many ways.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:19 | 1000327 Fish Gone Bad
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Opioids wear off in a couple of hours.  Hopium wears off with disillusionment.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:00 | 1000410 Mad Max
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An alarming 1/3 of the US voting population, now termed obamasuckers, lack the gene that naturally flushes Hopium from the brain.  As a result, a single hit of Hopium can cause them to remain hopped-up for years, even decades, regardless of the administration of the primary known antidotes, Truth and Reality.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 14:34 | 1001815 Ned Zeppelin
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obamasuckers having replaced the bushsuckers 

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:36 | 1000476 morkov
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Gaddafi said the revolution is fueled by drugs...several warehouses full with amphetamines were was also reported that he opened the weapons dumps for "the people" to fight it out...just heard it on the news...very modern indeed (sarc)

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:01 | 1000146 Piranhanoia
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24 hour terra warning level red and waiting 

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 12:07 | 1001606 Triggernometry
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In grad school for engineering I sat in on a lecture by two professors from texas a & m. They modeled atmospheric permeation of atomic fallout due to nuclear mutually assured destruction scenario between India and Pakistan. Their assumptions were that each possessed only 50 nukes, each nuke had the same yield as that dropped on Hiroshima, and all weapons detonated within the geographic borders of both countries within the span of 24 hours.

Their simulation showed that within 28 days the fallout would completely cover the earth between latitudes +60 and -60.

I hope you can therefore understand why every nuke is everybody's concern.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:54 | 1000124 JW n FL
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by philgramm
on Sat, 02/26/2011 - 14:46

They have opium, the lazy man's nuke



Food Stamps and Danzig wiff da Starz! BITCHEZZZZZZZ!!!!!


Un-Employment Benefits / Checks to Infinitimmy and Beyond!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:06 | 1000156 philgramm
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True dat!!!!  We got welfare for the ultra rich and the ultra poor.  Better choose which group you can join because being in the middle is getting harder and harder.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:07 | 1000157 Dingleberry Jones
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Yeah just a weeee typo.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:43 | 1000105 JW n FL
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Got Rice?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:45 | 1000109 Harmonious_Diss...
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Got plastic rice?

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 08:15 | 1001431 Moe Howard
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Less filling! Chewbacca Obama approved.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:48 | 1000113 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Anyone got any theories on how this will affect World of Warcraft gold markets for Americans?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:52 | 1000120 JW n FL
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More un-rest would / should equal higher prices... but in a World of Make Believe, anything is possible.


But, Nam is Communist... so are they (being the thier goobermint) going to encourage the farmers they just evicted off of thier own farm land to buy Gold like in China??? I will go out on a limb and say no, thats no going to happen... of course I could be wrong.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:11 | 1000167 snowball777
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I worked on the original WoW in a former life; when they start firebombing ISPs, it will be very difficult to get your twink on.


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:12 | 1000308 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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When "they" start firebombing ISPs. Wink, wink. When I start firebombing ISPs.

I've been listening to the Charlie Sheen interview again (1 2 3). I'm starting to hear it more and more as both CS and AJ telling people between the lines "it's Apocalypse now" "get strong" "don't be in the middle" "reject Hollywood, reject everything but what you trust". Anyway, here's a quote from CS:

2 (start at 4:00 for fuller context)

If you're a part of my family, I will love you violently. If you infiltrate and try to hurt my family, I will murder you violently. the Infowar?

...(puase) the Infowar. Yes.


2 ( start at 10:45 for fuller context)

I'll reach out to him right now! Let's hook up and just bring fiery death.

...and you mean fiery death to lies and propaganda and hypocrisy?

Yeah. But see look at how they've gotten into YOUR brain, dude. Now we have to, like, qualify everything. I don't know. "Fiery death!" man. And let them figure it out! If it comes from the sky or from my HEART, it's gonna have the same level of destruction.

And here's a quote from something else:

You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fuckin' khakis.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:27 | 1000342 snowball777
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You tell me it's the institution

Well you know

You better free your mind instead


I've met God across his long walnut desk with his diplomas hanging on the wall behind him, and God asks me, "Why?"  Why did I cause so much pain?  Didn't I realize that each of us is a sacred, unique snowflake of special unique specialness?  Can't I see how we're all manifestations of love?  I look at God behind his desk, taking notes on a pad, but God's got this all wrong.  We are not special.  We are not crap or trash, either.  We just are.  We just are, and what happens just happens.  And God says, "No, that's not right."  Yeah.  Well.  Whatever.  You can't teach God anything. - Chuck P

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:55 | 1000405 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Points considered. Thanks to you.

On the other hand, I'll be a lot less edgy when the telco's and the data-masters and the DoD and the CIA and the NSA and any corp I've left out all come clean about their psy-opery and their media manipulation. I don't take kindly to being boiled like a frog in a pot, while they set fire to the house around me.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:13 | 1000424 JW n FL
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Bro... its just warm bath water... no worries... enjoy a nice warm bath, why not just take a nap... it will be over soon...

3:06 is the best I could do... I wanted Buggs Bunny in a stew pot, but it is what it is.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 03:12 | 1001247 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Charlie was also way high on drugs, IMO.

edit: and Alex Jones looked as sponsored and scripted as Letterman.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:53 | 1000125 user2011
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Hm.... then the price for rice may definitely goes up.  Vietnam is one of the biggest rice producing countries.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:19 | 1000314 Sudden Debt
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Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia are really experiencing severe droughts because China is building a dam to divert the water from the Mekong river back into China.

The place where they are building the dam is also a dispute point with India and China because it's not fully clear who ownes the part in the Himalay where they are building it.

I've seen this with my own eyes 2 years ago and it's VERY scary to see.

Water levels on the Mekong are down 12 meters in the last 5 years.


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:21 | 1000324 cossack55
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Good tip, SD.  Used to be "follow the money", I think new paradigm is "follow the water" tho "follow the river" sounds like a great book title.

Another old saying that is probably done, "you can't eat gold".  To be replaced by "you can't drink oil".

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:16 | 1000524 Yen Cross
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alrighty then.This person is in, off rant mode. We can read some links and enjoy the company!

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 04:45 | 1001330 GoinFawr
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You're making this tooo eaaasyyyyy....

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 08:32 | 1001436 Moe Howard
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Wait a minute this can't be true because future world leader wonderful China is only spreading love and happiness around the world no way they would steal the water upstream from good friend and neighbor Vietnam woud they? I swear some cranky dude yesterday was selling love beads for China how everybody hates usa but loves China.


Reality - they are working on starving their old enemies the Vietnamese. Am I the only one who remembers China's failed border dispute [read war] with little ole Vietnam back in the 1970's? Payback time it appears.


The Sino–Vietnamese War (Vietnamese: Chi?n tranh biên gi?i Vi?t-Trung), also known as the Third Indochina War, known in the PRC as ??????? (duì yuè zìwèi f?nj? zhàn) (Counterattack against Vietnam in Self-Defense) and in Vietnam as Chi?n tranh ch?ng bành tr??ng Trung Hoa (War against Chinese expansionism), was a brief but bloody border war fought in 1979 between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The PRC launched the offensive in response to Vietnam's 1978 invasion and occupation of Cambodia, which ended the reign of the PRC-backed Khmer Rouge.

After a brief incursion into Northern Vietnam, PRC troops withdrew about a month later. Both China and Vietnam claimed victory in the last of the Indochina Wars of the twentieth century; however, since Vietnamese troops remained in Cambodia until 1989 it can be said that the PRC failed to achieve the goal of dissuading Vietnam from involvement in Cambodia. However, China achieved its strategic objective of reducing the offensive capability of Vietnam along the Sino-Vietnam border by implementing a scorched earth policy. China also achieved another strategic objective of demonstrating to its Cold War foe, the Soviet Union, that they were unable to protect their Vietnamese ally. As many as 1.5 million Chinese troops were stationed along China's borders with the USSR and were prepared for a full-scale war against the USSR.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 13:19 | 1001692 flight risk
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I studied this as part of my grad thesis.  The Mekong Delta waters naturally rise and fall annually sometimes 2m.. i did a time lapse of satellite data.. looks like the delta is on fire in dry season and flooded 2m in wet season.  amazing place. thrives on this annual pulse of nutrients that are brought into the delta through the flooding.

The damming will (has? )change(d?) all that. Amazing case of some kind of skewed destruction of commons. I met some old timers deep in the Mekong still wearing their black pj's.  Bet they know how to handle that dam.

Interesting guy Mick O'shea KAYAKED down the whole Mekong from the source in china to raise awareness of this.  Insane adventure, as he had to sneak through parts of the PRC.

Mekong really an amazing place.. the people that live in/around it are pretty amazing as well.

This is beyond a bummer.  Gulf of Mexico+

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:56 | 1000134 stormsailor
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i sit here today and i wish to extend my hope and prayers, along with my respect to all of those who are standing in a line in overthrow of central governments.  no matter what they are labeled. 


i salute their spirit and their courage and send my moral support.


someday i fear we will be in the same position, and i hope i have the courage and force of will that they are showing all the world.


god be with them all.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:59 | 1000141 Newsboy
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Vietnam, I can believe. This "Jasmine Revolution" in China smells fishy to me, like a chance for the government to round up liver donors.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:41 | 1000482 chinaguy
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The "Jasmine Revolution" in China hadn't a chance....NONE. the new middle & rich classes are 100% co-opted...and the newsfeeds, Twitter, whatever, are 100% controlled...unless you specifically connected to WSJ or whatever in China, you would NEVER have know it was even a "thing" because it was 100% not available in China...and the new rich & middle classes are NOT going to rock the boat & in China...the "poor"...well...fuck 'em.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:01 | 1000142 gwar5
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Wow, Vietnam. More Tea Partiers popping up everywhere.

Vietnamese really deserve a lot better than they got.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:37 | 1000620 Yen Cross
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Grow up junior spalding!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:59 | 1000143 Atomizer
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Destabilizing two regions is a silent monetary proxy war. At some point, North America will be told that the Constitution & present financial model has run its course. Central planners will institute emergency measures to transition the new system.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 00:35 | 1001056 pods
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I would tend to disagree with that one.  The system the US has setup at the moment is almost perfect. If it wasn't for the simple law of exponents in a finite system problem, the moneychangers would be good for millenia.

How many people do you see drive around with the "God Bless America" bumper stickers?  Cry when they see the flag or hear the anthem?

Sorry, this system is as perfect a system as one can have in an imperfect world.  When I say perfect, I mean for the ones who own it.  And it ain't you or me.


None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 08:43 | 1001445 Moe Howard
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Sadly, what you say is all too true. Why would the banksters suspend a constitution they already don't use? It is like  those state laws on the books that you must take a bath once a year or nobody can own more than 3 buggywhips. They just don't follow it. Shoot, during the private healthcare takeover they said as much. The black members of the gang don't try to pretend that they are following thier oath.



<HELP> for explanation

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 14:51 | 1001846 Atomizer
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+1. The system is good. That's why they intend to take it down.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:00 | 1000144 Hang The Fed
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Governments collapsing, commodities soaring, propaganda desperately trying to hold together the last illusions of stability...mark me when I say that we really are witnessing the death-rattle of global society.  I hold very little in the way of belief that we won't be driven back to the damn-near stone-age.  Every thermodynamic system seeks its own equilibrium.  Where we find ourselves now is in a moment at which our system has been squeezed from one side so fiercely that it must pop.  The kinetic backlash when that happens, in response to decades if not centuries, of gradually applied pressure will come back like a will happen so rapidly that what we've built over generations will come undone in the blink of an eye, by comparison.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:06 | 1000154 snowball777
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As if Mother Nature herself were saying, "Model THIS, Bitchez!"

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:13 | 1000172 Hang The Fed
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The idea that we, who emerge from the universe around us, aren't bound by the same principles is a fairly fucking absurd idea.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:02 | 1000282 snowball777
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From "Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe"...

In the darkness, I have found my vision
I`ve seen the Queen that thrives on desolation
A Queendom that preys on both young and old
Open your eyes...

A pain is growing that mocks all the true healers
The light of wisdom is making us all turn cold
Those who dare to dream can hold no quarter
Open your eyes...

Apathy in Babylon
Dreams have been deferred so long
Those who dwell in misery
Ne`re receive my empathy
`No one cares for anyone
The chorus to her fatal song
This woman spites everyone
This woman is man...

End the reign!
I have passion, I have faith and reason
Yet she decrees I am less than human
(The darkness hides within the light...)
But it`s my soul that satisfies her hunger
(The evil`s always in your sight...)
Open your eyes...

When the pretense starts to fall
The `prefects` make their margin call
Will you join the ranks of sheep
That will not a soul to keep
Their premise is intelligence
Profaned by human arrogance
If you stand against it all...
Make the bastards fall...

End the reign!
In the world that you perceive
Who are your true enemies ?
Is it those you do not know...
Or the ones you can`t control
Does joy excite every nerve
From the `Mistress` that you serve
Do you have the strength at all
To heed the final call

End the reign!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 22:47 | 1000864 spinone
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Apes, not monkeys - monkeys have tails

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:40 | 1000622 Yen Cross
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My name is REASON (777) I am my own Bitch!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:40 | 1000624 Yen Cross
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Sat, 02/26/2011 - 23:29 | 1000967 snowball777
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In your Cross Colour clothes

you crossed over

then got totally krossed out

Kris Kross
Who da thought

Niggaz'd get tossed

to the side?
And I'm the dark side of the Force

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:31 | 1000218 Gold 36000
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It takes decades to build up infrastructure and only weeks to wreck it. Even if we dont wreck it we have built up way more than we can afford to maintain.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 09:10 | 1001459 mophead
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Naw, they're just trying to drive the suckers back into bonds.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:07 | 1000149 Abitdodgie
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The time must be right for Zero Hedge to now do an article on how our representitives are going to come to their demise eg: hung from a lamp post, shot, their escaping jet run out of fuel mid-flight, managed to get to Brazil where they were hung from a lamp post, heart attack, drowned in a jacuzzi, suicide by garot, etc....   Would it be possible for the readers to vote on each polititcian's demise?  Please conside this Tyler - thank you

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:12 | 1000169 stormsailor
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i don't think it will be a "go down easy".   i think a lot of the posters here including me will have to answer the call.


a quote from a movie that still holds power in its words.

" Dying by the thousands! Dying for *you*, fool! I know, 'cause I dug the graves. And all this time I keep askin' myself, when, O Lord, when it's gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up. Ante up and kick in like men. LIKE MEN!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:20 | 1000189 Hang The Fed
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And that, my friend, is exactly the truth.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:28 | 1000209 Gold 36000
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And I shall watch the excitement in my comfy recliner with a nice glass of bubbly on my big screen. The small fuel cells are commercially available. It wont give you away like the noise from a generator!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:29 | 1000215 Hang The Fed
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Actually, given my choice, I'd opt for a really nice geothermal well.  Even as it is...there are ways to keep the lights on and the people warm, if you're mechanically inclined to a sufficient degree.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:15 | 1000311 snowball777
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Keep the sound low and your curtains shut tight, sweetie.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:45 | 1000635 Yen Cross
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Ok blue ghost pilot. Remember (I'm on your side)

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:19 | 1000184 cossack55
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You forgot jumping in front of high-speed train.  I guess they would have to go to Europe of Japan for that.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:08 | 1000161 Misean
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"just how much pressure China put on JP Morgan to keep Rice at ridiculously low levels in light of the action in other commodities."

It'll work till the seed rice runs out.

Pressure cooked rice price...there's a gag in there somewhere...

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:16 | 1000179 cossack55
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Someone please reassure me:

Where is the USS Maddox at this time?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:21 | 1000194 CrashisOptimistic
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Vietnam oil production

About 390K bpd

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:22 | 1000200 Gold 36000
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My ex girlfriend's family is from Venezuela. They are still quite a long ways from serious protests. The bottom 40 percent believe everything Hugo says and the rest have conveniently been labeled oligarchs or USA loving traitors, so it has been difficult for people to speak up. The poor still believe it will eventually get better so until his militant base loses faith there will be no major rioting but their young people are just like the french and always having minor demonstrations.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:27 | 1000208 Caviar Emptor
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Global political coalition supporting the status quo is disintegrating fast. Looked like it might slow down after Egypt, instead it's gained traction and accelerating. 

Solutions won't come easy in this environment. Old Western powers won't get their way without hardship and cost. Reverberations from 2008 are still spreading. We're in the early innings of conflict and realignment. 

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:29 | 1000213 Creed
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More Tea Partiers popping up everywhere.



lol gwar I owe you a beer for that little nugget of truth


poor liberals think only they have the moral right to revolution, it's downright revolting!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:32 | 1000222 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Chinese will have nothing of Uncle Ben's Instant (plastic) Rice ...

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:49 | 1000250 sgorem
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Maybe the Mayan's really do have something with THE END being in 2012........pretty fucking close anyway. Anyway, after consulting a vast array of financial charts, algos, my broker, checking account, debt, and other miscellaneous bullshit, the bottom line is the ONLY thing that is going to save our asses is Jesus Christ walking through my front door, seriously, by the Ultimate Optimist. Sorry, the EX-Ultimate Optimist.......

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:28 | 1000344 Abitdodgie
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On the point of 2012 the Mayans did not say it would be the end of the world they said "the end of society as we Know it " so that seem to strike an even closer cord, as it was not the Mayans themselves that predicted this, it was there god who was a white haired Caucasian who traveled in a "ship " and left promising to return one day, So with that in mind would it not be fair to say when all the Fiat money collapses at the same time , well you get the picture . Also they finished their calender on the 21/12/2012 because that was the end of the year for them ,so the end of times has to happen before that date 

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:11 | 1000516 eddiebe
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The mayans were a bunch of superstitious savages with idiotic ideas about what is what. And anyway, the civilization as they knew it ended a long time ago.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 09:20 | 1001464 mophead
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'it was not the Mayans themselves that predicted this, it was there god who was a white haired Caucasian who traveled in a "ship "'


Spanish/European propaganda. Don't forget, they practiced ritual human sacrifice too. Oooo.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:48 | 1000251 raya123
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If you're watching oil prices you may want to check these breaking news articles. Tehran is in the process of sabotaging oil supplies for their own gain.


Presumably toward the same end, Al-Qaeda is also calling for the ouster of ruling elites in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen:



Sun, 02/27/2011 - 00:41 | 1001068 pods
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Just a helpful note:

Might not want to include Debka in your links.  

Nobody here is big for bobbing for apples in a tub with a big turd like that in there.

Personally, I would say that the Al-CIA-DUH reference makes two turds, but that is just me.


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:52 | 1000260 Dr. Porkchop
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Vietnam!! We better invade before the dominos start falli...oh, er...nevermind.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:55 | 1000267 Misean
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OK, that was pretty damned funny!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:58 | 1000272 bingaling
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We posted at the same time  my analogy looks pretty funny now .

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:26 | 1000676 sethstorm
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At this point, I'd not mind seeing Vietnam collapse - undoing their government's deeds from the 1970's.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 16:56 | 1000271 bingaling
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Iraq is also protesting,  didnt a refinery get blown up there yesterday? This is like watching dominos fall at some point there will be a fork in the road and whoosh the world is in revolution without any idea of what the solution to the problem is . ...whoohoo real fun[intended last remark as sarcasm]


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:23 | 1000334 WTF2
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Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:51 | 1000398 Occams Aftershave
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What a terrible thing for a president to order an attack on his own people.   Oh wait..... Lincoln did that... oops.... 

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:53 | 1000724 kaiserhoff
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Silly Occam.  Democracies don't fight each other... oh, wait.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 00:44 | 1001073 pods
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Many would say that there is a much more recent reference that you could site.


Sun, 02/27/2011 - 01:04 | 1001104 snowball777
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Hosni? Nixon? Who'd you have in mind?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:13 | 1000434 Ahmeexnal
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The real MSM blackout is about riots in Europe. Civil war is about to break out in Greece.

And this just in:
Fianna Fail meltdown in Ireland.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:17 | 1000441 sellstop
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I looked at that chart three times. All I see is that the initial runup in rice in '08 was accompanied by SOME speculation. The last two rallies seem to have more speculation than the rice price warrants.

I don't think a turndown from here would be the result of any manipulation, but probably the expected actions of agile speculators.

Just looking at the charts,


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:21 | 1000450 jmc8888
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Of course America lost the Vietnam war (not any battles, but of course not the hearts and minds), but who won it? Everybody thought it was the vietnamese. 

Looks like whatever the case WAS, it is obvious they have been returned to the imperialist fold (i.e. getting screwed over). 

Now that they are communist AND still getting screwed over by the imperial monetary system, what will they do?

Well Riot for one.

Two. Hook up a couple of electrical wires to Ho Chi Minh's grave.  (might as well capture the current from him spinning in his grave).


Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:16 | 1000521 eddiebe
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If they have any inflated dong left after buying their daily ration of rice and weeds, they will buy gold.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:19 | 1000527 eddiebe
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If they have any inflated dong left after buying their daily ration of rice and weeds, they will buy gold.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:23 | 1000454 Gromit
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I'm meeting with the Vietnamese Ambassador to the US tuesday.

I need some intelligent questions. What would y'all like to know?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 22:04 | 1000766 kaiserhoff
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Ask when they are going to allow free speech.

Ask if they are willing to take in some good Marxist cousins, fleeing Wisconsin Senators, and maybe 20 million or so Talupas.

                                  On Wisconsin!

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 00:07 | 1000470 Psquared
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This makes me wonder. Have we intentionally smuggled in or infected these nations with unrest due to high unemployment, food shortages and inflation to subvert the governments and foment unrest and rebellion? I mean, we cannot fight an Iraqi type of conflict with each one - not enough troops or national will to do it that way. So, in instead have we sent computer viruses and created financial WMDs to do the job?

My second question is if so, why? Are we opportunistic, lucky or is there something more sinister behind this like world domination by the monied interests?

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 18:32 | 1000471 Tense INDIAN
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"India will handle that ".......


its not that easy ....the Rothschild gang has been trying hard to denuclearise Pakistan....funding the TTP....but havent succeeded....these ISI peopel are smarter than those people from Central Asia , Latin America and ME and Africa where they start a revolution at the click of a button

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:05 | 1000505 Tense INDIAN
Sat, 02/26/2011 - 19:25 | 1000538 AUD
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Saw a Bank of Vietnam note recently - 50000 dong it said & I keep hearing of devaluation. Things are not stable in Vietnam.

By the way, these notes are produced by the Reserve Bank of Australia or at least its graft taking note printing branch - 'Securrency'.

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 20:18 | 1000593 Scottj88
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There are some crazy times coming...

Hyperfinationary times coming...

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 21:20 | 1000668 glenlloyd
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I think it's becoming ever more difficult to manage all this claptrap. I seriously thought it was going to unravel the first part of this week but someone tightened up the girdle and pulled everything together.....for the moment.

The phrase the "largely contained" comes to mind and I wouldn't be surprised to hear it again in the very near future....

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 04:33 | 1001322 Lost My Shorts
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In case anyone cares, the Al Jazeera report was total bullshit, and ZH sounds silly talking about "first public demonstration by unhappy farmer against the controlling regime in many years."

The protest noted in the report was some farmers angry because the government took their land.  It's silly to comment without knowing details of the case, but probably it was the typical scenario:  government takes land from small people for an industrial park or some condo towers; and the former occupants were given less than market price in compensation.  Al Jazeera just had some bootleg video and know-nothing commentators outside the country, and can't be bothered to do any real reporting on the matter.

Point one:  government land taking for development is an old story in both China and Vietnam.  Happened many times over the years, and protested many times in both countries.  Never has it led to a general uprising in either country, and it won't now either.  Attributing such a protest to Arab events is butt stupid.

Point two:  people in Vietnam do not follow or care about Arab events.  People here (yes, I live here) benchmark their affairs against nearby countries with similar culture and history, like Thailand, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Korea.  Events on the other side of the world or on other planets have no influence.

Reports like this one should terminate any illusion that Al Jazeera is more insightful or less idiotic than the American MSM.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 08:54 | 1001448 Moe Howard
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Thanks for the insight.

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