Things That Make You Go Hmmm - What The Red Pill Really Tells Us

Tyler Durden's picture

From the latest Things that Make you Go Hmmm (pdf):

"On March 14th Bear Stearns collapsed and the first real domino of the financial crisis (at lest as far as public recognition of the situation was concerned) had toppled. However, it wasn’t until September, as Lehman Brothers tottered on the brink of insolvency, that a group of highly influential bankers and politicians decided to take the red pill. The failure of Lehman Brothers was the catalyst that plunged the world deep into The Matrix - an alternate reality in which, everywhere you looked, things were happening that a mere 24 hours earlier, would have seemed unthinkable. We all know about the TARP, we remember wild swings in markets, plummeting oil and commodity prices, frantic deleveraging and nervous Central Bankers and politicians telling us that everything was going to be OK. But as the days and months have ticked by, the reality inside our own Matrix has become more and more skewed. Markets recovered, an eerie calm was gradually restored and slowly things began to return to a semblance of normal. But what is normal in this new paradigm? Is it normal for the Fed to be buying 70% of all Treasuries? Well it certainly wasn’t until we took the red pill and entered The Matrix...It surely must be clear to anybody that, regardless of the fact that the unemployment situation has stopped deteriorating quite so rapidly and has even begun to show signs of improvement in places (‘green shoots’ anyone?), regardless of the  fact that corporate results have actually been, for the most part, quite good and the S&P is trading on decent multiples and regardless of the fact that ‘core’ inflation apparently isn’t a problem - the real world inside The Matrix, the one many vested interests would rather we NOT focus on, is an altogether different story."

Full report (pdf):

Hmmm Apr 01 2011

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fiftybagger's picture

Don't forget Bear was the key silver short.

Silver For The People

Bay of Pigs's picture

Yes, and after that incident happened, (and with the FED's help), JPM crashed the silver price from over $20 to under $9 although you couldn't find ANY silver to buy anywhere. I remember Tulving being out of almost everything.

Of course this is still all dismissed as "conspiracy theory" by many people.

knukles's picture

There are no Conspiracy Theories. 
They're Facts, not Thoeries and the Conspirators are TPTB themselves.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually, a little dive into the etymology of the word shows that Conspiracy has been turned into a bad thing. The roots words Con (With like chilli con carne) and spire (root of inspire, expire, to breathe), so conspire means to breathe together.

Check it out for your-selves. It's like means disgusting, to be rejected, original etymological root is offering to the gods...

It goes on and on like that, compete, convenience...this language we think we know so so well is the root of our cognitive dissonance induced mania.
We say one thing, but the words say their "origin"al meaning.

It's pertinent. Dig deeper and bandy words with care.

Swallowing the Red Pill is not a metaphor.


Mesquite's picture


Reminds me of a scene in the book

'Animal Farm' where the definitions (rules) are changed overnight..

Be safe..

Oh regional Indian's picture

Between Animal Farm and 1984, our dystopian future was laid out before us long long ago.

Yet we embraced it, arms wide open, eh?


Rodent Freikorps's picture

None of that matters.

The One is in charge and He knows about our problems, and He cares for us.

metastar's picture

Ah yes, ... The Bernank.

"To Serve Man"

Ima anal sphincter's picture

 +1 (One of the best Twilight Zone episodes.)

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture


Misterious aliens from the Twilight Zone - that live among us
(The best youtube you'll ever watch /4min)

The lizard people?

GoinFawr's picture

Apparently Banisteriopsis caapi is one way to meet 'em.

 Mike Harner (

says that when he met the `Lizard Peeps` they told him they were the 'Masters of the Universe'. The Shaman he described the experience to said,

"oh, they're always saying that..."

Good LUck!

rocker's picture

We are Japan twenty years ago. Russia, China and Asia will eat our lunch. Thanks elite banksters cartel.

themosmitsos's picture

@ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm: You're screwing up the metaphor buddy--though I get what you're trying to say

RoRoTrader's picture

Wow! are really smart, themass. and, while you're at it why not call out some prices too. dickhead.

jkruffin's picture

You really cannot make any of this stuff up.  It is completely insane.  NATIONAL STOP PAYING YOUR MORTGAGE EVENT required soon..........

Cleanclog's picture

The national-stop-paying-your-Mortgage-Event is already well underway. . . to the tune of $50 Bil in "stim" that is getting spent on other consumptive events - thus TPTB don't care.   Lots of your neighbors are not paying their mortgages (even though they can afford to but owe more than the house is worth) - because they know the banks won't kick them out - don't want empty houses or to take the hits on their balance sheets.  This has now become more prevalent in nice neighborhoods.  

Cleanclog's picture

Average delinquency is now 537 days.  That's a lot of spending money for a household.

WTFx10's picture

Wouldn't just missing every other month fuck with them more? I mean if you know you aren't selling it so pay them what it's worth. Changes the rules yourself, they do.

treemagnet's picture

All I can say is wow cleancog, I think I need a release......

carbonmutant's picture

Somebody will get elected based on a National Mortgage Amnesty program...

Holodomor2012's picture

Hopefully somebody will get elected based on a National Socialist program and the criminals will be dealt with.  Hail Victory.

Borrowed Merkin's picture

Great idea! After all, it did wonders for Germany around '39.

Rogerwilco's picture

What amazes me most is the widespread belief that assets like paper money, PMs, or unrealized gains in equities will insulate the owner from the consequences as this charade comes to an end. People like Dmitry Orlov and Jane Jacobs have tried to warn us what to expect, but no one seems to be getting the message.

NidStyles's picture

I went through and read their message. Both seem to ignore 6000 years of history.Odd's are when something is uncertain, and you have no idea to accurately assess the situation, you need to look back at history to find the answer.

Sure it's the trendy thing to be all doom and gloom, but for them to simply assume that the entire world is going to fall apart because paper money loses it's value is a bit ridiculous. People will still need to eat, and still need tools made by the people that know how.

You can't expect a farmer to make the tools he needs if he's spending his time tending his crop's. Likewise you can't expect the Machinist to grow his own food if he's spending time making the tools for everyone else. This is what money is used for, and why it was invented so damn long ago. The problem is that people get carried away, and forget that it's merely a tool. It's a tool for exhange, and the real wealth is not how much of that tool that you have, it's the other tools that you can exchange for it. Prosperity and growth is not collecting tool's, it the diversification of your tool's and the flexibility you have to survive. 


Somewhere along the line, some chemically inbalanced humans got carrying away and schemed of ways to rob other's of their wealth. Aside from the ethical implications, I think they had a point about the whole situation. All they were doing was following what their instinct's and that whole concept of Natural Selection told them. Although Humans have done a great job of essentially removing themselves from nature, that same nature has found a way to sneak back into the situation by creating ever increasing psychopaths.

Let's be honest, there's a lot of people out there that do not contribute anything of any value to the world whatsoever, and nature is correcting with these psychopaths. If you don't believe me, then I ask why we have some many names for these people if they did not exist? White Trash, Chav, Nigger, Spic, Wop, Douchebag, and the list goes on. I may sound cold hearted, but people do need to take a realistic look at the situation, and start cutting their losses. I may be able to produce enough food and energy for my family, and maybe a little extra. That extra doesn't mean I have the mean's to donate to someone that is simply unwilling to do anything of value for themselves. It mean's that I have the ability to store it for a time when I can not work, or so my children can have something to start with on their own.


/rant about the doom and gloom BS.

P.S. I'm drunk as hell, so leave the grammar and the coherence alone.

Creepy Lurker's picture

"White Trash, Chav, Nigger, Spic, Wop, Douchebag, and the list goes on"


Then there is my personal favorite, "skidmark."


carbonmutant's picture

Great performance by Tyson...LOL

Psquared's picture

Where we are now is the Matrix restored. The events of the summer and fall of 2008 were glitches in the matrix which have been repaired. The question is whether or not the people will accept the programming. So far they have.

doggings's picture

I dont think the guy who wrote this has seen the Matrix, and if he did he didnt understand it, he's got his Red Pill terminology all wrong. Those who program it aren't going to be taking Red Pills are they?

The question is whether or not the people will accept the programming. So far they have.

The people need a Neo before anything will happen, possibly, Ron Paul might just be "The One"

css1971's picture

Ron Paul might just be "The One"

Too nice.


doggings's picture

he`s too nice or the analogy is?

yea, he probably is too nice, maybe he`s more of a Morpheus or Oracle, the One is yet to be found, currently still plugged into some vat of jelly somewhere enjoying the "steak" too much to care

Burticus's picture

The author just got it bass aackwards.

Instead of taking the red pill and wakening to see the reality of crispy (ban)kritters amidst the twisted, smoking financial wreckage, the (not really) Federal (with no) Reserve handed out trillions of blue cyber-pills, keeping the entire planet trapped in the Matrix, The Sheeples' energy bled to support the global power elite's central banking franchise zombies and their parasite (politician) class & minion enforcers with guns and badges.

Each of our well-informed readers needs to be "The One," spreading the truth to the masses and even running for office on a "Fire 'em All, no elephants, no jackasses, no prisoners, no exceptions, slash 'n burn gubmint" platform.

Caviar Emptor's picture

You got it. This was Blue Pill pushing on a mass scale. The fear is that the blue pills might be wearing off, requiring more pill pushing in a hurry. The other fear is that if anyone in the 4 corners of the earth has not taken their dose, they may wake up and start waking up the other sheep. 

We're in Libya to make sure that red pills don't start to get offered and taken by future sheep. Our agents are on it. We can't afford a glitch

i-dog's picture

"Each of our well-informed readers needs to be "The One," spreading the truth to the masses and even running for office on a "Fire 'em All, no elephants, no jackasses, no prisoners, no exceptions, slash 'n burn gubmint" platform."


malek's picture

My thoughts exactly. But otherwise a good read!

i-dog's picture

"Ron Paul might just be 'The One'"

Errrr...what has he achieved so far in his 35 fucking years in Congress? Lots of talk, some public support (<2%), no results.

Voting in a single "great white hope" will not change a damn thing. Voting in a raft of so-called "Tea Party" candidates is not changing a damn thing. Replacing every single congressman with a new bunch will not change a damn thing.

Dismantle DC and go back to 50 state governments each looking after their own constituents ... or 3,100 county administrations each looking after their own constituents. That is the only way to end the constant wars and the funneling of citizens' wealth and rights to the global cabal.

TaxSlave's picture

What he has achieved is to puncture the Big Lie about paper money.  That's a leak that won't be plugged.  He was the Black Swan that everybody tried to ignore.  The thought-virus has been planted.  It's growing.  A few percent know the choice is private property in money, or enslavement.  Time will tell if that's enough.  If not, humanity gets the fate it deserves.

pauldia's picture

The more appropriate analogy is the "Red" pill was given to the masses while the oligarchs steal as much wealth as amass as much power before the re-set button is hit. The strategy is to pit (distract) those who struggle against the rich, while the puppet masters pull the politicians strings. Note the rich are vastly different from the oligarchs.Oligarchs seek power.  Ex Soros is an oligarch, Simon Cowell is simply rich. 

SwingForce's picture


Citizens Under Attack


Everything Obama, Geithner, & Bernanke do, they do for The Banksters.

Many people have lost their homes. Many more are paying inflated rates on inflated properties which the banks refuse to refinance. Savers are getting lousy rates on CDs, but are charged 10%-24% on a credit card. From the top of the credit menuboard to the bottom, The Banksters have FREE REIN to suck as much blood out of the middle class as they possibly can. It’s a criminal plan that TARP was paid for by The Taxpayers to save the banks from extinction, only for them to revive and viciously attack the hands that feed them. Henry Paulson should be charged with Treason for using The Taxpayers' Money to re-arm The Banks of Mass Destruction. Everybody is a victim, even the homeowner without a mortgage, his equity is dropping in its entirety; he's  losing more than the guy with a mortgage. Condos sit empty because banks don’t want to pay associations’ maintenance fees, while those fees rise for the rest of unit-owners to make up the shortfall. The Banking Cartel is waging a war against every American Citizen, and it won’t be happy until every savings account is drained, every homeowner is broke & evicted, every credit card holder is “paying” 24.9% + $88/ mo. in overlimit and late fees, and every house is in their possession. Even the foreclosure process is financially draining for the owner, with insurance and electric payments continuing until property is taken out of owners’ name, an average of 2-3 years. (Upon repossession, the bank doesn’t book the loss until resale, artificially covering-up insolvency issues). Wake up people, its not us against each other, its Us vs. The Banksters who run their operation with impunity.


Further details of the covert TARP program, “Where the Bailout Went Wrong”, by Neil Barofsky:


FullFaithAndCretin's picture

Well, it made me go 'meh'.

More stuff we already know

Miss anthrope's picture

they are already defaulting.  look at the increase in social security taxable wages just in the last 10 has almost doubled........ no cost of living for social security  for several years,  the Bernank is printing money so fast the machine is smoking,  they raised the retirement age.........Because i was born 9 days later I now don't get to retire until 2 extra years....... hmmmm,  well, at least I can't jump on the medicaid train for 2 more years.... that leaves me paying $960 a month in health insurance??? 


hahah.... We are already screwed........ the U.S. has already defaulted.  There is only PM'S and land........ that's it.  Everything else is just a pile of worthless paper....... or I guess you could use it to keep warm for an hour or two if you have lots and lots of it

Sunshine n Lollipops's picture

the unemployment situation has stopped deteriorating quite so rapidly . . .


As the 'employed' pool shrinks, it's only natural that the number losing their jobs will shrink as well. Especially since 'skeleton crew' is the new normal. Shit, someone has to be there in case the phone rings.

Auricle of Omaha's picture

I apologize, but I forget how this works:

Since Jim Cramer is now buying physical silver, does that mean I sell my silver or start buying more?

It's been such a long time since I've seen Jim Cramer I almost didn't recognize him without his sleeves rolled up to his bulging biceps ringing a cow bell.

Dr. Engali's picture

Jim Cramer is buying silver? Shit !Take some money off the table until he says it's time to get out ( of course after sa substantial pull back) then buy buy buy!!!!!

cabernet's picture

I do not see the Lehman Brothers collapse as a catalyst as most people do. The super easy money of the 90s and post 911 along with government regulation and tax incentives that pushed people to lever up were the raw materials for a financial implosion. They were used to build a house of rampant speculation, and fraudulent accounting. The fall of Lehman was simply an inevitable result.


pyite's picture

PDF link is greatly appreciated, thanks.


tradewithdave's picture

Don't be fooled into believing in the two-dimensional dichotomy of a matrix.  Rows and columns make it seem so simple, so measurable, yet so hopeless;  y=mx+b.  There aren't two pills... only one pill.  There has always been only one pill. 

If there were two pills, then there is your a) no pill state, b) your red pill state and c) your blue state.  There is only your state and only one pill -  the truth pill and the truth will set you free.  The rest is Hollywood's attempt to convince you that their choices, the ones designed for you in red and blue, are your only choices.  Choose the white pill, the forgiveness pill.

Ask yourself this question.  Is there such a thing as a completely straight line?  If not, then what is a matrix if it's not an attempt to take your free will and transform it into a "ones and zeros" linear substitute for life which will never be crammed into such a model voluntarily?  Then again, you're free to accept that constraint if you so desire.  You can choose your coordinates, find your point, but then try to measure your velocity.  Good luck with that.  It's called wave/particle duality and it denies the matrix any power over you.  You were not made in the image of the matrix even if you believe you were.   

Dave Harrison

Henry Chinaski's picture

Take the red pill only to learn that you are in an insignificant minority.