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The US Debt Limit Breach Is Now A Cartoon

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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:28 | 1282841 FOC 1183
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didn't see any teleprompters when BHO was speaking??

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:05 | 1282995 66Sexy
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"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors— when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is DOOMED." - Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:30 | 1283114 Whatta
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jumping Geebus Aitch Rice, is that quote ever spot on.

your society is DOOMED

Silver will save me?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:36 | 1283131 the mad hatter
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DAYM. who was THAT at the beginning?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:44 | 1283168 tsx500
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 15:32 | 1284233 Crack-up Boom
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 22:02 | 1285702 TwoShortPlanks
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Equaly as gifted.

"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: "Account Overdrawn."

- Ayn Rand -


Ladies and Gentlemen of ZeroHedge, that day is here and now!


Wed, 05/18/2011 - 01:22 | 1286127 FlyPaper
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Nicely done~   +++

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:28 | 1282843 The Count
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The locusts Bernanke, Paulson, Soros, Strauss-Kahn, etc etc will profit from our collective demise and then again from the ensuing reconstruction.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:28 | 1282846 FOC 1183
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how does a duplicate happen when you only hit the save button once?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:33 | 1282889 Cognitive Dissonance
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You must have bad juju. Please shower and come back later.

The ZH servers burp every now and then. Wait until to post a comment, then you try to return and see that the entire thread has disappeared. Then you won't ever want to come out of the shower. :>)

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:57 | 1282983 tekhneek
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They use Pressflow (*Drupal). Fucked up architecture. Shittiest platform on the internet, probably. "But it works!" :)

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:40 | 1283146 Spastica Rex
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Shittiest platform on the internet, probably.

Shirley you're joking. Think about how many "platforms" are running on teh interwebs. Shittiest? HA HA HA HA! Teh interwebs are built on top of shit. So what's the shit standing on? Why young man, it's shit all the way down.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:43 | 1283184 tekhneek
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No, I'm not joking. And don't call me Shirley.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 20:47 | 1285397 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Sharepoint is worse...Plus it costs a lot.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:26 | 1282850 firstdivision
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Images of Rome burning are popping into my head as I watch.  Does anyone know if Ben plays the fiddle?

OT: Looks like POMO will be about $6.5B today.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:24 | 1283082 Fox-Scully
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No he does not play the fiddle, but he is forever washing his hands!

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 16:31 | 1284531 bigdumbnugly
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yes, that's because he's always fiddling with it...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:28 | 1282860 unky
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haha, stupid taiwanese they will not see their money again,  why did they lend it to the U.S. at all...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:34 | 1282878 tmosley
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Oh, they'll see it alright.

Reminds me of the olf Jeff Foxworthy routine about bill collectors taking a check.

"Oh, you'll take a check!?  I thought you wanted money!"

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:35 | 1282881 BigJim
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Well, sorry, I haven't got that much money.

So when she comes to collect, I'm just going to have to pay her in kind.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:47 | 1282949 Bubbles...bubbl...
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Was that Bang d'Hoe?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:52 | 1282971 Bokkenrijder
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Hot chick, pity of those tattoos.

She sounds American, yet when it comes to money she's suddenly Taiwanese. Riiiiiight....

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:20 | 1283081 Ponzi Unit
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At the Minsky Conference last month Paul McCulley said the $2T held by the Chinese is the best deal in history -- even if they get stiffed. They managed their emergence by preventing crippling domestic inflation from 1978 to present. Granted, inflation is turning up now, but the Chinese have pulled off a world-historical transformation. Although true that water, other environmental issues, and Gini coefficient could derail the path to greatness, what a performance!  We forget that China was supreme for many centuries and only subdued by naval gunnery in the 19th C.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:18 | 1283837 Midwest Prepper
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Not only will the Taiwanese not get their money, they will get no assistance from a broke US when China makes the move to "repatriate" them to the mainland, Communist country!

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:28 | 1282861 DaveyJones
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digging a hole to China

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:57 | 1282981 Number 156
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They wont get all the way to China, China is digging in the other direction and will soon meet them at the Middle where they will slug it out with their shovels. 


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:21 | 1283857 DaveyJones
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shovelling manure

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:29 | 1282871 Robslob
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Think like the rich.

Steal all remaining dollars via inflation (make sure no one has any left)

Make dollars valuable since nobody has any left...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:29 | 1282872 Temporalist
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Why anyone listens to this demented old traitor is beyond me.

Buffett’s silly talk about the U.S. debt

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:33 | 1282873 BigJim
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:33 | 1282876 Cognitive Dissonance
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Looks like the rest of the world has figured out the game. It's only those who have the most to lose that keep the Ponzi going.

You can't lose if you can keep the game going.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:33 | 1282891 BigJim
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You can if the game is paying out exponentially less in real terms...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:49 | 1282946 Cognitive Dissonance
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I was speaking from the point of view of those who feel they must keep the Ponzi balls in the air.

Of course it all comes apart. But for those immersed within the insanity, the very fact that they can and have put it off for another day feeds their belief that can put it off indefinitely.

We are talking about a massive addiction here, not sane behaviour. Just because they wear three piece suits doen't make them immune to the insanity. In fact because they wear the suits they have convinced themselves and many others that they are the smartest men in the room.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:05 | 1283012 Boxed Merlot
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they have convinced themselves and many others that they are the smartest men in the room...

I'm beginning to think we've gotten to this point because the Masons have neglected their fundamental calling, recruitment.

Perhaps if they had secretly inducted more into their ranks we would have the next generation of smartest controlling the wealth of nations and preventing global havoc.

Just thinkin, but it seems their Creator root belief system, inclusive of Judaism, Christianity and Abraham's seed through Ishmael has left Asia in the ether world. Maybe if they go back to Noah, they can pick up the Asian thread and weave it into the solution.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:29 | 1283101 Lets Hang Parliament
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Couldn't agree more CD. It's another chapter in the "Book of Complacency" need to read it all because you know how it ends...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:33 | 1283116 Ponzi Unit
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Reminds me of Chuck Prince's statement in 2007:

The Citigroup chief executive told the Financial Times that the party would end at some point but there was so much liquidity it would not be disrupted by the turmoil in the US subprime mortgage market.

He denied that Citigroup, one of the biggest providers of finance to private equity deals, was pulling back.

“When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing,” he said in an interview with the FT in Japan.

Read more:

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:32 | 1282886 youngman
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Other countries are starting to get it...and behind the scenes and very quietly are doing something about it....

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:32 | 1282887 oogs66
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We need a new acronym that adds U.S. and Japan to PIGS  

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:39 | 1282896 Temporalist
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Whoops that left off Japan.


How about:


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:40 | 1282906 firefighter302
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:46 | 1282929 BigJim
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:52 | 1283211 Lets Hang Parliament
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Piss up jig

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:48 | 1283454 smlbizman
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to easy...


jig is up

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:56 | 1283467 smlbizman
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jig is up....

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:37 | 1282894 Robslob
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:32 | 1283127 Ponzi Unit
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:40 | 1282895 Robslob
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:52 | 1283213 Dr. Richard Head
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Chose your poison -

Pupas Jig
Pupa Jigs
A Jig Pups
A Jigs Pup
A Jugs Pip
A Jug Pips
Jag I Pups
Jag Pi Pus
Jag Pi Sup
Jag Pi Ups
Jag Pip Us
Jag Sip Up
Jag Pis Up
Jag Psi Up
Jag Is Pup
Jags I Pup
Jags Pi Up
Pa Jig Pus
Pa Jig Sup
Pa Jig Ups
Pa Jigs Up
Pa Jugs Pi
Pa Jug Sip
Pa Jug Pis
Pa Jug Psi
Pap Jig Us
Pap Jugs I
Pap Jug Is
Paps Jug I
Spa Jig Up
Spa Jug Pi
Pas Jig Up
Pas Jug Pi
Asp Jig Up
Asp Jug Pi
Sap Jig Up
Sap Jug Pi
As Jig Pup
As Jug Pip

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:38 | 1282911 Cassandra Syndrome
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Its interesting that we live in a world were the most astute, diligent and accurate synopsis of socio-economic conditions are broadcasted through the medium of cartoon bears, digital animations and anonymous bloggers on the internet. (plus unorthodox pundits such as Gerald Celente, Marc Faber, Jim Rogers, Max Keiser etc.)

Strange Days.


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:45 | 1282940 Bubbles...bubbl...
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Court jesters have been around a long time.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:56 | 1282972 ZakuKommander
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The Chinese Panda was impressive.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:38 | 1282913 buzzsaw99
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The ponzi can't stop, that would be bad, I think?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:45 | 1282923 RobotTrader
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As I said.

The Debt Ceiling doesn't matter.

It is being totally ignored by market participants.

Wall St. PigMen are just laughing at these politicians and scroom-screechers like Ron Paul.

Note how COF, AXP, and DFS are printing new 3-year highs today.

And commodities are getting crushed.

And the 5-yr. yield has just collapsed to 1.75%!!!

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:50 | 1282951 tmosley
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Somehow you remind me of a cartoon weasel.

Of course, you guys will laugh, and we'll make you laugh, just like Eddie Valient.  Then you'll be dead, and all will be well.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:03 | 1282993 Arius
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Great Call!  nothing matters...we always come back stronger...

Le US Douleur

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:42 | 1283158 Robot Traders Mom
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Obviously you fucking don't know shit about bonds, which makes sense. Bonds rally, they don't collapse unless you are talking about a sell-off.

Fucking tool. Go educate yourself and quit looking at Yahoo's stock picks of the day.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 14:23 | 1283883 DaveyJones
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the debt will come under control when the bondholders insist

and an army is not an economy

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:46 | 1282930 gdogus erectus
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:48 | 1282942 BillyBoy22
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Got to add the UK as well

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:53 | 1283217 Milestones
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If we really and truly add all the Piigs you get: abcdefghijklmnopqresuvwxyz. We are all headed to the same spot--and man I hear its HOT!!    Milestones

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:56 | 1283234 Lets Hang Parliament
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Nah! David Cameron has got all his Old Etonian mates to chip in a few squillion...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:43 | 1282933 The Count
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The locusts Bernanke, Paulson, Soros, Strauss-Kahn, etc etc will profit from our collective demise and then again from the ensuing reconstruction.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:45 | 1282941 mrdenis
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Something wicked this way comes ..........................

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:47 | 1282954 ILikeBoats
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re Asian intro chick ... I would hit it like a monster box of SAE's ...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:38 | 1283148 jomama
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somebody get that horse an apple!

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:54 | 1282974 Oh regional Indian
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 celining imples a limit.

There is no limit to the stealing. Engorgomania is sweeping around like a DirtDevil on steroids, sucking up it all up.

The madness of mammon. In 3-D!


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:56 | 1282980 RobotTrader
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New highs on TLT.

Bill Gross is going to get decapitated by Uncle Gorilla.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:03 | 1282996 firstdivision
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Declines are usually preceeded by the asset hitting all time highs.  Come on that is Bubble101

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:33 | 1283134 jomama
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he's old anyway, and has plenty of time to enjoy life.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:59 | 1283255 oogs66
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the Canada 10 year is doing just fine, thanks

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:57 | 1282984 Atomizer
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New Building Blocks for Jobs and Economic Growth. Honorable Bernank.

A growth rate of output per peasant of 2-1/2 percent per year doubles average living standards in 28 years--about one generation--whereas output per peasant growing at what seems a modestly slower rate of 1-1/2 percent a year leads to a doubling in average living standards in about 47 years--roughly two generations. Compound interest is powerful! Of course, factors other than aggregate economic growth contribute to changes in living standards for different segments of the population, including shifts in relative slave wages and in rates of labor market participation. Nonetheless, if output per peasant increases more rapidly, the prospects for greater and more broad-based prosperity are significantly enhanced.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:00 | 1282992 FriedEggs
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I hate this 'sitting in limbo' shit.

Limbo is probably the worst state to be in... I am itching for something to happen...


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:04 | 1282997 Dr. Impossible
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Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:05 | 1283015 RobotTrader
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USDX and TLT now going vertical

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:10 | 1283021 firstdivision
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stocks are going vertical as well...just with a downward vector.  easy to tell where the PD's invested the fresh off the press POMO funds.  This is just a xerox of last year's casino game.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:43 | 1283179 Ponzi Unit
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vertical? Sideways at best in USDX, unless you are reading the chart at a ninety degree angle?



Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:20 | 1283042 Rynak
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The word "debt" by now kinda has lost its original meaning. You may call it debt, when you owe someone else money, but can you still call it debt, when you owe it to yourself, just so that you can cheat the system and do monetization? And what does interest mean in such a context?

The system has lost contact with reality.... all it is by now is stupid hacks and number games, in an attempt to do something illegal via legal means. In reality, all the selfowned debt does not matter, and it is simply a mirror of the amount of unbacked money printed, plus an "interest" anomaly.

What in reality matters is the amount of currency in circulation, the speed of inflation, and money the US owes other countries. The rest is just artificial number games.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:16 | 1283047 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The dollar looks like it is about to be slaughtered.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:14 | 1283552 augie
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you don't buy into the whole, "rally-the-dollar-so-we-can-excuse-QE3" camp? 


Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:18 | 1283055 kalasend
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One of TD's is chinese?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:42 | 1283176 wally_12
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That Taiwanese Chick coming to collect?

I live in the Detroit Metropolitan area, That’s where they film some of the REPRO series on the History channel.

Going to give neighbor’s address. I bet she looks hot hooking up that Boot! I hope they accept American iron. My Honda’s hiding in the garage.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:01 | 1283268 silberblick
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And here a funny animation about the general jacked up condition of the average American:

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:11 | 1283328 I am Jobe
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Can we just hang the politicnas and the FED Reserve and get this shitz  over with. Tired of the hand jobs each party does while Rome is burning.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:38 | 1283420 Alex Kintner
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I'd laugh -- if I wasn't soooo pissed off.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:43 | 1283430 digalert
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Just a matter of time before the world says they don't trust the promise backing the fiat USD. Demanding payment in, oh I don't, oil, land?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:43 | 1283431 Man with no name
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Gary Busey would make a great "Uncle Sam" if Disney trademarks this story...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:50 | 1283464 johngerard
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never mind the animation, who's the bird at the start?!

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:05 | 1283513 augie
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was that martha stewart cutting up the credit card?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:26 | 1283590 Imminent Collapse
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ZH is primarily focused on financial issues, but in reality every system and pattern in this world is dysfunctional in one way or another.  Politics, finance, religion, education, tax, food, water - you name it, it is broken. 

When they all collapse there will be an opportunity to repattern society.  The trick will be to be able to replace the current patterns with new, more effective patterns.  Am I hopeful?  Not really.  Too many dysfunctional people will remain and will fuck it up.  As usual. 

Have a great day.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:49 | 1283678 Coke and Hookers
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"The trick will be to be able to replace the current patterns with new, more effective patterns."

That's what the 'conspiracy theorists' say is the exact plan for the NWO. Fuck up every system beyond repair and then replace the whole thing with a more 'effective' system, i.e. tyrannical one-world government that micromanages everybody's existence from cradle to grave. It's the good old deconstruction/reconstruction method.  :-)

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:52 | 1283708 augie
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If i had to chose between ad-campaigns, i think i prefer coke and hookers.

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