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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 12:26 | 1343554 overthehill
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"it's called multimedia / visual combat. it is based on
the concepts and ideas associated with the apprehension
of meaning through the use of images, sounds, metaphors,
symbols, letters, words .. in combination, simple or
complex, that can most effectively, optimally, communicate
salient understanding; or actionable intelligence.
condensed knowledge transmitted. that is the basic idea
i think. . . "

Very good comment, Aristarchan. Generally speaking any means of communication that can transport information, ideas, concepts,etc. between minds is a valuable asset to the human consciousness. WB, as well as yourself, and others with similar gifts of viable communication skills are a distinct advantage to all of us. Even the dim-witted, of which there are many, perhaps too many, can get a glimmering of understanding from your words and especially the 'combined media' of WB7.


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 12:43 | 1343516 Trifecta Man
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democrapsee - the results of what you voted for.

con-servative - someone who lies to you about spending less.

recoveruppy - when the results don't match the hype.

doughnuts - people who believe in Federal Reserve Notes.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 11:28 | 1343361 ebworthen
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POTUS had to find someone young and hungry enough like Goolsbee to bullshit double time.

I suppose Larry Summers and Paul Volcker had their limits.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 11:11 | 1343313 Die Weiße Rose
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I heard a Rumour that

50% of all Jobs recovered came from

Mc Donald Restaurants selling Doughnuts in China.

The other 49.5% came from fiddling with the books

of the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages,

by putting 260,000 dead People back on the Payroll.

this is what happens in the Land of 14 trillion Doughnuts ,

where truth is stranger than fiction ;)

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:56 | 1343277 RocketmanBob
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The return of POTUS' blowout kit look!

Now I know where they're digging up all of the WH help, like Goolsbee and Timmah; they came from planet O! with the brother...

Or, you know, an Ivy League frat house.

Great job as always.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 11:00 | 1343282 williambanzai7
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I'm just warming up.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:52 | 1343265 tamboo
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:20 | 1343148 Liquid Courage
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Look this up in your dictionary:

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 first known definition in the West is by the Greek philosopher Aristotle around 350 BC, in his book Prior Analytics, where he classified it as a material fallacy. Begging the question is related to the circular argument, circulus in probando (Latin, "circle in proving") or circular reasoning, though these are considered absolutely different by Aristotle.


... and not the New Dumbed Down version where "beg the question" apparently means the same thing as "raise the question" when used by morons trying to sound cleverer than they are.


Oops ... this was meant to be in reply to blindman waaay up-thread:

i swear the political class has a separate dictionary
from the one the public uses.

the rampant use of the word recovery in "big-lie" fashion is obviously not a mere matter of terminology, but a definite tactic in a propaganda campaign.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:00 | 1343106 MrBinkeyWhat
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Comrades! We have almost achieved the dystopian paradise presented in "Johnny Mnemonic". Hit me.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 04:54 | 1342677 equity_momo
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Technically that donkey cock was correct : its not a jobless recovery.  Because its not a recovery.


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 06:50 | 1342715 williambanzai7
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Plausible deniability

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 02:40 | 1342647 old naughty
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++ Ari and WB.

Great work again, WB.

Thanks for sharing.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 02:09 | 1342628 HungrySeagull
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DAMN. Doughnuts went up to 4.99 from 3.99 while coffee went from 8.40 to 9.60


DAMN..... I might as well get back to smoking, cheaper that way.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 02:21 | 1342636 williambanzai7
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Are those numbers real?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:07 | 1343129 anony
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They sure are. My Zingers cost nearly $1.15 for 3 of them.

Anyone who says companies are not passing on their commodity-increased prices to the consumer, is a liar.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:54 | 1342550 Aristarchan
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hey Bill...those braces on Potus's teeth look like 1/2 watt resistors...are you putting forth some highly-developed, yet hidden message here that I am too fucking dumb to get? Does this have anything to do with being wired?:)

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:08 | 1342559 10kby2k
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Its butthead (beavis' cohort)

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:16 | 1342563 Aristarchan
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I know that (although wish I didn't)....but it is those resistor facsimiles that have me in a quandary.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:15 | 1342566 williambanzai7
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I love the smell of burning solder in the morning...

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:24 | 1342579 Aristarchan
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Ah. So it is. Just avoid that acid core stuff, WB.....after you use that stuff for a while, everything starts smelling like Weiner's shorts.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:30 | 1342586 williambanzai7
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It is no accidentvthat at the peak of the Japanese economy they had more Hams per capita than any other country.

For a while they led in Laptop technology as well. My first three work computers were Toshiba Dos machines.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:44 | 1342602 Aristarchan
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That is an odd stat. But, it does take some money and some leisure time to be a Ham...at least in the way the Japanese probably saw it. I grew up old school were we built our own transceivers, amps and antennas...even towers sometimes. The old saying "modulating off a barb wire fence" is not too far from the truth. I still have an old Hallicrafter that came off a Navy ship. And, I am amazed to learn how much some of the old Triode and Pentode amp tubes I have are worth now. I am guessing that there was not a lot of stick-and-mortar rigs in Japanese Ham Shacks...probably the latest and greatest.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:25 | 1342514 Aristarchan
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Somehow, I just managed to pull off a quin posting. Is that a record?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:28 | 1342581 Howard_Beale
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I think the record is 11.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:46 | 1342605 Aristarchan
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Well....so much for my fifteen minutes of fame.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:35 | 1342528 Adavenditure
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Heh. Sure makes me feel better about some of mine. WB, belly laugh for the OZero doughnuts. The visual combat does get to the imagination quicker than looking up 500 acronyms. Thinking of "Confessions of An Economic Hitman" where Perkins laid out the whole design, and the doc on the Georgia Guidestones where the goal is memorialized. Cap doffing to you.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:09 | 1342486 MayIMommaDogFac...
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That Debt Bro looks he has a posture problem -- maybe hiding something up under that graduation gown?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:08 | 1342481 I_Am_
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The flicker site notes that (as of today) there are 3,176 photos, which is a tremendous (stupendous) amount of creative time and effort....... Hats off Willie_B_7  

The dudes at SEC might be busy downloading the Visual Combat pictures........... these have the highest views......:-)

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:24 | 1342504 Aristarchan
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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:25 | 1342501 Aristarchan
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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:15 | 1342498 williambanzai7
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They certainly have a longer useful life.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:15 | 1342497 Aristarchan
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I think the boys over at the SEC like their porn a little less subtle and stripped of all cogent meaning. They are so busy protecting us from malfeasance, financial vulturism and outright criminality of the first order, that they don't have much time to wonder why Willie leaves (a lot) to the imagination.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:21 | 1342492 Aristarchan
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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 00:26 | 1342489 Aristarchan
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Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:58 | 1342470 Aristarchan
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Bill, when I think of the way those financiers think of themselves - no matter what happens in the course of events that might change their mindset, I think of this video:



Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:29 | 1342402 sgorem
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thanks banzai, u da man dude!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 22:56 | 1342354 Smartie37
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Thanks for another great edition, WB7....

I love it when the knife edge of the pix exceeds the sharpness of the words !

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:34 | 1342419 williambanzai7
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I could do the job verbally, but this is "cutting edge" ;-)

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:52 | 1342618 Aristarchan
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Awright WB....when you start talking "cutting edge," I start worrying about little things like "blood flow."

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 22:16 | 1342309 GOSPLAN HERO
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I prefer Socialist Realism.

We must glorify the communist party and or party leaders.

We have a FEMA camp ... never mind.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:48 | 1342457 williambanzai7
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I try to mix it up ;-)

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 22:19 | 1342308 Ponzi Unit
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"Debt Brother from Planet Doughnut" is a keeper!


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:27 | 1342408 williambanzai7
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The doughnut oven is still hot.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 21:41 | 1342240 Aristarchan
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And...sorry Willie...during my diatribe, I forgot to mention: good job - once again.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:22 | 1342572 Hulk
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nice job to you too, Ari....

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 01:25 | 1342583 Aristarchan
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Thanks, Green Man.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 21:57 | 1342234 Aristarchan
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A recovery back to the mid-2000's is probably not in the cards anytime soon. That economy was based on a massive housing bubble, rampant speculation, and "investment" by a lot of people who had no idea what they were investing in, and should not have been investing to begin with. Yeah, the bankers and politicos and upper corporate management are doing well, as are the gomers who are IPOing worthless companies. But the people who count - the people who do the heavy lifting in any economy worth having - workers - are disintegrating into a class of people who are totally disenfranchised (like the poor pretty much have always been). The middle-class is the hole in the doughnut, surrounded on all sides by the arrogant rich, the powerful corporate class, politicians who are more or less on the payroll of the rich and powerful, and a technology elite who could afford an education and had the genetically-lucky advantage of the intelligence to do so successfully.

In general, this country is no longer a place where you can work your ass off, and by doing so manage to have a decent life and reasonably comfortable retirement. But, this is nothing new, the devolution of the working-class has been going on for many years. That American Dream of owning a house, investing in good companies to hope for a return on your money, working hard and smart and staying out of trouble....has come crashing down like the cheap-ass illusion it always was. While millions of Americans where trying to live this dream, the underpinnings of it were being stolen, hocked, leveraged, traded and diluted by all the elite players fore mentioned. And, government fees and taxes - both state and federal, were taking the rest.

Well, my friends, we are fucked. Even after the hammer of a depression, in which a lot of the power and money elite are directly implicated as bad players, lice, leeches, parasites, bad actors and indeed criminals, this "new" economy is still dialed in for their benefit by the people they keep on their payrolls.....the Congress, the Senate, and the White House. The TBTF mantra has some semblence of reality, but the overriding reality is one of election funding and a great source of secondary income for politicians....a class of people who I have grown to hate.

During this depression, using cheap, taxpayer-provided money, the companies that put all those cute advertisements on TV about how they are green and are hiring...well, they have actually figured out how to outsource and further mechanize...and, how to use cheap, imported labor. These people are not our friends. They are in the business to make money - and they will fuck you every which way to hell in order to do so.

The Gov says the problem is education. Right. It is the government who has fucked-up education in this country. All the programs put in place to make all of us "highly educated" tech workers, is absurd. If everyone is highly educated, they expect to be paid for this education - their advantage - in the workplace. Well, if we all are high-tech gurus...then who is going to do the jobs the middle class has always done in this country? Imported labor, and outsourced labor. And, not everyone is mentally suited to this kind of education.

The problem is greed. The problem is power. The problem is that those who have one, always succumb to the other. In the past, this problematic issue was mollified by a need for productive workers. That is becoming less of a need in this wonderful new world we live in.

Is revolution the answer? no. After a revolution, leaders will be needed. The same problem will come into play again, the same people who would be post-revolution leaders, will be those with the ambition to do so....not the ability or being deserved to do so. Ambition, greed and power will rear it's head again.

What is the answer? I do not know. If I did, I would probably be one of those assholes who use those answers to fuck society, since everyone I have ever known with the "answers," had answers for their own betterment. No fucking thanks.


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:11 | 1342782 theprofromdover
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"...Revolution never works...."


Revolution does work, providing you break the monster into little pieces as soon as you have broken the ruling class.

Small is beautiful.

You devolve the power the very first minute you can, whether that is to companies, cities, counties, regions, states, doesn't matter. Just break it up.

Eventually you can build a nation again if you have to.

If the states cecede, that would be a start. Would break Wall St., the Washington Lobby, Maxwell, the tax-free corporations, Tiny Timbo, Uncle Ben, who knows what else.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:29 | 1342403 williambanzai7
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When the IMF went in to restructure Russia and Central Europe I remember everyone quietly asking what is supposed to happen to all the millions of retorted and laid off workers.

The quiet answer was sink or swim, which for many meant please go and die quietly.

I never dreamt this type of situation would arrive in America, but that is what the fuckers of finance have managed,

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