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Sarkozy has been a bad boy
His loss brings Frau Merkel no joy
Austerity Queen
Will have to get mean
New pain will be hard to deploy

The Limerick King





Krugman is looking quite buff
His growth comes from hormones and stuff
It makes him feel great
His muscles inflate
Now life without "Juice" is too tough

The Limerick King





Suicide jumpers preparing
These Keynesian boys are so daring
When equities fall
They answer the call
They die knowing Banksters they're sparing

The Limerick King


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sgt_doom's picture

The Forbidden Question:  Who Owns What?

Steve Cole (New America Foundation, funded by the Peterson Foundation), author of the latest book on ExxonMobil, Private Empire:  ExxonMobil and American Power, has been on the book tour, appearing on show after show, where repeatedly one question is never asked:

            Who   owns   ExxonMobil?

Why is the most obvious question never – ever – asked?

Why won’t Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now!, and the various NPR show hosts ever ask this question?

Yes, ExxonMobil is a publicly traded corporation, but who or what owns the most stock in that corporation?  Why is this always a mystery?  Why should this be a mystery?

True, today with an endless number of holding companies and shell companies registered at offshore finance centers to obfuscate ownership – to make all things murky – it is difficult to ascertain, but knowing who owns stuff can be truly enlightening.

What if the same individuals or families own the controlling block of shares of both BP and Transocean?

Who knows the answer to this question --- and why is it never asked?

When certain corporations and banks are mentioned, certain family names come to mind:  ExxonMobil (Rockefeller and Mellon), BP (Rockefeller and Rothschild), AT&T (Morgan and Rockefeller), GE (Morgan), JP Morgan Chase (Morgan and Rockefeller),  Citigroup (Rockefeller), Morgan Stanley (Morgan), Royal Dutch/Shell (Rothschild), Rio Tinto (Rothschild), Northrop Grumman (the Bush family and James Baker), and Transocean (Rothschild).

Quite probably this is still the case?

When Louis Brandeis wrote the epochal book at the beginning of the 20th century, Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It, he exposed the true ownership and super-concentration of wealth; an exposé eventually leading to the New Deal.

It’s the 21st century:  do you know who your owners are?

blindman's picture

good question. here, for what it is worth...
liminal perspectives on consensus reality...,
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Rockefellers and ExxonMobil
.."Mutual funds and other institutional investors, not individuals, are the company's top shareholders. Which points out a key dilemma confronting even this immensely wealthy and influential family in its effort to provoke change. As I've previously indicated, the most dangerous political and economic influence in contemporary life is the convergent power of corporatism manifested through a warsocialist state. Nowhere is this more clearly evident than in the limitations of Exxon's largest private shareholders to influence the management and operations of the world's largest oil company because the real majority owners (80% ownership) of ExxonMobil stock are mutual funds and institutional investors. So, absent laws and other controls, the management of ExxonMobil is pretty much at liberty to flaut the wishes of the Rockefellers - and - aided and abetted by a big oil mandate still occupying the White House......, see how this works? "

Nobody For President's picture

The Austerity Queen looks ready to do HER part. What a babe!

gangland's picture


williambanzai7's picture

I'm usually surfing on iPad which is not chat friendly.

gangland's picture

just giving u a hard time XD

General Debility's picture

No no coffee warning on keyboard not needed. Made me nauseous instead. Specially the merk and also the rats. Sorry W, you just augmented my depressed state:(

nah's picture

merkel was so much sexier before she acted like the bitch with all the money

worbsid's picture

Very good:  I once wrote the program in 'C' in OS/2 to automatically bounce the ball back and forth forever.  Now that I think back on it, I guess it represents today's austerity and growth.

bankruptcylawyer's picture

fuck. this was good. 

williambanzai7's picture

On this rare occasion I am not bashful to say we nailed it ;-)

I've been thinking about the so called growth versus austerity dilemma all weekend and this just came to me in a flash. LK's contribution fine tuned it perfectly. I call it, trying to fix the vertical hold. Remember doing that?

blueridgeviews's picture

That was great! If only.

disabledvet's picture

the only "growth model" is "here's your tax bill" and they actually pay it. Sure..."let's cock pump this thing." Still..."you gotta pay the Governors quarter." How's that for a downer!

blindman's picture
Richard Wolff: Capitalism Hits the FanWatch Full Program | previews
More from this partner: The New School
etc. with re available lectures by dr. richard wolf.

blindman's picture

you need to undigitize some of this and sign them, put em'
up for sale starting at 1 million per. or not, what do i know?
How The Rothschild Family controlled the Modern World
10 minutes or so cut out starting at minute 10 to 20. weird.
posted elsewhere and earlier by michael.
The house of Rothschild - the Money's prophets - full 56min
NOT for the immature!.... ( who was ezra pound? )

my puppy for prez's picture

Check out the desperate Romneybots pulling sheninanigans at the Maine and Nevada delegate conventions:


Peter Pan's picture

Hey Banzai, your talent knows no end and only getting better. Given the tug of war between the austerity and growth proponents, do you think a fitting image might be one of a man undergoing a penis enlargement while at the same time having his testicles removed?

skank's picture

John McClane: Jesus!
Is the circus in town?

outofhere's picture

Looks like Krugman finally found the proper place for his bloated column.

sof_hannibal's picture

Who wants a merkel ride?

rosiescenario's picture

Ah, rat terriers winning bets for their masters....since I own 2 of these great dogs, I have seen this print before. The world champ I believe was called Jocko and he had only one eye, but could put away rats at a high pace.

Wakanda's picture

Banksters and their predictable actions are boring.

Dogs, on the other hand are often smart, honest, inventive, and loyal to those that love them.

My money is on the canines.



rosiescenario's picture

....his record was 100 rats at a rate of 3.3 seconds / rat set in April, 1823.

williambanzai7's picture

I think the analogy is quite appropriate, banksters sicking dogs on the rats. Let the great rat race begin

rosiescenario's picture

Teddy Roosevelt had a pack of these curs to keep down the rat problem in the WH.....maybe it is again time???


A friend referred to these dogs as, "An assasin in a clown suit".

Paul Atreides's picture

Good laughs WB and King!!!!

WB do you have experience with company logo/branding type work? are you looking for a quick contract if so?


williambanzai7's picture

Could you drop a message on my Flickr. Just click through any of the images. Tnx

sof_hannibal's picture

You know,there's going to be sex,drugs,rock-n-roll... chips,dips, chains,whips... You know,your basic high school orgy type of thing. I mean,uh,I'm not talking candlewaxon the nipples,or witchcraft or anything like that,no,no,no. Just a couple of hundred kids running around in their underwear,acting like complete animals. -- weird science

You know, just the typical EU/ austrity/ Europa/ German shit porn -- kind of vive le francke stuff...shiza... i.e. what to except over the EU timeline of collapse over the nxt... several weeks, year, days, years...etc... and so on... except it, when u least expect it.

And this time, it is different of course.

frenchie's picture

not sure the use of the Matejko painting (1st picture) is that much adapted to the situation as the original painting depicts a sad/in deep thoughts "Fou du roi" during a "Bal" while Kingdom of Poland lost Smolensk againt the russians...

williambanzai7's picture

Just needed the dejected jester.

Nobody For President's picture

It took me a few seconds to recognize the face, then the beverage warning applied.

Cracked me up! Which is something very few can do on a Monday morning...


Limerick king also great again - what a team!


Thanks again.

Korbin Dallas's picture

QE1,2,3 chaps happen to be wearing Grenadier cap badges, either Canadian or British, thus subject to Her Majesty the Queen, making for a nice connection to the "QE" alternative meaning.

These chaps look like they're A-leaping in either Brittany post-D Day or training on the West Coast.

Korbin Dallas's picture

1st one looks like a Grenadier only. Correction.

williambanzai7's picture

Wherever it is I manipulated the image to create the drop.

AmCockerSpaniel's picture

Ah; PhotoShop.  Who would have thought you would doctor an image?

Korbin Dallas's picture

Ah, a tribute to your work. plus their officer woulda been court-martialled for subjecting them to that leap of faith.

falak pema's picture

Decidedly before the age of Enlightenment, but maybe, on the way there. As Chaos is the state that begs for Order. O that pendulum, how it swings! 

OT : There is a nice joke going around about Sarko in French media; he came on TV to say he was "DEFINITELY" giving up all public office ambitions in life as he never wanted to do the same job twice. His farewell remarks however were somewhat ambiguous and left open a later return many years from now, alluding to all the anti-Sarko Media bashing he had received in the line of duty. It implied, "I'm tuff I can take it, but can you media guys take it? As you won't have Sarko to kick around in your editorials...". Reminds me of what Nixon said as he waved good bye...after Watergate. 

Sarko knows his own true face, as son of mAchiavelli but plays the naive and sincere in front of a gullible public saying, "you guys don't really know what animates me do you?..." Very good act that. 

duncecap rack's picture

I think Nixon said that after he l;ost to JFK in 1960 in his Checkers speech. It turned out the press had a lot more kicking around of him to do.

williambanzai7's picture

The guy had no problem breaking with tradition like a political nouveau riche. But he couldn't stand the attention it drew. What an asshole.

williambanzai7's picture

Everyman by Pieter Bruegel...


The British Museum: Elck in Dutch means 'each' or 'everyone' and the scenes in this drawing illustrate proverbs or sayings. The central proverb concerns Elck who vainly seeks himself in the objects of this world as he stands over a broken globe. With a lantern he searches through a pile of barrels and bales, a game board, cards and objects which signify the distractions of life. To the right, two more Elck figures play tug of war with a rope, illustrating the saying, 'each tugs for the longest end'. In the background on a wall hangs a picture which continues the moral theme. It shows a fool sitting among a pile of broken household objects gazing at himself in a mirror. He is Nemo or Nobody, as the inscription below him informs us: 'Nobody knows himself.

At the bottom:

Always is each man seeking for himself alone -
And everywhere – so how can one stay lost?
Each man will pull and tug and grunt and groan,
Seeking to get more for himself – get most!

And no man knows himself despite such seeking;
No light will help him in his lonely place.
Strange! Though he looks with eyes forever open,
He never sees at last his own true face.

Liquid Courage's picture

And of course, NEMO backwards is ... OMEN

Luap deirub I

Number Nine, Number Nine ... I've got blisters on my fingers!