• Knave Dave
    05/23/2016 - 18:16
    This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the US stock market’s death when stocks saw their last high. Market bulls have spent a year looking like the walking dead. They’ve...

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Abe is loaded with ink
His country is starting to shrink
He needs some inflation
To prop-up his nation
This war will see all nations sink

The Limerick King







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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:09 | 3233185 mjorden
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Krugman was definitely one of those 'monks' or 'high priests' in his past life. Definitely

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 15:55 | 3231055 williambanzai7
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Sun, 02/10/2013 - 17:23 | 3231206 diogeneslaertius
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i want to chew charcoal and breathe smoke


And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we, because they could stand that these were not monsters, these were men... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love... but they had the strength... the strength... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us.


I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!'

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 17:19 | 3231197 diogeneslaertius
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lean hard into the curves
and trust in the lies of steel
this level of theft takes nerves
one must delight in each squeal
it calls for a true pig butcher
a lord of the flies to nurture
this hologram HFT creature
seals all of our fates with a deal


alexander or diogenes

all or nothing

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 15:40 | 3231026 israhole
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Love the Central Bank moto side car race to the bottom.  You're quite the photographer!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 13:12 | 3230691 mikmid
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Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:49 | 3230548 williambanzai7
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I spent part of the day walking around taking pictures and ruminating about fractional reserve driven capitalism. It really is a global racketeering enterprise. It is the ultimate weapon deployed by the privileged class against the rest of us.

All the blatant lying, shady under the table dealing, cronyism, cartelism, clubby insider trading, fractional reserve prestidigitation, monetary snake oil and plain old fraud is more than sufficient cause to hang the bankster scalawags, their political enablers and the lords who own them by any measure of common decency.

There is nothing complicated about any of it anymore.

There really is no rule of law. It is the rule of the rulers.


By: @blumaberlin

What we are seeing now in Europe is just the latest example.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 23:49 | 3235640 news printer
Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:33 | 3230523 Optimusprime
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Great work, as usual.  But the "Finance Zodiac" is a classic, for the ages.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:24 | 3230515 Sathington Willougby
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Have you ever seen a pic of the elusive Assus Fatuous ?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:22 | 3230509 Sathington Willougby
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Watch it if that Butt-Krug gets pulled, there's going to be Fiat everywhere.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:13 | 3230482 the grateful un...
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Paul Krugman sings the tunes from the hit musical Kick-The-Can-ALOT

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:34 | 3230439 Miles Kendig
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Roastedly well done William.  h/t

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:09 | 3230413 Unwashed
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Pic of a laughing Krugman for your palette:


Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:38 | 3230573 williambanzai7
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With W no less!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 20:20 | 3231683 malikai
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Is W grabbing a piece of ass or is that part of the whole "Yale thing"?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:03 | 3230352 LongSoupLine
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Visual Poetry WB.  Thank you!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 09:34 | 3230318 stant
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is that burger kang krugman pushing for more horse meat to counter inflation?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 09:50 | 3230340 Wakanda
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Sun, 02/10/2013 - 06:30 | 3230219 ptoemmes
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Can't place the last pic up top of the old guy with the 1911 pair - probably should.

But he's gonna pull the right shot if he fires baased on how how his finger is on the trigger.  The left one looks to be finger tip pad - OK.  The right one a tad deep.

As for the other pair a bit farther down....

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:04 | 3230353 Henry Chinaski
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-1  He's not gonna pull either shot 'cause those single-action pistols ain't cocked.

<3 Bogart movies and 1911's

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 09:28 | 3230313 williambanzai7
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It's from a Bogart movie.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:20 | 3230082 WTFUD
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The Haitians are floating in Mud
Clinton&Co Donations have proved yet a Dud

limerick king help!!!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:47 | 3230108 tip e. canoe
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but hey don't you know

there's oil below

so soon they'll send in a Scud

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:28 | 3230093 Jab Cross Hook
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...as long as it ends, "Frothing in yummy Santorum."

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:13 | 3230074 Tom_333
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Very good. A narrow race between John Maynard Keynes and Diamondhead. I always had a soft spot for a picture that sums up a man´s character and essence in one fell swoop.Dimonhead is a nice touch because it also refers in format to older style of political satire.In fact it harkens back to Civil War and Revolution Americana.But the final vote is on JMK.It just says everything about the man and his Weltanschaung.

These two are the best of your later  production. As runner-up I place Pierce Morgan as Nosferatu.With similar motivation. The fourth and ffith is Obama as Suharto (of course) and an old one - Berlusconi as Divine/Il Divo.

This is political satire on a high level.A touch of dark and desperate satire.But so is the state of the union - and the world.

I think you have broken through to a new level.


Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:27 | 3230092 williambanzai7
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Wow, you have been paying careful attention.

When you go into my Flickr and flip through the archives, you can really see how everything falls into place, particularly since everything follows the news feed.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 04:42 | 3230180 Tom_333
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Thanks. Though I rarely need to look at Flickr.Have been cursed with a photographic memory.Literally.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:39 | 3230102 Joe moneybags
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He's just suckin' up to you Banzai, to get an autographed T-shirt.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 04:36 | 3230176 Tom_333
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I am an art critique manqué. And I have a sharp eye for flaws an pieces that do not fall into place.Maybe a bit too much emphasis on the great picture and a tendency to go off on philosophical tangents.

 However this is heavy stuff.Warhol was a dud compared to this.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 08:22 | 3230262 Wakanda
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WB7 left Warhol in the dust years ago.  Andy got his 15 minutes of fame and left.

William's fame will be post SHTF.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 09:27 | 3230309 williambanzai7
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I read one of his books , which reveals the cynicism he applied to the art establishment, which he conquered with masterful self promotion.

But there isn't much meaning in his work besides the revelation that post modern culture is mass produced.

There is a Warhol exhibition in HK now titled: Pop Art is For Everyone and every ad and billboard has a very conspicuous copyright notice.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:26 | 3230528 the grateful un...
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at the time there was a general revulsion towards mass produced products, and Warhol wanted to show the beauty in ordinary things. but that started with Duchamp, (the dadaists) and through the 60s with Rauchenberg (sp?) which is covered pretty well in the Bride and the Bachelors. i'm sure Warhol would have loved the new digital medium.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 09:50 | 3230330 Wakanda
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The meaning of Andy's work is found in the breadth of the "message".  Everything manmade is art, even soup can labels.  He was clever enought to market that profound and somewhat obvious truth.

copyright!  : - > LOL! 

What a farce.  Andy is spinning in his grave.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:00 | 3230349 williambanzai7
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But the idea that everything can be considered art is not something he came up with. Duchamp came up with the ready made meme. Warhol simply brought it up to the 60s and applied his eye for color etc, which was superb.

If you look at his works there really isn't anything that is an affront to the NYC financial establishment which feeds the art establishment. He catered to them. Everyone wanted to be Warholed.

If you look at the German interwar dada artists, everything they did was an affront to the establishment. One big fuck you message to TPTB. Those cats were very cooooool.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:44 | 3230452 Miles Kendig
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If you look at the German interwar dada artists, everything they did was
an affront to the establishment. One big fuck you message to TPTB.
Those cats were very cooooool. - WB7

No doubt. 

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:36 | 3230390 Wakanda
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WB7 with the TKO.  Thanks for setting me straight on the art history.

Warhol was the better capitalist, being careful not to alienate any potential markets.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:14 | 3230422 tip e. canoe
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I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. - warhol

i believe he said/wrote this towards the end of his life.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:04 | 3230465 williambanzai7
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Funny how that realization usually comes with the late realization of mortality. You can't take your junk with you.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 17:35 | 3231238 FEDbuster
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You spend your whole life
Just pilin' it up there
You got stacks and stacks and stacks
Then, Gabriel comes and taps you on the shoulder
But you don't see no hearses with luggage racks

Don Henley, "Gimme What You Got"

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:21 | 3230428 Wakanda
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Nature is the ultimate artist.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 02:45 | 3230106 tip e. canoe
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he's right tho, and i already got the t-shirt ;~)

diamondhead & the limerick combo deserve to be lil' jamie's desk monday morning.  

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 03:02 | 3230120 CompassionateFascist
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This Keynes-baiting is getting overdone. Yes, his economic theories are deadly socialist crap. Yes, he was a homosexual kiddyraper. But he also wrote The Economic Consequences of the Peace, essentially predicting that the Versailles Diktat would lead to the same World War all over again w/in 20 years. Please, Banzai, a little balance.  

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 09:21 | 3230304 williambanzai7
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I look at Keynes in terms of his position in the current zeitgeist. I have said many time that his name has now become the metaphor describing the money printing and central planning phenomena.

Everyday you read Keynesian this Keynesian that. I'm not going to ignore that.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:26 | 3230435 Stud Duck
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Interesting you used the term "zeitgeist" . Are you part of the Zeitgeist Movement???  Interesting new theory that younger people are subscribing to.

Karl Marx had a tremendous influence over the 20th Century, I wonder how the Zeitgeist Movement is going to effect this next century.

Very good work, some of your best, Ben hanging out the side of the moto racer was a coffee spitter!

Warhol was good, but this stuff has so much more impact on the true nature of our predicament!


Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:59 | 3230460 williambanzai7
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Zeitgeist is a German phrase that preceeded the the current zeitgeist movement by about 100 years. I use it to connote a predominant attitude or world view.

I'm not looking for a movement to join so I haven't really looked into the ZG movement. But I do know that the Venus Project people say they hijacked their ideas in a misguided fashion. Both groups advocate a new order of civilization based upon technologically driven abundance and seem to advocate the elimination of greed driven scarcity via collectivization.

Sounds like fun.

I will say that the founder of the Venus Project is a very interesting fellow, some say genius.

They sure don't race em like they used to. Motorcycles I mean. ;-)

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 04:38 | 3230178 Tom_333
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What balance there will be...will rear it´s ugly head in time. I am not that optimistic as you are.Besides JMK has always struck me as great hindsighter.Only.And now we are trying his solutions in real-time.For the first time.Interesting

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 01:50 | 3230042 williambanzai7
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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:44 | 3230451 nmewn
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Pig Dragon?

Its beautiful though.

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