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The Total Animated, Annotated US Debt

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With debt ceilings being summarily dismissed and billions and trillions of dollars being thrown around like confetti, we have become almost entirely de-sensitized to the colossal size of the numbers involved (and to be frank de minimus impact from any 'compromise'. In order to comprehend the size of the US Debt load, Demonocracy created this video visualized in physical $100 bills. And you thought a Jumbo-Jet full of cash was a lot...



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Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:52 | 3040196 realtick
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Those guys are visual ninjas

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:56 | 3040210 nope-1004
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Recycling has helped save trees.  So....... this is Bullish!


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:07 | 3040269 MillionDollarBogus_
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Debt doesn't matter when interest rates are near zero.

That is why they will stay near zero for a very long time.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:14 | 3040294 economics9698
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It is all normal until it isn’t.  

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:32 | 3040368 Badabing
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37 rows down 17 over that’s my pallet

Fuck you Ben

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:37 | 3040387 Landotfree
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The amount of debt in the Federal Reserve system is around $53T, worldwide system is $200T.   

So?  It's a debt based system, such being there has been no way to pay for it as the only way you can for it is to create more of it, which the system is having a hard time doing as you are getting into the Laws of large numbers.   

It's called game over, reboot, collapse, fat lady sings, etc.  




Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:16 | 3040536 dcj98gst
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Statue of Liberty is imprisoned by the mountainous bars of debt based Currency.  How symbolic.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:45 | 3040619 tsx500
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just for giggles, try this one at your next holiday family get-together :   ask anyone "if i gave you a $1 bill every single second of the day, 24/7 .... how long until you have $1T  ?".

(answer = 3170 YEARS) .       Then , explain the total size of our national debt , unfunded entitlements, etc etc   .....  then DUCK as the family member tries punching you in the face for ruining his/her holiday !

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:10 | 3040698 inkarri9
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I think you missed a zero....believe it is 31,700.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:17 | 3040897 tsx500
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effin-A man, you are right .... thanx ! My bad:  it sure is 31700 years  .....

in that case,  i guess you should also be covering your marble-sack too ,while you're ducking !

with my math skills i just might be very very qualified to work as a guv accountant !   how about that !



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:57 | 3041013 TwoShortPlanks
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I'm so fucking depressed I simply must go shopping...perhaps something in Yellow

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:17 | 3041067 TwoShortPlanks
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When doing the right thing is doing the wrong thing.

Max-out your CC, top up your mortgage, take as many holidays as you can, but make sure you can still stack Au+Ag (dig a hole, I mean, buy a boat). Use the system for what it's there for, leverage up. That way you get to live the lifestyle you want and you're protected after the collpase.

Leverage gets transfered and spread-out after a collapse anyway...they're gonna evict 100 million people? No, everyone will have to pay just like war reparations. Gov's will take on debt (private to public), you'll stay in your homes, and it's print-city.

You can't beat them at this game, you can only join fuck-it, join them, but hedge along the way.

Enjoy the debt, enjoy the collpase, and really enjoy the recovery.

And sleep well knowing stackers represent less than 1/10th or 1% of the general public...and that's all that counts

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 21:28 | 3041281 unrulian
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there's enough yellow in usa...try something in mossy oak

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:27 | 3040755 BTFDemocracy
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I did just that on Thanksgiving... to everyone there.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:27 | 3041109 Jugdish
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I just love crop dusting ppl in stores. I shit myself and walk away and listen to the fallout an aisle over. Shopping can be fun. It's what you make of it, right?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:23 | 3040738 EscapeKey
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That's even assuming it's there, and not rehypothecated endlessly around the globe.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:38 | 3041141 newworldorder
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I am in agreement with  you - however; Whether it is 16T or 53T does not matter, as there have been no consequences by "we the governed" or by international markets. As such its only a number that seems to have little negative rellevance to the average person on the street. The number might as well be 100T or higher vs. whatever the current or future number is.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:08 | 3040513 Pool Shark
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The most shocking part is that not only is our debt no longer backed by gold; it's no longer even backed by paper...

If you confiscated every single US federal reserve note and US minted coin from all over the world, you'd only have a little over $1 trillion; enough to pay off only about 8% of our "official" $16.4 trillion national debt. We don't even have enough paper to pay our debts!


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:57 | 3040654 thecoloredsky
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I've come full circle. At first I didn't care as a stupid piece of sheep. Then I cared and realized how insane everything is. Then I didn't care anymore because all I see are stacks of paper in that video. I think I'm completely desensitized. Anyone else feel like that?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:35 | 3040780 dogbreath
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dare to not care!




Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:19 | 3041077 new game
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dare to care...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 22:15 | 3041399 fockewulf190
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Those stacks of paper are going to vanish in no time once the Treasury starts printing One Trillion Dollar notes in true and tested Zimbabwian style.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:00 | 3040663 negative rates
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Yes, but we do have paper mortgages which are leveraged to the hilt for all that debt aquired. This explains the influx of rich Asian foriegners.

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 02:55 | 3041825 cranky-old-geezer
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Rich asian foreigners don't give a flyin' fuck about all that fucking financial paper, they're after real physical land you can fuckin' walk on ...and fuck on I suppose.

The paper debt world is a fantasy.  A game, like monopoly.  Banks create "dollars" out of thin air, just numbers on a ledger, the first fantasy.  They loan those fantasy "dollars" to people to buy real stuff.  The debt paper becomes a fantasy, a joke, when the "dollars" aren't paid back, and remains on bank books at full original value, also a fantasy, a joke, a game.  Then it's pledged multiple times over for other paper "assets", a double fantasy, joke, game.

I don't know the actual numbers, but I would speculate there's a thousand dollars of fantasy financial paper for every dollar of real stuff booked as collateral.  That's a huge fucking fantasy.  

The whole fucking financial system is a huge fucking fantasy now, a huge fucking joke, a huge fucking game.  Hundreds of trillions of fantasy "dollars" of fucking fantasy financial paper tied to frightfully little real stuff by comparison. 

All those fucking bankers acting like all their fucking fantasy financial paper is legit.  That's pure fucking madness, insanity.

Nope, those rich asian folks don't give a flyin' fuck about all that fucking paper bullshit, they're after real physical stuff they can fuckin' see, touch, put in their fuckin' pocket, walk the fuck on, what the fuck ever.

Those fucking bankers and all their fucking fantasy bullshit financial paper can go take flying fucking leap.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:00 | 3040666 James-Morrison
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You'll know we are in REAL trouble when those paper bills in the video are replaced by equally huge mountains of Compact Disks?

Maybe by Bronco's third term?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:18 | 3040898 Spinelli
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Or a giant ass USB drive ..HAha

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:51 | 3041183 BidnessMan
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Nah - will just be on some server somewhere out in "the cloud". No one will ever see it, or ever be in physical touch with it ever again. Then cue up the South Park banker "and it's gone".

"Sorry - this line is for customers who actually have money in this bank. Please step aside."

Here is your EBT card.....

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:25 | 3040746 EscapeKey
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Oh I don't know - is there really anything magical about a coloured piece of paper with arbitrary writing and denomination?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 21:04 | 3041230 HappyCamper
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This video is much more scary than Tyler's because the problem is actually much, much worse.  If the first one gave you indigestion, this one will make you crap a brick.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:12 | 3040696 stockscooter
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That's sure want you to believe it's normal, but that's about to change.  The big scam is with Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, along with other treasuries of course.  Here's a chart that shows how over valued they've become since 2008

These are only supposed to rise with CPI.  The chart shows how overvalued they are.  The sheeple think they are making safe returns and that all this appreciation is guaranteed CPI Adjustment from the government.  Can't you imagine all the bond traders selling this crap to unsuspecting people, because they can't sell real bonds.  They are telling people that the bonds are guaranteed and so are the returns.  There's plenty of those types out there that are unscrupulous in their dealings.  This post may just be words to those that need to hear the truth.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:27 | 3040752 EscapeKey
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How overvalued?

The entire bond market is massively overvalued. That's all that happened in 2008 - the bubble dislocated from the housing market to sovereign bond markets.

It's also what should scare the living shit out of everyone, because once that pops, what's left to blow up?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:35 | 3041134 tsx500
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exactly...NOTHING !    >>>> RESET TIME !       ( and/or WAR).   

Merry Christmas !!

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 21:26 | 3041276 Shizzmoney
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Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:24 | 3040329 Storm Bringer
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Sure it doesnt matter, until inflation, real inflation - is really understood by the voters; or until the intention crashing of the dollar to help exports turns the currency war into a fighting war, or until the velocity of money picks up speed - at the request of the those in congress; inflating another bubble.... or until....



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:43 | 3040424 MiguelitoRaton
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Yep, they'll stay near in Europe

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:57 | 3040473 zerozulu
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This zero% is for 1%ers. not for me not for you.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:25 | 3040564 imbrbing
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When the interest rates rise, not sure how they ever will. OMG! its over. If they don't rise we burn slowly until OMG!

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:02 | 3040852 SilverDOG
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As long as the bank loaning, continues to buy 90%+ thereof.

Game over. 

"We the People" have lost.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:24 | 3041099 monopoly
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Of course it matters. It may not matter to you and I tonight, but it does matter. And when our trading partners finally have had enough of our absurd spending, when they reduce purchases in volume of our electronic T bills, interest rates will endure a rapid rise and it will be the 4th coming of the black knight. Game, Set, Match.

Debt does not matter. Cannot believe you are on this board and said that. 

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 22:06 | 3041382 fockewulf190
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"Debt doesn't matter...."

Until it does.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:43 | 3040607 BoNeSxxx
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This is why the LTP is for digital money -- and I use the term 'money' with great purpose...

The ultimate plan is to move us into 'credits' -- again all digital and even more fiat than, well, fiat.  Demonocracy won't be able to vizualize credits (cartoon or otherwise) because there was never a physical credit instrument such as a $100 bill.

Very clever these World Bank/UN/BIS asshats are... very clever indeed. 

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:59 | 3040222 exi1ed0ne
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Agreed - that is one powerful video.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:47 | 3040433 dick cheneys ghost
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Academy Award Winning

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:39 | 3040597 BLOTTO
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Thats why no audio/words neccessary.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:01 | 3040233 FrankDrakman
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When you contemplate how truly sad this is, it brings tears to your eyes.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:15 | 3040301 fonzannoon
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Nice read today brought to us by the guy who got eaten alive by Schiff.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:41 | 3040412 in-Credible Banker
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So - under this retard''s theory....why have any taxes at all????  I mean - why even bother taxing?  While we are at it....double spending!  WTF....who cares?  Right??

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:40 | 3040606 Winston Churchill
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Is this guy Schiff related to Krugman ,or is he just one of his bum boys ?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:42 | 3040611 koncaswatch
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The guy is a Chief Economist...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:39 | 3041145 Dave Thomas
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Holy shit Mike Norman!

He like writes from an alternate dimension.


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 21:02 | 3041223 klockwerks
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So if we are to believe the article, we can forget all of our concerns and, sell our pm's and no longer worry about this whole thing crashing. Whew, I feel a lot better now. Guess I'll go back to TV and not check with ZH anymore, NOT

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:19 | 3040900 Chupacabra-322
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Fuck this shit!!!  I'm maxing out all my CC's and calling it even.  Let's finish it and Bankrupt the system which is already dead.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:19 | 3041080 SeattleBruce
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"I'm maxing out all my CC's and calling it even."

Problem is they'll throw us average folk in jail, at end of a bunch of guns, with trillions of bullets in store.  They've proven very well that they won't do that for those tweaker bankstas and politicos that have caused and are causing massive national debt.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:36 | 3041135 JKearney3153
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I miss the gold ol' days where if you wanted more money, you either dug it out of the fucking ground or shot some asshole for it. Oh well, I can't wait to start trading in bottles of water and bullets...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 21:06 | 3041234 klockwerks
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Add to your list, smokes, wine, whiskey and coffee. Staples in almost every home

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:53 | 3040199 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Plenty more trees left ... 

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:59 | 3040219 BraveSirRobin
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Trees, we don't need no stink'n trees!

We can create zeros on solar power now. It's the true Greenback.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:00 | 3040485 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Funny thing is, in about 5 seconds you can create more electronic dollars than have ever been created in all the history of the world.  You don't have to press the zero button very many times to do that.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:05 | 3040236 Joe Davola
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Lumberjacks got families to feed too.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:53 | 3040201's picture

Its a good thing zeros are small

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:00 | 3040488 zerozulu
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No doubt, zeros are small but definitely bigger than asshole. hurting a lot.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:54 | 3040202 SeverinSlade
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And the only thing keeping the ponzi scheme going is the fact that the USD is still the world reserve currency thanks to the military backed petrodollar...

If only the sheeple knew...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:58 | 3040215 HeatMiser
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The sheeple don't care. They just want more Honey Boo-Boo.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:59 | 3040224 semperfi
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..and free shit, and abortions

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:13 | 3040525 CommunityStandard
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I don't understand how one can be against government interference and for government interference at the same time.  Where's CognitiveDissonance when you need him?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:44 | 3040614 Flakmeister
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It is more of a reflection of the narcissism that permeates society today...

The complete and utter lack of empathy...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 19:28 | 3040928 Spinelli
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Wtf does abortions got to do with anything

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:54 | 3041193 DanDaley
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Only that you're going to be paying for them before you know it, that's all.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 22:20 | 3041422 Vendetta
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nothing, there are plenty of folks who scream liberty talking the talk but not willing to walk the walk

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:57 | 3040211 Cdad
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Nice legacy, Washington D.C.  So tell us again how our debt situation first requires higher taxes, and second requires the abolition of the debt ceiling.

This debt issue highlights the illegitimacy of our Federal Government.  No other evidence is required.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 22:32 | 3041449 willwork4food
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This debt issue highlights the illigitimacy of our Federal Government. No other evidence is required.


Few wiser words were ever written.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:58 | 3040216 mrktwtch2
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no problem we will just bring back the 10k bill and the 100k

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:39 | 3040399 DoChenRollingBearing
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I nominate portraits of Obama and Wilson.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 15:59 | 3040226 johngoes
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Ironic visual - liberty imprisoned in a wall of debt...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:11 | 3040286 Hugh_Jorgan
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More like "iconic". Every American should have that sight burned into their mind, so painfully that they actually take the time to change how they live and what they teach their children. Eventually, more will get it. Not if... when.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:35 | 3040378 Boxed Merlot
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So tell me, when Rome sacked the temple in Jerusalem, were they after the gold?

How'd that work out for them?

Wealth doesn't mean a thing without a corresponding trustworthy and free society to go along with it.

Saddam's pallets of Benjamins sat and rotted in his "kingdom".



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:00 | 3040229 Flounder
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Compelling video, but don't worry that guy Cramer was just on the TeeVee telling people that AAPL was undervalued.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:21 | 3040314 Flounder
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And let's not forget AAPL = $513B = IBM ($214B) + GE($223B) + UTX($73B)

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:00 | 3040232 francis_sawyer
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Can you do one of those in nickles?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:05 | 3040259 Shameful
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Was I the only one that heard Krugman in the background screaming "MOAR!!!!"?

And in one way I'm really impressed.  Think of the amazing con job the oligarchs in the US have pulled, they have mined that much out of the planet on basically empty promises.  Money for nothing and chicks for free.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:06 | 3040265 debtor of last ...
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Thought you had credit card caps? Total world debt/gdp was over the edge long ago. Discussions over the amount of debt are useless. It's like you forgot to close the tap of the bathtub 18 months ago and still discussing why your feet are wet. Next!

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:31 | 3041119 SeattleBruce
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To extend your metaphor, now the question is when will this floor underneath the bathtub (and my feet) collapse, and oh yeah, we are on the second floor, and so what then???

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:08 | 3040268 Freegold
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Never mind the debt. It´s nothing compared to all paper denominated in dollars. It´s been a good ride folks but the people of America will soon realise just how much they have consumed compared to their production. There is no such thing as a free lunch.... in the long run.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:08 | 3040272 Al Huxley
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What's important though, as I understand it, is not that there's this huge, apparently unresolvable debt, but that the FED will now be buying up the entire supply of long bonds.  Do you understand what that means!?  Thanks to the FED, there'll be no supply left for the rest of the market!  Bond prices are going to the fucking moon, I tell you!  The fucking moon! 


Amazing that it took those geniuses at the FED to figure this out, I would have thought somebody else would have stumbled across blatant, outright debt monetization at some point in the history of human civilization.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:24 | 3040333 Joe Davola
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Separating issuer of currency from the funder of government was freaking genius, maniacal or both.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:33 | 3040372 semperfi
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not going to moon - who's going to want them? - I have a $100Trillion Zim bill, mint condition, hanging on my office wall that I'm selling for only $10Billion US - takers?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:50 | 3040443 Al Huxley
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Supply and demand my friend, supply and demand. With their safe-haven status USTs are the world's favorite risk-off parking place for money, and now they won't be available to the broader market!   Bernanke's a fucking genius!  Long rates to 0!

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:54 | 3040467 semperfi
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safe-haven yes, until they're not

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:49 | 3040633 Winston Churchill
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Lets not forget that the Arab Spring was about food inflation,

not democrasy.

If we carry on exporting  inflation via money printing there going to

be a very pissed off world out there with nothing left  to lose.

Just how many wars can we fight at once ?

We are about to find that out.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:56 | 3040651 exi1ed0ne
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My part of hell is burning much more slowly than yours.  WINNING!

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:11 | 3040285 A Lunatic
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Dear Federal Reserve, Please ship one half pallet of Ben Franklins to my home address. (which I'm sure you have) I am willing to pay freight, and I have a forklift for unloading. Thanks in advance.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:28 | 3040351 LongSoupLine
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Dear A Lunatic,

One (1) half pallet is on its way. A word of advice, if I may, spend it fast my friend. That half pallet will only get you a loaf of bread soon. Boy, I'm sure glad I keep loading up on gold, ha!


Bennie B

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:42 | 3040417 A Lunatic
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I'll spent it faster than a TSA employee on payday in Amsterdam..........

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:06 | 3040681 Bawneee Fwank
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I'll spend it faster than a TSA employee can steal an Ipad.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:12 | 3040701 Terminus C
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Hah! a TSA agent has no need of Amsterdam, they get all their thrills at work... paid to grope no less... why would they go to Amsterdam and pay to grope?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:18 | 3040723 Flakmeister
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You clearly have never been to Amsterdam....

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:11 | 3041058 A Lunatic
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Okay, bad analogy I admit. No fucking way any self respecting Amsterdamsel would be seen with TSA scum.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 21:46 | 3041331 Flakmeister
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Fat-assed ho's take magic carpet rides???

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:20 | 3040729 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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forklifts are the new wheel-barrows!

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:32 | 3040766 alfred b.
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     On second thought Ben, forget the half-pallet, just send over one of the trailer trucks....I want it lasting to at least the end of the year!!



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:14 | 3040295 XitSam
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The money in the video has already been spent.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:58 | 3040657 Sockeye
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There's the kicker.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:15 | 3040300 Intoxicologist
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Is that G-Pap's mom sitting on that sofa?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:16 | 3040302 LongSoupLine
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That's a whole fucking lot of political fuck up and corruption..

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:27 | 3040341 LawsofPhysics
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"That's a whole fucking lot of capital mis-allocation..."  - FIXED.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:30 | 3040360 LongSoupLine
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Roger that.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:18 | 3040308 LawsofPhysics
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I wish they would do the same thing for Japan's debt.  Now that would be a video.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:41 | 3041153 ParkAveFlasher
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Godzilla would smoke those stacks of bills and free Liberty, and then return to the sea in his eternally lonesome resignation.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:22 | 3040321 bobthehorse
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Here's a dumb question.

Can we possibly grow our way out of this?

No kidding.

Is that type of growth possible?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:23 | 3040325 Sandmann
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Of course....your Debt Burden will grow Exponentially

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:46 | 3041169 tsx500
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Good one !

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:22 | 3040322 Sandmann
Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:28 | 3040349 Backspin
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Those stacks of cash are chump change.  They didn't include the unfunded liabilities.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:28 | 3040352 Seasmoke
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just imagine if those were $20 bills

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:39 | 3040404 heresy101
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Jeez, I thought $16$ was a lot of money until I viewed this!

Starbucks, burger joints, cars, houses, factorys, electricity, etc etc. in economic sales and production make this look miniscule.

Just cut out the phony wars, tax welfare for the rich, and end NAFTA and don't sign the TPP and we can pay off the $16T in no time.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:41 | 3040409 jmcadg
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Can they do one for the value of derivatives held by the tbtfs. I've got twenty minutes to kill.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:46 | 3040429 Frank N. Beans
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anybody got a match?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:06 | 3040448 Radical Marijuana
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Impressive visualization of the debt insanity!

2 important points are the BASIC SYSTEM IS

privatized money made out of nothing as debts;

no more debts means there is no more money!

The BASIC SYSTEM makes it absolutely impossible to resolve the problems of runaway debt slavery automatically becoming debt insanity. The deeper problems are practically impossible to resolve, because money is the most taboo topic, far more suppressed than sex! The reasons are straightforward. In biology there is a necessary connection between sex and death. In economics there is a necessary connection between money and murder.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:51 | 3040453 SheepDog-One
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Totaly completely insane world.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:55 | 3040470 semperfi
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anything goes - rule of law be damned - if you are in the right club

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:22 | 3040734 therearetoomany...
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Did you mean 'Fight Club"?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:45 | 3041167 A Lunatic
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Fight Club is for those who are not in the 'right club'.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:52 | 3040457 MrBoompi
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What else is the world's largest ponzi scheme supposed to look like?



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:04 | 3040500 Ness.
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Nice job today Kevin.  Extra cookie for you... after dinner, of course.  

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:11 | 3040508 slackrabbit
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...and then it gave little Ben an idea...


(Actually, this could possibly be the first  viral black swan video  to kill the US dollar)....probably not, but who knows?..if enough sheeple see it...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:16 | 3040541 SheepDog-One
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The sheeple would probably just say 'Ooo look! An airplane! There's a truck! What's that big statue?'

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:55 | 3040650 slackrabbit
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Does is come with the Burger meal?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:20 | 3040732 therearetoomany...
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Can you supersize that?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:10 | 3041053 Slightly Insane
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no, no supersize for you.  You no liki me soup, no soup for you .... go away.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:15 | 3040538 yogibear
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And soon with Bernanke, the fed and Obama it will be multiple times that!

Bernanke and the feds infinite printing.

Obama's infinite deficit.

See where this is going? 

Spend and print until a complete loss in faith by the rest of the world in the ability of the US to pay it back. Bernanke knows the end game. His own son has over $400,000 in school debt. Bernanke intends to print the debt away through an ever devaluing US dollar.



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:56 | 3040834 BTFDemocracy
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Oh man I feel bad for his son. His daddy is unofficial supreme leader of planet earth, with the capacity to bring down history's greatest super power by access to the cash printer.

The $400k are merely symbolic. It means nothing to them. Haha

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:17 | 3040547 Gimleteye
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Repudiate the debt, take the punch tht comes with it, create a new country from the ruins.


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:32 | 3040582 Overfed
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Now ain't that some shit? How long til this slow-mo trainwreck goes to warp speed?

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:31 | 3040583 Mad Mohel
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HOLY DOG SHIT! That's a lot of cash. There is no coming back from that.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:33 | 3040588 LouisDega
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Translation: Blue horseshoe loves Acme pallet

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:37 | 3040594 inkarri9
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I wonder what the Japanese version would look like...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:40 | 3040604 Ardeet
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I think they were $100 short in that last frame.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:51 | 3040637 evolutionx
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A deluge of an unprecedented magnitude is both inevitable and imminent. The consequences of the economic and political mismanagement will have a devastating impact on the world for a very long time. And the consequences will touch most corners of the world in so many different areas; economic, financial, social, political and geopolitical.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:56 | 3040653 Sockeye
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Simple way to cut that pile back down to size, just add one zero to each bill. 

You're welcome.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:57 | 3040656 kicksroute66
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Very moving video. Should be shared with the masses asap.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:04 | 3040671 Bawneee Fwank
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Remember the commercial about littering and at the end the Indian (Iron eyes Cody) had a single tear running down his cheek...That is me after watching this.  Watching this is just sad...sad that we allowed these insane fucks in office to do this.

Sweet, found the commercial...

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:24 | 3040741 seek
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And unfortunately that Indian was about a legitimate as the USD is -- he kept it secret until the end of his life that he wasn't native american, but italian.

A better metaphor for the US would be the end of 2010 with a minor rewrite: "My god, it's full of fraud!"

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:01 | 3041025 Joseph Jones
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At my old-school job women were dissallowed by law to apply till years after I started employment.  

Later the employer was ruled by Federal Judge under Consent Decree, with special conditions granted to minorities to increase minority employment.

Some of the old-school boys who loudly proclaimed, glorified, and sometimes made fun of their Italian heritage suddenly had monetary reason (for promotion) to change their identity to Latin, which many did indeed change their identity for this exact reason. 

One of the above ex-Italian changed to-Latin persons received one or two promotions, then was busted for lying and forced to early retirement.

It was quite a spectacle.   

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:07 | 3040684 Dan The Man
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everyday I feel like that

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:14 | 3040708 shovelhead
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And today was going to be optimistic day.

Not anymore.

"Can we fix it?"

"No...It's fucked."

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:33 | 3040757 therearetoomany...
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What about a video for total debt including future unfunded liabilities? 86.8 Trillion - over 5 times what we see of 12/31/11 according to WSJ


From the article:

The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees' future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more accurate figure.


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:31 | 3040764 chump666
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Heart breaking.


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:36 | 3040781 Goyim Sheep
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Those stacks wouldn't look as big if she was holding the torch upright.

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:36 | 3040782 alfred b.
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  What I'd like to know is why wasn't there an ADULT in the room after the first Trillion, or even the second one???

     Oh ok....Re-Election!!!!



Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:37 | 3040786 easterner
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oh, how may 9/11s do we need to demolisth all those "towers"? .... just saying.

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