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Post-Hyperinflationary Zimbabwe Welcomes The Holidays With 80% Unemployment, Empty ATMs And Paralyzed Transport

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Zimbabwe's hyperinflation, courtesy of one Gideon Gono - the brilliant man behind such grand monetary experiments as QE and its offshoots throughout the developed world - and numerous one hundred trillion dollar Zimbabwe dollar bills, may have come and gone, and the country may no longer have a functioning currency of its own, but it certainly has the aftermath of the most recent episode of modern-era monetary hyperinflation to contend with. And with the holidays here, AP provides a very bleak snapshot of what the country which currently has an 80% unemployment, has to look forward to. Zimbabweans are facing bleak holidays this year amid rising poverty, food and cash shortages and political uncertainty, with some describing it as the worst since the formation of the coalition government in the southern African nation.... Banks have closed, ATMs have run out of cash and transport services have been paralyzed." It gets worse: "Zimbabwe's unemployment is pegged at around 80 percent with many people in Harare, the capital, eking out a living by selling vegetables and fruits on street corners." And all of this is after the massive economic imbalances in Zimbabwe's economy should have been "fixed" (or so conventional economic theory would have one believe) courtesy of hyperinflation, which left any savers in tatters, destroyed the value of the old currency, benefited solely debtors  but also allowed a fresh start to a government, which could only remain in power due to a violent power grab by the democratically elected-turned-dictator Robert Mugabe.

What else do all those countries (all of them) engaged in a wholesale currency destruction have to look forward to? AP explains:

Matthew Kapirima, 60, waits outside a busy supermarket for customers to buy his boxes of weather-beaten peaches and litchis for $10 each.


But holiday shoppers go about their business without even giving him a second glance. Kapirima has not sold any fruit in days and with a day left before Christmas, he said has to concede that he won't be able to provide his family with food and new clothes this year.


"This is the worst Christmas ever," Kapirima told The Associated Press. Kapirima has four wives and 25 children living in the rural areas, but all he has managed to get them this Christmas is a 40-kilogram (88 pound) bag of maize seed to plant on his small-sized family plot in Mudzi.


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Food shortages are "worse" this year compared to the last three years due to drought and constrained access to cash to buy seed and fertilizer for rural farmers, said World Food Program Zimbabwe country director Felix Bamezon. Bamezon said the Zimbabwe government for the first time has assisted by providing grain to give to starving communities in rural areas.


"This is good because they don't interfere to tell us which people to give the food to," he said.


The World Food Program has been donating hampers of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cereal, vegetable oil and mixed beans to each person in qualifying households every month since September.


For those who live in areas where there are grain traders, WFP gives out $3 per person in a household to buy the grain from traders instead of the food hampers.


An average household has five people, making it $15 for a family to spend for Christmas.


Bamezon also said their organization helps vulnerable communities by engaging them in "food for work" projects where people work to get food during the time they are not provided food assistance.

"Food for work" projects - remember that...

Naturally, creative solutions to deal with the endless misery have emerged, such as no longer eating, and of course forcing your children into prostitution:

Rural communities have come up with coping mechanisms such as cutting down the number of meals a day from three to one and selling their prized livestock, furniture and household goods. Bamezon said he had heard reports that some young girls are given away to elderly men for early marriages.


The U.N.'s childrens agency, UNICEF, has in previous research this year noted that girls and young women have been pressured by destitute families to solicit as prostitutes in bars and shopping areas.


In the troubled economy, money is not trickling down from the nation's urban elite, who own luxury cars and mansions, to the urban and rural poor.

Can't they just raise the taxes on the nation's "urban elite?" Problem solved.

In summary: "Life is getting harder in this country," said fruit vendor Kaparima. "There is nothing to celebrate this Christmas."

Truly, there is so much to look forward to when the coordinate global attempt at wholesale currency devaluation finally succeeds.


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Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:09 | 3093297 Freddie
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When dear mullah was "elected" by rigged elections - I was worried he would be the next Mugabe.  Sadly - I  was 100% correct.

F TV and F Hollywood because they fully support him and they want (tax paying) Americans disarmed.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:25 | 3093299 cossack55
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 If you have an extra 90 minutes over the holidays, youtube has RESONANCE  Beings of Frequency available for viewing.  Won CPFF Best Documentary in 2012.

It tied together some things I have been following thru the years and may help explain much of what is "wrong" today.  Beyond doubt the best documentary I have ever seen.

Sorry for the OT, but I believe it to be THAT important.

BTW, I am not the producer and have no vested interest.  Just draw your own conclusions.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:34 | 3093860 UNCOMPROMISED

Very important for all true space monkeys.

Thx Cos.

I'll see your resonance and raise you a resonance.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:43 | 3093982 Enslavethechild...
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What nobody else will talk about

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:40 | 3094077 Global Hunter
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that link for that movie RESONANCE is the the second best Christmas gift I ever got!  The first was my wife getting to come home today!  She is soundly asleep in her bed this Christmas Eve, every other gift I have ever received means nothing compared to this.

I knew something was up, I knew something was going on...your link is another piece, a big piece, thank you so much,

Happy Christmas to you, your family and all my brethen who haunt these...

Happy Christmas Bitchez!!!

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 23:01 | 3095608 erg
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I came back to this thread to check out what Cossack was referencing. Hey, I'm in the middle of a 4-hour dissertation about fractal mathematics.  I thought what-the-hell. Throw it on the pile of things to consider. Yet more grist to mull.

Thanks for the testimonial Global Hunter. Thanks for the post in advance cossack.

I got a hunch this may be interesting.

Thanks Tylers for allowing us our profoundly diverse opinions and contributions via this forum.

Merry Christmas. Happy New year...and all that good stuff!

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:28 | 3094303 13thWarrior
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Wed, 12/26/2012 - 01:08 | 3095695 erg
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Indenture a listening device into every household, create sufficient buzz to make everyone want to pay for the self-induced, compliant bug, and kill the dumb fucks in the process.

A globalist wet dream come true. The trifecta.

Yeah, I'm pretty jaded.

I don't even have a cell phone. I find phones in general a pain in the ass. It wants more from me than I get back. I have an archaic wireless at home and multiple phones at work. Mail...yada, yada.

I don't want to become a Luddite. I really don't.

Despite my love of technology it has become an embittered thing to me.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:31 | 3093677 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1  The sad thing, Freddie, is that he was elected legitimately...  By the 51%.  The "low information voters" and the moochers got what they wanted. Now it will be that way for a long time.

Will you be joining me for Arabic classes?  I think the first thing they teach you is how to say "Allahu Akbar" and which way Mecca is.  You see, you can learn something at anytime.


Next thing we learn is how badly 2013 is going to go.  The deflationists have so far been right (ex. for fuel and food), but all that money that they will be printing (I just heard on F TV that they will be printing up LOTS more $100s.  LOTS.  I wonder why.)

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:33 | 3093710 Freddie
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2012 was another setup.   Tagg Romney saying his dad did not want it is just another clue.   Santorum had Romney beaten in the Midwest, the south, SW and the rest of the country.  

Romney/Rove/Bush/NWO stole Midwestern states from Santorum with voter fraud in the cities.  Santorum would have the entire states won then late returns from Detroit, Madison, et al swung the states for Romney.  CFR/NWO Gingrich was in there to peel off conservative voters from Santorum.   Romney and Gingrich were backed by Sheldon Adelson who found Santorum a bit too Christian for his taste.

Fast forward to November election and Obama used the same vote fraud in the swing states to win and hold the Senate.   The same last minute returns and late evening city voting fraud.  It was identical to what Romney did to Santorum but worse.

Conservative House members were also target for theft.  They did not steal everything because the public might wake up.

Was Santorum any better?  Well he had no money except from Foster Friess which was peanuts.  Ron Paul was a better choice but they made sure Romney was the fall guy.  They stole all the swing states including FL, OH, WI, PA, etc etc.

I have not watched TV for years because they are all the same and Fox Al Waleed is just as bad.

Don't listen to Rush's BS about we lost.  it was stolen.  Not like we had a choice anyway.  Hannity is another buddy of Rove/Bush/NWO.   We are set up for 2016 with Jeb versus Hillary or Corey Booker of Newark.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:27 | 3093881 yabyum
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Hey Freddie, The tinfoil hat is getting a bit tight. Have a cold one and merry Christmas to ya!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:45 | 3093984 Enslavethechild...
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If they can fake shootings, they can fake elections

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:50 | 3094101 ball-and-chain
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An African country in shambles?

What a shocker.

We're America.  We ain't Zimbabwe.

It ain't gonna happen.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:12 | 3094292 Matt
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"Kapirima told The Associated Press. Kapirima has four wives and 25 children living in the rural areas"

I think we found the problem.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 16:24 | 3095123 Kobe Beef
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I thought the exact same thing.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:15 | 3094293 Lore
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Have the Zimbabweans jailed their banksters?  Does Mugabe himself face charges?

Where is the UN? 

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 08:33 | 3094399 Cloud9.5
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Pretty racist to look at failed African states and assume they failed because of African leadership.  Hubris on our part to assume we are any different.



Tue, 12/25/2012 - 17:22 | 3094763 psychobilly
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"Pretty racist to look at failed African states and assume they failed because of African leadership."

African "leadership" is simply a reflection of African society and African culture at large.

"Hubris on our part to assume we are any different."

Ignorant.  While the same insidious, Neo-Marxist ideologies that are currently wrecking Africa through central planning/command economics, are also worming their way through Western civilization, the cultural roots couldn't be more different.  There is no tradition of classical liberalism in Africa for example.  Concepts like individual sovereignty and natural rights are fading in the West, but they're alien to the overwhelming majority of Africa, which is why countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa are quickly reverting to type (i.e., strong-man authoritarian hierarchies dominated by tribalism, fatalism, collectivism, lawlessness, savagery and superstition).

At some point pseudo-intellectual idiots like you are going to run out of "nuanced" excuses for why the African continent is a hell on earth.  The notion that all cultures are equal is delusional.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:09 | 3093298 YesWeKahn
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only Bernanke can do better. That asshole can do 99% unemployment, with only him and his male wives still have FED jobs.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:06 | 3093468 Stuck on Zero
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How do you get 80% unemployment when all those people are selling vegetables on street corners?  According to our BLS selling just one pea pod a year constitutes full employment.


Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:56 | 3093758 Banjo
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Just thinking about it, is full employment. We used to produce things now we design stuff. Why should employment be any different.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:14 | 3093307 butchee
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Nostalgia for dear old Rhodesia?


Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:52 | 3093424 Winston Churchill
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Really.i used to visit back then.

I will never visit Zimbabwe ,but it will visit us.


Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:03 | 3093577 Zap Powerz
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Dont be so sure Winston.

Africa is a vast, resource rich contient filled with militarily and technologically inferior indigenous personel.

Once the American contenient becomes unliveable due to the political atmosphere, perhaps we can get on ships and sail to Africa, establish colonies, "displace" the indigenous personel and start over in Africa!  Its not like the Africans are doing anything useful with the place.

Its been done before, it can be done again.  History does tend to repeat itself.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:48 | 3093645 formadesika3
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You're being sarcastic, right?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:20 | 3093688 Zap Powerz
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Im not advocating anything, Im merely pointing out what can be done based on what has been done with success in the past.

You probably think the idea seems violent, mean, uncivilized.  You would be right.  But if you think human nature is not violent, mean and uncivilized, you arent paying attention.

Humans have this funny urge to survive.  They will do damn near anything (some of it positive, some of it negative) to survive.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:45 | 3093727 formadesika3
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You left out something. It's not only violent, mean and uncivilized. It's also totally impractical. White people from North America dislodging the native population of Africa? Get real. It was tried once, if you recall.

What it came down to in the final outcome is who carried and had immunity against the nastiest diseases. That's the reason white people ultimately gained control of North America. By the same token, white people died by the tens of thousands, not the other way around, when they tried to colonize Africa in the 19th century.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:49 | 3093749 formadesika3
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But if you want to know how I REALLY feel about your idea...

It's not only violent, mean and uncivilized, I also think it's one of the most Fascistic, militaristic, abhorrent, idiotic ideas I've ever heard.


Merry Christmas.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 18:58 | 3093834 Goner
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Well we have made a bit of progress with medicine so I dont think disease would play a large role. And our Military is getting used to the fact that no girls are around for entertainment in Afganistan and Iraq so HIV wont be a huge issue. But even if it would, thats what Drones are for. To slaughter bad guys (or kids and innocents) in the name of freedom

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:16 | 3094296 Matt
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No Peregrine Falcons in Africa I don't think, so we can DDT the shit out of it and exterminate the misquitos once and for all. It is estimated that 50% of all human beings who ever died, did so as a result of a misquito bite.

Cholera is treatable now. We have made some advances in Malaria medicine. Ebola/Marburg et al, River Blindness and Sleeping or Nodding Head disease or whatever other crazy shit scares the hell out of me personally.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 01:52 | 3094278 silverserfer
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Zap, I think China beat you to that  idea.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:22 | 3093691 Miss Expectations
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Today, it's official:

A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.

Read more:
Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:31 | 3093967 Anusocracy
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The Fascist Empire continues to spread its poison.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 11:00 | 3094577 roadhazard
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Dubya set up the Africa Command even while loading up Shock and Awe in Iraq. This is actually news to me that is That old. The endless war of the MIC.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:41 | 3094085 rockface
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The Chinese have already beat us to it.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 00:21 | 3094191 ultimate warrior
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First I LOL'ed at your comment...then I paused.....then I said to myself god we are fucked.,...then the laughing stopped.  

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 01:23 | 3094252 TheObsoleteMan
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Africa is not the same place it was just twenty five years ago. They got wise. A white doesn't stand a chance there now.  they would have you hacked with machetes within hours of arrival.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:19 | 3094299 Matt
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You don't show up alone or in small groups, but in force.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:16 | 3093682 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ the great Winston Churchill, + 1

"You may not be looking for trouble, but trouble is definitely looking for you."

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:25 | 3093511 kaiserhoff
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Once known as the Switzerland of Africa, the place where everything worked, until the whites were stabbed in the back.  When will they ever learn?

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 01:12 | 3094241 Element
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I don't understand this at all, didn't they kill whitey and take all the agricultural lands back a few years ago? They should have silos full of grain for global export by now!

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 05:57 | 3094360 Mentaliusanything
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Are yes, the food bowl of Africa turned into a basket case by a Government that interfered with a free market then covered its mistake by helping out its crony friends to remain in power. Trinkets given to the poor and soldiers, promises of free land stolen from the workers who made its, once vast wealth by toil and sweat.

They, my old uncles are resigned to make their own Diesel and feed the chooks on what is left after the locusts fromm Harare came through what was once a profitable farm, worked by happy well feed and well housed labor. Those workers stay and protect the old men because beyond the fence and dogs is a harsher World brought to them by Central planning as dictated by the black Hitler.


You reading THIS Ben. You brain dead excuse for a Human. It will happen once you weaken those who produce the wealth and interfer in their business then steal the very thing that made the Wealth ..... Hope for a better life unshackled from Central planning.

America is on the cusp of a complete takeover once the 2nd is altered (Even a black Hitler was smart enough to not go there)

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:15 | 3093311 SgtSchultz
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A shameful waste of a country by the political classes.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:04 | 3093458 Antifaschistische
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Zimbabwe....So sad.   Such a beautiful country.   Every time I'm in South Africa in get introduced ONE MORE farmer who was kicked out of Zimbabwe.   The last time, he said he had 800 employees, and now, they are all unemployed and some government goon owned his land (but didn't have a clue what to do with it). they have a food problem.  surprise surprise.   As for the dude with 4 wifes and a couple dozen kids....well, you'd think they'd get the hint and stop reproducing like rabbits but that's none of my business right.....just send AID money.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:43 | 3094089 rockface
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Run a few cows and raise a harem.  Can life get any better than that?

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 08:40 | 3094402 Cloud9.5
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That is what happens when you destroy property rights and redistribute the wealth to your cronies. Check out Detroit, same thing.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:17 | 3093313 JustObserving
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If Zimbabwe had 900 military bases in 130 countries, $1 trillion a year military spending, and a president ready to use drones on his perceived enemies and civilians alike, then Zimbabwean currency would be woth more than confetti.

A compliant, controlled press and spending $85 billion a year on spy agencies also helps the confetti have perceived value.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:19 | 3093322 larz
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for how long justobserving?


Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:27 | 3093346 JustObserving
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Longer than any honest citizen  would like.  Maybe another 1 year to 5 years would be my guess.  But a war with Iran, which would cost $2 to $4 trillion, would hasten the end.  

A corrupt currency is very inefficient and always collapses.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:55 | 3093657 Bag Of Meat
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controlling oil,and trading it in USD gives it more time, not less

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:20 | 3093326 AnAnonymous
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Yep. It is funny how monetary policies do not work the same depending on who you are.

But hey, 'americans' will keep claiming that their economics rules are universal and the same behaviour calls the same consequences.

The 'american' way of doing...

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:02 | 3094282 silverserfer
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as apposed to the Chinese way of your"Communist" elites. Your whole shitty country is a sweatshop supporting 50K chain smoking dubache's who think they are "Classy" because they can afford Hello Kitty handbags and maroboro lights. Cover your mouth when you laugh bitch cause you don't know what the fuck brush your teeth means!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:56 | 3093319 francis_sawyer
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The teleprompter would like to wish you & yours a Happy Kwaanza from his compound from his hideout in Hawaii...

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:25 | 3093339 AnAnonymous
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Another wannabee 'american' who thought joining the club would be easy.

Tough luck, 'americans' are picky when it comes to admit new members to their club.

And they are certainly not eager of introducing members from the people they leech, extort and farm.

That is the harsh reality of the extortion, farming business: for an extorter to be, for a farmer to be, there is an immediate requirement of extorted and farmed.

No extorted, no farmed? Simple. No extorter, no farmer. One has to be to enable the other.

So, yep, accessing to the 'american' club is not as easy as simply knocking at the door.

Especially when you come from the ranks of the extorted and farmed.

Welcome to an 'american' world.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:29 | 3093350 Everybodys All ...
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How is that commune working out? Did you guys bury enough bodies yet?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:37 | 3093371 LFMayor
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Not nearly as picky as those little yellow opium smoking human washing machines that send their servile little soldiers in armored vehicles to crush the Tianamen square protesting children.

Now that was picky over who gets to join the club, wouldn't you say, you little fucking propaganda tool?

At least the Russian soldiers were real men.  When they were ordered out against their own people, they rolled the tanks to the barricades and then turned them around, putting themselves between the would be "rulers" and their own beloved people.  That is honor.  You should be taking notes now. 

China seems to have a greater crop of willing killers, the better to crush their own young under tank treads with.

tell me, did you guys get the steps fixed yet, where the tank treads damaged them in '89?

Eat shit, you little tool.  When it goes, you'll go too and those millions of hungry peasants will be on you and your master's ass like  a drove of ants.  Your bones will be picked clean before the end.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:19 | 3093687 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1000

Best counterattack of the day.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:39 | 3093377 NoTTD
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Zim's problems stem directly from Mugabe's Marxist/racist policies. Oh, fuck you.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:22 | 3093692 Zap Powerz
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Dear Ananonymous,

What, exactly, is the purpose behind your constant antagonism?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:26 | 3093342 Rusty Diggins
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"Kapirima has four wives and 25 children living in the rural areas"

This stood out, but I'm always called a rasis around the barquentine

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:34 | 3093361 Shameful
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If a 60 year old fruit vendor can snag 4 wives and have a score of kids the bar for men must be low over there.  "Honey, that men sells fruit on the side of the road and is can't let a catch like that slip away girlfriend!"

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:38 | 3093375 LFMayor
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That, or they have the most gold-diggingest bitches on the planet.  Anna Nicole Smith is smiling somewhere!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:52 | 3093425 spartan117
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Why would you be racist for calling this man a mormon?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:06 | 3093467 Rusty Diggins
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It be a neo-liberal pirate thing

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:30 | 3093354 Shameful
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Got to look at the silver lining of a hyperinflation in the USA.  Looks like people might be eating fruits and vegetables and might be less monstrously obese.  Got to keep things light for the holiday season.

Don't think there is a good record of any nation popping right back after a currency blowtorch.  The closest probably being Germany, but their hyperinflation wasn't as severe as others, and investor money did come in.  Zimbabwe never really had a chance, they will never reach the standard of living they had in the 60s again.  That sort of thing happens when you declare war on the producer class, they leave.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:51 | 3093647 Ahmeexnal
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Check your premises. Germany ceased to be a nation. It is a protectorate. And all that glitters aint gold.

Air Berlin co-pilots paid near poverty level:

Germany is dumping merchandise outside of the eurozone as its exports suffer biblical collapse.
Germany is close to declaring war on the UK. The reason? UK wants a referendum:
Germany warns Britain not to 'blackmail' Europe

Published: 24 Dec 12 08:23 CET | Print version

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned Britain against "blackmailing" its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels.

"We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out," Schäuble told the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. "But I will also say that does not mean anyone can blackmail us."

Asked whether a debate raging in Britain about a possible referendum on the country's future in the 27-member bloc was "dangerous", Schäuble said the European Union needed to send a clear message to the rest of the world.

"Our British friends are not dangerous. But a referendum would create uncertainty," he said.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:53 | 3093654 dvfco
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Is it me, or does it seem like things tend to turn out really bad every time we fuck the Germans, or vice-versa?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:33 | 3093711 Winston Churchill
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Hate to say this.

Enoch Powell was right about everything.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 18:16 | 3093786 verum quod lies
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“In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” There is no need to apologize for the truth. Powell spoke the truth; and we are now supposed to cower and act like good cultural Marxists and RINOs. The simple truth is that if you import (or allow yourself to be overrun by) a bunch of third world people soon you have, surprise, surprise, a third world hellhole.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:02 | 3093842 bank guy in Brussels
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Your comment reminds me of another comment on ZeroHedge nearly two years ago

« The USA had 40 years of stability and power. In the future it will be a shithole. So what? Just another new-world shithole. Life goes on. »

- ZeroHedge commenter 'Fat Ass', 17 January 2011

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 02:34 | 3094305 Matt
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"Check your premises. Germany ceased to be a nation. It is a protectorate. And all that glitters aint gold."

I think the previous poster was referring to the 1923 hyperinflation, and the following recovery that was destroyed by the Great Depression.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 08:48 | 3094407 Cloud9.5
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Seems like I remeber Berlin being turned into a brick yard and the Russian Army raping their women in the rubble.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 06:16 | 3094368 Mentaliusanything
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No they dont, they stay knowing that one day it will be back to what it was. They cant leave they are as hard assed as Cecil R. Boars, dutch and fighters. They also are not allowed to leave unless its in underwear. They love the land and know it will remain long after the Government dies

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:35 | 3093365 NoTTD
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When the blacks took over Rhodesia in 1980 it had been a net food exporter for decades. The PNF promised not to displace the white farmers who fed the nation - and then did so, dividing the commercial farms into small plots which were then given to supporters for subsistence farming. Voila. Starving nation.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:53 | 3093430 Freddie
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Farming is hard work and requires pretty intelligent farmers.   White farmers were killed and tortured in Zimba and also South Africa.  Just like Hollywood, Tarantino, the Miramax Weinsteins with their plantation racist actors Jamie Fox and Samuel L Jackson loving on Oba and wanting to killy whitey in their movies.

This scum is full on for gun banning and disarming America just like South Africa did in disarming whites.   Keep watching TV and Hollywood because it supports your serfdom.  F Hollywood and F TV. 

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 12:39 | 3094714 Afrispaans
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When exactly were the whites disarmed in SA, my bru? Sorry, boet, all the white gunowners still have their weapons. Applying for a license is a bit harder now, but not impossible. 

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:59 | 3093571 Zap Powerz
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Mother Nature punishes the stupid.  She punishes them with starvation and disease.  I love mother nature.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:52 | 3093753 Anusocracy
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But she sure has a soft spot in her heart for evil.


Tue, 12/25/2012 - 01:26 | 3094256 Element
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Nah, we'll have a Zim-Aid concert in Wembley and play jumpin' jack flash and old queen covers and it'll all be good, might even be able to attract geriatric Beatle, and maybe someone who's a bit risque', but is not actually on child-molestation charges right now (strictly speaking).

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:17 | 3093599 neidermeyer
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@noTTD and Freddie ,


You're both 100% right... If Rhodesia/Zimbabwe recovers it'll be just like Mexico after their revolution and splitting up all the farmland to the peasants in plots too small to feed themselves and with no "know how" ... the current "Idi Amin Dada Oumee" wannabe is no better than all the other tribal thugs .. if Zimbabwe was rich enough to have used tires they'd necklace every non-black they could find. Just like that peace loving couple in South Africa.


African blacks are the most racist beings on Earth , they murder people based on shades of brown or minor tribal differences with a boring regularity .. I'd just like for them to finish the job and leave Africa barren of people so I can stop seeing Sally Struthers on my TV.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:51 | 3093648 dvfco
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How do you feel about Meathead?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:41 | 3093979 Tango in the Blight
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Stop watching TV!

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 07:42 | 3094387 Who is John Galt
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These people of whom you speak are the people whom the term "Nigger" was first coined for.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:06 | 3093646 dvfco
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Cecil Rhodes was a smart, rich dude.  He was so smart and rich, they not only named a country, but also a scholarship after him.  Sorry - couldn't resist.  

There was some fairly interesting info on Botswana and its partnership with DeBeers, which is producing a ever increasing standard of living there.  This doesn't seem to be the case in the rest of the continent, unfortunately.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:07 | 3093845 bank guy in Brussels
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In addition to being a 'manly' adventurer and explorer and founder of nations, Cecil Rhodes was a gay man who loved young boyish types, and surrounded himself with them

'Cecil's lambs' they called the young lads

One of the main reasons people left Britain for 'adventure' in those days ... to do the things they couldn't do in polite society back then

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 06:23 | 3094369 Mentaliusanything
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so in Brussels you have no fudge packers. I thought Chocolate was your specialty

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 16:17 | 3095110 Afrispaans
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Cecil Rhodes was a colonial thug and bully boy who makes today's class of crony capialitsts look like rank amateurs. But of course, the history of the Anglo-Boer War isn't exactly common knowledge. Botswana has a very per capita GDP for the region, but also suffers from major social/political problems: I remember a rash of home invasions in which the perpetrators would tie up the (white) family and burn their buttocks with a clothes iron. The Botswanan government couldn't be clearer in its position regarding the Bushmen still living in the Kalahari: it wants Botswana's original inhabitants legislated out of existence.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:58 | 3093930 arby63
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What NoTTD said. And they would do it AGAIN tomorrow if given the same opporunity--even with the benefit of hindsight. Pure idiocy--and yes, it's in their damn DNA.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:25 | 3094062 Silvermoney
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Yea, Mugbe forgot one important detail.  None of the blacks knew how to farm. Just another dum shit african tribal leader. Maybe they can make some clay pots and sell them.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:36 | 3093369 Conax
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I used to read a column mailed in by a 'Cathy Buckle' who chronicled the collapse and failure of the Rhodesian economy.  I always wondered how she could live there with $300 apples and whatnot.

I wrote her once, told her "Just leave." Never got an answer.  Haven't seen anything from her for about 6 months now.  They prolly cut off her communications since they were always negative. 

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:39 | 3093379 LFMayor
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yeah, "cut" her communications. With a panga, you mean.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 06:28 | 3094370 Mentaliusanything
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Someone knows the "tools of trade" but an Elephant rifle takes five panga weilding midnights out of the game right smart. puts blood and bone into the soil as well. Bonus!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:38 | 3093372 NumberNone
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In honor of the Christmas season and all the suffering in Africa, a bunch of musical artists have come together to help Africa.  I'm sure that their efforts and awareness creation will end the suffering in Africa if only we all step up and do our part to help.  It's something called Band aid.  I'm sure the problems in Africa will be solved in a matter of months due to the guilt we feel and the flood of money we give to these countries to solve their problems.  Because all problems can be solved with cash.  Do they know its Christmas time at all?  

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:11 | 3093852 bank guy in Brussels
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Can remember the famine in Ethiopia a couple decades back, when a large portion of the 40 million Ethiopians were hungry

World poured in money and aid and food, better farming techiques etc.

Now there are 80 million Ethiopians, population has doubled in no time

And it seems there is famine again ...

Demographers are hesitantly pointing out that the last continent of population boom, is Africa, and in fact most of the next 3 billion people to be added to the current world 7 billion, will come from Africa

From Canadian journalist (Mr) Gwynne Dyer, 'The African Population Disaster':

« ... much tutting and shaking of heads over its prediction that we will be ten billion by the end of the century. But almost nobody will have the temerity to point out that this is almost entirely an African problem ...

« The United Nations Population Fund’s own numbers tell the story. Africa currently has one-seventh of the world’s people: just over one billion. But during the rest of the century, the UN agency predicts, this single continent will add an extra 2.6 billion people, more than tripling in population, while all the rest of the world adds just half a billion. ...

« If it weren’t for the African population boom, the world’s population would never exceed 7.5 billion. »

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 16:37 | 3095150 Kobe Beef
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google 'r-selection, K-selection' and you will know the biological basis for this recurring phenomenon among African-descended populations.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:38 | 3093374 ConfederateH
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"Banks have closed, ATMs have run out of cash and transport services have been paralyzed." It gets worse: "Zimbabwe's unemployment is pegged at around 80 percent with many people in Harare, the capital, eking out a living by selling vegetables and fruits on street corners."

This is what happens when Blacks gain control and chase all the whites out.  It happens with a consistency and a regularity that cannot be refuted.  Johannesburg, Harrare, Detroit, Cleveland, Gary.  The story repeats itself with complete predictability, yet predictably the progressives blame the whites for leaving.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:42 | 3093390 Smuckers
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Corruption is colorless.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:41 | 3093542 LFMayor
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So are mathematics, truth and other hard facts.  They are often BLINDINGLY clear.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:58 | 3093659 Bag Of Meat
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It's not really corruption, more like political survival..
Great book,many answers : "The dictators Handbook" 

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:35 | 3093716 Bad Attitude
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It's called "social justice."

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 16:38 | 3095151 Kobe Beef
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or, The End of Civilization, for short.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:44 | 3093395 Shameful
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True, but we are at the dawning of what should be an interesting phenomenon.  I expect over this century for the Chinese to make real inroads to colonizing Africa.  Will be interesting to see how that dynamic plays out, and see if Africa becomes a prosperous place.  Already some of the Chinese workers are marrying local women, and culturally that makes the offspring Han.  From what I know about Han Chinese views on other people's I kind of have an idea how things will turn out though, wonder if the progressives will scream about one "minority" dominating another "minority"...

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:54 | 3093431 Conax
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The Chinese marrying the African gals?

"Is it in yet, Hu?"

"Ginjaaaah- soko mu pitasan!"

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:12 | 3093482 LFMayor
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ROFL!  man, that reminds me of Dennis Hopper's brief essay on the history of Sicily from the movie "True Romance".

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 00:24 | 3094194 Tijuana Donkey Show
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I therefore dub you a chigger, a new supersub-minority, and award your a protected minority slot in american colleges. I'm still waiting for my millet spring roll...

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 10:46 | 3096051 Orange Pekoe
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Chinese and African make beautiful babies. Hope they keep their foreskins.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:30 | 3093513 LetThemEatRand
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"This is what happens when Blacks gain control and chase all the whites out."

Holy shit -- a "Confederate" guy who makes random observations about the failings of dark skinned people, with the clear point being that they cannot govern themselves because they must be defective and inferior to light skinned people?  Who could have seen it coming?

Does the fact that Hitler was white mean that white people should not rule Germanic countries?  How about Stalin.  The guy was white as a sheet (you know all about that, I'm sure).  Killed a few folks and ruined a country.   Mass murdering whites -- they seem to repeat with complete predictability, yes?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:33 | 3093523's picture

It's government which gives autocrats the ability to commit mass murder even in nations like the US of A. May I suggest that the concept of rule through violence be banned? It's no surprise that the government's policy of "might makes right" leads to the use of violence. Time to leave the jungle and enter into the world of free and voluntary cooperation.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:43 | 3093541 LetThemEatRand
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You crack me up, because you don't see the irony in saying "leave the jungle" to refer to the exact opposite of the common usage of the expression (the jungle doesn't usually have a government).  I also see the humor -- even if you don't --  in your idea that we should collectively "ban" collectivism.  

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 18:42 | 3093809 Anusocracy
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'that we should collectively "ban" collectivism'

Crockett is correct, you are wrong. The jungle may not have a government, but the modes of operation of both are the same: might makes right.

Just allow those who wish to be free from the 'might makes right' paradigm to have no part of it.

You would be free to live in your Zimbabwetopia.

I, for one, would choose freedom.


Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:29 | 3093884's picture


 I also see the humor -- even if you don't --  in your idea that we should collectively "ban" collectivism. 


The joke was intentional on my part. Somehow you missed that and then found your own misinterpretation to be humorous in a snide and snarky way. That is funny!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:23 | 3093696 NoTTD
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You're banned!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:30 | 3093888's picture

They never let me play in any reindeer games.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:36 | 3093534 LFMayor
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well, why don't you move to East St. Louis then?  To be closer to your flock.  You can be their fucking messiah of racial harmonies.  Strike up Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, oh champion of the oppressed colored masses!

Maybe your daughter can date an aspiring rapper, if you can't logistically make the move. 

That would be a real show of good faith, oh Rayciss Martel!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:13 | 3093592 rwe2late
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 Mugabe is no saint,

but his complaints about the roles of the US and the EU in ruining Zimbabwe's economy should not be dismissed lightly.

The US maintained a global freeze on Zimbabwe's credit lines since 2002.

The IMF and the World Bank (as usual) mandated policies to promote an export-oriented (and dependent) economy. That which ruined many local farmers, but favored some large white landowners who favored cash crops which enriched themselves, but did nothing to help most Zimbabweans out of the mess Britain left.



Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:18 | 3093603 LetThemEatRand
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Your view is nuanced, requires more than a child's understanding of how economies work, and does not involve blaming either skin color or an "ism" for the failure of Zimbabwe.   Next thing you know you'll be telling me that Bernanke is a white guy.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:48 | 3093744 FWM
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"blaming either skin color"

If it were only just the hue of skin that made up the difference...

Merry Christmas

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 20:13 | 3093949 Anusocracy
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Yah, like psychopathic brains come in different colors.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:48 | 3093643 dvfco
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Mugabe is their Josef Stalin.  But, you are right.  The US and IMF did our usual F.U. by forcing billions in loans on them, then cutting them off completely.  I do still want to buy a Million Billion Dollar Zimbabwaen bill on E-bay though.  Maybe I'll get one in my stocking.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 04:37 | 3094343 slackrabbit
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Santa Ben is working on it...

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 16:52 | 3093651 foxenburg
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For a start, Britain left no mess. Rhodesia was always self governing, and any residual formalities were dispensed with in 1965 when it announced its unilateral declaration of independence. - the first UK colony to do so since 1776. Many will remember Rhodesia as being the world's largest tobacco exporter. It also supplied everything from beef to corn to the rest of Africa. I am a Rhodesian and never heard of hunger, extreme poverty, etc. Priot to WW2 the blacks were unwilling to send their children to school, preferring them to work in the fields. Post WW2 they all wanted education. How could 50 000 modestly middle class white taxpayers pay for the education and improvement  of a geometrically increasing black population of 5 000 000 in under a generation? The number of much vilified wealthy white famers was tiny. The average white was a civil servant, shopkeeper, railway worker. Enter the USSR and Red China to make mischief. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Zimbabweans got rid of the, laugh though you may, benevolently patronising white farmers, missionaries, administrators etc who had spent their life living cheek by jowl with black Zimbabweans, and have replaced them with Chinese overlords who will have Africans for breakfast. Zimbabweans deserved Mugabe and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to see the funny side of what has happened. 

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:12 | 3093673 optimator
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Thanks to Henry Kissinger and the U.N., Rhodesians were given one man, one vote, one time.  If Ian Smith were around I'd bet they vote him back in - if they could.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:21 | 3093868 rwe2late
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According to you England didn’t leave behind a “mess“ in the European designated land-locked nation of Zimbabwe? ?

Just years of apartheid white “self”-rule. Followed by a declaration of white-ruled independence that you ballyhoo, but fail to mention Britain opposed and led a campaign of global economic sanctions against. Then the years of black insurrection/civil war where Mugabe supposedly earned his creds.

Never heard of poverty or racial animosity in Zimbabwe before Mugabe? Be serious.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 00:35 | 3094201 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"
-- Matthew 7:16

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:27 | 3093703 NoTTD
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Yeah, that's it. Way to apply the tunnel vision goggles.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:28 | 3093883 arby63
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Unfortunately, you can take any country and the entire population of the USA (or Europe) and the Africans would be in FAMINE within 24 months. We would find them sleeping on tractors in the middle of the largest cornfield in Nebraska. Just simple fact.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 11:03 | 3094587 Winston Churchill
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Detroit sums it all up.

Our home grown Zim.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:49 | 3093748 Bawneee Fwank
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"He has had his opportunity. That opportunity has lasted
for a hundred years in a splendid land which he found
ready prepared for him. Yet to-day we find him with a
Government which, save in the single point of force
majeure, has degenerated into a farce ; and as for the
country itself, houses and plantations have disappeared,
and where clearings once were there is now impenetrable
forest. Certainly he has existed through one hundred years
of internecine strife, but he has never for six consecutive
months governed himself in any accepted sense of the word.
Today, and as matters stand, he certainly cannot rule himself."

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:24 | 3093874 bank guy in Brussels
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Zimbabweans in Europe tell me it is not that bad there, actually, tho certainly FUBAR

They tell me people don't really 'starve' too often because the land is so friggin' rich and fertile, edible fruit and food falls from trees ... a very boring menu, but they survive, it is not a desert

Zim exiles say their countryfolk claim to be 'starving' because they don't have meat, and Zimbabweans have essentially killed all the local animals that used to be on the white farms, plus they have killed many of the wild animals, the endangered species, they killed any animal they could either eat, or profit from selling the dead flesh and bones

Re 80 % 'unemployment', I have been seeing that figure for years ... Zimbabweans explain it means most of the economy is essentially 'off the books', subsistence farming and fruit picking and selling

They also say not only is Mugabe corrupt, opposition parties are corrupt too ... kind of like many places

The Chinese are there big-time, they know how to do business in these places

A mess of a country but 'dictator' Mugabe more beats people up, very few Zimbabweans are in prison ... unlike the USA gulag of 2.3 million ...

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 00:45 | 3094213 Buckaroo Banzai
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Huh. OK so you are saying:

-- the land is unbelievably fertile, and yet the people barely eke a subsistence diet from it
-- virtually all animals have been slaughtered and there is no sustainable animal farming
-- the Chinese are actively exploiting the country
-- Mugabe is corrupt, but then again, everyone is corrupt, so therefore it is a sinkhole of corruption
--80% unemployment is a meaningless statistic because despite that fact, people are scratching out a subsistence living

And yet you then say "it's not that bad" and imply the US is worse because we actually have the resources to imprison criminals instead of letting them run free???

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 02:37 | 3095746 e-recep
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it's not a race issue. underdeveloped cultures cannot produce the same results as the developed ones.

geez man, skin color? what are you, 12? nazi? redneck? dimwit?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:39 | 3093380 fuu
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Our central bank puppet has a beard though, that Zimbabwe guy doesn't. We should be fine.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:40 | 3093382 GreatUncle
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Hyperiflation the weapon of choice to deflate debt away "whilst maintaining the wealth at the highest level".

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:44 | 3093394 dwdollar
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Sounds like Zimbabwe needs to take some lessons from Uncle Scam on calculating unemployment.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 01:07 | 3094235 yogibear
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Uncle Scam is the best in the world at cooking the unemployment numbers and inflation stats.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 14:53 | 3093413 AssFire
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I thought the photo might have been taken in Detroit-

then I noticed his Santa pants weren't hanging hanging off his ass with his underwear sticking out.

Kapirima has four wives and 25 children (LOL)

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:42 | 3093545 Freddie
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As nightmarishly bad as Zimbabwe is - this photo looks much nicer than Detroit or Camden, NJ.

The only good thing about Detroit is that it appears to keep shrinking and the trees and wildlife are reclaiming the city.   They need to bring in more wildlife including bears to clean out the feral "humans' out of Detroit.

Just like Chernobyl where the humans fled and the animals, trees, plants reclaimed it.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:00 | 3093451 Snakeeyes
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We ARE Zimbabwe, we just don't know it yet.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:02 | 3093453 q99x2
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Exile Bernanke and friends to Zimbabwe. Send the fat Fkers there too.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:13 | 3093486 _ConanTheLibert...
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It's very hard for me to feel pity for someone who has 25 ??!!! children. Jesus!

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:16 | 3093492 Conax
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Well, to be fair rubbers don't grow on trees.


Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:39 | 3093536 LFMayor
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and they can't watch re-runs of "Good Times" since the goverment didn't keep the power lines up and running.  A fella has to do something to wheedle away all the idle hours.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 19:31 | 3093889 bank guy in Brussels
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Zimbabweans in Europe tell me that in Zimbabwe or 'Zim', there are truckloads of free condoms from international organisations

But men there don't feel 'manly' using them, and there is also a big rumour that the condoms are a plot by the Western countries to give African people AIDS via poisoned condoms

Plus some of the Zimbabwean men 'believe' that they can get cured of AIDS if they have sex with a virgin, most readily obtained via rape

Sad stories from Africans themselves

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:18 | 3093493 Banksters
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In America, the baby boomers will be lucky if they get 40 cents on the dollar after the next financial implosion. Of course, the modus operandi of the bankers is to  steal through inflation.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:26 | 3093514 Winston Churchill
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You sir, exagerate.

0.04 on the dollar.

Which just about matches said devaluation under a hundred years of Fed Res stewardship.

Mean reversion.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:28 | 3093518 yogibear
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Bernanke and the Fed's Moidified Zimbabwe economic plan.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:20 | 3093503 arby63
Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:27 | 3093516 yogibear
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Bubble Bernanke and the Fed loves the idea of devaluing debt just like Zimbabwe.

Bernanke's own kid racked up over $400,000 worth of debt because Benny knows the debt will be paid in worthless US dollars.

That's the Fed's grand plan. To print out of debt.

Bernanke and the fed are buying up US treasury debt with printed money.



Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:33 | 3093530 CelticCanuck
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Four "baby mamas", 25 unfunded offspring that probably don't know their daddy strewn across the land, conjures up visions of festive tidings from any "hood" here in the land of perpetual welfare and unlimited foodstamps.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:51 | 3093556 highandwired
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"Can't they just raise the taxes on the nation's "urban elite?" Problem solved."  I'm not sure if this comment was included as irony or if you actully believe that raising taxes is the answer to this problem?

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