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The Octagon Of Oligarchy: Meet China's "Eight Immortals" - An Infographic

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America may have the Octogenarian (Oracle) of Omaha but China has the Octagon of Oligarchy: an octet of the families that run the world's (still) fastest growing, marginal economy, which by extension likely makes them the eight most powerful families in the world. So powerful, that Bloomberg has just released a series not only mapping out the various linkages and profiling said families but has appropriately dubbed them the "Eight Immortals."  In doing so it has revealed "the origins of princelings, an elite class that has been able to amass wealth and influence, and exploit opportunities unavailable to most Chinese. Bloomberg tracked 103 people – descendants including children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and their respective spouses. The Immortals, now all dead, are revered in communist lore as revolutionary fighters who led China’s economic opening after Mao Zedong’s death.

The identities and business dealings of these families are often cloaked in secrecy because of state censorship and complex corporate webs. To document them, Bloomberg scoured thousands of pages of corporate filings, property records, official websites and archives, and conducted dozens of interviews from China to the United States, where many were educated and have at times made their homes. To read the related stories click here and here.

For those who can not be bothered to read the fascinating in depth series which will likely see Bloomberg blocked in China once again for the next several days, here is the full infographic breakdown:


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Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:45 | 3097889 ACP
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FUCKIN' immortals!

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:32 | 3097991 flacon
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Stupid parasitical immortals. I'm sick of these "larger-than-life" parasites living in their castles built of ponzi paper. 

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 02:28 | 3098284 old naughty
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If you add four more IM-mortals then you get one for each birth sign...

But then you'd have 50% more CON-nections. Ponder that.

In fact, ponder that in kilo or hundred-kilo ranges...

Chinese people are FOURTY-NINed.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 07:55 | 3098472 YuropeanImbecille
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Who is the Jew Alan Lee Knaus ? Would be greatful for any further information regarding this man who pulls the strings and brokers power between these families.


Thu, 12/27/2012 - 10:25 | 3098677 ich1baN
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I'm in China now and I can't even use my VPN anymore because I don't know what is good for me.... I have about a 30% success rate getting onto ZH at work and 0% success rate when using the wifi from home. 

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:46 | 3097891 BattlegroundEur...
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In one of the comments:


Where is the Rothschild/Rockerfeller infographics?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 02:31 | 3098286 old naughty
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Pleeze go back and read it again...

Didn't you see them behind those eight portraits?

Who funded the IN-auguration of the CCP in early 20C ?

Didn't most of those guys got education from abroad?

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:49 | 3097895 FreedomGuy
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My assertion is that leftist societies simply replace the old kings/emperors/czars, dukes, princes, etc. of the old monarchies with the modern equivalents under different names and often called "comrade". There is no real functional difference. The power is near absolute, based on nepotism, power and the favor of the monarch/autocrat. All things in leftist society still run by dictate. 

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:54 | 3097903 YuShun
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Animal Farm

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:50 | 3098028 Long-John-Silver
Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:22 | 3098085 john39
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Most US presidents are related to European 'royal' families... Meet the new boss... Amazing how easy it is to fool people into believing that they choose their leadership.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 02:30 | 3098285 ultraticum
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Which euro famliy is Barry choom hussein soetero Obama from? Is its roots in the brain dead PC mainstream one?

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:12 | 3097951 Anusocracy
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As the alpha-males go rolling along.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:58 | 3098132 Colonel
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+1 And thanks to their useful idiots.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 04:44 | 3098338 lakecity55
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Dictatorshp of the Technocrat

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:52 | 3098523 Colonial Intent
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Breakng news

"socialists are just as corrupt as capitalists"

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:53 | 3097901 q99x2
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Bout the same as the US.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:31 | 3097970 Freddie
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Wow - looks like China's Military-Industrial complex oligarchs.   Funny how Eisenhower warned us about this. 

These evil f***s also own those crappy buffett restaurants in the USA that are frequented by all-you-can eat fat asses.  It is all Red Army.  

They load everything up with filler like guar gum and corn starch plus cat.  These restaurants are also fronts for Chinese gambling, money laundering, human slavery, drug running, loan sharking and illegal immigration.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:50 | 3098118 ronaldawg
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Still looking for that Human Slavery thingy - need some kitchen help for the wife. Just saying..........

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 04:50 | 3098340 merizobeach
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Better yet, just trade in the wife; a Chinese replacement will be younger, thinner, prettier, less arrogant and obnoxious, and more subservient.  You get the wife and slave in one person while at the same time doing away with the fat, stupid, western bitch.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 09:49 | 3098597 exi1ed0ne
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 "younger, thinner, prettier, less arrogant and obnoxious, and more subservient"


For a while anyway:

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:01 | 3097904 akak
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And where are all the descendants of the greatest mass murderer, by far, in human history himself, Mousy Tongue?  I have a hard time believing that they are selflessly toiling on some collective farm or in some anonymous sweatshop, Little Red Book in hand, celebrating the glorious legacy of Mao's Great Leap Forward (into Starvation), and doing homage tohis so-called "Cultural Revolution" which set back the education of the entire Chinese nation by a generation, as well as destroyed a significant fraction of three millenia's worth of the collected cultural treasures of China, all in the name of The Great Helmsman and his collectivistic, sociopathic communist "revolution".

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:04 | 3097927 Jendrzejczyk
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They are selflessly toiling at their computers spreading the evilship of American blobbing up Easter Island style.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:08 | 3097937 akak
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Indeed --- when they are not offuscating, kicking the can, blobbing-up, lambasting middle class kings, monolizing the speeching means, or making somebody laugh.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:14 | 3097953 Jendrzejczyk
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Please never forgetting the great relieving of the people the building of many miles of roadsides has brought. Make me crap my hands joyfurry.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:18 | 3097961 akak
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Ancient Chinese Citizenism proverb:

A journey of a thousand li begins with a single (roadside) crap.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:09 | 3097944 Freddie
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These are the people (Chi Coms) who want to disarm you along with Murdoch, Bloomberg, All of TV, ALL of Hollywood, black racist Jamie Fooxx, the Democrat Party, that **cktard Piers Morgan and assorted other arseholes.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:23 | 3098160 WTFUD
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I don't mind rubbing shoulders with Pinkie Commie Homo Subversive Radicals!
And for sure buddy i swear hand on heart i would not want to take away your gun(s) or anyone elses gun! Infact i don't ever want to meet you; further i am taking out a restraining order that you never come within shooting range of me!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:50 | 3098522 Colonial Intent
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when you find a restraining order preventing him from posting his racist BS and binary thought processes let us know.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:16 | 3097957 Anusocracy
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Hillary is the last surviving relative of Mao Zedong.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:55 | 3098128 nevket240
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Not Al Gores hero, Mao Tse Dung, Stalin. #1 in the mass murder list but because he and Dung are Leftists it was all for the common good.

regards from China. very slow business here in Zhuhai.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:55 | 3097905 DougM
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Chen! Wang! Peng! Deng! Yang!

Chinese immortals or the noise I get when I drop a fork into a utensil drawer ?

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:57 | 3097911 akak
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You forgot Ching, Ping, Dong and Ting.

It's the mattering thing.


Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:32 | 3097990 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Alas, alas, alas quintupled and lessened by two, forever glorious chairmaniacal wisdom expressioned in Book of Small Redness by his Maoliness has givinged the indication of immortalance not the hereditarical necessarily.

Best, Bo Yibo enmeshed in shrinery of immortalance judiciously. His son, Bo Xilai, enmeshed in shamery of Wang Chung incident and not of light heart having dangdang.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:48 | 3098115 Son of Loki
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I remember when all the Yuppies waved Chairman's Little Red Book in the air during the 1960's protests. Now many of these same 'radical' people are working on Wall Street in banks, law firms, etc. as brokers, bankers, lawyers...he he he.


Funny that.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:00 | 3098134 nevket240
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And running the biggest criminal fraud in history. Global warming. All the old Maoist Marxist drug addled Hippie crud from that era are the fathers and mothers of Eco-Facsism, but its all for the common good so its OK to lie.


Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:26 | 3098168 WTFUD
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akak fluck you too fluckflace

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:47 | 3098192 akak
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You are eloquence incarnate.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:46 | 3098515 Colonial Intent
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You are allowed to say fuck On ZH, we are all adults.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:57 | 3097907 ball-and-chain
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What a joke.

My true fear?

China is being lauded by great capitalists like Peter Schiff and Marc Faber as a model to follow.

Fascism good.  Fair wages bad.

I ain't buying the bullshit.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:57 | 3097908 moskov
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they are not Jews. So they are not as evil as United States' elites

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:53 | 3098122 ronaldawg
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You longgggg!

Chinese are the asian equivalent to Joos!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:59 | 3098205 WTFUD
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ronaldawg is that the english national flag? sooner we jocks get independence from fruitcakes like you the better! if it's not the st georges toilet rag then i apologise!

Is there a significant diffetence between the 99% Jewish and the 99% English or Argentinians?

You and a number of " brighter pods" on Z/H are responsible for grouping and thereby disenfranchising the very people who could make a difference to the way forward! Not being Jewish myself i am guessing that 99% of them ( ok maybe 98%) feel like they are being double shafted ( lose/lose).

Also brighter pods on here talk Banksters when the noun should read Facilitators. Someones gotta do it until another medium is invented! Infact i think it would be brave of a CEO to put himself upfront close scrutiny for anything less than $100 million a year, a piss in the ocean in the grand scheme of things. Hand on heart i would be lying if i would turn down say a non- exec directorship tomorrow with a TBTF.

Grouping Trap MSM! Get rid of the NF old nazi toilet paper and scour the net for an education and put something bar prejudice on the table!

Still as an active passive unless provoked manic psycotic i wish you and yours a happy new year.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 01:21 | 3098220 Freddie
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Well the only "people" who do not like Saint George's Cross are islamics or Argies.  Which one are you? 

Someone who bows to that corrupt POS Senora Kirschner?  Or someone who bows to Mecca and our dear mullah?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:45 | 3098513 Colonial Intent
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Freddie, turn off fox news, its turning your brain to mush.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 03:30 | 3098315 Joe A
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Went to Israel this year. Based on all the 'it's all the Jews fault anyway' rethoric on various sites, expected every Jew in Israel to be a billionaire. Guess what, most Israelies have a hard time making ends meet. Are there Rothschilds etc.? Yes there are and perhaps disproportionally more Jews are billionaires than 'gentiles' but the average Jew is like the average non-Jew although a lot of Jew hating people would disagree with me because nothing works better to feel superior than having someone to blame for all the problems in the world.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 03:09 | 3098300 AgAu_man
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A former colleague of mine, who is a non-practicing and atheistic Joo (Joo by birth and upbringing), and married to a Korean, insisted that "the KOREANS are the Joos of Asia." When I did not comment, or take the potential bait, but simply asked him what he meant by that, he listed a short list of attributes and values that make them rise to success in any culture in history, and that they pass these on to their children, to help them get to the top of the foodchain.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:48 | 3098422 Kiwi Pete
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Does your former colleague really think that people object to Jews because they are successful?

For Koreans to be regarded as 'The Jews of Asia' they would need to steal someone elses country then persecute them relentlessly.

They would have to be so arrogant that all their neighbours hate them for their disgraceful treatment of those former land owners so that they need to build a wall around themselves to keep them out.

They would need to rely on the UN to legitimise the creation of their state then turn around and say that they don't give a shit what the UN says about sharing that state equitably with the original owners.

They would need to develope their own nuclear deterant then cry when their neighbours looked like they might want one to even things up.

They would need to create a state that practices apartheid in the same way as the glorious South Africans against those original owners.

They would need to totally infiltrate their best ally and spy on them while sucking them dry for cash and weaapons and then sucker them in to fight their wars for them against the same neighbours they can't get along with.

Then they could consider themselves 'The Jews of Asia'.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:27 | 3098872 viahj
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you're confusing Jews and Zionists.  sharpen your mental edge.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 21:59 | 3097914 fonzannoon
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"This place is restricted Wang so don't tell them you are jewish!"

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:02 | 3097921 newengland
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Central banks of the world rejoice! The geriatric money grabbers and their progeny East and West  seek a New World Order, and they will slaughter each other to get it...using other people's labour, soldiering and money.

There is only thing admired by these people and their political pets: money.

Prepare to defend the Republic.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:01 | 3097922 ReptilianSlaveMaster
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I'm tired of hearing how China is sucha great country even when in the peak of their power in 2008 they stil cannot have a trade surplus. When this blows over, China will breakdown before Europe or the US even get the chance. The US won't need to default when the Chinese govt. doesnt even exist to collect the check, next stop Africa!

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:08 | 3097938 newengland
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True. China is the world's oldest continuous civilisation as a result of the people's intelligence and will to survive, despite their political masters who have proven to be assinine.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:54 | 3098125 ronaldawg
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"world's oldest continuous slave state..."



Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:59 | 3098133 jonjon831983
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Please define "oldest continuous civilization"?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 05:39 | 3098356 helping_friendl...
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Ever been to China?

If not stfu.

You don't know what you are talking about.

China is planning to defend their territorial waters against Japanese, and everyone elses, encroachment.

CCTV is showing war planning talking heads.

The Chinese are dumping US Treasuries as fast as they can. They have liqudated 500 billion this year.

I am here now and amazed ZH is not blocked????? Every other site I visit in the states is blocked??

I can't even get to a hotmail account.

We did have lunch in an alley, six dishes, four beers and Chinese liquor  for about ten bucks. Right near the temple. 

China is a great country. I went to the earthquake zone yesterday and they have rebuilt EVERYTHING. Even the foriegn aluminum plant, tunnels and a whole new town. All with donated money. A very resilient people.

New subway rocks, new highspeed rail rocks! What has your Congress done for you lately?


Thu, 12/27/2012 - 05:43 | 3098364 akak
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Is Communist China (not to be confused with the Republic of China, on Taiwan) also planning on defending 'their' absurd territorial claims in the South China Sea, in areas that patently have NO connection or proximity to China whatsoever?  What next, claims on islands in the Indian Ocean?  Such claims would be no less ridiculous nor less egregiously blobbing-up.

PS: After your lunch of six crispy Szechuan puppies and four bear gall bladders, did you take a dump on the side of the nearest road like a good Chinese shitizen?  It is the patriotic thing to do, you know, plus cleaning it up makes work for all the displaced Tibetans who would otherwise starve after being evicted from their homeland.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 07:13 | 3098429 helping_friendl...
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Yes it appears they will be exercising their soveriegnty over their domain. The Chinese will be asserting their own Monroe, like, doctrine over the South China Sea as well as sending flotillas to the Persian Gulf. Taiwan just had an election and the new leader is pro China and Tiawan will remain, like Tibet, a Chinese province. You mention misplaced Tibetians yet make no mention of the American Indians who have had 99.999% of their land stolen? When is the US Gov't going to return the American Indians land? I am sure the American Indians haven't forgoten Wounded Knee or the trail of tears.

I had better Sichuan food in an alley than I will every get any resaurant in the US.

We had stirfried:

bitter melon

shreded pork with jalepino peppers

liver and kidneys with vegetables

smoked pork belly w/ peppers

seasoned eggplant

chinese lettece w/ wood ear and two other dishes I can't remember the name.

I pooped before I left and contrary to what you might have heard I haven't seen anyone defecating or urinating "on the side of the road."

You, obviously, don't know what you are missing.

Oh, we went to see the Earthquake epicenter yesterday and it seems they have rebuilt everything including the hydro electric plant, road way tunnels through the mountain, housing , the aluminum smelting facility owned by a western company, The electrical grid which supppies much of the region.

What has congress done for you lately, other than steal and ruin your birthright?

You hypocrisy is amusing.




Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:44 | 3099481 akak
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China is simply a third-world country with first-world cities.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 20:41 | 3100329 helping_friendl...
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The best part is no Jews!

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:05 | 3097930 Freddie
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Bring back the Mafia crime families.  They had a lot more honor.  And no I am not romanticizing the Mafia like Scorsese or Coppolla.  It is just the Chinese oligarchs and the Euro/American Roths/Rock/Morgan/Lazard oligarchs are the worst scum of the earth.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:09 | 3097941 JLee2027
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Bunch of old men, just the Soviets had in the 80's.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:30 | 3097985 q99x2
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Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital. --apparently a mortal.

Somehow Kerry's family goes back to Forbes.

Obama is tied back through his mother's side to someone maybe Bush. I can't remember.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:57 | 3098131 ronaldawg
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Fuck Bush - he started our downfall by breaking his "Read my lips, no new taxes" pledge.  Clinton would probably not have been elected - the republican house would have balanced the budget in the mid-90's.   We could have been great.

We get Obumbo and bankruptcy instead.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 04:36 | 3098335 lakecity55
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The Octagon vs The Pentagon!

...or is it Pentagram?

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 23:46 | 3098111 Son of Loki
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If China does not reign in their corruption, they will have a very rocky future. Even their new leader says this. How will they handle it? Will the laundered money keep flowing into Canada? Hong Kong? NYC?


I wish them luck.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:16 | 3098150 williambanzai7
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Why isn't Rothschild in the chart?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 04:35 | 3098333 lakecity55
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How do you know he isn't?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 00:25 | 3098167 AgShaman
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Fascism is organic growth....

Like after a forest has been scorched black

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 01:11 | 3098213 q99x2
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The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year.

The US is also to see more troops on the streets as the NWO banksters position themselves for the take over of the entire world.

Bunker Time Dudes.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 01:25 | 3098226 q99x2
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the US is expected to have all but surrounded China, its number one economic rival, with fleets of the most advanced stealth warplanes in the world.

F'kers are really setting us up to be attacked big time.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 03:18 | 3098304 AgAu_man
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How's that song go? "North to Alaska..." No, wait, that's where they'll be crossing over via Russia. But, don't worry, Sarah Palin will warn us, as she can see Russia from her house. ;-),

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 03:33 | 3098317 IamtheREALmario
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If you think about it, the US is the most hated corporation in the world thanks to our bankers and politicians. As history has always been written for us, the despised bully is always defeated by the combined forces of the world's other countries/corporations. The turmoil and recovery are used to consolidate power. Also as shown in the past, fiat money is meaningless, except to those who create it as a means of enslaving others. All money is fiat money, even gold.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 04:26 | 3098332 lakecity55
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looks like chicoms read the art of war.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 03:28 | 3098313 IamtheREALmario
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Can't say I am much into graven idols.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 05:08 | 3098346 pies_lancuchowy
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'Immortals'  (...) 'All of them are dead now' . What ?

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 05:15 | 3098350 helping_friendl...
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****which will likely see Bloomberg blocked in China once again for the next several days****

I've been in China since 12.22 and haven't been able to get Bloomberg, and a lot of other sites here,

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:15 | 3098397 JOYFUL
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Express VPN is your friend...China side...

I signed up for a month subscription, and found YouTube and the like once again accessible...subject to rapid interdiction by the 'authorities' of course, in a game which Express support described and mouse.

State might wanna guess what role the phony pharoah and his crew of dual citiizened henchmen have lined up for the punters in their 'second mandate'...[hint - does not start with "c"]


Thu, 12/27/2012 - 07:34 | 3098454 negative rates
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Hey there it's me! The Texaco man, the second most trusted person, behind none other than Walter Cronkite.  

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 07:46 | 3098456 helping_friendl...
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I know it is "game over" state side. The Jewmericans have worked their ancient craft to full effect and the American public obviously doesn't give a hoot. I am tired of yelling "the sky is falling".  I wish all the gun bugs would start shooting legitimate targets, stay away from schools and start shooting the people who truely deserve it. I public has been so dumbed down by our education system I don't have much hope. I am thankful for my shitty civil servant job, my student loan payment sarc/, and spend my money on plane tickets to get the heck out of the US as often as possible.

I think US foriegn policy, over the last ten years, has seriously depleted our resources and I don't think the Pentagon has it in them to launch another war of agression. Last time I checked we are broke.

Wait until the Bernanke runs away in January and we will see if QEternity will continue. Austerity will cause the mother of all depressions and make the 1930's look like a picnic.

If they start another war and find people stupid.....I mean patriotic enough to buy into it I won't be suprised but, my depression will deepen.

I'll be back to the states and back to my cube on the 7th and will start planning my next escape.

Oh yeah. Fuck Christmas. I don't miss it at all. I'll be here for the New Year so I get to miss out on dui amatuer hour and all the cool checkpoints. I'll really miss that.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:49 | 3098521 negative rates
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The sky is growing chicken little, GROWING, like a flower, chicken little. The sky is growing. 

But we are still in the river denile with global warming!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 05:57 | 3098385 JOYFUL
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This piece is much more interesting for what it leaves out, than what it includes...

as with all Bloombergery, it is remorselessly derivative, factually challenged, opportunistic, and slanted towards an unstated agenda...

it therefore reads, to the more initiated, like a third-rate Chinese opera. The "Eight Immortals, " of course, were Ming Dynasty deity types, most famously encountered on their way to the Conference of the Magical Peach. The transposition into the modern Party equivalents is a shameless rip off which goes unattributed, like all Bloombergs' "journalism"...

the inclusion of Son is controversial, to say the least...a more trenchant case would be made of the eighth as being descended from the sorely missing Chou En Lai...his wife, Deng Yingchao, is more properly accorded the place of the '8th' some accounts.

Chou and his wife did not have any children of their own, but adopted the orphaned children of other party luminaries. Most famously, Li Peng, who advocated harsh measures against the Tiananmen  protestors, contrary to Deng, and would fall from grace because of it.  But he was Premier for 11 years, and second only to Jiang Zemin till 2002, directly involved, therefore, in the most vibrant phase of China's period of explosive growth ...there is no doubt that his image will, like Dengs', eventually experience resusitation, and his proteges prosper with it.

Chou's wife, by the by, Chairwoman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference from 83 to 88, was born near Nanning, and was largely responsible for the abolition of foot binding in China. My very first day in China involved a very pleasant interlude in Nanning, spent in the company of  two young Sichuan women  who, in answering my many questions about the incredible 'modernity' of the country I was viewing for the first time, agreed with me that Deng had been instrumental in bringing China back from the disaster of Mao; but when I raised the subject of Chou, I could literally feel the wave of emotion that floated in the room... 

Chou was as smooth and polished as any Ming Dynasty scribe himself...truly a throwback to another time...though orthodox "communist," on the surface, his sincere desire for the welfare of his people, and canny merchant sensibilities* counterbalanced, to some degree, Mao's insane demagogery, and provided the route by which Deng et al could gradually right the ship of state...his legacy is, through his political heirs, largely unclouded by the corruption of the party princelings, and awaits a time in the future to fully unveil the meanwhile, I suspect that Deng Yingchao's legacy has unveiled itself millions-fold, in the burgeoning billions of China's feminine gender, who I found to be smart, sexy, and self-possessed, to a degree now totally absent from the hollowed out simulacra of womenfolk that the West is left with, after nearly a century of Fabian Society\Frankfurt School\Tavistock style 'deconstruction' of the feminine gender.

*Vladimir Myasnikov, a leading Soviet China analyst, recounts that Chou once told the Soviet leaders that, "While you build metallurgical facilities and electric power plants in places like India, we will conquer the world with towels and enamel kitchenware." Never was a more accurate prediction uttered!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:09 | 3098395 NuYawkFrankie
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Too many Peng, Deng, Wing Wang, Wongs..

Where Rroyd Brankrine? I no undstand...

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:23 | 3098409 JOYFUL
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Don't worry yourself...

your kids will get it!

Or not. In which case, they can probably look forward to a life of hauling visiting China tourists around Central Park in a modified(for Labor Dept concerns*) version of a two wheeled cooly contraption that will provide just the right touch of romanticism, once the inevitable banning of perfectly safe horse carriage operators occurs in the land of political correctness and competitive labor costing initiatives.

*note- renumerative package will not such barbaric relics as medical coverage in case of hernia, nor pension...indexed or otherwise!

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:52 | 3098475 NuYawkFrankie
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Yes - for as Confucius say:

"Better to pull rickshaw, than to pull dlick sore..."

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:06 | 3098791 toomanyfakecons...
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China has around 40 automobiles per 1,000 persons. It will always be a backwater.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 15:10 | 3099546 indio007
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Which one is Raiden?

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