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Watch As Ben Bernanke Answers Your Twitter Questions Live

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Today at 4pm Eastern, Ben Bernanke, at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, will take live questions from Twitter for the first time as part of the Fed's new policy of openness. Of course, the policy won't be so open for him to answer if banks are actually using reserves as prop trading funding (as was the case with JP Morgan, and any other bank which realizes that when it comes to fungible cash, money is just 1s and 0s in a server somewhere). However, the filter may slip and at least one or two good questions may slip through. So please take this opportunity to submit any pressing questions you may have on the Fed's policy to pump the market to new stratospheric highs courtesy of $85 billion (for now) in monthly reserve injections into the Primary Dealers, by using the #fordschoolbernanke tag to your questions. For convenience, we have appended a twitter module below that captures all tweets with that querry.

Watch Bernanke live below):

From the Ford School:

Join the conversation on Twitter: #fordschoolbernanke


About the event:


Please join us as Chairman Bernanke visits the University of Michigan for a conversation with Ford School Dean Susan M. Collins on monetary policy, recovery from the global financial crisis, and long-term challenges facing the U.S. economy.


Chairman Bernanke will also take questions from the audience and from Twitter.

The twitter tape with #fordschoolbernanke:

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:22 | 3151898 markovchainey
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Hey Benny, if I punch you in the face can we call it a hedonically adjusted hug?  If I spit on you can we call it hedonically adjusted rain?



Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:24 | 3151900 fuu
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Fuck you and the beard you rode in on Bernanke.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:25 | 3151904 greased up deaf guy
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how many central bankers does it take to fornicate a country into oblivion?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:29 | 3151906 hedgeless_horseman
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How long until the Fed lowers the reserve ratio to 1% for US banks, just like the ECB did?

Are reserves even necessary, now that your cock is balls deep into every bank?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:31 | 3151925 walküre
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Why give him the time of day? He is a pathological liar. Just like the rest of his scummy ilk. He will never respond truthfully nor factually. That is what a pathological liar does. If we could only fast forward 10 or so years because that is about the time we can dance on the man's grave and get away with it too.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:37 | 3151939 TruthInSunshine
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Does the Federal Reserve Fractional Fiat Bank monetize the deficit/debt, and does a bear shit in the woods?

Can I borrow some fiat at the fed window like JPM and all the other cool kids?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:16 | 3152087 The Juggernaut
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Ben, what are your thoughts on the Monetary cliff, ya bastid?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:06 | 3152254 fuu
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Three cheers for redpill.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:08 | 3152259 Orly
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Hip, hip...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:16 | 3152292 James_Cole
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Ben is right, the twitter does mostly suck.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:56 | 3152428 Enslavethechild...
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Hey Ben can you blow me...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:18 | 3152732 economics9698
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Reading these fine questions gives me a real sense of pride.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:17 | 3152294 fuu
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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:22 | 3152491 Orly
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You and I don't normally get along but at least you have a finer sense of decorum.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:44 | 3152388 JonNadler
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always fun to reread

30 Ben Bernanke Quotes That Are So Stupid That You Won’t Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:44 | 3152389 JonNadler
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always fun to reread

30 Ben Bernanke Quotes That Are So Stupid That You Won’t Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:26 | 3152499 Orly
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Why would you steal someone's avatar?

Should I laugh or cry, hypocrite?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:55 | 3152564 goldfreak
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he's said that?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:58 | 3152574 JonNadler
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jonny, jonny, it's just your old arrogant self isn't it?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:37 | 3151941 hedgeless_horseman
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Tyler asked...

What are Kevin Henry's 2013 vacation days?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:40 | 3151963 walküre
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Matt Cocci - you're a fucking LOOSER

Ugh, half the tweets under are crazies talking about gold and insinuating criminal misdeeds by Bernanke. Make it stop.

Some elite kid getting annoyed at the truth which is obviously cramping his lifestyle.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:48 | 3151987 TruthInSunshine
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  • Mr. Bernanke, what is the historical normal rate of interest in the United States?
  • Mr. Bernanke, do you believe a low interest rate implemented for any significant period of time creates speculation, asset class bubbles, malinvestment, and other market disequilbriums? If no, why? If yes, could you please elaborate as to how this 'plays out?'
  • Mr. Bernanke, do you believe that the low interest rate policy implement by The Federal Reserve since 2008 has caused or contributed to, in whole or part, speculation, asset class bubbles, malinvestment, and other market disequilbriums? If no, why? If yes, could you please elaborate as to how this manifested itself?
  • Mr. Bernanke, is there any risk that the types of assets now held on the balance sheet of The Federal Reserve could fall in value in any significant way that would cause the Federal Reserve to either have to borrow money, raise more capital in another manner, require U.S. taxpayer assistance, or not be able to otherwise meet its financial obligations?
  • Mr. Bernanke, you had previously told Congress that the Federal Reserve would "not monetize the federal deficit," yet The Federal Reserve has been and is still buying 50 billion worth of treasury notes per month, which constitutes 60% of all treasury note issuances. How is this "not monetizing at least 60% of U.S. government deficit spending?"
  • Mr. Bernanke, you had said that The Federal Reserve was printing money back in 2009 in several interviews, including one on '60 Minutes.' However you now say that The Federal Reserve "is not printing money," and in fact, you said that in another '60 Minutes' interview this year. I have brought those two interviews with me and can play them for you and everyone here if you'd like to see them; it won't take more than a minute or so to watch the relevant parts of your statements then and now. How do you reconcile these two contradictory statements?
  • Mr. Bernanke, you and other members of The Federal Reserve have stated that your policy of Quantitative Easing has contributed significantly to global inflation, including inflation in commodities, such as those related to energy and food. Many notable economists, such as Jim Grant and Laurence Kotlikoff, disagree with that assessment, and in fact, they claim there is data available which shows a direct and highly proportional relationship between Quantitative Easing and a rise in commodity, food and energy prices. Are you correct and are they wrong? If so, what data can you provide that supports your position?
  • Mr. Bernanke, The Federal Reserve has supported policies that allow banks to essentially pay savers little to no interest, and interest that is far less than even The Federal Reserve's own official rate of inflation. Does this policy punish savers and the fiscally responsible American Savers, does it subsidize large financial institutions, including what many have deemed 'Too Big To Fail Banks,' and is this a healthy policy to maintain in lieu of America's large deficits and large national debt? As a follow up, shouldn't prudent monetary policy essentially do the opposite of this policy, by encouraging and rewarding savings, and discouraging and penalizing speculation?
  • Mr. Bernanke, does or has the Federal Reserve ever directly or indirectly purchased equities, equity futures or options on equities - or any other intruments bearing on or related to equities? If so, which broker-dealer has the Federal Reserve used to purchase such equities, equity futures or equity-related instruments?
  • Mr. Bernanke, has The Federal Reserve ever intervened in dealing between The Treasury Department and market participants, including but not limited to negotiations between The Treasury Department and AIG and its counter-parties, and has The Federal Reserve advised The Treasury Department as to what course of action to take with respect to the rate or amount of monies counter-parties to AIG or any other financial actor would or should receive via taxpayer-backed 'bailouts?'
  • Mr. Bernanke, does The Federal Reserve have the intent to preserve the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency now and in the future? If yes, what measures are you taking and will you take to see this polocy objective achieved? If your answer is no, please elaborate on what the intent is?
  • Mr. Bernanke, does The Federal Reserve have the intent to strengthen the U.S. dollar? If yes, what measures are you taking and will you take to see this polocy objective achieved? If your answer is no, please elaborate on what the intent is?
  • Mr. Bernanke, should any financial institution or bank be allowed to get to a position where it alone or in conjuction with other entities represents a systemic threat to the U.S. or global financial system? Are there any such entities that exist today? If so, can you name them? If you can't name them, why can't you name them? If your answer is no, what did you do and what are you doing now to ensure that no such entities exist?
  • Mr. Bernanke, did you ever smoke hash or drop acid & "trip" with Paul Krugman and talk about hostile extraterrestrial invasions of earth & how such events may shape monetary policy?
  • Mr. Bernanke, is pathological lying more "nurture" or "nature?"
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:52 | 3152012 walküre
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Neither the Fed nor its representatives are legitimate. Their powers are illegitimate and their money as well as our debts are odious.

Time for revolution is here.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:57 | 3152024 traderjoe
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Here, here!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:08 | 3152262 LawsofPhysics
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Here, here!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:09 | 3152057 lunaticfringe
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My only regret, end the fed, is that I can only hit the up arrow once.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:10 | 3153194 newdoobie
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Me too, so I gave you an up arrow.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:29 | 3152127 tiger
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Nice buncho questions. I'd like him answer the international reserve one but whatahela.

Obviously da revolutions are coming and they know it and have a ticket to the moon.

Free usa, free europe and free energy. Thus, must leave these dumbasses whereever as long as they do not mess with any single human (and animal) being anymore.

From France, with you lads.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:37 | 3152162 TruthInSunshine
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Vive la France. Vive la libertad.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:35 | 3151943 Snakeeyes
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Ben: tell us HOW we fix this horrible spending/debt addiction? And don't say that Congress has to do it. THEY WON'T, so stop enabling them!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:38 | 3151958 ParkAveFlasher
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When hitting "ctrl-P", do you use "pinky-middle finger" or do you two-hand it?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:32 | 3152049 TruthInSunshine
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How many quantitative easings does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

By what specific metrics does a central planner...I mean banker...draw the line between a "virtuous" & "non-virtuous" circle?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:44 | 3152193 DaddyO
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When hitting "ctrl-P", do you use "pinky-middle finger" or do you two-hand it?

Bernanke replied, "Neither, I use the reach around!"


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:51 | 3152008 unrulian
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can you print stool legs? if you can, can you print them faster than i can kick them off?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:33 | 3151930 vast-dom
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don't waste your time sheeple! not a single real question will slip through and not a single open honest answer will be given. and i'm obviously wasting my time writing this up in the fucktardo-hedge.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:38 | 3151956 I think I need ...
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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:41 | 3152180 Sancho Ponzi
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I liked this question:

Jim Grant ‏@GrantsPub

Could you help me understand the difference between central banking and central planning? #fordschoolbernanke

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:36 | 3151986 salvadordaly
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a tweet by Hap @hap317

When do I JBTFD?

Cupid's Cannon @DepletedO2

- are you a fan of @williambanzai7 work?

red pill @__redpill__

Why do you hate savers?

afraid and impotent @r0yce1

Do you disagree America would be in less trouble if you simply implemented policies you read in Zero Hedge?

 LOVE IT!!!! Well Ben?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:38 | 3151960 lolmao500
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Maybe you can buy a CDS on that!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:39 | 3151965 azzhatter
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Dear Ben,  How much ink do you have left?


Thanks, Barry "Choom" Soetero

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:06 | 3152046 El Oregonian
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An empty chair? I thought this was going  to be the Bernank instead we get Obozo???

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:20 | 3152099 Deathrips
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I was gonna ask how he sits down with that puppeteer hand so far up his ass.

He doenst like personal questions.



Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:15 | 3152601 yogibear
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You could charge $2,000/punch and you would be a rich man. All that would be left is Bernanke's beard by that time.

I know a lot of old ladys with guns that would like to have the federal reserve banksters as target practice.  Hmmm, I wonder why?

I'm surprise people are so civil with him. About the only person that was frank with this liar was Ron Paul.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:23 | 3151899 Almost Solvent
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This should get interesting quickly

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:24 | 3151902 Seasmoke
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America or Israel ??

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:26 | 3151907 adr
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If a Jew eats coal does he crap diamonds?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:27 | 3151912 SheepDog-One
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No, but copper wire WAS invented by 2 Jews fighting over a penny.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:30 | 3151921 negative rates
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No, but the coal is still under pressure.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:27 | 3151909 SheepDog-One
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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:27 | 3151910 Pig Brotha
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Dear bearded clam, will you eat a bullet on live TV?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:27 | 3151911 AccreditedEYE
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Each and every dip, little and large get bought up like magic. 200% all in on Red... Ben's casino allows no losers and you can keep taking the house, over and over... like it's the village whore.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:30 | 3151913 Global Hunter
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I was scrolling through the tweets, Laura Meyer's "I am going to see national treaure Ben Bernanke" stood out for me though as particularly stupid and braindead. 

edit: top tweets are Jim Grant and ZH poster Limerick King...I feel better now

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:12 | 3152064 NotApplicable
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Fake Blythe and Money McBags have also made appearances.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:21 | 3152103 Global Hunter
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red pill too!   Good see 98% of the questions are from people who "get it".  I am not familiar with tweet or facebook much, but I have noticed the students put pictures of themselves as their avatars to accompany their tweets, this younger generation is seriously fucked.

I made up with most of these comments I have to say, pleasantly surprised.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:28 | 3151914 CrimsonAvenger
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Ha - I thought that was the top of his head, but it's just an empty leather chair.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:56 | 3152017 wee-weed up
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Hell, I thought it was the top of his fat ass - and that he was mooning us!

Oh wait... he does that to us anyway!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:29 | 3151915 Say What Again
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Right now the image is one of an empty chair. 

I wish it could stay that way for a long time - a very long time.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:28 | 3151916 fonzannoon
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"are u an american eagle type of guy or do u recommend kruggerands'



Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:29 | 3151918 Arkadaba
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LOL - some of the questions are great!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:35 | 3151938 Global Hunter
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Its good to see so many people not buying into his lies, The questions may dictate the first and last twitter Q&A by the Fed. Hope this goes down a pr failure for the fed.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:13 | 3152068 NotApplicable
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Don't worry, the Twit will be fixed. Bet on it.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:36 | 3151940 oddjob
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Ask him if he feels at all effeminated as a grown man using twitter.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:36 | 3151946 walküre
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Since the @federalreserve is monetizing virtually the entire #US budget deficit, why are citizens taxed AT ALL?!? #fordschoolbernanke #Fed


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:56 | 3152990 mercy
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"Taxes are...a tradition"

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:30 | 3151920 silverserfer
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Who does NO. 2 work for!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:32 | 3151928 DrDinkus
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anybody else realize his middle name is legit 'shalom'? the big dove, swooping in to rescue the PD's from Dec's 10 yr auction...count it

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:14 | 3152076 NotApplicable
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Yes, but apparently it's a fact only noted by anti-Semites.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:33 | 3151935 All Out Of Bubblegum
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Q: How many bankers does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Two. One to undermine the government and the other one to rape and murder children.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:34 | 3151937 SheepDog-One
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I'm LMFAO at these questions they're all great! 'Bernank, what's your exit strategy, or are you depending solely upon prayer? What happens when the market finally realizes your policies are all total failures"?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:52 | 3152212 Al Huxley
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Same here, some of those questions are fucking hilarious.  Good to see.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:35 | 3151944 dynomutt
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Didn't Glasnost end in financial collapse for the USSR?


The history, it is rhyming.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:36 | 3151947 DrDinkus
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sort of like dealing with grief, the ludicrousness of public policy/bernanke/current state of the union just hit me like a tidal wave

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:37 | 3151951 lolmao500
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Is your asshole ready for life in prison with Bubba?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:40 | 3151974 azzhatter
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#lolmao500- thanks for your question. I've been practicing with Steve Liesman. 


Xoxo, Ben

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:39 | 3151966 lolmao500
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Ben, how do you feel about starving millions of kids through inflation created by your QE policies?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:42 | 3151981 azzhatter
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#lolmao500- Thanks again. The children here at Princeton are doing quite well. Same in my DC neighborhood. Not sure who is starving.


Thanks again, Benny

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:39 | 3151968 SheepDog-One
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'What wars do your shareholders plan to monetize in 2013?'

MAN some of these questions have to be making the Chairsatan bright red!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:39 | 3151970 gasandoil
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Wise man once said as long as you see the face of Bernanke and Obama in the press or twitter, it is good time to invest in hard assets. Read more about major capital projects at that are shaping the future of North America energy markets.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:41 | 3151977 ParkAveFlasher
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red pill @__redpill__

What's your favorite Mad Max movie?


  1. NoMaas @nomaas

    If I convinced you that I was an insolvent bank, would you send me free money too?

     Clark @rtclark

  2. Do you have any qualms with ZIRP forcing Granny to invest in junk bonds to earn a decent yield?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:45 | 3151996 SheepDog-One
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RedPill- 'How is it fair to 'help homeowners' by bailing out your banking buddies'?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:59 | 3152014 NoDebt
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Agreed, RedPill is on a tear.  Not a single clunker in the bunch I've read so far.  I like "will you ever be able to raise interest rates again given the country's debt load."  That's one I'd love to hear the answer to.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:16 | 3152086 Joe Davola
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Dr. Engali (kudos) gets in there with a helicopter question, unfortunately the type Engali's gonna get will likely be painted black.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:21 | 3152102 Joe Davola
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Varones with a pull out question - LOL.

Wonder how many commenters will be MIA after this.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:41 | 3151979 dcb
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how did you get to be such a douche bag sociopath tool of the banking extablishment?

Being the greatest scholar of the great depression, why did you ignore leverage and the laibility side of the balance sheet?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:42 | 3151982 ParkAveFlasher
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My question would be, if I had $1, and lent that at interest, how many dollars would I expect in return?  What if I issued all dollars in the first place?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:26 | 3152322 Angus McHugepenis
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My answer would be, "I don't want your worthless paper".

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:43 | 3151985 The Gooch
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+100 Tylers! Fuck you BenKevin!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:44 | 3151988 Kaiser Sousa
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"hey Ben, eat shit and die...oh, my bad that wasnt a question..."

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:45 | 3151989 azzhatter
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Dear Ben, Do you douche before or after LIESman gives you a good shag? Considering he's a douche himself, I'll accept the answer of during.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:45 | 3151993 Falconsixone
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I challenged you to a duel 3-1/2 years ago and have not heard from you Ben Bernanke.


You are a coward and a thief.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:47 | 3151999 debtor of last ...
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#QE4EVA Wake me up when paper metals are trading $2,50 under spot


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:48 | 3152000 SheepDog-One
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If Ben is reading these questions and was in any state of suspended disbelief that the peope are fooled, he now just got a huge wakeup call!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:49 | 3152004 CharliePrince
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Ben  i would like to become a banker so that laws will not apply to me

any suggestions

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:51 | 3152009 q99x2
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How are you going to hide in a global world after the collapse M'Fer?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:53 | 3152010 Say What Again
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Hey Ben,

Are you watching the market?

ES is gonna tank into the close.

What are you gonna do about it?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:55 | 3152015 SheepDog-One
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Dear #FUKUBERNANK... ES is falling, where are you going to step in and stick save it? I know such info is normaly privy only to your banker buddies and politicians in D.C. but can't ya throw a mahfahka a bone just once?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:54 | 3152016 Say What Again
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Come on Benny

Are you gonna Bang the Close?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:02 | 3152036 Captain Benny
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No, I bang them hoes....

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:57 | 3152020 Say What Again
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Remember that chart of DELL from earlier today?

That's how I'm starting to feel now as ES & RUT get sold off!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:56 | 3152021 IridiumRebel
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I believe this will be the last twitter fueled conference allowed for Mr. Bernanke. I am pleased to see so many sentient people. It gives me hope.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:57 | 3152022 The_Dude
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Please...someone ask since there is no way I am signing up for an account...


Whose moral compass was used to decide its OK to steal from savers w/ ZIRP + inflation to save your banks? #fordschoolbernanke

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:32 | 3152143 OldPhart
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I don't twitter either...someone ask:

"Why shouldn't we hang you as you try to leave this room?"

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:05 | 3152252 Angus McHugepenis
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Don't phart around with "Twitter". Use the SEC's secure porn site "Twatter".

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:57 | 3152025 SheepDog-One
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Ladies and gentlemen the Chairsatan will be arriving in a few minutes he's got to bang the close first.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:49 | 3152034 CaptainSpaulding
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While i was waiting, I clicked on the Advanced auto parts ad. Thanks ZH for providing ads that serve my vehicles needs, Wants and desires. No sarcasm

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:03 | 3152041 SheepDog-One
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Even the Limmerick King now getting his licks in...LMAO!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:03 | 3152042 Say What Again
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Boy, they waited till that last 3 minutes to BANG the close.

Seriously, today's action seemed unusual.  I can't put my finger on it, but the price movement just seemed different than usual.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:04 | 3152043 dcj98gst
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When the currency collapses, do you think that the us public will NOT retaliate?  Do you own an AR-15? 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:06 | 3152044 ebworthen
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I don't have Twitter, but I would ask:

"Dr. Bernanke; is buying $80 billion a month in mortgage backed securities from the very banks who caused the financial collapse immoral, a form of theft from savers earning 0.35%, and a ticket to slavery for future generations?"

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:06 | 3152048 DrDinkus
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is D) all of the above, an option?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:06 | 3152045 CharliePrince
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Mr Burnacne,   How will the employment of Turbo-Tax Timmy Affect the economy

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:06 | 3152047 koaj
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im laughing out loud at this twitter feed

bravo guys

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:07 | 3152053 100pcDredge
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So.. what's up with this empty chair?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:08 | 3152055 DrDinkus
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where is this guy? going to make me late for zumbaaaaaaaaaaaaa zomg

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:10 | 3152058 SmoothCoolSmoke
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"Mr. Bernankie, are we Japan, or is Japan us?  Thank you."

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:09 | 3152059 Arkadaba
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ZH embed isn't working for me but this one is:


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:10 | 3152063 CharliePrince
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so far im impressed

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:12 | 3152065 Say What Again
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I don't want to miss any of this.

Can you please take a commercial break for a few minutes while I get some popcorn and bear.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:59 | 3152235 Angus McHugepenis
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I never share my popcorn with bears.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:14 | 3152072 FiatFapper
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TwitterFall is a better tweet GUI

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:16 | 3152083 Falconsixone
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Clapping for a piece of shit is so cool.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:18 | 3152090 SheepDog-One
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'Uh, um...uh....ummmm....uh'.....GEE bernank, when are ya gonna stop printing and attempt to raise rates??

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:19 | 3152097 lolmao500
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Ben, you're such a bankster whore, does it burn when you pee?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:19 | 3152098 sbenard
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And don't forget to begin each question with, "Mr. Chairsatan...?"

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:20 | 3152100 SheepDog-One
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'It's all about us paying our bills'....OH FUCK U BERNANK!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:22 | 3152626 yogibear
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An FU to  Bubblehead Bernanke is always worth bonus points.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:20 | 3152101 thecoloredsky
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Are these considered tradition too?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:23 | 3152109 SheepDog-One
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Bernank- 'FED policy is all about representing the values of the public'....OMFG you bankster THIEF FUK U!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:33 | 3152147 lolmao500
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Well I guess the public needs to be sent to an insane asylum.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:24 | 3152114 SheepDog-One
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'It's kinda early to tell how it's workin out'? FUK U BERNANK! It's been FOUR YEARS STRAIGHT!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:25 | 3152115 walküre
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Ben talks housing recovery... SELL SELL SELL

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:26 | 3152116 IridiumRebel
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People are awaking. But is it too late?
Charley Reese ' s final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He has been a journalist for 49 years.
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don ' t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don ' t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don ' t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don ' t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don ' t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don ' t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator ' s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can ' t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it ' s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it ' s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it ' s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it ' s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!?

If only voting actually worked.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:38 | 3152664 hooligan2009
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bravo Charley...testis sum agnitio!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:26 | 3152120 silverserfer
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Red pill, youre killin me!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:27 | 3152122 BaggerDon
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:28 | 3152123 FubarNation
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Just the fact that this dog and pony show is taking place shows you how FUBAR the scene is. 


Most of the tweets are fucking hilarious.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:32 | 3152146 walküre
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The audience should be a group of (Chinese) students laughing hysterically.

That would get more people to realize just how FUBAR this is and how ridiculous the entire state of affairs.

Keep stackin' as long as they're only talkin'. Once the shootin' starts, it's too late.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:28 | 3152126 SheepDog-One
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Bernank says he's 'Lookin around for more tools'....OH we are SO FUCKED!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:03 | 3152243 Al Huxley
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'looking around for more tools' that Geithner's leaving.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:29 | 3152133 AustriAnnie
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"Barnestormer: If the Fed wants to alter unemployment, why don't they just start printing paychecks?"

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:29 | 3152136 lolmao500
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Won't someone in the audience call the stinking piece of shit for what he is already??

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:30 | 3152137 Tango in the Blight
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In case it hasn't been said in this thread before:



Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:32 | 3152144 loveyajimbo
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hey, ben... what does timmy Geithner's Johnson taste like?  Or is that indiscreet?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:34 | 3152153 Seasmoke
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House Rich.............Cash Poor !!!!!!!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:38 | 3152168 Angus McHugepenis
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Cash Rich... House Poor??

For those of you who stopped paying your mortgage 3 years ago and are still living in your "house". Fuck the banksters!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:35 | 3152155 SheepDog-One
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Bernank declares his crown jewel proof of his success in.... HOUSING? Oh my fuck if anyone needed proof of how screwed we are just listen to this big bullshitter.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:35 | 3152157 The Gooch
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Someone please - "Guillotine or rope?"

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:14 | 3152473 Everybodys All ...
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whatever is cheaper.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:38 | 3152172 SheepDog-One
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'Inflation is contained...don't worry about that'

Next up guaranteed hyperinfaltion then.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:41 | 3152182 Tango in the Blight
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In 2006 he said that house prices would never fall. He is full of shit. Fuck him.

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