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You Wanted Inflation, You Got It: Japanese Gasoline Price Rises To Eight Month High

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When one thinks of open-ended, "inflation targeting" one usually thinks of soaring markets, at least in nominal terms, exploding central bank balance sheet, and happy central planners. What one usually does not think of, is, well, inflation targeting. Because while the shadow banking financial system, perfectly devoid of deposits, has for now provided a sufficient buffer from trillions of reserve injections from spreading into the broader economy of the US and Europe, and has primarily impacted stock markets as unsterilized liquidity injections are used by banks to bid stocks, Japan has been far less lucky in this regard. As it turns out, the massive slide in the Japanese Yen in the past 2 months on nothing but ongoing promises of open-ended action, something Europe has perfected, and the US most recently enacted, may have already achieved its goal of pushing inflation. only not to the desired 2% level, but about 50% higher. Luckily, it is for such trivial things that nobody really every needs, such as fuel and consumer products - just ask the BLS.

As the Nikkei reports "the average price of regular gasoline rose to an eight-month high of 150 yen per liter on Tuesday, up 1.2 yen from a week earlier, according to data released on Thursday by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. The price has climbed 4.5 yen, or 3%, since late November, when the yen's downswing started. The dollar-based price of crude oil has remained steady since November, but the yen's slide by about 10 yen to the dollar has resulted in higher import prices."

It gets better

The price of kerosene rose to a nine-month peak. Growing demand due to a cold spell have pushed the price of the fuel up more sharply than other petroleum products.


External hard-disk drives are selling at higher prices at volume electronics retailers, partly because key imported components are paid for with dollars. The average price shot up 540 yen from a week earlier to 8,580 yen, according to research firm BCN Inc.


At Rakuten Inc.'s (4755) online mall, one of the most popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners sells for around 29,000 yen. The price of the U.S. product could exceed 30,000 yen after the current inventory runs out in the spring, said a company official.

And that old barbarous relic just hit an all time high:

The domestic retail price for gold hit a 32-year high earlier this month. "Jewelry prices are closely linked to those precious metals, so price hikes will likely spread," said an official at F&A Aqua Holdings Inc.

The Nikkei's conclusion: "Households are beginning to feel pinched by the weaker Japanese

Well, the Japanese people wanted Abe, and his inflation targeting policies. They got what they wanted: at least the endless jawboning part that is. We have yet to see just how the BOJ will implement the action that is supposed to back the surge in the USDJPY by over 1000 pips in two months. And now, they also have the surging prices to show for it.

And once the full impact of the spillover from unlimited monetization in the country with the JPY1 quadrillion in debt spill over, look for the prices of all goods and services to explode.

But at least Japanese exports will surge. Oh wait, that would assume that the nationalistic Abe government smoothes tensions with China, something it has not only not done, but exacerabted drastically in the past month or so.

We wonder how long the Japanese people will last until they say enough with this inflationary experiment, and kick Abe out on hopes of a prompt return to deflation.

Perhaps someone far smarter than the MIT and Princeton educated central planners conceived the saying that one should be careful what one wishes for...


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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:04 | 3163800 Ying-Yang
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"the Japanese people wanted Abe"

I dunno about you but Shinzo Abe sounds so Lincoln to me.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:21 | 3163887 Silver Bug
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And this is just the beginning. Inflation will be going much much higher.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:24 | 3163903 pemdas
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 H.L. Mencken said it best: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:17 | 3164328 San Diego Gold Bug
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Big news today.......How does the SLV add silver when the US Mint has to suspend sales of silver Eagles??? I am a dealer and this is the email I recieved from the mint.  Notice the "allocation process" when they do start taking orders again.  The demand will far exceed the supply and none of the dealers will get the quantities they need.  Price spike is near. Premiums up 1% plus already at the big dealers.  Now that is inflation!!

The US Mint has run out of silver eagles and has suspended sales.  They may begin allocating coins the week of January 28th.


Please see a copy of the email we received today from the US Mint:


“Authorized Purchasers,


The United States Mint has temporarily sold out of 2013 American Eagle Silver Bullion coins.  As a result, sales are suspended until we can build up an inventory of these coins.  Sales will resume on or about the week of January 28, 2013, via the allocation process.


Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.




Jack A. Szczerban

Branch Chief, Precious Metals Group

Department of the Treasury

United States Mint”

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:01 | 3163808 francis_sawyer
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Gasorine Infration bitchez!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:01 | 3164273 sotto
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Thanks central banker counterfieters, what would we do without you?  Oh, how about this:

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:02 | 3163809 LawsofPhysics
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remind me, what provoked Japan into engaging in WWII again?  Something very familiar about this.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:17 | 3164264 earleflorida
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correction:  the alaskan pipeline did at one [more than once] time help japan & s. korea's energy needs... while a good % was used for U.S. military aviation fuel. lots has happen'd over the years [sometimes, i do... get my decades mess'd-up'd?]... as of 2012 only 780k bpd are produced from the ~2mln +/+ bpd in the beginning. the three primary companys today are: B.P; Exxon-Mobil; ConocoPhillips. again,... who really knows?!, or who cares as long as alaska & alaskan residents get their stipend.   

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:02 | 3163810 John Law Lives
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The solution is simple.  Tell the Japanese to model their CPI calculation after ours which conveniently excludes food and energy prices.  Problem solved.  No inflation.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:47 | 3164227 Matt
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You misunderstand. They WANT inflation. It was part of the election campaign promises, I think. They should have asked for growth, rather than inflation.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:56 | 3164256 John Law Lives
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The Great Chairsatan WANTS inflation, but he hides behind the CPI calculation to obfuscate the severity of it.  That was my point.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:18 | 3164336 yogibear
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Soon the CPI  will only use iPODs (William Dudley model of the NY Fed) to measure inflation.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:03 | 3163819 hedgeless_horseman
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Today, at the grocery story, frozen rabbit is $8.99 per pound, roughly 4 pounds each, or $36.00 per rabbit. 

WHat to do?

In our backyard rabbit hutch, we have two does, each with 10 bunnies.  Theoretically, these 20 bunnies are worth $720, once grown and butchered.  That is more than five shares of GS!

A 50-pound bag of rabbit pellets is $15, and you would need between zero and twenty bags, depending on your exact setup, the amount of kitchen scraps you produce, and the weather, in order to feed the bunnies, does, and buck for six months until the bunnies are ready for the dinner table.  "Lettuce" estimate $170 in feed costs to grow up 20 rabbits.

Thankfully, child labor laws do not apply when it is one's own children, so the cost of labor to raise and butcher the bunnies approaches $0.  Not counting the sunk costs of the rabbit hutch, now fully depreciated, even a feed cost of $8.50 per bunny is still only 25% of the retail cost of $36.00, or $2.12 per pound of fresh, lean, drug-free, homegrown rabbit meat. 


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:05 | 3163828 LawsofPhysics
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My goats serve the same purpose, and many more (cheese, milk, etc.)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:18 | 3163865 akak
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Stop it, you've got AnAnonymous salivating!


So many roadside burgers, so few buns ....

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:33 | 3163932 BKbroiler
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Rabbit is such good meat.  Hedge, try cooking them in white wine and rosemary, classic recipe. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:41 | 3163966 hedgeless_horseman
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White wine, rosemary, and fresh cream...


Anyone can grow his or her own food, even a little, and fuck the central bankers. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:41 | 3163969 BKbroiler
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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:05 | 3164005 hedgeless_horseman
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...loin of rabbit with wild rice and candied carrots is one of my favorite meals.


  • How much is a pound of bacon at Wal-Mart, and where did it come from? 
  • What is the price of an Arby's roast beef sandwich, and how was it prepared?
  • What, exactly, is in that chicken nugget you are feeding your kid?

As food producers grapple with inflation, these are question to which we all want to learn the answers...or maybe not.

Watch the movie, Food, Inc.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:27 | 3164355 ilion
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I got to tell you one thing, you know the shit, man! Super cooking!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:41 | 3164649 MaxMax
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That looks good.  I wonder if the wild rabbits that I see in backyard everyday would tast as good?  Free range rabbit?  Grass fed rabbit?  No hormones? 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:42 | 3165147 dunce
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You must be very careful with wild rabbits as they sometimes are plague carriers, at least in the southwest. Never heard of a problem in the northern states.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 01:11 | 3165310 JuliaS
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Plague carriers? Don't be silly! Rabbits can't print money!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:18 | 3163873 knukles
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Probably a super premium select cut ....

Hell when I was over there (way the fuck too many times, I might add) I remember asking for ice for a drink and getting billed some outrageous amount because it was mined from an Alaskan glacier or some such crazy ass shit....

(Yeah right.  Joe Billy Bob off season crab strainer cable operator guy went to the local 7-11 bought 200 bags of ice and pounded the shit with a rusty ball peen hammer to stress it and make it look real purty, put it in some polyethelineglucotic poisonous bags and typed up letters of authenticity and's now living the John McAfee life large in Palm Springs)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:18 | 3163867 Spastica Rex
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But goats don't taste like chicken.

Cabrito es muy sabroso, however.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:45 | 3163899 BKbroiler
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Pack goats are also some of the best animals to hike with, eat anything, barely drink any water, and if things get rough, it's meat for 2-3 days if field dressed properly (and fish bait).

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:09 | 3163833 francis_sawyer
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Shish-ka-Bugs! [Cook! Bring me some Hassenfeffer]


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:25 | 3164111 DeadFinks
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Of course, if you really want to make something good, nothing beats a good old Louisiana Back-bay Bayou Bunny Bordelaise, a la Antoine.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:14 | 3163861 Going Loco
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"Thankfully, child labor laws do not apply when it is one's own children, so the cost of labor to raise and butcher the bunnies approaches $0."

Glad to see the kids do the butchering. Start 'em young I say.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:15 | 3163863 Miffed Microbio...
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HH, I'm envious of your ability with rabbits. I tried to do them many years ago and the 2 does I had kept eating their babies! It may have been something to do with me or I just happened to get Hannibal Lector does but I gave up. Chickens are easier for me. They're Protein for Dummies.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:19 | 3163869 Praetorian Guard
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I never understood the concept of humans eating other creatures. Seriously, its healthier and you can receive better nutrients from home grown ag products, veggies, peanuts, etc.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:20 | 3163885 madcows
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Pork chops taste good.  Bacon tastes good.  Brussels sprouts taste like brussel sprouts.  nuff said.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:28 | 3163907 francis_sawyer
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I just look in the mirror... Smile... See those two FANGS... & I figure if I had'a been born with cow teeth I'da been cut out to eat grass for a living... (I also could NEVER figure out why 'weeds' keep trying to take over my vegetable garden)...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:50 | 3164675 css1971
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Here you go; herbivores with fangs.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:26 | 3163911 Praetorian Guard
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"... tastes good" - So do humans. Don't get me wrong. I used to be an avid hunter. Not so much anymore. Animals, in my opinion, were not meant to be eaten. Even from a pure health perspective, eating animals is not healthy.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:31 | 3163917 francis_sawyer
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Let me toss you into a pride of lions & see what you think then... [Maybe you could teach them how to grow lettuce & tomatoes]...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:33 | 3163938 Praetorian Guard
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Apples and oranges. Your argument doesn't even make sense. Stomach pH levels of a predator, and most flesh eating animals, including the digestive tract are completely DIFFERENT than that of a human. In fact, it is the high pH levels induced by eating meat and other shit food that leads to most diseases. Keeping ones pH/blood levels alkaline (base) is more productive in humans and in overall health.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:39 | 3163964 BKbroiler
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Vegetables are a side dish, nothing more.  Humans have been omnivores for millenia for a reason.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:44 | 3163977 Praetorian Guard
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Thats not the conclusion from modern science and research...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:56 | 3163996 BKbroiler
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I do admire your conscience toward animals, especially considering the way meat is processed nowadays, but it takes extreme vigilance in diet to maintain the same amount of protein and nutrients you get from meat and fish.  I hope you like eating a lot of nuts (no pun intended).   NYC is filled with vegans, and while some pull it off just fine, most of them look so skinny and pale that a heavy breeze or a sunny day might be the end of them.   That might not be a scientific stance, but it's a practical observation.  

Countries with high meat consumption have larger, stronger (and yes, often more agressive) people, and countries with low meat consumption have smaller, weaker people.  Read Guns Germs and Steel, or any anthropological work and see for yourself. Or just travel.  Hungarians eat massive amounts of meat, and they are huge.  Italians eat much less and they are leaner.  These are quick examples from my own travels, there are endless other examples.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:58 | 3164023 Praetorian Guard
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Thanks. I find that whey provides a lot of protein. Now am I 100% vegan. Of course not. Yet I do make a conscious decision to refrain as much as possible. The way animals are bred, kept in captivity, and slaughtered are horrendous these days. I have personally visited a slaughter house years back, and it was nasty. I know people may laugh or nay say, but I believe animals have feelings. Can you imagine if humans were bred by an advanced race higher up the food chain - not so much fun. So for ethical and health reasons, I try to do my part. Most of the gulf has been destroyed from ag runoff (ie cow shit and pesticides). In great shape and not "skinny" by any means...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:02 | 3164046 This just in
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If animals aren't supposed to be eaten, someone needs to bitch slap some sense into those cheetahs, pumas, crocodiles, etc.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:07 | 3164062 NidStyles
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Nature is not meant to be fun. You are fretting about something that has no meaning to the outcomes of this discussion.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:19 | 3164094 francis_sawyer
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Dipshits... TEETH... Look at the TEETH... Species destined to be non-carnivores have flat teeth... That's the end of discussion...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:31 | 3164154 Praetorian Guard
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Wow, that was so intuitively deep... you realize dip shit that horses have canines?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:50 | 3164237 booboo
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yes and I had horses once too, they liked to bite the shit out of the  meat on my shoulders and arms too.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:08 | 3164699 francis_sawyer
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Damn horse probably thought you were a fucking carrot... I mean, shit, I'm not even looking at you & I already thinking "Yup ~ that's a carrot alright"...


Let's ask hedgeless... Hey hedge ~ any of your horses snackin' on the bunnies inbetween meals out there on the farm?...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:28 | 3164136 Citxmech
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If you do it right, homegrown = happy healthy critters with only one bad day.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:45 | 3164220 Praetorian Guard
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I have noted that as I get older my appreciation for life has become more keen. Probably due to myself having a very close call to death, probably should have died, but made it through. Life, is interesting. Animals react off of instinct, for that they are normal, yet I feel in some aspects that humans, as care takers of this world, should at least try to make everything within thier power comfortable to say the least.

They say animals have no soul, I disagree. Ever see an elephant morn a dead one? Or even a porpoise? Hell, my cat seems to know some connection exists between us. He eats when I eat, he runs off to the shitter when I use my own, follows me all over the house, sits with me on the couch watching tv, or reading a book, goes to bed when I turn in, waits by the door when I get home, and follows me to the door when I leave. Now I can't explain it, but I think humans have a simplistic outlook of life, life is cheap, and the callus perception that we are big shit...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:18 | 3164338 BKbroiler
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This is the last comment I'm reading today.  I'd like to leave work in a good mood, so thanks, man.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:19 | 3164950 espirit
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Cats will do fine when you're really hungry. Better than whey, or god forbid... tofu.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:22 | 3164103 Citxmech
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Regardless of whether you choose to eat meat, it's next to impossible to conduct any form of intensive agriculture without using animals in some capacity (ie for tillage/fertilizers).

Having said that, the typical Western diet does contain way more meat than necessary - but arguably, your healthiest dietary choice would to be to remain omnivorous.

If you want to keep from killing your critters, chickens are a great option.  Home grown non-Auschwitz Farm eggs are healthy and tasty and they produce wonderful compost and keep the slugs at bay!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:27 | 3164128 Praetorian Guard
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I agree. Fresh eggs are the best!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:27 | 3164131 oldman
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Your point above is exactly so. Carnivores have always eaten planteaters and that is never going to change as long as there are carnivores: natural law.

I just wish that you dudes were aggressive enough to go out on the street and kick some ass. There are plenty of us planteaters here already, so you won't have to worry about bringing something to eat.

We will take the chance that we can still outrun you            om

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:58 | 3164697 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Praetorian Guard said:

In fact, it is the high pH levels induced by eating meat and other shit food that leads to most diseases. Keeping ones pH/blood levels alkaline (base) is more productive in humans and in overall health.

For the sake of accuracy, I must point out that high pH levels are alkaline/basic. Low pH levels are acidic.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:07 | 3164718 akak
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FourthStooge, just because you have a basic knowledge of chemistry is no reason to go sour on us with your corrosive comments!  Please maintain your equilibrium in this forum, and stop being so reactive.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:02 | 3165065 TheFourthStooge-ing
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[cough] free radical [cough]

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:51 | 3165169 akak
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[cough] free radical [cough]

Have you been breathing those NOx fumes again? 

You KNOW what they do to the lungs ... and it ain't pretty!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:47 | 3163984 Praetorian Guard
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So does ethylene glycol, lead acetate, Potassium cyanide, etc. all taste "good" but will kill you...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:45 | 3164421 ThirdWorldDude
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Look up haplotypes, they have your answer, i.e. the primary food source of your ancestors from a few millenia back is still recorded in your genes...

(I became seriously ill upon turning into a vegetarian and realized it's my changed dietary regime that's the cause of it. With a naturally fast metabolism and very strong stomach acids, my body simply can't adjust to a low-proteine diet. Carnivore, bitchez!)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:33 | 3163934 Miffed Microbio...
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Healthier for some but not for others. I've tried vegan, raw vegan and vegetarian to improve my health and actually became less healthy. I was exhausted , my skin became sallow, my hair was dry and frizzy. I adjusted the veggies and nuts to no avail. I'm a protein type. Of course I eat lots of veggies too but I must have meat protein as the center of my diet. Most vegetarians I know do not look the picture of health. It's more of a religion than a way of eating in my experience.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:36 | 3163947 Praetorian Guard
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You can get ample amounts of protein from whey, and other plant based matter such as nuts, etc. and be perfectly healthy. The key is monitoring sugar and pH levels. Most vegans, don't eat right to begin with and smell weird... ;)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:05 | 3164055 Miffed Microbio...
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Perhaps for you but it didn't work for me. When I was vegetarian I was so sleepy all the time nuts were the only thing that kept me going. I started eat vast amounts and gained weight. My food cravings were terrible. Life wasn't worth living. Now I'm omnivorous and much happier. I eat 4-6 oz of meat a day. I've tested my ph in the Am and it's strongly alkaline and my fasting blood sugar is 70. Eating meat doesn't make you acid unless you eat too much. This is why heavy meat consumption has been linked to osteoporosis because the body must draw from the bone to offset the ph unbalance. The key is balance. I didn't down vote you FYI.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:11 | 3164075 Praetorian Guard
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You also have to eat more fats (healthy kind) to switch the body over to convert fuel from fats. Usually takes a few weeks, but you are correct on getting sleepy.

At the very least, I guess if you have to eat meat, its probably preferable to eat something you raise, though from my point of view it would be too hard to bring to slaughter, hey I'm an animal lover ;) - that would be preferable to industrialized, processed foods.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:40 | 3164201 Miffed Microbio...
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Yes, I dramatically increased my fats and a lot of my bad symptoms did diminish. I eat several tbsp of coconut (oil and butter) and nut oils a day. Funny thing was I lost weight when I thought the increase in calories would have an opposite effect. So much for the calories in calories out theory. Perhaps that's where I went wrong when I did the vegetarian stint. I'm an animal lover too! When we raised turkeys for thanksgiving I made them into pets against the advice of Mr Miffed ( don't play with your food!). Yes I left the property in tears when he and a friend started to slaughter. My only comfort was I had raised them humanely and they had a very happy life. It has gotten easier for me to do but it's still harder for me than my husband who was raised on a farm. Everyone should at least see one slaughter in their life times. The majority ofAmericans think meat comes from a cellophane package and that really separates one from the realities of life.


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:56 | 3164254 hooligan2009
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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:10 | 3164071 NidStyles
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Whey is one type of protein. It's a fast metabolizing protein and tends to be fine for those with slow metabolic rates. The rest of us need something more long lasting of the Casein variety, which is only found in dairy and meat. Not to mention then number of people that require higher levels of Creatine and other nutrients found only in meat. Various Amino Acids and the sort.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:06 | 3164049 TWSceptic
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A paleo based diet is actually much healthier and better tasting as well. Peanuts are not that great actually. Do some research, you may be surprised.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:26 | 3163909 eddymunster
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Oh look at those precious creatures! What's in the pot?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:30 | 3163920 walküre
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Good for you. I like the taste of Rabbit meat but the wife and kids are very defensive of their pets. Thankfully they're less concerned with the creatures on the hoof and there's so many of them that they can't keep track when and where they disappear.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:41 | 3163968 Bunga Bunga
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Isn't growing own food in the backyard completely un-American? The real patriot drives on his 2.5 ton truck 20 miles for a burger.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:49 | 3163990 AGuy
Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:10 | 3164490 Shigure
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HH, you forgot to mention that rabbits produce pretty good fertilizer too!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:03 | 3163821 Atlantis Consigliore
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100 Yen to Dolla,  Bonzai

400 Yen to Dolla, Bonzai!

people old people japan eating dogfood...Bonzai

here in US Lost Decade, Next.  Obamazai!!!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:07 | 3163836 fonzannoon
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good for Japan. it's like they say if u try hard enough and put enough effort in you will attain your goals.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 02:08 | 3165381 FoeHammer
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Ha! That's great.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:09 | 3163842 daccord
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drums that shook the castle walls 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:09 | 3163844 jeff314
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Bukkake time for Japan people...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:09 | 3163845 LongSoupLine
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Uhhh sorry, that's not inflation because Ben says it's not in CPI.



Fuck you Central Banks.




Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:10 | 3163848 djsmps
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What is the chain weighted CPI substitute for gasoline?

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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:19 | 3163872 madcows
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Bio-Fuel.  We all drive around smelling like french fries.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:20 | 3163882 PhD
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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:10 | 3163850 q99x2
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Banksters. What vile creatures they are.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:13 | 3163856 busted by the b...
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Let's see,

if the currency falls, prices rise, and then the economy is screwed.

if Ben stops printing, interest rates rise, and then the economy is screwed.

if the economy improves, interest rates will rise and oil go up, and then the economy is screwed.

if Ben continues to print, oil and other commodities go up, and then the economy is screwed.

if sequestration kicks in or they otherwise cut spending, then the economy is screwed.

if they raise taxes more to reduce the deficit, then the economy is screwed.

How is this supposed to work out again?  I forget...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:28 | 3163916 Mentaliusanything
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That is way to simple

It's an algorithm - Ben understands how it works, so stop your worry. The Mans is a genius and has been recognised as such by Krugman.

Ben's got your back so bend over while he rubs his hairy chest over it

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:34 | 3163937 walküre
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What's 85 billion divided by 300 million Americans?

Send that money to the people only once and see what will happen. No, can't do that can we? How are GS and the cabal supposed to "earn" their billions in compensation at the end of the day?

We've tried everything else. So why not give it a chance. Just once.

Fuck Ben Shlemiel Bernanke

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:19 | 3163874 fonzannoon
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85 bil a month and Ben is a slacker. who knew.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:20 | 3163881 Squid Vicious
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Kind of like a slow-motion Pearl Harbor in the fiat war... Ben get topside and man the printing gun, pronto!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:22 | 3163893 debtor of last ...
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Good for the Japanese car industry. Electric cars for domestic use as for export. A glow in the dark: the Toyota Fuku-e. Hurry up oldtimer, your government needs your backup.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:32 | 3163921 moonstears
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So about $5.75 USD per my math correct?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:49 | 3163992 Bunga Bunga
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roughly $6.32/gal (*+3.78541178) as of today.

But that's DIRT CHEAP.

In Europe you pay almost eight bucks.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 17:37 | 3163953 Bunga Bunga
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But in Japan everything comes with free nuclear fuel. Hedonic regression bitchez!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:01 | 3164034 TWSceptic
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Good, now they can finally have a vibrant and dynamic economy like the US and print themselves to prosperity. /s



Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:04 | 3164051 de3de8
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Coming to a neighborhood near you soon.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:27 | 3164086 THE DORK OF CORK
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Perhaps to afford LNG & Heavy fuel oil for its thirsty power plants it must cut back on non life support stuff such as car travel.


The Jap Nuke Crisis has knocked the LNG world for six.

With UK - normally the second biggest consumer shifting to American coal in a very BIG way.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:17 | 3164092 The Heart
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Over and above the table tops of props, herein there be the greatest of blessings to embrace.


In the real world, we are ALL One!

That's how it goes...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:33 | 3164168 linrom
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We wonder how long the Japanese people will last until they say enough with this inflationary experiment, and kick Abe out on hopes of a prompt return to deflation.


Lol. Is this a joke, or what?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:28 | 3164353 yogibear
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Yep, the Yen looks like it's crashing....

Next in line the US dollar.....

The US dollar goes off the cliff and Bernanke and the Fed  lets it happen. 

They want the US dollar to crash. Their trying everything they can to crater the US dollar.

Someone say the US wasn't a deadbeat?


Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:38 | 3164386 steve from virginia
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Japanese rumors of Nominal GDP targeting are working ... the yen ultimately depreciates to the point where energy suppliers demand dollars instead of yen. The Japanese will have to pay a forex premium on top of the high dollar price for petroleum.


Currency depreciation by countries that import +90% of their energy supplies is stupid on ice. Pay attention, Greece, UK, USA!


Japan has severe energy crisis, monetary difficulties are symptom, not the disease. Only cure is stringent conservation including getting rid of all cars. Japanese should go back to making samurai swords ... something they are good at.


Not doing anything or fiddling with currency and outcome is stringent conservation rammed up Japan's collective ass like George Carlin's gigantic red-white-and blue dick. End of the day there are no cars anyway ... nothing much else, either (except 50 ticking nuclear time bombs).


Tick ... tick ... tick ...



Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:16 | 3164558 f16hoser
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All kidding aside; whats a Big Mac cost? Oh the humanity.....

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:37 | 3164633 CheapBastard
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Wait until their rice soars....painful to watch.

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