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This Moment Of "Electrifying" Football Comedy Brought To You By The "Greenest Game" In Superbowl History

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While it is now unanimous that Solyndra just won the funniest ad of the Superbowl by a mile, while we await for electricity to return to the Superdome (a stadium which has seen some $471 million in taxpayer funds since Katrina, and apparently not nearly enough) as the Boeing battery used to power up Super Bowl 47 is replaced, we wish to bring to our readers this message of supreme ironic poetry delivered by none other than the US Department of Energy.


While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.


To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity -- equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home -- and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.


Off the football field, New Orleans is embracing energy efficiency with help from the Energy Department. The city retrofitted four libraries using an integrative design approach -- adding motion sensor lights, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrades to the building envelopes. These improvements helped cut the libraries’ energy costs by 30 percent and serve as a standard for other city-owned buildings. New Orleans streets feature more than 1,200 energy-efficient light fixtures. In addition to saving the city money on energy costs -- an estimated $70,000 annually -- the new lights help the city reduce routine maintenance due to their longer lifespan.


Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts. The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to makingSunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.

... And darkest


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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:08 | 3212156 ACP
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Almost like a commentary on the economy...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:10 | 3212163 Spirit Of Truth
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Indeed. The Dow just closed at the psychologically important 14K mark:

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:17 | 3212187 Zer0head
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Bush's fault

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:22 | 3212202 Mark Carney
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There was a game?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:32 | 3212237 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Al Qaida suicide squirrel fulfills his mission, chewing through the power line insulation separating him from Paradise (and 72 gerbils).

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:00 | 3212335 jballz
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No self-respecting squirrel would ever fuck a gerbil. You never know where those disgusting things have been. 



Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:12 | 3212373 MisterMousePotato
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 06:16 | 3212720 GetZeeGold
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Expect more interruptions as we go.........forward.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:52 | 3212847 trav777
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WTF need have they of libraries in NO?!?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:27 | 3213641 Matt
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Free public internet access.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:28 | 3212411 Never One Roach
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Dreamliners Still Grounded:


WASHINGTON — At the same time the government certified Boeing's 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner's electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.

Dreamliners worldwide were grounded nearly three weeks ago after lithium ion batteries that are part of the planes led to a fire in one plane and smoke in a second.



Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:34 | 3212432 TheFourthStooge-ing
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So you're saying that......Dreamliners are like gerbils?

Hmmmmm.......nope, I'm still not seeing the connection.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:44 | 3212456 JOYFUL
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think man.....think!

Neither fly.

(unlike squirrels, which sometime do)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:15 | 3212512 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:26 | 3212230 jerry_theking_lawler
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:18 | 3213612 escargot
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Why the fuck do so many people write "It's Bush's fault" on every friggin comment board on the web?  Jesus H. Christ you people need to get a new schtick.  

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:29 | 3212188 DoChenRollingBearing
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I write about Barron's when the lights go out there.  LOL!

Review of Barron's: Dated 4 February 2013

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:11 | 3212781 blindfaith
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Perhaps we can hand over 475 million dollars of tax payer money to them too.

Way is no one commenting on supporting a private business with tax money?  Hey, I like the NFL too, but like NASCAR...these are privately owned businesses and THIS is what I CAN CALL REAL entitlement !!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:28 | 3212192 Pure Evil
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I find it hard to believe that after watching the news reports during Hurricane Katrina that New Orleans ever had need of a library.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:36 | 3212816 mtomato2
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That was delicious pure evil.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:29 | 3213647 Matt
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Or perhaps, they need libraries more than anyone else. 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:57 | 3212478 El Oregonian
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Hey, great non-energy use! Sustain... er, sust... ah, shit... SUPER AWESOME FOSSIL FUEL-POWERED WINS THIS ROUND!!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:12 | 3212167 ihedgemyhedges
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Too much coverage of the "gays in the NFL issue" this week.  So I acted.



Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:43 | 3212453 JacktheTab
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There is no God, you homophobic, superstitious loser.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:02 | 3212490 El Oregonian
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Slow down Jacked-in-the-ass, it was only a joke, Dumbass. Jeesh...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:36 | 3212546 JacktheTab
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Looking for the joke with a microscope.  - Iggy


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 01:04 | 3212580 Fedaykinx
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it's right next to your sense of humor, so if you manage to find one with that microsope, you'll find both.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:38 | 3212818 mtomato2
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Now, now..

Is that any way to treat our newest dickhead troll?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:05 | 3212771 blindfaith
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You know...real straight men don't give a hoot about it one way or the other, so three cheers for the men of the NFL. 

But you have blasphem God for one of his creations, such closeted gall.

This is the kind of crap posting that drives away constructive commentary.

Zerohedge needs a moderator.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:39 | 3212821 mtomato2
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And YOU need a fucking sense of humor.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:45 | 3212833 Ghordius
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"Zerohedge needs a moderator"? LOL

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:21 | 3212198 MrSteve
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Wax on, wax off, energy and power are always ephemerial, lights turning on and turning off.

Pay your bills and see the power stay on!

How much longer can the USA pay the power bill? That's the $64,000 super question.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:42 | 3212277 a growing concern
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How long?  Not long.  'Cause what you reap, is what you sow.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 09:29 | 3212914 trav777
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well, we produce most our electricity with coal and nuclear and NG, so yeah we ought to be ok

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:11 | 3212505 natty light
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In other news:

We just clicked over 16,500,000,000,000 today, according to

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:48 | 3212565 rotagen
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Greenest lights, dumbest game in history.  Bunch of overweight american cows with buzzcuts covered with padding.  Wussies.  Play a real sport Soccer or Australian football, bitches.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:43 | 3212831 mtomato2
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I, ah, take it you've never actually WATCHED the game?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 01:13 | 3212590 Frankie Carbone
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Bread and Circuses, Bread and Circuses. The Gladiators of Baltimore have slayed the slaves of San Francisco.

All hail Ceasar!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 03:01 | 3212651 Freddie
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I don't watch shit propaganda TV or Hollywood brainwashing but I was invited to a party for the game.

Anyone see Jim Harbaugh's brother (John ? from the Ravens) yelling at the league official because the lights went off?  Like the guy had any control of the lights.  LOL!

The best part of the game was watching the two brother coaches lose their temper and go mental.  Jim Harbaugh is almost a headcase.  

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 03:40 | 3212668 bobthehorse
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Green Super Bowl?

Are you kidding me?

I've got your green Super Bowl.

It's hanging between my legs.

Douche bags.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 09:20 | 3212887 luk427
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Not just the silver market is manipulated. after watching last night super bowl game this link should shed some light on sports.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:09 | 3212157 MrX
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:10 | 3212159 Jeremy Roenick
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You didn't build that light!



Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:09 | 3212160 Zombie Investor
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Surprised to hear some claiming it's Bush's fault.  Never liked the guy, but not sure why he is being blamed...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:22 | 3212204 Overfed
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Umm...the /sarc is implied.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:31 | 3212232 The Shootist
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:07 | 3212498 JOYFUL
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Come on man, get your head out of your zombie ass!

Don't tell me you fell  for that phony story that 43 was sitting in New Orleans  just to read a kindergarten class "MY PET GOAT" when the Towers went down...

just like his spook old man, Bush was out doing mischief - taking down the power supply for Merika's  iconic game and visceral self image was planned long the same gang of bozo boxcutter Saudi billionaires who left the States on a chartered flight within hours of reducing Larry Silversteins' whole world to a pile of rubble.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 02:16 | 3212635 merizobeach
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"reducing Larry Silversteins' whole world to a pile of rubble."

Don't you mean, converting Larry's rented world into $6 billion in cash that he can keep?  Of course, there is the issue of the monthly $10 million in rent that's due til the end of the century, but somehow I doubt the lying murderous weasel is sweating it.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 05:52 | 3212712 JOYFUL
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umm, bud, don't take this personal or anything, but I think you missed a little bit of the punch line there.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:10 | 3212161 lizzy36
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This is hilarous.

Fully expect Obama to turn this into a "teachable moment". More deficit spending (cough stimulus) on infastructure is clearly necessary.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:27 | 3212218 knukles
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Special Ops, more skeet shooting and Abrogation of Domestic Rights to ensure shit like this never happens again.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:38 | 3212264 hooligan2009
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he will have a press conference with all the victims of the power out...

was it just the stadium?

maybe they put if lead lights instead of l.e.d. ones

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:48 | 3212294 Pure Evil
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couldn't make the noogers any stupider

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:10 | 3212162 stant
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well we are ruled by the prince of darkness

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:29 | 3212225 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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When did they put Charlie Murphy in charge?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:13 | 3212785 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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We know at least one person active in the peanut gallery has zero sense of humor.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:10 | 3212166 Id fight Gandhi
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Every aspect of Super Bowl is a representation of what's wrong with the USA.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:35 | 3212245 Crisismode
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That is certainly the truth.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:40 | 3212552 Raymond Reason
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Fiddling with football, while infrastructure burns out. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:46 | 3212834 mtomato2
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Except, that tiny sliver which is called "The Game" is sort of cool.

I mean, YOU know...  C'mon.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:11 | 3212168 AssFire
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Black everything this year, enjoy your "Negro Fatigue"

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:14 | 3212172 Id fight Gandhi
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Lol. Quick someone get a white guy, we need the lights on.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:37 | 3212253 hooligan2009
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totally politically incorrect ...but very funny :>)

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:11 | 3212364 The Shootist
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Political correctness is for Bolsheviks.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:27 | 3212219 knukles
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:12 | 3212170 Jason T
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sad this incompetancy. 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:11 | 3212369 NoDebt
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Or incompetEncy.  E, A, whatever.  It's the post-modern era.  All truth is subject to perspective, so why should spelling be any different?


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:14 | 3212173 Zombie Investor
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Waiting for CNN to report that thousands are dead in the Super Bowl and they have started to eat other.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:28 | 3212220 knukles
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Please make it so... would be fitting for the NO Free Shit Army

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:31 | 3212233 Hulk
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You just brought new lows to stadium food...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:14 | 3212175 Some Bloke
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Pass the hat around, Americanos, you might be able to find enough money for another hours electricity and put an end to this live, worldwide national testament to your might and power...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:36 | 3212252 The Shootist
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Only 3rd world nations gather by the tens of thousands to cheer and watch a ball get tossed around.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:15 | 3212178 Bad Attitude
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In the near future, unreliable electricity will become part of the "new normal" as Dear Leader's policies inflict more damage on the US economy. 



Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:16 | 3212181 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs. Cog just informed me that they never fully cleaned the stadium of all that raw sewage from Katrina and the bacteria finally ate through the power cables.

She is calling it the Poo Bowl.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:33 | 3212242 Hulk
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That would explain the Turd Ferguson sighting...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:17 | 3212182 krispkritter
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Some guy at a hot pretzel machine on the concourse is like "I just hit the On button and poof!" In any case, more reason to have Superbowl on a Saturday afternoon instead of Sunday night...worst. schedule. ever.

Personally I think Beyonce's vibrator set it Janet's nipple slip...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:34 | 3212433 Never One Roach
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Christmas Lights (Adeste Fideles)


Maybe it's the Griswolds?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:17 | 3212184 Zer0head
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Survivors reveal Superdome horror

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:17 | 3212185 azzhatter
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you mean there is super bowl today?  is arizona winning?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:20 | 3212195 oddball
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No, Oakland.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:38 | 3212259 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Baltimore Colts were ahead at halftime, but the Houston Oilers have now scored twice.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:49 | 3212303 Ralph Spoilsport
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Y. A. Tittle just got injured so all bets are off now.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 06:26 | 3212727 Frankie Carbone
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You mean Los Angeles

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:28 | 3212222 Hulk
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Yes indeed! They are kicking ass over the Boston Greensocks !!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:32 | 3212235 A Lunatic
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It doesn't matter who's winning, either way let's eat hotdogs with the works and chug beer until we're drunk as Hell while vacillating between cheers of joy and fits of rage for three hours, then stagger off down the street to piss all over private property, puke in the streets, bust out windows and light shit on fire because OUR GUYS won/lost.


Might want to plan on calling in sick tomorrow.......

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:50 | 3212306 Pure Evil
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So, you're admitting you've been to Bourbon Street?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:54 | 3212317 A Lunatic
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I was U.S.N. I've been everywhere...........

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:23 | 3212194 LongSoupLine
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Ha Haaa!


You fuckers just got Obama'ed. As the empire falls the masses play games. Fuck you DOE assholes.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:25 | 3212214 Bad Attitude
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:22 | 3212205 adeptish
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Same thing happened yesterday at the Fulham v Manchester United game in the English Premier League.

Surely a coincidence.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:30 | 3212228 knukles
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Hal K. Duh

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:25 | 3212213 Yen Cross
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Usd /Jpy is bending over, and getting ready to take it in the {hoop}.    Off topic<

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:25 | 3212215 Hulk
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should have used LED lights and issued everyone NV goggles !!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:42 | 3212274 hooligan2009
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never will be drone football soon

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:31 | 3212224 Stanley Lord
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The lights going out on the NFL, is this a sign or what?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:41 | 3212273 hooligan2009
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well...not an electric one

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:32 | 3212236 knukles
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Like the fuckers, 70+% felons,  can't play in the dark... in which they rob, steal, murder and rape so well.


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:38 | 3212261 Hulk
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Datz Definitely Rayciss...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:41 | 3212271 hooligan2009
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we have lost all your power...we apologize most sincerely..see you in Malibu.


you have been "Corzined"!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:55 | 3212321 Cabreado
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The single most important event is that you will not trust the explanation.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 02:26 | 3212642 RichardP
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Power surge due to increased sunspot activity.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:56 | 3212326 Piranhanoia
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the main stream sewer media reports that most of the attendees think god will decide the outcome.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:59 | 3212333 walcott
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See what happens when we take away your illumination bitchez!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:01 | 3212339 walcott
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Soros bet all the gold on San Francisco.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:18 | 3212390 q99x2
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Green Shoots need rest. You are right I did not build it. You shipped my job to China. Globalist M'Fers. What are you trying to cover up with that photo of a gun. FU and I don't mean Fixture Units.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:18 | 3212393 El Gordo
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Going green, turn out the lights.  Toilet doesn't flush, you're green.  Welcome to Obamaville.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:20 | 3212518 knukles
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So true, sadly.

Them new fangled low water usage toilets are causing big sewage problems.  You see, somebody forgot that when the commodes and sewers were originally designed, the whole idea was that there'd be enough water to flush the poop and paper down to the main lines and then with accumulated flushes of the masses, the flow would be large enough to make it to a final destination.

The new technology (less water) does no provide for such and causes the sewer maintenance folk to have to use extra water and toxic chemicals to get the poop et al to flow again as it gets stuck.
True for many many cities/operations.

Again, the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially for the leftie feel good but not engineered too fucking well world view....

Ah, s'all a buncha shit anyhow....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 02:00 | 3212625 Incubus
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Hey, shit happens.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:52 | 3212846 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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It is like everything these days is being driven by a bunch of assholes with their heads in fantasy land. It is this type of thinking and leadership that drives me up the wall more than anything else. That and lack of intellectual honesty used to justify the actions. The amount of corruption (intellectual, moral and criminal) that people turn their heads to or willing go along with just saddens me. How high the mighty have fallen.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:19 | 3212397 chindit13
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Super Bowl Update:  In order to help preserve the stock market-positive so-called "Super Bowl Effect", Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is intervening in the game by printing fresh bales of dollars and throwing them in front of AFC team Baltimore players.

"We have many policy tools in the Fed arsenal, and we'll use them as the need arises", said Bernanke to Hannah Storm of ESPN

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:32 | 3212422 U4 eee aaa
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You have to admit. Lights off saves a ton of energy. One way or another, they met their goal and in the end isn't that what it is really all about?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:04 | 3212492 Grin Bagel
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Now this batch of comments was really funny to me. It seemed to be lacking so much of the current ego-chips-on-the-shoulder name calling and I can only presume that all trolls were off duty today.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:14 | 3212510 natty light
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My first thought was: Anonymous.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 05:19 | 3212703 Zwelgje
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made me laugh.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:19 | 3212517 Fix It Again Timmy
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A moon flare caused a electromagnetic disturbance which tripped the circuit breakers....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 02:44 | 3212645 Nostradalus
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did the lights go out in Georgia as well?

vicki lawrence asked me...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 04:02 | 3212675 fijisailor
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It was probably a programmable light controller error.  It was set to shut lights off automatically at a given time and someone did not override this prior to the game.  That's my guess.  I worked on some lighting systems in sports complexes in the NO area a few years ago.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 05:34 | 3212705 Disenchanted
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Not one comment on this part?


"(a stadium which has seen some $471 million in taxpayer funds since Katrina..."


Where's all the ZH anti-entitlement, anti-handout, anti-welfare, anti-socialism, anti-communist, anti-marxist, etc., etc., screamers?

So apparently no one here cares that wealthy NFL owners are subsidized by the taxpayers. But Gawd forbid that a baby boomer retiree who had paid FICA taxes all his/her working life keeps getting a check from Social Security.

Fucking hypocrites...and btw Fuck the NFL, MLB, NHL and the NBA.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 09:45 | 3212958 knowless
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Bread and circuses.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:39 | 3213861 Totentänzerlied
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Ben prints more in a day or two.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 06:31 | 3212718 Disenchanted
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And it's not just the's a blast from the past where MLB owners were/are subsidized by taxpayers:



Putting Tax Money into Bush's Pocket


The hypocritical part is, the private owners of this very valuable land didn't want to sell. Bush and his partners gave them only a lowball offer, and when it was rejected they arranged for a new government agency (the Arlington[Texas] Sports Facility Development Authority, or ASFDA) to condemn it for them.


The agency foreclosed the land and paid the owners a very low price, later judged by a jury to be only 1/6th of its actual value. The agency also floated bonds, guaranteed and repaid by taxpayers, to finance the purchase. This amounted to a $135 million subsidy for Bush and partners, compared with the $80 million they paid for the franchise. Since they sold the entire franchise for $250 million, it's easy to see whose money Bush and friends pocketed.


The next time Junior talks about tax cuts, remember this: Arlington had to impose a new 1/2 cent sales tax just to pay for the subsidy Bush and his partners received.


To add insult to injury, Bush and his partners continue to stiff the taxpayers for $7.5 million they owe under the terms of the agreement. It held that the team would pay all expenses over $135 million. The original owners of just 13 of the acres sued the City of Arlington, saying that the ASFDA had not paid a fair price for the land. The jury awarded them $7.5 million, but even though the project exceeded the $135 million limit, the partners have refused to pay. Given their huge taxpayer subsidy and $170 million profits, it seems absurdly selfish.


George Bush, Jr. has said in campaign speeches "I will do everything I can to defend the power of private property and private property rights when I am the governor of this state." Apparently this deal was not covered by that statement, since he wasn't governor yet.


He claims that he "wasn't aware of the details" of the land condemnations, even though he was the team's managing general partner and has bragged about personally getting the stadium built. But he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in October 1990 that "The idea of making a land play, absolutely, to plunk the field down in the middle of a big piece of land, that's kind of always been the strategy."


And the key to their land play was always the strong arm of government. A memo from Arlington real estate broker Mike Reilly to Rangers President Tom Schieffer dated October 26, 1990 - the day before Bush's comment about the land play - said "In this particular situation our first offer should be our final offer ... If this fails, we will probably have to initiate condemnation proceedings after the bond election passes."


On the first day of the 1993 campaign, Bush said "The best way to allocate resources in our society is through the marketplace. Not through a governing elite." Not through a private sports team buying in the President's son cheap, and then getting the government to hand them extremely valuable land.


So what did you 'conservatives' have to say about that form of socialism when it was Dubya and friends that benefitted(His Daddy was Prez when all this went down)? Where was Rushblo, and Beck and the rest of their ilk? I'll tell you, they didn't say shit about that because it's ok when it's 'your guy' doing it. This is exactly why I hate both 'sides' now. Hypocrites of all stripes now reign in the 'land of the free.'


Not that long ago here in Hoosier Land the new stadium for the Indy Colts(Lucas Oil Stadium) was also subsidzed by the taxpayers. I think it's bullshit.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 07:40 | 3212753 mendolover
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Would have been hilariously ironic if the lights went out as Illuminati puppet Beyonce was shakin' it mid field!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:01 | 3212773 riphowardkatz
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"the game will generate $185 million in direct spending"

They only need about 20 more superbowls to make it back. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:19 | 3212789 Monedas
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Equal opportunity hires strutt their stuff in a post Katrina venue !   This is why Mayor Koch shut down the Harlem, all negro, public hospital ! This is why the MLK, all negro, medical center in Los Angeles was closed !

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:58 | 3212853 Anonymous peon
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Looks like a snapshot of our future, a very dark shade of "green".

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 09:40 | 3212938 knowless
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I really wanna know the names of the manufacturers on their electrical system..

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 10:45 | 3213161 eftian
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34 extra minutes of superbowl ad revenue $$$...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 11:54 | 3213395 Aegelis
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How much energy/time/money would they save by playing during the day?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:47 | 3214633 Lumberjack
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Just came across this...

The Centre for Industrial Progress plans to film impromptu interviews with Bill McKibben et al during The Blackout Rally on February 17, 2013 in Washington DC.

Their effort, called The Light Brigade, will put videos on the Internet.



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