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Then And Now: What 100 Years Of Change Looks Like, In One Infographic

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As we rapidly approach the 100 year anniversary of the Federal Reserve (signed into law on December 23, 1913) and the 16th amendment (ushering in that IRS favorite - the income tax) a question arises: what was life like a century ago? Conveniently, the following infographic breaks down some of the main ways in which life has changed in the past 100 years: from life expectancy, to marriage, education, employment, wages, entertainment, sport, and shopping (we finally find a time when JCPenney was actually popular), all the key ways in which the world and life in the US has changed in the past century are mapped out.

Then vs. Now
h/t @GreekFire23


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Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:26 | 3661203 Meat Hammer
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The education stats are the most telling for me because they don't teach common sense in school.  People without high-school diplomas got their education through living life and learning street smarts.  Now we have a bunch of educated ignorance surrounding us.

The least common sense is common sense.  

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:55 | 3661260 seek
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I know for some of the northeastern states the literacy rate has declined markedly from back in the day when no one went to school, because at that time education was handled at home and turning illiterate children out into the world was inexcusable..

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:13 | 3661278 WayBehind
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No way there is 63% white population in California. Perhaps somewhere in Texas. Here, maybe 30-40%. just saying ....

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:27 | 3661303 The Shootist
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Democrats and rinos encourage you to become a low information voter on the plantation.

Letting the 30 million illegal democrats vote for changing the constitution would be the last nail in the Republic's coffin. Period. Many wrote their congressmen to stop gun control, but what about protecting the citizens' sovereignty?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:47 | 3661326 economics9698
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Officially $800 in 1913 would be $18,602 today and unofficially $53,836.  Quite a gap between the reported inflation and the real inflation rate as reflected in the price of gold.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:52 | 3661333 FEDbuster
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Always convert to gold to get to the truth.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:56 | 3661416 knukles
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And people today are dumber than they look in that drawing.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:09 | 3661445 Quinvarius
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But the drawing is a cartoon.  People are dumber than cartoons?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:07 | 3661572 RockyRacoon
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Today's folks are, yes.   As for the education, there is NO equivalent in a high school education today with the same back then.  This from 1895, so you'll have to extrapolate to 1913 (if the average person knows what extrapolation is):

Could you have passed this 8th grade test?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:26 | 3661599 Meat Hammer
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I never took a test that hard in college.  

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:27 | 3661681 Son of Loki
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Numbers confuse me ... thanks for the pictures.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:37 | 3661697 Van Halen
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Pictures confuse me. Thanks for the Kardashians.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:38 | 3662394 Lets_Eat_Ben
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What's a Kardashian? Thank you for the WWE.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 11:38 | 3662614 A Nanny Moose
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An alien race from Star Trek TNG

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 15:10 | 3663062 idea_hamster
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Crossword puzzles count as "technology"?


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:42 | 3661700 clymer
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And the only two things thing the FED contributed in reference to the items listed in this graphic is a 99.7% reduction in the value of the currency it is mandated to protect, and a 350% rise in the unemployment rate (because most in know understand real unemployment is probably over 23%).

double fail on the only two things you could fail at, FED

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 08:38 | 3662330 RSloane
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The Fed's only goal is to continuously feed money into zombie banks and corporations. To this end, the Fed has been wildly successful.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 08:20 | 3662312 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Wouldn't it be fun to give this test to college profs and tell them they must ace it to keep their "jobs"?

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 13:55 | 3662910 HulkHogan
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The multiple choice questions are easy, but the essay/written questions are very hard. I have a Masters degreee and I'm old, which means I should be smart, but I bet I'd only get a C on this test.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 22:00 | 3661801 Attitude_Check
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Check out the McGuffey Reader of that time.  This was the standard, and This book was for 8th grade.  There has certainly been a major change in literacy.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 22:29 | 3661838 knukles
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I mean seriously.
Kids today aren't learned that shit even in college.
No fucking wonder...
This is not a mistake, not with the infrastructure, money and organized control over education.
It is not a mistake.
That or the folks doing this should be reeducated themselves.
It is the effective product of a wholesale dumbing down, elite ruling class society, indorctrinating our children to be helpless sheeple, slaves of the gubamint, Forward to the New World Order.

Evil, Fucking Evil

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:12 | 3661917 Lore
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Re: "Kids today aren't learned that shit"  <-- LOL

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 00:37 | 3662033 HardAssets
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Well, at least he used whole words rather than the iphone text crap that my nephews use.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 01:51 | 3662097 merizobeach
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Dude, I majored in literature and philosophy in university, and I may not have done more reading than McGuffey's 8th grade reader.  (Ok, the University of Guam is not a bastion of literacy.)  There are many titles in the reader that I've still not read yet.  Got the PDF now, thanks much for the link!

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 22:00 | 3661802 Attitude_Check
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Sun, 06/16/2013 - 21:29 | 3663770 Dave Thomas
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I call bullshit, never in 1895 was a bag of dog food 23.95!

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 00:36 | 3662032 HardAssets
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"But the drawing is a cartoon.  People are dumber than cartoons?"


Bugs Bunny was far smarter than most people today, and he had the handicap of only being two dimensional.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:14 | 3661363 underman
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$800 in the mattress would be $800 in the mattress today.  $800 converted to gold in 1913 would be $57,600 in the mattress today.  Very nice example of gold protection.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:02 | 3661562 zhandax
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No need to convert; in 1913, that $800 in the mattress was gold or silver.  If you wanted paper to make the matress softer, the certificates were redeemable in gold coin (for another 20 years).  1914 is when the frb 'notes' appeared.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 21:10 | 3661732 Whoa Dammit
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Also in 1913  50% or more of that $800 did not go to pay various taxes.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:42 | 3661964 new game
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ya man, net purchasing power of china shit and knock off fakes, not to mention silicon titties...

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 12:05 | 3662636 fuckitall
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"Officially $800 in 1913 would be $18,602 today and unofficially $53,836. "

Appreciate that info.  Your number is probably more accurate, but let's use the infographic number anyway.

Yesterday some fool said gold holders had 80x gain since 1913.  I said bullshit, it's more like 1.75x over that time period, and the 1.75x was 1933's gold call-in and dollar devaluation (20 / oz to 35 / oz).

Let's see who is right (and who is the fool).  

26,364 / 800 =  32.955  Let's say 33.  It means today's dollar is worth 1/33rd (3.03 cents) of 1913 value.

Ok let's apply that to gold.  We have to do the inverse (multiply).  20 * 33 = 660.    If gold simply offset inflation (debasing dollar) since 1913 it would be 660 / oz. 

Yesterday I said the real gain is 1.75 from the 1933 dollar devaluation.  So let's figue it in.  660 * 1.75 = 1,155.

Still way below today's spot.  Does it mean someone holding gold since 1913 has seen more than 1.75x net gain?  Maybe 1/3 more?

What about the 26,364 number?  Is it accurate?  economics9698 says it's really 53,836 now.

Ok, let's use that number.  53,836 / 800 = 67.295.  Let's say 67.

Apply it to gold, again, inverse, multiply.  20 * 67 = 1,340.

Again, figuring in my 1.75 from 1933.  1,340 * 1.75 =  2,345.  Ouch, way higher than spot. 

So what's wrong here?  Is his 53k number too high?  If it's right, it means today's dollar is worth 1/67th of 1913 value (1.4925 cents) and gold should be 2,345 / oz just pacing inflation (dollar debasement).

Here's what I think is wrong:  1913 official peg was too low.  Should have been around 28 / oz in 1913, evidenced by Roosevelt moving peg to 35 in 1933.

Why was it kept so artifically low right up to 1933?  Simple, so govt could pay people 42.85% less for their gold (1 - (20 / 35)), getting their gold just above half price.

Here's another thing I know is wrong:  53,836 / 800 has 1933 devaluation figued in already, so we don't figure it in again.

Ok, let's fix these two problems now.  (a) 1913 peg should have been around 28. (b)  Don't do the 1.75 thing, it's already figured in.

28 * 67 =  1,876.  Lookie there, right about where spot would be without all the naked shorting spot hammering lately.

And yes his 53k number might be high.  We might still be around 2 cents now, not 1.49 cents.

And yes my 1913 28 peg might be off some.  Maybe it should be 25.  But maybe it should be 30, which sounds more realisitic to me, meaning spot should be higher than 1,876 now, just pacing dollar debasement, nothing more.

I suspect his 53k number is pretty close, meaning gold has simply paced along with inflation (dollar debasement) more or less, like everything else, egss, milk, bread, gas, etc.

Dollar loses 10% value, gold and eggs and milk and bread and gas all rise about the same amount. At least gold would without all the naked shorting spot hammering.

And yes gold is trailing somewhat because of all the spot hammering.

And yes that 80x thing is nonsense.  It's nominal gain, where gain net of debasement is zero more or less, and nominal is 67x at best.

And no, one ounce gold doesn't buy 67 times as much eggs and milk and bread and gas today vs 1913.  It buys about the same amount of all that stuff, proving gold hasn't risen in real purchasing power, dollar has dropped in real purchasing power, down to 1/67th its 1913 purchasing power.

So gold is merely wealth preservation, that's it, not hoping for some huge gain in wealth, which ain't gonna happen.

Another way to view it is gold holding it's value against a rapidly falling commodity ...called US dollar.  Because those US dollars are being printed like crazy and flooded onto the market.

Yea, think of US dollar as just another commodity. And that's what it is in monetary theory. It behaves just like any other market traded commodity sans all the manipulation.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 12:53 | 3662778 donsluck
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True, PMs are only for a hedge against inflation (monetary, not CPI). So, sell when interest rates start rising. When T notes approach 6%, you should be out of PMs.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 14:48 | 3662959 fuckitall
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Maybe so, but I tend to look more at printing, I believe it has more direct impact on gold price.  T yield would be indirect thru printing in my view.  T yield rises because printing slows down.  T yield drops because printing picks up.

Then there's printing not involving Treasuries, like 35 billion / month going into MBS, which wouldn't affect T yield but would affect gold price from the printing aspect.

I don't see investor money moving back and forth between Treasuries and gold to any real extent, so no connection there.  I would speculate it's back and forth between Treasuries and other debt paper.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 14:03 | 3662924 Dark_Horse
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Even simpler math, if someone in 1913 saved $800 in common US gold coinage from general circulation and held until today.

That would be 40 SaintGaudens $20 gold coins, in XF condition.

The coins trade in the market today around $1400 each. A value of $56,000 .



Sun, 06/16/2013 - 14:52 | 3663016 fuckitall
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$1400 would be nice, getting numismatic premium free pretty much. But gold is over my head price-wise, I'm down in "poor man's gold" silver territory.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:49 | 3661330 FEDbuster
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Regarding the education stats, a high school diploma in 1913 was the equivalent of a college degree in 2013.  In some areas, the high school degree of 1913 was superior. 

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:09 | 3661577 RockyRacoon
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Exactly.  Didn't mean to front-run you but see my link to an example above.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:15 | 3661660 Sleepless Knight
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Pick up and look through any late 1800's Mcguffy reader. An 8th grade education using those books was superior to todays college levels - by far.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:51 | 3661985 Lore
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Orwell's "Linguistic Reductionism" should be referenced here:

It is shocking how the quality of communication has declined.  My great-grandparents were called away from school, yet they were well spoken, wrote flowing prose in the most beautiful handwritten script, and commanded a vocabulary that would probably shame many modern "academics." 

As a recruiter, I find the greatest barrier to personal success for most young job applicants is their rotten communication skills.  Their reading and writing is at a child's level.  Lacking basic knowledge of sentence mechanics, they cannot critique their own work.  What good is "information technology" when you cannot express yourself?  How many university students are forced to take remedial courses because their elementary education was lousy?  

More generally, a lot of young adults seem to lack basic life skills.  Unrealistic job expectations aside, there is a general trend toward dressing and looking like you just rolled out of bed.  Back in the Depression, people still clung to their dignity.  Something else is happening now.  Standards are disappearing.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 00:28 | 3662025 HardAssets
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Lore - - - if you havent already done so, you may be very interested in reading "The Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto. - - - Mr Gatto was granted the award for being Teacher of the Year in NY state and NYC. He grew up in a small community in Pennsylvania and was shocked to see the poor level of education that he found when he began teaching in NYC. He did extensive research and discovered that the degradation of education throughout America was Not an accident, but planned.  Mr Gatto's book can be read (for free) at his website. (You can also buy a hard copy):



Sun, 06/16/2013 - 01:38 | 3662091 Meat Hammer
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Great recommendation!  I'm on page 4 and already know that I won't be getting much sleep tonight.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 10:15 | 3662421 HardAssets
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LOL !  I know what you mean. I started reading it and couldnt stop till I got through it. Took about a week, if I recall.

Here's a far shorter article where John explains what he Really taught in school. "The 7 Lesson School Teacher":

Here's another source for you to check out when you get the chance. Its a clip from an interview with John Taylor Gatto. (Mr Gatto is ill and the interviewer wanted to record these conversations so that the lessons of this remarkable man could be preserved):

Enjoy everyone !

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 10:43 | 3662495 Meat Hammer
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My favorite passage from the first article:

Only a few lifetimes ago things were very different in the United States. Originality and variety were common currency; our freedom from regimentation made us the miracle of the world; social-class boundaries were relatively easy to cross; our citizenry was marvelously confident, inventive, and able to do much for themselves independently, and to think for themselves. We were something special, we Americans, all by ourselves, without government sticking its nose into our lives, without institutions and social agencies telling us how to think and feel. We were something special, as individuals, as Americans.


Sun, 06/16/2013 - 12:21 | 3662699 HardAssets
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I gave a copy of the Underground History of American Education book to a friend of my family. A very nice woman who has been teaching elementary school for years. Her parents are retired public school teachers.

Of course, she's 'too busy' to read it.

It takes a great deal of courage to question the ideas and ideals you have held for all your life.

But I did hear through the grapevine that she wants to change her career . . . . . so who knows, maybe the book had some impact afterall.  John Taylor Gatto quit after winning the NY State Teacher of the Year award. He decided he could no longer harm children by what he was forced to teach them in the public schools.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 11:49 | 3662639 A Nanny Moose
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Great suggestions. JTG is a great mind.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 02:07 | 3662114 merizobeach
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Thanks.  Free history books--FYB!

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 12:53 | 3662779 FreeNewEnergy
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HardAssets, thanks for the link. I read the prologue and chapter one and I'm hooked. Gatto is brilliant and his historical sense uncannily purposeful.

I thought, while reading, that the "schooling" of antiquity was somehow akin to the commenting and message boards of sites like ZH, where men and women can discuss and argue the issues of the day. Maybe there is some value to the internet beyond maps and free porn.

Keep reading, keep learning.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 18:18 | 3663390 HardAssets
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FreeNewEnergy - youre welcome.  (And the same to others who have replied).  The power of the internet (which the puppet masters greatly underestimated) is it gives us the ability to share information among ourselves. If they ever take it down, alternatives will spring up. The genie is out of the bottle.

When I first started reading Gatto years ago my immediate reaction was "Holy freakin' A ! ! !"  It totally blew me away and changed my view of America and what I had 'learned' (and not learned) in school. It also gave me great hope. I know that it wasn't always this way. It doesnt have to be this way.

If the boot stomping down on human energy and creativity were shoved aside, the results for humanity would seem miraculous. In the end, the control freaks won't be able to prevent this from happening.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:17 | 3662339 RSloane
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Community colleges across the country are lamenting the fact that more and more of their resources are going into providing remedial education rather than providing coursework commesurate with other colleges. What happens when a third or more of your college students cannot read on a fourth grade level, write on a third grade level, and can't do basic math. How those students ever graduated from high school is a mystery that primary and secondary schools refuse to address.

This is what happens when schools are relegated to providing social services rather than actually teaching anyone. Its a good thing that modern schools focus on making the student feel good about themselves, is it not? No one is discussing what happens to the self-esteem of those students when they don't even qualify for a job at Burger King after graduating from high school.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 18:04 | 3663338 Lore
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re: "This is what happens when schools are relegated to providing social services..."

Perceptive.  Priority is to separate the parents from the child ASAP and erode parental sovereignty over the child's upbringing. Case in point: the renewed push to eliminate letter grades, the effect of which is to erode the ability of parents to take part in the process of measuring and monitoring a child's progress based on standardized testing. Once again, the government objective is LESS ACCOUNTABILITY and MORE CONTROL.

As usual, the problem boils down to Statism. We have way too much government. I am particularly worried about the Agenda 21 sustainability movement (Big "Green" Brother) in that regard.  It seems to be a perfect recipe for grassroots totalitarianism.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:57 | 3661341 garypaul
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I only look at the facts... along with a drop in White population percentage there was  dramatic increase in life expectancy and education (especially higher education)... just saying...

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:54 | 3661411 Raymond_K_Hessel
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The average life expectancy numbers are misleading. The average life expectancy if you made it to twenty was not much lower than ours is now. Infant mortality was much higher and brought down the overall average.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:27 | 3661477 August
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"The average life expectancy if you made it to twenty was not much lower than ours is now."

Well worth everyone's awareness.  Aside from antibiotics, and some public health measures, the modern medical-industrial complex is, as a societal enterprise, of only marginal benefit.  Insitutional Healthcare, Insurers and Big Pharma are high tribute to the post-modern West's intense fear of death, and personal insignificance.

Personally, I aspire to having my self-awareness uploaded into the cloud, and my head cryogenically preserved, to be fitted out with a newly-grown body from time to time, as funding from my offshore trust permits.  Boo-yah!

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:58 | 3661995 new game
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ah, but the quality of life. hard work, hard play and die young beats the shit out of what  

some call the good life...

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 00:12 | 3662013 HardAssets
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There's no FREEDOM INDEX --

that is, the measure of how many times youre likely to get hassled by some kind of 'authorities' if you made a trip from one coast to the other.

In 2013 we get to be spied on by traffic cameras, groped at the airport, have our conversations recorded, be required to have licenses & approvals for many of the things we choose to do and purchase, etc, etc, etc.

Yeah, I'd gladly give up the laptop and a few other hi tech diversion gizmos in exchange for the freedom people had a century ago.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:03 | 3662349 Widowmaker
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Freedom index only occurs at the muzzle of a gun.

Same as it ever was, except in 1913 people weren't two generations of spineless faggots that think they are the center of the universe because government incorporated pays their bills.


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:56 | 3661546 DanDaley
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Longer life was certainly due to antibiotics and the spread of good hygiene practices.  Any population that has more offspring living into adulthood, gradually puts more resources into fewer offspring, thus the population increase of that population tends to decline.  This is a very well understood principle in anthropology.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 02:05 | 3662111 merizobeach
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"I only look at the facts.."

Not exactly.  You only look at a very narrow scope of some of the facts, and then you try to derive unwarranted conclusions.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:51 | 3661408 astroloungers
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Awww,come know why that is. Our next prez Jeb just told us. His favorite folk are more fertile! Pay close attention brothers and sisters, the people that run the show wish to BREED STUPID!

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 01:10 | 3662066 not applicable
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There is a movie titled: "Idocracy".  Pretty much sums it all up

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:18 | 3662381 RSloane
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Its now reaching documentary status.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 01:09 | 3662063 not applicable
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Yeah, I don't understand how 63% can be white.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 02:01 | 3662107 merizobeach
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Have ever been outside of California?  Try some of those inland states like Idaho across to Minnesota; if you find more than a couple non-whities there, you've ventured into a Wild Indian Preserve*.

*I use that term not with contempt for the culturally-obliterated 'Wild Indians' still 'preserved' there but for the cultural-obliterators that created the concept.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:05 | 3662357 Widowmaker
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You dont understand that "Hispanic" is not a race.

We are white - and racist.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:13 | 3661362 TheGardener
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The smug lad stands up straight and laudably arrogantly so
but the presumably female immigrant smiles with humped
attitude. Straighten up your shoulders maiden, we have
social security but no eternal live support for low self esteem.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:29 | 3661686 GOSPLAN HERO
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Educated?  LOL

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:24 | 3661204 TeamDepends
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Time for the whites to shrug off that guilt and start breedin'!

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:32 | 3661217 Meat Hammer
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Can I say my kids are minorities now and make sure that little black kid who studied his ass off doesn't get into Harvard?  Not that I would ever send my kids to Harvard.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:38 | 3661238 francis_sawyer
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Yeah ~ I vote for JC Penney sychophant 'Ellen DeGeneres' to start the 'breeding' process...

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3661246 TeamDepends
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Naw francis, it's a biological fact that two girls can't....

P.S.  We always thought a great name for a punk band would be Ellen Degenerate.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:49 | 3661254 francis_sawyer
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Well the main difference I can see in the two illustrations is:


- In 1913 [the dude ~ probably representing the cheesepope FED ~ has a "I'm about to assfuck you" gleam in his eye]

- In 2013 [the GOYA bean chick ~ probably representing modern day 'Americana' ~ has a "I love a good assfucking" gleam in her eye & is more than happy to go shopping & dress for the occasion]...



Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:56 | 3661262 TeamDepends
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Well, the dude might, like a gentleman, offer to use lube (motor oil back in the day).  Whereas she is saying:  "Let's flush our morals down the toilet and roll around in canned beans like Ann-Margret in Tommy....

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:28 | 3661305 qqqqtrader
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speaking of motor oil... you could drive farther in this 1913 car , the Ford Model T, opposed to the 2013 Leaf on one tank/charge.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:06 | 3661353 TeamDepends
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Yes, and just think what they've done with Tesla's ideas over the last century....

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:00 | 3661422 francis_sawyer
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"You can eat your dinner, eat your, pork & beans... I eat more chicken any man's ever seen"

~Jim Morrison

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:49 | 3661537 CashCowEquity
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Howling Wolf (BackDoor Man)

Sorry Mr. Morrison.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:33 | 3661948 Ginsengbull
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If they actually followed up on Teslas ideas, cars, planes, boats and houses would all receive their electricity wirelessly.


With todays technology, they could still bill accordingly.


Just use frequency hopping techniques so power can only be gleaned by certain antennas at certain times, according to an ever-changing pattern. That pattern could be accessed only by active paying accounts.


I'd just hate to be the one who forgets to pay my bill, and has my airplane motor shut off for non-payment.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:23 | 3661371 Meat Hammer
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Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:31 | 3661311 A Lunatic
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I thought it was the same person, used to illustrate the feminization and emasculation of modern (metro-sexual) man.........

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 13:02 | 3662795 FreeNewEnergy
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francis, you are one sick puppy, but, I'm kinda a sick pup myself, so thanks for the laugh.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:40 | 3661227 W74
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I'm hoping for 5-8, and the pride of being able to say I didn't have government support to take care of them.  Race would never be a problem (for who can fault someone for their pigmentation only? It's what you don't see that matters) if intelligence buffed out across groups evenly and standard deviations didn't matter. 


Too bad we live in reality; ice people vs. sun people; abstract thought vs. the absense thereof; the ability to plan ahead vs. living for the moment and then being dumbfounded as to how things came to be and how to progress from there.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:02 | 3661347 garypaul
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Well, there was plenty of government support back then so your comment is nonsense. Also the infographic shows that along with a drop in White population percentage there was dramatic increase in life expectancy and education (especially higher education). The ability to formulate a coherent thought is also a good thing to have buddy.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:46 | 3661400 NidStyles
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In his defense your correlation does not imply causation.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:01 | 3661426 knukles
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Never stopped a good bill from passing Congress!

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:20 | 3662385 RSloane
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Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:03 | 3661432 astroloungers
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could not agree more. the increase in non white pop is not evenly distibuted through the 100 yrs. alot of the increase can not be accounted for.

(that means the non whites are still alive)

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 21:28 | 3661748 Georgiabelle
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It is a well documented fact that more educated people tend to have fewer children and to live longer than those with a lower level of education. The correlation you note is real, but in the opposite direction of what your comment implies. As overall education levels increased people had fewer children, and those children were more likely to survive their early childhood, in large part due to improvements in hygiene and overall sanitation, more children being born in hospitals, and early childhood vaccines. Also, since the majority of the population was white, it is perfectly logical that the white population would drop as education levels increased. If you are suggesting that the increases in the levels of education and life expectancy were due to a drop in the white population you need to re-take Logic 101. 

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:35 | 3661230 Race Car Driver
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Yeah ... see 'Fashion' above. They're on their way to her apartment, where she'll remove what little clothes she has on and fuck like wild animals. She'll give birth to a mutt nine months later and become yet another single mom on the dole. I have no idea what happens to the dude - it's not relevent to this story.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:32 | 3661312 KickIce
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Sure it's relevant, he's going to father another 5-6 kids in the same manner.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:18 | 3661463 e_goldstein
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In their defense, she is dressed like a whore.


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:32 | 3661610 Bazza McKenzie
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"She'll give birth to a mutt" -- Nah, Obama promised her a free abortion.  Though maybe he meant his government.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3661247 sangell
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Some of them are but I don't think you'd like who they are 'breeding' with!

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:48 | 3661328 newworldorder
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RE: TeamDepends;

Too late on your "whites should start breedin" comments. The "other" current ethniciy percentage is most telling at 23.5%.This is primarily a Hispanic/Latino present representation, which was not even a statistical blip in 1913. Most of the "racial diversity" in this country has come as a result of legislative changes to immigration by the US Congress (starting in 1965,) NOT by natural birth rates of the US population as it existed in 1913. Add to this the willful abortion numbers among the black minority population of our country and white abstinence on child rearing, and you have the current demographic.


Given where the current likely immigration legislation will take us, hispanics will within several generations archive parity with whiteson numbers count of population. . Black Leaders have, through their actions and support of open borders immigration, consigned our black population today and in the future, to permanent lowest population minority status

Again - These population demographics have been achieved through Congressional Legislation. Both parties are responsible. The question is WHY?



And please, no political arguments. Yes business has always liked open borders and likes wage suppression. But this is not the whole story. Why consciously set in motion the demographic change of an entire country/Republic, in the span of several generations?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:03 | 3661568 Lonewar
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Umm, you are wrong on one count

In 1913, the Hispanic, or Latino, or Mexican, or any other lable denoting a Spanish/American Indian cross-breed, did NOT EXIST

They were considered Whites

It is not until after 1965ish that the Latino lable was invented to give a subset of the population access to the Free Shit Army

They are White Boys, and if you dont believe it, look at a Birth Certificate for Hernandez at the time, Race will be listed as White

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:24 | 3661376 falak pema
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"guilt" ?

More like  "neo con hubris" for the 1%,  "delusionary me first" for the middle class, "pusillanimous USa, USA" for the sheeple.

Down the shute go the last two, up the gaseous baloon go the first few; is the Hindenburg waiting for them?

As for breeding : you may have noticed being affluent kills the urge, being dirt poor is the accelerator. 

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:13 | 3661583 zhandax
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If you are dirt poor, and have no grasp of consequences, that is one of the few entertainments you think you can afford.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:24 | 3661207 Ahmeexnal
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sheeple are sheeple

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:07 | 3661273 LetThemEatRand
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With your avatar, shouldn't you be observing instead that sheeple are strange?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:47 | 3661402 NidStyles
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You seem to enjoy the thought of him watching, and probably you enjoy watching him watch?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:24 | 3661208 THX 1178
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No federal reserve/ Federal reserve

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:26 | 3661213 InspectorBird
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I like how they included "in todays dollars" for top grossing film and no mention of that for average individual income.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:39 | 3661239 Skateboarder
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9.4mil / 413thou = 22.76, times $800 "avg income" = $18,208 in "today's money."

That seems about right.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:30 | 3661607 zhandax
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If you see it in print, question it.  That 413K was a bit over 20,000 oz gold.  Translates to ~$28MM today.  If you hear it on teevee, just assume it is a lie.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:28 | 3661216 malek
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 Windows 8 brings more touchscreen capability


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:34 | 3661315 jon dough
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It does make me want to put my fist thru the screen, though.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 21:42 | 3661771 NidStyles
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NVM Linux has had it for nearly a decade already.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:25 | 3662389 RSloane
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Of the younger generations, how many people do you think even know what Linux is?

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:41 | 3662407 knukles
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He's that character in Peanuts.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:32 | 3661222 bank guy in Brussels
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The 2013 babe at the top who is supposed to be representing us -

She is cute but has some damn ugly shoes

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:41 | 3661243 Skateboarder
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Even Crocs look better than that gawbage.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:54 | 3661259 ebworthen
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Open-toed shoes = "Im easy".

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:00 | 3661344 Blano
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Shoes all look the same in the dark.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:32 | 3661225 IridiumRebel
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Work ethic Whitey in suit vs. La Loca in "Fuck Me pumps"....let me off this ride.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:26 | 3661291 guinea
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I thought the exact same.  Can we go back to 1913 and start over?  when our inner cities were actually nice and you don't have to fear your life; our countrysides weren't littered with McMansions and decaying strip malls; and we didn't have 50 million illegal immigrants and their Spanish-speaking descendents.  

Blind GDP growth, twinkets and degree inflation ain't worth it when you end up losing the country.  

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:03 | 3661349 garypaul
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Yeah, let's go back to a 52 year life expectancy and a 12% high school graduation rate LOL... what a dumb f*ck

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:15 | 3661365 IridiumRebel
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We postulate a return to a more capitalistic functioning society minus the invisible hand. No worries. Obamacare will hit your numbers.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:43 | 3662413 knukles
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Odd part about it is that nobody who can afford it will use it (exchanges, etc) nobody who needs it will be able to get it (re Aetna/CA).
Ah, miracles.

Reminds me of the good old days of Lourdes....

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:56 | 3661415 NidStyles
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Sure, that means I can stop paying SS and property taxes. That means people will not have to be decrepit and waste my time, and children can learn the value of work and actual productivity.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:08 | 3661642 guinea
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You dumb fuck.  First figure out how life expectancy is calculated.  The average adult in 1913 didn't actually live only to 52.  And the whole point was that while 12% might have graduated from high school in 1913, they were still smarter than our current college grads.  For one, they had good morals and love for country. 

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:43 | 3661703 Totentänzerlied
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Love for country explains how we got here. Good morals are transitory.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 21:44 | 3661772 NidStyles
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Love for an abstraction is nothing but idolatry and perversion.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:45 | 3662415 knukles
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Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:16 | 3661922 Ginsengbull
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Here's an 8th grade final exam from 1895.


I bet 0bama could pass it, because it gives the answers too.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:53 | 3661991 quasimodo
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Rue Paul. That you?

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 20:22 | 3661672 RockyRacoon
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Ah, the good ole days... when the Irish were the group to hate.  How times have changed.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 21:53 | 3661787 nmewn
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lol...the more times change...

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:07 | 3661904 Ginsengbull
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All you have to do is drive 50 miles away from any city.


America is still here.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 01:16 | 3662073 not applicable
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When the dollar was still redeemable in gold and saving your money made sense; and construtive work ethic and sound investments thus prevailed as a result of the REAL capital made available from working savers

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:35 | 3661231 Frastric
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Given how the dollar has devalued 98% since 1913, then actually the average individual income in 2013 is $527.

The Federal Reserve has done its job well...

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:38 | 3661237 JJ McApe
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US economy is like Apollo 13 lol...... Houston We have a problem.....we need duct tape...socks..a mailbox with Lithium hydroxide to scrub CO2 from the spacecraft atmosphere. of WallStreet....and

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:41 | 3661242 sangell
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Interesting that then, as now, the US was the world's largest industrial power and yet less than 3% of the population had bachelors degrees and 13% a high school diploma ( probably close to what a diploma mill degree is today). In Europe I think only about 1.5% of the population had college level degrees prior to WW2. We really should reassess how much education the average person needs. Spending 6 to 8 more years in the labor force might be a better deal for most now than spending the time and money pursuing a lacklustre education.


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:15 | 3661282 Winston Churchill
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Beg to differ, but in 1913 the UK was the largest industrial power.Just.

The loss of export markets and a whole generation of young men

lost during WWI changed that.

The US education system is more about quantity, than quality, and public

schooling in the US leaves Americans several years behind their peers in the world.

Garbage in + garbage out as they say in computing.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:38 | 3661391 Acet
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+1 This

I remember some years a ago when one of the mediocre students in my class in high-school went to the US for a year in a student exchange program. He came back having had A-grades at everything in the US and was still as bad a student as before in Portugal.


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 18:05 | 3661405 mjcOH1
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"Interesting that then, as now, the US was the world's largest industrial power and yet less than 3% of the population had bachelors degrees and 13% a high school diploma"


There's a case to be made the stats are really the same today. Social promotion is not the same as a high school diploma. A BA in women's studies or african american studies is a taxpayer subsidy, not an indication of an education of use to the individual or society.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 23:02 | 3661899 Ginsengbull
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Garbage in = garbage out.


=, not +

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 07:43 | 3662283 Agent 440
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2013: Vote your Lady-parts. - I think that sums it all up.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:46 | 3661250 kicksroute66
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Big woop

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:48 | 3661252 samsara
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We (thru complexities)  have turned into the Eloi.


In 1913  I'd say that 90% of the population could explain how 90% of the things around them work.


In 2013 90% can't tell you how 90% of the things they use everyday work.


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:52 | 3661256 Atomizer
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Onslow on [Keeping up Appearances] displays the typical liberal viewpoint.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:23 | 3661297 W74
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One of the reasons why everything costs so much.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 15:56 | 3661261 ISEEIT
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So since the 'govmint' is gone then I suppose it's just me huh?


Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:08 | 3661356 zerozulu
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If you could run faster, cops could never catch you.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:00 | 3661266 greatbeard
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I remember J C Penny used to be one of the stores I liked in my late teens and early 20s.  I worked construction for awhile and their work boots were the only thing I'd buy.  When I was a kid I could walk to that new shopping sensation, the mall.  And in that mall was a J C Penny, along with Sears, for my tools and sporting goods.  I was poor,poor, poor, but I could sure dream looking at the fishing gear at Sears.  I'm thinking their logo brand was Ted Williams?

Oh well, time for this old dinosaur to wallow back into the tar pit to continue with the slow dying routine.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 17:07 | 3661354 qqqqtrader
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Best pump shotgun I ever owned was a Ted Williams model 300 from Sears, early 1970's, 12ga full choke, bridge over the whole barrel and walnut stock. Bought that before I bought my 1st car.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 22:59 | 3661893 Ginsengbull
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Sears isn't sh*t, compared to what it used to be.

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 00:03 | 3662005 Lore
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Sears has gone downhill? I agree. It's not hard to see why all the big department stores are in trouble.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 19:02 | 3661565 kareninca
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I remember wandering around in our local J.C. Penney's in the 1970s and thinking that I never in my life wanted to buy a piece of clothing; that I'd just wear my brother's cast-offs.  Since it was all horrible, cheap, ugly clothing.  And I didn't think that because I was familiar with nice clothing; most of the stuff in Macy's and G. Fox in Hartford CT was terrible by then, too.  Actually the clothing at Sears, even for women, was of better quality, if ugly.

At least you have some nice retail memories, greatbeard.

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:01 | 3661267 CuriousPasserby
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1913: No deodorant, toilet paper, air conditioning, antibiotics, novocaine...

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 16:24 | 3661300 Spastica Rex
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Imagine what people in 2113 will be saying about your pathetic life. Hardly worth living.

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