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Visualizing Uncle Sam's Missing Money

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With a national debt approaching $17 trillion, Uncle Sam is tightening his belt and looking under the cushions for extra change. But a closer look at his pocket book reveals just how little he knows about where your money is going. The following infographic provides a few examples that will make you think twice about Uncle Sam's accounting skills.


Missing Money

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Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:44 | 3742983 cougar_w
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Trillion here, trillion there. Pretty soon you're talking real money.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:46 | 3742989 ejmoosa
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Or at least real paper.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:51 | 3743013 flacon
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Somebody funded the Deep Underground Military Bases and all those tunnels..... I wonder how much that infrastructure cost. 

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:56 | 3743035 Buckaroo Banzai
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I always knew it was a fucking black hole, but now I KNOW that it's a fucking black hole.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:16 | 3743098 max2205
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Tightening. .you're fucking joking right

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:50 | 3743203 outofideas
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We better have a fucking secret volcano lair on Jupiter for all that money that went missing. I don't even care if that is Ben and the Pres plan to run to when it all goes to shit, I just want to know they didn't just set it on fire.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:28 | 3743289 Chupacabra-322
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Dude, Where's my $2.3 Trillion (1999)

$2.3 trillion of balances, transactions and adjustments are inadequately documented, according to a 1999 Defense audit. Military money managers made almost $7 trillion in adjustments to their financial ledgers in an attempt to make things add up. Alas, the Pentagon could not show receipts for $2.3 trillion of those changes.

"According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it's stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible."

- Secretary of Defense Criminal Donald H. Rumsfeld 9/10/2001

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:06 | 3743572 Bananamerican
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12.4 Trillion....

who got it?

The Devil's children

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 22:13 | 3743751 prains
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LOFL and not one of those fuckers even thought to leave a 50 on your night stand after they were done with you.


Dudes it's getting to the point where you need a third party country to come in and take over for awhile just to get rid of the filth in your own gov't, you know the same thing you did for Iraq, freedom fries for everybody.

LOL, Dickey and Rummey, lifer technocrats, bent your entire country over and made it rain.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:45 | 3747099 rocker
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I said long ago that the Iraq/Afghanistan War cost us 10 trillion.  Who's laughing now ?   Not Me.  

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 22:36 | 3743815 cynicalskeptic
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According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it's stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible."

- Secretary of Defense Criminal Donald H. Rumsfeld 9/10/2001


yeah.... right before 9/11.......  coincidence?   never mind all the T-bills dated 9/12/12 that cleared under 'emergency measures' that never were supposed to have existed in the first place (part of the black funding used to attack the USSR financially).....

but hell....the CIA probably netted more than this in drug running profits

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 00:27 | 3744050 gdogus erectus
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Yes, and don't forget that the Oh eN I were the guys that helped discover the missing $2.3 trillion.  And they just so happned to all be rounded up throughout the Pentagon and were all put in one place in the newly remodeled section of the Pentagon that was just battle hardened to keep fires from speading throughout the building.  Sprinklers, etc.  I shit you not.  And guess where the missile just happened to hit that morning....  What a coincidence!  And this is after fuck-nuts got on TV to let everyone know that if you want to try to disclose something, we can take a missile and fly it up your ass.  Even if you work in the Pentagon.  Nice guys.  I've read that over 80% of those guys were wiped out.  Wait, I hear something.  Gotta go.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 00:28 | 3744051 gdogus erectus
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Key bounce.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:13 | 3743091 SilverRhino
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12 trillion would make one HELL of an off the boks space program.

The Aurora is a moderate-sized spacefaring vehicle. The late National Security Council scientist Dr. Michael Wolf (4.) of NSC's unacknowledged Special Studies Group subcommittee, (formerly called MJ-12), has stated that the Aurora can operate on both conventional fuel and antigravity field propulsion systems. He further stated that the Aurora can travel to the Moon. 

The Lockheed-Martin X-33A military spaceplane is a prototype of Lockheed's other spaceplane, the single-stage-to-orbit reuseable aerospace vehicle, the National SpacePlane. It is possible that what I have called the X-33A is the Aurora craft which Dr. Wolf described. 

The Nautilus is another space- faring craft, a secret military spacecraft which operates by magnetic pulsing. It operates out of the unacknowledged new headquarters of the U.S. Space Command, deep under a mountain in Utah. It makes twice-a-week trips up to the secret military-intelligence space station, which has been in deep space for the past thirty years, and manned by U.S. and USSR (now CIS) military astronauts. 

The TAW-50 is a mach-50 hypersonic, antigravity craft. A defense contractor with whom I have been in communication leaked to me details of this U.S. Advanced TAW-50. Developed during the early 1990s, the capabilities of this war-bird are jaw-dropping. And the technology shows that the Defense Department did not fail to utilize what it learned combing through the wreckage of various UFO crashes.The TAW-50 is capable of going into space, and does.


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:47 | 3743193 putaipan
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for about two years straight, every sunday morning at about 3-4 am i could watch a fleet of "wings" fly silently at an alltitude of 200 yards going- get this- 25-30 mph. i'd look up and say to myself- "so tha's what a trillion dollars looks like".this was fourteen years ago when a trillion dollars still meant something. black budgets? hah! it's the beyond black budget numbers i wanna see. another thing i've always said to myself is this- if it wasn't for these evil fuckers there would be enough prosperity for all. and i mean all- every person on this planet, not their malthusian reduced population numbers.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 08:14 | 3744460 StychoKiller
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I checked all my pants and coat pockets, NONE of that dinero made it to my house!

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:53 | 3743021 McMolotov
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This Sam motherfucker is your loony uncle who has a violent streak to go along with his spending problem. For years now he's been involved with selling weapons and drugs. He also has paranoid tendencies and spies on people like some kind of perv.

What an asshole.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:56 | 3743028 RockyRacoon
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If it were gold missing I'd be worried.  Chill, it's just paper.  We can make more.  Gold?  Not so much.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:23 | 3743062 AE911Truth
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Worry already.

> According to Jeff Prager, evidence from nine court cases
> any one of which would have revealed the existence of the
> “not officially acknowledged” gold accounts, evidence
> stored in the World Trade Center, North Tower,
> Building 7, and Building 6.
> The problem for the people who control this gold was how
> to destroy this evidence without revealing intent.
> The solution was clear: destroy the entire building complex.
> The events of 9/11 were an attempt to conceal
> the existance of the gold referenced in the Keenan Complaint.
> Book 3 - The Golden Lily Treasure by Jeff Prager
> Book 1 - Deals with the people responsible for 911, who they are, how they
> did
> and most importantly why.
> Link to Book 1, “Murdering Liberty Killing Hope:
> Book 2 - After 911
> Connects the SubPrime crisis to the same people responsible for 911.
> Source:
> bonds-held-chicago-fed-crates

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 22:42 | 3743830 cynicalskeptic
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Kind of blows your mind to think that they ran through Yamashita's treasure AND all the gold in Fort Knox......

puts a whole new spin on post WWII America if it turns out much of that 'prosperity' was funded by stolen treasure BUT it explains the 'petrodollar' and world reserve currency status if the US were paying the Saudis under the table in gold for US oil imports if they'd continue to demand payment in $US from others -

that scenario creates a demand for $US and props up the dollar after Nixon abrogated Bretton Woods and the rest of the world SHOULD have started dropping the dollar.  The Saudis get gold from sources not mentioned and the dollar gets another 40 years in its world domination run.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 03:03 | 3744229 thisandthat
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-1 for linking to a site that tries to milk you for free content; +1 for bringing this back, nevertheless.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 08:48 | 3744534 Element
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They never loose the debt though, just seems a bit asymmetric.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:00 | 3743053 xtop23
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Check under Rumsfeld's mattress .... I guarantee there's a few hundred billion under there.

Pretty convenient timing on that plane thing in NY, eh?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 00:09 | 3744014 Motorboat
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And don't forget to check Dov Zakheim either, dual citizen of the US and Israel, and the DOD comptroller. You got smoked goyim, a long, long time ago.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:22 | 3743115 Praetorian Guard
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I wonder if the 12 trillion is part of the debt or NOT included in the already ballooned debt, making it upwards of a real 29 trillion???

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:35 | 3743312 sgorem
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Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:45 | 3742985 SpiceMustFlow
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jesus christ collapse already, I just don't fucking care anymore

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:57 | 3743032 ZerOhead
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There will be plenty of time for you to spend in the collapse later... might as well fully enjoy the last rays of sunshine while you can...

The stormclouds are gathering on the horizon...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:07 | 3743073 SpiceMustFlow
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I agree, but I'm not rich, have a good job that is stable and will absolutely be here regardless of larger economic climate, and I'm young so I'd rather this shit fall apart sooner than later so I can at least spend the productive years of my life in a climate more conducive to upward mobility than this. Plus I desperately want Krugman to see all of his beliefs fall apart around him and eat a bullet.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:02 | 3743229 Totentänzerlied
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" will absolutely be here regardless of larger economic climate"

Only three jobs fit that bill: farmer, priest, undertaker.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:25 | 3743281 cougar_w
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Better include "soldier" too. In which I now include the job formerly known as "police officer".

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:12 | 3743586 SpiceMustFlow
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you might be right I just hope oil rig inspection doesn't go out of style anytime soon

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:11 | 3743250 AGuy
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"'I'm young so I'd rather this shit fall apart sooner than later so I can at least spend the productive years..."

I have my doubts on a recovery after the collapse. The odds of a another World War are very high and it would plunge the world into another dark ages lasting centuries. Usually any major global crisis leads to major wars.  I rather live all my years before the next World War.



Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:27 | 3743288 cougar_w
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My currently 12 yo son will hopefully be too young still when all that finally happens.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:47 | 3743340 Praetorian Guard
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It really makes you wonder if we have been here before. Several ancient texts speak of the Men of Old, the Men of Renown. Who were these people? Some texts go a bit farther than the "bible" and speak of a time before this "period" were a massive war took place... from a mathematical perspective, we might have until, maybe, 2025. Personally, I think fucking aliens seeded us. Lost faith in religion and christianity - nothing but modern day invisible arms of govt to control people. So either 1) "God" exists, but doesn't give a shit (thus not worth my time); 2) We are the product of evolution; or 3) Alien race seeded us - which is pretty much what every fucking ancient society implies by their works... in the end, I believe we all get hosed... life will start over after a WWIII, tech will be lost, and several thousand years humans we be in the same boat again...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 22:32 | 3743799 cynicalskeptic
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You think too highly of us.......    I personally think we were the equivalent of some Alien's Junior High Science Fair experiment - one forgotten and thrown in the trash after he lost to 'cold fusion powered rocket' or somethign else more useful.....     'genetically modified ape for use as slave labor on planet X' turned out to be not too obedient, violent and inefficient while the planet itself was not all that valuable. 

The aliens thought they destroyed us in the flood right before they took off but we survived to go on to bigger and better ways of making the world a mess.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:50 | 3743351 Praetorian Guard
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No such thing - stable job. When this bitch rolls its over. It will not matter if you work for govt, soldier, cop, whatever. We are talking about a global collapse of JiT, food, energy, etc. people will literally go ape shit. No amount of "wall" will keep the wave of pissed off humanity back...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 05:41 | 3744320 Parrotile
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No amount of wall won't, but I'll comfortably wager a few hundred nautical miles of sea will . . . .

And with traditional navigation skills having been replaced entirely by "easy to use" GPS and digital mapping / charting - once GPS ceases to be reliable most will be firmly stuck on "their" land mass with nowhere to go other than roam their patch of dirt.

Maybe a good time to swap some of your PMs for a good sextant, and reliable, accurate mechanical clock . . . . . .

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:45 | 3742987 ejmoosa
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Damn, that's even worse than I would have thought....Good thing they can print some more to replacing those missing dollars.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:46 | 3742990 Gene Parmesan
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Enough is enough.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:58 | 3743046 ZerOhead
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Enough is never enough...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:48 | 3742995 blabam
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Donald Rumsfeld worst timing ever? You mean best.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:49 | 3742999 AgShaman
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Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:22 | 3743274 garypaul
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What a lucky coincidence huh?

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:30 | 3743303 cougar_w
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Or more proof if you need it that the universe is paying attention and really really wants us headed in a very particular direction.

No I don't know what direction that is. It does not have to be good at all. If we have become a problem then we may be creating our own destruction and will not escape being suicided.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:01 | 3743389 CCanuck
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Its almost like he planned it that way...wierd uhh

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:56 | 3743015 Aurora Ex Machina
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Given there's an important meeting just about to start, one last message:

Smart Bunnies should have been looking to the Star when the attractive lake was burning, given it has an Eye to the Sky, that was the real message. The push-back is not acceptable, Mr Men., full compliance is expected.


Evolve or Die.


Anyhow, to the rest of you, you're great, have fun, never give up (and although tempting, I won't rickroll you there) and those on here who have put up with the jibber-jabber are excellent; all of you lions, tigers and bears are top of the pile, it's been a pleasure to fight with you. I won't throw a name out, but hey (Tip E GodSpeed!).

Tyler, thankyou for being a most gracious host, please close this account and prevent anyone else using this name if you would be so kind, I won't be using it again.

Good Luck, and Good Night.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:34 | 3743072 xtop23
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Jesus man the NSA threaten you with a Breitbart dart or what? 

Fuck those guys, man.

The saying, "Ignorance is bliss", is for pussies.

edit; I reread your post and it still makes my eyeballs melt.

It reminds me of that strange letter, attributed to a Rockefeller heir that was released just prior to him going underground or some kinda damn thing, that boiled down to repent or die.


Live long and prosper, John Nash. 


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:07 | 3743076 moonstears
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What the fuck was that? Don't agree with all you say, but you're interesting often, Macjina. This, I'm at a loss to decode or glean...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:11 | 3743080 RockyRacoon
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Good luck to ya.

For those of you who are confused....  Track his comments.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:11 | 3743251 Jendrzejczyk
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Rocky, I'm still confused. Shed some light on my lost ass.


Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:24 | 3743113 Aurora Ex Machina
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In the spirit of Monty Python: I'd like everyone to be able to pull / GREP / read at will anything I've dribbled, so if closing the account stops that, then don't. I just won't be posting anymore. And they say that anti-climax is fixed by viagra...


Love you all, you fucking dangerous Space Monkeys. Make it work, it's fun out there. Alpha & Omega, ciao.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:53 | 3743207 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Be seeing you...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:00 | 3743376 Aurora Ex Machina
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Remember: This was all done via Neanderthal / Homo Sapiens base organic tech, whilst drunk - and I mean, seriously pissed. (Average: 17 units / post). And, doing full disclosure, removing via stabbing of the Inner Eye and all connections to any other Sentient Beings and their current networks, I didn't even use the network or the Other alien stuff going on down here. (And yeah, there is Network Organic HiveMind stuff here).

The Lesson isn't that there's some wonder Being out there, the lesson is: This Shit Is Easy. And fuck me, it hurt. So, the lesson ain't the "ALIENZ" are so much better, the lesson is: you can do this shit, easily.


I am not the object, you are. You can all do this.


Now fucking do it, I have very little time left.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:33 | 3743484 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Dann sind wir Helden, für einen Tag..."

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:44 | 3743504 Aurora Ex Machina
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And a lesson: I will stand 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 years of pain to get the result I want.

So, I'd really, really, really, pay attention there you fucking snakes,

I will take the pain.


And unlike your kind, I feel it. That's the difference: I feel it, you ignore it and take the physical, or get high on the fear index. Fuck you snakes, you were offered balance, don't even try war, or I will wipe this planet clean on principle you digusting things. Grow the fuck up, APEP.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:03 | 3743562 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Be well, friend, and, as they say on Planet Gong, "you never blow y'r trip forever."

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:19 | 3743263 skank
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...4 u, a silly post... i hope you like cars...    :)

She's a little runaway rmx

Car & Vehicle Win _ Fail Compilation

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:47 | 3743337 Jendrzejczyk
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No. Unacceptable. No crypto-Nostradamas fortune cookie palm reading bullshit. Spell it out, own it and stay for the glory of being right, or eat the humble crow souffle.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:55 | 3743372 cougar_w
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Like quantum entanglement, it is resolved by the act of observation.

There are no answers. There is no truth. There are causes and effects, maybe, but there are outcomes, always.

Stay tuned.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:13 | 3743397 Aurora Ex Machina
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I did spell it out. Your Star was the visage of the spectacle. If you're too lazy to see what has been done, then that's your issue. Nuclear weapons were over-ridden by a Star, and X X X spread.

And that cost me, dearly. Now let me go die at least with some kind of closure, please.


I don't get to survive this, and it hurts so badly, so fucking badly. I will answer this, but I am dying and it hurts.



I love you all, but I have to go.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 03:01 | 3744227 zhandax
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Travel well, and we will meet again

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 06:14 | 3744337 prains
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and roll me one of those before you og

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:48 | 3743345 pazmaker
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Aurora don't do it!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:12 | 3744873 tip e. canoe
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goddess speed, dearest Aurora.   humbled by the shoutout.   as you may have noticed already, the bespoken besottedness flows both ways.

since our convo in code last week, having recurrent thoughts that the hedge is actually JP's bad acid trip whilst megadosing on viagra.  no fault of our gracious host, yet his colorful commentary perhaps is already written in the code to help keep us attached to the teat (sort of like watching boxing as a kid just to listen to Howard).   more than ever now, methinks the opposite of love is not hate (for that still feeds the beast with food), but indifference.   attention is the conductor, and on the level on which it flows, energy transcends duality.

time to cut the cords, retreat to the garden, decalcify the cobwebs and be on the lookout for hidden doorways buried neath the rubble left by eons of civilization, yes?

one final share for ya (for now, for we have been here before, no?):  are you ready?   (note: bad recording of this here, so find the 192+bit version (you know where to go), take off the shoes, turn up the volume and 2step through the tulips)

safe travels, be seeing you in the clouds (not Cloud).   keep an eye out for me just right before the downpour, for those moments when the air is heavy with ions is when the magic happens.

oh yeah, and watch out for those flyers(note: apologies for the cheesy soundtrack,but you can sync it with Eugene's Ax to make it go down smoother) word on the playa is that  they like to attach themselves right on the back of the neck just beyond the peripheral vision, sneaky fuckers they are.

just don't forget to breathe and remember that Death is really our friend.   

   “I’m saying with very few exceptions nothing lasts forever, and among those exceptions, no work or thought of man is numbered.”

On a long enough timeline..., no?


Sat, 07/13/2013 - 02:51 | 3747640 1C3-N1N3
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Your upvoter here.

I am no one of consequence but wish to grow, and would like to hear/learn/expand more.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 01:24 | 3747617 1C3-N1N3
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Respect, Aurora.

Comma optional.


Two eyes is alive...

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 06:19 | 3747818 trader1
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now i have very little to look forward to when reading ZH comments sections...(though, i still need to go through all your posts. another 60-80% to go...)

you've been a wakener.  thank you.  

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:52 | 3743017 resurger
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Epic Post

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:29 | 3743120 Two Feet Studs Up
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Nice find. Or a diversion for another route. Snowden is on the move.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:04 | 3743070 Seize Mars
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Look, it's a great idea for an article, but THIS SHIT HAS GONE FAR BEYOND the whole "they're foolish with our money" meme.

They murdered 20 children and blamed the Bill of Rights.

How's that?

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:11 | 3743083 IMACOINNUT
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received a letter from the irs 2 weeks ago --- said they we're eliminating my w4 allowances and married status to 0/0. no reason just that if i contested their decision i would have to call and fill out some lenghty bs form and then they would make their decision. no mention of the fact i've been filling married /2allowances for the past 38 years. this crap is coming home --  i must be a troublemaker by collecting coins.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:37 | 3743154 Papasmurf
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Better find out who else is filing with your SSN.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:00 | 3743225 IMACOINNUT
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i requested copies of my returns to eliminate the possibility of ssn mishaps, and i haven't underpaid unless you call $137. significant. i'm retiring soon so they can kiss my arse.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:16 | 3743097 Yen Cross
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    This shit is all planned by design. It's like the old hobo that stashes food in his beard, or the dog that buries bones all over the yard.

    When all the easy food runs out, they always have a stash hidden away somewhere. They're too lazy to remember exactly where it is, so they just scatter it all over the place knowing eventually they'll find some scraps.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:08 | 3745172 tip e. canoe
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a most excellent metaphor amigo.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:18 | 3743102 world_debt_slave
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apropos spending other peoples money and/or "money" conjured from thin air

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:34 | 3743143 notquantumdum
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But, we promise, the Affordable Care Act is going to be completely different this time.  Government can provide health care more affordably and efficiently than the private sector!

\sarcasm off

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 18:40 | 3743149 22winmag
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Pissing on the Constitution... again.


Everyone in the federal government above the rank of entry-level file clerk should be put on trial for conspiracy, if nothing else, and sentenced accordingly.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:15 | 3743259 newworldorder
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Financial accountability is not a responsibility that is placed on Executive Level Federal Employees. They are not held accountable nor are they fired or jailed for incompetense. This is true for those working in all 3 brances of government. As long as the FED keeps buying those government bonds, there is no power on this earch that will force government accountability on individual buerocrats.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 19:20 | 3743264 garypaul
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Give the US Forest Service a break. After all, they provide us with trees! (important for oxygen you know)

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:00 | 3743553 FeralSerf
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I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree

-Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:02 | 3743555 bread n circuses
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Donald Rumsfeld, In some of the  worst timing ever most convenient timing ever, brought it to the public's eye in a speech he gave the day before 9-11.


There. Fixed it.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 22:25 | 3743781 Brixton Guns
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What Rummy failed to mention is that Dov Zakheim was the chief architect of that $2.3 TRILLION heist.  Where is Dov now?  On a beach in Fiji sipping MaiTais...

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 21:05 | 3743568 lakecity55
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this is what fascism looks like to an accountant.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 02:23 | 3743822 I Write Code
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Um.  I've been wondering about the proceeds from Iraqi oil since 2003.  Not just some measly $9b but the total production for say the last ten years, approximating maybe $200b?

Well, the good news is that it's probably mostly in t-bonds, in whatever name.  Funny old world sometimes, ain't it?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:03 | 3745453 vegan
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That's nuthin'.

Just wait until people start lining up to redeem their paper gold.


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