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Are You Smarter Than A 3rd Grade Economist?

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Presented with little comment aside to hope that it is clear just what this 'recovery' is all about...



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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:50 | 3747115 Temporalist
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And they shut down my lemonade stand...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:54 | 3747128 astroloungers
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truth from the mouths of babes

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:00 | 3747138 NoDebt
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That kid is gonna get thrown outta school.  Guessing it's one of the Tyler's kids.  Love that the search-world on the article is Jim Cramer.  Very funny.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:20 | 3747177 Say What Again
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The only thing missing from that chart is the growth rate of the total compensation for CEOs / Board-Members from the top 100 companies in the SP500.  That would exceed the growth rate of food stamps by a significant margin.

The bernanke is not working to improve "jobs" for the average person in the country.  Rather, he is working for the CEOs mentioned above.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:44 | 3747507 Element
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third-graders can't do log graphs

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 06:04 | 3747810 Manthong
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Here is an interesting thing you might wish to do
Go to your next school board meeting and ask the super who is banging down a six figure salary and has an outrageous retirement  if he/she  knows Pi  to 3 or maybe 4 decimal points.
I bet he/she does not.
Go have some fun

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 07:30 | 3747854 GetZeeGold
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And they shut down my lemonade stand...


You will hear rumors of should ignore them - Barack Obama

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:38 | 3748165 Sudden Debt
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and subsidised the crachouses downtown.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 15:21 | 3748816 Boris Alatovkrap
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Even in Russia, can make lemon stand easy.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 04:22 | 3747761 All Risk No Reward
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"The Debt Star will be finished on schedule."
~Da (rth) Bernank

The CEOs are hired help.  It is THE OWNERS for which they all work.

They Live portrays THE OWNERS as aliens and the CEOs, government operatives, Fed operatives, etc...  are like the humans that align with the aliens.

No, I don't think THE OWNERS are physical aliens.  They are human.  But their thought process is alien to almost everyone outside their "club."


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:36 | 3747218 HowardBeale
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Obama has proven--thousands of times--he doesn't have a problem with killing children; and he doens't have a problem with assassinating whistleblowers. Thus, this girl's parents should enjoy the remaining time before the drone strike.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 03:28 | 3747734 TPTB_r_TBTF
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and Obama so loved the poor

that he created millions more

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 10:07 | 3748015 imapopulistnow
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The greatest irony on the Obama Era will be how its policies served to destroy jobs and incomes for the poor.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 15:21 | 3748819 Arnold
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Nice, I borrowed it as a quote, with out attribution.

If it is yours, I will gladly and quickly make it so.ald

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 03:57 | 3750684 TPTB_r_TBTF
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quote's not mine.  it is making the rounds in a chain email.  pass it on...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 22:27 | 3747364 Skateboarder
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Graphs are weapons of mass information.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 22:56 | 3747419 CPL
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This is awesome misinformation with humourous effect.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:45 | 3747511 Skateboarder
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Holy shit dude. As a Bay Arean, I find that amazingly funny and utterly racist at the same time. You don't realize how many Asian people there are here, especially in the South Bay. Surprised that shit even aired!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 01:45 | 3747648 A Nanny Moose
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Bang Dae Ho

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:28 | 3748212 Manthong
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Dear Lord in Heaven..

please make this part of some delusion I am having from the alcohol, drugs or whatever..

it is too insane to think that this could be really put on some broadcast.

I can clean myself up.. but I don't think they could.

but I guess you can't blame the poor talking head..

some clown had to give the copy to some drone to type the headings into the whatever video suite they use.  

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 16:13 | 3748960 shovelhead
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My daughters good friend is Korean and even she herself says she should be arrested for 'Driving while Asian'.

Apparently they know their limitations as she was never asked to be designated driver during various college 'off campus activities'.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 09:57 | 3748003 Curt W
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It is incredible the woman did not realize what she was saying.  I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:39 | 3748168 escargot
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And of course, she says "the NTSB has CONFIRMED (emphasis mine) that these are the names of the pilots...."

Do these news networks just make shit up as they go along now?  I remember the day of Sandy Hook there were many reports that the state police had CONFIRMED that there was a second shooter in custody, then of course that went down the memory hole.

Ergo, that was funny, but people should be furious about reports that use words like CONFIRMED when it's obviously utter bullshit.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 04:28 | 3747765 All Risk No Reward
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Got graphs?

Poverty is not a Choice (it isn't a bug, it is a feature!)

Debt Money Tyranny

Weapons of Mass Debt

Renaissance 2.0

Debunking Money

How to be a Crook

Last, but not least...  Organic GDP (GDP minus debt games) is contracting $500 billion a quarter and falling fast (third chart down):

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:21 | 3747560 Georgiabelle
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Actually, if you turn the chart sideways and squint at the blue bar it kind of looks like the barrel of a gun, which, of course, is grounds for expulsion at most public elementary schools these days.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 06:10 | 3747812 Flagit
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kids are some of the brightest minds on the planet. at this stage their brains are not clogged up with the stress and mess that is todays world. they have yet fully vested in the stock market of insanity. not to get paranormal, but its along the same lines as a child being more likely to see a spirit or a whatever. saw it in a movie once.

they really tell it like it is.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 04:22 | 3747762 Wile-E-Coyote
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My three year old sending articles in to ZH again.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 09:19 | 3747957 TrulyBelieving
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It's not that kids got smarter, it's that adults got dumber. Only willful ignorance could believe in tptb's lies and deception, and our kids just aren't as exposed to their propaganda, yet.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:02 | 3747146 Croesus
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That is a future goldbug in the making! 

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:19 | 3747179 old naughty
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Let's be positive:

Future leader in the terminator states.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 22:17 | 3747342 xtop23
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"Awwwww, look mommy, little Johnny Connor is drawing a bar chart."

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:36 | 3747209 treasurefish
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If they are corrupted absolutely, at what point did we give them absolute power? I have a feeling we didn't, but it was taken on a dark, obscure island off the coast of Georgia during Christmas of 1913.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 06:29 | 3747828 de3de8
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Send out the drone

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:33 | 3747885 Smegley Wanxalot
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Take it away?  No.  You can have your lemonade stand.

You just need to follow the rules:

1) apply for city, county, state, and local permits.

2) pay bribes to civil servants to be approved.

3) obtain all insurances.

4) obtain and pass training in food handling.

5) get a tax ID to collect/remit sales taxes on fast food

6) ensure you will not sell your lemonade in quantities exceeding 16 ounces.

7) subject your stand to lengthy safety inspection before opening.

8) be prepared to endure surprise health inspection during operations.

9) check the lemon supply chain for misuse of child labor

10) provide clean toilet facilities to the general public.

11) present your lemonade in a manner that is not demeaning to people of different races, ethnicities, religions, and all 41 unique gender identifications

12 - infinity) a shit-ton of stuff I forgot.

Now enjoy your Saturday afternoon selling lemonade, kid! And dont forget, we here at City Hall are here to serve!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:38 | 3748166 azengrcat
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I'm going to open a lemonade stand that allows EBT. I'm gonna be rich!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:51 | 3747117 UP Forester
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Ahh, W has graduated to crayons!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:38 | 3747225 HowardBeale
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And before the crayons, his penis?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:35 | 3747577 ghengis86
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Yeah, I green'd you b/c I drunk.

Fucking d-bags can't take a joke on a Friday night

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 01:49 | 3747654 HowardBeale
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Appreciate the "green" vote; and I can't imagine why anyone would find the question unreasonable; i.e., what DID W use before crayons? I can easily picture him masturbating and cumming all over his parents while they slept. How is THAT NOT a representation of one's innermost thoughts...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:51 | 3747118 Creepy Lurker
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Little Johnny is gonna get in trouble for that...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:55 | 3747130 tom a taxpayer
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Five gold stars! Go to the head of the class!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:31 | 3747205 mt paul
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stuff the gold stars

give him a gold coin ...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:56 | 3747274 Creepy Lurker
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Bet he's smart enough to appreciate it.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:55 | 3747133 spankfish
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Crap, that looks like the shit I turn in at work... except I can't color inside the lines.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:22 | 3747184 Say What Again
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If its not in powerpoint format, then it can't be true.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:19 | 3747461 SgtSchultz
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Is that a new Excel chart option?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:59 | 3747140 Yen Cross
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  Ask Jeff foxworthy/ He's been accosted by 5th graders on occasion.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:00 | 3747142 One And Only
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Whatever "kid" that wrote this is an unpatriotic terrorist.

Detain the child and send them to the patriot re-education camp principled by Paul Krugman.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:00 | 3747144 gwar5
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Little Johnny Fukkerfaster: "Teacher, by the size of the nuts on that cat, I'd have to say that tail has been bolted on..."

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:29 | 3747200 Say What Again
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I think you mean to say; "the tail has been STRAPPED on"

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:40 | 3747230 HowardBeale
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I don't get it, but I'm still laughing...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:07 | 3747151 Yen Cross
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  Timmy Geithners' N.Y. Fed. application, before he discovered "Turbo Tax®"...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:10 | 3747161 B2u
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The IRS has scheduled an audit of his family, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins.....

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 04:26 | 3747764 Wile-E-Coyote
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Also the kid will be put on meds for his own safety.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:12 | 3747164 q99x2
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FEDs are moving in to take over CA because of its agriculture and the size of the State. If they can maintain the control of several key states it will prevent a revolution from toppling them.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:21 | 3747183 Totentänzerlied
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Yeah, 100 years ago. Have you been living under a rock?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:15 | 3747204 Yen Cross
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  I love both you guys. +2    At least you're on the same page.  That's a good thing!

   You both agree that 'California', has been sodomized over the last 100 years <

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:48 | 3747516 Skateboarder
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No Mexicans working everyday in the Central Valley = no food. Simple as that. Cali's got an important place in the food chain.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:03 | 3747536 Yen Cross
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 Are you suggesting illegal imigration, (harvest season) Central Valley, quantifies the agricultural multiplier of Californias GDP?

   Yen Cross calling Iridium Rebel ! I/R is married to a "Health Professional"....  Let's discuss costs?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:14 | 3747554 Skateboarder
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What's the use of discussing immigration when the nature of law itself is compromised. iR is one of my favorites; let's hear his opinion on how important the farmworker is in CA.

CA's tech sector makes the world go a little bit rounder and bigBro a lot bigger, but someone's gotta feed all those hungry, lazy, amoral mouths.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:51 | 3747596 Yen Cross
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  " What's the pointe' of discussing]] immigration?   LOOK SOUTH!

   I'm looking  NORTH!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:15 | 3747173 reTARD
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Who's Fred Snap?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 01:07 | 3747615 CheapBastard
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Fred's related to Ima Ebt.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:27 | 3747196 FleaMarketPete
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I guess it depends on your political base.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:29 | 3747198 GeneralMunger
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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:33 | 3747202 jim249
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A bit off topic, China to release 2nd quarter GDP on Sunday night. Econs are expecting 7.5%. An article from WSJ stating that lower growth is acceptable from a Chinese offcial. Is this an advance warnig?


To get the full article, Google: wsj china gdp.


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:36 | 3747214 Yen Cross
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  Get ready for the squeeze.

 * all times are GMT-8 .


19:00       CNY             Chinese Fixed Asset Investment (YoY)           20.2%     20.4%      
19:00       CNY             Chinese GDP (YoY)           7.5%     7.7%      
19:00       CNY             Chinese GDP (QoQ)           1.8%     1.6%      
19:00       CNY             Chinese Industrial Production (YoY)           9.1%     9.2%      
19:00       CNY             Chinese Retail Sales (YoY)           12.9%     12.9%      
20:00       KRW             South Korean Trade Balance                 5.50B      
22:00       SGD             Singaporean Retail Sales (YoY)                 -0.5%      
23:00       INR             Indian WPI (YoY)           4.90%     4.70%      
Tentative       INR             Indian Trade Balance           -14.80B     -20.10

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:34 | 3747216 otto skorzeny
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It'll be a slight beat followed by a later revision downward - duh.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:45 | 3747239 Tombstone
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Why work when the getting is so good from the Obummer cornucopia?  Isn't socialist craptopia the best of all worlds? 

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 21:48 | 3747245 gaoptimize
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My going-to-be 2nd grader is not.  I am.  She's happier, so who wins?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:03 | 3747428 Element
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I bet you don't see that graph on CNBC.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:01 | 3747533 JailBanksters
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The Chart proves, you can have Infinte Growth

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 01:07 | 3747614 ebworthen
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Got to sign up for that shit; get all my cash out of the banks and apply for that gravy.

Jamie Dimon and Chase and Wells Fargo and Citi and Fannie/Freddie and Wall Street have theirs, where's my cut?


Sat, 07/13/2013 - 01:47 | 3747623 Yen Cross
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Sat, 07/13/2013 - 06:25 | 3747825 fijisailor
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Here is what Jim Sinclair has to say about our situation in the US and why owning gold is a winner:


1. First interest rates rise affecting the drivers of the US economy, housing, but before that auto production goes from bull to a bear markets.

2. This impacts many other industries and the jobs report. An economy is either rising at a rising rate or business activity is falling at an increasing rate. That is economic law 101. There is no such thing in any market as a Plateau of Prosperity or Cinderella – Goldilocks situations.

3. We have witnessed the Dow rise on economic news indicating deceleration of activity. This continues until major corporations announced poor earnings, making the Dow fall faster than it rose, moving it deeply into the red.

4. The formula economically is inherent in #2 which is lower economic activity equals lower profits.

5. Lower profits leads to lower Federal Tax revenues.

6. Lower Federal tax revenues in the face of increased Federal spending causes geometric, not arithmetic, rises in the US Federal Budget deficit. This is also true for cities & States as it is for the Federal government.

7. The increased US Federal Budget deficit in the face of a US Trade Deficit increases the US Current Account Deficit.

8. The US Current Account Balance is the speedometer of the money exiting the US into world markets (deficit).

9. It is this deficit that must be met by incoming investment in the US in any form. It could be anything from businesses, equities to Treasury instruments. We are already seeing a fall off in the situation of developing nations carrying the spending habits of industrial nations; a contradiction in terms.

10. If the investment by non US entities fails to meet the exiting dollars by all means, then the US must turn within to finance the shortfall.

11. Assuming the US turns inside to finance all maturities, interest rates will rise with the long term rates moving fastest regardless of prevailing business conditions.

12. This will further contract business activity and start a downward spiral of unparalleled dimension because the size of US debt already issued is of unparalleled dimension.

Therefore as you get to #12 you are automatically right back at #1. This is an economic downward spiral.

I heard all this “slow business” as negative to gold talk in the 70s. It was totally wrong then. It will be exactly the same now.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 07:16 | 3747852 Apostate2
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OK, cute. Make the point about debt vs productivity. WE KNOW THIS. What  next?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 07:25 | 3747858 BattlegroundEur...
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This is BS.


That chart was "created" by a Media graduate from a top US College.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 08:21 | 3747897 U4 eee aaa
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I would agree with you but the data on the graph and the conclusions it implies makes that an impossibility. No one from a top college would either come to this conclusion or dare to publish it fearing severe career damage

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 07:36 | 3747863 Peter Pan
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How about a bar graph showing the military deaths per year with the total military expenditure for each of those years.

And when I say deaths, I mean deaths. I don't want decent men who died in the helicopter whilst being evacuated, or dying in hospital not being included due to some new stupid definition that excludes men and women who did not die with their boots on the ground.

If the article on this link is correct, then Goebbels is alive and well.

Does anyone have stats that prove these figures as being incorrect?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 10:04 | 3748010 New_Meat
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and bernays smiles gently with his hand on Joe's shoulder.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 08:01 | 3747881 Vince Clortho
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This 3rd grader is obviously a terrorist.

Homeland Security and Team Drone will be all over attack on the integrity of the USA.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 08:18 | 3747893 U4 eee aaa
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That's not done with a PDF file. How is the NSA going to possibly file his dissident behavior? Fire his teacher!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 10:43 | 3748066 rosiescenario
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Was the choice of colors a coincidence?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3748073 rosiescenario
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Food Stamps....the other bitcoin......but more easy to redeem.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 14:27 | 3748586 StarTedStackin'
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That's the Hoax and Chains that white America elected!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 18:23 | 3749271 Manipuflation
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I am going to show this to my wife and daughter as an example of good parenting.

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