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Spot the 'essential' government worker...

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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:51 | 4009506 Devotional
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Just like Lisbon Portugal when government office workers strike.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:57 | 4009536 Portuguese Revo...
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Where does that happen?? Must be a different Portugal than the one I LIVE IN...

Govt workers ARE NOT the source of all evil, dumbass.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:05 | 4009573 Jreb
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Ture. Not ALL of them are evil nor are they the source of ALL of our ills. But far to many are and cause far to much of it.

If you are looking for sympathy here though I might suggest you will find it primarily in the dictionary - shomewhere between shit and syphylus (spelling?).

No offense. It's just hard to feel sorry for anyone in the public sector when you work in the REAL private sector (ie: the part where we don't get a .gov handout of any kind).

Food for thought...


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:06 | 4009585 onewayticket2
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The joke's on us, guys.  every empty seat represents back pay for one person. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:10 | 4009600 fightthepower
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Fuck you government workers!  Get an honest job!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:37 | 4009704 hedgeless_horseman
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Govt workers ARE NOT the source of all evil, dumbass.

Govt employee unions ARE the source of all evil, dumbass.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:52 | 4009784 Turin Turambar
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Correction:  Government (force) is the source of all evil.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:19 | 4009916 Stuart
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The air seems cleaner today for some reason.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:12 | 4010169 Freddie
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Govt work and govt unions protect and grow govt.  They are part of the problem.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 14:24 | 4010739 TruthInSunshine
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For every 5 1/2 Americans *officially* employed, 1 is employed by BigGov.Org


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:00 | 4009819 SeattleBruce
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"Govt employee unions ARE the source of all evil, dumbass."

Especially when they get DIRECTLY involved with political action.  First cause of all evil - Debt based money and the FED which enables it, deficit spending, government corruption, and corporate welfare (especially in the MIC, but really all over the place.)

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 13:15 | 4010397 kralizec
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The nation will collapse before progs let that get ready for the collapse!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:39 | 4009725 Sofa King Confused
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Metro should hire someone to clean the friggin carpets.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:12 | 4009608 hedgeless_horseman
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Here is a commute in Houston, versus France.  Spot the forward thinking and better life.

We used to have a trolly system in Houston, until big oil and big auto killed it, just like in LA.  Happy motoring!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:13 | 4009618 Spastica Rex
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I don't see a single SUV or pickup in the second picture.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:17 | 4009622 hedgeless_horseman
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Nor in the photo from DC.  I admit I am envious of the DC subway and commuter rail system.  The Croque Monsieur that is served on the TGV is also pretty good.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:28 | 4009643 LawsofPhysics
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Unfortunately D.C. and Maryland/Virgina have been benefitting from the theft/fraud for far too long.  Fuck em.  HH  Those trains run on electricity that has to be generated somewhere.  In addition to oil Texas has nuclear fuel and Natural gas.  I wonder if those fucking morons in D.C. have any gold to pay for that electricity?

FUCK EM HH, as that which cannot be sustained, won't be.  Carefull HH, your cognitive dissonance is showing.  Cities should not be allowed to steal/rob/destroy from the countryside to keep the useless eaters fed (that includes CONgress).

I remain long black markets and sharecropping.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:30 | 4009688 TheTmfreak
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I always enjoy reading your posts.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:49 | 4009767 DaddyO
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While I understand your point on mass transit, how about posting on the tax structure to support it.

If government is the provider, we have to pay the taxes to support it. If its viable let private industry build and run it.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:03 | 4009810 hedgeless_horseman
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You don't think the taxpayer is supporting Happy Motoring? 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:02 | 4009837 Spastica Rex
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So that's what really backs the US dollar?

I guess that carrier is pretty exceptional.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:07 | 4009858 hedgeless_horseman
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Happy motoring...

...If it's viable let private industry build and run it [all of it].

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:39 | 4009996 DaddyO
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I guess my heartburn stemmed from the notion that your picture painted this idyllic image of mass transit as a utopian answer to our transportation woes.

Florida has been wrestling with this and the overtaxed taxpayer is always asked to foot the bill for every boondoggle that is dreamt up by the pols in Tally.

Also, adding the carrier was a nice touch, but a bit of a strawman don't you think?


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:02 | 4010113 Spastica Rex
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Without the carrier, you don't have cheap oil.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:12 | 4010164 DaddyO
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You're right, however the carrier isn't part and parcel to H-H photo depicting a beautiful bullet train zipping through the European contryside or clogged arterial highways.

I understand his point but kinda took him to task for the tax structure needed to support it and its abused nature in our current totalitarian state.

Unfortunately the US has turned a blind eye to mass transit as a continent due to cheap oil.

Now that that notion is about to collapse, H_H's bullet train picture exposes our shortcoming of many generations.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 21:44 | 4016825 FrankDrakman
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Oh, for cripes sakes...

The US has a population density of 110 people/sq mi in the lower 48. France has one closer to 300, and you can travel by train from Paris to Marseille in less than 4 hours. No train is ever going to get you from NY to LA in 4 hours, Elon Musk's fantasies notwithstanding.

Trains make sense in densely populated, geographically small countries, like Japan, Britain, and so on. In the US, they're just boondoggles that make no sense.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:12 | 4009879 SubjectivObject
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I know exactly where that Houston picture was taken (might be me in the base model Ranger to the left).

As it relates to tax structure support, consider that the local interchange and freeway for miles in each direction have recently finished construction that went on for years.  Flying spaghetti monster ramps, multiple more lanes in all directions, and it still stacks/backs up.

Riddle me this:  Why never a rail system down the center of the 4,6,8,10 lanes wide 10 inch thick concrete bows and ribbons?  HOV lanes with tolls down the center, but no rails.  There's a whole set of tax backed commercial/political priorities/preferences on parade here.  But no rails.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:20 | 4009645 tarsubil
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Oh my God, it sucks. It was faster and cheaper for me to drive than to take the metro and the line I used up to NIH was always empty.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 14:22 | 4010730 Conor
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I hear ya.  My drive from Shady Grove to building Ten was easier than my wife's as she got on the Red line to downtown.   Each was about 30 mins ( many years ago).   And when she was 7 months preganant, the young guys would practically knock her down trying to get a seat, leaving her standing up.  Ugh.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:50 | 4009770 icanhasbailout
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If you envy the DC subway, I'd wager your experience with it is limited. The stations do look impressive, many of them - but the virtues stop there. The worst part of all, of course, is that these trains are filled with vile DCers.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:56 | 4009802 hedgeless_horseman
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...these trains are filled with vile DCers.

Exactly!  I think one of the big benefits of public transportation is is not aesthetic, but rather getting some of the poor off the roads, so the wealthy can zip along in our German sports cars.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:34 | 4009964 Overfed
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For the most part, I hate using public transportation. However, it can be kinda nice to park away from a downtown area and take the trolley into the city center.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:03 | 4009843 SeattleBruce
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"I admit I am envious of the DC subway and commuter rail system."

How many billion was that per mile of money we don't have?  Must be nice to live near the supply of the counterfeit.  Not so much for all the rest of us.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:06 | 4010140 blueRidgeBoy
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kinda like Pamela Anderson - the farther away you get, the better she looks

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:23 | 4010196 Freddie
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Have you ever been on trains in Europe? My guess is probably not many.

Also I do not want to risk my life on the train driver falling asleep or possibly it was stuxnet in France recently.  

I am a far more responsible car driver than any govt unionized train driver.  

I will trust most jet pilots because most of them are ex-military.  I am not pro MIC but most of these pilots know what they are doing.  Including European airline pilots.   I no longer want to fly because of TSA groping or getting my prostate irradiated by TSA.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:41 | 4012324 Ralph Spoilsport
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A Croque Monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese in the US. Does it taste better on a french train?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:15 | 4009630 J Pancreas
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When there is not a MIC to appease things like the train and public works happen. 


You also use your photo-posting privileges carelessly. -1

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:23 | 4009644 hedgeless_horseman
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Careless and priveledged, that is me to a T!  Just trying to add a little something to an article consisting of a photo of a guy on a subway.  A different perspective, one of envy.  No trees or silver was used in the posting of this photo, but thanks for your input.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:57 | 4010298 Boxed Merlot
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No trees or silver was used in the posting of this photo, but thanks for your input...



I always appreciate the following note attached to emails I recieve from a business associate:

Sustainable forests can only survive if they make a profit so please feel free to copy to paper any of this email.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:36 | 4009697 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Agreed.  If taxes must be collected and spent, much better it be spent on a train that might end up being some benefit to people instead of endless wars to kill them and payouts to banksters to continue to steal from them.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:18 | 4009913 SeattleBruce
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Problem is, they're being spent on all those things, and in a way we cannot sustain/afford.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:41 | 4009998 Smiddywesson
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Trains or wars?  I've racked my brain and I can't see how a train helps Israel, hence the wars.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:52 | 4009781 Keyser
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The same could be said for Thorium reactors, but hey, I'm still watchng out for those magic unicorns, so there may be hope. 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:38 | 4009708 Cthonic
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Houston has nearly twice the metro area sprawl as Paris and 1/2 as many people. Investment in train infrastructure requires higher population density. This actually lists the Paris commute as worse than Houston's.


That said, I always dread going to Houston, inbound on I-45...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:56 | 4009804 Keyser
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I live just outside Houston and have a 20 mile daily commute. The trick is timing. I can make it to my office downtown in 25 minutes if I leave the house at 5:30am. If I wait until 6:00am, it takes me 1.5 hours. Houston IS the home of big oil around the world. I wouldn't be holding my breath waiting for mass transit anytime soon. Just remember, Houston is also the home of the Astros. The absolute WORST team in baseball. So we have that going for us. HA!



Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:15 | 4009890 Herd Redirectio...
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Same thing leaving the office I guess? So a 6:00 am to 3:00 pm work day gives a commute of 50 minutes, and a 9-5 work day would have 3 hours of commuting?  Insanity!  Looks like you are easily making the right choice.  Not a fan of gridlock, personally.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:21 | 4009924 SubjectivObject
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Houston was also the only American city destroyed by Americans in the movie Independence Day.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:31 | 4010223 Freddie
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I thought Houston was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the influx of O voters from New Orleans.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:39 | 4009719 Mitch Comestein
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Nothing like comparing apples to oranges.  Where is the picture of central Paris at rush hour.  I have driven there.  It looks a tad bit different from the serene landscape that you are portraying.  Central Paris is the craziest place I have ever driven, and that includes NY and LA.  Yes, the countryside in France is peaceful.  You really get to enjoy it as you stop every quarter mile to pay a new toll!!!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:50 | 4009758 hedgeless_horseman
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Straw man much? I am not saying the traffic in Paris is not bad.  As pointed out, it has a much higher population, although it is declining, whereas Houston and Texas are growing.

I am saying that Paris has a subway system and France has commuter trains.  Houston and Texas do not, and I am envious.

It is hard to come up with another city as big as Houston with as little investment in public transportation.  It is the mother of all suburban sprawl.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:28 | 4010215 merizobeach
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"It is hard to come up with another city..."

Been to Phoenix?

By the numbers, looks like almost the same city:

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:18 | 4009907 CheapBastard
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Hey HH, I just read somehwere the traffic congestion in Austin, Tx is now 3rd ... after LA (tied with NYC) and Houston.

I guess it has grown since I left there in 2002 when it was still a relatively smallish college town.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:38 | 4009985 SubjectivObject
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1,2,or3, Whatever.  I've driven al lot of Houston and a not a whole lot of LA.  Houston is so far down from LA in this regard that it should get at most a foot note.

HA!  Weekend before last was going through Tejon pass at about 7 PM Sunday.  A mobile building came off the truck and was sprawled accross the freeway in the other direction (odd, no sign of the truck).  I measured 12 miles of 4 lanes (4 trapped lanes, with no alternative exits) of STOPPED traffic when I went by.  The ribbon of light down the valley, along the bottom, and up the the other side was .... breath taking

(12 x 4 x 5280) / 25 = estimated 10,000 stopped idling cars right there. 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:25 | 4009936 Cow
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France = broke

Houston = surplus

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:38 | 4009947 hedgeless_horseman
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Wow, somethnig must have really changed in a year!


Houston Councilmember Warns City Will Go Bankrupt

May 16, 2012

"The facts are that the city is running a $2.4 billion deficit, of which over $271 million was added in 2011 alone."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:46 | 4010263 Cow
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Your quote is from Councilmember Helena Brown, who represents District A.  She said Houston would be broke by July 2013.

Maybe, I missed that. 

I'd pick a better person to quote next time.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 13:02 | 4010312 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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You're kidding, right?  Houston is the ultimate boom or bust town due to being so heavily tied into the petroleum industry.  Maybe you are too young to remember the late '80's - mid 90's when oil prices came back down and Houston had the most vacant office space of any city in the US.  Now that Americans are becoming too broke to afford to fill up their gas guzzlers anymore, it will become a bust town again.  That is why I laugh at mentally challenged fools like Rick Perry when he touts the awesomeness of the TX economy - it's all about petroleum demand and nothing more.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:11 | 4010165 Lmo Mutton
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Metro has a train that runs through downtown man.

Maybe not as fast as that France thing but....

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 13:25 | 4010475 Dave Thomas
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It's great at shuttling the homless back and forth between stops no normal commuters need to use.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:41 | 4012729 SubjectivObject
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and it's great at getting hit by cars.

Houston managment is so freaking ignorant about how to do rail.  Make the rail carriages lighter and elevate them above road.  No, they run it down the middle of major commercial streets.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:18 | 4010184 Dave Thomas
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Hah, hey Hedge remember Luke's Burgers right there off of Westheimer? I hate the west loop.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:15 | 4009632 tarsubil
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I'm still trying to figure this out. Was it simply a cry out for attention? Was it a passive agressive response to the People not falling for the bullshit Syrian war? Was it for Fox and CNN ratings? Was it for some unknown derivative Congress and Wall Street have that will now pay off big? I wonder why.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:12 | 4009880 Herd Redirectio...
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It was the same as the Fed and the taper.  They are trying to show their true believers "see the paranoid don't have a clue what we are going to do and why, stop listening to them".

Basically, they are trying to do the opposite of what is expected of them, under the impression we will then believe they have free will and a range of choices.  Selling the illusion that this healthcare insurance debacle is being debated, and with your interests at heart, to boot.  In short, that they are 'fixing' O-Care as we speak!  LOL

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 14:52 | 4010886 TheRedScourge
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It is entirely possible for all the evil in the world to be being caused as indirect results of all the incompetence and lack of attention to the disparity between intentions and outcomes that is inherent in the political process. Either way, politicians leave devastation in their wake.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:05 | 4009584 hangemhigh77
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Yeah, they pretty much are.  They get paid by the TAXPAYER. GET A FUCKIN JOB YOU FUCKIN LEECH.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:06 | 4009590 2bit Hoarder
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Just curious ... are you a Portugese government employee?  Tax collector security detail perhaps?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:16 | 4009637 Devotional
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of course he is and they usually end off with insults. Very typical.

The free shit army wants MOOOOOAR free shit.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 17:06 | 4011582 flyingpigg
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upvote for 2bit. At least someone who doesn't write government "worker" which is a contradiction in itself.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:14 | 4009616 Devotional
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Oh here we have a typical Portuguese counterpart calling me a "dumbass" - this is VERY typical in this country. Let me guess something, you voted either for the Socialists or Communists? No? Right, let this be known to the WORLD - Government workers in Portugal CANNOT BE FIRED!!! Is this clear to everyone out there? THEY CANNOT LOSE THEIR JOBS! We, the private sector, pay their fucking SALARIES and on top of this they receive access to a special PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE. Yes, this is a fact!

And NO, you do NOT pay REAL taxes - WE, the private sector, PAY YOUR taxes. I live in the SAME Portugal as YOU do and next week the fucking subway workers (metro or tube system) are STRIKING again - thus SHAFTING the private sector as we go to a REAL job!

I am sick and TIRED of government workers' rights as we in the private sector are being sacrificed on the altar of taxation (theft).

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:59 | 4009811 Keyser
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You are getting bent because someone from Portugal gave you some guff? Ha, I fart in their general direction. 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:17 | 4009634 hapless
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Govt workers ARE NOT the source of all evil, dumbass.

Yeah.  Without gov't workers, who would we turn to for constructing strawmen?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:56 | 4009541 idea_hamster
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"Spot the essential government worker."

Trick question -- none of them are essential.  Not one.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:09 | 4009604 Sudden Debt
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you know... the one who's tilting his head...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:16 | 4009625 Dr. No
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The one who signs my IRS refund check has value, which I admit is quite selfish. 

But i acknowledge if his coworker wouldnt have collected in the first place, his value would decrease significantly.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:32 | 4009680 LawsofPhysics
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Please locate the nearest service member (one who has served preferentially) and let them know that they are "not essential".

Until then I remain un-impressed.

"What have the Romans ever done for us...."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:37 | 4009716 TheMeatTrapper
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The service members in Iraq, Syria, South Korea, Afghanistan, Mali and a hundred other countries around the globe are not essential. Those that are here at home or on patrol under the waves ready to defend our nation from attack are essential. 

There is a difference. 

President Washington understood the need for a standing army. He also understood the need to avoid alliances and foreign entanglements. I tend to agree with his view of things.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:45 | 4009746 LawsofPhysics
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I agree, now go let those folks know.  Having served myself, there's a big fucking difference between theory and practice.  The point being that blurting shit out without actually thinking about what one is saying is less than useless and likely to get one's head shoved up one's own ass.  Wake me when you're ready for an adult conversation (like washington the person), the banker's puppets in washington (the place) certainly aren't.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:43 | 4009740 idea_hamster
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I spent 3 years, 9 months and 26 days in the United States Army, was promoted three times and received two AAMs.  

Looking back -- objectively -- I find it difficult if not impossible to identify anything "essential" that was done by me, my unit, or other units.

Of course, if one starts with a colonialist, imperialist, mercantilist or similar outlook, that assessment will certainly be different.

Just sayin'.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:20 | 4009917 LawsofPhysics
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I look back and can guarranty that in every SNAFU, somebody was getting rich.

Cognitive dissonance is a bitch.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:06 | 4009577 Sudden Debt
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:55 | 4009795 NukeDuke M
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Also, don't forget that Belgium did run for months without a government, just enough to break the iraqi record. Can someone beat this record ?

Yes, we can !

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:07 | 4009593 Everyman
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This just shows how much of a collossal waste and elimination of money from our private side.  THIS side of the National GDP needs to be eliminatd.


NOTICE:  There are not as many "trolls" on the pages today?  Government workers can't blog propaganda and misinformation.!!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:12 | 4009613 Croesus
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The tragedy....where are all the leeches?WTF? ?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:01 | 4010099 SokPOTUS
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Striking Lisbians?  Sounds Hot.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:51 | 4009510 Spastica Rex
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What a beautiful photo.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:58 | 4009547 GetZeeGold
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This feels like a dream.


Am I still alive? This isn't heaven is it?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:01 | 4009557 Stoploss
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:15 | 4009633 McMolotov
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This shutdown is like the scene from The Shawshank Redemption when Andy plays the opera music. For a moment, everyone feels free — then the assholes who run the prison stop the music to remind the inmates they're still locked up.

Enjoy the music while it lasts.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:52 | 4009511 robochess
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I believe he's the guy that actually hits the red "nukes away" button. Either than, or he's in payroll

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:58 | 4009553 LetThemEatRand
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The guy who hits the red "short metals" button.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:00 | 4009824 Keyser
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Then we need to have him whacked ASAP. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:52 | 4009522 azzhatter
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If you include actual government "workers" it should look this way everyday

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:04 | 4009842 Keyser
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One of my nephews is married to a Director with the EEOC in Washington. She only has to go to the office 1 day a week for 4 hours. The rest of the time she can work remotely. This woman knocks down over $200k a year and only works about 10 hours a week. There used to be a time when I would have killed for a position like this. Today, no way as these types of GS jobs will be the first to go in the great reset and they will receive greatly reduced benefits as they are walked out the door. 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:05 | 4009855 SeattleBruce
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+1 for critiquing your own family.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:52 | 4009523 Hundred Dollar Bonus
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Where are all the private sector banksters?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:52 | 4009524 xamax
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As I said many times here, American folks are lazy.
Time to change this if they want avert the crisis.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:11 | 4009878 SeattleBruce
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"American folks are lazy."

And everyone else, all over the globe, are all just good, hard working folk.  Stereotype much.  There are lazy, and hard working folks everywhere you go.  There are takers and givers, and there are parasitic bankers, and people that suck off the goodness of every society, wherever you go.  Yes, Americans have found themselves in a place where we can be rightly, and even roundly criticized, but at least make the critique make sense.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:20 | 4009920 Herd Redirectio...
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Society has incentivized fraud.  Society has rewarded injustice.  Its not just a case of some people deciding to fill out a food stamp form, a SS form, a disability form...  The example has been set for them, and the government actively encourages people to be dependent on it!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:54 | 4009525 McMolotov
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This can't be real. It's a government shutdown, and I was told there would be dead babies, etc.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:56 | 4009534 CPL
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Yet another lie I'm afraid.  The world still turns and no one gives a fiddlers fuck what they do anymore.  Irrelevance for a government is a bad place to be.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:05 | 4009849 Keyser
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The funny thing is that all the markets are up. I guess wall street sees the shutdown as a positive event. Who would have thought? 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:15 | 4009897 SeattleBruce
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"the markets are up"

The manipulation of the stock, bond and commodity markets will not be paused for ANY reason.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:39 | 4009994 RaceToTheBottom
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"all the markets are up"


Where are those?

We have not had a market for while.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:55 | 4009528 King_Julian
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Will furloughed .guv workers be expected to watch more porn at home? I'm guessing we may experience some bandwidth shortages today.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:55 | 4009535 IridiumRebel
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Why are the trains running? Shut that whole town down!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:56 | 4009539 the not so migh...
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why so down goverment guy?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:09 | 4009599 Meat Hammer
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He didn't get the memo yet.  He thinks he's headed to the cublicle farm for another day of working with retards and wondering where his life went so wrong.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:58 | 4009543 CaptainObvious
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"Spot the essential government worker"

Where?  I don't see any essential government workers anywhere.  I even tried looking in the White House.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:03 | 4009574 CPL
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It's like a where's waldo book, the guy is in there somewhere.  Just takes a while to find him.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:59 | 4009548 Zer0head
Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:11 | 4009610 Meat Hammer
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Paging Anonymous hackers...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:13 | 4009882 Count de Money
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Here's what happens if you sign up in New York State:

SRVE0232E: Internal Server Error. 

Exception Message: [null]

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 09:58 | 4009552 Tsar Pointless
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Anarchists, rejoice!

I'd like to see all government go away. At every level. Let's see what the "rugged individualists" are able to do when real life meets Fantasy Land.

They fashion themselves as some kind of modern-day John Wayne, but in reality, they're more along the lines of Peter Griffin.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:41 | 4009734 2bit Hoarder
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I am surprised there are not more posts similar to yours.  According to the FBI, 27percent of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:49 | 4009766 CPL
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"So what did he do miss, this government?"

"Well officer.  He came in through the front door because I let him in.  Then he watched everything I did all day. Then lectured me on trivial matters, dictating laws that ran contrary to common sense.   THEN!...Then he took half of what I made today, still not sure exactly for what.  I asked, and his response was to leave a couple of phone books of fictional line items."

"Anything else Miss?"

"Yes...I...I...I love him."


I smell oscar.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:01 | 4009556 jmcadg
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Shows how many people are effectively on government handouts. Because these aren't real jobs.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:01 | 4009560 Meat Hammer
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Tyler, show a chart that details how much we're saving per empty seat.  That truly is a beautiful sight.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:02 | 4009562 Son of Captain Nemo
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This is how D.C. should always be.

Empty and efficient.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:03 | 4009568 Laughinggrizzley
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Is that the WH chef?


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:03 | 4009572 CaptainObvious
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No, I think it's the Congressional barber.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:07 | 4009578 Yen Cross
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    Those subway cars look pretty clean without all the .gov trash in them...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:07 | 4009583 yogibear
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The US government has become too large. Expenses could be cut by 50% or more.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:14 | 4009620 Sudden Debt
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:05 | 4009586 slaughterer
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I think that one guy in the train is Michelle's lobster cook.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:12 | 4009602 J Pancreas
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Moochelle's main request for the WH chefs are deep fried Twinkies and orange drink.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:23 | 4009927 Herd Redirectio...
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Grape drink.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:09 | 4010146 esum
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no orange or grape ... LEAN MADE WITH arizona WATERMELON JUICE AND skittles...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:55 | 4009793 Wakanda
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I thought he was the greens keeper for the white house mini golf.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:07 | 4009587 Canoe in the Desert
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Consistent with the actions of our feckless Senators, we can be sure that the Senate Barber & Hairdressers are on the "essential" government employee list.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:06 | 4009591 lolmao500
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And of course the RINOs are working hard to commit treason even when the government is shutdown...

Progressive Paul Ryan wonders: “Where Do We Go From Here?”

While Americans are distracted once again by a government shut down and while they are valiantly fighting off Obama while he tries to force himself on America collectively with Obamacare, Paul Ryan has been quietly working away at passing Amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:40 | 4009728 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Downvote for the stupid use of the term RINO like you actually think Rs are a differnet type of beast from the Ds.  They are not.  There is only one political species, and it is a bloodsucking parasite.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:15 | 4009899 tsuki
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:08 | 4009592 gafgroocK
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Whelp, this is going to blow a huge hole in the Crime Statistics for DC, making it one of the best cities in the country to walk around, worry-free.

Tourism should get a big boost.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:13 | 4009598 Hannibal
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WTF: an (exceptional) '"Super Power".


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:26 | 4009667 warezdog
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Finally a nice ride into work without the idiots working in DC on the roads, no really, they're all idiots. Not a big fan of any new legislation for anything but the new MD law making cell phone use a pull over infraction I welcome, finally some of these fed idiots will start paying some of that phat gov salary back to the state.

The only way to slow or stop the beast is to starve it, and I for one of many in the private sector not related in any way to the federal gov, welcome this shutdown and hope it goes on and on and on and on and on.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:21 | 4009919 Stuart
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The air in DC seems cleaner today, odd.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:27 | 4009674 Hedgetard55
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That dude is Barry's new "body man". Reggie is out of town.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:29 | 4009684 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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I live in the DC area and DON"T work for the government so I thoroughly enjoyed this morning:)  More days like this, please!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:39 | 4009717 warezdog
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I concur, I'm wishing for weeks and weeks of keeping the mindless gov serfs at home and off the roads.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:04 | 4009839 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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And if it keeps up not only will it keep them off the roads, but it will halt the building of ugly ass McMansions and endless strip malls of the same horrible stores.  Better yet it will start to keep the other, even more heinous, parasites at home - the military industrial complex warbots and sleazy corporate lobbyists.  Maybe make this area a livable place again - the weather isn't bad and close to both ocean and mountains.  One can always dream...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:32 | 4009693 chindit13
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There sure are a whole lot of comments being posted today lambasting non-essential public sector workers.  Does anyone see the irony in that, happening as it is during business hours of most ZH readers?  Not everyone is already enjoying a quiet Tuesday night in Asia.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:40 | 4009729 Hulk
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We only read and post during our breaks, at lunchtime and when the boss isn't looking !!!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:26 | 4009937 Herd Redirectio...
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Its 8:24 am here, and I'm enjoying my coffee!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:57 | 4010303 bluskyes
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My contract is to act as a standby for 1 year, so unless something breaks - I am free to do as I please.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:33 | 4009695 CPL
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I've taken the opportunity to draft a list of things Fed employees can do in the mean while since it looks like it's going to be nice in the tristate for a couple of days. 

  • BBQ,
  • Golf,
  • Hunting,
  • Couple of pints/bowls,
  • Family/Friends to catch up with,
  • Books to read,
  • Ideas to ponder with or without chemical assistance,
  • Sun to soak in,
  • Recipes to test out,
  • Garages to putter in
  • etc...
Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:37 | 4009709 are we there yet
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The senators have their own private subway that is never crowded. Those pics are harder to get.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:53 | 4009788 Zymurguy
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talking about those that go cross country at the speed of sound?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:32 | 4009955 Sivad UK
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Here ya go:

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:42 | 4009737 are we there yet
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Gold will not stay this low. A buy opportunity.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:53 | 4009779 CPL
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Try to find any.  COMEX is tapped out and it's all gold and silver owing back to their owners.  They are 'renting' other people's gold and silver right now.  If you've bought from COMEX you aren't getting your cash back or that gold/silver you've ordered. 

Only place to get some now is a pawn shop and they don't like selling it now.

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