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Warning: What This Dead Comedian Said About The "American Dream" Might Upset You

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"The only true American value that is left... Buying Things..." There’s a reason for why education sucks and why it’s never going to be fixed, and that’s not the only hard hitting truths that George Carlin shares in this video...


h/t Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog


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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:16 | 4084940 moonstears
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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:28 | 4084978 markmotive
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There never has and never will be such thing as the 'American Dream'. It always has been a farce to subdue the masses into voluntary servitude.

Retirement is a Myth. Before World War II, Most Americans Worked Until they Died.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:30 | 4084980 macholatte
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:10 | 4085063 CrazyCooter
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This Carlin skit (The American Dream) has to be the most linked YouTube (by distinct count of posters) of any YouTube in ZH forum history. I know I did at some point (several times - for one point per my qualification).

Brilliant man, very funny, so true.



Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:35 | 4085094 A Nanny Moose
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"Could be meat, could be cake"

"You're house is...a place to keep your stuff, while you go out an get...more Stuff!"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:53 | 4085121 LetThemEatRand
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Either way, let them eat Rand.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:03 | 4085137 Anusocracy
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"The only true American value that is left... Buying Things..."

I don't buy that at all.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:41 | 4085173 James_Cole
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Carlin +infinity

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 02:02 | 4085253 fourchan
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carlin is the champ, still.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:19 | 4085591 DaddyO
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George Carlin, the first ZeroHedger!


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:35 | 4085629 I am more equal...
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"The American Dream, you have to be asleep to believe it"  George Carlin


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 09:02 | 4085727 Stoploss
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Sorely missed.

Lucky bastard....

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:02 | 4085494 Anasteus
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What Carlin is talking about is far away from any sort of humour yet the audience had a good time; the stunning truth being laughed at... I don't understand this perverse behavior. If he was talking about German crimes in concentration camps they would perhaps enjoy the show much as well. Apparently, the Americans don't mind too much being cheated and enslaved. Perhaps they still live very comfortably; there's still enough room for further looting.

Maybe I'm stringent a bit, but listening to such things and knowing that it's heavily my/our ignorance, apathy, fear and hesitation to act that help keep this system afloat for decades would certainly freeze any attemp to laugh. I would rather feel pretty ashamed.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:35 | 4085529 Vampyroteuthis ...
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I realized the other day that I am living the American dream. Someone else's dream.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:35 | 4085625 Sean7k
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Laughter often covers shame. Is not Beppo a comedian?

The audience can afford a nice night on the town and tickets to the show. Still, Carlin makes them uncomfortable, not enough to do anything, but enough to realize what is happening and people must first be aware, before they can change. 

Modern slave societies are complicated. Masters have learned how to compartmentalize to silence dissent. They have learned to give the appearance of power and consent through "democracy". They give out prizes (entitlements) paid from the slave's own wages. They have learned to divide through ideology while cultivating fear to destroy trust. These are powerful weapons when fused with control of information, especially the propaganda that shapes our values.

As for Americans, we are no different than Europeans, Chinese or Russians. All have fallen under the spell of the Bolshevik Talmudists. Liberty is a value more feared than desired. Who can face life without a government to care for their needs? Who truly wants total responsibility? People who live in glass prisons need to do more than convince themselves how great their view is, they need to start throwing stones.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 09:31 | 4085807 Anasteus
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I've got the point and appreciate your view. I described my impression while watching the video.

Beppe, though comedian, is in the parliament. Hope Carlin will follow the same route... to replace the existing comedians known as 'representatives' of the people.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:24 | 4086083 Sean7k
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Unfortunately, Carlin is no longer with us. RIP.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:43 | 4086175 Winston Smith 2009
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"the stunning truth being laughed at... I don't understand this perverse behavior"

It's called self-deprecating humor.  Do you have that in your country?

And I don't know what video you watched, but his audience was applauding in agreement far more than they were laughing. His primary audience is filled with people like me who realize the huge scam being played but who also realize that when surrounded by a majority of obviously successfully propagandized citizens that situation will never change until the whole system comes crashing down.

As Carlin said in an interview, he's a spectator of this ignorant show.  So am I.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:20 | 4085145 A Nanny Moose
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I am far too drunk to "get it." Please elaborate.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:21 | 4085208 LetThemEatRand
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And I'm too drunk to be gotten.   But that said, Rand was part of the Club and even defines it still today.  Her co-author Alan Greenspan just wrote a book which blames Fed bubbles on the middle class, for example.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 06:52 | 4085482 Marge N Call
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Still remember listening to him on vinyl in the late 70s.


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:14 | 4085583 mvsjcl
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Hippy Dippy Weatherman - "Tonight's forcast... dark. Continuing dark, turning to lightly scattered light in the morning."


"My Baby's dead,


She got hit by a train!

It was a big ol' train...

I'm gonna get that train!"


Early 70's when I listened as a kid. I still remember to this day. Amazing brilliance.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:43 | 4085111 StormShadow
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George was a true genius. Eerily enough I was discussing my fascination with his works with my mother last night. I can never understand how I didn't really latch onto his true messages years ago, and only came to truly appreciate both his humor and insight after he was gone. He'd stroke out on the stage today trying to keep up with all the shit going on now. I mean he saw it comin a long time ago, but even he probably never thought it'd get this bad. RIP, George. Thanks for trying to warn us. You live on yet my friend, know that.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:54 | 4085124 TruthInSunshine
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George Carlin was a true scholar & truth teller who cultivated a well deserved following & appreciation of a fairly large scale.

Bill Hicks was also both of these things, yet possibly the most underappreciated & relatively unknown comedian (he, like Carlin, was far more a philosopher king, who made rightful persecution of the evil that is "marketing" a life mission) in American History.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 05:39 | 4085407 Ghordius
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+1. I'm struck by this sentence "(US) politicians have traditionally hid themselves behind three things: the flag, the bible and… children", still mulling over how this differs from here, in europe

example: "...they (your owners, the big commercial interests) don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking, they don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking"

now if this would be an european talking to an european public (for example in the cabaret tradition), he'd immediately add something against free trade (i.e. something against liberal trade practices), would add some workplace protection reguests (i.e. something socialist) and perform a greater bash against (traditional religious) conservativism for keeping the masses unconscious, i.e. against conservativism

in short, if Carlin would have been an european, he'd be known as a socialist. a word we do use to characterize people we do have and who do find that this characterization fits. of course he'd be a social democrat, as visible on his emphasis on a citizenship capable of thinking (and so voting), but in short, a socialist nevertheless, judging from this speech

yet in the US I understand that this label would immediately be perceived as a slur

I'm not sure I will ever understand American politics

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:28 | 4085520 tarsubil
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All politics is based on false fronts and hidden lies.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:45 | 4085671 Sean7k
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Perhaps the problem is what you immediately ASSUMED about Carlin. You added examples that Carlin would never have considered, then you attach a label that makes YOU comfortable. The problem is not your understanding of American politics, it is your ignorance of your feelings of political superiority. It is your complacency with the fascism of Europe. You have to get past your willingness to rationalize the terrible governance of the modern State.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:29 | 4086747 Ghordius
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and this label makes you unconfortable? if yes, why? and are you sure that Carlin never considered thinking about those things I mentioned? if yes, why?

and if we are talking about "the terrible governance of the modern State", are you sure that this governance is similar all over the world? uniformly terrible?

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 13:47 | 4087128 Sean7k
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What's the matter Gordi? Can't answer my argument, so you attempt to create a new one? Wow, propaganda 101.

However, Which label? As for Carlin, he has always stated his distain for ALL governments, because they are all the same. You are ignorant of Carlin  and worse, attempt to create a question from that ignorance. Yes, governance is the same all over the world. European slaves are the same as every other- they just THINK they're special.

Hey, maybe you should study some of your history, because government hasn't changed since.....forever.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 15:49 | 4087703 Ghordius
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tut tut tut, you have not entered my argument yet. which was - without knowing much about Carlin, yes, never claimed otherwise - that his exact sketch can (with probable additions) be found among european socialists

so he stated disdain for all government? now that clarifies it to me: I will definitely never understand American politics

just look at your claim: "governance is the same all over the world". buddy, you have no idea how different governance can be all over the world

by the way, me? what would make me a slave? any parameters to this measurement?

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 20:35 | 4088595 Sean7k
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What part of he would never had entertained your "probable additions" do you not understand? Therefore, he would NEVER have had association with your socialists. 

Please explain the difference to me. Are not all governments run by a small minority for their own benefit? At the cost of the majority? You are blind to tyranny? To think you see yourself as politically aware...Can you own property without government tax? Can you pursue happiness without government approval? Drive a car? Get married? Travel the world? You're a slave- better kept than some, but a slave all the same.

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 02:48 | 4089327 Ghordius
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Sean, I travel a lot, and I'm not blind to tiranny. Let me tell you something about tiranny: it's often a continuum. There are lots of places where people feel that you and I (and the West in general) tyrannize them

but I think I understand now your point. it's an individualistic one, founded on personal liberty. I sympathize. but what about the freedom of groups? then outside of your culture most people are more concerned about the wellbeing and freedom of their groups, mainly from other groups

I repeat: most of the world is alien to your way of thinking, or would at least see it as an extreme 

take marriage: for many it's not the act of two individuals, it's a bond between groups through two people. the very institution of marriage has it's foundation in groups, and their wellbeing, not individuals

others consider the very concept of "personal ownership" of land as a sin, then land is supposed to be tribal, or communal

anyway, thank you for your answers, I think I got the core of it. imho it's a question of perspective

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:38 | 4085104 Jim in MN
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Y'all should see what Jon Stewart just did to Jamie Dimon, Cramer, Bartomless and CNBC/WSJ.  Not quite Carlin, but it's pretty good for just tonight.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:48 | 4085359 Notarocketscientist
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You are comparing Stewart to the magnificent Carlin?

Stewart is a fucking JERK OFF.  If he was what he says he is then why doesn't he have some serious guests on his show - like John Perkins (Economic Hitman) or Chomsky?

I'll tell you why - because he is a stooge of the MSM - think of who owns the Comedy Network... you think they would let Stewart do anything but dance around the edges?  

He serves a purpose and that is to never really take on real issues - he just pokes fun at shit - makes people laugh at their fucked up politicians and country.

He is no different than the NY Times...  it makes people feel good to read a story or two that are anti-MSM but the danger in that is that people believe all stories in the NYT are right.

I stopped reading when a regular columnist in there said 'America throughout history has stood for democracy'  WTF?  When?  America stands for thuggery and dictatorships - America HATES democracy.


It was then that I realized the NYT was the most clever propaganda machine on the planet.


My ephiphany with cunt Stewart came soon after - when he was moaning and wailing on the anniversary of 911.  'Why would they do that to us'...  WTF - WHY?????   Uh - maybe because we drone the fuck out of them - steal their oil - over throw their governments.

Better still - if Stuart was anything but a stooge of these fuckers he'd instead take on the real issues such as 911 was a US false flag - and that Bin Laden has been dead for a decade.


Don't hold your breath - this fuckboy gets paid 5M per year from his MSM/corporate minders -  he ain't gonna  rock the boat.


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 06:27 | 4085458 S5936
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BINGO !!!!

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 06:57 | 4085488 Marge N Call
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I have to agree with most of your assessment. I really thought he was onto something when Bush & Cheney were in office. He was relentiess with the satire and jokes about the administration.

Then once Obama comes into office, and is basically Bush cubed, all we hear is crickets from him, or some lame excuse for hard-hitting satire at the administration. He's a suckass partisan hack midget.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:22 | 4086070 Jim in MN
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I guess you missed the Tron takeoff with John Oliver sucked into the Obamacare website. 

Partisan hacks are those who can't laugh at a well aimed barb from whatever direction.

And no, there is no comparison....but so what?   Piss off with the righteous indignation, dipshits.

What if....CARLIN WAS A DEM?  Oh my Lord, you'll have to delete your bookmarks!

Idiocracy is even worse when the idiots think they're smart.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:58 | 4085560 Agstacker
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"Why would they do that to us'...  WTF - WHY?????   Uh - maybe because we drone the fuck out of them - steal their oil - over throw their governments."


I suggest you do a little more research on what really happened on 9/11, begin with this-

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 09:19 | 4085782 sleigher
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More and more I get sick, angry, sad, and other emotions I cannot even understand when I watch these videos.  I remember watching those towers fall and building 7.  I knew that day something was off.  You could just feel it.  Now that so many years have gone by, it is so painfully obvious that at the very least .gov had prior knowledge, and almost certainly pulled this off.  Yet americans just don't want to know about it.  They don't care that their govenrment is killing its own citizens just to keep the war machine greased and making money for the owners.  Americans are more concerned with cheap gas and big macs than they are with the fact we destroy our own buildings and kill our own people.  Right there in broad daylight for everyone to see.  Yet they are all so blind...  I pray for the end at this point as there is no fixing it.  

Here are some of those "owners"




Thu, 10/24/2013 - 09:26 | 4085815 johnQpublic
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short attention span eh?

if you get a chance, read the rest of his comment

til then, you are just part of the problem

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:10 | 4085362 daemon
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"There never has and never will be such thing as the 'American Dream'."

I tend to agree with this, at least partly.

When I look at the history of the USA, often the "american dream" seems to have been no more than a romantic expression to designate an apparently natural tendency to "have". In fact there seems to be nothing particularly american in that dream.

Probably that a lot of the immigrants (the first settlers as well as those who followed) simply recreated/perpetuated, very logically/naturally, conditions/prejudice that made the USA a lot more like any other european country than it appears at first sight .

Finally, maybe, consumerism is nothing more than the (pen ?)ultimate stage of the "(non ?)american dream" .


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:43 | 4085543 Seer
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It's always a marketing job, recruiting new laborers to exploit the natural resources.  And as machines replaced human labor it became a marketing job to recruit new "consumers" (

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 06:38 | 4085471 Dubaibanker
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This was worth a watch when the common people catch up...took them 5 years but TDS......


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:48 | 4086843 midtowng
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I like the old, cranky Carlin. He was one of those old guys who no longer cared what people thought about him.

He had no use for religion either.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:16 | 4084944 fonzannoon
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Simon Black gets a hat tip for linking a vid that has been linked on here 5,000 times? 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:23 | 4084961 prains
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the nSSA in 4:50 is worth repeating every.f.u.c.k.i.n.g.d.a.y


this should be your national anthem

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:06 | 4085054 Cabreado
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I bet George himself would be disappointed that too many still just hang out on his missives/performances.


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:17 | 4085080 prains
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yes the awkward laugh in the room where everyone knows he speaks the truth but also know they don't have the stones to do anything about it

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:47 | 4085117 StormShadow
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+ 1000 prains. So, so true. God help us.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:24 | 4084967 Ignatius
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This is ancient and sacred text around here.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:05 | 4085050 Bay of Pigs
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As is his "Saving the Planet" text.


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:33 | 4085098 economessed
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Carlin was and will forever be the greatest.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:42 | 4085002 NoDebt
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Look, man, Simon Black is a super spy.  You can't comprehend the depth of his intelligence.  He could render you imcapacitated with his words alone.  Or with a bendy straw and a zip-tie.

You damned well better eat what he's feeding you.  If he says to watch this video, you damned well better watch this video.  It's probably been enhanced with subliminal messages and shit.

I'm just saying, this is one heavy-duty guy.  You don't want to mess with him.  Just accept, don't question.  Don't make this any harder than it has to be.  It's for your own good.


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:06 | 4085052 Keyser
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Hmm, if he offers you koolaid, politely decline. 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:51 | 4085119 StormShadow
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This is the ONLY thing by SB I've ever read that wasnt so over the top it didn't make me want to throw up

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:43 | 4085007 Jumbotron
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I've linked to it at least 1,275 of those times.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:07 | 4085055 Bullionaire
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Uncle George is indeed classic, but the next gen is Lee Camp"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:17 | 4085081 samsara
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I know I am in the triple digits myself.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:54 | 4085126 GeorgesamaBushLaden
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I thought I was the reason that clip had so many hits. I post it on Facebook constantly.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:18 | 4084946 Newsboy
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"I don't get no respect"

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:19 | 4084951 Pairadimes
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Just out of curiosity, what was it he died of, again?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:27 | 4084973 moonstears
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Was natural, a heart attack, wait uh...

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:40 | 4084995 Rusty Shorts
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Fake. It's a well known fact that Cheney doesn't have a heart. 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:50 | 4085023 Cognitive Dissonance
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Or a soul for that matter.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:37 | 4085103 A Nanny Moose
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he might however, have hooves and horns

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:01 | 4085045 bonin006
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He has a heart, it's just a bit different from the rest of us:

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 02:56 | 4085298 Troy Ounce
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They say Cheney has a dick....hahaha

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:20 | 4084952 Ignatius
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You get that?  'The government' is privately held.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 05:42 | 4085421 Ghordius
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by people. I mean public companies, yet by law they are people, aren't they?

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:31 | 4084984 IridiumRebel
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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:37 | 4084988 Yenbot
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Don't we sound like our fathers did?

Hell, yeah, that DEAD COMMEDIAN was better than anything you punks got today...

Fuck yeah, those STUDEBAKERS were REALLY BUILT...

Which, sometimes, as we approach the event horizon, is  Oh, So True.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:41 | 4085110 the grateful un...
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in the old days we had Lennie Bruce

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:43 | 4085232 Diogenes
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And Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now, no Bruce, no Hope and no Cash.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:40 | 4084996 Al Huxley
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Carlin peaked in the last 10 years of his life, when he got really political and really angry.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:46 | 4085014 NoDebt
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Two circumstances under which people do their best work:

1.  When they no longer give a shit what others think

2.  When they have a gun to their head


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:08 | 4085061 Keyser
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In the end, Carlin openly called for the end of the human race. Saying we are nothing but a consumer driven disgrace and a plaque to the planet. 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:18 | 4085082 prains
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Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:19 | 4085143 Godisanhftbot
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 Too bad he didn't get to see Obama and Obamacare.

 Then he would have went in peace.   And 100x as angry.


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:49 | 4085021 Cognitive Dissonance
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".....when he got really political and really angry."

As well as clean and sober. It's amazing the degree of clarity Carlin achieved when he was finally at peace with his addictions and not a slave to them.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:00 | 4085041 IridiumRebel
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Sober seven years, awake for three. It's amazing how much shit you begin to see when you wake up. Just like recovery, the first step is realization, then action. It's action time. Just like a drunk, the reckoning will may even kill you.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 17:39 | 4088101 Keyser
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Sometimes I wished had not taken that red pill. As they say, ignorance is bliss. With knowledge comes realization. The realization that we are basically fucked with a ticking timebomb strapped to our backs. 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:14 | 4085064 samsara
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I remember seeing him on tv mid-60's as Al Sleet the Hippie Dippie Weatherman. "Tonight's forecast is dark, continuing dark throughout the night, followed by scattered light in the morning.... Oh, got a partial baseball score just in, Yankee's 3..."

Watched him when ever he was on throughout his career.

His skit on "Shit" showed how he focus in on society and crystalize different aspect of it in a funny story.

Would have like to have seen what Bill Hicks would have done if he didn't die so young. (many other comedians also, I know.)

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:28 | 4085158 Rusty Shorts
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Sam Kinison


Bill Hicks


George Carlin



Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:34 | 4086779 monad
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+ Rodney Dangerfield

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:41 | 4085231 darteaus
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And bitter-very bitter.

When you don't care anymore, you start telling the truth.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:40 | 4084999 yrbmegr
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That's capitalism for you.  All about buying stuff.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:43 | 4085008 Spastica Rex
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After about 1929.

capitalism /= consumerism

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:57 | 4085036 1 over Infinity
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Capitalism is not consumerism. Capitalism is the right to trade freely.

Don't confuse the two.


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:10 | 4085203 reader2010
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yes, slaves were freely captured in Africa and traded freely in America.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:40 | 4085224 darteaus
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Slaves are STILL freely captured in Africa, but without condemnation.

Sexual slavery is EVERYWHERE.

Not a lot being done about that either.

But there are organizations you can work with. I had to pass a background check, and I couldn't figure out why at first (DUH!).

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:51 | 4085381 yrbmegr
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Capitalism is about acquisition.  Trade is the means to the end.  Capitalists insist trade must be "free" because that makes it easier for them to acquire stuff.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 06:09 | 4085441 geewhiz
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Acquiring stuff via true free trade (capitalism) is an honest personal choice. Aquiring stuff by deceitfully and hypocritically rigging the game is cronyism. Acquiring stuff by teaching idiots that socialism is good for you is slavemastery. Don't get confused with words, try to decipher true meanings to achieve understanding.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:57 | 4085037 1 over Infinity
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Capitalism is not consumerism. Capitalism is the right to trade freely.

Don't confuse the two.


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:57 | 4085032 ebworthen
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"It's called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it."

Twenty years ago I would have said he was a washed up hippy.

Today I say - he saw what I didn't see - and told it like it was.

Thank God for video, the Internet, ZH, and George Carlin, R.I.P.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:35 | 4085101 JohnnyBriefcase
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Isn't it amazing how you can think that you see but you really don't see anything at all. Too bad it takes time and perspective to see this.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 02:38 | 4085289 Skateboarder
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The scope and verity of the information a human is exposed to dictates its operating range of thought, unfortunately.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 05:30 | 4085404 geewhiz
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Waking up guys like you is why the good die young. I always wonder how he really became sick, just when his time was really coming up.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 22:55 | 4085034 QQQBall
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He'd be in GITMO now or unable to get work due to political pressure.. You hire Carlin, you get audited, inspected and basically fucked outta business. 

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:08 | 4085057 NoDebt
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You also couldn't air episodes of "All In The Family" with Archie and Edith Bunker (Carol O'Connor and Jean Stapleton) any more.  That show aired originally in the 1970s.  Today, it would be 'hate speech'.

Anyone who thinks the spectrum of "acceptable public discourse" has not been radically narrowed should have their head examined.  

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:41 | 4085109 JohnnyBriefcase
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It's called "empowerment"!


Jeez get with the PROGRAM!

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:45 | 4085113 the grateful un...
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i hope they beat dem redskins

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 17:44 | 4088117 Keyser
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None of these would ever make it on the air today...

Sanford and Son, Amos and Andy, All in the Family, Jack Benny


Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:00 | 4085044 ToNYC
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"I you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own." - Wesley 'Scoop' Nisker 1969

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:27 | 4085093 They Tried to S...
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Carlin - Grillo  2016


I have a dream......

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:35 | 4085102 Jim in MN
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RIP Senator Wellstone. Friday is the 11th anniversary of the crash.

A couple of notable items:

"I'm not making a decision I don't believe in." (2002, before voting against authorizing the use of force in Iraq)

"Barrington Moore put it well: ‘Doing nothing remains the real form of mass action.'"

"The Democratic Party has lost much of it credibility with working class and low-income people. It retards progress toward presenting a genuine alternative."

"The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy."

On March 5, 2008, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007, by a vote of 268-148.  This issue, so pressing in light of all of our recent mass shootings, is one on which he was way ahead of his time. 

"Senator Wellstone further distinguished himself by being one of only eight members of the Senate to vote against the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999." (wiki entry)


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 03:37 | 4085321 janus
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word has it wellstone was one of the good guys.

word has it wellstone was offed.




Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:56 | 4085129 RaceToTheBottom
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Wait, what does George think about gold?  What does he think about living in a hut in South America?  I thought he was Simon's friend?

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:00 | 4085134 Godisanhftbot
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 I think Carlin was happy to leave this shit in the end.



Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:36 | 4085168 Atomizer
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Another comedian who helped warn – RIP

Bill Hicks - Go Back to Bed America

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:42 | 4085174 bart12
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Here is a full transcript for the video --George Carlin is just Pure Genius

But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever,  EVER be fixed.

It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.

Because the owners, the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying,  lobbying, to get what they want.  Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don’t want: 

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests.

Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!

You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fucking place! It's a big club, and you ain’t in it!  You, and I, are not in the big club.

By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.

They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL.  And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick thats being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.

It's called the American Dream,because you have to be asleep to believe it.


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 00:57 | 4085188 SubjectivObject
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Is it just me, or are the ZeroHedge page loads all jacked up with cookies? 

The info bar at the bottom seems to list thousands of the things. Takes 'forever" to get page loads completed. 

Well, my message for the Tylers is that prospective new readers will just go away rather than obviously have their time wasted by commercial shilling and information mining.  I'm here less because of it, anyway.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:50 | 4085240 Gief Gold Plox
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Use Firefox, install addon called NoScript, you can allow scripts from but forbid every other domain's script. Zerohedge will load in half a second.



Thu, 10/24/2013 - 03:40 | 4085326 janus
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he"s using explorer.

never use explorer in cyberspace.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:02 | 4085341 RebelDevil
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Agreed. I had the same problem.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 09:10 | 4085733 RKDS
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There is a version of AdBlock that works with IE.  I really hate to use it, because ads are how some of these sites are funded, but when I can't get two pages in a row to load without several "mysterious" crashes (that magically go away once the ads are blocked)...

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 02:10 | 4085209 All Out Of Bubblegum
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"Always question the received reality. The consensus reality is often intentionally misleading."

-George Carlin on 9/11



Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:40 | 4085230 Bobportlandor
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Take a Minute and listen to my Girl

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 01:53 | 4085243 Trampy
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What about Lenny Bruce?  George Carlin was not persecuted like Bruce was; no, Carlin had it easy while Bruce spent a lot of time in jail, partly because he made no secret of being a junkie.

Before anyone heard of George Carlin, Lenny Bruce was called the "conscience of America."

Here's a video about George Carlin and Lenny Bruce getting arrested in 1962 for doing a show together:

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 03:30 | 4085315 Atoyota
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If you think this Carlin Video was poingnant, then this one will help explain the progressives.


It's all about control and unintended consequences....

And yeah I love Carlin. Brilliant comedian.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:01 | 4085340 OldPhart
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Funny how prophets are never recognized until they're dead.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:18 | 4085512 blabam
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Speak for yourself.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 04:51 | 4085380 Notarocketscientist
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Gore Vidal became a bitter and angry man torwards the end. 

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 05:03 | 4085388 kurt
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No trolls? Wow. Power of Truth

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 05:20 | 4085397 TuesdayBen
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Wasn't that long ago, Fannie Mae marketed itself as The American Dream Machine.....

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 05:48 | 4085426 Cheduba
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Every time we given timely reminders of his wisdom, I have to say rest in peace George Carlin.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 07:18 | 4085511 Kavklov
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Now when people will wake up and rebel against these scums mother fucker BANKSTER's?

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 09:06 | 4085739 d edwards
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Wow! What incredable insight! This needs to go viral so the dumb masses can see it.


Another Carlin quote: "When fascism comes to America. it will not be in brown or black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be in Nike sneakers and Smiley (face) shirts."

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:39 | 4086163 Fix It Again Timmy
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Most Americans if told that inflation at about 2% is benign and necessary will nod their heads in agreement. If you can fool them on inflation, you can fool 'em on anything. Sad, but ever so true...

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:11 | 4086339 Goldbugger
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YAAP, they don't give a FUCK about you, the table is tilted and the GAME is RIGGED.

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 13:49 | 4087132 gdpetti
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This is why 'it' is called Purgatory, 'the Matrix', a  jail or prison of the mind, a maze or labyrinth and like Neo or Theseus, one needed that thread of Ariadne to find the exit. The answer or exit is found when one finds the question, same as George here. A choice need be made to join the 'in' crowd or those choosing to exit. It is the same story as always, the esoteric symbolism of the 'philosophers stone', found within, one step at a time as the power of knowledge lights the way.

George's light seemed to grow brighter as the power of his awareness grew, as that is what old age is for, processing all the crap we encounter through the years. The Way of the Fool.

Like 'The Matrix 3', the reset button gets pushed at the end of each cycle as Big Momma comes in to do her spring cleaning. Should be fun.

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