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Watch Socialist Paradise Central Planning In Action: Venezuela Looting Edition

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What happens when the government sets the precedent that what was private is now public property? Encouraged by President Maduro's seeming incitement "Leave nothing on the shelves, nothing in the warehouses... Let nothing remain in stock!" crowds of Venezuelans looted the local DAKA stores after the government's 'occupation'... "this is good for the nation," Maduro concluded... You decide...

 

Some might argue that DAKA (in a mysteriously karmic way) got its back on Maduro as he was propelled from his bike by 'nothing' the day after...

 


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Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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I guess that means that my friends Roberto S and Antonio E will not be able to work with me to sell those wheel bearings for Yutong buses down there in Venezuela (at least 800 of them (total) in the Caracas bus fleet and at PDVSA - the state's oil company).

Venezuela is in deep trouble.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Beam Me Up Scotty
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HAPPINESS FOR ALL!!!  Brought to you by the Ministry of Happiness!!!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:46 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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The looting business model seems to be working here in the U.S..

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:49 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Yes, but that's CAPITALISTIC looting, and clearly much better then SOCIALISTIC looting.

If you are going to loot, why would you share?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:52 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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how long before anyone with a store closes it permanently?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:00 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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say 10 minutes after the looters show up...

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:05 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Are you talking about the Government or the FSA?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:21 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Yes.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:35 | Link to Comment fonestar
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The promises of socialism are so great I fear it may never die.  It would be nice to send all of the socialists and freegans to a desert island somewhere.  They can rob each other for coconuts until they either get bored or all wind up with an equal number of coconuts.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:44 | Link to Comment economics9698
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Revolution #9

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:06 | Link to Comment flacon
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Take this brother, may it serve you well:

 

Revolution Number 9-The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVf5Cr4M-F8

 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:36 | Link to Comment giggler321
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All those people walk out with big screen TV's.

 

So what are they gonna do when the power is switched off?  Oh I get it, use the dynamo on the bike you got from the other shop, right?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 01:25 | Link to Comment suicidalpsychologist
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arent most of the band members multi millionaires? Haha, humans.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:45 | Link to Comment Troll Magnet
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Si se puede, BITCHEZ!!!

 

(Wait...That's Argentina?  Looks a lot like Los Angeles to me)

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:35 | Link to Comment Agent P
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Funny...I thought it looked a lot more like Venezuela, since that's where it was.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:08 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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They would eat the last coconut and starve under a palm tree.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:22 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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They would eat the last coconut and starve under a palm tree waiting for a do-er to climb the tree and get another coconut or waiting for the government to force a do-er to climb the tree for more coconuts.

 

Fixed it for ya.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:24 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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You didn't fix it, you understood it.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:30 | Link to Comment remain calm
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Someone tell them to save me one, I could use a new TV

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment BTFDemocracy
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We going to see much better "walmart invasion" Black Friday videos from USA in couple weeks.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:37 | Link to Comment Agent P
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See recent Sports Authority videos from the greater (lesser) Chicago area. 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment idontcare
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Great resale prices for that stuff on Ebay.  Check it out!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Treat government beliefs like religious beliefs.

Support panarchism.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:05 | Link to Comment Big Corked Boots
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Prudent businesspeople would close 10 minutes before.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:23 | Link to Comment seek
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...and leave the freaking country before they're jailed or assassinated.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Poundsand
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On the bright side, we've moved from let them eat cake to let them have a big screen tv.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:00 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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Yeah, now they can sit at home and watch Behind the Green Door cartridges until their brains ferment.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:51 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Marilyn, Marilyn, wherefore art thou Marilyn.....

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:20 | Link to Comment ACP
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Better yet, how long until a store owner who lost everthing IEDs Maduro?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:17 | Link to Comment 11b40
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We are agents for manufacturers and import companies in the gift/housewares business.

15 years ago, we had almost 2400 accounts in the southeast.  Today, that is down to less than 200.  Main Street was where we made a living.  Emphasis on WAS.  Now it is just key accounts - primarily low-end acounts like Fred's, Family Dollar, etc., and where there 16 people in the company, now there are 3.5.

Looters take many forms.  The ones in this video are just the most visible.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:18 | Link to Comment 11b40
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Dup.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:53 | Link to Comment Clark Bent
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Note how proprietary the looter becomes as he's making off with the booty. Others try to seize "theirs" from a looter only to be met with snarls of contempt and threat. What irony.

Socialism in its naked greed.  

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:55 | Link to Comment TheLooza
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Damn.  That looks like my local Costco on any given Sunday, minus the free samples.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:01 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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and this one:  Thou shall not steal.  Good catholics down there.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:13 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Animals have strong concepts of 'my property' and 'our property', but not 'your property'.

Unfortunately, that includes the 99% of H. sapiens that are not fully human.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:27 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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we need to invent the gom jabbar and start testing?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:46 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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I have a fairly high tolerance of pain, having once gone to work with a ruptured appendix.

But I don't think overcoming pain would be a good test.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:51 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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Suggest you read the book again, "Gom Jabbar" was a poisoned object.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:56 | Link to Comment KnightTakesKing
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The Gom Jabbar was used so you didn't remove your hand from the box -- the real pain object.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:22 | Link to Comment The_Dude
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I don't think you get to blame this on the Catholics.....there are a few other -ism's that you should be focused on here.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:03 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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I AM a Catholic; just sayin'.  I've been down there - with few exceptions, they're all Catholic.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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Theyr'e mostly Liberation Theology socialist bitches, Catholics in name only.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Nick Jihad
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What? This is as catholic as it gets - "Father, I have sinned, by stealing a TV."  "That'll be 25 Hail Mary's son, and don't forget to make a donation."

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:33 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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I'm not going to defend the Catholic church, but it's obvious they have a homo problem amongst some of their clergy.  Time they clean house.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:57 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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You are aware that your alleged saviour was a socialist of the first rank? Or did that escape you?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 19:19 | Link to Comment Calmyourself
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I call BS, you did not understand the book, try again.

Thessalonions 3:10-12

 "For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[a]"

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 19:59 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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The angel closes your eyes.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 20:00 | Link to Comment Promethus
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If your alleged savior is Obama, then I agree with you. Otherwise you're an idiot.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 21:16 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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No his was highlighted in the New Testament...

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:28 | Link to Comment unrulian
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What is stealing? does god want us to pay for things with debt money that is merely a medium to steal from and enslave us?

 ..just asking...

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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The three Kings didn't bring Jesus FRN's.  Just sayin....

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:47 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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It would have been really impressive if they had they, given that FRNs came into existence almost 2000 years later...

A very clear sign that the US was really God's chosen people....

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:32 | Link to Comment dracos_ghost
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"Good Catholics"!!!

Good one. Let's not forget recently that Pope Benny quit God(I never realized you could do that) and they spelled Jesus wrong on Papal medals. The State is the new Church. All others are false idols.

There are no good catholics any more. Sincerely, an Ex-Catholic.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 01:26 | Link to Comment suicidalpsychologist
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socialo catholic...A new religion.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:43 | Link to Comment Agent P
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"Damn.  That looks like my local Costco on any given Sunday, minus the free samples."

Apparently everything down there is a free sample.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:04 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Re: "Socialism in its naked greed."

What would you call Black Friday at Walmart?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:15 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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The running of Pavlov's Shoppers.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:09 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Except instead of getting gored by a bull, you get suffocated by fat rolls or left with tire tracks across your back from the motorized scooter.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:20 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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Voluntary transactions. Not theft.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:46 | Link to Comment Vergeltung
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can always count on you to say something stupid. not worthy of your avatar.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:29 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Really... 

It would be more fair to say that you can count on me to say something you disagree with..

Would you like me to post videos and/or links of people getting crushed to death on Black Friday?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:20 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Sure, only if you make sure not to post images with EBT holders. Good luck with that.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:02 | Link to Comment GeezerGeek
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Scratch 'CAPITALISTIC' and substitute 'FASCISTIC'. The looting in the US is not capitalistic, which is often conflated with free markets, but it looks like fascism/corporatism to me. Government working hand in hand with selected big corporations has nothing to do with capitalism. 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:15 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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calm down, i was obviously being facetious

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:51 | Link to Comment NOTaREALmerican
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Re: nothing to do with capitalism

Humanity has "nothing to do with capitalism". It's a word invented by a commie - which also has nothing to do with humanity. These are words used by semi-autistics who are fantasizing about a state of humanity that doesn't exist. There's only Screwism. The smart-n-savvy people figure out how to screw the dumbasses. The tough part of understanding Screwism is when you realized who the dumbasses are. Self-delusion is a powerful force.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:12 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Bingo...  but don't tell anyone that if you call screwism something like...  capitalism, then you can get people to think the piss running down their neck is actually rain...  there is only self interest and it dictates every conscious human action.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:29 | Link to Comment 11b40
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I have a basic philosophy that has served me well through the years, and when I tell people part one, they are a little dis-believing.

"I trust everybody"

With part 2 comes understanding.

"to act in their own self-interest"

I have rarely been either surprised or disappointed, and when something proves me wrong, it is a positive thing, like an updside surprise.

I also believe that the vast majority of folks will do the right things.....so long as those things do not get in the way of their self interest.

i.e., trust, but verify.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:40 | Link to Comment rwe2late
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 which brings us to the question how much of individualistic egoism/greed is a learned attitude/behavior, and not innate/genetic.

Other cultures seem to have prioritized motivation to do what is deemed best for the family/community.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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First and foremost it is genetic...  something that allowed our ancestors to survive against the others...

The learned aspects are merely used in the valuation process.  In other words, performing an action that makes me feel good to help my family or that makes me feel complete by doing my duty is no more or less selfish than refusing to give my employees christmas bonuses.  The only difference is that in the former, the benefit was intrinsic, whereas with the latter, the benefit was extrinsic.  It's pretty easy to focus on extrinsic motivation because the trail of crumbs is so obvious...  however, there is a much more subtle incentive system...  one which exists in the confines of our minds...  and, I dare say, it's at least every bit as powerful as the other.  The weight of things that intrinsically motivate us are largely a function of our environment/learning.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 01:31 | Link to Comment suicidalpsychologist
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Newsflash we re all animals who insure their survival at the expense of others if necessary, 99.9% of the time. There has to be a loser for every winner, it cannot be otherwise. Life is unfair and cosntantly generates inequality, if you want to end inequality you have to end life.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:25 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Exactly.  This is why everyone should love the greedy and calculating adversary...  the people you have to watch out for are the crazies, with no adherence to any ethos and who act on a whim...  the nonobservant and sexually frustrated call these people "women"

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:22 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Only if you are a moron and don't know that the philosophy of Capitalism pre-dates Marx, just as the word itself does.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:39 | Link to Comment ZH11
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The Hollandische Mercurius uses capitalists in 1633 and 1654 to refer to owners of capital.In French,Étienne Clavier referred to capitalistes in 1788,six years before its first recorded English usage by Arthur Young in his work Travels in France (1792). David Ricardo, in his Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817), referred to "the capitalist" many times. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet, used capitalist in his work Table Talk (1823). Pierre-Joseph Proudhon used the term capitalist in his first work, What is Property? (1840) to refer to the owners of capital. Benjamin Disraeli used the term capitalist in his 1845 work Sybil. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used the term capitalist(Kapitalist) in The Communist Manifesto (1848) to refer to a private owner of capital.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism#Etymology_and_early_usage

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment roadhazard
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It's not looting if you're wearing a suit and tie.

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 06:40 | Link to Comment 0z
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Capitalism: The concept of ownership.

Looting: The denial of ownership.

Capitalistic looting = oxymoron

Note; Calling something capitalist doesnt make it capitalist. Government and capitalism are antithetical.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:52 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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"We may not have money, toilet paper, food or electricity...but these televisions are sure great to make coffee tables (although we're also out of coffee)."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbv5B71KmkA

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:02 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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If we had some ham we could have some ham & eggs, if we had some eggs.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:47 | Link to Comment Agent P
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My dad always said this...it's one of my favorites. 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:31 | Link to Comment WOAR
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Can we get Banzai to use that Unbelievable Bullshit sign in one of his pictures?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:54 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER
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You got that right Ig, only here in the USSA the looters use a gubbermint issued card to loot. If all that was private is declared public here, Imma git me a new S600 MBENZ down at the public Mercedes dealer. But you were most likely pointing the finger at the banksters.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:02 | Link to Comment DeathProof
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They look like a fucken swarm of leafcutter ants, but with flat screen tv's instead leaf pieces over their heads

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:25 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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*off-screen narrator*

"Incredibly, this species can lift over 10 times their annual income."

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:29 | Link to Comment DeathProof
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NotApplicable.. That's fucken hilarious

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:33 | Link to Comment tunnelvizn
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Logged in, just to up-arrow this !

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Dan Conway
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ditto

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:37 | Link to Comment farragut
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lol, excellente!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:51 | Link to Comment Poundsand
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Winner!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Ourrulersknowbest
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Funniest comment I've seen ever.
10 times its income....fucking genius....
Imagine how much a parasite banker ant can carry

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:07 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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Brilliant, NA!!  Very funny!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Dubaibanker
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You have NOT heard anything unless you have heard of the POTATO RIOTS in Eastern India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Veggies-on-fire-villager...

From Venezuela, to Philippines and now in India, riots are just getting started, sadly (not to mention the entire Middle East). But India's ones are most amusing, because they are over puny potatoes. For onions, I would cry, but potatoes and tomatoes....well.....that brings a smile!

Forget gold bitchez....the new war cry is....potatoes bitchez....:)

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:16 | Link to Comment Larry Dallas
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Can you imagine the body odor there. Stinks to high hell.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:11 | Link to Comment youngman
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You can sell them..you just won´t get paid for them..

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:19 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Verdad...  But, I am NOT going to send Chavistas anything of value...

Not even a Maduro who hears "His Master's Voice" (Chavez) from a little bird...

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:11 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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Lo ciento mucho, chico!  Cheap chirp!  Tweet!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment gaoptimize
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Commit to prepare for Riddly Scott "Alien"s, so that currency collapse, EMP, hurricanes, revolution, world war, zombies, or anything else will seem relatively mild. 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:04 | Link to Comment GeezerGeek
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Please refresh my memory: were those aliens documented or did they sneak in?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:39 | Link to Comment seek
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I think technically they were imported by Weyland, so I'm betting it was a H1B visa plan.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:46 | Link to Comment RSloane
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You know, I read about scenes just like this in a book somewhere, just can't recall right now.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:41 | Link to Comment RichardENixon
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Livy's History of Rome, Speer's Inside the Third Reich, Mao's "Little Red Book" perhaps?

 

 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:50 | Link to Comment fooshorter
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WHO is John Galt??

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:59 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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John Galt is fictional character in a fantasy* novel that illustrates general behaviors of socioeconomic groups, but provides no real solutions to the problems we face.

One might as well ask, "Who is Muad'Dib?"

 

*Ray screens and unlimited energy from the atmosphere

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:01 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Pretty much yes. The problem is that there are no real solutions other than an all-embracing return to a hunter gatherer society and start again, this time with claws ready to ensure that everyone gets fair and proper treatment under the law, ie, start hanging people for financial crimes.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:09 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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HH I believe that John Galt is an idea...much like the Republic of the United States, The Constitution and Rule of Law are ideas (ideals) which are now fictional.

 

"You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea."- Medgar Evers

 

“An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any government.” - Ron Paul

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:15 | Link to Comment Herd Redirectio...
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I say we start over, and ban usury, fractional reserve banking, and fiat currency.

Whats this, I am getting something on my headset.  This has already been tried????  They were smart enough to outlaw usury hundreds of years ago? 

No wonder there is no great emphasis on teaching history, or appreciation for those who came before us.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Yes it was called the Bradbury Pound issued between 1914 - 1928 by the UK (HM) Treasury. It was the only time in British history I know of the Treasury issued bank notes after the inception of the Bank of England. They were debt free notes.

http://archive.org/stream/financiersandthe033017mbp/financiersandthe0330...

read chapter 6

VI. USURY ON THE GREAT WAR . . . -45

 

There is a movement in the UK right now to get the Bradbury Pound reinstated again.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Here is a really interesting write up on the Bradbury Pound.

http://www.lawfulrebellion.org/2012/11/19/the-bankers-the-bradburys-the-...

Three weeks ago, as part of my ongoing research into the banking elite, I came across a fascinating book entitled The Financiers and the Nation by the Rt. Hon. Thomas Johnston, P.C., ex-Lord Privy Seal. It was written in 1934 and republished in 1994 by Ossian Publishers Ltd. Here is the link to the text of this quite remarkable and rare book:

http://archive.org/stream/financiersandthe033017mbp/financiersandthe033017mbp_djvu.txt

In Chapter 6, entitled ‘Usury on the Great War’, I’ve selected the following paragraphs which I believe are both shocking and self-explanatory:

WHEN the whistle blew for the start of the Great War in August 1914 the Bank of England possessed only nine millions sterling of a gold reserve, and, as the Bank of England was the Bankers’ Bank, this sum constituted the effective reserve of all the other Banking Institutions in Great Britain.

The bank managers at the outbreak of War were seriously afraid that the depositing public, in a panic, would demand the return of their money.  And, inasmuch as thedeposits and savings left in the hands of the bankers by the depositing public had  very largely been sunk by the bankers  in enterprises which, at the best, could  not repay the borrowed capital  quickly, and which in several and  large-scale instances were likely to be  submerged altogether in the stress of  war and in the collapse of great areas  of international trade, it followed that  if there were a widespread panicky run  upon the banks, the banks would be  unable to pay and the whole credit  system would collapse, to the ruin of  millions of people.

Private enterprise banking thus being on the verge of collapse, the Government (Mr. Lloyd George at the time was Chancellor of the Exchequer) hurriedly declared a moratorium, i.e. it authorized the banks not to pay out (which in any event the banks could not do), and it extended the August Bank Holiday for another three days.  During these three or four days when the banks and stock exchanges were closed, the bankers held anxious negotiation with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. And one of them has placed upon record the fact that ‘he (Mr. George) did everything that we asked him to do.’ When the banks reopened, the public discovered that, instead of getting their money back in gold, they were paid in a new legal tender of Treasury notes (the £1 notes in black and the 10s. notes in red colours). This new currency had been issued by the State, was backed by the credit of the State, and was issued to the banks to prevent the banks from utter collapse. The public cheerfully accepted the new notes; and nobody talked about inflation.

 

To return, however, to the early war  period, no sooner had Mr. Lloyd  George got the bankers out of their difficulties in the autumn of 1914 by the issue of the Treasury money, than they were round again at the Treasury door explaining forcibly that the State  must, upon no account, issue any more money on this interest free basis; if the war was to be run, it must be run with borrowed money, money  upon which interest must be paid, and  they were the gentlemen who would  see to the proper financing of a good, juicy War Loan at 31/2 per cent,  interest, and to that last proposition  the Treasury yielded. The War was not to be fought with interest-free money, and/or/with conscription of wealth; though it was to be foughtwith conscription of life. Many small businesses were to be closed and their proprietors sent overseas as redundant, and without any compensation for theirlosses, while Finance, as we shall see, was to be heavily and progressively remunerated.

 

So there we have it in a nutshell! The real values of the private bankers and the City of London exposed for all to see. Whilst hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were dying on the killing fields of Flanders and elsewhere doing what they saw as their patriotic duty, British bankers, safely out of danger and not sharing the appalling conditions on the Western Front, were only interested in one thing – how to make obscene profits from Britain’s desperate efforts to win the war. To say that the private bankers and the City of London have the morals of sewer rats is to be extremely unkind to our little rodent friends. But this is the clincher.As a direct result of the greed and treason of the British private bankers in preventing the continuance of the Bradbury Treasury Notes, Britain’s National Debt went up from £650 million in 1914 to a staggering £7,500 million in 1919.

And this is where it all gets particularly interesting. The following is an extract from the official and current HM Treasury’s Debt Management Office website….and it appears to be completely at odds with the account given by the Rt. Hon. Thomas Johnston.

http://www.dmo.gov.uk/index.aspx?page=About/treasury_history)

The threat of World War One pushed British banks into crisis; exacerbated further as half the world’s trade was financed by British banks and as a consequence international payments dried up. In response to this crisis, John Maynard Keynes (the renowned economist), persuaded the Chancellor Lloyd George to use the Bank of England’s gold reserves to support the banks, which ended the immediate crisis. Keynes stayed with the Treasury until 1919. The war years of 1914-18 had seen an increase in the National Debt from £650 million at the start of the war to £7,500 million by 1919. This ensured that the Treasury developed new expertise in foreign exchange, currency, credit and price control skills and were put to use in the management of the post-war economy. The slump of the 1930s necessitated the restructuring of the economy following World War II (the national debt stood at £21 billion by its end) and the emphasis was placed on economic planning and financial relations.

Why is there is no mention whatsoever of the £300 million of Bradbury debt-free paper Treasury Notes issued in 1914? Instead, it says Lloyd George, on the advice of John Maynard Keynes, used the Bank of England’s gold reserves which, according to Johnston, only amounted to £9 million. What is going on here? Who is telling the truth? Could it be that HM Government, the puppets of the City of London, don’t want you to know about the simple but effective concept of debt-free and interest-free Treasury Notes?

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There is more on his research and conclusions there. Maybe some of the Tyler(s) or regular  contributors might want to do a full  article on this subject.


 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:24 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Not only did we try it, but IT FAILED...  we're back at the drawing board.  Essentially, we have to choose among competing theories, all of which have proven to fail.  I know I harp on it, but humans have yet to devise and implement the answer.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:17 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Maduro may be popular at the moment, but I'll bet he is being drug through the streets within two years.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Vergeltung
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one can only hope!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment Dan Conway
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With nothing left to give away, he won't make it.  People used to free stuff won't like it when there will be no more tv's and phones for the proletariat.  I would like to see a video of him riding through a barrio of homeless and starving people.  Ole!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:59 | Link to Comment Agent P
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The good news is that after this event all Venezuelan citizens will be able to watch that event on television. 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:55 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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That's what the Colt 45, the Equalizer, was for.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:03 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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HH, 

     truly one of your more insightful posts...

 

And the answer is not "A Fremin poseur".....

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:04 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER
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HH                   Was there not a invention to save mankind.................like some type of hydrogen power cell?  Not that TPTB would let us have free energy. 

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:05 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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No...

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:06 | Link to Comment pods
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Han Solo was the consummate opportunist.  Kind of like the current president.

Han also had a Wookie as a friend. Kind of like the current president.

Oh, and HAN SHOT FIRST.

pods

(Damn you HH, I don't have a snarky retort for your edit!)

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Valerie Jarrett as Princess Leia?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:21 | Link to Comment Blano
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Boba Fett.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:46 | Link to Comment Meat Hammer
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The Emperor

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:57 | Link to Comment Nick Jihad
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"but provides no real solutions to the problems we face".

I disagree. Going Galt is a solution. A case can be made the the Soviet Union collapsed because everyone went Galt: "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work."  - this resembles going Galt, to me.

One would certainly wish for a _better_ solution, and there's no shortage of people who think they have a better solution. But as long as you're paying taxes, you're forging your own chains.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:36 | Link to Comment Big Brother
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Quien es Juan Galt? (since this is Venezula).

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:05 | Link to Comment Aeternus
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War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is strength and MOAR free shit is AWESOME!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deuC8GPr31A

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Clayton Bigsby
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Too bad they can't wipe their asses with televisions.  Oh well... Viva la revolucion!!!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Dubaibanker
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.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:42 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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remember all that hollow point ammo?

Yeah...

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:43 | Link to Comment kito
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better than black friday!!!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Wheeeee!!!   That was easy!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:48 | Link to Comment seek
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Checkout is faster when you don't have to pay.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:46 | Link to Comment One And Only
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At least with socialism in Venezuela people get cool stuff like sick 52 inch plasma screen TVs. All we get in America is a shitty website that sucks dick.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:28 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Wait a minute...

I can get my dick sucked?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Yep, drive to the nearest truck stop and wave a $50 bill...

With any luck the meth will have taken care of those nasty teeth....

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment Bawneee Fwank
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Free Shit Army!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:02 | Link to Comment Bastiat
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I think that was the Free Shit Militia.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:48 | Link to Comment Meat Hammer
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Mierda Gratis

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment world_debt_slave
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already happening in the Unites States of Amerika, not being reported by MSM (CIA propaganda machine).

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:02 | Link to Comment Nick Jihad
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The Walmart incident when EBT's weren't working, was widely reported.  But yeah, the flash-mob store raids don't seem to be getting widespread coverage. Must be detrimental to the narrative.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment Jim B
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Wiw! I guess I should have sold my shares in DAKA! LOL!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Big Corked Boots
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Apparently these are the shock troops of the Free Shit Army.

No doubt notes are being taken for practical application in Amerika.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:47 | Link to Comment seek
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Billy Sol Estes
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I can't put my finger on it but these people seem to have something in common....

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:55 | Link to Comment NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  I can't put my finger on it but these people seem to have something in common

Yeah, "those people" generally aren't members of the top 1% who do their looting in private, and get much better goods.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:50 | Link to Comment Meat Hammer
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Good point...not funny...but good point.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Nick Jihad
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You mean, if Obama had a dozen sons, they would look like a Chicago flash mob?

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment dontgoforit
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No one does like a Philly flash mob.  However, it is kinda warm & dry down there this time of year.  We were at Puerto Ordaz some years ago - seems I remember there were a lot of rifle toting Army types all around, 'cept from noon to 2pm at which time there pretty much weren't any folks around.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment seek
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And in a couple months they're going to be in shock when no one will import something as small as a AA battery, let alone electronics.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 13:48 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Venezuela might be a good test case for BTC...  

If they can get any...

***

My "Part One" piece of a complicated but interesting topic:

"Fun for Beginners with Bitcoins"

http://tinyurl.com/lh7kt5y

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:00 | Link to Comment seek
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Nice writeup!

The should be able to get BTC for gold, but I seriously doubt anyone would be dumb enough to trade for local currency at this point.

With this kind of behavior, you really have to wonder how long before there's no power for all those goodies. I know they get a lot from hydroelectric but I have to imagine they depend on imported parts (like bearings!) to maintain things.

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:28 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Venezuela's Orinoco River is a big river.  If they dam it up, that might provide cheap power for them to mine their own Bitcoins!

They can always send them to me,  About 264 Bitcoins would fill up a 40' containerload of genuine Chinese bearings for Yutong buses!

Venezuela!  Send me 264 Bitcoins, and I will send you LOTS and LOTS of bearings!

1P11zA1GaJcyjc7oVt1jVQvWcPoW12sv5R

***

Everyone else, please don't send me anything, I still have 0.02 BTC left, which even at worth just some $7 - $8 is still enough for more fun!

Above offer is for Venezuela only!

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment gaoptimize
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I remember that ball bearing plants were always the target of bombing raids in the old sitcom "Hogan's Heroes".  Given what is going on between China and Japan regarding the Senkaku islands, got bunker Mr. Bearing?

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