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Have We Lost Our Common Sense?

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

The only way to keep the status quo from imploding is to banish common-sense.

I was surprised to find that many people took my satire/parody last month seriously: Obama Administration Proposes 2,300-Page "New Constitution"(October 10, 2013). A number of people wrote me asking for the source of the story, and others chastized me for not labeling the essay "satire/parody," as so many others didn't seem to get the joke. (The permanent link was constitution-parody10-13.)

I thought the absurdity of hundreds of pages of the "New Constitution" being too secret for the public to read (i.e. redacted) would make the joke obvious, but I was wrong: apparently we are collectively ready to believe that an American administration would propose a law of the land that was too secret for the citizenry to read.

Even readers who suspected the post was satirical felt the need to confirm this was indeed the case. Other readers reported the essay had unleashed a torrent of vitriol on other sites' forums.

My first thought was that we may be losing our collective sense of humor. Readers of the zany satirical zine The Onion still appreciate that a good satire takes an element of truth and exaggerates it for humorous effect: for example, today's Onion headline Man Who Drinks 5 Diet Cokes Per Day Hoping Doctors Working On Cure For Whatever He’s Getting.

But as the gulf between the official state-cartel-Empire narrative ("everything is going great, but we will all die if Central Bankers don't run the world") and reality widens, people are losing their ability to separate satire from reality and truth from officially sanctioned fiction ("unemployment rate declines to 7%.")

The strains created by this cognitive dissonance (or perhaps more accurately, a double-bind that leads to alienation and a form of induced madness, as per psychiatrist R.D. Laing's extension of Gregory Bateson's concept) lead to short tempers, loss of perspective, emotional hair-trigger reactions and a host of other unhealthy responses.

The target of my mockery was not the Obama Administration per se but the nonsensical belief that a 1,300-page piece of legislation can possibly accomplish anything but strip us of the ability to actually solve critical problems.

Legislation running into the thousands of pages creates a complexity fortress that protects the state-cartel rentier arrangements that are stripmining our economy and society: sickcare, the financial sector, the defense industry, the national security state, Big Pharma, the educrat/Higher Education cartel, and so on.

The size and complexity of 1,000+ pages of legislation make it impossible for anyone but paid lobbyists and cartel shills to understand the bill's intricacies. The only institutions with the motivation and budget to pore over the thousands of pages are those who need to game the new laws to insure their fat skim of the national income continues to grow.

The citizenry are reduced to sheep led off for shearing--which is of course the whole idea behind 1,000+ page legislation. A 30-page bill might actually be read and understood as a rentier-skimming operation; so the "solution" for cartel-corporate lobbyists and the politico toadies, lackeys and apparatchiks is to embed this systemic predation into a 1,700-page bill that "we have to pass to find out what's in it."

(Nancy Pelosi, welcome to the Orwell Hall of Fame. You have raised the art to a new level.)

But on further reflection, I now think it's even worse than I first thought: we're losing our collective common-sense. Common-sense tells us 1,700-page bills cannot possibly do anything but serve those cartels and constituencies that the bill affects.

Common-sense tells us that a central state shrouded in secrets--not just secret agencies, but what amounts to secret laws and procedures--is incompatible with democracy and liberty.

Common-sense tells us that politicians and "leaders" who approve 1,700-page bills cannot possibly be anything but paid-for toadies, lackeys and apparatchiks.

Common-sense tells us that a stock market that rises over 10% in a few weeks is tracing a trajectory that history informs us is undeniably a bubble--yet our Central Bank (Federal Reserve) "leadership" insists history, fact and common-sense are all wrong: there is no bubble, in any asset class.

If the Fed started buying bat guano and the price subsequently shot up 1,000%, Janet Yellen would be obligated to insist that there was no bubble in the price of bat guano. Our political class of toadies, lackeys and apparatchiks would accept this assurance with a straight face out of fear that any emergence of common-sense might bring their entire edifice of propaganda, deceptions, cover-ups, official half-truths, juiced statistics and central bank manipulation crashing down around them.

The only way to keep the status quo from imploding is to banish common-sense.


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Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:05 | 4160726 NoDebt
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In the Empire of lies, truth is the only treason.

You are here.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:11 | 4160736 knukles
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If you like the way works you can keep Travon


now that makes sense!

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:05 | 4160815 ZerOhead
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< Obama is a wise environmentalist

< Obama is a fool and a whore


"Have we lost our common sense?"

AP ran an investigation into the government/agroindustry corn>ethanol scam.

Obama is ALL FOR turning the po' folks food supply into Hummer fuel... not to mention the votes & campaign cash it raises.


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:11 | 4160825 AlaricBalth
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From National

Even in instances of excellent and intellectually adroit leadership, governments can be wrong and entire societies can be wrecked with consequences. Societal groupthink can be avoided if there is an unrelenting desire to challenge prevailing premises and to seek non-confirming opinions, constructed through rigor and common sense, without assuming away the possibility of unintended consequences.

Glossary of Critical Thinking Terms
The words that are used in discussion, debate, and argumentation are sometimes misunderstood and frequently misused. This is a barrier to critical thinking. The following glossary of terms may be useful as they are applied to examples of non-critical thinking.

Argument: a statement of a point of view and the evidence that supports it in a way that is intended to persuade others; a line of reasoning; assertion of claims or declarations accompanied by supporting data.

Aspiration: a hoped-for result that is subjective, rather than based on objective reality.

Assertion: a forceful statement of belief that may be used to intimidate non-believers.

Assumption: ideas that are taken for granted and assumed that others share the same assumptions; they are usually implied, rather than expressed. Unwarranted assumptions prevent thinking about useful questions and exploring the consequences that flow from assumptions. Assumptions are made when there is doubt, when it cannot be said with certainty that a fact is correct. There is a need to probe for the unstated assumption.

Attitude: a belief expressed indirectly. It is a filter that categorizes others and their arguments as being favorable or unfavorable; it can be a barrier to civil discussion.

Belief: a firmly held position that something is true or real; and that if your belief differs from mine, you and your belief are wrong.

Bias: a personal perspective based on one’s life experience; the bias of others prevents them from reaching sound judgments and conclusions; "my bias is appropriate."

Cascade of error: if a fundamental premise is erroneous, this error becomes the foundation for subsequent errors.

Civility: recognition that people who have opposing views are not evil and that their arguments may have merit.

Connectivity: recognition that situations are usually complex and that the facts, principles, and concepts of one situation are connected to other issues and disciplines.

Error: persistence in one’s opinions, rather than self-education when inconsistent facts are presented; opinions that are argued without being tested.

Evidence: reliable information that supports an opinion.

Experts: people who offer opinions that are useful, but may be frequently wrong.

Fact: an event that is amply documented and affirmed; when it is highly likely that an element is true and can be empirically tested; facts are frequently judgmental. Witnesses to the same events frequently give vastly different versions of the same event.

Gullibility: the failure to think critically about a proposition.

Ideology: personal convictions that are unmovable; the counter-convictions of others are offensive.

Incredibility: as practiced by con men, it is a repetition of a false fact, or withholding of a fact that is known to be true.

Judgment: the ability to make considered decisions that will result in favorable conclusions.

Logic: a set of rules used to determine whether an argument is sound or unsound; in its most rigorous form it is based on mathematical formulae.

Manipulation: as practiced by con men, it is based on dishonest reporting of facts that are either nonexistent or known to be false.

Opinion: statements of belief that are not universally true.

Premise: an assumption upon which reasoning proceeds to reach a conclusion.

Post Hoc: an error in logic – that something which occurred earlier in time will repeat itself.

Reasoning: the process of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from premises or facts.

Deductive Reasoning: a process in which conclusions drawn from a set of premises contain no more information than the premises; based on assumed certainty.

Inductive Reasoning: the truth of the conclusion is verifiable in terms of future experience; certainty is attainable only if all possible instances have been examined.

Selective perception: focus on what is pleasant and supports our opinion.

Simplification: making a situation simpler by focusing on its most important elements. It can also be a tool for inaccurately or dishonestly summarizing a complex situation. There are no shortcuts.

Thinking: a conscious, controlled activity that can be improved by training and intellectual exercise.

Truth: the accurate representation of objective reality.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:51 | 4161069 Pure Evil
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Just like in the old USSR the mundanes won't get it until the grocery store shelves are practically empty and the only thing to purchase for food are turnips.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:33 | 4161143 Bohm Squad
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...and there appears to be no cookbook for such a circumstance...


I smell a niche market...!

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:52 | 4161179 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Most Americans are fat, dumb, lazy and ignorant. They wish to stay that way as long as they have their Bread and Circuses. Disgusting to the core!

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:11 | 4161228 fonestar
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Worry about your cognitive dissonance first and the common sense can come after.  After spending much time here and on other "alternative" sites it's pretty clear that most are having difficulty escaping their cartel-based brainwashing and societal conditioning.  They claim to be an alternative but they're happy when their silver is worth more "dollars" and they are sad when their silver is worth less "dollars".

When your enemy controls your perception, your enemy controls you. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:45 | 4161431 AldousHuxley
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There is no escape. We are our worst enemy. The human motives for better lives are being used to pit one worker against another. 

Obama is a worker too. Do you think he likes to lie for a living? If Obama was a billionare he probably will hired someone to do the lying for him.


But society determines who can play dirty and get way.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:30 | 4161534 The Alarmist
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You cannot look at the headlines of the last 3 years and not be totally de-sensitised to what might come next; a 2000+ page constitution, much of which is secret, is no longer beyond the realm of possibility, so why should it be a surprise that satire is no longer immediately accepted merely as satire?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:51 | 4161575 AldousHuxley
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laws are written to provide credibility to the law writers. But the powers that be are above the law because they can change it.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:30 | 4161641 MontgomeryScott
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Hijacking your b.s. post, SAL(dous huxley):

'Laws' are written for the PTB, by those who see themselves as ABOVE it.

Eating a 1-pound burger, and some fries, I am listening to Pink Floyd, trying to fathom your thoughts.

I find upon further reflection that your statement is correct.

My apologies.



Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:30 | 4161187 Frozen IcQb
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Obama wants to re-write the greatest document in the history of humanity?

Joke or no-Joke, I would not put it past him.

What an AH and a tyrant!



Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:54 | 4161075 AldousHuxley
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common sense and rational decision making is a modern luxury.

World was dominated by warlords. 

As long as people still worship "leaders" they will have to play by the game of power struggles.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:57 | 4161683 FredFlintstone
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Zerohead, do I take it you are married?

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 01:35 | 4161887 tvdog
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AP ran an investigation into the government/agroindustry corn>ethanol scam.

Just listened to a scam artist on Coast-to-Coast claiming "alcohol" was the solution to the world's energy problems. The clue was that he was selling home distilleries. (Guess what his religion was?)

He favored requiring all gasoline sold in the U.S. be 30% ethanol. No mention of what that would do to people's engines (never put ethanol in a motorcycle).

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:23 | 4160849 daveO
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The Emperor has no clothes! 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:57 | 4160928 Dr. Sandi
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Not only that. She's a man, baby!

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:32 | 4161539 The Alarmist
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I got the impression it was the other way around.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:56 | 4161586 AldousHuxley
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Emperor is a puppet of his advisors. Always has been. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:57 | 4161684 Keyser
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Reports that Obama marginalizes his Cabinet and relies heavily on his inner circle explains the myopic view of this administration and their desire for secrecy. It's madness that the US is in control of these amateurs. 


Sun, 11/17/2013 - 13:45 | 4162648 czardas
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I have watched the disappearance of common sense from the American landscape ever since I arrived 30 years ago.  People have told me that the things talked about seriously today would have been thought insane just a few years earlier - scams like SS, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, the idea that someone who doesn't know you should tell you what to buy, sell, wear, eat, produce or say.   

It's especially among the youth that we see a tremendous loss of critical thinking.  They will, therefore, accept everything from  pseudoscience to belief in the healing power of bureaucrats and the morality of politicians. The loss of critical thinking has led to a downward spiral in journalism (everything is ideological), academics and politicians who now actually believe their own lies - that we can borrow forever without consequences. 

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 14:49 | 4162841 Kayman
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"The loss of critical thinking"? So you are trying to tell me that Dr. Phil, Oprah, Facebook, Twit(er) and "Reality" TV aren't a substitute for critical thinking ? Whoda thunk it ?

I especially enjoy peaking at Mantracker feigning difficulty finding his "prey" while a camera crew is filming the "prey".

Somebody's just got to do a "reality" TV show about filming "reality" TV shows. Jeez, Todd Hoffman probably is a smart cookie that the producer just wants to dumb down.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:56 | 4160924 smartstrike
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To paraphrase what someone else wrote, the empire where defense contractors multiply as cockroaches.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:08 | 4160731 Flakmeister
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.  Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Albert Einstein

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:14 | 4160746 knukles
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I thought it was a pamphlet by Thomas Payne which encouraged the Colonials to revolt against unjust governance .


That or not letting kids have the keys to the car and a bottle of Wild Turkey at the same time.

Come to think of it........

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:37 | 4160778 Flakmeister
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Re: Paine: Yes, but in all fairness, that form of Common Sense is relatively valued idea in the minds of many...

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:51 | 4160902 AlaricBalth
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Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer...
Thomas Paine

"...We furnish the means by which we suffer. "

Think about that statement. We suffer at the hands of those whom we elect. We provide them the boots with which they stomp our necks. We enable them to spend massive amounts of money to listen, read and watch our every move.

It is our responsibility to end this madness. We allowed it to happen by our apathy. We allowed it to happen by our false need for security. We allowed it to happen by our fear of the consequences which could result by taking a stand.

Ideals can be contagious and all it takes is a few courageous souls to bring about the wildfire which will clear out all the old forest and allow new growth to flourish.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 02:45 | 4161953 Flakmeister
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I was referring to what those loyal subjects of the Crown back in Jolly old england might think to be common sense at the time... Yeah, I guess it was too subtle..

But a nice post on your behalf, without a doubt... But I think the Age of Revolution is over though... it's going to be collapse that brings change...

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:25 | 4160747 rbg81
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Common Sense is also what often saves our bacon.  

One problem with modern society is that technology and government provide a buffer from, and sometimes enable, the foolishness of people's choices.

If not for the safety net, many HOs would be lying in the street starving with their kids.  Thanks to generous entitlements, their lifestyle is enabled, even encouraged, by the Government, at the expense.  Meanwhile, the people who bust hump to actually fund this largesse often feel they can't afford to have kids.  Is that fair?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:25 | 4160763 Keyser
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The only problem is that common sense is not so common any more. The age of Idiocracy is upon us, literally. 

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 02:42 | 4161951 1223pm
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So, do you mean common sense says lady gaga has a dick?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:40 | 4160860 savedbyfreethought
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The foolishness is not just enabled by technological advances but also by the loss of principles.

E.g. Schools no longer teach children of any principles but only practical rules like "don't be late" or "do your homework" to keep the status quo running smoothly.

When everyday decisions are no longer directed by principles but short term convenience the result is a gradual fuck up of this world by reasons like "this is how the system works" or "this is how the game is played", they are reasons that sound smart in the first instance but are in fact total BS when you think about them carefully.

And finally people wake up one day and wonder why this world is so fucked up, well it wouldn't be if it's not because they fucked it up in the first place.

But then perhaps this is a blessing in disguise, after all who can survive in a world that is so fucked up unless they themselves are crazy and fucked up too. Bad money drives out good ...

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:48 | 4161061 zhandax
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"this is how the system works" or "this is how the game is played"

Don't forget higher education where they are taught "this is how the system is gamed".

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 13:52 | 4162674 czardas
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I cannot remember a single incident where my parents or teacher said, "You should not kill or rob or hate because that is wrong."  They assumed we had common sense and knew that takingn property or life or irrational hatred was wrong.  Schools should not have to instill morality - in fact, they can't.  No child can live life from a classroom.  It's explains the utter failure of well-meaning folks to battle urban problems.  It's easy to follow rules in school but life is different, especially when the only person you've ever know with a steady job was your teacher or momma's latest boyfriend wants to get friendly.  School should teach respect and awareness - the good should come naturally.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:37 | 4160777 FredFlintstone
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Yes, I down voted Albert Einstein. Guess I am not too smart.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:51 | 4161071 booboo
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Einstein was a brilliant mathematician but a compete fool when it came to personal freedom and thought a panel of three or four men should make all decisions for all society. Sound familiar?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:37 | 4161199 Oldwood
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Thats what happens when you feel smarter than everyone else. It doesn't hurt to have those feelings confirmed by other either. We see this in almost every group of celebrities. Elites have a need or compulsion to tell others how to live and act and have no concept of freedom except as to how it pretains to themselves.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:09 | 4161608 Wahooo
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Indeed. Sounds tribal.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:38 | 4161650 MontgomeryScott
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Oh, fucking SERIOUSLY!

Who could 'down-arrow' the smartest fucking man ever born (besides Jesus Christ)?

NEXT: The plebes tell us that E really doesn't equal MC squared...


Sun, 11/17/2013 - 01:43 | 4161904 tvdog
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Einstein was brilliant, but he had to have missed something. His theories explain gravity, but none of the other three fundamental forces, and even Einstein's gravitational principles don't work without "dark matter" that no one can seem to find.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 12:15 | 4162389 Colonel Klink
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I'd say Tesla would give Einstein a run for his money as the smartest man.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 14:59 | 4162869 Kayman
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"Smartest" depends on the field. But in Physics, Max Planck was easily Einsteins equal, while James Clerk Maxwell was, "The Man who changed Everything".

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:12 | 4160733 LetThemEatRand
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Common sense tells us that the entire Team oriented political system is intentionally designed and operated to divide (and conquer) us while both Teams pursue the same fundamental course of enriching those who fund them, yet 90+% of the population cheers their Team and anxiously awaits the next election so they can "change" things.  For example, most people see something like Obamacare through a Team lens, when it is nothing more than a continued transfer of wealth to a few huge companies and a further clamp down by the police/nanny state.   The Patriot Act, NSA, CIA, the MIC, the Fed, the militarized police, are uniformally supported by both Teams.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:18 | 4161374 Jack Burton
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But isn't the corporate police state better under Republicans? Look at Obama Care, this alone is going to bring down the entire nation into a heap of smouldering ashes. Now a Republican would put health care into the private sector and prices would fall as quality of outcomes rocketed upward. And war, Republicans would win the wars Obama is too afraid to win. It must seem clear that the Spy State would be a better one is the Republican House had more oversight. Team Red would really shake up team blues fuck ups and put us on the rails to free market prosperity. This is current;y believed by a good % of those who read this, even here on ZH. The religion of Republicanism versus the liberal religion of Democratic hope and change. Those who are still blinded by this fake game are hopelessly unable to process what is really happening. I offer the Bush 8 years and the state of America on the day Bush handed power to Obama, and Obama's hope and change agenda as proof. Some refuse to accept the known truth of the Bush era, others still support Obama in belief he is liberal and a champion of the workers. Unless a person can drop the two party hoax, then there is no hope for them to really get what is happening. Team Romney would have done what? Just what Obama did in 99% of cases.

One party the elite's party, they rule, you are ruled. A vote for either party is a wasted vote.


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:42 | 4161555 Oldwood
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Now that you bring it up, I guess if we must live under a corrupt authoritarian rule, I would rather it be a "winning" one rather than the inept embarrassing clusterfuck we currently have. Does that make me evil? Or are we supposed to just bite down on the cyanide tablet in shame instead?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:03 | 4161597 LetThemEatRand
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So long as you're voting your Team, you are part of the problem.  But you think that your view of the lesser of evils is less evil, like most of humanity so here we find ourselves.   Evil is evil.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:19 | 4161714 Keyser
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Which is the paradox of the matrix. The illusion is that the sheeple can effect change, when nothing could be further from the truth. This is the red pill moment of epiphany for many as they awaken to the lie which we have been fed for decades. The American Dream is actually becoming a debt slave to the established. A productive eater, so to speak. 

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 01:11 | 4161848 James-Morrison
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Don't blame me.

I always vote for the guy NOT in office.

Always keep the "Career" politicians out, and the best way to do that is: Vote, One and Done!

Why is that such a hard thing to do?

It's a poor man's attempt at term limits (a policy supported by the majority of both red and blue voters, but can NEVER be implemented by the corrupt career dweebs).

I have a dream. Sooner or later it will happen (imagine how long it took for a group of sporting fans to start the wave -- before there was a wave)

I am that lone guy, in seat C128 standing up and pulling the non-Incumbant lever, regardless of which flag they are waving.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:52 | 4161579 123dobryden
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and what are You going to do about it?


Osama saw this concentrated power in the US, and attacked its heart, attacked its symbol. Worldtrade is not a world trade, let alone free, better say world trade under america's terms. And with one stroke of an airplane, which cost  few mil. forced evil  hand  to spend  trilions and most probably cut the time to its fall by few years, as a  cherry on  top, evil hand is now more and  more hated worldwide.


 and what are You going to do about it?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:02 | 4161593 LetThemEatRand
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Put on my Borat swimwear, pour a Scotch, and post on ZH.

There is nothing to be done about it.  The MSM controls the message.   Most who pay attention are dictated by that message.  A lot of others don't pay attention at all.   By the time people figure out they have been had, there will be nowhere to run.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:22 | 4161722 Keyser
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We could start by wiping the real perpetrator of 9/11 off the face of the earth.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:46 | 4161663 MontgomeryScott
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Getting a little nearer the reality of things, Randmeister.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:25 | 4161726 Moon Pie
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It just doesn't matter.  This article (as much - not all - of the commentary here) is so much puffery.

Here's what fuckin matters here:  While people are drinking 5 Cokes a day to see what happens next, while Obama forgets why he cant remember anything coherent or sensible, while too many people are being amused by the lowest forms of art/entertainment seen since the dark ages, while two men are "adopting" a child to form a "family", while Bernank cum Yellen  continue to hoodwink, plunder and rob, while "Honey Boo Boo" is plotting her next moves, while Miley and Gaga taunt us from their various stages with their contempt, while the NSA is counting the hairs on my ball sac, while Jamie Dimon et al. who get money for nothing and chicks for free and still manage to screw that up and come up smelling like roses, while our "leaders" primp and pose and cover their electoral asses, get it.  The ONLY thing that MATTERS here is when/where this shit is gonna stop.  And I'll tell you when it will stop/change:

When fuckin a dozen, fifty, a hundred, a thousand or more people stop traffic and stand IN THE STREETS and demand that this shit stop (stop commerce and shit gets real).  Now this won't stop Honey Boo Boo and Jamie Dimon fans...but people who follow Honey Boo Boo and Jamie are basically the same...they just aint got an alternative...and someone or a bunch of someones to lead them in a different direction.  I've never held forth that I'm a leader type...but I'm a doer type.  If any of you wise guys/gals want to get something going within a hundred miles of here...I'm in.

Occupy was interesting...but shit can get a whole lot more interesting if done right and wiseluy.  I'm not entirely convinced this whole she-bang can be saved...but i'm not entirely convinced enough to try.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 10:37 | 4162238 Bogdog
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Standing in a street won't get it done. Unfortunately, it's going to come down to bullets and bombs.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:08 | 4160734 DoChenRollingBearing
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Common-sense is great, a proven tradition for millennia.  The original author (C H-S) should perhaps used some of HIS when posting a serious-sounding article at ZH or wherever first posted

I am all 4 a sense of humor as well as commen cents.  But too cleverly disguised...?

A /sarc tag is helpful to us Bearings with little (or no) brains.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:17 | 4160753 Ignatius
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"I thought the absurdity of hundreds of pages of the "New Constitution" being too secret for the public to read (i.e. redacted) would make the joke obvious...."

So, Hugh, are the completely opaque negotiations on the revolutionary Trans Pacific Partnership 'a joke'?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:03 | 4160941 Kayman
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"The size and complexity of 1,000+ pages of legislation make it impossible for anyone but paid lobbyists and cartel shills to understand the bill's intricacies"

But.... that is Precisely the purpose of such legislation. How else can the Predators and Parasites engorge themselves ?

While it seems silly, once you are let in on the joke, it is not impossible to imagine Bankers and their .gov toadies from enacting secret legislation,  for "the common good".

I suggest there is confiscated authority excercised by many governments which fall under the umbrella of "so... sue me"  Oh... yeah, government employees cannot be sued, so go... fuck yourself.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:34 | 4161032 Parrotile
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For those whose time has to be spent on "making ends meet" even hundred-page legislation (in suitably obscure "legalese") will be effectively "redacted".

Just aother example of "we pay for the complexity, which they will use to our manifest disadvantage". AKA "The New Normal".

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:40 | 4161290 RECISION
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/sarc tag is helpful to us Bearings with little (or no) brains.

Also for those with Aspergers. 

Apparently they are not capable of processing sarcasm.

They read it all literally.

and... they spend a lot of time on the internet.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:04 | 4161690 MontgomeryScott
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Working the statement you made.

Asparagus is good for you, my momma said.

Ass-burgers are those brown things that you flush, after wiping.

'/TAG' is a game I used to play in my childhood, during recess.

Reality is much more interesting than fiction.

YOU are an asshole...

SARCAS<M is not a 'thing to be processed' (like you like to process cheese, profits, or comments on the alternet).

You FUCK (others over for fun and entertainment)!

It's fun, though, according to some.





Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:10 | 4160735 knukles
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We gotta rewrite the Constitution to find out what's in it

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:59 | 4160935 Dr. Sandi
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I think they did that and then didn't like what was in it.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:51 | 4161456 LawyerScum
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If you like your Bill of Rights, you can keep your Bill of Rights...

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:35 | 4161734 Keyser
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Why bother, Obama seems to have this stream of consciousness thing going on and just makes it up as he goes along. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:09 | 4160737 suteibu
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It would be nice if the opposite were true - common sense will implode the status quo.  Unfortunately, common sense for too many is that they can not survive without a growing government handing out free shit.  Common sense is kind of a personal thing, I suppose.  Different for everyone.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:10 | 4160739 Charles Wilson
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"The only way to keep the status quo from imploding is to banish common-sense."


Oh...THAT Status Quo...

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:13 | 4160741 Ignatius
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We have a "Truth Emergency".

JFK, Tonkin, MLK, RFK, Gladio, Iran/Contra, Gulf War I, OKC, TWA 800, 9/11, WMD, Underwear Bomber, Death of bin Laden, etc..

Drill into the official narrative of any of these historical incidents and let me know if you find anything but manure.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:37 | 4160774 corporatewhore
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when i start ranting and raving about the Gulf of Tonkin incident I get a blank stare from my much younger co-workers none of whom know what the Weimar Republic was, how Hitler came to power, or any history for that matteretc.

But they can tell you anything you want to know about Dancing With the Stars or Kim Kardashian's butt.

We are doomed (or dumbed--sic) to have history repeat itself.


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:38 | 4160779 Ignatius
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Indoctrination and propaganda works, that's why they do it.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:43 | 4160787 corporatewhore
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i'm not sure they're capable of memorization no matter how often something is repeated

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:22 | 4160846 cbxer55
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I see this at work all the time. All the people I work with are entirely incapable of memorizing a nine-digit number, that we use for time charging once a day. I see it and have it memorized right away. Everyone else, they are scrambling to look at their phones to get the number, every day. Just ridiculous. 

Me thinks having these modern phones on hand, has taken away the need of folks (thanks mr. prez.) to memorize anything. They'll pay for it later when they get Alzheimer's Disease. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:40 | 4160887 Urban Redneck
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Then why do we let these lower primates ever GRADUATE primary or lower schools, much less even have the option of incurring student loans?


Unfortunately, they are so stupid- they don't even understand that

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:53 | 4161074 Parrotile
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Remembering numbers is pattern recognition. Some combinations will be easier to remember than others, especially if they contain repeat elements, or numerical sequences.

Another reason for reduced overall number memory may be the reduced need to memorise telephone numbers, with most "modern" telephones (especially mobile handsets) offering extensive memory capacity. There's a lot of suggestion that mobile phone use may lead to memory impairment via RF injury, however the hard evidence is just not there (yet) despite numerous studies, predominantly by Service Providers, and Handset Manufacturers.


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:40 | 4161552 cbxer55
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I have a cell phone, a good old flip type. It is for calls and texts only. NO GAMES, no internet. I get my primary entertainment at work, during breaks and lunch, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. Anything to make my mind think, rather than just stare at my stupid phone.

Believe me, the numbers we use for time charging are not sophisticated. It amazes me that no one memorizes them but me. 

Ahh, but that's just me. It's funny, they see me doing crossword puzles and finishing them. They tell me you sure are smart. Then they go back to their phones once again. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:46 | 4161664 RockyRacoon
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Remember how the cashiers at the local grocery store used to count your change for a purchase?  They just counted up to the amount you tendered, and voilà... your change.   I doubt 1% of the current cashiers knows how to do that simple task.  (They probably don't know that it's not "walla" either....)

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 02:15 | 4161934 tvdog
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I remember being that cashier. I still run into cashiers who do that; they all have grey hair.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:12 | 4160978 DeadFred
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Can they tell me when the new season starts?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:14 | 4160748 wharfdaddy
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Hey all,
I'm sending this to you wearing my tin foil hat.
I read the ***TOP SECRET***document and listened to the video and it appears to be real.
 Obviously, I can not authenticate.
 Use it as you see fit.
All the Best,

Don "Big Daddy" Bryant

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:35 | 4161811 Blotsky
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Im astounded at what I am reading in this document,"Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars".


And yes, as the man speaking at the beginning of this Youtube video said,

 "Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars Document - Full Read",

is very correct in saying that this is whole heartedly disturbing.


Give it a read.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:38 | 4161814 Buckaroo Banzai
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Thanks. Very interesting read. I saw that years ago and had forgotten about it. If it isn't "real", it might as well be.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:17 | 4160752 chunga
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Banish common sense?

Hmmm...sounds like a great New Year's resolution.

Obviously, it can't be securitized or it already would be.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:49 | 4161670 RockyRacoon
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Could be a misunderstanding of just what common sense is for the most part.

Common sense is not what people already know.

Common sense is what the average person would understand if it were explained to him.

Even with that, a lot of folks are left in the dark.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:18 | 4160754 Sudden Debt
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When I started my current job, I was pretty fond of practical jokes.
And fron once and a while... I send jokes out to about 4000 of our employees about stuff that I just made up.

And all to often, the people just didn't seem to get the joke...

so I kept pushing it and pushing it. You know, he kid inside all of us.

And one day, I caused a all out panick in the company when I wrote something about a total change in product lines and sales channels on aprils fools day. And a strike broke out and a all out panick.

Than my boss called me "to get the fuck into his office like NOW!"
And than he explained to me that in whatever position you are, the context changes for everybody and that whatever I said, people always took serious because I was serious for all the rest of the time and also because of my job position.

Same with internet publications. For 90% of al people, everything that is written is true and 85% don't have a clue of humor.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:44 | 4160789 chunga
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A managing director/scratch golfer (large insurance brokerage) had this video sent to him by email.

He thought it was so funny he demanded I put it in the login script for a 200 user office.

We reached a fair compromise; he had his secretary...errr...adminstrative assistant click it for him over and over again for like two weeks straight instead.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:37 | 4160771 Winston Smith 2009
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Here's the original text of the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, all 37 pages of it, put in place from what was learned from the actual investigation of the 1929 crash:

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:34 | 4160773 sixsigma cygnus...
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I like this idea. Don't we have to vote for and pass it first, so we can see what's in the banishment on common sense?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:36 | 4160775 whatthecurtains
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"I was surprised to find that many people took my satire/parody last month seriouslyObama Administration Proposes 2,300-Page "New Constitution"(October 10, 2013)."


Heck I thought he was just going to copy the EU constitution

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:00 | 4160819 therevolutionwas
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The thing is, it wouldn't surprise many of us if the gov't DID propose a stupid thing like that because they do it all the time.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:19 | 4161511 zhandax
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The logical result of allowing career politicians.  Politicians should be changed as often as diapers.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:43 | 4161822 Blotsky
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Thats the problem with satire of this sort.


If we continue to acknowledge,"The New Normal" for the insanity that it is, then yes, satire becomes close to believable.


That being said, if "said article" freaks a person out that badly, then maybe "common sense" should be applied in the process of verification.


But hey, this is M'erica.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:38 | 4160780 PT
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In order to have common sense, you must first be common.

That's my excuse, anyway.  You'll have to find your own excuse. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:39 | 4160781 carbonmutant
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Common sense requires non linear thinking.

Your academic systems teach you to be linear thinkers.

Academics have a long history of trying to provide linear solutions to non linear problems... which is why the current crop of academics like Yellen cant see the forest for the trees.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:33 | 4160866 daveO
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Linear thinking is, of course, by design. It's easier to convince people that the state has all the answers. The worst teachers I had were that kind. They would get mad at you for trying to make small talk. What really gets me is to notice the difference in people, before and after, attending a 4 year public college away from home. They lose nearly all common sense.  

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:25 | 4161392 robochess
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and how about the current crop of graduates over the last 5 or 10 years? You don't believe they think any better do you?
Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:49 | 4161830 Blotsky
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lin·e·ar ?lin??r/ adjective adjective: linear
1. arranged in or extending along a straight or nearly straight line. When you think about it, a perfect 360 circle is linear. Given it is perfectly smooth. With that in mind... "The only thing that we dont learn from history, is that we dont learn from history."
Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:43 | 4160788 lunaticfringe
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I have always considered ZH- it's authors and commenters- my common sense sanctuary.


In the Valley of the Blind- the one eyed man is king.



Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:53 | 4160805 tnquake
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An Engrish Professor, some 30+ years ago, told us "to believe only half of what you read and half of what you hear!" We were starting a college newspaper and that was his only advice. Served me well since.


Now do I go long or short on bat guano?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:56 | 4160809 therevolutionwas
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The trick is figuring out which half to believe.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:37 | 4161149 hidingfromhelis
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When it comes to guano, go long.  That's the new normal.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 09:22 | 4162147 Singelguy
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The actual saying was, Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:54 | 4160806 therevolutionwas
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Another way of saying the king is wearing no clothes and that our MSM and leaders refuse to acknowledge it.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 15:55 | 4160807 100pcDredge
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And... ehm... did we lose Plain Truth as well?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:04 | 4160812 Son of Captain Nemo
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3 Cheers to the preservation of Common Sense before she goes "belly-up"!

The first is a 20 minute speech by Jonathan Turley on the "upside down flag" that is America which runs a little more than 20 minutes.  I was captivated by his closing statement that he used which allegedly came from Ben Franklin which like Turley you should find chilling as the old man instinctively knew what would eventually happen to the Republic that he had just created.

This is about 5 hours to watch in 3 parts.  Well worth it for those of us that have the basic knowledge of high school physics and have the most important ingredient of all which is in question and rightfully so embedded in the title of this read.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:07 | 4160826 lakecity55
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(but not all of us)

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:30 | 4160865 sixsigma cygnus...
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I'll have mine with a side of bat guano please...

Legalizing illegal immigrants is the solution to Obamacare

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 01:39 | 4161898 Blotsky
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I have an employee working under my supervision, who is Russian, has been living in the states for 10 years and can barely speak English.


I spoke to him about two weeks ago, and he told me, in extremely broken English, that he was happy to live off of welfare and recieve free medical.


Since I could tell that he was the average person, I had reminded him that somebody has to pay for those "free" services. When he left at the end of the night, the shame that ran off of him was almost palpable. But do you think that will change anything? No.


And yes, this is the shit Obama loves.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:45 | 4160900 deerhunter
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uncommon sense would have all W-2 employees go to HR on Monday morning and claim 12 dependants on there withholding form.  Starve the beast but make sure you are setting aside the money for payment quarterly as all us 1099 people have done for years.  Lack of money = lack of power.  The only thing they worship is money and power and we can take away both by doing the above.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:05 | 4160958 Dr. Sandi
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Good idea, but it wouldn't make any difference. Since they're already spending about twice what comes in from taxes, they'd just have the Fed print some more.

The beauty of a central bank is that you don't have to have any actual income to like like a government.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 16:51 | 4160910 robertocarlos
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 Dude, Where's My Car?

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:08 | 4160966 ToNYC
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So being sure no one! could have seen it coming; holding hands looking at the same screen. Be there and be square at tubular bells.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:11 | 4160972 zebrasquid
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The FSA natives in full "swing" playing their new little game "Knock-out" without any sense of remorse or inhibition.  


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:13 | 4160980 sodbuster
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A 2300 page New Constitution that is secret? This administration is EASILY capable of that!!!!

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:34 | 4161033 Trimmed Hedge
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I like small font...

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:06 | 4161096 Parrotile
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If the "2300" page "New Constitution" was printed in Arial Narrow 1 Point I'm sure they could more than halve the page count, which would be the"ecologically responsible" thing to do in today's eco-sensitive climate

The fact that it would be even less legible for the masses is of course a substantial added benefit

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:45 | 4161052 insanelysane
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I'm not so sure it is common sense but the government wants to eliminate skepticism.  Skeptics don't believe a truth until they have analyzed it.  My kids are having a difficult time in high school because the teachers hate being questioned because the teachers have been educated to believe anything and everything that comes from authority.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:55 | 4161077 sixsigma cygnus...
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Unfortunately, that is the basis of today's "education" system.  Teach them to conform, and you'll collect a nice little pension at the end of your term.  That leaves no room for critical thought.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:13 | 4161105 Parrotile
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Authority by broad definition expects unquestioning obedience, which is why "questioning Authority" is deliberately  frowned on by all control systems (and Education is a good example of a control / management system).

This might underscore the increasingly-held suspicion that "modern education" is more about "programming and indoctrination" than providing useful life skills., and there is a LOT of emphasis on "image" rather than "content".

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:02 | 4161088 TruthBeforeAll
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We haven't lost our common sense. It was stolen and replaced with common core.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:10 | 4161100 dinkum
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What differentiated US from England and other democracies besides Australia was the Rule of Due Process of Law. The Rule of Law eventually weakens and can implode democracies. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:23 | 4161123 Winston Churchill
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The law is whatever they say it is in the Administrative state.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:12 | 4161104 DOGGONE
Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:26 | 4161131 Fox-Scully
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As a member (Statistician) of my doctoral committee used to say, "there is nothing so uncommon as common sense".

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:50 | 4161177 pndr4495
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He got it from Voltaire ( who may have got it from someone else - don't know ) who said , " common sense isn't. "


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:44 | 4161298 Kirk2NCC1701
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Dear Chuck, Dear ZHers, common sense varies with each culture and game.

When will the 99% figure out that the <1% (<0.1% actually) live in their own culture and are playing a different game?  Your Christian-based Normalcy Bias blinds you to this obvious reality.

Unlike the rest of the 'Disneyfied' people, when I see a tiger I see a tiger and not Tigger.  And when I see a bear I see a bear, not Winnie The Pooh.  Likewise, when I see a banker a CEO or a Clansman, I see a slick, smart PREDATOR.  I don't get all emotional about it (because it may not fit into my preconceived vision or delusion of the world).  I just frikkin deal with it.  I adapt and make the best of it, perhaps even turn it to my advantage.

Wake up people, and grow the fuck up!  You want things to change?  Fine, then change them or do your part to force change.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:04 | 4161337 justsayin2u
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Progressiveism demands a complete lack of common sense, we treat allu akbar shouting muslims beter than your 90 year old grandma at airports, we refuse to profile even if everyone knows it makes sense, we spen a million dollars on a monument to the 58000 men lost in vietnam and 2 million dollars on a monument to the 7 women lost in vietnam, big banks package and sell fraudulant securities and when they blow up we change the mtm accounting rules and throw enough bail-out money at em so they get their largest bonuses ever.  No wonder we're the laughing stock of the world - we earned it - Full Retard Obamanation.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:18 | 4161339 Radical Marijuana
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The fundamental mechanism which destroys common sense is the ability to back up lies with violence. After almost the whole world is dominated by huge legalized lies, backed up with lots of legalized violence, "common sense" about anything will tend to result in destroying your real life inside those systems.

There are rewards for agreeing with lies. There are punishments for not agreeing with those lies. The segments of the brainwashing featured in the novel 1984, to try to get the protagonist to agree with the proposition that "2 + 2 = 5," is what has systematically happened to pretty well everyone. 2014 really will be orders of magnitude worse than what was imagined in the novel 1984.

Another salient symbol during that process were the laws that took hemp from being the single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine, and transformed that into being the huge legalized lies that "marijuana is almost as bad a murder." Despite the fact that cannabis has never killed anyone, and actually IS the best plant source of protein and oil, and a high quality fiber, and so on and so forth, the government of the USA, and most of the rest of world, enforces the view that that plant is useless and totally evil.

It is almost impossible to comprehend how totally insane our society really is, since the basic fact is that our society is dominated by the most criminally insane people. Common sense should tell one that a steel frame building could never suddenly collapse due to ordinary fires burning inside it, since common sense tells one that barbeque grills do not melt and collapse when being used. However, the official story about the events on 9/11/2001 require one to believe that that happened three times that day, although it has never happen before or since again.

Both of those examples, such as Hemp Truth and 9/11 Truth, are about how the deeper realities have been that LIES, BACKED BY VIOLENCE, do end up controlling the world, and dominating everything that happens, which requires that people agree to believe in lies, and to deliberately ignore common sense, in order to continue believing in those huge lies. Those who agree with the lies are rewarded by the established systems, while those who disagree are punished. Hence, those carrots and sticks destroy evidence and logical arguments. Therefore, having any common sense and respect for evidence and logic ends up a serious disadvantage within the established social pyramid systems, rather than an advantage, which is what common sense would assume should be the case.

Recognizing more common sense truths will get you fired, and/or thrown in jail. Since common sense has already been destroyed by the history of backing up lies with violence, in order to operate systems of organized lies and robberies, that have been making a few people fantastically more wealthy and powerful, while almost everyone else has been drowned in debt slavery, our whole civilization is now a runaway insanity, that apparently has no way to fix itself, but must necessarily go through some series of serious psychotic breakdowns. We live in a Bizarro Mirror World, where everything is proportionately backwards and distorted. The radical truth about almost everything is diametrically opposite to the dominant social stories promoted by the politicians and mass media. The whole world has become runaway juggernauts of bullies' bullshit, which have turned most of common sense into its road kill.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 01:35 | 4161895 The Joker
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Alaskan thunderfuck?  It is, isn't it?

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 14:27 | 4162791 yofish
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A rare bird these days. Importation is easier than growing today. That may end with a current petition....

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:46 | 4161440 ebworthen
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Great one Charles - spot on.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 21:49 | 4161570 disabledvet
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I find it interesting that the "Cartel takes exception to said rules" actually. (and I'm being totally serious when I say this.) "You don't like the rules you just wrote?" I'm no sure how to respond to that actually. I understand.."just shut up already" and I agree...we've been mouthing off in these here parts for probably far too long now. Still it's not like this "complaint department" is something that has to be answered. to my knowledge "the existence of Zero Hedge" never caused or was the cause of anything. I mean seriously..."it all began or was because of Zero Hedge"? Really? a "chat room" on a "web site" started it all? or was it "that one guy on that web site in that one chat room"? Ridiculous.

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 22:11 | 4161612 Running On Bing...
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Not me bro, I never had any to begin with.


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:20 | 4161716 blindman
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@"...The only way to keep the status quo from imploding is to banish common-sense."
let me guess, that won't work well given the nature of man and time.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:38 | 4161808 carlin401
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Common Sense,


1.) Having faith in Obama, much like christians 'believe' in baby jeebuz


2.) Hope and Change will come in 2016 with prez Hillary 'hitler' Clinton


3.) Yellen is a woman, and will fix the FED, ...


4.) Feinstein, Pelosi, ... all the most evil fuckiing Jooish princesses on the planet will be the VP, .Cabinet, and Counsel for hillary clitoris bitch


5.) AIPAC, and BIS of course may never be mentioned, but in all our hearts it is 'common sense' to imprison anyone who mentions their name.


Yep, there you are 5 common sense ideas you can believe in during the coming Nazi Post Apocolyptic years of 2016+ USA.


Sat, 11/16/2013 - 23:41 | 4161745 AngelEyes00
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American society has released their will to the powers to be.  Whatever is decided on their behalf is ok with them as they self-indulge to the point of paying homage to Miley and living the ebb and flow of Kim's life.  What else matters to them as they order another pizza with the box stacked high on the other empty's in the corner, with spent beer cans rolling around on the floor. 

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:29 | 4161794 carlin401
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Don't forget that all those pizza's are home delivered, and most the of the 'boys' will be raped, robbed, and murdered at their delivery location, if they stay on the job long enough.

Welcome to 'ameriKKKa'.

Funny some say it was planned, but I agree with Toqueville ( 'Democracy in america', 1860's ), all of this is simply the outcome of 'voting' for the most popular, which in this day is that female with the biggest ass, or voting for those that give you the most 'cargo', thus the USA is a 'cargo cult'.

The few rich and powerful, are terrified for the lives so they created the 'police state' to protect their sorry white asses, ... but little does anyone know that the safest place to be on the planet is >8000 Miles from the USA.

IMHO probably the downfall of the USA was giving the 'women' the right to vote, then 'voting' became a game of voting for 'good-looks', and brought on 'emotional' programs like the Federal Reserve, I think the founders were wise in not letting women vote,  and only letting rich white men have a say ( Hamiltonian Democracy ), but by the 1920's the USA had to quote HL-Mencken a nation of morons, that could be led to any pig-trough, then skip ahead 80+ years or four generations and you have the biggest welfare colony on the planet, all feeding off the world like parasitic locust, ... of course the rest of the world is plenty fucking tired.

Me thinks when the 'great exodus' begins from the USA the world will rejects the parasitic american's and force them to ROT in the HELL of their making.

Just my opinion.


Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:13 | 4161780 carlin401
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Long ago,


Albert Einstein said "Common sense is the accumulated predjudices prior to the age of 14", ... In a nutshell what is called 'common sense' is largely what billy-bob learns at home and the public school, ... Thus it can be altered quite quickly.


Let's see today the home is 24/7 Kardashian Twat, and the public school is 24/7 fear of toy guns, and toss in political correctness, it is no surprise that 'common sense' in today's america, is lower than 'dumb and dumber'.


Sun, 11/17/2013 - 00:58 | 4161840 yofish
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This was a test and the average and or mean here at ZH was resplendent: lemming, congratulate the nearest lemming. Better, fellate him. 

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 01:49 | 4161912 The Joker
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps, Cross-eyed mosquitoes and bowlegged ants. I come before you, to stand behind you, to tell you a story I know nothing about. One bright morning in the middle of the night two dead fellows stood up to fight. They stood back to back, facing each other, drew their swords and shot one another. If you don't believe my lie, it's true, ask the blind lady on the corner, she saw it too.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 08:34 | 4162105 luckylongshot
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The thing about common sense is that it is not very common, even without gangsters ru(i)nning the country.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 13:17 | 4162552 tradewithdave
tradewithdave's picture

You didn't banish that. 


And if you did.... then you should say "sorry."


Alrighty then.  That's better.  Now what's Jeethner's new fax #?  Time to update the rolodex.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 13:34 | 4162611 Salt
Salt's picture

The only way to keep the status quo from imploding is to banish common-sense.


Common sense is what they say it is. How dare you!


It's Room 101 for you.

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