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The Number Of Working Age Americans Without A Job Has Risen By Almost 10 Million Under Obama

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

That headline is not a misprint.  The number of working age Americans that do not have a job has increased by nearly 10 million since Barack Obama first entered the White House. 

In January 2009, the number of "officially unemployed" workers plus the number of Americans "not in the labor force" was sitting at a grand total of 92.6 million.  Today, that number has risen to 102.2 million.  That means that the number of working age Americans that are not working has grown by close to 10 million since Barack Obama first took office.  So why does the "official unemployment rate" keep going down?  Well, it is because the federal government has been pretending that millions upon millions of unemployed workers have "left the labor force" over the past few years and do not want to work anymore.  The government says that another 347,000 workers "left the labor force" in December.  That is nearly five times larger than the 74,000 jobs that were "created" by the U.S. economy last month.  And it is important to note that more than half of those jobs were temporary jobs, and it takes well over 100,000 new jobs just to keep up with population growth each month.  So the unemployment rate should not have gone down.  If anything, it should have gone up.

In fact, if the federal government was using an honest labor force participation rate, the official unemployment rate would be far higher than it is right now.  Instead of 6.7 percent, it would be 11.5 percent, and it has stayed at about that level since the end of the last recession.

But "6.7 percent" makes Obama look so much better than "11.5 percent", don't you think?

The labor force participation rate is now at a 35 year low, and the only way that the federal government has been able to get the "unemployment rate" to go down is by removing hundreds of thousands of Americans out of the labor force every month.

Why don't they just get it over with and announce that they have decided that all workers immediately leave the labor force the moment that they lose their jobs?  That way we could have an unemployment rate of "0.0 percent" and Obama could be hailed as a great economic savior.

Of course the truth is that the employment crisis in the United States is about as bad now as it was during the depths of the last recession.

If you want a much more accurate reading of the employment picture in America, just look at the employment-population ratio.  The percentage of working age Americans that actually have a job continues to stagnate at an extremely low level.  In fact, the percentage of working age Americans that are employed has stayed between 58.2 percent and 58.8 percent for 52 months in a row...

Employment-Population Ratio 2014

Does that look like an "employment recovery" to you?

Because no matter how hard I squint my eyes, I just can't see it.

The percentage of Americans that actually have jobs should have bounced back at least a little bit by now.

But it has not happened.

And guess what?  Most people don't know this, but the U.S. economy actually created fewer jobs in 2013 than it did in 2012.  So the momentum of job creation is actually going the wrong way.

No matter how rosy the mainstream media makes things out to be, the reality on the ground tells an entirely different story.

For example, just check out the desperation that was displayed on the streets of New York City last week...

The line wrapped nearly around an entire city block on Friday as approximately 1,500 people waited in Queens for a chance to apply for a coveted union job as painters or blasters on bridges and steel structures.


The first few people on line had been there since 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the temperature in New York City was in the single digits.

The job that those desperate workers wanted to apply for only pays $17.20 an hour.

Of course that is far from an isolated incident.  Last week, I wrote about how 1,600 workers recently applied for just 36 jobs at an ice cream plant in Maryland.

We would not be witnessing scenes like these if the unemployment rate in America was really just 6.7 percent.

An article by Phoenix Capital Research does a good job of summarizing how useless the official government numbers have become...

Since 2009, we’ve been told that things have improved. The fact of the matter is that the improvement has been largely due to accounting tricks rather than any real change in reality.


Sure you can make unemployment look better by not counting people, you can claim the economy is growing by ignoring inflation, you can argue that inflation is low because you don’t count food or energy, but the reality is that all of these arguments are grade “A” BS.


We are now five years into the “recovery.” The single and I mean SINGLE accomplishment from spending over $3 trillion has been the stock market going higher. This is a complete and total failure. Based on the business cycle alone, the economy should be roaring.


What does it say that we’ve spent this much money and accomplished so little?


The word is FAILURE.


The media is lying about the economy. They have been for years. Even the BLS now admits that its methodologies are either inefficient (read: DON’T work) or outright wrong.

The cold, hard reality of the matter is that there has not been an economic recovery in this nation.

Anyone that tries to tell you that is lying to you.

And now the next major wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching.

The U.S. national debt is on pace to more than double during the eight years of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve has been recklessly printing up trillions of dollars.  The long-term damage that they have done to our economy is incalculable.  But despite all of those extraordinary "stimulus" measures, the percentage of Americans that are actually working has not budged.

If we were going to have a recovery, it would have happened by this point.  In fact, this is all the "recovery" that we are going to experience.

From here on out, this is about as good as things are going to get.  As bad as you may think things are now, the truth is that this is rip-roaring prosperity compared to what is coming.


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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:50 | 4328664 fonestar
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Maybe if more Americans would virtualize their careers and stopped waiting for the second coming of Detroit making V8 cars things would improve?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:53 | 4328672 Deathrips
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Working on a plan, but cant figure it out..cause teachers taught them how to repeat information..not think or plan.


/s/ or not to /s/, that is the question.



Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:53 | 4328680 negative rates
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We had to change the rules so you wouldn't complain about it, worked so far.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:59 | 4328690 Boris Alatovkrap
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In Russia, citizen is at least to pretend work (government is pretend pay), but in USSA, citizen is do nothing and is expect auto deposit to bank account. This is final step of absolute serfdom, accomplishment even is not Lenin, Stalin, Kruschev, Breshnev, Andropov, Gorbechev, Yeltsin, Putin et al is can conceive.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:04 | 4328717 Haywood Jablowme
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Is it wrong that Pelosi gives me a boner?  I would love seeing her and Billary carpet munching one another's man-ginas.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:08 | 4328728 NemoDeNovo
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I might NEVER be able to get that image out of my mind..........

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:50 | 4330022 Notarocketscientist
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Think of that next time you are getting down with a hotty and you want to extend your performance time

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:18 | 4328752 markovchainey
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Oh Goddess!  Please!  Remove this image from my brain!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:41 | 4328847 stant
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well they can both hang thier strapon out the window and claim they fucked the world. thats closer to my mental image

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:11 | 4328963 FredFlintstone
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No, she's pretty hot. Fit and trim. Probably has a Brazilian wax. Probably doesn't like to swallow though.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:23 | 4328999 Winston Churchill
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You are one sick MF.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:21 | 4329729 Rockatanski
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What if they just scissored? 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:04 | 4328718 fonestar
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Boris is realize too that physical labourer bear grudge against modern world for not be as dumb self?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:23 | 4328769 Boris Alatovkrap
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Bear grudge is when Putin is wrestle Ursus arctos beringianus and defeat in humiliation. 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:41 | 4328848 insanelysane
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Boris is 100% correct.  Obama and crew found the weak link with communism.  In communism, there is a working class that is required to work in exchange for something from the government.  The workers get unhappy with the exchange of work for the pittance of goods and overthrow the government.  In USSA, there is no working class.  There is a free shit army on an infinite number of weeks unemployment.  They really can't complain to the government because they are getting a pittance but aren't doing any labor what so ever. 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:44 | 4328866 eclectic syncretist
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fonestar is phony.  Doesn't see Obama wants everyone to quit working and go with his incentivation program to have multiple kids and stay at home watching government sponsored TV.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:09 | 4328961 FredFlintstone
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"government sponsored TV"... Jerry Springer is government sponsored? I can believe that.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:06 | 4328720 James_Cole
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The cold, hard reality of the matter is that there has not been an economic recovery in this nation.

Of course there has been, look at the Dow. The point is it's been an economic recovery that's benefitted very few. Seems like America has fully embraced the tale of two cities days.

What is it Rubio said about driving through rich neighbourhoods as a kid? "We'll be joining you soon" lol that lie is getting harder to sell that's the main difference.

It's a big club and if there was any doubt before, now the folks know for sure - they ain't in it!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:10 | 4328733 NemoDeNovo
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It's a big club and if there was any doubt before, now the folks know for sure - they ain't in it!


RIP George Carlin

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:45 | 4328867 insanelysane
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I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.

-Groucho Marx

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:46 | 4329056 Ignorance is bliss
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Love that quote.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:14 | 4328975 TheMerryPrankster
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Didn't Obama promise a stockbroker in every pot?

I'm saving a fortune in taxes since  I took a 33% salary cut and doubled my hours worked.

Recovery/Depression they are now two words that mean the same thing. 45 million people on food stamps are hungry for an economic recovery that will never happen.

Bernanke,Greenspan, Yellen, these will be the curse words of our children. Barrack will be as popular as Adolph as a childs name. Obama will become a code word for a bowel movement.

I just took a great big Obama, don't go in the bathroom for awhile.

If you like your depression, you can keep your depression.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:28 | 4329014 Winston Churchill
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Think it was a pawnbroker in everybodys hovel.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:50 | 4329772 Falling Down
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I've used that, "gotta leave the Obamas off at the pool".

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:01 | 4330862 teolawki
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I would prefer a banker in every pot. Boiling oil should do quite nicely.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:10 | 4328732 lakecity55
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"Under my Administration, the Bullshit will pile so high you'll need a Soyuz to stay above it, 'cause I also killed the US space program."

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 22:38 | 4329356 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Boris is said comment here leaves me of questions:

In Russia, citizen is at least to pretend work (government is pretend pay), but in USSA, citizen is do nothing and is expect auto deposit to bank account.

Expected of me, USSA US citizenism, do show up for work, some task tendings make, contingency on this then payment biweekly is auto deposit. Is question on this, what is my wrongdoing? Similar with Boris is have time to better spent on mine copper, projects of garage science and tinker is better my time spend. How is continue auto deposit and do change USSA US citizenism expectation are contingent on me is do nothing?

This is final step of absolute serfdom, accomplishment even is not Lenin, Stalin, Kruschev, Breshnev, Andropov, Gorbechev, Yeltsin, Putin et al is can conceive.

Is question on this, was Comrade Chernenko is have conceive this accomplishment in 13 months term between Andropov and Gorbachev, or do you are saying of something else?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:57 | 4328884 Deathrips
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TYLER/s and all,


Check this out.


Discover card, that I use for small inventory in my business, just sent me a home loan approval!!! A full approval. I have a 3 figure balance and pay off every month. Liar Loans are back...rinse repeat. My dog needs a loan. Maybe yours too? The american dream Home Ownership aka clearing crap of insolvent balance sheets. Muppet slaughter comming 2014. I can picture all those kids with high student loan balances, up to their nose in credit card debt getting these offers and thinking someone is helping them out. Picture MR and Mrs barely hanging on living off 401k and CC thinking this is a godsent. This is some fucked up shit.


When they offer a non recourse 10% incentive to buy a home ( really take a loser off their books)...i might consider loading up on a 3M home and sit there for 4 years disputing the note...meanwhile living for free. My real question is..what could I buy with all that money they will "GIVE" to me.


Make it simple. Its another bank bailout. They want to double tap the consumer. Give them credit to buy overvalued crap, then print more money and tax them.


Monday coctails .... Here comes the RIPPER>



Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:53 | 4328678 The Gooch
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With all due respect, STFU.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:14 | 4328744 TeamDepends
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It can't:  Once bit, never shy.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:57 | 4328695 ncdirtdigger
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What kind of uniform do bitcrap miners wear?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:02 | 4328707 fonestar
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Silicon coloured silk polo shirts, Google glasses and Devo hats to protect from falling bytes.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:05 | 4328721 The Gooch
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You would fare well in a machine shop "making stuff".

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:13 | 4328740 NemoDeNovo
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LOL, you jest.  PhoneStar is gonna mine their way to the Promised Land, no sweat equity required.  This is the new 'meriKa, just sit back and let the money Rain Down, bitchez!!!


Ok rant over I feel better now

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:25 | 4328781 fonestar
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It's not about manufacturing physical things anymore.  

I'll just sit and grin... the money will roll right in.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:34 | 4328818 Colonel Klink
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Fonestar will just sit and Obama slide right in him.

Fixed it for you Fonestar.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:35 | 4328826 James_Cole
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It's not about manufacturing physical things anymore.  

Can't tell if you're joking or not. 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:42 | 4328850 NemoDeNovo
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I don't think its a Joke, sadly 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:47 | 4328883 James_Cole
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Computers, conjured by wizards & run on magic! 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:48 | 4328887 fonestar
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The service-based economy has provided a plethora of great careers for people who would otherwise have few marketable skills.  What is needed is the patience to sit all day, learn lingo about the cloud and virtualization and of course convince your employers that you provide rare and essential skills to your organization.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:57 | 4328927 James_Cole
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The service-based economy has provided a plethora of great careers for people who would otherwise have few marketable skills.

Right, marketable skills like 'lingo' as opposed to unmarketable skills like being able to make physical things.

Let us not forget, the cloud is of course run entirely on lingo and has no physical component to consider, yet another modern day miracle! 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 22:55 | 4329424 TheFourthStooge-ing
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What is needed is the patience to sit all day, learn lingo about the cloud and virtualization and of course convince your employers that you provide rare and essential skills to your organization.

That is absolutely one of the best descriptions I've ever seen of the bullshit-based economy. +1

I'm totally serious.

The chumps who actually learn the skills to run the technology are then expected to do the work. The great careers are for those who learn the lingo and deliver the Grade-A Bullshit®. They end up as VPs to whom the chumps report, take credit for the chumps' successes, blame the chumps for any failures, and are paid at least ten times what any chump makes.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:45 | 4328873 The Gooch
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By "money" you mean?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:03 | 4328946 fonestar
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:29 | 4328796 sessinpo
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Actually, I picture fonestar plug into the matrix just like the movie. He is no Neo.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:05 | 4328722 Skateboarder
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No matrix neck implant? I thought that was the hot, new shit.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:28 | 4328772 akak
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You will be assimilated into the bitcoin hive mind.
Your species will adapt to serving Satoshi, and your biological and technological uniqueness will be added to the Blockchain.

Resistance is futile.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:08 | 4329481 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Yet, once again, Blockchain bitcoinism citizens can not self indict.

This kind of 'fonestarist' comments points at something: the quasi certainty achieved by Blockchain bitcoinism.

But once again, self indiction can not be performed. All that mighty intellect, deeply trained, and saddled by Blockchain bitcoinism, fall victim (victimhood is high among Blockchain bitcoinism citizens) of a bias declared and fabricated by one of their reverated idols, Satoshi Nakamoto, that is of prototyped Blockchain bitcoinism citizen chairsman...

You can be sure that anytime that be Blockchain bitcoinism citizens will use their power to avoid self indiction.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:28 | 4329559 akak
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Indeedwise, the mettle of the eternal nature of Blockchain 'bitcoin' citizenism lies in the blobbing-up of the bubblemania means, just that.  Monolizing the preaching means to beyond and into the most of all.  Seeking of symmetry in progrationalizing of pseudo-'fake libertarianism' of bitcoin citizenism fableizing.  Shaking hands with the NSA man and calling him noble father.

Have to give a dunghand to them, though, Blockchain 'bitcoin' citizenism citizens are best at ushering in the New World Odor of completely trackable currencies.  But hey, as they say, you can lead a lamb to slaughter but you can't make him not stink.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:58 | 4329661 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Alas, yes, and yes, alas, the requirement for an exterior.

Blockchain bitcoinism can not stand for itself. It needs an exterior to prop it. Nothing can be answered to internally, it has to be referenced to an exterior.

Funny when you recall that Blockchain bitcoinism has a global aim, meaning that it has to erase the exterior to fulfill its potential.

Just for the fun, lets see if some Blockchain bitcoinism citizens are creative, would be surprise but hey give them a chance, be a kind soul or something like that.

So, once Blockchain bitcoinism has spread everywhere, that there is no more exterior so to speak, how will Blockchain bitcoinism citizens kick the can when ask simple questions about Blockchain bitcoinism?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:21 | 4328762 XAU XAG
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And the 2013/14 Golden Globe awards for the best comedy posts goes to...........................................................................................


lonestar! Alias fonestar

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:26 | 4328782 akak
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Now we know what happened to MillionDollarBonus.

He became .... MillionDollarBitcoin, aka Fonestar!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:49 | 4328888 XAU XAG
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you mean lonestar gets a million $ for posting his shit!


Still could not post that shit he peddles for any amount of $


Gold or silver................that could be another story


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:59 | 4328934 fonestar
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I do not get paid for posting anything!  

I believe in making my money the good ol' fashioned way... spyware, spam and identity fraud.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:02 | 4328943 akak
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I tend to believe your latter statement, at least.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:12 | 4328967 fonestar
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I actually got my SIM reader and cloning equipment off of Silk Road.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:12 | 4328966 XAU XAG
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fonestar quote


"I believe in making my money the good ol' fashioned way... spyware, spam and identity fraud."




Yes I think most on here have realised you are a fraudster!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:21 | 4328993 fonestar
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I'm just a young buck hustling in a world of bytes.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:28 | 4329011 XAU XAG
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In my part of the world I have a saying for youg bucks & does


You still havent got the cradle marks off your arse.......and know nothing yet!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:50 | 4328668 NuckingFuts
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Work is for bitchez..... I mean suckers

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:57 | 4328696 fonestar
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It's time for Americans to roll up their sleeves and sit down in front of their keyboards.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:07 | 4328726 The Gooch
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:42 | 4328851 eclectic syncretist
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Foneystar phonestar 66 until broker reveal you lost all $10 you had gambled on bitcoin and Bernanke.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:10 | 4328730 mess nonster
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I haven't had a "job" (defined as giving my SS# to the IRS so they can take a chunk of my poaycheck without me ever seeing it.), since 1992. 

Fuck the system, drop out, learn how to make or fix things people need, cash only, oh, did I say, fuck the system?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:34 | 4328819 Mr Pink
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I dropped out 2 years ago. Working 6 days a week to finance their drone strikes wasn't what I dreamed about as a child

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:44 | 4328865 XAU XAG
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@mess nonster

Started in 1989 ............thier is always a way around a system

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:46 | 4328872 fonestar
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what's a job?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 22:44 | 4329371 RafterManFMJ
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I enjoyed your post and applaud you... But for those of us trying to learn, what work are you doing? How about some general pointers?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:55 | 4328685 Caveman93
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:01 | 4328708 TeamDepends
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:19 | 4328985 TheMerryPrankster
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:57 | 4328688 Cognitive Dissonance
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Just close your eyes, tap your heels together three times and repeat after me.

"There's no place like Obama place, there's no place like Obama place."

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:17 | 4328749 NemoDeNovo
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Wastin' away in Obamaville.......


#ObamaPhones 4 Life!!!! 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:57 | 4328689 akak
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The total number of bitcoins has ALSO risen by almost 10 million under Obama.

Coincidence, or conspiracy?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:06 | 4328725 TeamDepends
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No one noticed him stealing the tips off the tables, pretending to work there.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:12 | 4328736 Skateboarder
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It's a coinspiracy.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:19 | 4328748 q99x2
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In my case Obama wasn't the reason I'm not working. It was Bitcoin.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:16 | 4328747 shepherd
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I'm sure Hitler is invovled.



Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:30 | 4328804 akak
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"Hitler" is just a Jewish conspiracy.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:56 | 4329082 shepherd
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Kinda like the FED?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:19 | 4328757 nmewn
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Is it too late to digitally transform all my fiat so I know its safe from the prying eyes of the NSA? ;-)

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:57 | 4328694 Greenskeeper_Carl
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As long as all these Bennie biz keep getting accepted throughout the world, and as long as oil is sol in dollars, this can and will continue for years. We will all be saying the same shit next year. This will be a long, slow decay.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:58 | 4328698 10mm
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Im afraid the reset will be ugly.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:58 | 4328699 lakecity55
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:59 | 4328702 Frozen
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And to think, thats with an 85- sorry, 75B/month sticksave liquidity injection

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:00 | 4328703 Bawneee Fwank
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FSA adding new recruits daily!!!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:12 | 4328738 Rentier
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This is why they won't extend unemployment benefits...they can't!  They need to keep the leeches off the rolls so looks like things are getting better and keep the 'dream alive'.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:39 | 4328840 sessinpo
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Rentier   "This is why they won't extend unemployment benefits...they can't!  They need to keep the leeches off the rolls so looks like things are getting better and keep the 'dream alive'."


You are joking rignt? If not you obviously don't understand the blue/red pill.

Republicans are happy to have as many dependent on government with Republicans in control.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:22 | 4328768 sethstorm
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Thank the private sector.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:25 | 4328775 q99x2
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Doesn't war usually happen around this time of the centrury.

Most everyone I meet seems like they just can't wait to fight.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:29 | 4328798 Everybodys All ...
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How anyone could have expected a different outcome is beyond me.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:32 | 4328813 JuliaS
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"Under Obama" - that's a little misleading. How about "under Bernanke" or "under Geitner" or under any other person holding the actual power as oppose to being skilled at announcing the policy off a teleprompter?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:51 | 4328892 Everybodys All ...
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Obama is the president and the only thing holding him back from any responsibility are those who voted for him. Thanks for the confirmation.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:30 | 4329016 JuliaS
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I voted for Ron Paul, so I have no idea what you're getting at.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:34 | 4328822 Atomizer
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The futuristic imbeciles who continue to develop robots will find, that the assigned robots to fix your working robots will rebel. How? A string of software commands embedded within the software. In fact, we could use your facial recognition, voice tones to have the robot act in a defense mode.


Let’s play out a scene, you come into office with a gun. Threaten to kill me because your shareholder promises haven’t been met. The event is recorded, he dies. The artificial drone acted as programmed. There was no fuzzy logical learning mode. Just a of string code to protect the inventor from harm.  


When the upcoming individual declares his new race of robots to replace humans… We will all sit back and watch his/her glory until the robot code is triggered. This new quadrillionire will die during his speech, from his so called creation. Just remember, a computer can only do what you input. A robot is no different.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:03 | 4328949 FredFlintstone
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Whatever you are atomizing is being inhaled by some upvoters. I must be dense, I don't understand.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:21 | 4329163 Atomizer
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Give it time. Don't expect you to understand today..In the future, it will be clear. Probalaby fucked with your yaba yaba doo mind.

Bluntly said, we’re the good guys helping!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:37 | 4328829 Seasmoke
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How many of those are white males ????

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:47 | 4328881 eclectic syncretist
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Be careful!  You will be called racist for citing facts.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:45 | 4328869 shutdown
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Is this why the USA imports two million people each year?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:45 | 4328870 Questan1913
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"The Number Of Working Age Americans Without A Job Has Risen By Almost 10 Million Under Obama"



It's OK because it keeps the Debt Cartel not only viable, but fat and sassy to boot.  Follow the money.  Every dollar the Federal Government borrows is an asset on someones balance sheet.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 19:51 | 4328899 Tenshin Headache
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So the author says we need 100,000 jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. Seven years of that is 100,000 x 12 x 7 = 8.4 million.

After adjusting for population growth, 10 million becomes 1.6 million.

I don't think the BLS even knows what truth is any more, but this article does not help the cause of clarity, IMHO.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:18 | 4328965 Atomizer
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A last point, before SIRI we had honeypots of test sites. Each question was populated to develop a common answer. Only the human experience can aid in expanding artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence can’t foster brainpower.  I really don’t give a FUCK if GOOGLE claims differentially. Ask Sergey Brin why his old methods of collecting data in a text box now requires a population to wear google glasses.


Watch his face and asshole pucker at once. Make sure you capture it with his google glasses before the asking question. Don’t forget to install the google glasses infrared facial feature mode[ red means lying mode]. A clown pitching a clown idea will be found out by his own deceitful lies.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:28 | 4329012 Big Corked Boots
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With 10 million people, you could build an army.

Unfortunately, 0bama has built a constituency.

(invincible FSA, bitchez - join or die.)

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:34 | 4329031 kjlowther
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Its disengenious to blame it all on the Obama administration as some posters would like you to believe. This administration has contributed to the issue through lack of reform (the Jobs Act just added more regulation) and any sort of meaningful policy. Adding costs to companies hardly encourages them to hire more American workers (payroll taxes, the (Un)Affordable Healthcare Act). The unemployment issue is structural: employers either aren't competitive enough to operate in the US due to cheaper centers offshore or its easier to do business elsewhere (not strangled by regulation/taxes); alternatively employees don't have the right skill sets to be hired.

Both parties, and the three branches of government are to blame for this mess. There are plenty of examples elsewhere in economic history that has tackled the issue of resolving high unemployment and most it revolves around less government, lower benefits and a more competitive and deregulated environment NOT the other way round. Until the Government starts acting that way rather than introducing more laws and higher taxes, the unemployment issue will stay.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:57 | 4329085 Atomizer
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Keep snorting your cocaine. Clinton worked with Greenspan on expanding your house ATM to create more uncollateralized debt holdings . George Bush got blamed. Then this Kenyan tells you to apply for a HEMP program under Federal Reserve ZIRP lending extensions.

Bill Clinton's drive to increase homeownership went way too far

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:50 | 4329232 kjlowther
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You're confusing the housing bubble with unemployment. What is your point?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:15 | 4329505 Westcoastliberal
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Sorry Bud, but you sound like a Kool-Aid drinker.  I, for one, am totally pissed off with the lies this empty suit has spewed forth and although I was taken in & voted for the shmow in '08 I sure as hell didn't make that mistake again in '12 (didn't vote for Romney either, who would have been worse).

But you're right on the "both parties are guilty meme".  The entire bunch needs to go to hell and not come back.  Unless you've bent over for the right people there's not a chance you'll be elected in the U.S.  After all, the enemy is counting the votes. And I currently have a Senator who wants all the NSA spying to continue.  She doesn't/won't get it that (1) it's unconstitutional, and (2) they're not doing to fight terror, but to usher in the Fascist one-world government they have planned for us.  I won't be voting for her either.

And another reason no one mentions for the lack of jobs is all the rampant consolidation over the last two decades.  No antitrust laws, no problem, which means many fewer good-paying jobs.  And the off-shoring continues unabated, in fact they want moar (TPP).  Makes me want to puke.

Sorry for the rant, but my family and I have been seriously impacted by all this and as I said, I'm totally pissed off!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 14:17 | 4331142 kjlowther
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"Kool aid drinker", no. I think the American voter has been betrayed by their representatives, including the current POTUS. My point is that its the cummulative damage from self-interested parties over the past decade or two (or three or four - take your pick) that has led the US to the mess its in today (deficit spending, subsidies to corporates, pork barrel politics, union appeasement, the Federal Reserve - take your pick or add to the list). I've owned and run businesses in Australasia, Europe and the US. The US is the most expensive and difficult environment that I've operated in. The unemployment issue is structural, its something that monetary policy can't fix. Its expensive to hire people, its expensive to run a business, and taxes are the highest I've experienced (and I was in the UK before this). This is not a competitive economy by any stretch of the imagination - its overregulated and rigged for the big players who can afford the armies of lawyers and specialists to get around the rules. So you're right to be pissed. My point was you can't just blame Obama (personally I can't stand him), and as much as most of this board hates him, the rest of the political establishment have a lot of questions to answer (about their lack of honesty and accountability).

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 20:47 | 4329058 Fix It Again Timmy
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In the spirit of the upcoming Olympic Games - "We broke a record, we broke a record!!!! USA! USA! USA! USA!.....

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:50 | 4329204 Emergency Ward
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A sign of the times -- Uniformed Government Employees caught on tape get away with murder


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 22:47 | 4329390 RafterManFMJ
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I just had a brain storm - Imma ask Siri to find me a job! EZ street here I come.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 22:58 | 4329444 Westcoastliberal
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These are some of the strongest words I've seen yet here on ZH and that's saying something.  So this is the "new normal" or WORSE! As Scooby Doo would say "Duh-o"

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:39 | 4330449 Atomizer
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Not really. Computers sales are down, tablets are low profit margins, and smartphones are the best in collecting data. With Google glasses, you can recreate a new market for anti-theft/hacking software. Imagine me standing in front of you. You cannot read or steal my glass information, because I have the latest firmware installed.


Once again, no new ideas in technology. Just people who pretend to recreate a new product and resell the solutions to problems that already exist.


Edit: Future MSM headline stories

  • Today, the city of Scottsdale AZ lost LTE connection. Many residents woke up surprised to not being able to log onto googles glasses. Public officials ask that everyone remain at home until the problem is resolved.
  • 1.7 million google glasses user’s in Chicago received a deadly virus today. Public officials ask that you turn off your glasses to avoid being exposed by other users.
  • Many merchants in NYC are experiencing service outages. Public officials ask that google glass users refrain from making any purchases. Outages are expected to be restored within the next several hours.



Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:23 | 4329547 the grateful un...
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now who is the shiftless, unemployed n****r ?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:34 | 4329752 Rockatanski
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I think its safe to say that barry is following the cloward-piven strategy. 

Google it if you havent heard. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:40 | 4330011 Notarocketscientist
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The line wrapped nearly around an entire city block on Friday as approximately 1,500 people waited in Queens for a chance to apply for a coveted union job as painters or blasters on bridges and steel structures.

 The first few people on line had been there since 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the temperature in New York City was in the single digits.


That's it?  Did you see how many people were at your local Walmart for Black Thursday?    Very obviously there is no unemployment problem in America - as that would demonstrate :)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 04:44 | 4330053 kurt
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What say we all get together and apply for a job. 

A multi-million man movement, should move the numbers and get some attention, rip the veil.

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