Meanwhile, Peak Symbolism In Front Of GM's Detroit Headquarters

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Let's see: do massive sinkholes next to the headquarters of other massive sinkholes, located in a bankrupt city that may soon become a massive sinkhole, qualify for Federal bailouts?

From Jalopnik:

Oh, what a great thing to happen during the auto show when thousands of people are in downtown Detroit! Crews are working to patch up this giant sinkhole outside the Renaissance Center, which is home to General Motors, among other things.


The sinkhole, 30 feet deep, is believed to have been caused by a water main break and was discovered Saturday night after a cab driver drove into it. The cab driver was rescued and there are no other injuries.


The Michigan Department of Transportation tells WXYZ that because of underground utilities and the sheer size of the hole, there's no telling how long it'll take to fix it up.

And here is how the sinkhole moves from the GM building, to the street adjacent.

h/t @noalpha_allbeta

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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:11 | 4351677 youngman
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GM is...was a sinkhole too...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:15 | 4351685 AlaricBalth
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From channel stuffing to sink hole stuffing...what's next for Detroit???

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:22 | 4351694 Manthong
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"vaulted" streets..  just like The Fed and Fort Knox.

..just wait till the foundation falls out of downtown Chicago.

.. where is the Merc nowadays?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:49 | 4351790 zerozulu
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moneypit, GM

sinkhole, Detroit



any combination you like.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:36 | 4351939 Oquities
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let's give them more loans

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:47 | 4352003 BuddyEffed
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Pretty much anywhere you go, the lowest common denominator is the sewer pipe.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:20 | 4352492 HardlyZero
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Just like Ghostbusters...can't they cross-the-flows and put the channel suffing into the pit ?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:49 | 4352942 Manthong
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aha!  you got it.

it's the financial ectoplasmic goop that is bubbling up and drowning all things good.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:41 | 4353175 Poor Grogman
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Boris copper mining operations finally uncovered

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:23 | 4351717 A Nanny Moose
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Finally, an application suitable for Volts

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:34 | 4351750 CheapBastard
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"If you want to keep your sink ho, you can keep your sink ho."

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:13 | 4351782 Manthong
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:-D from Volt-air..

“It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.”

“The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in."


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:14 | 4351686 Clint Liquor
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GM Bondholders finally see daylight!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:02 | 4351829 PrecipiceWatching
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Speaking of the royally screwed GM Bondholders, exctly why (aside from the "progressive" liberal media covering once again for their Magic Negro), wasn't that the financial scandal story of the century?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:18 | 4351878 Manthong
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..because they own the "journalists". 

 They are not out there to give you news and reasoned opinion, they are out there to give you "the line".

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:28 | 4351914 Bangin7GramRocks
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Because they were going bankrupt for years. Any conservative investor already fled. It was only sharks looking for an easy buck that owned those bonds. They gambled on a worthless company and lost. And don't tell me about rule of law. The only rule of law that was followed in those 2 years was the bonus payments to the AIG criminals. In other words, fuck them all!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:48 | 4354044 patb
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The GM Bonds issue was legal. Supreme Court said so.

The IRS as Super-Senior creditor opted to pass on taxes owed but, to reboot the company.


Unusual, but legal

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:24 | 4352211 Oldwood
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And why are they payng bonuses and dividends to employees and "new GM" stock holders when there are still thousands out there completely fucked by this travesty of law?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:01 | 4352382 Bangin7GramRocks
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Boo Hoo! They should have followed all of the rules of law and the entire banking sector and automotive sector would've ceased to exist in 2009. Everyone would be bankrupt. Stop being such an idealistic pussy.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:45 | 4353187 SDShack
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You obviously don't know the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy, or how the laws were violated in GM's and AIG's case. Thanks for playing.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:24 | 4351720 USA USA
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What is behind thet red brick wall in the movie at 9 and 17 secs?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:38 | 4351762 HoofHearted
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Jimmy Hoffa

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:44 | 4351776 Headbanger
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Oh look.. There goes Geraldo Rivera to find out!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:51 | 4351798 Papasmurf
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CNN on the scene, with Jane Valez and Nancy Grace, "what did you think when you saw the severed head"?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:04 | 4351840 Rukeysers Ghost
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There is an easy solution for this. GM should fill the hole with all the unsold Chevy Volts. This is a win win for Detroit and GM.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:53 | 4352036 caShOnlY
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GM is...was a sinkhole too.

just wait until the 33 billion taxpayer donation and 20 billion IPO cash run out.  "new" GM's mantra will be ... "We're b-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-c-k!!!"

just a matter of time really, old dog's never learn new tricks.


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 01:40 | 4354569 huntergvl
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The correct term is, "MONEY HOLE!"

We have finally moved from dumping out in the middle of nowhere, to being able to pour money down the hole at the actual location where dumping money into a hole serves america, best.,14289/


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:12 | 4351678 NotApplicable
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My day is complete.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:24 | 4351719 The man with po...
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Maybe GM could 'channel stuff' the sink hole, ha ha!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:23 | 4352507 HardlyZero
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Two peas in a sink hole (we think alike).  We can start a "Channel Stuffing for Sinkholes" LLC !

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:12 | 4351679 Save_America1st
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Detroit is America's "Greece"...and nobody even seems to give a shit.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:16 | 4351691 One And Only
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Remind me again why it's my fault and why I should give a shit.

Detoit should gets it shit together and that's not my responsibility.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:08 | 4351856 kridkrid
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You should only give a shit if you feel that Detroit is merely the canary in a coal mine. Detroit has gotten to where it is today more quickly than the rest of us but Detroit is not unique in the things that ails it.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:25 | 4351723 The man with po...
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Out of sight is truly out of mind Save_America1st.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:34 | 4352566 Offthebeach
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Once it became clear that The People's Missile Army of USSR was never going to nuke Detroit, the last hope was lost.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:13 | 4351680 TeamDepends
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Deposit loan payment here:

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:13 | 4351681 hankwil74
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Just fill it with dollar bills and pour some Quikrete over it.



Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:14 | 4351682 shermacman
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Who says there is no good news?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:14 | 4351684 ebworthen
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Crumbling infrastructure  as Trillions go to parasitic banks and crony capitalist inventory pushers.

And we're not supposed to judge people or promote them based on gender but we've got a vagina at the helm of GM.



Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:47 | 4353198 SDShack
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But I thought 0zer0's 2009 Porkulus bill was all about fixing the infrastructure. How can this happen?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:17 | 4351689 GolfHatesMe
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Did Kevin Henry just take a bathroom break? 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:18 | 4351697 MR166
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OK guys, I hate Detroit and the union strangle hold it represents as much as the next guy but you cannot call that a "Massive" sink hole by any stretch of the imagination.  Now if it were to swallow an entire block of Detroit that would be cause for celebration........"One small step for man...........".

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:23 | 4351713 Dr. Engali
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I wouldn't want to drive into the thing.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:27 | 4352221 Oldwood
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They are just pissed because they drained the swimin hole.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:18 | 4351698 Spungo
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Even after taking a 30 foot drop, the cab driver is in better shape than GM.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:20 | 4351701 LetsDoThisAlready
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Market is down today...following the McClellan oscillator 1929 DJIA graph (google it), this could be a big correction coming. At least I freakin' hope so....

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:24 | 4351706 Dr. Engali
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It's halftime in America bitchez, and Detroit in coming back.

At least that's what the teevee told me.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:21 | 4351707 Bogdog
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You didn't build that.

Oh wait....

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:28 | 4351716 all-priced-in
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Five (no make that seven) unionized public works department employees standing at the edge of a hole doing nothing.







Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:47 | 4351784 TeamDepends
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Hey now, one of them is supervising the doing of nothing.

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