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Stranger Than Fiction: Papal Peace Dove Pounced On By Capitalist Crow & Swooping Seagull

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Amid calls to spread the wealth (among the elites in Davos) and for an end to violence in Ukraine, the Pope released his "peace" doves today to send a message of hope to the world. However, the callous claws of capitalism (in the form of a black crow) and the sullen shape of social unrest (in the form of a seagull) decided to send their own message. As the sad images below show, the peaceful dove had his feathers ruffled following the callous attack by the winged avengers... As one wit noted, rumors that the end is nigh are as yet unconfirmed (although if Nomura loses control of the USDJPY levitation, and it breaches the 102 support, all bets are off).

Pope talks peace and prosperity...


and his little helpers release two white "peace" doves...


When the unthinkable happened...


What's the opposite of eating crow?


And a seagull!?


As CTV reports,


Via AP,

Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.


As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.


One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.


It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

A message from above (or below) that wealth is better off in the hands of the 1%? You decide...

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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:16 | 4370206 LetThemEatRand
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Yeah, Drudge and Huffington ran this earlier today.  But admittedly without the faux financial twist.   His name was Tyler Durden.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:20 | 4370216 Harbanger
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I call you Randy, but your name is still Lola.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:24 | 4370224 Stackers
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That's a raven, not a crow.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:30 | 4370236 LetThemEatRand
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But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,

That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -

Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -

On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'

Then the bird said, `Nevermore.'  

* * *

Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden . . .

And his name was Tyler Durden.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:34 | 4370247 BLOTTO
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I thought that seagull looked familiar.

If some of you guys remember from the recent papal conclave...


'A seagull sits on the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope Wednesday, March 13, 2013.'

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:39 | 4370263 Buckaroo Banzai
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Even the birds know that our new Pope is a nitwit.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:42 | 4370271 Freddie
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I think he is a NWO Jesuit.   Only one other Pope "retired" which was 600 years ago or something. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:48 | 4370281 LetThemEatRand
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Organized religion is by definition about a NWO.  Especially the Pope.  This one is crafty like Obama -- says he's one of us while he lives in a mansion of gold leafed idols.  People love guys who put on robes (or suits) and tell them what they want to hear, notwithstanding the gold leafed idols.  And security apparatus.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:53 | 4370294 CognacAndMencken
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Another clever marketing ploy from Rovio Entertainment, the creators of "Angry Birds."

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:59 | 4370313 Skateboarder
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Now that's some funny shit right there. Hold that thought folks.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:45 | 4370553 Oh regional Indian
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On a wing, without a prayer...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:55 | 4370647 GetZeeGold
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What's worse is it's not the first time it's happened.

But exactly the same fate was dealt to a dove released by Pope Benedict XVI almost a year to the day on Jan. 27, 2013.


When it happens once.....perhaps happenstance. Twice.....I'm filing that under an omen.


Then there's the lightning bolt thingy...


Not even going to bring up the Malachy prophecy.....which is kinda freaky....cause it's pretty much been dead on for quite some time.


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:10 | 4370756 johnQpublic
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black bird and half black bird attack whte bird


racial violence against whites as usual

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:22 | 4370765 BigJim
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:33 | 4370507 LMAOLORI
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+ 1 chuckling...




Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:01 | 4370568 old naughty
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Feathers ruffled...Leave the last words to Jon Stewart.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:07 | 4370569 old naughty
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ON, duh !

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:04 | 4370570 old naughty
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wtheck, dup 3 times?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:53 | 4370300 Harbanger
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Both work for evil forces.  Obama attracts flies, this guy's peace Doves are eaten alive.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:10 | 4370334 Freddie
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People like or are deferential to guys and gals in uniforms including business suits, cops, military, robes, etc etc.  Used for manipulation.  

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:28 | 4370539 Lore
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If a grown man ran toward me in a bathrobe, I would run like hell.

Priest Off

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:03 | 4370572 old naughty
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why are the doves attacked...they didn't screw their youngs?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:32 | 4370244 Harbanger
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It's a forecast on the weather.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:45 | 4370552 Ghordius
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it's a sign of how much thirst for truthiness is around, and the media caters for this demand

truthiness, defined as "a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts"

in short, there is a lot of people that hunger for signs from the heavens, and avidily read news that confirm their biases

just browsing the comments, the usual "the Vatican is...", the Pope is a "Jesuit general", and so on. don't bother with facts, you already know "from the gut" that it's all so. if you "feel it's right", then they must be facts, and they must be true. no better way to lull in someone than to proceed to confirm his biases

on a more humanistic point of view, omens are not interesting from the point of view of what really happened, they are way more interesting from the point of view of what people read in them

this gives a gauge of what is bubbling inside the minds and hearts. as a little historic sidenote, in ancient Rome there was a college of priests called the Augurs who specialized in omens, birds, and the correct reading of popular responses to omens

yet their power and authority was broken the day they staged an omen, gave the traditional (and correct) response (i.e. that the soldiers were tired and demoralized), but the commander, Publius Claudius Pulcher threw them into the sea, famously saying ut biberent, quando esse nollent ("so that they might drink, since they refused to eat"), and ordered the attack to what became the Battle of Drepana, one of the worst Roman naval defeats of that age

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:53 | 4370661 tip e. canoe
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way more interesting from the point of view of what people read in them


(pithy alert) maybe the Augurs went underground and started secretly raising an army of dove-killing crows & gulls to be released on such an occasion, to give a little nudge of doom to the zeitgeist at just the right moment?

ya never know, stranger things have happened ;~)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:18 | 4370576 Ghordius
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and in case you are interested in facts: the Pope is not a Jesuit general (that title is for the head of the Jesuit order), the doves released in Italy are mostly used for matrimonies (and they come back to their owner), this releasing of the Doves of Peace is quite common, in Italy, birds of prey, gulls and crows are too, very common over Italian cities, and the whole scene is one that has been witnessed quite often

more facts: there are hundreds of websites that cater for the need to believe in Jesuit Conspiracies. And hundreds of books being published on that theme since centuries

It all goes back to Guy Fawkes (the guy that is on the notorious mask) and the Jesuit Conspiracy, also called the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

From the point of view of the English authorities, there was reason to believe that a Jesuit knew about the plot, but did not warn the authorities.

The standard Catholic answer to that was that anything said in a Confession has to be kept secret, yet the response was that if Jesuits are willing to stand aside in such terrorist acts, then they are not true and honest Subjects of the Crown

This was already made to law in the Jesuit Act of Parliament of 1584, where Catholic priests had to either submit to a special Oath of Fealty to the Queen or leave the country

the funny thing is that Guy Fawkes is still burnt in effigy every year in England, and that his mask is living on as a symbol of fighters against oppression

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 06:05 | 4370606 Harbanger
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Everything you're saying is true.  But I don't understand what it has to do with Pope Francis being a socialist.  Not because of a Jesuit conspiracy, but because of the "very real" South American political movent known as Liberation Theology.  So his negative view of capitalism should be expected. No wild speculation, simply facts about his background and politics. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:44 | 4370657 Ghordius
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I just took your "weather forecast" handle because I found it fitting. the ancient thirst for weather forecasts ties in with the need of knowing the future

you are right, there are broad movements inside the Catholic world that are very critical of capitalism and more generally of liberalism

broadly, they can be grouped under social conservativism (and this term has different connotations in the AngloPhone world)

I maintain that there are three broad political "directions" or "schools of thought": liberalism, conservativism and socialism

the last two share a hang to collectivism in various forms. for the conservatives, it's more tribal (or national), genetic and religious, while the socialists are more universalist/internationalist or class oriented

so I'd say this Pope up to now is a quite classic social conservative - typical of broad swathes of Catholics in general: family values, charity through the Church, with criticism of "Greed is good", a hang to ask for higher taxes for the rich and respect for the poor. Conservatives politicians in the US are still trying to get their grip on this with the famous Latino Vote

so saying that the Pope is a socialist is imho forgetting his conservative part, then Popes in general are even more critical of socialism in general and with liberal connotations in specific

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:23 | 4370704 ISEEIT
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This Pope is running circles around the world's deceit.

He is not a Marxist.

Never has been. I've had a fear of his potential support of globalist schemes.

Keep watching is all we can do.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:31 | 4370713 Ghordius
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regarding Liberation Theology: for those things, wikipedia is sometimes just perfect (thanks to the obsessed wikipedians). The first paragraph puts it very succintly:

(It) is a political movement in Roman Catholic theology which interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ in relation to a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It has been described as "an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor's suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor". Detractors have called it Christianized Marxism."

their point is to look at the world through the eyes of the poor. and they maintain that the poor have a right to respect and protection from exploitation

note that there is a non-catholic yet Christian school of thought that maintains that the poor are responsible for their own condition, and note that there are many countries where the poor feel that they have been exploited since centuries (see Argentina)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:31 | 4370785 BigJim
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And fair enough. South America is an excellent example of what happens when a bunch of ruthless sociopaths slaughter vast swathes of the population, privatise the land that was held collectively by the indigenes, and then start piously insisting that 'property rights' and the 'Rule of Law' are god-given and essential for economic progress.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:11 | 4370757 Ghordius
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all different ways of saying that the Jesuits were, over the centuries, both mystics and pragmatists. educators and expoiters of the fact that education is power. and contributors to the expansion of the catholic empires of first Portugal and then Spain - though they often came into conflict with them when they felt that exploitation was going too far

you can go deep down the mind of very intelligent mystics which encourage intellectual curiosity, yet beware, the depths are time-consuming, too much for me

at the end, imho they are still thinking in the conflict field between faith and humanism and between Jesus's Sermon of the Mount and raw power politics as "the science of what is possible"

remember that Catholicism is like an onion, with multiple layers of accumulated traditions

including the veneration of images. and there I agree with the Jesuits, iconoclasm as such distracts. Orthodox Christianity has other views, but as such it can be completely irrelevant to a priest if there is a popular demand for Black Virgin Icons or not, it's part and parcel of how a local population adapts it's earlier religions to Christianity

politics, though, is never irrelevant. and so they were and still are intensely interested in politics, to the chagrin of detractors who correctly point out that their political pragmatism can be intensely obnoxious

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:25 | 4371313 tip e. canoe
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thanks, that's helpful.  an onion is an accurate analogy for any large org.

their political pragmatism can be intensely obnoxious

much like the Quakers in early America, or so i've read

popular demand for Black Virgin Icons or not, it's part and parcel of how a local population adapts

so what's up with that shrine of the Black Madonna that's underneath the floor of St. Peter's then (right next to where his bones were supposedly found)?

iconoclasm as such distracts.

very true, but maybe the icono- simply points to that which cannot be seen. and it's the -clasm part that intentionally points in the wrong direction, much like all the other assorted -asms and -isms?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:40 | 4370265 The Shootist
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It's a magpie, not a raven.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:25 | 4370497 ebear
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I think it was manufactured.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:04 | 4370678 Lebensphilosoph
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It's netiher. Leave the ornithology to those who actually know what they are talking about.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:30 | 4370783 johnQpublic
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its an african swallow, you can tell by the dorsal feathers

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:43 | 4370276 urbanelf
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Uh... ravens belong to the genus Corvus.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:45 | 4370282 The Shootist
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:35 | 4372131 urbanelf
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That means that it's both a Raven and a Crow.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:51 | 4370292 Colonel
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Ravens belong to the genus Corzine.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 02:56 | 4370463 scrappy
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No they are all actually APPP

Advanced Prototype Pope Pigeons

  Papacy Drone Model SX-$

Stealth camo in your choice of bird.

Holy water blessing extra.




Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:11 | 4370526 ebear
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I have 30 chickadees in my back yard.

Bring It.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 02:50 | 4370465 PT
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How do you know the difference between a crow and a raven?

You count their pinion feathers.  You see, you get a crow, and you count its pinion feathers.  Then get a raven, and count its pinion feathers.  You will see that one bird has one more pinion feather than the other.  And so the difference between a crow and a raven is a matter of a pinion.

Yes, I shall go back to sleep now. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:03 | 4370671 Lebensphilosoph
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It's a Hooded Crow, numbnuts. You're not even close.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:05 | 4370680 Ace Ventura
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Hmmm.....not so sure. Ravens tend to be pretty big, certainly bigger than the bird pictured here. Another clue is the shape of the beak. The bird chasing the dove has a narrow/sharper beak than the typical raven. More likely this was some variant of crow. If it's the size of a hawk, its more than likely a raven....if it's the size of a large dove or pigeon with long legs, it's probably a crow.

*I think the tail feathers are also different....rounded tail-fan for crows, pointed triangular tail-fan for ravens.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:16 | 4370693 Lebensphilosoph
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There is no species of Raven that looks anything like that, let alone one found in Italy.This is the bird in question:

End of story.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:27 | 4370234 Harbanger
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The new Pope noted the evils of Capitalism.  VS. I don't know what? It's not a finacial twist, it's an ideological stance.  What is it you're not understanding?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:52 | 4370289 LetThemEatRand
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Dig deeper, grasshopper.  The Pope lives in a castle and is surrounded by gold.  Maybe he could sell some of it to help the poor if he has the socialist ideology that irks you?   Or perhaps the message is more important.  Words vs. actions.  Same show, different theatre.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:59 | 4370309 Harbanger
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Spot on, Lola.  Words vs. actions, he's suggesting what YOU should do with your money, like all socialists.  We agree on more than you think.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:20 | 4370343 Freddie
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The whole Argentina thing is big turnoff on this guy as well.  Argie is one of the most corrupt kleptocrat countries going.  These ***kers have every advantage with food, pretty good geography, a seemingly educated populace and it is run like Detroit.  The past 70 years just run into the ground like Detroit. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:32 | 4370355 Harbanger
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There are many parallels between Arg and the US.  One common factor you see in any country that was run by socialists is the eventual elimination of the middle class and the distribution of lack and misery for all but the politically connected.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:19 | 4370700 Ace Ventura
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You got that right Freddie. The place has all the elements (wine, food, beautiful land, women) of a potential paradise, but the banksters got a hold of that country long ago, and have been cyclically raping it through the infernal caste-system they so love. They just elevate new puppets when the people finally tire of being shanked by the current puppets. Of course, after all these decades, the people get used to routine shanking and gradually accept it as 'normal'.

Kinda what's happening here, except without the benefit of global reserve currency status.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:42 | 4370275 SuperRay
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Hope you got your Obamacare, Bitch!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:18 | 4370211 CvlDobd
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I don't get all the backlash against wealth. Wealth isn't the problem. It's corruption that is the problem. We should be careful railing against wealth. Whenever a revolution comes with wealth inequality at it's center point, you end up with a more socialist/communist system and no freedoms. Fuck that. I'll take some Davos billionaires over some DC cunts anyday.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:30 | 4370240 blindman
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the problem is the "wealth" you site was
garnered via the "corruption" you site for the
most part; rock and hard place?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:32 | 4370246 CvlDobd
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No. Eliminate the afforementioned DC suits and there is no one to corrupt, just your own life to improve with wealth. Wealth isn't bad. Government is bad.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:35 | 4370253 ebworthen
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Parasitic wealth and government are bad.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:47 | 4370283 CvlDobd
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In a real, non-centrally planned economy, parasites don't last long. They are outed for the scourge they are. Yes, alot of the welath at Davos is ill gotten due to the cronyism in the world. Get rid of the all powerful government police state and true innovators with real productivity will still be wealthy. You are always going to have smart people that figure things out and do well. Your also going to have shit heads. You can't make a shithead succeed but you can overly burden the productive and intelligent people. Such a shame most of society doesn't understand this.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:57 | 4370402 Spanky
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But I've also known some smart shitheads. You apparently don't understand that they exist independently and regardless of whatever -ism holds sway over the mass. Including capitalism.

Smart -n- savvy people get ahead. Smart -n- savvy shitheads cut throats to get ahead.

And if there isn't a political structure in place to corrupt, they'll create one in their own image. Smart -n- savvy people understand that fact. The trick is how to deal with corruption. And personal honor is one partial answer. Along with a firm grip on a weapon.

But so far, no permanent solution to the human condition has been found.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:21 | 4370494 object_orient
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Smart-n-savvy, eh? Didn't you used to have a different handle?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:29 | 4370503 Spanky
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:48 | 4370287 prains
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the host is on life support and .gov has assumed the role of cadaver

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 02:27 | 4370439 Mentaliusanything
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Fuck it Prains, it is Europe. even the birds don't eat as well as they did. Its called Austerity and any pigeon will do even a holy dove just to survive another day.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:41 | 4370272 blindman
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but, either government, religion or empire
has historically been the publicly sponsored
and financed means by which power has overrun
populations from the beginning of history.
executive control of people, their energy
and birth right (whatever that is?)
is synonymous with the term "wealth". no?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:52 | 4370299 CvlDobd
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I'm no fan of religion either because 1) it's bullshit and 2) it teaches people to respect fake authority figures and accept crap answers. That being said, yes, there always has been and likely will be someone or something trying to grab power. I can't say people will always prevent tyranny from taking hold but doing everything possible to expand and not contract freedom will likely have a net positive affect.

I fucking hate being told what to do. Might innocents be harmed with freedom? Yeah maybe, but we have a ton of innocents being harmed with iron fisted governments. What have we to lose? Give me freedom, real freedom, and I'll deal with the consequences.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:01 | 4370317 kchrisc
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Government is aggression disguised as friend.

Religion is aggression disguised as peace and love.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:12 | 4370689 Lebensphilosoph
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Atheism is intellectual immaturity disguised as obnoxious arrogance.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:33 | 4370717 Ace Ventura
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First statement is spot on. Second one.....well, that depends on the religion now, doesn't it? I would also submit that the disdain for religion (e.g. atheism) is itself the most aggressively destructive form of religion on the planet today. You could basically call it the religion of government.....Govermentism....or maybe Governmentianity.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:06 | 4370328 blindman
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so the term "wealth" is state sponsored.
the term sovereignty is something you
own intimately?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:53 | 4370392 blindman
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seems there are those who assume protection
of their wealth is rightly paid for by anonymous
and cheaply employed strangers, guess what?
you may be incorrect.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 02:01 | 4370409 CvlDobd
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Wow, you've totally got it! Yeah, wealth is state sponsored.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:51 | 4370387 Freddie
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I hear you but the protestations of Tom Perkins of Kleiner Perkins whining about demonizing wealth.  These guys in Silcon Valley are scum.  They have this alchemy thing with tech and Stanford plus MIC/intel.  They are as bad as the banksters.  They have their whole routine and I know the whole game plan.  They have some tech guys in Stanford or in Silicon Valley.  They may be Indians, Russians, Jews, Asians, Americans, geeks, whatever but they always make sure to get a WASP-y MBA from Stanford.  They admit it. 

If you got a real good no brainer change the world ap - you get rich.  If it is middling, they chew you up, dilute you and steal your company. 

They feed at the MIC and Unle Sam trough.  They put GW scamsters like Gore on their boards.  Total scumbags.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:12 | 4370484 PT
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Go ahead and wait, one day you may get your beloved anarchy.  It'll sort of look like this:
or this:

Over time, governments will reappear and disappear again.  It's all part of some big cycle.

Or perhaps we should learn how to deal with what we have got.
Or perhaps we should see if there are any countries out there in a "nice" part of the cycle and move there.


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:29 | 4370543 ebear
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It might even look like this!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:43 | 4370278 Harbanger
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"We should be careful railing against wealth. Whenever a revolution comes with wealth inequality at it's center point, you end up with a more socialist/communist system and no freedoms."

Try differentiating that nuance to the FSA or the brainwashed morons they're putting out in the schools.  Socialists everywhere have always reduced it to blaming the rich, nothing new here. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:56 | 4370304 CvlDobd
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I try to bring it up in as as many uncomfortable and innapropriate conversations as possible.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:11 | 4370636 negative rates
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Here we just blame the victim, the rich won't listen to blame.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 04:14 | 4370527 MunX
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I want the freedom to come into your house, kill you and take your wealth. Freedom bitches. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:21 | 4370218 WillyGroper
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:30 | 4370238 the grateful un...
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if you carefully examine the lifes of those two characters, you will understand there was no sympathy attached to either of them ( of course the decent folks, the school marm, the mother and the rest, well they get the worst of it all,) but the gangster lawyer and his paris hilton girlfriend, they get away.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:33 | 4370648 tip e. canoe
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yes, once one realizes that Hitch was playing around with pure archetypes, his allegories become quite clear.

funny how the entire world is being nudged into Act 2 of this film.  question is : who's cueing the birds?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:18 | 4370644 tip e. canoe
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perhaps that was (part of) the point?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:20 | 4370219 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Animal symbolism specifically birds, read from it what you will.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:03 | 4370571 Disenchanted
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re: "symbolism" 

Symbolic Literacy


Due to chronic symbol illiteracy, we live our lives largely unaware of a great poison in our midst, something that has a profoundly negative effect on our conscious and unconscious selves. This is the use of subliminal persuasion in media and advertising. Subliminal and subtextual persuasion of this pernicious kind constitutes nothing less than a psychic dictatorship. It involves the deliberate and subversive manipulation and public purveyance of words, images, numbers, colors, rhythms and symbols which are subsequently directed, via ubiquitous media oracles, toward limbic areas of the brain.


"The man who understands a symbol not only opens himself to the objective world but at the same time succeeds in emerging from his personal situation and reaching a comprehension of the universal...thanks to the symbol, the individual experience is "awoken" and transmuted into a spiritual act " - Mircea Eliade



"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind" - Edward Bernays (Propaganda)



More at the link...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:03 | 4370632 tip e. canoe
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Signs and symbols control the world, not phases and laws - Confucius

thanks for the link.   more deep thoughts on the subject :

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth — it is the truth which conceals that there is none.  The simulacrum is true.-- Ecclesiastes

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:23 | 4370221 Colonel Klink
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The crow had the gull to attack the dove of peace.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:45 | 4370384 akak
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"We come in peace.  We come in peace ..."

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:59 | 4370407 Colonel Klink
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Nice one Akak.  The drone king comes in nobel peace.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:19 | 4370488 PT
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akak:  +++++++++++++++

"We come in peace ... We are your friends" 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:24 | 4370223 mobius8curve
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The Beast will do the same thing to the harlot:

Revelation 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her utterly with fire.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:26 | 4370231 CvlDobd
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Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.


Cool book bro.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:06 | 4370329 kchrisc
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If the authority is without legitimacy and is harming, killing and stealing everywhere it goes, I will kill it and ask for forgiveness.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:26 | 4370498 PT
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Who knows?  They may have had divine authority to rule, but it might also just be your divine destiny to end their rule.  God is not happy with hypocrites.  God likes people who are bold.  God also likes those who seek truth, justice and mercy.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:37 | 4370513 ebear
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Oh yeah?  What have the Romans ever done for us?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:26 | 4370233 Johnny Cocknballs
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God, protect me from your followers....

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:05 | 4370325 Harbanger
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Lord protect me from my "friends",  I can protect myself from my enemies.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:18 | 4370486 Simplifiedfrisbee
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Where can one begin to understand if not at the fountain of truth? Dry are the lands that have never quenched the thirst for salvation.

To learn the message of God, one must reject sin. That is attainable by man but not absolute. This part of the faith begins with repentance and ends with forgiveness.

How does one defeat sin? The answer is one can not defeat sin. Well, not alone. The only way to defeat the enemy of God(sin, for those who have never opened a bible and read the scriptures) is to Accept the teachings of Jesus the Christened. Only then can one feel the grace of God and understand his/her purpose in this beautiful life.

Oh, and lastly, the journey is not a hedonistic one. Be mindful and strong in the spirit to understand the ego is quick to defame the holiness of Christ. Be grateful that people pray, that people are helpful, that people are kind, that people learn from mistakes, and that people are inherently righteous.

P.S. I am not escaping the reality that culpability is an obligation to those who purposely enslave humanity by mechanisms of vile and astuteness. They must be dealt with accordingly and freedom should be the god given right humans must accept consciously and with great responsibility.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:48 | 4370286 blindman
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the beast is the roman empire and the harlot is

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:10 | 4370650 tip e. canoe
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take out "the roman" and you may have a homily there.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:26 | 4370226 ebworthen
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Peace doves?

Please, those are symbols of real people being attacked by the banksters (the Crow) and their lackey politicians (the Seagull).

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:26 | 4370227 Smegley Wanxalot
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The peaceful doves are you.  The black crow is the IRS, and the seagull is the NSA.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:41 | 4370267 Bunga Bunga
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Don't be worried when tracking your online order. When it makes a stop in e.g. Alexandria, VA everything is fine. Stay calm and wait. It's for your own safety:

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:26 | 4370228 the grateful un...
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if it says anything its fuck all this shit about non-violence and love. they replayed Ghandi the other night, i kept thinking, if he was around today he wouldn't be around, and nelson mandella wouldn't rot in some prison (gitmo) just so he could come out and run south africa, he would stay there, forever or until they killed him. the one advantage to being in gitmo is they can't drone you. but as for getting out, hahahaha. and that story about storming the bastille was a fairy tale as well. you can run but you cant hide, so just keep your mouth shut, lay low and let them fight it out. signed no heros need apply. next time pope you better vette those doves, or get a couple street wise pidgeons

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 02:50 | 4370466 OldPhart
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Same thought and thread popped into my mutant head...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:40 | 4370653 tip e. canoe
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"perhaps a skydiver..."

hahahaha, well played.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:29 | 4370239 IridiumRebel
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I think of TRUE capitalism as a wild, fast and fierce, yet plump and succulent when partaken. I think of the devil and horror movies when it comes to a crow and "The Birds" for a seagull.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:32 | 4370242 Constitutional ...
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This Pope is a Jesuit General, the monetary and military arm of the world's biggest property owner in all its forms. Beware.

Those who mock have every reason to be most fearful of his power, and their weakness in all matters temporal and spiritual.

I am a Protestant. However, the world is at it is. Money talks and BS walks in earthly matters. All good spirits can rest easy, and prepare.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:34 | 4370251 the grateful un...
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i agree! but i also say when SHTF he will disappear from the world stage, or give his tacit agreement to the fascists of the day, in order to escape the firing squad

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:08 | 4370333 Constitutional ...
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This Jesuit General has come straight out with challenging all forms of corruption within the church and outside of it, eg banking and government money mismanagement. They have every reason to fear him...and perhaps unleash their media pets to mock him.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:23 | 4370345 Deo vindice
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:41 | 4370373 Pseudo Anonym
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sheesh; dont be so gullible:

This Jesuit General has come straight out with challenging all forms of corruption within the church and outside of it, eg banking and government money mismanagement.

it's all pr, make believe.  watch what he does; not what he says.  talk is cheap.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:49 | 4370288 Freddie
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Yes.  There is something not right here at all.  The retirement of the German Pope.  It has only happened once before. Though I think other Popes were not given the chance to retire.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:21 | 4370340 Constitutional ...
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The Vatican is the world's largest property owner, plus it is the spiritual leader of most Christians on earth. That would be the people with money, resources, and will. Not the down trodden muslims or others.

This Jesuit General represents the monetary and military power of the Holy Roman See. Those who mock this power have most need to be afraid, and their ridicule will only damn them further. As I said, I am a Protestant; a Yankee, born and bred. However, I see the world as it is, not as I would wish it to be.

This Jesuit General Pope is the first one that I have admired, from afar. He intends to punish the international financiers, governments and paedophiles who have defiled people of good virtue.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:32 | 4370358 Freddie
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I hope you are right brother.  I hope he is not one of them.  This gull and raven were almost a bad omen. 

The people who are doing the most to find a solution are Protestant ministries who have nailed what health insurance should be.

There are at least 4 that I have found.  Karl Denniger and Greg Hunter talked about ObamaCare here.  Denniger towards the end makes great points on how the healthcare industry is a monopoly and if it was opened up - prices would drop across the board.

These ministries talk about how doctors like to get paid and would prefer dealing with them versus an insurance company.  These ministries are doing exactly what health insurance should be. The Blue Crosses used to be non-profits - now they are among the worst out there.  I see United and Blue Cross pushing the rest out because they made a deal with the devil.  

Sadly, the Catholic church is missing in action on this.  I know a good hospital that is run by the Catholic church but it is all business.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:45 | 4370385 Constitutional ...
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Brother Freddie,

We can only do our best, whichever way we can. Peace be with you, brother.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:19 | 4370489 LMAOLORI
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"This gull and raven were almost a bad omen."


Maybe they were just hungry 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:36 | 4370364 Pseudo Anonym
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pfft; give us a break w/ this:

This Jesuit General Pope is the first one that I have admired, from afar. He intends to punish the international financiers, governments and paedophiles who have defiled people of good virtue.

if he were to do what you say, he would have to start with the hofjuden who are the vatican's bankers.  what is he gonna do?  pull vatican's assets from hofjuden banks and put them in muslim banks?  the jesuits, jesuit pope and hofjuden are all on the same side of the boat:

note year 1821, 1823 & 1905 here:

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:45 | 4370381 Constitutional ...
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Pseudo, well named.

The hofjuden you speak of serve the Vatican, not the other way around. This Jesuit General intends to smite wrongdoers, within and without. Try to comprehend, rather than merely read; cut and paste.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 02:13 | 4370417 Pseudo Anonym
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there was never any dispute who the hofjuden answer to.  the vatican in general and the black pope in particular will not attack (or smite) hofjuden for as long as they stick with vatican's agenda to become the dominant, worldwide religion.  the more people suffer the more they are likely to listen to what comes out of vatican.  it is in vatican's best interest that the financial crisis escalates and people go hungry once they realise that their financial assets held and denominated in judefetzen (fiat) are worthless.

shoot me a private msg when the pope does anything that you suggest he is going to do.  i have a feeling i will be long dead of old age before that happens. if it ever happens.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:15 | 4370579 Disenchanted
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re: "The hofjuden you speak of serve the Vatican, not the other way around."

Then that must mean that the Federal Reservers  serve the US Govt.


Think about it CR...Once a bankster clan gets it's nose in the tent, who serves who?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:34 | 4370252 blindman
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i call bullshit on the timing.
what is evidence and why do speaking people
care about it, i ask?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:37 | 4370256 Colonel
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Lots of symbolism there.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:44 | 4370517 PT
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"It's a sign"
"No, it's just a damn bird." 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:18 | 4370580 Disenchanted
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Symbolic Literacy

Caption: (Crow and seagull to dove)"You ain't from around here, are you boy?"

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:36 | 4370257 Never One Roach
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oi vey

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:37 | 4370260 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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oh no

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:38 | 4370261 Yen Cross
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 So I'm migrating Windows 7 to Linux and "Liking it"!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:05 | 4370326 janus
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not just "likin it"..."lovin it!"

janus is bout to build himself an inviolate machine from scratch...and on it there will be no microsoft (gates, fuck you and all your ceaseless 'updates') nor will there be any macintosh...only and from henceforth open-source.

P2P, bitchez...the only way to communicate:

ala, the new age:

let's make it ours, baby/

two turn tables and a microphone,


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:21 | 4370338 Yen Cross
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  Ass< Janus> Maximus<>  Know it al< Pin dikus>grun

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:46 | 4370386 janus
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awww, now, yen cross, don't go gettin all pussified-P2P on me (dis is fight club, bitch; go bactk to 4 chan with your oh-so hip jibberish)...just come on out and say what's on yer little mind.  i reckon i can handle it.  i am evah-so delicate; but i'll pull myself up to emabrace just about any challenge.

BTW, how are those FX carry trades workin' for ya these days?  solid-state, i would suspect.

congrats on your '13 bonus...i'm sure you earned it.

i got the code.../

suit yerself..../

you can be a slave/

but i already told you i was an mutha-fuckin outlaw,


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:42 | 4370274 janus
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none but janus and others raised Bible-ways will get this...but here goes anyways...

"noah's raven's revenge"  (that's actually quite clever if'n you're familiar with the story of Noah and his, not the hollywood-cinema, steve carrell version)

& again, none but janus and those raised in lit-appreciateing-ways will get this...but here goes anyways...

"quoth the raven, 'nevermore'."

there is therefore NO condemnation to them that are in Christ...(the Apostle Paul...somewhere in the book of Romans)

you've been warned of the day,


Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:11 | 4370335 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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It was a crow not a raven that attacked those doves.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:26 | 4370351 janus
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i know, i know, i know....i was sorta anticipating that correction; and for it i had an anticipated response:

"birds of a feather..." (crows & ravens are almost interchangeable terms...speaking 'scientifically')

thank you, DCH for providing janus an appropriate conduit for-to advertise his 3rd alternative caption.

somewhere in the ancient/mystic Trintiy/

you get 3/

and it's a majik #,



Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:45 | 4370280 blindman
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a seagull, a raven and a dove walk into a bar ...
a giraffe walks into a bar and says to the bartender
"the high balls are on me."
i don't get it

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:48 | 4370285 tmosley
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That's a hell of a war omen there.

If one believes in such things.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:52 | 4370290 squexx
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Anyone remember this one from FEB 2013?

Lightening strikes the roof of St. Peter's Basilica 2 times after the Pope announced he was retiring?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:00 | 4370314 gwar5
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Four Blood Moons coming. Bad Omen.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:52 | 4370295 lolmao500
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This is a huge sign. WW3 is imminent.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:07 | 4370330 Johnny Cocknballs
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Yes. But not because of birds, but because of greed, stupidity, and people who think a Supreme Being wrote a book.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:52 | 4370296 gwar5
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I remember the opening ceremony at the Barcelona Spain Olympics. The Olympic flame was lit by an Olympic archer shooting a flaming arrow into the Olympic caldron.

Problem was, the lip of the caldron was covered with dozens and dozens of perched white doves that had been let loose earlier in the ceremony.

The sudden flame roaring to life when the arrow hit the gas scared the doves into the massive flames where they caught on fire and proceeded to fly around the stadium like Roman candles.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:09 | 4370635 tip e. canoe
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youboobtube of olympic dove roast

pretty much says it all right there

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:02 | 4370318 ThirdCoastSurfer
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That's what happens when you usually throw the foreskins of newborns out the window. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:22 | 4370324 Johnny Cocknballs
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Remember when Randy Johnson's fastball exploded that bird*?  That symbolized how Evangelical Christians are dangerous idiots.

Apparently, both the Pope's peace doves survived, so for those of you who are religious, now is probably a good time to convert to Catholicism.

Either that, or burn forever in the fires that burn but do not consume with the likes of Hitler, Stalin, and John Hagee.


* p.s. For the record, the official call from the home plate umpire was “no pitch.”



Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:10 | 4370480 janus
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both birds not only survive, they thrive...(long ago prophesied)

i'm pondering conversion myself...i'm only waiting on the final element to be announced: the intimacy of the individual with that of The Savior...His name is Jesus Christ; We haven't any need for any intermediary...that  curtain that served as partition betwixt Man & God some 2 millena past was by The Man rent asunder.

power has since then been doing all they can to restitch that partition...and to very little avail.

Truth contains within it a potent resonance and power; lidding its simmerin lust  will serve only in amplifying its inevitable immanence.

{oh, janus is oh-so sorry for citing the work of the greatest modern poet (much respect, ts eliot, but, good sir, you come in only second...janus didn't name his 3rd son after mr. Pound for no small reason)  Ezra Pound was an anti-semite (cause he was partial to palastine and had some problems with banking and whatnot), and so you all, like janus, owe power a purchased indulgence for even listening to the man...shame on you all!; Ezra Pound is the devil least, as a poet}

(Dylan, you come in 3rd...nothing to be ashamed bout, Bob)

casanova is just being punished/

for going to desolation row,

janus (calypso singers laugh at him and fishermen throw flowers)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:11 | 4370336 disabledvet
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"Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine....

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 01:15 | 4370341 Yen Cross
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   Dav,/  Thanks

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 03:25 | 4370496 janus
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bitch.  i'm awaiting your response.  wheresoever art thou?  i know you're awake; i know you've read; haven't you a thing to say?  you pick a fight with janus and then walk away?

oh, no-no-no, my good man; shit don't work that way.

you owe me a fight; and i will stalk and hunt you till i get it.


i want to see what you're made of, yen cross.  i want to test your mettle; put it in the crucible of Truth, boil it down, exaimne what remains and whatnot.  

i'm so much more than an ass, yen cross...and i want you to taste my awesomesause.

i fear, however, that you aren't man enough (oh, how i wish i could back these words up in person, currency trading beeyatch) to accept what's i gots to deliver.  

i am the one your momma warned you about.

(please send P2P pics of your wife/sister/girlfriend...i promise to send vivid videos back at you -- much luv)

if you're ever in memphis/

betta stop by minglewood,


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