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The "Independent" Mainstream Media Does It Again

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A month ago, none other than Conan O'Brien exposed the un-independent PR-sponsored propaganda-fest that is the local news mainstream media in America. Well, it's happened again... this time proclaiming "Don't worry... be Happy."

 

As Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger reminds, we all know the mainstream media is a joke but sometimes its inherent idiocy can be best highlighted with a little humor...

 

 

Of course this was all prophesied many years ago:

Under a dictatorship the Big Business, made possible by advancing technology and the consequent ruin of Little Business, is controlled by the State - that is to say, by a small group of party leaders and the soldiers, policemen and civil servants who carry out their orders. In a capitalist democracy such as the United States, it is controlled by what Professor C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite.

 

This Power Elite directly employs several millions of the country’s working force in its factories, offices and stores, controls many millions more by lending them the money to but its products, and, through its ownership of the media of mass communications, influences the thoughts, the feelings and the actions of virtually everybody.

- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited 1958

 

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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:21 | 4396680 fonzannoon
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Worry!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4396694 InjectTheVenom
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DON'T worry ... it's gonna be a 'Year of Action' , remember  ?!   

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:28 | 4396721 Grande Tetons
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Most people do not even know that they should be worrying. 

Too many years of being dummed down. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:35 | 4396746 AlaricBalth
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"The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda."

A Propaganda Model, excerpted from Manufacturing Consent by Herman and Chomsky

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Herman%20/Manufac_Consent_Prop_Model.h...
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:37 | 4396769 linniepar
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A pen, a phone, and a president walk into a bar...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:44 | 4396791 TruthInSunshine
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Here's a little piece of propaganda the corporate owned whore media wrote, that they are now going to beat you over the head with, ad nauseam, note by note:

"PLEASE DO NOT WORRY. BE HAPPY. THEY EAT MUD PIES IN HAITI."

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:45 | 4396804 OC Sure
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Main Stream media serves as one means to two ends:

1. For those who can watch and hear, it is their totem pole.

2. For those who can see and listen, it is one of the best sentiment indicators.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:53 | 4396833 bobola
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I don't watch 'mainstream' TV.

What else am I missing?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:03 | 4396881 Pladizow
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“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications who directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” – David Rockerfeller, 6/5/91

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:10 | 4396926 johnQpublic
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i find it rather interesting that it is network wide

you see all the logos from the three majors and then some

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:42 | 4397083 Citxmech
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I'm liking this new feature by Conan.  I hope he continues it.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:58 | 4397421 dryam
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One if the most fundamental truths of life is that life is hard. The sooner people come to terms with this the happier & healthier they'll be.

The healthiest state of mind & subsequent happiness is when people fully address their problems, absorb them, & then make the appropriate adjustments.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:38 | 4397596 CheapBastard
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Is it safe?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:02 | 4397965 J S Bach
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Proud to say I haven't watched a newscast in over a decade for this very reason.  These folks call themselves "journalists".  Actually, they're just "teleprompterists" without an independent thought in their airy heads.

Thank you, Conan.

God Save The Internet!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:46 | 4398204 Deo vindice
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I separated ways from T.V. almost 15 years ago.

One of the best moves I ever made.

I am fully convinced that, as bad as the garbage is coming over the networks, the worst part of watching T.V. is not so much what you are watching, but what constructive thing(s) you could be doing for yourself with that wasted time.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:50 | 4398220 Fish Gone Bad
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TV makes fat people fatter.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:50 | 4398461 Soul Glow
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And skinny people fragile.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 02:45 | 4399264 Scarlett
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Goebbels must be pruod of his outstanding legacy

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 06:54 | 4399467 BTFDemocracy
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Zerohedge is like the beacon of the light of truth in a very dark world.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 07:20 | 4399489 GetZeeGold
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---Hosea 4:
 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 07:38 | 4399502 S5936
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Indeed brother , indeed.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:48 | 4398214 Fish Gone Bad
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Those who don't read the news are uniformed.

Those who do read the news are misinformed.

--- Mark Twain

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:17 | 4398745 jeff montanye
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in twain's time the standing armies were far smaller, hence less dangerous.  today not so much and the uniformed include both the uninformed and the misinformed (and a few know war is a racket:  http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html)

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 03:47 | 4399334 SolarSystem1932
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"Those who don't read the news are uniformed."

Which uniform?

Why would the guards read their own propaganda anyway?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:40 | 4397765 Al Gorerhythm
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Re Plad's comment:

The NSA(?) silent junk drone strikes a target again and causes little damage to the fact, ie not changing a thing. Your drones have the same affect world over it seems.

Wake up you fucking retards. You are fighting for a group of socio/psychopaths. The evidence is overwhelming and a short amount of time studying their past actions, through easily verifiable sources, will produce overwhelming proof of their guilt of treasonous anti-American behaviour designed to undermine YOUR Constitution and freedoms. Putting
"conspiracy theories" aside, there are plenty of conspiracy facts out there (USS Liberty Incident,if you are military personell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident; Did an American President actually say "I want that ship on the bottom of the ocean"?  http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/ussliberty.html (I haven't watched this so the quote might not be in there but Google is easy).  Even the quote that you mindlessly junked might be a start. Did Rockfeller actually say that and in what meeting and in what context?) so you can't have an excuse for not trying.

It's obvious from your lack of argument that you've been brainwashed.  If so, then my "Wake Up" bit of advice is redundant; you can't deprogram yourself through insight. Just like overcoming depression, the releif has to come from an outside influence. Reach out.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:48 | 4397909 Milestones
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I read "The Power Elite" while in college in the early 60's along with Eric Hoffers "The True Believer". Two of the most important books I have ever read. They are both even more timely now than then. Do yourself a hugh favor and READ.           Milestones

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:08 | 4397987 Al Gorerhythm
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Something else for him to read. http://curezone.org/forums/fm.asp?i=2138698 

This relates to Johnson's sychopathic drive for power and where he neary dragged the world into WW!!! being a lapdog of the Israelie psychopaths.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:02 | 4398703 Soul Glow
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The horrible thing about our current power structure is one has to be insane to want to control the world.  And for those of us who don't but are good people, we blog with fake names.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:11 | 4398317 Things that go bump
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David Rockerfeller - Isn't he the one who wants us all microchipped like animals?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 22:59 | 4398692 Soul Glow
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Like an animal!

- The Godfather

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:02 | 4396888 Manic by Proxy
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Evidently Honey Boo Boo

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:33 | 4397034 RafterManFMJ
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Well bobola, I don't either. But I'm sitting at a pub and the TV is showing a program about some guys who make custom aquariums - ISYN.

'Ow! My Balls!' will be on the air within 3 years at this rate.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:59 | 4398263 quartshort
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqxLDoe6BnI

You need to watch MOAR TV!!! /sarc

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:03 | 4396882 knukles
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So this is the handiwork of all the military people embedded in local media.
You do remember that from some years ago, do you not?

sigh

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:54 | 4397141 john39
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operation mockingbird by the CIA.  probably the tip of the iceberg.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:08 | 4397440 Martel
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Government pushing talking points into the media... totally creepy, Soviet-like.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:09 | 4397450 Spanky
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It is... the Rockefeller quote is extremely revealing. But nothing that wasn't warned about at the time, when the FCC began the campaign to consolidate local, independent radio and television stations into a few national chains.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:29 | 4397829 lakecity55
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Yep, done in the open, in a "by the way..." item slipped thru real quick.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 01:52 | 4399161 WillyGroper
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Watched a Frontline special on Kim Jong-Il.

The parallels are sickening.

Supreme Leader next.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:53 | 4396845 fonestar
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A pen, a phone, and a president walk into a bar...

What happened to the fone?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:15 | 4396940 MsCreant
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It wanted attention so it started posting on Zero Hedge.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:16 | 4397795 resurger
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lol

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:39 | 4398419 shovelhead
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Got beat up and thrown out when he tried to pay with Bitcoin.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:04 | 4398715 Soul Glow
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What is the current price?  Is it still making everyone totally lots of cash fiat?!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:02 | 4398711 TeamDepends
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And Missy tags foney with a vicious uppercut, dayumnn!!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:21 | 4396973 Ass. Manager
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I think the Fone continued to shill for Bitcoin?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:34 | 4397036 Oldwood
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Wrong number

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:37 | 4397061 kchrisc
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...with a guillotine close behind.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:34 | 4398405 Redhotfill
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You forgot the part about the Drone.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:37 | 4396770 NidStyles
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Yeah, amazingly I think Chomsky knows a few things about propaganda, he's very adept at spreading it himself.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:01 | 4396872 toxic8
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Noam Chumpsky is fake opposition, gate-keepin fuckface, has "no comment on bulding 7" ... yeah for a guy who claims he is the father of modern linguistics and invents fucking words cat got his tongue on that one eh?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:18 | 4396959 Skateboarder
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Chomsky and Buffet are similar old men.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:24 | 4396987 mick_richfield
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Noam Chomsky, Warren Buffet, and Saul Alinsky walk into a bar...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:23 | 4396993 mick_richfield
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And get arrested by Marshall McLuhan !

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:55 | 4397937 Milestones
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By chance. did you read Marshall's interview in PLAYBOY magazine i n it's 1969 vol. (March I believe.) WOW.       Milestones

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:25 | 4398371 Al Gorerhythm
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There's articles?!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:20 | 4398929 Money Squid
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Milestones as in Sayyid's Milestones ?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:30 | 4397310 Black Warrior W...
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... and the bartender says, "Get the fuck outta here."

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:39 | 4397882 lakecity55
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....and the bartender says "Hell has a work-release program?"

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:48 | 4397108 Tim_
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Avram Noam Chomsky is a jew.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:39 | 4397875 lakecity55
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Aaaghhhrrhh! "They Live!"

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:42 | 4398175 hot sauce technician
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What's your fucking point?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:37 | 4398409 Redhotfill
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Francis Sawyer?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:39 | 4396771 Miffed Microbio...
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"Think of the press as a great keyboard
on which the government can play.”
----- Joseph Goebbels

Miffed;-)

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:44 | 4397085 Yardfarmer
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"It used to be the honorific of Frank Wisner, the first chief of political warfare for the Central Intelligence Agency, used to describe the C.I.A.'s plethora of front organizations and news media stooges that he was capable of playing (like a great organ with many keyboards) for synthesizing any propaganda tune that was needed for the day. More details may be gleaned in the disclosures of Operation Mockingbird

The fact that such an omnipresent Message-Machine is not ancient history but very much current affairs, is underscored by this NYT headline Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand, Sunday, April 20, 2008." 

http://www.sott.net/article/218995-Wikleaks-and-Imperial-Mobilization-Th...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:39 | 4396773 Grande Tetons
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Alaric, 

It is amazing how effective these control techniques really are. Amazing. You can show people real proof of the boogie man and they will prefer to fear instead missing the next episode of Dancing with the Stars. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:40 | 4397074 Oldwood
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Oh just quit it! We all know it is nothing more than a coincidence. Our government enabled media would NEVER try to manipulate us in any way. They just wouldn't!

was that a strong enough denial of reality to count as delusional?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:39 | 4397879 Blano
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A for effort.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:06 | 4397188 Rafferty
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'Sooner or later, most everyone stumbles over the truth. Unfortunately, most pick themselves up and continue on as if nothing happened.' ~W. J. Hyde

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:39 | 4396779 fockewulf190
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Goebbles would be proud.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:42 | 4397081 Colonel Klink
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Not proud, jealous!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:50 | 4397388 ThirdWorldDude
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Don't happy, be worry!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:38 | 4398154 villainvomit
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 YES

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:40 | 4398976 Colonel Klink
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Don't worry, be ARMED!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:05 | 4396901 The Heart
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"In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda."

See these links, and raise ya a few:

http://www.krusch.com/articles/Propaganda101.pdf

http://jonathanturley.org/2012/05/20/propaganda-101-what-you-need-to-kno...

 



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:23 | 4397814 Nick Jihad
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All of Chomsky's ideas are based on a highly selective culling of the evidence. Consider the network that is outright intended as propaganda: PBS - who watches that, besides little old ladies who've been marinating in the Kool-Aid all their lives?

Then you have the media that are staffed by the products of the academic diversity-conformity complex, outfits like NYT and MSNBC. They are faithfully on-message, and also going bankrupt, because the people formerly known as the audience have defected. Some to FoxNews, some to websites like ZeroHedge.

Now, feel free to claim that Fox and CNN are both engaged in "manufacturing consent".  Since the whole BS concept is Chomsky's idea, I'll defer to his authoritative opinion on the topic.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 01:27 | 4399109 401K of Dooom
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Yer quoting Chomsky, an errand boy for the state?  Stop it please!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:36 | 4396755 redpill
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Stackers don't worry, they accumulate!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:44 | 4398995 Kirk2NCC1701
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Three Greeks just died and meet up at the river Styx and wait for the Ferry Man, to take them to the other side.

One was a stacker and had two silver coins, the second guy had two bond notes, and the third had two Bitcoins.

Which one does the Ferry Man take?

 

Hint:  Before you go for the "obvious" answer, think about how many stackers are left in Greece.  ;-)

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 02:20 | 4399220 Dave Thomas
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None, because you kick him in the nuts exclaiming, "Sorry matee, only the good die young!"

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S52rlVMsrc

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:20 | 4397264 11b40
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I see your point.

That would be DUMBED down for any who needed proof ;-)

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 02:43 | 4399263 ebear
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What, me worry?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:29 | 4396723 stant
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like turtle man?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:32 | 4396743 ZerOhead
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Don't be happy... be worried. Be very very worried.

And don't look down... especially if you're a coyote.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:32 | 4396747 midtowng
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It's a good thing they let me know how I was supposed to feel. Sometimes I get confused.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:10 | 4396927 RaceToTheBottom
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I thought it was the year of the wood horse.  You know lots of porn.....

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:01 | 4397402 knowshitsurelock
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Our commander in chief is gonna bypass congress and "get er done" !!

MyRa's for everyone, and free healthcare too with your ETB card!!

 

https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/1551709_102013384930...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:26 | 4397820 lakecity55
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"Free O-Phones with every O-Bond purchase!"

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:26 | 4396697 Levadiakos
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Kirk: Our mission? Spock, you're talking about the end of every life on Earth! You're half human. 
[pause
Kirk: Haven't you got any goddamn feelings about THAT? 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:42 | 4396790 SheepDog-One
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If I was Spock I would have told Kirk- 'Go fuck yaself!'

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:59 | 4396871 Manic by Proxy
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"i'm sick of your half-breed interference".

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:45 | 4397095 Colonel Klink
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I believe Spock would have said Lekh Tee'Zedayen to Kirk.  Both would have understood the conversation.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:30 | 4397834 Nick Jihad
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Is that Vulcan for "what do you mean 'we', kimo-sabe?"

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:40 | 4398983 Colonel Klink
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Hebrew for "go fuck yourself"  Both Leonard and William are familiar.  Wiki them.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:56 | 4399020 Kirk2NCC1701
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Sehr geehrter Herr Oberst Klink:  But only one of them is a... "real Mensch". 

I.e. with passion, conscience, vision, and a contrarian/rebel streak.  That's why they are NOT friends in real life.

We don't pick our fucking parents.  Get it... "fucking parents"?

p.s. Wiki "Denny Crane" (of 'Boston Legal') for how 'Bill' (his alter ego) really feels about things.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 02:28 | 4399237 Colonel Klink
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Just pointing it out for fun.  I've seen more than one person crushed because their beloved childhood characters have turned out to be renamed cheesepopes.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4396701 Ignatius
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Bad for business.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:27 | 4396713 12ToothAssassin
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Its the only obvious outcome.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:28 | 4396717 Millivanilli
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Hey, do you know what the LATEST NEWS IS ON JUSTIN BEIBERS FELONY EGG THROWING INVESTIGATION!

 

I heard they found WEEEEED IN HIS HOUSE!  

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:50 | 4396823 williambanzai7
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:13 | 4396939 Clowns on Acid
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Great stuff Billy B.  That shot of Streisand - she should rent out her nose as a 2 bedromm apt in NYC.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:46 | 4397103 Colonel Klink
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Then that double chin would be the stoop?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:43 | 4398191 villainvomit
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and the triple chin would be the ??????????? 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:56 | 4398249 villainvomit
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speaking of double and triple chins....did kh not show janet where the buy button was ?  It's green janet !!

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:55 | 4399024 Never One Roach
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What a fabulous voice!

oi vey

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:34 | 4397305 noob
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Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were (1975)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KPGh3wysw

The Bee Hives - Beatnik Baby (1961)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkF-wdQflCY

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:45 | 4398200 Manipuflation
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I can't afford it.  15 cents is too much.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:04 | 4398264 tom a taxpayer
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Breaking News: 

President Obama introduces the Landscape Recovery and Emergency Energy Vouchers Act of 2011

 

President's Declaration: "From Beverly Hills to Malibu, America's great landscapes are threatened by rising energy prices. I was first alerted to this tragedy by Barbra Streisand, a dear friend and one of Hollywood's leading environmentalists.  Barbra told me how the high cost of gasoline is ravaging the landscaping at her coastal Malibu mansion. The first sign of trouble was when Barbra noticed that the landscapers were skipping grass cutting and hedge trimming in hard-to-see areas. Then things got much worse. Now her lawn looks lousy, and her hedges are a jungle she is afraid to walk near.

 

"Barbra said the landscaper's cannot afford the rising cost of petroleum products to run the large fleet of lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, leaf blowers, and weed whackers needed to maintain Barbra's lush estate on the beautiful California coast. The tipping point came yesterday when Barbra  phoned me in tears about the latest landscaping crisis: the landscaper's can no longer afford the daily commute to her Malibu estate due to the high price of gasoline. 

 

"I had my Secretary of Agriculture, who deals with growing things, confirm the widespread nature of the landscaping crisis with several other Hollywood environmentalists and humanitarians. 

 

"I will not stand by and let America's beautiful landscapes be destroyed by rising energy prices. So, I have sent to Congress and requested quick passage of the Landscape Recovery and Emergency Energy Vouchers Act of 2011. The Act provides energy vouchers for bona fide landscapers to use to pay for gasoline, oil, diesel, or any other petroleum product needed to fuel America's landscaping industry. The Act also provides transportation vouchers that allows bona fide landscapers to ride free on buses, trains, airplanes, and taxicabs needed to get to landscaping jobs across this great country."

 

"This Act will be a key part of our green jobs agenda. And it reduces global warming.  By maintaining carbon-absorbing greenery on vast estates, Hollywood environmentalists like Barbra Streisand contribute to the public good and clean air for all Americans. To further encourage these Hollywood humanitarians, the proposed Act includes the Barbra Streisand amendment that exempts from all federal fuel taxes the private jets, limousines, racing cars, golf carts, rehab ambulances, and any other vehicles used to transport Hollywood movie and TV stars, directors, and producers, provided their estates have greenery certified by the EPA as 100% organic carbon-absorbing vegetation."

 

http://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=3850&mode=seq...

 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 01:50 | 4399148 401K of Dooom
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Hey hey Banzai7, do you have any Cat Girl pics?  I love Cat Girls!!!   BTW, do you live in Japan?  You have a lot of pictures from Japan.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 01:49 | 4399151 401K of Dooom
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Hey hey Banzai7, do you have any Cat Girl pics?  I love Cat Girls!!!   BTW, do you live in Japan?  You have a lot of pictures from Japan.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 01:51 | 4399152 401K of Dooom
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Hey hey Banzai7, do you have any Cat Girl pics?  I love Cat Girls!!!   BTW, do you live in Japan?  You have a lot of pictures from Japan.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:56 | 4397151 Pooper Popper
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Be worried,,,,,be Angry!!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:22 | 4398075 AngelEyes00
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Take your meds to make pharm profitable

work your ass off to fall behind on bills

lose benefits for the greater good of the top 1%

but be happy because it makes the wealthy richer without worrying you might notice how burned your getting.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 22:35 | 4398633 The Dunce
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The media is run by corporations.  Big business sets the narrative.  I get my info from the net.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4396688 Jlasoon
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That is one disturbing video. 

Is everyone bought and paid for? 

 

I swear the only thing that keeps me sane is this website and my 5-mile runs. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:27 | 4396711 Ignatius
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You want the short answer?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:30 | 4396726 kralizec
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Disturbing, yes.  But they've been disturbing for decades...

The hive mind at work.

Let me know if anybody ever sets the hive on fire...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:35 | 4396760 samsara
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Why YES,  Yes they are.

Good Morning America....

"Don't Panic !!!

Don't Take Off Your Shoes !!!"

(Firesign Theater)

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:54 | 4396841 Buckaroo Banzai
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Everything you know is wrong.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:01 | 4396878 purplefrog
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That is NOT, I repeat NOT an overstatement.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:27 | 4397008 mick_richfield
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I know!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:45 | 4397091 RafterManFMJ
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Everything you grew up knowing is a lie.

All is a Potemkin village, and behind the curtain lurks a bald homunculus, a demon in the shape of a man, his face a rictus of gibbering hate and fear.

He slavers as he feeds on the life force, on the labor of billions.

'The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.'

Frank Zappa

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:15 | 4397242 samsara
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And In the Next World, You're On Your Own...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:24 | 4398079 jimmytorpedo
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Zappa for president!

Even dead he would do a better job.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:55 | 4397149 AlamoJack
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Right on!  "Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition."

Again - Firesign Theater

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:12 | 4397221 samsara
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Brought to you by the redundant department of redundant redunancies....

I guess nearly all of us are Bozo's on this bus.

See you on the Fun Way.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:34 | 4398132 StychoKiller
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"Pesky Injuns!  Which way's Goshen?"

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:29 | 4397313 11b40
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We are all just Bozo's on this bus.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:31 | 4397314 11b40
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Dup

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:03 | 4398286 stormsailor
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plus 100, but sometimes it takes me 10 miles to clear out the bs.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:26 | 4396696 Zymurguy
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The economy is getting bad enough to get the markets slipping... so, in the past few days I've received nothing but positive news blasts from bloomberg, marketwatch, etc.

The elite control so much of what you hear/see through media it's absolutely disgusting.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:24 | 4396988 Hayabusa
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When the world is a ponzi built on a ponzi built on numerous parallel ponzis and they all are inconnected/dependent on one another then the only card they have to play is having THEIR MEDIA centers blasting "positive news"... the more "positive the news and dumbed-down mantras such as don't worry be happy are perpetuated by the corporate owned news" the more you'd better worry, or better yet take concrete action if you're smart.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:16 | 4397491 Rafferty
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Yes but how do they retain even a scintilla of credibility given their record?  And people actually pay for this kind of advice???

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4396699 Pheonyte
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Please do not worry.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4396703 vxpatel
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keep calm, it's going to be alright, just trust the media and your government.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4396705 RaymondKHessel
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Yeah, you have a problem with the news now?

/sarc

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:26 | 4396706 fijisailor
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Further evidence that TPTB are idiots.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:27 | 4396719 Ignatius
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Yeah.  That's why they own everything.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:31 | 4396741 fijisailor
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On paper anyway.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:23 | 4397516 fijisailor
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It doesn't take intelligence to be corrupt and greedy.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:30 | 4396731 El Vaquero
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Further evidence that the sheep are idiots.  A lot of them suck this shit up. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:54 | 4396840 Miffed Microbio...
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Funny, but the only time now I see MSM drivel is clips on ZH. This once again confirms my decision to get rid of TV wasn't a mistake. How I managed to watch it all those years really makes me wonder if I was suffering some form of insanity. It's like being deprogrammed after escaping a cult.

Miffed;-)

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:18 | 4397498 Rafferty
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Don't feel too bad.  A lot more of us feel the same way....

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:16 | 4398917 o2sd
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How are you dealing with the cognitive dissonance between what you once knew and now know to be true?

 

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:22 | 4398936 Miffed Microbio...
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Single malt Scotch whiskey.

Miffed;-)

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:26 | 4396712 Translational Lift
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That's SICK.............

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:28 | 4396715 lolmao500
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Greece contemplating possible haircut on bank deposits, finance sources in Athens say

AW YEAH

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:27 | 4396722 insanelysane
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I up arrowed every post above this so that all of you would be happy.  Soon NSA will do this automatically.

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