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Ever feel like it's all just one big con?





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Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:01 | 4415472 Sudden Debt
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Ever feel?

I'm even questioning why the fuck we even bother to vote!!

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:07 | 4415489 Arrowflinger
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Yes, we feel American Exceptionalism. Nobody else in the world has unlimited Yellenbux that the rest of the world accepts as "money."

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:08 | 4415497 linniepar
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The brainwashing is strong. You must be vigilant in opening people's eyes. "Last bastion of freedom. " or something.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:20 | 4415529 James_Cole
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That graphic ought to be replaced by the one William Banzai did, his showed the real con. The graphic above simply shows a few of the irrelevant thespians. 


Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:31 | 4415550 ZerOhead
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There are simply too many cons going on to count these days.

BTW... looks like there will be record ice coverage on the Great Lakes this winter.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:34 | 4415561 knukles
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Who forgot their red pill?

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:01 | 4416017 InjectTheVenom
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We're fine.  We got this guy in charge ...

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 23:24 | 4416500 Soul Glow
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The Republicans suck donkey balls, too!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 04:48 | 4416835 chumbawamba
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The movie sucked as much as the Republicans!

I am Chumblezwumblez.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 07:48 | 4416930 Doña K
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Combination of Victorian Burlesque and Samuel Beckett style theater of the absurd.

Welcome to the United States of Entertainment. 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:48 | 4417041 WarriorClass
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:57 | 4417050 Graph
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Or "The three stigmatas of Palmer Eldritch" by PKD.

Can-D and Chew-Z induced world.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 18:54 | 4418131 WhackoWarner
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Movie was just another Rah Rah Rah USA crap.  Good or bad morally the brainwashing and collapse of education goes on. Like Sonny and Cher said "And the beat goes on"


Sun, 02/09/2014 - 18:54 | 4418132 WhackoWarner
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Movie was just another Rah Rah Rah USA crap.  Good or bad morally the brainwashing and collapse of education goes on. Like Sonny and Cher said "And the beat goes on"


Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:40 | 4415572 James_Cole
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:54 | 4417049 Flakmeister
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Yeah, we have not had ice like this since 1996....

Note "this century" started in the year 2000....

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:43 | 4415587 Ralph Spoilsport
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The ice on the C & D canal and upper Chesapeake Bay is pretty bad this year also. We've seen worse but it's bad enough to limit transit to steel hulled vessels only. Some tug/barge combos are having trouble in some places. The noise the ships make forcing their way through the ice can wake you up at night. Sounds like the world's largest snowplow going through.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:53 | 4415713 DoChenRollingBearing
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The ice and snow did not make it to Costa Rica this year.  But 14 Americans did (mostly to fish)...  I wrap-up my trip to Costa Rica with some links to places and services for anyone interested.  All three places mentioned provided nice services to us Americans...  I finish with a short discussion of Costa Rica as a "Plan B" (or retirement destination).

The link at the bottom will take you to all three Costa Rica pieces.

"Costa Rica: Wrap-Up (and Plan B?)"

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:58 | 4415617 Crash Overide
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"BTW... looks like there will be record ice coverage on the Great Lakes this winter."

Global warming scientists studing declining ice on the Great Lakes ship stuck in ice and need rescue?

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:06 | 4415748 giggler321
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Talking of looks like; in that picture Harry Reid looks more like Alan Greenspan

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:06 | 4415749 lakecity55
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Those photos are shopped by KGB.

ManBaerPig says Gloabal Whamming is real.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:34 | 4417025 Flakmeister
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Yeah, because having it a little bit colder than normal on 2% of the planet changes everything....

Have you found that clue that you were looking for?

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:48 | 4415595 sylviasays
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Irrelevant thespians?

or well paid co-consipirators! 

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:22 | 4415656 kchrisc
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We're "exceptional" alright.

How else to explain being enslaved, but declaring oneself "free?!" Being poor, and living as if rich?! Being murderous around the world, while maintaining one is compassionate and tolerant?!

Yeah, we're exceptional alright?!


"Born in the kill the yellow man.”

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 23:24 | 4416494 Being Free
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where the white women at?

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 23:47 | 4416554 Soul Glow
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Home watching the kids?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 07:36 | 4416925 chistletoe
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out shopping for foot long hot dogs, more likely.

with a preference for buffalo meat .....

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:15 | 4415501 ZerOhead
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They need to see that you love and believe in their system or they will simply have to kill you. Nothing personal you understand... it's just sociopathic self preservation...

"Do the Hustle" (prison style)

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:42 | 4415586 BraveSirRobin
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Obama was stoned during the Costas interview

Obama was sober as a Puritan preacher during the Costas interview

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 08:54 | 4416957 FEDbuster
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I saw that, too.  I told my wife, "it looks like he has been smoking some that good Government Weed".  Maybe he brought some pakalolo back from Hawaii?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:18 | 4417171 Woodhippie
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+100 for the pakalolo reference.  As an Oahu resident in my teenage years, your comment reminded me of, " Who's the lolo, that stole my pakalolo" ..... Man o' man ... nothing like da kind bud and a beautiful set coming your way and no locals to be seen.  Heaven.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:20 | 4417175 ArrestBobRubin
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:19 | 4417393 FEDbuster
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What we couldn't see were the presidential bong and bowl of potato chips sitting on the coffee table in front of him.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:13 | 4416041 A Nanny Moose
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Vote? What, exactly, do you presume to be voting for?

Voting is just a suggestion box for slaves.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:25 | 4416892 The.Harmless.Who
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Sudden Debt, 


That's the amazing thing no - almost everyone I speak with in any country I visit hates the main parties in their countries....


Yet, by way of miracle - one of the main parties ALWAYS gets to or stays in power.  


So people / sheeple do bother to vote - and herein lies the danger - they get the Government they truly deserve. 


Two main parties = two cheeks of the same ugly back-side. 


Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:51 | 4417043 dizzyfingers
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"I'm even questioning why the fuck we even bother to vote!!"

It's your confirmation of tptb program.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:44 | 4417225 hangemhigh77
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You're just figuring that out now?! Sorry but you're way behind the curve on that one.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:05 | 4415484 franciscopendergrass
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Voting just legitimizes the process.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:19 | 4415523 Jack Burton
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Indeed! I have ceased all voting, unless a candidate vows to end the occcupation of America by a certain group.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:38 | 4415565 knukles
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"The people who vote decide nothing.  The people who count the vote decide everything."
                       -J. Stalin

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:57 | 4415616 Comte d'herblay
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Even that is not true any longer when it comes to the serious matters that face us.  The vote has been hijacked by several thousand lobbyists, representing maybe a hundred special, very very wealthy interests.

The government will allow gays to get married, big fucking deal, and distract the human beans into thinking that this is the most serious problem we have.  Meanwhile, the Defense budget, the Roads and bridges budget, and the entitlements that buy votes are all being quietly passed with nary a word of meaningful dissent.

And the  most important financial issue in the world, HOW MANY DOLLARS TO CREATE  out of nothing, goes unremarked upon by anyone but ZH, maybe Gretchen Morgenstern and few others, well out of mainstream communication.


Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:23 | 4416055 A Nanny Moose
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Whom do you think is telling the counter, exactly how to vote?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:35 | 4417027 Flakmeister
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Clearly the effect of gerrymandering is beyond your grasp...

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:28 | 4415668 kchrisc
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Participation, voting, in a system that is criminal makes you a participant in their criminality and your enslavement--you are playing their game.


First step: Rejection--Stop paying, stop obeying, stop playing.


Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:11 | 4417165 Woodhippie
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Who the fuck would downvote your comment?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 06:08 | 4416894 The.Harmless.Who
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And... Negative voters to your post (or mine!) are zionist scum (i.e. scum scum), and should be skinned alive and boiled in oil - as a warning to other wanna-be parasitic groups that want to impose their rothschilds way on the world. 



Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:49 | 4417235 hangemhigh77
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That's right, a non vote is NOT a wasted vote. When anyone asks why you didn't vote you can tell them you have chosen to opt out of the corrupt system that is completely manipulated. Continue to opt out by NEVER eating at corporate restUrants, eat local, and try not to shop or spend any money with the corporations that are destroying this country and our way of life. Also, soon there will be "Town Hall" meetings with your government " representative", hopefully they will turn into lynchings Hang all the politicians for treason. Then hang the bankers.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:41 | 4416093 Spanky
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Voting just legitimizes the process. -- chinoslims

I agree. Voting can also de-legitimize the process as well.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:06 | 4415488 Yen Cross
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  "This town is like a great big pussy... just waiting to get fucked."

  Tony Montana ~ Scarface

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:09 | 4415495 Arrowflinger
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When it implodes no man in the universe will touch the sides of the hole.


Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:41 | 4415575 texas sandman
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I hear entering her is like walking through a damp room with your fly open

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:53 | 4415604 infinity8
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like throwin' a hotdog down a hallway.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:08 | 4415640 Richard Chesler
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"Say hello to my little friend"

Obozo on Obozocare.


Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:50 | 4415856 Tall Tom
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More like falling in without the 2 X 4 strapped to your ass.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:06 | 4415490 no life
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I wouldn't be suprised if they are related to those Fuggers from Augsberg..

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 19:54 | 4416000 acetinker
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LOL!  Looks like the "Fuggers from Ausberg" are taking on a life of their own.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:19 | 4417174 arby63
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Another good movie ZH could produce: "Meet the Fuggers"

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:06 | 4415493 El Vaquero
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As a good friend of mine is fond of saying "Valarie Jarrett needs a good, solid donkey punch."

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:44 | 4415588 deflator
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 She already looks like she has been beat up with a green club.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:28 | 4415667 El Vaquero
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She looks like a mannequin.  A very, very ugly mannequin.  She should be sitting in the window, dressed for display, at a store named "Only A Mother Could Love."

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:53 | 4415723 john39
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red teamers like to point out that she is of iranian descent.  what they fail to note is that she is not persian.  

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:02 | 4415740 lakecity55
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An Iranian-born Communist, she has moar protection than her puppet, Bath House.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:13 | 4415506 Ignatius
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"American Hustle?''

Red meat day at ZH.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:42 | 4417097 Flakmeister
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Isn't every day?

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:18 | 4415526 monad
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Lately Jay Carney looks like the fact that his children will live under an irrational dictatorship is troubling him.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:32 | 4415552 yogibear
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A giant bankster con-job.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:54 | 4415611 sylviasays
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being implemented by neo-marxist fascist stooges

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:22 | 4416057 Accounting101
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Let's lay off the -sits stuff. Most of us have no idea what any of it means and just confuses us. Are they fascists or communists? Who gives a fuck? They're just evil.

The Oligarchs keep winning because we get bogged down in semantical nonsense.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 00:07 | 4416599 Seize Mars
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No, they keep winning because they have legions of flying monkeys who apparently follow every order, including terrorizing us.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:40 | 4415579 Smegley Wanxalot
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Oh yeah, the Oscars suck shit too.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:49 | 4415600 sunny
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.....feel like it's one big hustle. That's a joke, right??

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:03 | 4415622 Crash Overide
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Not my government...

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:04 | 4415630 Make_Mine_A_Double
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But to play the Big Con you have to have willing dupes.

And running some errands around today I saw the perfect metaphor for the whole scam.

Young guy driving a flash 2010 BMW - with a Papa Jones delivery things on the roof.

To me that is the whole shootin' match in one mental picture of Murka circa 2014.


Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:28 | 4416063 FredFlintstone
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After the shift he heads to his room in mom's basement.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:07 | 4415634 sasebo
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Don't forget that money is only debt issued only by the banks (loans) & the fed (loans to banks).

So when you buy something you pay for it with debt.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:06 | 4415636 Atomizer
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Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)


Enron mischief recreated each day!

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:10 | 4415644 disabledvet
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no , I don't feel like its one big con. But i do feel like...sometimes..."it's just the wailing of the Imam" and nothing more.

Should that concern me?
The mysteries of faith will always be far more fascinating than the mysteries of the mind.
Why "believe" anything to be true?
Why take anything at "face value."

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:29 | 4415673 Rising Sun
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Add in the GOP Progressives in the background and you could call it "the new millenium sting".


Both sides show an argument, but after the cameras shut off, they are exchanging brown envelopes.


It's pro-wrestling - good guys and bad guys that don't exist - a show designed to extract your cash and leave you feeling spent.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:17 | 4416052 Accounting101
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So it isn't that the two party choice is an absolute joke, but instead that the GOP has been infected with the liberal virus called progressivism? What horseshit. Since when has progress been given a negative connotation?

The fact that you can type your stupid shit on a computer and send it out to the world is progress, right? Without progress, only your family would have to suffer though the stupid ass comments.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:59 | 4416135 acetinker
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Never go full retard.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:37 | 4417029 Flakmeister
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What has been your excuse?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 01:34 | 4418917 acetinker
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Flak, my dear,

We don't disagree on climate change.  It changes.  It has changed in the past, and it will continue to change long after you and I are gone.

Thing is, I have this thing about being able to smell bullshit.  I don't know how I got it- it's just there.

I didn't need to read of the East Anglia fudgification to know that anthropogenic global warming was bullshit.  All I needed was for Al Gore to associate himself, via "Inconvenient Truth" to know it was bullshit.  Mr. Gore is a charlatan, my bullshit detector says so.

I'm also old enough to remember the "global cooling" scare of the 70's.  It was not as pervasive as "climate change" is today, but it was the buzz, back in the day.  That was bullshit, too.

Oh and how do our leaders propose to ameliorate "climate change"?  Carbon credits, that's how.  Basically, the second most abundant element in the known universe is evil?  Doesn't that strike you as a little odd?  Not Carbon Dioxide credits, mind you, 'cos that might cause some of the sheep to recall 5th grade science class.  You know, that stuff about carbon dioxide and chlorophyll and such.

Nope.  Carbon it is.  Never mind your existence would never have occurred without it.  Oh, and you thought the "evil" polluters would pay for those carbon credits?  Again, nope.  Those costs will be passed straight through to the person you see when you look in the mirror.

Maybe we should ban pencils.


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 01:29 | 4426998 Flakmeister
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Is that really the best you have to offer?

Claptrap, strawmen and pathetic mewings? Al Gore? Really? 

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 17:51 | 4415719 RiverDrifter
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Watched Season of Treason the other day, at first thought it was kind of out there, slowly starting to think they may be on to can't possibly be as FUBAR is as it is based on the rules most of us think they SHOULD be playing by.  We think things are messed up & rules being broken but they're not....TPTB are playing by a different set of rules & we literally give them the power to.  

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:01 | 4415737 DOGGONE
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YES! And here is PROOF:
The Public Be Suckered

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:05 | 4415742 ISEEIT
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America was a good idea.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 18:54 | 4415864 Tall Tom
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It worked...for a little while. But it failed. There is no Freedom here. Tyranny reigns.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 19:19 | 4415926 syntaxterror
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The show is over come November. Pillage while you can motherfuckers. Barack Cumstain Obama may use his "pen and phone" now, but he'll be down to a pen soon, with nothing to sign except his score card.

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 23:32 | 4416517 Soul Glow
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His middle name is "Muslim", not cumstain.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 02:32 | 4416779 syntaxterror
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Who are you, his "ball boy"?

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 23:41 | 4416508 Soul Glow
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Whoever did this poster does not know Hollywood.

Obama would have had is his picture first - stage left - and his name first or last, and if it was last it would read - and Barry Obama.

I can't imagine who the hero is played by, but this film would suck.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 02:25 | 4416776 StychoKiller
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NOT just an American phenomenon:  Zeitgeist Movie...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:24 | 4416787 evernewecon
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If you visit a casino in Nevada, 

the casino will be privatized.


They're in business cause the odds

are in their favor across the games 

and slots.


If one of them rigs a game, that

violates Nevada Gaming Control

Board regulation, and some penalty

(a fine and/or forced closure

period) will ensue.


Privatized manipulated markets,

if regulated under those terms

by the Nevada Gaming Control 

Board, would obviously run 

afoul of its regulation.


In the general economy, the 

public's adversity itself becomes

a profit center for the house.


In fact, in Vegas, you can bet 

on your expectation that a sports

team will lose.


We have no choice but to keep

coming to play in the general



The income on retirement nest

eggs is obviously part of the 




But if you come out ahead in

video poker at the MGM Grand

no one's going to come after 

you with a policy of hand it

over, and no one's going to

steal candy from a baby to 

give to a privatizer.




Sun, 02/09/2014 - 05:39 | 4416870 kurt
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Add "Lew" to that picture.

He has the creep factor.

He has the tin horn and will announce the Apocalypse.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:15 | 4417006 Lumberjack
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Barclays launches investigation after customer data leak


LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays said it had launched an investigation after a newspaper reported that the personal details of 27,000 customers had been stolen and sold, raising the prospect of new fines for the bank.


Confidential information on customers' earnings and health as well as passport details had ended up for sale, The Mail on Sunday reported, citing data provided to it by a whistleblower.


Barclays said it had notified regulators and started an investigation, the initial findings of which suggested the files were linked to the Barclays Financial Planning business which closed in 2011.


"This appears to be criminal action and we will co-operate with the authorities on pursuing the perpetrator," the bank said in a statement on Sunday.


The data leak is a new blow for the British bank after a string of scandals for mis-selling payment protection insurance and manipulating benchmark interest rates, which have resulted in billions of pounds in fines and compensation payouts.


The bank could face new fines should it be found at fault over this data leak.



Britain's data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), can impose fines of up to 500,000 pounds for serious breaches of the country's data protection rules, while Britain's financial watchdog, The Financial Conduct Authority, has the power to impose unlimited fines.




No fall in Barclays bonuses


I would expect Barclays in results on Tuesday to disclose it is paying more in bonuses to its investment bankers than the £1.3bn it paid for 2012 - and that it has allocated a higher proportion of investment banking revenues to the pay of its investment bankers than last year's 39%.


My sources there tell me that the board has become increasingly concerned that its huge investment bank is being damaged by defections to higher-paying US banks - and is therefore maintaining pay and increasing it for some, even though revenues have been under pressure.


The bank is increasingly concerned that it has become too easy for the giants of Wall Street to pick off its best people, by pointing to the looming imposition of the EU's cap on bonuses.


Which is why Barclays is finding ways to get round the bonus cap and feels the need to publicly make it clear that it still offers substantial rewards for investment banking stars.


None of which is designed to make it popular with millions of British people, whose living standards are not yet rising and who continue to feel sore about the widespread misconduct by bankers and their contribution to making most households poorer.





Ex-Barclays CEO Diamond Hires Schamis as Founding Partner


Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, the investment firm started last year by former Barclays Plc (BARC) Chief Executive Officer Bob Diamond, hired David Schamis as a founding partner.

Schamis, a former managing director at buyout firm J.C. Flowers & Co., will oversee private-equity investing, according to a statement yesterday from New York-based Atlas. Schamis was also a director at MF Global Holdings Ltd., the bankrupt brokerage that was run by Jon Corzine.

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