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Summing Up The American Dream (In One Cartoon)

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"Why aren't Americans like you saving more for retirement?"



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Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:04 | 4630722 Wolferl
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What retirement?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:05 | 4630727 nightshiftsucks
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The whole thing is bullshit but who really knows ?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:45 | 4630838 TeamDepends
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Retirement as in Bladerunner.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:57 | 4630867 Richard Chesler
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uhm, debt serfs don't ever really retire...

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:09 | 4630903 Pure Evil
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Obamacare Death Panels to should put an end to the retirement fantasy.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:11 | 4630914 Skateboarder
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Going forward in the future, being a doctor is going to have a totally different (read evil) twist to it.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:15 | 4630921 Crisismode
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The real issue is

The 1% are bleeding away the 99%, sucking every drop of blood

out of every corpuscle in the body politic.

Until they have consumed all of us,

They will NOT be satisfied.

The Squid-Vampire needs its food.


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:16 | 4630935 wintermute
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Even 90% of the 1% are now being bled by the 0.1%

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:32 | 4630966 Headbanger
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You fucking imoktard idiots.   Our grandparents never had expectations of :"retirement" ad were thankful to live passed 60 if that!

Where the fuck did this idea of a "promised life" ever come from considering the realities of life?

Do you really believe life is any different than it was 100 years ago??

So , welcome back to the real world and just pray it doesn't get any more real for you !

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:42 | 4630989 Jumbotron
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Absolute truthiness in that statement.  Retirement was a anomolous blip of time brought to us by 100 years of cheap energy and cheap debt.

That day and age are DONE....never to return.  The pendulum is swinging.....and it will scythe down Millions of people who are under the delusion of that fantasy still.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:16 | 4631196 StupidEarthlings
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Amen..retirement was for a few who got lucky when times were good.

Those days are over..tho it woulda been nice.

Its like old til u die..and quit bitchin. youre owed somethin..

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:54 | 4631241 TruthInSunshine
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"About 36% of workers have less than $1,000 in savings and investments that could be used for retirement, and 60% of workers have less than $25,000, according to the non-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald and Associates."

Retirement: A third have less than $1,000 put away
Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

So 36% have less than a measly $1,000 saved (which is incredible), 60% have less than $25,000 (6 to 8 months of cost of living) saved, and I'd bet that 85% to 90% have less than $100,000 grand saved.

And this study doesn't take into account what current or possible future liabilities these people have, such as mortgages, auto loans, credit card debt, medical bills, etc.

So, what's even worse is that probably a full 75% or greater of the people claiming above that they have $1,000 to $25,000 saved for retirement have NEGATIVE SAVINGS.

These people will live in perpetual poverty in retirement, scraping by on social security and other government benefits.

This country is fuckin' broke and the Federal Reserve wants MOAR inflation.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:55 | 4631250 GoldenTool
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Bullshit to all 3 of you.  I down arrowed you.  


More machines doing more work and more people just pushing paper for money.  All bullshit just like your party line.  Fuck you.  Between ebt and union locks on jobs, I won't even bring up the banks, via the "you need this piece of paper to work/certs/degrees for jobs that almost any monkey could do. This means we are producing more with less, which means there is more.  Fuck your globel agenda to say everyone should be in the poor house because (insert stupid fox new momo global warming news BS.)  If we were working smarter not stupid poor life would be better.  It is the system and it was set this way on purpose to fuck the stupids over.

Quit adding to it.


"Seculo seculorum"

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:11 | 4631272 UselessEater
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Used to be that retirement was a family experience - family dislocation is now the target along with extraction of rentier payments from private holdings (taxes and fees) & free trade crap (diminshing returns) etc.

All goes to ensure the diminshment of self-sustainable life styles; one has to constantly find $ for govt fees and adjust to new reg's, rules and restictions.

Previously the risk was all our own, now we risk and pay a multitude of fees and taxes that subtly bleed you dry. However this predictament largely applies to those who tried to self-provide with one eye on the future of their grand kids; in my experience folks who don't even consider the impacts of current changes on their kids are those who are the least geared to fund their own old age when labour becomes impossible (others are pretty independant and see doing nothing as a quick route to death).

These debates highlight the growing group of the "expectors" who yearn for a butt in front of the telly or on a crusie ship with naught to do, but I feel for those who have been successively wiped out by stock market routes and the like.

Its not fun watching an elderly relative suddenly realise the value of their wealth in Zim money. Its kinda hard when you're supposed to fix it for them 'cause now their poor and you're apparently rich! (a bit of sarc from feeling like a wallet at times).

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:15 | 4631281 GoldenTool
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Labor is money everything else is a promise.

I see less and less real work going on.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:51 | 4631557 UselessEater
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USD = Zim Dollar... ho hum, then you'll really have a big problem.

This drama is going to hit people from all sides; at first it'll be hardest on those who work hard (less whining from the sheeples).

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:22 | 4631511 James-Morrison
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Build a life/farm.

Give it to your young'ns.

If you raised them right, they would let you stay on -- as long as you didn't drool too much in your old age feebleness, and could still tote a bucket.

Two to five year max.



Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:47 | 4631792 exi1ed0ne
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Go look up what a combine costs, or enough land to make it worth the effort and then talk about farming.  The only people leaving farms for their kids have one already that was given by their parents or are already wealthy.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:59 | 4632118 Iam_Silverman
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"Go look up what a combine costs, or enough land to make it worth the effort and then talk about farming"

You don't know much about farming, do you?  I don't need a combine to harvest grains - there is a group of traveling "threshers" whose sole income is from custom hire machine work.  They will be passing through my neck of the woods in the next few weeks to harvest what is left standing of winter wheat and any rye that can be taken.  When I grow hay, I don't even need a cutter/conditioner, rake, tedder or baler.  The large farmer down the street also does it on halves or per-bale charge.  I can save some money by using my two (smaller) tractors cutting the hay with his cutter (he also has a nice haybine too) and pulling a rake after it's been down a few hours.

Farming is only about how much effort you are willing to put into it.  My wife's family only had 10 acres in Virginia, but they raised sweet corn and you-pick strawberries.  That help pay the bills and fill the freezer.  You can easily subsist on 5 to 10 acres if you want to plant vegetables around your fruit trees while they are dormant.

I have raised beds for my vegetable garden, and all of those used 200# protein tubs make excellent tomato and pepper planting pots.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:58 | 4632934 exi1ed0ne
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I live in an AG community, so I know a fair bit.  Farmers drowning in debt, Amish hijinx - still a decent place.  The point is about making a farmstead like of old that can support 3-4 generations of family, not a hobby farm.  You won't do that on 10 acres alone I guarentee it.  There are HUGE barriers to entry - good land with proper dranage, contigous (or resonably close) acredge, know-how, taxes, regulations and county governmets, dealing with Ag market ups and downs etc.  Heck, milk farmers have to work out around here because there are a lot of times where the milk check doesn't cover the loans.

You will not be a farmer (as in sole occupation, not as a hobby) without some SERIOUS capital outlay in addition to the above mentioned tenacity.  1-10 acre Victory gardens?  I'm all for that and have one myself, but I'm by no means a farmer that can support multiple generations by any stretch with just the productivity off of my land.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 21:57 | 4634428 TruthInSunshine
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I'm not that knowledgeable about farming, but a wealthy client of mine is a large scale soybean farmer (and grows other high value crops, such as chickpeas and other legumes).

He told me that a Midwest farm on loomy, dark topsoil, of a size that is approximately 600 acres (up to 2200'acres) is the sweet spot, assuming one has labor, equipment and their situation in order, and they ACQUIRED THEIR LAMD 15 YEARS AGO OR MORE.

He retired as an mechanical engineer from an automotive parts OEM, by the way, and now has a net worth of at least 35 million USD just including the value of his farm at a conservative 5,000 per acre, which is growing in value at leaps and bounds (and he has ZERO debt).

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:12 | 4631858 PT
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Yeah, just roll over and die ya stupid fucks.  'cos there's no way we could do anything about it so it's not worth trying.  Why, we shouldn't even believe retirement should be possible becoz it is too hard.  Never mind we got machines that let one man do the job of a hundred, we still gotta work our guts out until we die.  Well, if that is the case, then you may as well embrace debt and Ponzi finance because you won't have to pay that back when you die and you'll never have to worry about trying to live on a retirement income.  Fucking grow a brain and think a bit harder.  ( I know that is a big ask ).

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:12 | 4631066 SilverDOG
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The promise was within the family, which has beeen divided and conquered.

Divided and conquered just enough to leave all alone and uneducated to such, in the western world.

Or just plain old rehypothecated Grandma, and her savings.

Suckazz Bitchezzzz!


Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:19 | 4631382 UselessEater
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My folks really want to leave something to us kids - not cause we're lazy or expecting it; we do not! But it gives them a sense of care and makes what savings they made seem like something greater than just money, because they had to earn it 2 or 3 times over (Mugabe lovers of the 1980's be praised- assholes) its a sense of victory and independence for them.

My work is to make sure they can 'leave something behind' - its a victory of they can keep their lifestyle and peace of mind, it also makes me think twice about everything (my decisions are not just about me, myself and I): that is the point of family and that is what the parasitic freaks want to break.

Get back into your annoying, irritating extending family in a big way, its pisses TPTB even more than it pisses us off. Its also a tough nut for outsiders to crack when TSHTF.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:37 | 4631127 Pay Day Today
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"Our grandparents" joined unions and mass movements and FORCED the oligarchic corporate and capital owners to come to the table with a FAIR deal, otherwise known as the NEW DEAL. They didn't just sit around passively consuming cable, internet and McDonalds while being farmed like sheep.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:12 | 4631191 kurt
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You are absolutely correct but we've been feminized by substances in plastic packaging and bottles. Full of estrogen we lack the will to fight. You would be amazed at how much of this they are pumping into us. Add to that CNS depressants, flouride, and psychotics. Watch endless cop shows: how many times do you have to see a good guy tied up in a chair by a smirking sociopath. You are being programmed to be docile, girlish, weepy, weak, worried, afraid mostly AFRAID.

Clean up, eat only elemental, hopefully home grown, foods. Avoid packaging and all drugs and plastics. Put in reverse osmosis, be sure it removes flouride. Get in shape.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:09 | 4631270 indygo55
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Logged in just to UP arrow you.


Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:40 | 4631404 Oh regional Indian
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Yup, very well said above.....

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:23 | 4631473 Fred C Dobbs
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When is the cutting edge zerohedge going to start talking about the estrogen mimicers? 

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:21 | 4631759 quasimodo
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Like all the fucking soy? Where I live, fields and fields of the shit.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:21 | 4631881 shovelhead
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Crazy talk.

My old lady is loaded with estrogen and she loves to fight.

I had to institute no chains, knucks, or broken bottle rules.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:41 | 4631225 TheReplacement
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Instead of that tired old socialist big government crap how about simple to understand and universally applied rule of law with consequences for any who break the agreed upon rules?  Perhaps you, yourself, make a go of it without having someone else take from yet another in order that you can be given a piece of the pie?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:39 | 4631526 James-Morrison
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Dream on cupcake.

My grandparents came here as immigrants from northern Europe.

They were hard working sons of bitches who grubbed in the dirt, saving pennies until they could afford their own land.

They farmed, grew their own food and worked in mills to supplement their lifestyles and to afford running water and toilets.

When I visited my grandparents I was not allowed to use the indoor toilet. It was reserved for guests,

By the way, they really did have Sears catalogs in the outhouse (along with other used media -- aka newspapers). Try wiping your ass now on a google or yahoo screen from your iPhone. Progress? Really?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:31 | 4631578 Offthebeach
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98% of unions are gov "workers" now

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:40 | 4631134 logicalman
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I'm a realist.

One day, I'll be dead, for a long time.

I just don't want to rush things.


Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:34 | 4632126 Iam_Silverman
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"One day, I'll be dead, for a long time."

That sounds logical........

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:25 | 4631303 daveO
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I don't know about your grandparents, but even my great grandparents had retirements. They did it the old fashioned way. They saved for it. Some also lived with their children. That was back when children still followed the 10 Commandments, and didn't toss their parents in a Gov. Sponsored Home.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:40 | 4631326 cynicalskeptic
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Have seen THAT work out well - not.    


Some people make good parents and do a good job raising their children.  Their children are more than willing to help out those parents later in life.  But way too many families are dysfunctional - with everyone fighting over everything.  Karma comes home to roost - have seen it repeatedly.   

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:53 | 4631417 UselessEater
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Then the SHTF and guess how things work out? the opposite of what one thinks.

If what some think is coming your way, Karma will shift pretty quickly and push the unprepared shite family you want naught to do with, onto your door step - that becomes pretty hard to turn away from for us decent folk. The leeching never ends, but heck until you're in the spot you don't realise what you'll do to help them.

Just a tip, but prepare accordingly. Its bizzare watching it unfold.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:59 | 4631422 UselessEater
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p.s. some grand parents & family are total asses.... but most cannot compete with the real arse holes wrecking our lives.

Perspective & focus changes quickly with circumstances.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:18 | 4631470 piceridu
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Do you really believe life is any different than it was 100 years ago??

Yes, the average lifespan was about 47 years old 100 years ago.  

But I do agree with you that most have this phony idea of a "promised life."

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:08 | 4631053 SilverDOG
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Thus war begins.


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:49 | 4631005 Deacon Frost
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Absolutely nothing to worry about, two can live as cheaply as one…….half as long

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:44 | 4630994 HardAssets
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Tried to warn some kids going on to college in medical fields to check into what's happening.

Wouldn't listen. Too many years in public 'education' to be able to actually think for themselves.

Hard to blame an 18 year old kid - - - - on the other hand, their parents are complete morons.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:52 | 4631014 Wahooo
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I'd rather be the doctor's plumber than the doctor.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:33 | 4631480 August
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Medical training may still work out, thgough I'd suggest keeping your options open re what country you train and practice in.

The USA might still be Mecca in terms of medical research, but pay or lifestyle considerations may well be better ifor a practioner in another locale, specifically Down Under.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:59 | 4632141 Iam_Silverman
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"Medical training may still work out, thgough I'd suggest keeping your options open"

If things are really going to be as bad as they say it will get (economic collapse), then I would think that a good trauma level first responder would be very popular and useful in "your tribe".  Especially one not opposed to working for barter.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:37 | 4631401 Harrison
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Just change their title to "sandman" and implant glowing LEDs on everyone's hands. Red LED = death.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:13 | 4630920 Crisismode
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Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:46 | 4631493 Oliver Jones
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Carousel, à la Logan's Run.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:50 | 4631944 yogibear
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"Obamacare Death Panels to should put an end to the retirement fantasy."

Bill gates was all giddy about death panels years ago.

Notice how many hospital hospice centers are popping up. Maybe they'll have lottos like in the previous wars where they will send the old people to be put to death. The government can grab all the proceeds afterwards to pay the bills to support the people on entitlements.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:14 | 4630913 Crisismode
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Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:38 | 4630982 Jumbotron
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No....retirement as in Logan's Run


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:06 | 4631046 Stuck on Zero
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Retirement as in Logan's Run.


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:00 | 4631169 prains
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7 nails to the forehead retirement

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4630745 Oldwood
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How would people retiring and living on their savings in anyway make us more dependent on our overlords? Have we failed to comprehend the agenda?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:25 | 4630793 disabledvet
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how many Americans even have savings?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:54 | 4631593 Offthebeach
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Savings as in Bernake/yellen ZIRP savings? ( Oh, and save for food, fuel, med care, pharmaceuticals, local state taxes, there's no inflation. Right?)

We, our lives, our days and labor are the crop, and we are to be consumed.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:13 | 4630759 zerozulu
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American Dream is a very success full campaign commercial.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:41 | 4630827 Bunga Bunga
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... that Americans even pay for viewing.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:52 | 4630852 Its_the_economy...
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not me PAL

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:43 | 4630996 Jumbotron
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+1000 NTSC's for you

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:46 | 4631452 Oh regional Indian
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I think he does not SeeCams ;-)

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:15 | 4631662 Liberty2012
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American Dream is about Freedom, not things

Don't let the theft and perversion of language and history continue

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:14 | 4630766 Cognitive Dissonance
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Just like some people take 'working' vacations, the new normal today is to take a 'working' retirement.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:17 | 4630775 fonzannoon
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OT but these guys really will perpetuate the tax free pension scam due to disability any way possible.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:39 | 4630983 DirkDiggler11
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Huh, just looks to me like the NYPD perfecting their new "Stop and Frisk " technique on their buddies..

Good post Fonz, more swinging than Rodney King at a LAPD convention..

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:16 | 4631195 CCanuck
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OOOOOhhhhh Fuck, Is the NYFD looking for a Crazy Canuck to play some pick-up...

Fuck....I would give my left.....I would would give a pile of USD to play in that game.

Could you imagine a legal beat'n on a COP...NYPD is just a!

I can bring the Hanson Bros...we will fix the corrupt NYPD..

Don't fuck with Canucks on ice!

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:30 | 4630802 williambanzai7
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Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:09 | 4630865 Pure Evil
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Is that Bubbles the new blow-up doll?

I heard you could find them under all the desks at the SEC and under the desk of our illustrious Sec. of State.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:42 | 4632162 Iam_Silverman
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"and under the desk of our illustrious Sec. of State."

Well, I would have thought that ol' Horse-Face was more into "My Little Pony" dolls.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:36 | 4631124 logicalman
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Retirement, for me is not an option.

I've mostly made my living doing stuff I'd do for free if I could afford it.

Why would I want to stop?


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:50 | 4631149 williambanzai7
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Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:04 | 4631503 Oh regional Indian
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@logicalman...nice. I call it Unwork :-)

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:43 | 4632164 Iam_Silverman
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"I've mostly made my living doing stuff I'd do for free if I could afford it."

Well, some of us just aren't attractive enough to be a gigolo.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:16 | 4631285 indygo55
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"the new normal today is to take a 'working' retirement."

Knew a few people who retired, my dad was one of them. They retired and in less then 5 years they were all dead. I know three guys who keep on keeping on, going in to the office, even for free or commission only, just keep moving, and all three of them are in their nineties. They need and absorb the human contact and it makes them whole and the personal belief that they are still part of this world keeps them alive. I will never really retire. 

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:35 | 4631323 daveO
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The only thing more depressing than that is the guy who gets forced out and commits suicide. The job should not be a man's 'End All'. It's only a means to an end. 

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:44 | 4631491 UselessEater
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daveO you're right, its about staying involved and purposeful - if retiring means spending 20 hours a week in your garden taking it as a serious hobby with thoughts of breeding orchids etc, thats great the mind and body has a drive to get up and do and make each day.

If retirement is simply a way to make Sunday every day then the mind and body wilts. Discipline seems to serves the retirees I know but what they do each day is their pleasure because the moments of effort give them rewards.

I'm lazy to a degree by nature but I'm not a "consumer" I'm a human who has to make a bit of effort to enjoy some fruits and fortunately I have parents who agree that a menas to an end wasn't the sole reason for putting in a bit of labour each day to make a life. Now as the SHTF they're alert, aware and pro-active.

If Catherin Austin-Fitts idea of a slow-burn is correct then even more diligence is required - its easier to amp up to a clear and present danger. Personally I worry most folks even on ZH are not yet ready to encounter the current situation let alone whats coming - there are old folks arm chairs and then there are younger folks laptop chairs, same thing if you are not moving. Putting PMs in a cupboard is only one action, prepping for doomsday mentally corrupts dexerity if not seen as a 1% finale because TPTB always prolong decay, rot and ruin over years.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:37 | 4630819 Homernomics
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Yeah, I'll retire when I am dead.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:44 | 4630834 Bunga Bunga
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Your retirement could start now. Just think of the bankers, who started their "retirement" recently.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:43 | 4631449 awakeRewe
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I can retire now and live comfortably for the rest of my life ... just have die sooner than I had planned.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:21 | 4631880 PT
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Then why not?  Then you can do all your retirement stuff while you are younger!


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:14 | 4630925 gbresnahan
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You can still retire. Here's a small sample of folks who have retired or have announced their retirement:

Brett Favre
Michael Jordan
Wayne Gretzky
George W Bush
Garth Brooks
Roger Clemens
Ken Griffey Jr
David Letterman

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:44 | 4631233 Imminent Collapse
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God dammit, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables...slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We got no Great War, no Great Depression. Our Great War is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we will be millionaires, movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. We're slowly learning that fact and we are very, very pissed off. - Tyler Durden

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:22 | 4631882 PT
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Speak for yourself.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:44 | 4631407 Buck Johnson
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That cartoon said it all, and it's getting worse.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:59 | 4631598 negative rates
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The unfunded one.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:05 | 4630726 Colonel Klink
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Please wake me when the revolution finally begins.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:48 | 4630846 valley chick
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After the American Idol season?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:57 | 4630869 Pure Evil
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The New American Revolution will be brought to you as a Reality TV show on CBS.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:02 | 4630888 HardAssets
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With ads for viagra and Monsanto GMO.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:12 | 4630917 Pure Evil
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Although, its quite possible we already have a TV show which resembles retirement in future America, its called The Walking Dead on AMC.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:13 | 4631069 LosOsos
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Future? Fuck, I see the walking dead every time I go into town.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:04 | 4630893 Colonel Klink
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No because then National Felons League Football will begin.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:01 | 4631034 zerozulu
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Long line bro. 340 million needs to wake up before you.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:26 | 4631106 Colonel Klink
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I'd be happy with 15-20%.  Right now I fear it's only 1-2%.  Not enough to push the paradigm change.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:19 | 4630732 ghengis86
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Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:01 | 4630881 HardAssets
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They stole over 97% of the purchasing power of the dollar ( in which people were paid wages & earnings & saved) over the last century. They take over half of this paltry sum in taxes & 'fees'. This long term inflationary destruction forced families to require  two wage earners in the home & would later lead to off shoring good jobs to slave labor nations overseas.

Now they are further stealing through O 'health care' and they have their sights on retirement funds and pensions. (In the meantime, they are stealing the savings of older people through QE zero interest rates designed to only benefit banks.)

The predatory money system is at the heart of this nightmare and it inevitably leads to ruin. They are instituting  a police state at home and wars overseas so that the oligarchs may continue to live off the people as parasites.  Their 'education' and media systems have dumbed down enough of the population to go along with (and actually cheer) their own enslavement.

"To not know, is bad enough. To not know, that you don't know . . is tragic."

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:14 | 4630930 Pure Evil
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And, even more is still to come.

Once they ram the Trans-Pacific Partnership treat through the Senate the American people can watch as even more jobs are offshored to the Asian Pacific Rim.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:36 | 4631220 Hapa
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Well said, HA.  It doesn't get more concise than that.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:24 | 4631301 Caviar Emptor
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Nice post.
The seeds of retirement destruction are already sown: taxes are rising. So everyone who put money into "tax deferred" plans like 401k, IRAs, annuities will be in for a big surprise.

And biflation is taking care of the rest: rising costs, falling incomes (in real terms). Wealth effect of rising stocks and ResRE is just a mirage: too many fees, taxes, slippage

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:05 | 4631425 UselessEater
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Some people will leave or have left.

Let them do so in peace, it not in their power to change this destruction. More will leave.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:07 | 4630733 Son of Loki
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Deadbeat Chinese shipyards stick banks with default bill


SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese banks are stuck in a lose-lose legal battle between domestic shipyards and foreign buyers over billions of dollars in refund guarantees that are supposed to be paid out if shipbuilders fail to deliver on time.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:29 | 4630798 disabledvet
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what's a "deadbeat shipyard"?

I thinks that called "stranded capital" actually. I mean you didn't actually expect a product with all that money? Besides...the taxpayer has it covered.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:03 | 4631606 negative rates
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Tax payer lost his shorts there Einstien, and is now about to lose his shirt, and that was after he lost his hair.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:07 | 4630734 fonzannoon
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that guy is too skinny.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4630747 FieldingMellish
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he's too happy.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:40 | 4630987 ImGumbydmmt
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Even better:

Key quote

"Forbes also highlighted Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein with a special three-page spread, arguing that the 59-year-old capitalist is practically begging to be held down on the ground and have his face rubbed in a pile of dog shit while he frantically flails his arms and screams.

“We’ve been seeing a continuing trend over the last decade of younger and younger CEOs whom you’d love to just pin down with a knee to the chest, grab by the wrists, and force to hit themselves in their own face,” said Lane, noting that 29-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg jumped seven spots from last year’s list after Forbes editors imagined tying his hands behind his back, holding him up by that dumb fucking sweatshirt he always wears, and mercilessly pummeling him for 20 minutes straight."

What disappoints me most is that this is a fictional article on The Onion. Seems to be entierly plausibile if we just poll ZHeaders constituant base.


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4630746 crunchyfrog
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But it's all our fault. Anybody who isn't grateful for the chance to work harder for less money than they did 20 years ago is nothing but a mooching parasitic loser.


It says so in every single ZH comment thread. And so does Mitt Romney.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:09 | 4630904 Harriet Wanger
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Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in here?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:18 | 4630943 Pure Evil
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More like a toad sitting on a poisonous mushroom.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:28 | 4631896 PT
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crunchyfrog:  +infinity

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4630748 buzzsaw99
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Saving what, clownbux? bwa ah ah ah!

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4630750 nmewn
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Some of us acually are saving for retirement, just not the way you want us to.

Sorry bout that, you didn't get the memo? ;-)

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:13 | 4630757 cpnscarlet
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I was doing so well too...until the boating accident.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:21 | 4630784 nmewn
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Zactly ;-)

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:18 | 4631471 The Navigator
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Never have the rivers and other waterways been so filled with metals so precious.... and so few beacons such as mastheads or keels are seen.

Kinda like MH370 blackbox pings

Must be a big ocean.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:47 | 4631004 WTFUD
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So sorry for your loss. They can use the latest drone technology to blow out the candles of a cake at a Yemeni wedding party but I am afraid that the whole malay, ussofa, Chinese and Australian maritime vessels are not so well equipped at locating most other items. DON'T GIVE UP HOPE THOUGH. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4630752 rsnoble
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The politicians have millions and some of them just can't fathom what's wrong with these people. Completely out of touch and on another planet.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:47 | 4631003 Seeking Aphids
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Not only the politicians....there is a writer on SA who claims that we are on the road to recovery and that Americans have 'hoards' of savings that they are just waiting to spend on pent up fact savings have never been higher.........maybe for the 1% and the ivory tower/gov. employees......the depth of such delusion is unfathomable......

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:12 | 4630755 kaiserhoff
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Why aren't Americans saving?

Because the real interest return is negative 4%,

  because Yellen the Felon.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:12 | 4630756 cpnscarlet
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Cartoon is factually wrong -

Rising food and energy prices having noting to do with inflation...

Because we say so.

Your Friendly Treasury Department.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:16 | 4630933 Harriet Wanger
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Something I've been wondering about: Does the Fed increase the money supply and prices rise to fill the gap, or is it the other way around? Do (gasp) corporations raise prices for no reason at all, and the Fed accomodate them by printing enough money to paper over the deed?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:13 | 4630760 ebworthen
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Savings interest earned 0.05%, or you can play in the Wall Street Casino, if you have anything to save.

That cartoon pretty much spells it out.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:30 | 4630803 disabledvet
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spells what out exactly?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:05 | 4631608 negative rates
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Math was the great equilizer, miracle man.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:39 | 4630823 booboo
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Retirement is something that was foisted on Americans as a way of life. I never plan on retiring, just managing kingdom of two until I drop over with my boots on.

I would shoot myself if I had to go golfing with the old farts with "I'm spending my chidrens inheritance" bumper sticker on their Oldsmobile. Little do they know but they are spending my childrens inheritance too.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:14 | 4630763 Whiner
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Stave now vs starve later

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:47 | 4630842 Seasmoke
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Now you understand Mr. Yellen's dilemma.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:14 | 4630764 SmilinJoeFizzion
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The price of an 8 ball has remained relatively fixed for years

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:17 | 4630776 kaiserhoff
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Which can only mean the rent is "too damn high."

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:27 | 4631109 cynicalskeptic
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The price of an 8 ball has remained relatively fixed for years


Remember to thank your faithful public servants at the CIA.   They estabished secure suppliers and transport systems for cocaine during the Iran-CONTRA years and now, with the US in Afghanistan for the last decade, have secured reliable supplies of heroin.

Odd how you didn't see any headlines about a 'heroin epidemic' when the Taliban were running things there.  But after a dozen years of the US in Afghanistan.......

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:15 | 4630768 Seize Mars
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By the time I'm ready to retire, Federal Reserve Notes will have returned to their intrinsic value. So I'm not really saving them for retirement.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:32 | 4630805 disabledvet
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how about the ten trillion in non-monetizable debt backed by said "worthless scrip"?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:07 | 4631611 negative rates
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Ignorance is bliss.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:15 | 4630769 LibertarianMenace
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He said saving for actuarial windfall for .gov, a six-foot hole for you...and after all that saving you done for them...hehehehehehe...

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:16 | 4630771 BustainMovealota
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Missing higer taxes on the middle class!

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:16 | 4630773 WhiteyB
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They forgot about the cost of the divorce!

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:19 | 4630778 DOGGONE
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See the third chart here
Long time under saving & over borrowing!

How come 'they' nearly never show you this?
The Public Be Suckered

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:36 | 4630779 commander gruze?
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B.. b.. but I do sire: phys silver under my mattress and bitcoin on my bip-38 encrypted paper walet.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:21 | 4630782 wisefool
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The way I see it, I have less debt than the statists,

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:24 | 4630789 I Write Code
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Who saves their unemployment checks?

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:25 | 4630790 Ban KKiller
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Because Liz Cheney is a cunt. big time, and she hogs the economy? 

Or people are very confused about what success is? Tune in, Turn on, Drop out. As much as possible anyway.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:58 | 4630872 Milestones
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Ah, some still remember Marshall McClunan.                 Milestones 

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:28 | 4630960 Harriet Wanger
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The media is the bandage,

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 20:40 | 4630986 Seeking Aphids
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I guess you mean Marshall McLuhan....but close enough for an up arrow!  

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:04 | 4631363 Clowns on Acid
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You actually mean Ken Kesey...

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:18 | 4631624 Oh regional Indian
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:-) You should know eh, Clowns on Acid? Wavy Gravy is your friendddd.....runnnn....


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:27 | 4630796 Bear
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Wait, but the FED says their is no inflation ... because the iPhone 5 does so much more than the 4

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