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The US Government Explained In One Chart

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The oligarchic pilfering and capital misallocating and squandering network of insiders known as "government" truly deserves a picture rather than 1000 words.



Still, here are a few words via Bill Bonner from Acting Man blog, who explains that...

Government’s primary concern is not to protect its citizens or their economy. Instead, it aims to transfer more power, status, and wealth to the elite who control it (the oligarchs).

And to do that, it must keep the masses (the poligarchs) sedated. As Charles Hugh Smith, chief writer at, explains:

"The State has two core mandates: enforce quasi-monopolies and cartels for private capital, and satisfy enough of the citizenry’s demands for more benefits to maintain social stability. If the State fails to maintain monopolistic cartels, profit margins plummet and capital is unable to maintain its spending on investment and labor. Simply put, the economy tanks as profits, investment and growth all stagnate. If the State fails to satisfy enough of the citizenry’s demands, it risks social instability."

The feds will be the borrowers of last resort. But the money won’t be invested in a brighter future. It will be pilfered and squandered.

And then what?


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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:02 | 4786349 chunga
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Yup, that looks about right.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:15 | 4786397 Bay of Pigs
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A real rosy scenario.

Is it Happy Hour yet?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:18 | 4786416 McMolotov
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It's called "full-frontal fascism," and the more I experience it, the more sympathetic I become to anarchism.

Fuck the State.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:25 | 4786437 CH1
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Fuck the State!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:30 | 4786459 Anusocracy
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Very nice representation except for one thing - the oligarchs and the state are same thing.

In a theocracy, the church and state are one.

The problem still remains the existence of government.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:41 | 4786495 flacon
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"Squandering is good for the economy" ~ Pee H Dee, Keynes

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:45 | 4786507 dryam
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The people's feelings expressed in one chart.....

........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...')
..........''...\.......... _.·´

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:50 | 4786527 negative rates
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Fuck the Fed.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:01 | 4786575 noob
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ah, the protection racket is good


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:20 | 4786653 Bollixed
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I don't see money floating up to the oligarchies in that image...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:30 | 4786693 noob
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"I don't see money..."

money? what's t that?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:24 | 4786848 Serfs Up
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My time.  It is coming.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 21:23 | 4786912 weburke
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there are pyramids and there are pyramids....lefttorightfrombottomcsishibircaeihiaccfrdaicordftcmpsbccfrbbsabpsodsroomosjjposvcbjogjcaa  then the capstone top    ... 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:41 | 4787395 BellyBrain
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Careful now...that kind of talk sounds like "conspiracy theory" which is soon to be the new terraist

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:47 | 4787412 Oh regional Indian
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Government = Govern Ment

That is the bottom line. 

Mind control through all the above. Mind fvckkery by media. Da Bomb....on and off...

have a laugh, 

Government = MIC = MOAR WOAR!

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:50 | 4787497 Hugh_Jorgan
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It seems to be missing a line from "Profit" to the Oligarchs.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:20 | 4787661 OldPhart
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Underwear gnomes are working steadily at that particular problem.  They only need another 1.7 trillion US dollars to solve it.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 05:38 | 4787713 Balkan
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They don't need profit. They need ultimate power.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 03:28 | 4787616 Oracle of Kypseli
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<<<<<I don't see money floating up to the oligarchies in that image...>>>>>

That's because everything in that image is owned and controlled by them.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:13 | 4786829 HelluvaEngineer
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Government = Force.  Always has been, always will be.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:10 | 4786962 Taint Boil
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........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...')
..........''...\.......... _.·´

Oopsie ..... Fixed it for ya

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:23 | 4787361 Crash Overide
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Just the tip... over and over again.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 01:09 | 4787703 Drifter
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Hey slaves, express your feelings all you want, give us the finger all you want.

Just behave and keep the money coming in you worthless middle class sheep.

Go fondle your 400 million guns all you want. Don't even think about using them, or you won't have 'em anymore, hell, you may not exist anymore, we have lots of mercs just waiting for a chance to blow your gutless coward asses away, and they're paid with your tax dollars too, bet you love that.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:11 | 4787212 SilverRhino
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Liberalism is a theocracy .... the state is GOD.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:27 | 4787367 Draco
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There are surely some members of Oligarchy in the government;  the government's decisionmaking faculties  have been been overrun and become controlled by those from the Oligarchy.

That's not the same as the government being the Oligarchy.   The government is just a convenient juicy host for the parasite;  which is a very effective parasite that commandeers the government's body and brain and reprograms it for its own purposes ---  while making every effort  to see the public doesn't notice,  so there's no panic about oligarchical forces taking over.

The Oligarchy expands well outside the bounds of government -- so it is still meaningful to make a distinction between government and the rest.


Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:51 | 4788068 Pee Wee
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You mean incorporated immunity from the rule of law isn't what the USA was founded on?

Could have fooled me.  Vote for the black guy because he's black, no one will see it coming!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:49 | 4786522 hangemhigh77
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and all it's at a fucking time.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:55 | 4786779 No Quarter
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:29 | 4786862 CheapBastard
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85-Foot Luxury Yacht Sinks During Maiden Launch


Ho Lee Phuk!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:14 | 4787221 rbg81
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Uh, where is the Agency that Killed the Kennedys?  I don't see it here.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 03:31 | 4787619 Oracle of Kypseli
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That's part of the invisible underground organized crime which is tolerated because it can be useful to the oligarchs when politicians do not play ball.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:26 | 4787365 Againstthelie
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It's called plutocracy.

Not every state is a plutocracy and not every government is a ZOG.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:26 | 4786441 I am more equal...
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There one big missing part - where is the chart that shows the parasites sucking up resources from the makers and the politician trying to ever increase the number of parasites.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:46 | 4786510 disabledvet
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well that's just it. "how do i go to the voter and with a straight face say i'm the one"?

if you're on the front lines of the vote getting machine here you're getting an earful!

"save the public sector unions"? this is the problem in the "non-recovery recovery" (stawks!)

no one is paying the Governor's quarter that i can tell...and once the empty promises turn out to be in fact outright default (Detroit et al...with many, many, many more on the way)...what then?

A gold standard around 1300 still looks do-able to me here. Until that happens we must assume that a tax revolt of epic proportions is right around the corner.

"Government has been downsized...but the debt is bigger than ever." There is only one answer to that...and that is "inflate it away."

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:53 | 4786539 Carpenter1
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It's close enough. Anyone with an inkling of a desire for justice had best at least feign belief in an all powerful and pissed off deity. Nothing else will do the job at this point, this time the reptilians have the laser beam attached to a shark that can wipe us all out in minutes.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:34 | 4787669 OldPhart
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I have seriously considered running for congressional office.  I have the contacts but not the money.  I freely admit to all that I am, at heart, an asshole.  I also admit to 'terrorist' claims that I'd like to see 90% of Congress and the Senate swinging...from street lamps.  I've got a minor Pirate army and I've got a boy scout knife clenched in my dentures.

I'm nobody special actually, and we need about 565 of people like me in key positions of government.  People that know and understand they are NOT special for serving in our parasitical system.

Well, not quite like me...if I were a Representative I'd have killed pelosi, boxer, feinstein, biden, boner, and about 80% of the 'republicans' currently fronting the 'conservative view'.

Come get me NSA.  I want connedgress dead as much as I want you dead.  Fuck you.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:30 | 4787376 Againstthelie
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old communist, still trying to distract the people from the money masters running their plutocracies by luring them on false Marxist paths?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:18 | 4786398 lordylord
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"Yup, that looks about right."

Great.  Now explain it to the 100,000,000 who voted for Obummer or Romney.  A near impossible task to just convince even one.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:23 | 4786429 beaglebog
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Time makes more converts than does Reason.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:49 | 4786520 McMolotov
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On a long enough timeline, reality bitch-slaps everyone.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:25 | 4786668 BigJim
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The voters can stay asleep longer than you can stay undroned.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:21 | 4786843 McMolotov
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Damn, that right there is some disturbing truthiness.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 03:47 | 4787637 Oracle of Kypseli
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I have been reading and posting in ZH for about 5 years and I am amazed at the collective wisdom of the supermajority of Zerohedgers and the collective lack of understanding of the superminority.

One thing for sure, without mentioning names, I have seen many followers who where brave enough to cross over and see the light.

The blog has provided a fertile ground for debate and where even the MSM is checking in every day.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:16 | 4786400 orez65
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"Yup, that looks about right."


It left out the FEDERAL RESERVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:22 | 4786422 ebworthen
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The FED needs it's own that connects "Government" and "Banks" in a cartoon dashed line whisper bubble.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:22 | 4786425 Bay of Pigs
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Top of the list: OLIGARCHS 

That would be the Central Banks and their families, the Rothschilds, Morgans, Rockefellers, etc...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:41 | 4786498 fencejumper
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Agree, Bay.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:08 | 4786773 JuliaS
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The oligarchs are world class citizens who freely travel to any country without belonging to one. When citizenship's for sale virtually everywhere, they can shuffle passports like playing cards, all legally and legitimately.

We sit in our zoo cages, while those motherfuckers leasurely walk around with their peanut bags marveling at how cute we are, living our artificial lives for the sake of their entertainment.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:38 | 4787014 bunzbunzbunz
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That's cute. You think you are so important that you are  "their"  entertianment. You do realize that their are many people in the world given the knowledge of how easy it is for you to aquire food, shelter.... and internet access, would think the same thing of you as how you appear to think of "the oligarchs". Compared to many on this planet, you are in the same group of "the oligarchs".

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:07 | 4787201 caustixoid
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That's cute.  You think being a free-range slave is like being an oligarch. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:20 | 4786840 Radical Marijuana
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I can not read the fine print under "Corrupt Private Networks."

I would presume that the FED should be inside of that box?


Fri, 05/23/2014 - 06:37 | 4787716 free_lunch
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We maybe slaves, but look on the bright side: we have electricity, heating, cars, food..

Like it or not, people will always be ruled, when you could remove those in power, you would just make room for others to fill the space.

There is no solution to this, it's nature.. It's called survival of the fittest, in animal life it's about physical power, with humans it's about using brainpower to manipulate and deceive the ones with less brains. Just look at sports, how many cheat with amphetamines.. 

So the best thing to do is try to survive or excel in the system as it is, because no matter how many times people try to change it, it will always end up the same..

Comfort yourself with a little satire every now and and then( ), only to laugh and do what is imminent in nature: compete for survival.

Like I said, try look on the bright side (we have electricity, heating, cars, food...) and compete for your spot, or learn to be happy with what you got..

These are the stages you will have to pass, to evolve from an idealist to a realist (it will hurt):

If you have read this post and truly understand what I am saying, you do already have a slight advantage. You know you are the only one you can depend on, so don't let yourself down..

Good luck, and don't be evil

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 06:39 | 4787750 Ghordius
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YOU ARE A SLAVE. but only if you choose to be a slave

technically, you aren't even a serf if you can walk away and settle down elsewhere

but you can adopt a slave mentality by stating that you are a slave. your choice. my advice: don't

choose instead adult, informed, realistic citizenship. I know, it's not as easy as being a consumer (-slave), but imho it has it's rewards

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 06:55 | 4787774 free_lunch
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Don't fool yourself Ghordius, you're a slave too, but still we are the most free slaves there ever were.

But you have a few choises:

Be a sad or a happy slave

Be an passive or an active slave

Spend energy on things you can't change or spend it on things that directly improve your situation

Politicians do care for us tough, like we care for the poor in 3th world countries. And they will put the same ammount of effort in helping us as we put in helping them.. So if you examine how much of your personal wealth and effort you have shared in your life for the sake of the poor, you should have an indication..

But people think politicians are better people than we are,  like they are not people like us, that's why they always get disapointed, finding out they are much like us, but with more leverage..



Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:07 | 4787786 Ghordius
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SLAVE: a person that has no control on where to live, how to live, what to work or not

considering the fact that we still have millions of slaves on this planet, I find your persistence on calling yourself so not only disturbing... but also an insult to all slaves

perhaps you should experience what you are preaching. are you sexually attractive? there are brothels (some in Africa come to mind) where you could sell yourself and get a shallow grave as pension

seriously, your attitude pisses me off. you talk about politicians, for example, but don't show much knowledge about politics

pampered, spoiled consumer brat comes to mind. show me your chains, if you can

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:18 | 4787827 free_lunch
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You are free to hold and cherisch your own iilusions.. You visit South Europe someday, ask them about pensions..

Like I said, we are still the most free slaves..

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:26 | 4787845 Ghordius
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so we come back to my freedom of travel and hold opinions? I thought you called me a slave

btw, this is the second time I spotted a German "sch". it's cherish, not cherisch

why did you pose as Briton, when asked? you did not have to answer

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:32 | 4787854 free_lunch
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I was being sarcastic, when I told you about living in Airstrip One, Oceania. Look it up..

Don't feel offended, this discussion is not personal. you could be a very nice guy for all I know. It's just the perception of reality in which we seem to differ.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:40 | 4787875 Ghordius
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if this discussion is not personal, what it is? yes, I am personally pissed for your use of the word slave

again: there are millions of slaves. it's a fact. perhaps you should improve your perception of reality

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:17 | 4787932 free_lunch
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The system is what it is, I can't think of a better one, to ensure peace and avoid chaos.
If I did I would have written a book about and be famous..

I'm just doing a philosophic exercise here, which seems to disturb you very much. i'm sorry for that, I won't do it again..
Don't want to ruin your day.

I'm thinking about quiting comments all together and spending the time on more useful activities to improve my life instead.

Take care and good luck

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:19 | 4787967 Ghordius
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the system is... other people. it's always other people. you don't need to be sorry at all if you do me one very small favour: check it up how many people are literally in chains doing forced labour. for example in the US, in what very euphemistically is called "prison system". or in Africa. or in some brothels

this is what really disturbs me, not your words, which just cover all this real suffering and lack of freedom

may you find all what you want and what you need, in life

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:26 | 4787844 free_lunch
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You go and work hard enough to buy yourself a nice little house out in nature with some land. then you arrange thing so that you are sufficient, living of your land, providing your own energy through wind and sun-power.

Try to live out of the system, without money. You can't, you will loose your property, because you are forced into the system trough taxes. If you don't pay them, you will loose your property. So how free are now?

You seem intelligent, but you haven't spend much time thinking about the world you live in, have you?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:33 | 4787853 Ghordius
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you are mistaking wealth with freedom. who forces you to buy that house? who forces to shackle yourself with debt?

I've lost twice everything I had, btw. this did not change my freedom, only my material options - which is a completely different matter

"debt serf" is the term you might have used. again, even serf is not slave. and debt serfs shackle themselves. it's an act of free agency. it proves they are free

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:38 | 4787870 free_lunch
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So you are being ignorant on purpose..?

It's about the fact that you are forced to use money, so you are forced into the system, there is no way out.
You have no choice, you can't live outside it, you will have to pay tax on your property..

It's all hypothetical of course, I have no desire to live in solitary..

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:46 | 4787891 Ghordius
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yes, you are forced to use money for paying taxes, which is again something the state forces you

no, nobody forces you to get into debt. nobody forces you to buy that house. yes, in Great Britain there is a strong cultural bias versus home ownership

but again, nobody forces you to live there. or to eat and live with others. freedom is not wealth. it's way more precious, a point you can only appreciate when you lose it against your will

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:42 | 4787881 free_lunch
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If you reread my post, there is no debt involved, you work hard and save cash, then you buy the house, land and equipment you need to be self sufficient.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:50 | 4787899 Ghordius
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then strike the debt angle. and again, where are your shackles? taxes? btw, you did all that... in the UK?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:53 | 4787904 free_lunch
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Have a nice day Ghordius

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:46 | 4786511 saycheeeese
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the missing item....  serfdom through fractional reserve banking  which keeps the mechanic going

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:44 | 4786743 rubiconsolutions
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Why make it so complicated? A simple photo of a thief would suffice. Bernie Madoff would be a start.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:52 | 4786924 williambanzai7
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:42 | 4787023 Moustache Rides
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Best one yet Banzai.. bravo sir

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:51 | 4787422 Oh regional Indian
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Agreed, classic!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:03 | 4786354 de3de8
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And then the s--t hits the fan

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:06 | 4786365 NoWayJose
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We can hope its only social instability...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:09 | 4786375 docmac324
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And where are .....we?


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:31 | 4786449 edotabin
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No room  that far low on the chart. If this was page 1, I figure we are on page 7-8 or so. Somewhere by the endagered tortoises the BLM is "protecting" in Nevada.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:13 | 4786378 Rainman
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Are strawmen and patsies one and the same ? I confused.

and hey, tell me again how that Patriot Act is workin out for y'all.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:30 | 4786865 Radical Marijuana
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I thought "strawmen" were intellectual, while "patsies" were physical. Strawman arguments were attacking a false easy target, instead of a harder real target. Patsies are weak people who are easy to falsely blame, instead of doing something way harder, which would to blame somebody powerful who deserves to be blamed. There are surely parallels in the ways that one thinks about both those ideas.

Personally, I have not noticed any difference from more formal laws against organized crime and terrorists, since those were always actually applied more against marijuana than anything else. ... Until there actually is enough democidal martial law to change the basic way that the established systems operate, to change gears from treating people like they to niggers, to treating them like they were natives, there is nothing new in being treated like slaves with no rights. Things will only be significantly different if, or when, we start getting treated like natives, herded into reserve concentration camps, and democidally wiped out by those processes.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:01 | 4787314 aka_ces
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RM, isn't this post a bit short for you ?   

=> seriously, I think your writing describes what we're stumbling into with more insight than just anyone else here.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:11 | 4786379 CrownedCoke
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Ah, something to show this weekend at the family barbeque full of gOvernMent bureaucrats....they know.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:16 | 4786634 sleepingbeauty
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Oooooh Archie.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:12 | 4786382 IridiumRebel
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The US Government Explained In One WORD: OVERREACHING
Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:19 | 4786418 kchrisc
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I can think of a lot of words, but "overreaching" doesn't even make it into the room much less the list.

My words: murders, terrorists, torturers, plunderers, genocide, fraud, theft, brutality, corruption, venality, hypocrites, liars, criminals, traitors, oath violators, extortionists, tyrants.

Did I miss any?!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:26 | 4786444 IridiumRebel
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Full disclosure, i went soft to see what other words would be thrown out....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:47 | 4786513 kchrisc
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I meant no disrespect. I was trying to extend your sarcasm.

How'd I do?! Those were just off the top of my head.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:24 | 4786669 IridiumRebel
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Excellent! I like many voices chiming in on the rot.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:42 | 4787013 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Excellent! I like many voices chiming in on the rot.

Well, I was going to chime, but my word was "rot".

OK, hold on, I have another: gangrenous.

Wait, even better, since it goes with rot:


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 21:11 | 4787088 bunzbunzbunz
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The US Government: If you could do a better job....why the fuck aren't you?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:57 | 4787305 IridiumRebel
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Cuz you'll toss me into a secret prison never to be seen again?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 01:20 | 4787530 AgShaman
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Sorry, they are busy studying the dual 'Risk On' guages.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:28 | 4786446 CH1
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Did I miss any?

Fascists, thugs, manipulators, deceivers, intimidators, grave robbers, brain-washers, and I'm sure others.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:27 | 4786855 IridiumRebel
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Tyrannical.....we forgot Tyrannical.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:44 | 4786905 Anusocracy
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:32 | 4786704 Mitzibitzi
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Cryptofascist, maybe? Though the crypto bit is rapidly peeling away, layer by layer.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:46 | 4786753 g speed
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:34 | 4787266 NeedtoSecede
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You forgot to add my favorite tagline, that you use so well, and  is so appropriate here: "Roll the fucking guillotines!"

Secession anyone?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:40 | 4788433 kchrisc
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"My guillotine is like Santa Clause, but those aren’t gift lists he has.”

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:12 | 4786616 drendebe10
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:12 | 4786385 orangegeek
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I don't see a reference to Ponzi schemes.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:12 | 4786386 kchrisc
Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:18 | 4786390 AdvancingTime
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I recently found myself thinking about the decline or collapse of great empires and realized that it is often hard to predict when or how their demise will occur. Many analogies can be taken from this idea, the empire need not be great and timing is always hard to correctly gauge.

Today a big topic is the huge growth in inequality. Those who look closely understand that it is not the 1% at the top stealing the icing off the cake, but the much smaller .1% or .01% that are skewing the numbers and overreaching. I contend this goes hand in hand with the massive growth in crony capitalism and corruption.

The signs of decline may be everywhere but that does not guarantee the end is near. As the foundation crumbles away it is not uncommon for those in power to extend their rule by many tricks and changing the rules in order to gain a new lease on life. More on the subject of how empires collapse in the article below.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:31 | 4786462 kchrisc
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It is really not about the who, but the "are."

From the local oath violating gun and badge thug to the highest and richest level, if you are plundering and committing treason against the American people, you have a date with the guillotine.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:33 | 4786468 smacker
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"The signs of decline may be everywhere but that does not guarantee the end is near. As the foundation crumbles away it is not uncommon for those in power to extend their rule by many tricks and changing the rules in order to gain a new lease on life."

Exactly right. The American people could do a lot worse than study the tricks and rule changes that have been foisted on the British people for a very long time to see much more time the criminals in control manage to extend their reign of unfettered power.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:54 | 4786549 Winston Churchill
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Remember wartime rationing didn't end in the UK until 1950.
After a decade of rationing everything, I doubt folks remembered what the good times were like.Anything was an
improvement from that regime.
Don't see Americans taking an abrupt change in their standard of living well.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:50 | 4786526 Libertarian777
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it's like bankruptcy.

happens slowly

then all at once.


Decline occurs the same, they don't ring a bell at the top and there's no announcement when the catalyst hits.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:56 | 4786559 New Ordnance
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See Ferguson's piece in "Foreign Affairs", March-April, 2010.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:15 | 4786392 fishwharf
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Bill is too optimistic.  It's worse than that.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:16 | 4786394 pods
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This one should be on all the flyers for the next 4th of July BBQ.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:13 | 4786966 IridiumRebel
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Thanks for the idea....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:16 | 4786403 mercy
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For the top of the hierarchy, I would replace the squid with a lizard

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:17 | 4786408 ebworthen
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They should replace the spider with a crabs lice.

Boils down to "Power" and "Profit" for the Kleptoligarchy.

That graphic needs a high resolution upgrade for visibility, and t-shirts.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 01:13 | 4787524 AgShaman
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I agree. Do we really need the bill from the Doc to account for the secret service medical needs following captain's trips abroad?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:27 | 4786415 Dorelei
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Let’s do some maths here : 


People who should go to jail :

Let’s say  15% of the 6 millions people living in DC are working for PR firms ,think-thank ,the FED  or various kind of lobbyism that feed the cronymonster !

So we get  870000 people in jail.


Now let’s get it to the financial firms:

According to the bureau of statistics It seems that there are 820000 people working in financial jobs and we can assume that 80% of them are greedy bitchez so again 656000 people in jail.

Add to the total CEOs,CFOs,corrupt billionaires  and various kind of vampire squids let’s say 670000


So you will need to put in jail 1.540.000 greedy bitchez which will need an expension of more than one third the actual US jail capacity !


This are gross estimate and I’m sure we could double them easily accountig the other rotten minions ...


To achieve this glorious cleaning you will need a real badass Robespierre!


While most of the  crowd will be pleased knowing the crony-bitchez get pounded every night by some big dick guy there will be need for blood  for destroying  this once glorious country !!

So I know it’s fun to watch a guy struggling for 45 mn before dying but you will need some real show time methods like the guillotine !!

What’s better than a bloody head on a pick while the happy populace yell “ DEATH TO  THE BANKSTERS,KILL THE MONSTERS !!!!!”


And then  grass roots true patriots can take over and rebuild this country !!


But then what ?In ten years what will remain of those patriots ???Most of them will be corrupted as before !

Vacations in Hawaii for the entire family if I upold this bill ??? Ok deal !

A trip to Las Vegas for me and a bunch of friends if I approve this construction permit ??Ok deal !

A nice job with a fat-paychecks for billy if approve this merger ?? Ok deal !

That’s the dark power of power! And when you mix power with a culture than nurture greed as being good you will always end up with crony capitalism after some years ...


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:39 | 4786488 gcjohns1971
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Out with the old "bitchez" in with the new?

Where there's a way to power there's a will.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 01:03 | 4787517 intric8
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But i see tentacles! With suction cups on them. Anyone got a hunters knife?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:41 | 4786496 kurt
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I could only read this with one hand because my other one was busy with your more lurid images of executions and death. Have you purged it all? There. Just a second, I've got to clean this up. So, as I was saying how, exactly, would you initiate the "Great Cleansing"? My Uncle Schecklegruber was very interested in the practicalities of such proceedings. I think you would be more successful if you gave lots and lots of people more flu shots and a stiff drink of Roundup. American industries and most of our regal non-profits and thinktanks are more than willing to help you plan. Did you know that the white plastic can linings make men in to chemical unichs? Oh, there's all kind of fun projects that need you! Think about a career in flouridation of water, that's a good one. We can use you in biotech and big pharma. Isn't it funny that the most popular anti-cholesteral drugs cause diabetes! Ha ha. Theres all kinds of things going on to help you toward your goal. Gotta go, chop chop!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:29 | 4786688 Crawdaddy
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Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:35 | 4786719 SykeWar
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Who said anything about jail?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:18 | 4786417 goldhedge
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Amerika Stronk!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:20 | 4786419 OC Sure
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USA is a Tyranny not an Oligarchy.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:25 | 4786432 ebworthen
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A Tyrannical Sociofascist Kleptoligarchy.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:29 | 4786455 Dre4dwolf
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who cares what its called, replace the broken thing.

Its like we are all sitting around a car that caught fire and instead of towing it away to the scrap yard, we are arguing over what model/make it was ;p

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:22 | 4786658 OC Sure
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Well said. Whatever we call it it certainly is broken.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:53 | 4787053 messystateofaffairs
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Was it ever really fixed? Perhaps it's just a whole lot brokener.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:37 | 4786483 gcjohns1971
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An Oligarchy IS A Tyranny.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:20 | 4786651 OC Sure
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Well, I was wrong. Oligarchy is the correct term:

"Tyranny is monarchy exercising the rule of a master over the political society; oligarchy is when men of property have the government in their hands..." - Aristotle; Politics III. 8

No matter what it is called, we can be sure that the means of the oppression is the central banking system whose method of operation is the counterfeiting.



Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:08 | 4786960 IridiumRebel
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Tomayto Tomahto....IT FUCKING SUCKS.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:21 | 4786423 Spungo
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Same as it always was. Hemp is only illegal because the decorticator was invented, which is sort of like a cotton gin for hemp. This would be serious competition for the people who had invested a lot of money in trees for paper, cotton, or synthetic fabric. To this day, it's still illegal to grow hemp in the US, but it is legal to import hemp from Canada. It's fucking retarded, but that's how government works.

Minimum wage laws have a similar story. It's always about money and destroying the competition. Back in the days of old, the mostly white American population generally preferred white employees. The only way for minorities or immigrants to get jobs was to work for less money. Understandably, white people didn't like being underbid, so they passed minimum wage laws. With the law forcing employers to pay the same amount for white workers and black workers, employers would pick white workers every time.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:22 | 4786426 Mark it Zero
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Hope and Change!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:26 | 4786440 Rainman
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moar like Hoax and Chains !

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:24 | 4786433 Spastica Rex
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Systems of patronage - here's what you get if you support me.

Integrated from the top (deep state) through the bottom (Walmart peasantry).

Everything old is feudal again!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:36 | 4786476 gcjohns1971
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It is closer to a Plantation model than a true Feudal model.

The Cartelized industries play the role of the "Company Store".

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:38 | 4786487 Spastica Rex
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Refeudalization can't happen overnight.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:28 | 4786991 machineh
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That's because our dedicated public servants are so woefully underfunded.

But they are doing their best.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 02:04 | 4787560 novictim
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You can think of the Cartels as paralleling knightly orders of the dark ages.  

Consider such biker gang style institutions of the medieval period such as the Livonian Order.  In the 13th Century, Albertus Magnus, Bishop of Rome,  "invited" these thugs to descend on the native peoples of Latvia and Estonia.  The natives were apparently too slow to adopt Christian directives and to submit their lands to the ownership of GERMAN aristocrats and warlords.

What followed was a slaughter of native Latvians and Estonians and 600 years of German overlord-ship and abject slavery for the peoples of these Baltic regions.  

Families were broken up and sold and individuals could be killed without trial as determined by the Lord of the manor.  Written laws were expressly rejected by the German aristocracy as it limited their arbitrary expressions of power.

It was with the Swedish King, Carl (Charles) the 12th, that the emancipation of slavery was conducted in the Baltics in the early 18th century.  The Swedes brought the law books and the courts and the concept of judicial sanction...No man was above the written law.  Which was VERY inconvenient for the Germans.  In opposition were the same German nobles originally invited in under Albertus Maqnus in the 13th Century and these Germans then allied with Peter the Great of Russia.

After many years, the German knights allied with the Russian Tsar successfully beat the Swedish liberators and reestablished hell on earth.  

So yes, GERMANS and RUSSIANS have been great allies several times in the past.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:26 | 4786439 blindman
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9/11 TRUTHERS ROASTED BY CNN! 911 Memorial A&Efor9/11Truth Pamphlets

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:36 | 4786478 blindman
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Published on May 20, 2014
Jake Tapper (yes I called him Jack) would like to piss the official story into your glass... will you drink it???

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:36 | 4786479 Bay of Pigs
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I couldn't watch all of that. CNN is nothing but a rotting corpse. Truly sickening.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:47 | 4786756 blindman
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Mysterious Deaths of 9/11 Witnesses (MUST SEE)
9/11: A Conspiracy Theory
try these?
Tudor Lodge - Nobody's Listening

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:10 | 4786946 IridiumRebel
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This 9/11 Cheese Plate May Be The 9/11 Museum's Most Tasteless Souvenir

The cheese plate is in the shape of the continental U.S., with hearts where the attacks hit NYC, DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Because no cheese course is complete without a moment to "Never forget" (to take our Lactaid). Let's roll... that wheel of cheddar to Freedomtown?
The shop has more common museum gift shop items, like museum t-shirts and museum rubber bands. One visitor told the Post yesterday, "As rotten and heartless as it may seem, it’s always about money. Educational books and T-shirts and posters that say, ‘Never forget 9/11’ are OK, but the dog vests and the cheap earrings need to go."

Pardon me sir....


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:10 | 4786964 blindman
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freedom town
thanks for the reminder

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 19:08 | 4786812 Spastica Rex
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The front page of CNN's website reminds me more and more of the old Weekly World News tabloid.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:17 | 4786973 blindman
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i loved that rag for the laughs,
great stuff.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 20:47 | 4787038 messystateofaffairs
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Damion Marley says if your're over ten and believe CNN you're in too deep.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:29 | 4786448 DYS
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Why don't we use the FEMA camps to contain the real criminals?

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