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How Americans Spend Their Day: Less Work, More Sleep And TV

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It was about a year ago when we were surprised to learn that when it comes to spending their average day, American adults (15+, male and female), the typical American spent just over 3 hours per day working, less than the time allotted to eating/drinking and watching TV. The most time-consuming activity, not surprisingly, was sleep, taking up just over a third of the day, following by leisure and sports to which Americans devote over 5 hours a day.

This week the BLS released its latest "American Time Use Survey" and unlike last year, this time we were not surprised to learn that not only are Americans far more preoccupied with sleeping and watching TV than working, but they have never slept more and worked less in the past decade. Perhaps in addition to obesity, the ongoing deterioration in the fundamentals of the US economy, already crushed by the Fed's central planning capital misallocation, may have something to do with this latest disturbing trend. Just perhaps.

The hourly breakdown of typical activities the average American engaged in during 2013:


The WSJ, when looking at the numbers, reaches the same conclusion: "Americans slept more and worked less last year, reflecting an economy that remains groggy after the recession and an older population with more time to rest."

How has the average US day changed over the past decade:

The trend is ugly, and it's getting worse:

Averaging together both weekdays and weekends, Americans older than 14 slept for eight hours, 44 minutes and conducted work-related activities for three hours, 28 minutes each day, according to the Labor Department's annual American Time Use Survey, released Wednesday. That is 14 minutes less work a day and 10 minutes more sleep than when the survey began a decade earlier, and a bit less work and more sleep than in 2012. 


Americans have tended to sleep a bit more and work a bit less each year in the past decade. But the deep recession from 2007 until 2009 appeared to have accelerated the trends.

So if they aren't working what are they doing? Watching TV.

According to the survey, Americans' No. 1 hobby remains watching television. In 2013, respondents said they spent an average of two hours, 46 minutes a day watching TV, 11 minutes more than in 2003 but down slightly from the previous year.

As John P. Robinson, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, correctly observes,  "The data defies popular expectations. People say they're too busy for leisure and don't have time to sleep, but that seems not to be the case."

Americans lying about their daily routine? Unpossible.

The numbers are collected from about 11,400 individuals via phone interviews where participants are asked to reconstruct a diary of the previous day. Participants are selected to ensure estimates are nationally representative, the Labor Department said.

WSJ's conclusion: "It is difficult to grasp precisely why people have shifted how they spend their days. But demographics and economics play a large role."

Actually, it's not that difficult at all, and the following chart showing the number of hours spent sleeping (a cycle high), compared a work (a cycle low) shows pretty much all you need to know.

So less work, more sleep: with increasing automation, an ever older population and an economy that is still mired in a deep depression only masked by the global central planners' attempts at reflating asset prices and generating a "confidence boosting" wealth effect for some, and welfare for others, this is hardly surprising.

However, perhaps what is most interesting, and what is best known by a regime whose survival depends on preserving confidence in the system, is that as a result of all of the above, the amount of time spent by Americans and by the entire developed, if insolvent, world in front of the TV, is now at an all time high.

Here is Goldman's take on this phenomenon:

From a media perspective, older demographics watch more TV but advertisers are keener on younger audiences – in particular young males with disposable incomes. We believe that this could change, as older demographics are more tech savvy and engage with social media and innovations such as second screen applications. As targeted advertising becomes more widespread, advertisers may come to value older demographics more. BSkyB is in the process of implementing Ad-Smart, a targeted advertising service which marries subscriber data with bought-in public records and credit data. This should allow advertisers to serve different commercials to individual households.

There's that. And there is also the much simpler question of pure propaganda blasting at everyone 24/7 on some 1000 cable channels.


Some of the more stunning details from the BLS study:

Employed persons worked an average of 7.6 hours on the days they worked. More hours were worked, on average, on weekdays than on weekend days—7.9 hours compared with 5.5 hours.


On the days they worked, employed men worked 53 minutes more than employed women. This difference partly reflects women's greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women—8.3 hours compared with 7.7 hours.


On the days they worked, 83 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at their workplace and 23 percent did some or all of their work at home. They spent more time working at the workplace than at home—7.9 hours compared with 3.0 hours.


Multiple jobholders were more likely to work on an average day than were single jobholders— 77 percent compared with 67 percent.


Household Activities in 2013


On the days they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on such activities, while men spent 2.1 hours.


On an average day, 19 percent of men did housework—such as cleaning or doing laundry—compared with 49 percent of women. Forty-two percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 68 percent of women.


Leisure Activities in 2013


On an average day, nearly everyone age 15 and over (95 percent) engaged in some sort of leisure activity, such as watching TV, socializing, or exercising. Of those who engaged in leisure activities, men spent more time in these activities (5.9 hours) than did women (5.2 hours).


Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time (2.8 hours per day), accounting for more than half of leisure time, on average, for those age 15 and over. Socializing, such as visiting with friends or attending or hosting social events, was the next most common leisure activity, accounting for 43 minutes per day.


Time spent reading for personal interest and playing games or using a computer for leisure varied greatly by age. Individuals age 75 and over averaged 1.0 hour of reading per weekend day and 20 minutes playing games or using a computer for leisure. Conversely, individuals ages 15 to 19 read for an average of 4 minutes per weekend day and spent 52 minutes playing games or using a computer for leisure.


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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:22 | 4880586 Chippewa Partners
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Labor Force pool shrinking faster than Bill Clinton headed after an intern.

More SLEEPERS per capita than at anytime in history.

GEN SLEEPERS  coming up.     


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:28 | 4880599 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Labor Force pool shrinking faster than Bill Clinton headed after an intern."

So they really are justified in worrying about deflation?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:35 | 4880618 max2205
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It's all Greek to me....

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:50 | 4880651 economics9698
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Wake me up when the 138 IQ sociopaths and 85 IQ retards are out of power.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:02 | 4880674 headhunt
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I do not think there are many 138 IQ's in government, some idiot savants maybe.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:00 | 4880773 dryam
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"The data defies popular expectations. People say they're too busy for leisure and don't have time to sleep, but that seems not to be the case."

I'm not sure the above is the correct conclusion.

Those pulling the cart are sleeping less & less while working more and more. Those riding in the back are sleeping more and more and more simply not working at all. There are more and more people going from pulling to riding.

That sums up what's going on and some of the dichotomies in the above results

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:03 | 4880796 jbvtme
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i couldn't read the fine print on the pie chart. how many hours are spent gathering useless statistics like these?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:11 | 4880934 Cleveland Steamer
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I believe you are on to something here. What working person is going to waste their time filling out one of these journals, other than the sociopaths and narcissists? The people most likely to fill out this journal would lead to these kind of results.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:08 | 4881061 The Internation...
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The sad thing, for you non 140-iq retards, is that you will never choose to learn economics or the complexities of money, and therefore you will never be able to teach people how to stop the jewish domination.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:05 | 4881171 Anusocracy
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Where's the time spent creating new fat cells?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:37 | 4881693 MontgomeryScott
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'Fat cells'...

I didn't see how many hours (or minutes) are spent fucking, trying to pick up women (or men) at bars, or otherwise doing sexual activities (surfing the net looking at porn, for example). I suppose this might be equated with the 48 minutes a day used in 'personal care' (like masturbation, for instance).

How many hours a day are spent by the 'average American' getting in and out of electric wheelchairs at Walmart? How many hours a day are wasted sitting in traffic in cars? In the 3.48 hour workday, how many minutes or hours are ACTUALLY spent on bathroom breaks, obligated 15-minute breaks every two hours, lunch breaks, and spending time on the net surfing porn sites? How many minutes per day does the average person work to fulfiill the obligation of 'income taxes'?

I just got done working an average 47-hour week (sometimes, it is closer to 50). I spent the last 45 minutes putting away the meat and groceries at home, after spending an hour at the store buying the food I will eat for the next couple of weeks. I spent the last 10 minutes reading the article here, and the comments, and thinking of a response to an interesting one. I'll spend most of the day tomorrow working around the house (like mowing the pasture and the yard, doing laundry, mopping the floors, vacumming, and other miscellaneous shit).

If I both drink a beer while also posting a blog comment response, am I 'multi-tasking'? I don't see this category in the 'official chart' put out by USGOV.INC.

OH, by the way, I was tested heavily when I was a young child, in regards to the 'Intelligence Quotient' thingie. My parents never told me the results, until the last test (in the 8th grade), when they stated that they were disappointed that my 'I.Q' had dropped by 5 points, to 162 (according to the 'standard' at the time, the Stanford-Binney test). I missed the last question due to the fact that I had just got done reading 'Dove', by Robin Lee Graham, that was the tome describing a young man's solo circumnavigation of the globe in a boat very similar to the one that my family owned. He sailed 3/4ths of the way in a Lapworth 24, and we had an Islander Bahama 24, at the time). He stated that he had sailed 30,000  miles or so in this circumnavigation, and no one had informed me that the Earth's circumference was approximately 24 thousand miles (including the 'teachers' in 'school'), when they asked me the question.

The only part of my body that is 'fat' will not be shown to you. I prefer to call it 'thick' and 'long'. I have to get one of those electric carts at Wal-mart, just to hold this thing up so that it doesn't chafe on the pavement. I walk behind the electrocart, and it carries the REAL man, as I shop (I'm KIDDING, I don't REALLY shop there, except in desparation. Have you been there lately?).


Sun, 06/22/2014 - 00:08 | 4881965 NuckingFuts
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I did not see a column for getting wasted and reading ZH. I would say90% increase.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:30 | 4880851 TVP
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It's a slow, steady grind to the bottom of ultimate serfdom.

What makes me giggle are people who work a job of labor all their lives in order to survive, all the while belieiving they are superior for having the chance to engage their work ethic.

Meanwhile hordes of welfare recipients (an increasing number of which are forced on welfare, and actually want to work very much) sit back and sleep and just hang out living off of sheeple labor, all the while believing they are superior for being leeches.  

It's incredible to witness how far a civilization can fall before caving in on itself.  

And we're not even anywhere NEAR the bottom yet...bottomless pit, that is.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:49 | 4880891 Son of Loki
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Well, I'd like to work, but work makes my head hurt.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:17 | 4880940 Headbanger
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Nahhh.. that drinking part has got to be a lot bigger!

But I guess we should be long Tempupedic


And Son of Loki:  Like that moniker as I enjoyed Norse mythology as a kid

And work just makes your blood pressure go way up so it can't be good for ya!


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:46 | 4881235 Greenskeeper_Carl
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"The drinking part should be a lot bigger"

Id say you can safely assume the drinking time and TV time are roughly the same.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 23:53 | 4881940 Kirk2NCC1701
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How high does your IQ have to be, to realize that the 138 IQ sociopaths are part of the Shadow Government (Deep State), whereas the Civil Service and visible figureheads are the sub-100 I class? By design.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:06 | 4880681 CH1
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the 138 IQ sociopaths

They wish! Ruthless, yes, brilliant, no.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:15 | 4880821 Midas
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I'm not sure of the accuracy of these numbers since I saw no time allotted to getting tattoos.  I know those take time and there seem to be quite a few out there.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:44 | 4880877 U4 eee aaa
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Yes, but there is a guy working to put it on so maybe it averages out

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 23:43 | 4881924 Bemused Observer
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That reminds me, the military recently issued a strict tattoo policy for new recruits. At the same historical time when young people are getting tattooed and body-modified in the greatest numbers ever.
If they enforce it, the DOD's "class of 2015" is going to consist of three 18 year olds with unusually strict parents and a retired Baptist minister who got tricked into re-enlisting after answering a "You Have Won!" email notification...
Really, what were they thinking? People's GRANDMOTHERS have tattoos these days. Hell, THEIR own grandmothers probably have tattoos...Way to dry up your recruitment pool, why not ban pierced ears while you're at it? Or anyone who has chemically whitened their teeth or has ingrown pubic hairs from Brazilian waxes?...Is your Army translator really less efficient because he has a Celtic Cross on his forearm? One more fine, quality, high-level decision by the folks whose job it is to keep America safe. And they do the whole "Two birds with one stone" thing by also killing a significant job market for those young folks when the traditional markets fail to employ them, like now.
Wow...the ways in which high-level decisions are made, and the extent of the ways those decisions suck is just...epic. It's like they PLAN for things to be flops so they can profit from the suckers who 'invest' their trust in them, but that would be crazy-talk, almost like some kind of Mel Brooks movie or something...

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 04:56 | 4882240 U4 eee aaa
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Not to worry, the soldiers will all be robots soon enough anyway

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:27 | 4880847 Kirk2NCC1701
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The TV has replaced marches and barricades.
Virtual lives and relationships have replaced real ones.
We're you expecting something else?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:53 | 4880653 DoChenRollingBearing
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But, but, but...:

Where is the pie-chart slice for people wasting all their time at Zero Hedge???


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:12 | 4880693 Skateboarder
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Does ZH show you commercials of pills with suicidal/diarrheal/etc. side effects? (well, they probably do, but I use adblock)

You're right, however. It can be a time-sink past a certain information threshold.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:14 | 4880818 DoChenRollingBearing
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Pretty women...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:13 | 4881765 MontgomeryScott
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I am getting ads from Thai women, Chinese women, South American women, and some weird Zionista site that seems to be in to the trend called 'speed-dating' (their catch-phrase is "Can you get her heart within two minutes?" If you have seen this particular ad, you might be interested to know and pay attention to the FACT that under the young lady's right breast is a blurred image of an unshaven woman's vagina and spread legs).

It beats the ads I WAS getting, when I was looking to buy a new string-trimmer. I suppose that they go in to 'default mode', after a certain amount of time.

It's funny, though. I don't seem to get ads about ammunition suppliers or such. I guess that men who purchase lead and brass are attractive to 20-something girls. according to 'Google Analytics'.

Oh, hell! If the funding of this website is lined with concubines who want sex, then I have the ability to laugh (and focus on the subjects at hand). They're actually fucking STUPID, you know (those ones who decide to target advertisements to an audience). Sluts who whore themselves to the ENTIRE FRACKING WORLD look good for a moment or two, but are not actually 'attractive' after they start to speak.

Here is a song that was actually recorded during a thunderstorm. Most people don't realize this fact. If you doubt the veracity of this statement, go to the library and check out 'No One Gets Out Alive'.





Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:27 | 4880846 Idaho potato head
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Try learning Russian.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:20 | 4880956 Headbanger
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I have an SKS, an AK-47, Vintovka Mosina and getting a Tokarev so at least I can SHOOT Russian!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:50 | 4881017 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ (7.62 * 39)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:35 | 4881806 MontgomeryScott
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I'll hold with 5.56 X 45 A.P. 62-grain. It works on ALL KINDS of targets.

I don't like those Ruskie/Eastern Euopean things. They seem to jamb and misfire often, and don't seem to be as accurate. They are significantly heavier (and thus harder to carry when running like hell), and have a kick-back that makes the second and third and subsequent aquisitions really hard to repeat. I don't give a shit about 'submergence reliability', because if I (AND MY PARTNER) are both submerged, we will BOTH drown.

You DO KNOW what 'A.P.' stands for, I suppose. The shit goes through 'Kevlar' (T.M.) and other substances like a knife through butter.


Small arms are highly overrated, I believe. after the E.M.P. weapons go off, and you are forced to resort to other means of survival, don't forget that THEY still have the capability to release nuclear weapons.



Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:38 | 4881812 dexter_morgan
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I prefer the 7.62x54 personally

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 01:13 | 4882071 MontgomeryScott
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Yeah, the old .308 Remington was kind of nice.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:34 | 4880862 RafterManFMJ
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Complete withdrawal is the sane solution; why bother working when it all is stolen for you one way or another?

Well, off for a nap.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:31 | 4880606 NidStyles
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Take away any chance of a people of having a future and this is what will happen.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:03 | 4880676 The Most Intere...
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Confirmation of a Communist society.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:27 | 4880721 headhunt
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Actually the confirmation of communist take over is when the borders close.

Coming your way soon.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:52 | 4880897 U4 eee aaa
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Wait until the alcohol sales spike

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:57 | 4881836 MontgomeryScott
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In 1971, after the Kissinger/Nixon presidency took the CONUS off of the Gold standard (because the French were trying to repatriate the gold that the CONUS had supposedly held in 'safe-keeping' during double ewe double ewe aye aye), the Anhauser/Busch company started to ramp up their television ads in the 'MSM' (which was, at that time in history, an infant; or at least a small child).

If 'THEY' track my purchases, regarding beer, they might find one THIS day. I am now drinking a beer and raising a glass to your insightful analysis of the way that popular trends are followed and used as predictors of economic crises. You aren't Gerald Celente, by chance, are you?

HERE is the 'original' Budweiser' Clydesdales television advertisement. It originated in 1971.

CHEERS, 'Euphoria'.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 04:52 | 4882237 U4 eee aaa
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I'm not Celente but I'm probably just as cynical. ;)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:38 | 4880623 Renewable Life
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You do not have to be awake that much to collect the smorgasbord of entitlement payments offered in America these days, EBT and auto deposit just accerlorated the madness!!
If your not working to survive or "advance" in society any more, WTF do you expect the average sheeple to do? Play video games/watch TV, eat free food, sleep, and fuck other like minded sheeple? It's what we do now as a society on a massive scale with no apologies, that's not to say there aren't millions of Americans not working hard and living righteous, balanced, free minded existences, it's just pointing out, WE are now in the mass minority, that's all!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:55 | 4880662 headhunt
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I would suggest they are depressed.

I mean if you are out of work or retired trying to supplement your income with some sort of interest rate return or buying food or buying gas or paying the electric bill..., I think it may depress a lot of people. Oh yeah, then when they do wake up and turn on the TV, they see Reid, Pelosi and Obama yammering so most likely they go back to sleep.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:13 | 4880680 Incubus
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herp derp let's all work for anyone willing to give a buck, no matter why.


just mememememememem


fucking boomers have the most idiotic life philosophies ever.  I care what my labor goes towards. 


What you're looking at is a generation of people who know that "a job" alone is not the path to salvation. 


You jackass boomers and your consumption culture enriched these kleptocratic assholes and allowed them to gut the entire fucking country and now you want me to work my ass off for your social security/medicare/miscellaneous entitlements?


I guess I will, because I am the poor fucker who's being taxed and working and going along with this.  Take this with my taxes: fuck you, I hope you choke slowly on it. Just please don't go to the hospital and run up a $10,000 medicare bill for it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:24 | 4880709 Skateboarder
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Most never realize the difference between work (energy expended to yield meaningful, fulfilling results to your consciousness) and a job (energy expended to yield monetary units, borne out of needing monetary units).

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 01:33 | 4882097 MontgomeryScott
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You sound like one of them 'YOUTS' in their 'JAMES DEAN' moment. Can you please turn down the sectarian blame for a moment, and focus on the LARGER issues?

DAMN, I thought you might consider the voice of reason, but it seems as though you are as stupid as you are made out to be on the MSM.


Thanks for your efforts, and keep paying your taxes ad infinitum. Don't forget to KEEP WORKING! I am as sure as the sun is yellow; that your mother's basement is awaiting your return. Don't worry, little one. We'll soon find those pesky WMD's. Lois Lerner really didn't e-mail ANYONE. I promise that I will just put the tip in. TRUST your Catholic priest to keep you sanctimonious and innocent of sexual sins. Radiation isn't harmful, because Anne Coulter said so.


Mr. Burns

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:26 | 4880843 Mike Ochisbent
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I call bullshit on this "study". Where is the commute time? Exactly. Not there. FAIL on all counts.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:53 | 4881023 max2205
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The FSA doesn't get out of bed till 1pm

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:04 | 4881168 Senseless Urina...
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What about books?  Doesn't anyone read anymore?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 23:38 | 4881904 MontgomeryScott
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Farenheight measurement (of temperature) was named after the man who decided that 32 degrees was the freezing point of water, and 212 degrees was the boiling point of water. Farenheight 451 is the point at which paper spontaneously combusts. OF COURSE, most 'plastics' tend to melt below this threshold. I have in my possesion a Chinese-made 'big-display' calculator that I bought at the'Dollar Store' about 6 years ago. It was actually dependable, until the day when I left it in my vehicle last summer with the windows rolled up. The temperatures must have got to 140 Farenheight (I suppose this is like, um, eight hundred billion trillion degrees Mau Kelvin Global Choomster Centigrate Standard Kissinger ISO 9005, or something).

ANYWAY, this 'calculator' decided to start to transform in to a gooey mass of recycled plastics, and several of the keys changed shape (like the form of some weird serpentine death-knell from the East).

The melting point of 'GLD' paper and 'SLV' paper is? (This is a 'trick' question, and the answer is provided for you. Re-read the comment, and check the appropriate letter in the following spaces)

I have 'The Stand', in hardback edition, in my library. YES, I also have a PERSONAL LIBRARY, with shelves, and books, and stuff (as well as a dedicated room in the house). It's quite better than the 4-part telecast. Have you ever read this book? For those who don't actually READ anymore, I am providing a video link.

Whoever posted this link needs two cryllic or Thai words to say 'SORRY'. I can't find the 'english' version. It's like it was WIPED from the FACE OF THE EARTH.



Sun, 06/22/2014 - 09:56 | 4882522 trader1
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they also left out the category for "burying head into iDevice"


Sun, 06/22/2014 - 01:09 | 4882063 MontgomeryScott
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@ Chippewa Partners:

The legend lives on (from the Chippewa on down) of the Big Lake they call 'Gitcheegoomie'.

The Lake, it is said, never gives up her dead; when the gales of November come early.


Bunch of stupid mother-frackers, Chippewa. Can't tell a hard headed hat from their little sister's tittie.

Ready teddies destined to become ruined bruins.

Too young to know, and too stupid to care, and too old to do anything but try to masturbate on the journey across the River Styx.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:27 | 4880596 Unstable Condition
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How the hell does one watch 4+ hours of TV a day?

I can't hit that in a months time!

3:28 working?

The overlords have succeded, generation isheeple

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:31 | 4880608 Cognitive Dissonance
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"How the hell does one watch 4+ hours of TV a day?"

Well......many are not actually watching most of the time. TV is the new personal companion. For proof just walk into the average home. There is a TV in nearly every room including the bathrooms disguised as the cell phone.

I know people who flip on the TV when they walk in the door and some who don't even turn it off when they head off to sleep.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:35 | 4880613 Unstable Condition
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How depressing.

I dedicate this to the useful fools.

spirits in the material world...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:12 | 4880812 Sudden Debt
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And they have the tv on for 4 houts but they don't even spend 30 minuted on sex anymore...
i mean...
Now I understand why there will be more mexicans in america by 2025 than there will be whites

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:15 | 4880946 Cleveland Steamer
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The reasons not to knock up any young, white women have been covered multiple times every time ZH posts a new story about demographics. The trend will continue to accelerate.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:35 | 4880620 Bemused Observer
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I wouldn't take those numbers too seriously...I promise you, most folks ARE doing something, it's just not showing up in the 'official stats'...

It is also one of those articles that I swear must be written by one of those folks trying to 'prove' how lazy people are, and to get them to go out and take those minimum wage jobs because it's at least better than being one of THESE guys in the well as to anger those who ARE working by making them think they are supporting a bunch of couch-potatoes who are spending their days watching soap operas...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:57 | 4880663 The Most Intere...
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Lazy people don't deserve shit.

The problem is that these lazy asses don't do shit in school, don't take any additional steps to improve themselves, they sit around doing drugs, drinking and act like they are a big fucking deal. Then, they want to get paid like hard working diligent people get paid.

Fuck you lazy asses. Go get a cardboard fucking box and find a bridge to live under.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:57 | 4880910 Bemused Observer
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Lazy people ARE deserving of your contempt. The question is, are the folks we're talking about lazy people? If they ARE, then you're good.
But if they're NOT, you are insulting a lot of people for no reason.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:43 | 4881124 The Most Intere...
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Collectively our society has voted for exactly the system we have today. It is a society that values lying, stealing, working the system, and overall collectivism over initiative, hard work and independence. It is absolutely disgusting and the end result is that laziness can indeed triumph over hard work.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 01:14 | 4882072 Bemused Observer
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The lesson isn't that laziness triumphs over hard work, that is ridiculous. It doesn't. The lesson in our society has been that hard work is valued less than gambling profits, that it is the mark of an 'uneducated' worker. The one who gets his hands dirty, the one who takes a shower after work instead of before. That the worker might not necessarily aspire to a management position with stock options, and simply wants the opportunity to be a good, efficient assembly-line worker, well, this just doesn't figure into the equation.
The lazy one isn't the guy who decides to "go Galt" and opt out of the system. The lazy one is the guy who gets all upset about that because HIS income is based on sucking profits off of 'Galt's' labor.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:12 | 4880933 RafterManFMJ
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3:28 * 7 = ~ 24 hours per week of work. Part time. ObamaKare! Can you dig it?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:29 | 4880604 Bemused Observer
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Well, if my time is only worth 7 bucks an hour, then screw it, I'd rather sleep late and catch up on my TV watching...

If you want me to work as hard as Lloyd Blankfein, you're gonna have to up your offer. Sorry, that's how a free market works. When you drive the price of something down, people who have it tend to pull it off the market until the price improves...

Remember, no one is entitled to your labor for whatever price they decide to pay.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:36 | 4880619 NidStyles
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For years I have been trying to tell people that the free-market doesn't go away unless the currency is supplied from public pools. The vast majority of spending today comes from public pools, and as a result things will become distorted and people will adapt to it or simply stop working to feed the public pools. The more distorted it becomes the more people will stop working to feed it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:14 | 4880689 mjcOH1
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"Well, if my time is only worth 7 bucks an hour, then screw it, I'd rather sleep late and catch up on my TV watching...

If you want me to work as hard as Lloyd Blankfein, you're gonna have to up your offer.  Sorry, that's how a free market works. "


'Work or starve' would be a good offer to start with.  Sorry, that's how a free market works.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:44 | 4880759 PenguinMan
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I wonder if it is a cooincidence that slavery also falls under those pretenses? "Work or Starve".

I mean right? Price could concievably be zero for labor in a free market.

Free Markets are not as important as fair ones.

Without fair markets (i.e. Central Planning), we tend to get fascism.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:13 | 4881071 The Internation...
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So lemme get this strait...  TV has been lying to everyone for decades...  Jews forbid anyone from speaking truth on it...  and your brilliant plan, b/c you're soooooo smart... is to watch more TV...

Morons... Surrounded by...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:47 | 4880761 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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In nature, if a creature isn't smart enough or capable enough to rid itself of a parasite, the parasite remains. Nature is the ultimate free market, I think.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 03:22 | 4882176 Adahy
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Nailed it.  That IS the central issue.  Nature's laws will not be denied, it is just extremely patient.  The more we fight it, the worse the adjustment will be.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 21:10 | 4884233 Bemused Observer
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In nature, the smart parasite does not harm the host, but seeks a relationship that ensures he has a dependable food-source for a long time.
And the parasite with that little 'something extra' that will make it a huge success learns to give a little something back to the host. Something the host needs and can benefit from. It seeks to go beyond just being tolerated to actually being NEEDED by its host.
Like the mitochondria in our cells. I read a theory that says the earliest mitochondria were separate entities that latched onto the earliest basic cells as parasites, eventually joining with them to form what we see as evolving life. They became the "brain" of the cell, directing it to grow new systems and develop specialized functions.
Instead of killing, or even just feeding off of its host, this parasite nurtures and helps its host develop, and ultimately benefits by being on the winning team in an evolutionary sense. Parasites, viruses, bacteria...we have bacteria in our gut that would kill us if they got into our blood stream, but our bodies keep them corralled in the gut, where they perform an indispensable task. We NEED them to digest foods properly and keep the system running. And those bacteria don't have to float about mindlessly in some stagnant pool, they can get out and 'see the world' so to speak. And if we ever leave this planet, our little friends will come along with us while their free-floating cousins are left to whatever fate befalls the Earth...

I'm sorry...what was the question again?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:18 | 4881081 Bemused Observer
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I'm not starving, my friend. And no, your 'tax dollars' aren't feeding me either.

See, that's what you guys are forgetting to figure into your isn't "work or starve". It's support yourself or starve, and plenty of folks are discovering they can do just that by stepping outside of your system. They don't have to work for YOU, produce for YOU, pay taxes to keep YOUR system running, they have options...You aren't the only game in town, and people are starting to realize this and comparison-shop for the best markets for their labor. But go ahead, keep "setting the price of labor" according to what you feel like paying, see how that ends up working for you. Tell you what, why don't you take out a series of ads telling people you will pay 10 dollars an ounce for gold, and see how many takers you get for that offer?

Not too many, I'm that price, the ones selling gold will either keep it, or sell it to someone making a serious offer. And THAT is how a free market works in the real world...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:53 | 4881486 FredFlintstone
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I am very interested. Describe this other "game in town".

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 00:00 | 4881951 Bemused Observer
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'Other game in town' refers to the general and increasing availability of alternate options for self-support, and not to some specific 'place' where everyone is gathering to drink coffee and plot rebellion.
Options are all over the place, too diffuse to adequately regulate and control. Or to tax and suck profits out of. And those options are increasing because of the same technology that is leaving so many unemployed and disenfranchised from the economy...the irony is just too delicious NOT to savor.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:46 | 4880638 The Most Intere...
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If your sorry ass is only worth $7 per hour working you certainly are not worth more for not working.

And you should not be entitled to my money for not working. Fuck you, you lazy entitled piece of shit.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:58 | 4880664 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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If you're so smart, you should be able to find a way to avoid taxes.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:05 | 4880683 The Most Intere...
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And you are a pussy.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:13 | 4880696 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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And you're a fucking idiot.

America is a Democracy and less than half the people are productive. Do the math Einstein. The game is over, you lost, get use to it. Make every attempt to withdraw from the system. If you're as smart as you claim, it should be easy. It is the only way.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:51 | 4880896 The Most Intere...
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So just because you are a US citizen you feel you are entitled. Correct? Why are you more entitled than someone from India, China or Mexico? Why should the people that start and run businesses be held hostage by any group, I.e. unions, whomever.

Our POS politicians have the same entitlement mentality. Why the hell should any business stay in a certain, city, state or country? Government creates nothing. They didn't start or expand the business, and no business owes anything to anyone other than the owners.

If someone is too good for $7 per hour go provide a product or service that is valuable to the population and make what you think you are worth. Instead, you wait for some diligent go getter to come along and pay you what you think you are worth. Beggars can't be what?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:19 | 4880955 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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I see you failed to do the math.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:21 | 4880707 Incubus
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DOOR GREETER (degree in Communications req'd)

CASHIER (degree in hospitality services req'd)

JANITOR (engineering degree req'd)






(the greatest virtue of the fool is to undertake an endeavor without an understanding of the implications of the actions involved; he'll make the rope that'll be used to hang to him with.)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:18 | 4880704 RumCurrency
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I think you should direct your anger to the politicians who are creating these perverse incentives.  I have no problem with anyone who takes advantage of the system as long as they are voting libertarian at the same time.  Of course I do not expect anything to actually change until this democracy collapses under its own weight.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:25 | 4880715 Incubus
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seriously.  time to burn it to the ground.  flush it away. 


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:28 | 4880723 RumCurrency
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I didnt say it was working or would work.  I actually said nothing will change until the whole thing collapses.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:33 | 4880735 Incubus
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Yes, I am aware.  I was just on my soapbox.  Understand this is a narcisissistic fulfillment.


It's more about me inflating myself than it was ever really about addressing you.  (No offense intended.)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:51 | 4880775 PenguinMan
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No, it is not time to burn it to the ground.

Really, do you think the people who stood there in the room with Henry Paulson, and caused all of this mess gives a crap if you riot?

They do not care, they do not live in your community. You only injure yourselves.

However, if you destroy the social economic structures that give these people authority to print money for one thing, trust me, they will commit suicide themselves.

There is no way a person like Henry Paulson, that with thos esorts of privs, is going to want to live as a productive human being.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:06 | 4880803 Incubus
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burning something to the ground doesn't have to imply a direct physical action.


You reject the current system and put in a parasite-proof system in its place.   Entropy. CLear out othe overgrowth.



Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:55 | 4881032 Bemused Observer
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Maybe we should come up with one that implies a passive withdrawal of support for, rather than an aggressive act towards the system...
I really don't want to see violent riots in the streets. I'd much prefer to see the thing unwind in a gentler fashion, with all sides making incremental adjustments until we wind up in a more balanced arrangement. With hopefully each side learning the valuable lesson of how important it is to maintain an economy that works for all...

And then I woke up.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:47 | 4881013 Bemused Observer
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Your frustration is understood. But it WOULD be working if we actually WERE voting them out. The problem is, we TALK about it, but keep sending the same sorry asses right back for yet another round.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:35 | 4880991 Bemused Observer
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Such vitriol from someone who doesn't even know me...And such assumptions too. As if I ever ASKED for any of "your money". Don't flatter yourself, I manage to live quite well without any of your money, thanks...
But you folks who defend the system can't stand the idea that people might discover they don't need to contribute to it because there IS life outside that system. Since the system depends on having enough peons to do the heavy-lifting, that can't be tolerated, can it? Somebody has to keep the profit-machines running...
My God, were THAT to ever happen, the "makers" might not be able to siphon as much wealth out of the thing...Without cheap labor, corporate profits will go down, and investors will have a harder time earning their honest day's work of day-trading the stocks of other people's companies using other people's money. Why, that is positively un-American!

Stuff it. And stuff your money too. I'm glad the system is working for you, but you'll forgive me if I decline to contribute to it, as it hasn't worked out as well for some of us. Call us if you ever decide to go back to an economy where people make things and earn money. But this bullshit where a bunch of people work for less and less, while another bunch "invest" in the companies that employ them so they can skim all the value off the top...well, this ain't what we signed on for, so no deal.

Listen carefully...the free market that you claim to adore is telling you something about your labor force. Dynamics are at work, and that market will try and restore balance as all free markets must. It is you and your kind that are interfering with the process, because you don't really want a free want "free for me but not for thee".

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:19 | 4881195 Renewable Life
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I'm all about shunning the system and living free minded, innovative, productive lives! If that's what you got going on, then I agree with you, fuck "there" $7 an hour job, unfortunately your a needle in a haystack of fucking welfare entitled, big mouthed, under educated, American sheeple! Which I suspect is where all of the "hating" your feeling coming your way, is really misdirected from!

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 22:05 | 4884338 Bemused Observer
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Yes, and I should have made that clearer in my 'rant'...The dropping-out that I'm talking about isn't the one where you go on welfare instead. Actually, going that route ISN'T dropping out, it's doubling-down...You haven't beat the system,, you've become the corn in its shit..
No, I mean the kind where you tend to your own income needs through your efforts and talents. You do NOT permit anyone to "withhold" your wages...the idea that they are the first folks to 'spend' any of your paycheck just frosts me! AFTER they take their cut, you are permitted the rest for your own needs. Well, thanks a fucking LOT-how generous of them! They should get what you can afford out of what's LEFT of your pay after you've tended to you and yours! And they can take their police-state powers and lists of 'allowable deductions' and 7,000 fucking pages of forms and rules and regulations and charts and graphs and harshly-worded lists of threats should you not comply and shove it. My decision to conduct most of my transactions in ways that bypass that cluster-fuck isn't out of desire to get a free ride off anyone. And I'd LOVE to contribute to a system that WORKED or was FAIR! Hell, I'd even make a hefty donation if I thought the fuckers were even TRYING! You know, just to encourage them, because I'd WORK with them if I thought they meant it.
But fuck it. I can take care of myself, and will stay out of their way while they figure out how to fix it if they can, but I'm NOT contributing to it in the meantime because I don't think they know WHAT the hell they're doing, so I'm not investing in their 'company'. I see it as a free market, and I'm deploying my "invisible hand" in response to noxious market conditions and fraudulent valuations. This shareholder sees no value in the stock. And so that hand is giving it the finger.

Boy, I guess I'm in a bit of an angry-mode tonight..sorry. :-)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:16 | 4881772 The Most Intere...
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I guess the point that I did not articulate well was that sometimes we get in this mode where we are waiting for someone to give us an opportunity when we really have to go make the opportunity happen on our own. We can all feel on some level that we are entitled to something. By no means is someone wanting more than $7 per hour the worst offender in our society.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:44 | 4880640 Renewable Life
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I have no problem with your "observation", as long as you don't think your entitled to a fucking crumb from me, while you wait for your superior offer from GS! Oh and neither is your family, if that's how your surviving until "you get your full value" YOU think your worth!

Otherwise, ya, sit on the couch and jerk off all day to CNBC if you want too!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:02 | 4880959 RafterManFMJ
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I clocked almost 3000 hours last year - that's with being off sick for awhile. I lose the job I'm on my next step will be the welfare office for that sweet EBT.

Look for me - I'll be the guy wearing a company uniform, still sweated up from my last day - and I'll be running awkwardly due to my raging hard-on for some of that free shit I bought for others lo these last 25 years.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:10 | 4881179 Renewable Life
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I guess my question would be, how can you clock 3000 hours and be still living paycheck to paycheck and on the doorstep of the welfare system?
And I mean that sincerely, not at some rhetorical put down?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:10 | 4881759 RafterManFMJ
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Keep visable cash low - as in bank accounts and what not. 

But yes, you'd not be able to do it same day. That said, if you've planned ahead your time to enroll would be much less than someone starting from scratch.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:29 | 4880641 headhunt
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"Remember, no one is entitled to your labor for whatever price they decide to pay."

Remember, no one is entitled to set their pay to what they want it to be as opposed to what the actual market dictates.

That is of course unless the unions and union government employees demand more of your paycheck via taxes so they get a raise.

I think their chant goes something like this;

'What do we want?'

'More money.'

'How do we get it?'

'Take it from another persons paycheck.'

'When do we want it?'


'Why do we want it?'

'For the good of the children.'



Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:13 | 4880694 random999
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good thing os you are harvesting your own food... right?


well if ur not, just shut it and bend over when the puppeteers ask you to

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 20:22 | 4881560 Never One Roach
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If hunting and gathering your own food is a goal, NYC must be a sportsmen's paradise:


The rat invasion continues with a commuter-terrorizing, subway-riding rodent Passengers on the downtown A train got a surprise guest on Monday. They were not happy to see him.



You may have noticed we’ve written a lot about rats lately. There were those car-eating rats on the Upper West Side, for example. And the story about how there are rats on 13 percent of subway platforms. And that helpful tool showing you where rats are most likely to be found in New York.



Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:36 | 4880621 D-Fens
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I watch virtually no television, but admittedly I'm addicted to the internet.


I prefer to have control over what I read and watch, and not be force-fed the nonstop propaganda from the garbage that passes for television (commercials and shows included) and which only serves to inflate the ego and income of the talentless "celebrity" hacks who proliferate like so many roaches.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:52 | 4880656 barre-de-rire
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i see what you mean, but   e able to choose what you watch & read won't make the content more smart than average tv.

due to many factors: essentally the fondamental common point  whitch is, on tv & on internet, you watch only what you like, so you do not go outside of your own circle of interest.

 eventually tv  resctricted choice over tv channel compared  with numbers of internet website & ability to 6 billion ppl to write their own state of mind makes paradox evident, internet is more dangerous than TV.


fortunatly, in both case, unplugging solve the problem.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:25 | 4880716 RaceToTheBottom
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OK, A bit OT but I am really pissed that I don't have more control over what I see on the Internet.  Why cannot I configure Google News to NOT show me anything related to Kardashian.


Until that is resolved, I have to assume the phrase "Do no evil" is a sarcastic joke....

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:40 | 4880632 The Most Intere...
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Let me summarize the fucking situation for you. Working class fools are busting their fucking balls and still can't afford shit while they pay an outrageous amount of taxes and government at all levels accumulate enormous debt levels to support the non-working class.

I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of paying the bills for people that sit around watching TV all day.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:48 | 4880643 hairball48
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There's something BAD wrong with that survey. Seriously.

All I see when I'm out and about is people wasting time, usually standing around or sitting on thier ass, talking, texting, tweeting, whatever...on their "personal electroic devices".

Where's that category???

Me and clyde want to know


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:53 | 4880648 hairball48
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PS. I'm an old person who doesn't have TV anymore. Fuck TV

PPS I see the survey shows .15 hour for phone email, etc. BULLSHIT. I see people who have a phone in their ear all day long.

Someone should survey cell phone minutes. Nobody is working even 3 hours a day.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:11 | 4880779 rbg81
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:46 | 4881009 palmereldritch
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Just another version of a tele-prompter in a way.

Except the shleeple don't repeat it in public for broadcast as some totem of authority and affirmation.

Probably just raw code in that form until it is activated by the "TOTUS OS".

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:52 | 4880654 rtalcott
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Classic example of meaningless data analysis and probably this is the best spin I can put on it....written by people who never ever had to do anything where the results were tangible and could be verified.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:02 | 4880673 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Exactly... why should anyone believe this data when all their other data is BS?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:07 | 4880686 Laughing Stock
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Looks like Keynes' 15-hour work week is...right here.....right now


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:27 | 4880720 El Vaquero
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I wish I could get 8 hours of sleep every night.  I just fucking wake up, regardless of whether or not I have something to do.  On those rare occasions that I do get more than 8 hours of sleep in a night (and I'm not sick,) I feel great for a week.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:34 | 4880725 rtalcott
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Gee...ya think maybe if this was broken down into relevant subgroups you may be able to extract some useful information?  Looking at means and not distributions is what amateurs do....they assume everything is gaussian.

Stuff like this is garbage.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:27 | 4880968 RafterManFMJ
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Oooooo! Dat rayciss!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:29 | 4880728 Omegaman2211
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How can someone denigrate sleep and feel good about themselves?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:37 | 4880743 q99x2
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Propaganda sucks. The millions of young people in US colleges don't even have TVs and if they do they don't watch them. These stats seem to be what are sold to the globalists to make them think they have a handle on things. They don't.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:41 | 4880754 Cthonic
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Phone surveys.  Who the fuck takes a phone survey?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:29 | 4880971 RafterManFMJ
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I do, every chance I get. Somewhere, some database believes I am a professional shepherd who enjoys grain alcohol.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:36 | 4881454 Brindle702
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Amen brother!  Shepherd is how I reply as well.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:11 | 4880813 thamnosma
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College students don't have TV's?  Where do you live?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:48 | 4880751 Cthonic
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Of those 134M "hard working" employed folks, 22M are directly employed by the gov't, 15M work in retail, 13M work in leisure and hospitality, and 7M in financial activities.

At the other end of the spectrum, 12M are in manufacturing, 9M in logistics, 6M in construction, 2M in agriculture, and 800K in mining, 500K utilities.  Looks to me like 313M are being carried by around 31M... bullshit time and efficiency surveys notwithstanding.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:42 | 4881469 FredFlintstone
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Nice "back of envelope" analysis. Looks like the 80/20 rule has now become the 90/10 rule.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 20:33 | 4881584 Postal
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WTF?! We can't have that! It's suppose to be 99/1! /sarc

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:57 | 4880783 potato
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The biggest problem is progressive tax. These shitbags who take home a $600 paycheck pay like $30 in taxes and think everything is honky dory.

At the same time, another person takes home a paycheck of $7000 and the fvcking tax is 1900. No wonder most people don't think taxes aren't way too fcking high.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:10 | 4880808 Atomizer
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Phone is going to die.,quick post 

Don't forget they don't own a home. The parasites don't pay into property tax. Most live off of section 8 housing.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:58 | 4880784 thamnosma
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Those who still have jobs are quite busy.  The unemployed masses sleep and watch TV.  Really, it's not that difficult to figure out.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:59 | 4880786 Atomizer
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Just use your EBT Card to buy shit on TV info commercial. Contribute to the state run crony capiatialist fraud. 









Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:15 | 4880822 ZeroPoint
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Except for those of us in IT, who work 40+ hours, plus weekends, plus holidays, plus emergency middle-of-the-night hours to support third world made software.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:23 | 4880837 rtalcott
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No different from anyone in Manufacturing Operations...24x7...especially so when your customers are in Asia and they call whenever it's convenient (hey they are the customer and I am not complaining) but working across global time zones with people who want to be JIT (YOU hold MY inventory) takes up every minute of the day/week.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:30 | 4880852 Doofus
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To be fair, that 15 minutes a day spent on e mail and phone should be part of the 3.46 hour work day.  :)-

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:33 | 4880860 7th Avenue Aviator
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Like the late great George Carlin said:  "It's called the American Dream.  Because you got to be asleep to believe it".

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:48 | 4880889 Itch
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Would you class publishing other peoples articles all day long as work Tyler? I wouldn't mate. Planks, eyeballs, etc etc. 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:22 | 4880951 pakled
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Shadow stats just in...


Watching porn: 83%

other 17%: who cares?


Or as Henry Miller put it: "Sex is one of nine reasons to reincarnate. The other eight are unimportant."

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:31 | 4880975 Wait What
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some days it seems like ppl comment on ZH just to get their daily dose of drama, which, of course, makes for good entertainment.

love the comments on this post. ad hominems, anti-welfare state rage, anti-boomer rage, burn-it-to-the-ground rage, anti-tax rage, satire, anti-tv, anti-work, pro-work, work vs jobs, even a little 'how dare you get so much sleep'.

it all comes back to the lecherous system that is 'oppressing' everyone (top to bottom).

put an end to those superfluous markets that don't need to exist and you cut the fat that parasites thrive on. defy your conditioning, for once.

"Twilight Zone" I Dream of Genie (TV Episode 1963)

38:11 "Masters I'm going to quit buying things." "That's subversive, sir... that's un-american! salesmanship is our way of life! think of those men living on blue sky and a prayer, depending on your for their daily commission. they've got little ones, mouths to feed. no mr. Hanley, you can't stop buying, ever. buying is your destiny... do your duty."

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:24 | 4881094 pakled
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"some days it seems like ppl comment on ZH just to get their daily dose of drama, which, of course, makes for good entertainment."


True, but may be in part to disbelieveability of the numbers. The lead eye-grabbing statistic is that Americans are working 3.28 hrs/day (or 3.46, depending on which chart you look at). That seems hard to believe. Were retired persons included in the 11K or so respondents? According to the actual survey it was restricted to working Americans, so that lets out the retired and the unemployed. Now the number is even harder to believe. The report also reads "Employed persons worked an average of 7.6 hours on the days they worked." So, people, on the days they worked, worked virtually 8 hours (accounting for statistical variance (I just made that up)). There are some other work hour stats, but I'm not seeing anything that gives the impression that working Americans are by and large working less than 4 hrs/day.

So is it really as bad as this post is characterizing?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:32 | 4881108 Wait What
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probably not. but you don't come to ZH, or any site, for that matter, for their mundane headlines and banality. hyperbole gets eyeballs and clicks.

if you really want to know the factoids, and to what degree they are factual, you can probably do the research yourself; get the raw data from the BLS, check their methodology, and run the numbers yourself.

i'll take the research as the 'infotainment' it's supposed to be and move on with my day.

Titanfall, after all, is being offered free for 48 hours.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:44 | 4881006 zipit
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Where is porn in the mix?  Serious question.  Because

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:55 | 4881147 Its_the_economy...
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Fuck this article: Where I come from, we are busting our asses. I have never worked harder for less in my life.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 16:57 | 4881154 Its_the_economy...
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BTW, I haven't watched TV for 15 years. I haven't watched broadcast/cable for 15 yrs.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 20:37 | 4881594 Postal
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You haven't missed anything. I find I stream old Perry Masons (I wanna be a criminial defense lawyer in my next life) and Murder, She Wrote. I do get some interesting looks from the bimbos in Best Buy when I tell them I don't even have a TV...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:10 | 4881378 CRBull
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Americans are Literally " Asleep "  - No surprise to some of us.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:27 | 4881435 homiegot
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They forgot Internet usage.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 00:05 | 4881961 Bunga Bunga
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That's why this survey is completely bogus. As internet not existed yet.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 20:39 | 4881596 Postal
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This pie chart is obviously defective: There's no slice for downloading lesbian BDSM porn. I mean, what else is there in life?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:43 | 4881708 JMT
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Americans lying about their daily routine? Unpossible.

Is Unpossible even a word???
Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:50 | 4881726 JMT
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Complete withdrawal is the sane solution


some have suggested this may be best approach to getting off psych medications.. BTW, the hour I spend at psyc office twice a month for the script would be where on this diagram????

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 00:31 | 4882007 Rootin' for Putin
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What i see is people are doing less of everything that costs extra money.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 06:23 | 4882277 Disenchanted
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Vapor work for vapor jobs...

Imagine that!

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:02 | 4882534 trader1
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15+ is considered an American adult?  when the hell did that happen?

sorry, but this study's methodology is asinine for its inclusion of students (both high school and university level) along with adults who are working, unemployed, raising kids, etc.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 16:16 | 4883504 GIABO
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Fucing tv is a plague upon my people.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 08:15 | 4884996 T-NUTZ
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well reeding is a fucking waist of time

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