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Pitchforks, Brainwashing And The Mathematics Of Persuasive Deceit

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Submitted by Ben Tanosborn

Affluence Economics: Low-Inflation and “Fool” Employment

Numbers don’t lie, the saying goes, but the have-liars are doing their numbers on the gullible have-nots.  And although mathematics is an exact science, it can be used as a practical tool by inexact social scientists working for those trying to influence people at the civic or individual level, call it politics or more accurately, persuasive deceit.

That’s where we have been finding ourselves in the United States for more than three decades, sporting a government of the powerful affluent, whether ran by the apostles of Tweedledee, or the disciples of Tweedledum, lying to the citizenship in all aspects that matter, be it their security, human rights or economic health. 

We might think that Washington is as pitchfork-worthy today as France was in 1787, or Tsarist Russia in 1917; however, we are still likely a few leagues away from the igniting point that sparks a true revolution, where reality sets in and replaces the mirage created by economic-political brainwashing.  Not quite there yet, the number of people struggling to put food on the table, although increasing at an accelerating pace, still only represents about 20 percent of those privileged in not having to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits... those contemptible, dignity-stripped food stamps.

In the US we live in two interconnected economic worlds; however, we are brainwashed into believing we are a single, if diverse, society, with one economy, one flag, and one common destiny.  But we are not; we are a 2-tier society of haves and have-nots with two distinct economies operating side by side.  Two economies that must be measured separately if we dare face the economic and social realities that separate us from being one people, one nation… rancor and anger dividing us even when saluting the very same flag.  Still blaming that odious One Percent of capitalists, Knights of Our Economy, when we should be blaming the culprits in all of this, the Nineteen Percent of troglodyte lackeys serving in their roles of squires, helping to keep our downtrodden hoi polloi in check… and we all know who the squires are; what many of those squires don’t seem to understand is the precariousness of being a squire, and how prone they are to join the ranks of the have-nots… as the 80-20 rule becomes 85-15, then 90-10.  Perhaps then our revolution will get to ignite, bringing a more benign form of capitalism to this nation, and not the predatory, in your face capitalism which enslaves us today.     

Just in time to celebrate Independence Day, our illusionist government came out with “great ‘job numbers’” to keep the fireworks flying high, exploding in spectacular multi-colored brightness, lifting our spirits of eternal hope for a “recuperated” economy following course to a Dow Industrials that would surpass the 17,000 mark on the day 288,000 jobs were said to be added by employers to their payrolls, 73,000 more than economists had predicted.  Five straight months with job creation exceeding 200,000; the unemployment rate dropping all the way to 6.1 percent, the lowest level in almost six years, and a radiant and jubilatory Wall Street which has restored the pre-recession lost value to the Squires’ 401k’s. 

But all of this hoopla is an exercise in farce-economics, stats in Affluence Economics that have little to do with the economic condition of the have-nots, where unemployment rates, jobs created and rate of inflation need to be extracted from other data applicable to them, stats that reflect Have-nots Economics, not Washington’s generic bullshit.

Jobs created and rate of unemployment need to have realistic basis, not the joke that it is today where stats for underemployed or chronically unemployed are not part of the picture.  According to OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) we are now at Full Employment here in the US since the measured unemployment level is within the 4 to 6.4% range.  “Fool” employment, I feel, since US true unemployment rate (if properly measured) is probably in the 15 to 20% range.

But where have-nots are brutally-penalized most is in the measurement of inflation, as much of their revenue comes from fixed sources (retirement, social benefits, etc.) that use those inflation figures, nowadays 50 to 200 percent off the mark, since the basket of goods consumed by the poor is totally different from that of the affluent 20 percent.  A 25 percent increase in food prices may not be that meaningful to that remaining middle class, but it is critical to those at the poverty level, or even 10-20 percent higher.  Where the government has told us we have averaged a 1.9 annual rate of inflation in the past four years, for the have-nots the figure is probably closer to 6 percent (over 200 percent more).  Great savings for our illusionist government now able to invest more money in weapons for the Pentagon!          

We needn’t worry about terrorism coming to America from outside our borders; we are seeding terrorism right here, in our “land of opportunity” garden, an extremely bitter plant of discontent that will make terrorists of our neighbors and poison us all.

Happy Independence Day to the Haves, and a

Happy Dependence Day to the Have-nots!


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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:23 | 4927424 spinone
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Anyone who is trying to read charts or analyze the markets at this point should be taken as seriously as a bookie making odds on a WWE match.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:28 | 4927438 Grande Tetons
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Plot Time on the X axis. Plot We are fucked on the Y axis. 

Pretty much sums things up. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:36 | 4927458 Escrava Isaura
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The market is just a reflection of human deceit.

Not any worse than family [dysfunction], religion [self-delusion], and education [indoctrination].

“Deception, machination and mendacity lie at the core of human intelligence, like worms coiled at the core of a apple” — Mark Rowlands

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:01 | 4927506 Hugh G Rection
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Speaking of the market... I guess Sodastream shouldn't have their main manufacturing facility in the occupied West Bank.  Wish I would have shorted these assholes.  Score one for the BDS movement!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:15 | 4927673 Serfs Up
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My time.  It is coming.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:32 | 4927710 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Between you and your pitchfork and 'no debt' with his nail gun, I guess that covers both possibilities

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:28 | 4928631 Escrava Isaura
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Greens...... that was funny!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:16 | 4927825 Anusocracy
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The human brain is the Psychopathic Spectrum Brain.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:40 | 4927471 Da Yooper
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The government lies

The media lies

The bankers lie

& the GDP lap them up like milk

no wonder the US is going down the toilet

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:17 | 4927538 Escrava Isaura
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Da Yooper......

What we are about to face is the largest human failure ever. Our way of life is in the beginning phase of its terminal death. We built our lifestyle on a fossil fuel that is going extinct.

World’s first billion people took 1,800 [one thousand eight hundred years]. The last billion took 13 years. The one billion before took 12 years. By 2024, the world will have another billion people.

Do you really believe that we will have resources and the ability to create a billion jobs every 25 year or so?

 “We cannot teach people anything, we can only help them discover it within themselves” Galileo Galilei 1 August 1639 


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:49 | 4927613 Da Yooper
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Escrava Isaura

"What we are about to face is the largest human failure ever. Our way of life is in the beginning phase of its terminal death."


I know

There is much i would like to say but cant

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:32 | 4928636 Escrava Isaura
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Da Yooper…..  I think you should.

Zero Hedge is the best therapy money can buy….. It’s actually free, but you got the point.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:47 | 4928658 den1313
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Instead of being pesimistic, we should educate ourselves on the options. It appears that human population will level out at less than 12 billion. We have not taken advantage of the best, on many levels, of cheap, clean Thorium power. Why have we not used it before? It doesn't go boom like uranium. Perhaps, then we can begin to build a human presence on the Moon.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:01 | 4929018 _disengage_
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What would take more resources/energy, colonizing the moon or the desert (~1/3 the land mass) right here on Earth? This off-world stuff is just a distraction from real solutions. I know I keep harping on these links, but I feel strongly this information must be disseminated.

Howard Finnel in the 1930s "invented" on countour furrows/swales.

later P.A. Yeomans rehabilitated dry land in Australia with update on countour plowing; he called it the keyline plan. His farms are still functioning today, run by his children.

David Holmgren and Bill Mollison coined Permaculture to put the ideas together.

Today Brad Landcaster, Geoff Lawton, Alan Savory and many more are regreening deserts all over the world.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 18:35 | 4929941 Escrava Isaura
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 It will never make to 12 billion. 8 billion [2024] will be the last billion.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 17:28 | 4929744 sylviasays
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"What we are about to face is the largest human failure ever. Our way of life is in the beginning phase of its terminal death. We built our lifestyle on a fossil fuel that is going extinct."


The world has worried that it was about to run out of oil at least five times, dating back to the 1880s when geologists fretted that the “amazing exhibition of oil” found in Pennsylvania was only temporary. Yet each time new sources were found or technology advanced.

“It is what we learn after we know it all that really counts”-- John Wooden

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 19:34 | 4929962 Escrava Isaura
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Firstly, show us these new reserves.

Secondly, technology will eventually make it worse as it sucks more critical energy. And leaving humanity even less prepared, as they will echo this ‘technology’ self-deception as theirs Noah’s Ark.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:24 | 4927430 MeMadMax
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Normalcy Bias.

The people won't revolt until one or more of the following conditions occur in order of importance/magnitude:

1. Obama tells them to.

2. Apple stops selling iPhones.

3. The Kardashians are pulled.

4. Nike stops selling shoes.

5. Welfare checks stop rolling in.

6. "My computer won't connect to the internet!"

7. Phones stop working.

8. Power goes out.

9. Water goes out.

10. Food stops showing up at the grocery store...



Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:46 | 4927474 Umh
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The Hispanic guy has their job pushing stuff across the counter.


P.S. He's not of Spanish descent, not that it matters, the Indians are retaking the country bodega by bodega.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:58 | 4927496 Postal
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Thie internet is important: If my compy doesn't connect to the internet, then how am I going to make worthless posts on ZH?

That and freaky, almost-legal lez porn...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:20 | 4927542 Grande Tetons
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Any prepper worth his salt can tell you that you should have at least 2 vintage Penthouse magazines on hand in the event of a prolonged power outage. The second of which should contain a lesbian photospread which can be used for bartering. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:37 | 4927575 Postal
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Noted. Thanks. :)

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:39 | 4927893 Gilligan's isle
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Had to sign in for the up-green Alex

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:59 | 4928884 Fuh Querada
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The first being a one-page version?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:21 | 4927544 TheSecondLaw
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That about sums it up.  And you can be very sure the haves will ensure that the have-nots never experience any of the above. It's a truth that has been around for as long as there have been rulers and the ruled:  bread and circus.  Not too much so that they get ideas, and not too litte so that they rise up in rebellion.  Pretty straight forward stuff.  And so far the caesars and senators of the American Empire have done very well indeed.  I don't see it ending for another century, and certainly no nationwide armed revolution.

The US Empire will end, not with a bang, but a quote TS Eliot.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:32 | 4927448 buzzsaw99
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I visited Mr. Tanosborn's website and read a few columns written by him. +1

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:33 | 4927453 I am Jobe
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Would be nice to see the sheeples just wither away right around T Giving time.  Yeah idiots will be fighting for towels and shoes in the UUSA made my some Indonesian kid for 20 cents an hour. Fucking ignorant Amerikans I must say. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:45 | 4927479 Peter Pan
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The bottom of the downside is still some way off so the likelihood of any improvement or backlash against against this farce is even further away.

We no longer have real news, real comment or real debate. What we are subjected to is theatre that supplants reality.

Unless that distinction is kept alive in our minds and the minds of our childrem, then we are condemned.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:52 | 4927488 Grande Tetons
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I went to a bullfight years ago. This one poor bull tripped after it was released into the stadium and severely injured his front leg. After quite a bit of time...he was gingerly removed from the stadium by the attentive ground crew. 

That was the smartest animal I have ever seen. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:07 | 4927517 Miffed Microbio...
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Well, he probably became hamburger in a less drawn out, painful way. Actually, I saw a clip of a bullfight on TV where the bull leaped into the stands and started goring all the spectators. Funnier than hell. Kinda thought there was some justice in it.

May be we can do this some day when we finally have had enough of being eaten by the lions in the colosseum while the elite gloat at our suffering.


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:12 | 4927527 Grande Tetons
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Funny, Miffed, I have never liked to see any being suffer. I would have made a shitty doctor and a horrible boxer.....and an unspeakably horrid central banker. 

We are the bulls...and they have the Red Cape. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:43 | 4927590 Miffed Microbio...
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Very hard for me too. I feel too much empathy for those who suffer. After 8 years of working trauma I had to leave. To be good, you must have distance.

I once came upon a woman in the hall beating the face of another woman against a wall who was offering no defense. Her face was a mass of blood. Someone called security and I was trying to pull her off. I found out later they were best friends and the beaten woman had accidentally run over the other woman's toddler. They had just pronounced her in the ER. I have never forgotten the look on that woman's face in 25 years. She couldn't live with what she had done and I doubt she ever came to terms with what happened. Even if the other woman forgave her, she could never forgive herself. I saw myself as doing the same.


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:50 | 4927615 Grande Tetons
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To be good, you must have distance. 


 I would only replace the word good with qualified. 


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:45 | 4928049 potato
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People get crazy attached to their kids. Having 1 or 2 kids is the equivalent of putting your entire stock portfolio into 1 or 2 stocks. 

If you're gonna have kids, have 5 to 10 of them. You'll realize economies of scale and other synergies. Plus it won't be so devastating to lose one or two of them.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:12 | 4928775 lakecity55
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That, sir, is bullshit.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:37 | 4928831 RaceToTheBottom
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You steal that from the Ethiopian constitution?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:05 | 4927498 RMolineaux
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The survival of American constitutional liberties depends on bringing the military/corporate state under control.  Some of the measures necessary to this end would be the following:

1.  A renewed realization of the the fact that corporations are the creatures of the government, not its overlords.  All corporations over a certain size should have a federal charter and direct federal regulation.  Enough of this state of Delaware nonsense.

2.  Corporate regulation should include rules governing distribution of profits to shareholders, executive remuneration and minimum wages.  They should also prohibit corporate stock buybacks and the use of stock options in remuneration agreements.

3.  The supreme court will have to reverse its nonsensical decision to assign personality to corporations.  Are they proposing to offer each corporation a vote in elections, weighted by the size of its net worth?  The assignment of "personality" to corporations is indicative of the long way we have already come to fascistic oligarchy.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:43 | 4927899 Anusocracy
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Please use another word besides liberty - one that denotes something granted by your owner.

lib·er·ty  n. pl. lib·er·ties


    a. The condition of being free from restriction or control.

    b. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.

    c. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.

2. Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:42 | 4928046 potato
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Campaign finance reform could really turn this country around.

What do you guys think?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:07 | 4928506 The Most Intere...
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Could not disagree more. More federal government control and oversight. No thanks!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:59 | 4927500 Miffed Microbio...
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The worst part is higher paying jobs in my field come with such a high price tag and licensure barriers to entry. Not only do you have to have an exorbitantly expensive college degree, but now you have to pay 25k for an internship. When I started, if you were lucky to get the internship they paid a monthly stipend. So now you have invested about 125K for a job that starts at about $25/hr. Considering taxes and medical insurance, take home pay is probably at least 35% less. Then if you live in Cali with the high cost of living, you better have married a rich spouse because that won't get you an apartment. Possibly you could rent a room which runs about $600/month. And people are shocked young people can't get out of the basement?


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:08 | 4927520 Grande Tetons
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Never heard of paying for an internship before. That is surpirsing. Better keep this information away from Pelosi. 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:10 | 4928509 The Most Intere...
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She probably invented it...

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:09 | 4928508 The Most Intere...
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Yep, you have to pay your university for the credits you earn while working for free as an intern. God Bless America!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:01 | 4927508 MASTER OF UNIVERSE

The 'two tier folks' do not stand side-by-side when the top tier motherfuckers hoard all the fucking money for themselves and get it at zero % interest rates on the overnight repo-105 lending rate, BuckO.

This 'we are in this together shit' has got to stop. Not a soul in the United States of America owes Alan Greenspan the shirt off their back, their house, their future, their life. Frankly, Alan Greenspan and his ilk has

destroyed the lives of millions of people because Alan Greenspan could.

When the entire USA wakes up to the fact that Alan Greenspan sold your entire nation down the river it will be too late to stop the destruction. Alan Greenspan was the United States of America's Public Enemy #1 but the FBI decided to miss their man this time round because Greenspan occupies the top tier and stands beside other top tier criminals that are insulated from our laws that we are subject to abide by. If Greenspan actually stood beside the lower tier 99% we would have torn him to bits by now. No sir, we are not standing side-by-side on this one, thank you very much.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:02 | 4927510 Joebloinvestor
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There are over a million jobs available to work on recalled cars.

With government funding, duck soup.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:08 | 4927521 Postal
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Revolution in the US will never happen:

1) "What the hell is a pitchfork?" No one knows what they are, let alone their intended purpose. Forget running the gullet of a Wall Street banker.

2) Mathematics? Are you fucking serious? This from a society that can't even balance their checkbooks? If Americans had even half a brain with regard to mathematics, a good number of "unexplained disappearances" would have occurred all ready.

3) Americans--for the most part--are fat, lazy slobs (seriously, try to find a girl who isn't a lard-ass--and the men are no better).

PS) I'd throw in "fiery faggot," except that's racist, sexist, homophobic, pedophilic, misogynic, etc.,...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:40 | 4928043 potato
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I know someone who learned Calculus 1, 2, 3 and Differential Equations from YouTube in three weeks.

Only 5% of college graduates earn a degree in engineering. I say let the others starve.

Youtube University. This is the future.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:05 | 4928504 Frankie Carbone
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I took matrix algebra 20 years ago at University. For the next 20 years I used, ohh, maybe 3% of my knowledge in that area. The past month I took a free MIT matrix algebra class online at Youtube. During the lectures I was kicking myself. About 60-70% of the material was directly applicable to what I do at work (I am an engineer) and I was counting the number of times I could have used this stuff to solve problems in a hour that took me a week to think through. Uggh. And I was a 4.0 student back in the day.  Problem was, after university, I found myself "free  to watch TV because I had earned it". 

Now I watch a college lecture a night, take notes, and find problems on the net and solve them. Studying Set Theory right now. Good stuff. 


And good point that you make here. 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:16 | 4928512 The Most Intere...
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Universities were not and were never developed for the common man, middle class whatever you want to call them. College was where the wealthy we're supposed to go to become refined in art history, philosophy, music, you name it. It wasn't a per-cursor to becoming a plumber or waitress like it is now. The whole system is completely perverted at this point.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:26 | 4928515 The Most Intere...
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I have my own business and on occasion need to hire. I like to get referrals from people I already know, other employees, etc. Not always possible. But out of every few dozen resumes I find one that is worth an interview. From there maybe one out of six is employable. Really sad. Had one girl come in, good résumé, not a "lard ass" like many of the others but obviously she had been smoking pot right before she walked in to my office. Nice girl too, seemed smart, but...really...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:27 | 4927561 MedicalQuack
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Bravo! This is exactly what I have been saying for a while now, yeah the job numbers are for the bots as the humans they are fake:)  I call it the Grays to where folks can't tell the difference between virtual and real world values and we can thank some real steroid marketing for some of that too.  Look at the VA, there's your perfect example, as they were so wrapped up being stat rats and getting bonuses they could not make a left turn to save a life.

It ticks me off to see the White House communication bot using junk science now with numbers they put on the climate control law.  People are carried away with numbers and models that don't work and yet they cling to them.  White House said in one year there would be 2300 fewer heart attacks, 100,000 fewer asthma attacks and come on, everyone knows you can't predict that.  It was funny though as a NY Times journalist sucked into to it with a story they wrote.  We don't want to be stat rat magpies out there where just any old number will do and that's where we are at.

We have the GOP with their issues  but on the other side we have the Democrats living these fake numbers so geez what a world.  It's scary and I'm like you, I'm tired of the junk numbers as we end up with quantitated justifications for things not true but every magpie democrat goes out and repeats it.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:12 | 4927659 kchrisc
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Someday a "pitchfork" "behind every blade of grass."


"I don't see how anyone could mistake my guillotine as a 'pitchfork'."

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:31 | 4927706 Reaper
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Most are too weak to use a pitchfork to pitch hay and/or have never done a honest day's work. They know how to whine and hope their government mommy will provide. Serfs don't revolt; they cry.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:35 | 4927717 Polymarkos
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I am ready. Pitchfork sharpened. Guns loaded. Torches stockpiled. I'll start this thing myself if I have to...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:18 | 4927996 The Most Intere...
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Read about Hitler. While I in no way support or condone his ultimate final solution, he is one of history's best examples of leading a revolution against the powers that be. He actually had a false start a decade before he ultimately began his ascent to power. Things were bad in Germany and he thought the time was ripe, only to have the government step in and keep the citizenry happy. No one followed him, and he ended up in prison writing Mein Kampf.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:33 | 4928516 Lea
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"he is one of history's best examples of leading a revolution against the powers that be."

Hitler was backed up by Wall Street and an array of American corporations. The American people, who are anyway not that kind of lunatic, are on their own.


Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:03 | 4928898 Polymarkos
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I studied History at university. I know about Hitler. I also know about insurrectionary warfare. It is doable.


First and last, we will split or succeed on the aid of a foreign power. Who will aid us? There's the rub.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:00 | 4927784 ramacers
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buy pitchfork equities.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:45 | 4927905 R-502
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Anyone want to buy some new shiny pitchforks? :P

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:06 | 4927962 The Most Intere...
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So the author spends the entire fucking article telling us the government is lying and is responsible for creating a two-fucking-tiered society then blames everything on "predatory capitalism".

"Predatory Capitalism" or "Crony Capitalism" are terms created by Communists. They have NOTHING to do with Free Markets, the rule of law or freedom.

The American people have collectively voted for a Communist government and now we are all paying the price.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:00 | 4928589 AdvancingTime
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An interesting book that I picked up at a garage sale years ago gives an eye opening tour through the twist and turns of math abuse and innumeracy, this is before we even begin to look at outright fraud. The book "200% of nothing" by A. K. Dewney goes into how percentage pumping and irrational ratios can be used to make and reinforce a point that has little validity.

Sadly this practice has become far to common in modern society. Aided by super fast modern methods of communication facts are seldom checked, "if you saw it on the internet" it has to be true. The article below delves into how figures are manipulated and how the truth can quickly be buried by those who choose to mislead us.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:47 | 4934436 Demonoid
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The author you mentioned is A. K. Dewdney, not Dewney (makes searching for his books easier if you have the right spelling).

Among a number of other books, he also wrote

Yes, We Have No Neutrons: An Eye-Opening Tour through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science

A good companion read to 200% of Nothing.




Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:58 | 4928750 SystemOfaDrown
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Most Americans think a pitchfork is something between a knuckleball and a slider.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:31 | 4928776 RaceToTheBottom
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I have long said, our version of capitalism has achieved what Communism tried: : a clear distiction of serfs and their masters.
Capitalism was our vehicle of achieving Communism....

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 17:36 | 4929771 sylviasays
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"I have long said, our version of capitalism has achieved what Communism tried: a clear distiction of serfs and their masters.  Capitalism was our vehicle of achieving Communism...."

More like their version of crony capitalism combined with socialism was their method of trying to achieve the ultimate of communism? 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:15 | 4928783 Lanka
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Figures lie, and liars figure.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:29 | 4928806 SMC
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Throughout the country, the real producers - the men and women of competence, intellect, ability, and drive are departing for greener pastures and will not participate in the parasitic crony-capitalist scams that will eventually destroy the joke that passes for "western civilization" today.

When the government thugs and parasites, FSA moochers, and those indebted fools who are unable to think for themselves are cold and starving - perhaps the real producers will once again participate - but on their terms - not those of thugs, parasites and moochers.

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