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America's Black Friday Frenzy As Seen From Abroad

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

You Definitely Want To Avoid This

Some friends and I spent most of the weekend touring the future site of our resilient community in central Chile, just a few hours’ drive south of Santiago on a very modern highway.

As I’ve mentioned before, the site sprawls across roughly 1,000 acres in a gorgeous setting; a healthy chunk of the property is already planted as a working (and profitable) farm, and it was exciting to see so much in bloom over a beautiful, sunny summer weekend.

We picked organic vegetables out of the ground and made a fresh meal with full knowledge of exactly where our food had come from and how it had been grown. This is real power. And freedom.

When I returned to my apartment in Santiago and got caught up on major news events from around the world, some friends sent along the usual batch of Black Friday shopping videos. They’re hilarious… and utterly pathetic.

Almost without exception, the situation gets worse every year. People get bruised and bloodied as crowds battle each other for deep discounts. Last year several people died… and in response, most of the major retailers adjusted their specials and staggered their stores’ opening times to reduce the crowd levels.

It didn’t help much, as this year’s barrage of Black Friday incidents underscores yet again how hopeless the mindless culture of consumerism has become. People still trample each other, fight each other, etc. Now they are pepper-spraying each other… or even waiting in the parking lots to mug each other as shoppers exit the stores.

(A friend even told me one unconfirmed story of a group of Wal Mart parking lot muggers who themselves got mugged by a rival group of Wal Mart parking lot muggers.)

Then there’s this video showing the utter chaos and calamity that ensued when shoppers were fighting over towels put on sale at $1.28 each. Towels.

If this is how people act when towels are on sale, it certainly makes one wonder how well society will function when there’s actual chaos– like supply disruptions for food, fuel, or electricity.

Have you ever seen those UN Aid videos where mobs of Africans start violently looting the trucks carrying humanitarian supplies? Or the more recent videos of Haitians battling each other in the streets over bags of rice? Western society is not much more advanced.

If you truly believe there is a 0% chance of social unrest occurring where you live, then I encourage you to do absolutely nothing. And this is what most people will do.

If, on the other hand, you see several issues on the horizon which may threaten the smooth, orderly flow of modern society, then I encourage you to watch those Black Friday videos and answer a simple question– “Do you want to be around those people when it happens?”

 

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Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:47 | 1921701 lolmao500
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Goddamn I'm tired of your ``In Chile`` crap.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:49 | 1921709 tmosley
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You mean you are tired of dissenting opinions.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:50 | 1921718 lolmao500
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Nope. I think what you are doing in Chile is great... but stop bringing it up? Please?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:54 | 1921736 john39
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as if the NWO won't get Chile, sooner or later...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:37 | 1922115 Fukushima Sam
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Wow!  What will it look like when pitchforks, rope, and tar and feathers go on sale?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:20 | 1922443 TheFourthStooge-ing
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I'm there, dude.

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:50 | 1922621 trav7777
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Nothing says "birth of Jesus" and the XMas Spirit like trampling other human beings for consumer merchandise.  I mean, WWJD?  He'd fucking drive his monster truck in there with a flamethrower and squash/torch/mangle anyone who got in between him and a cheap chinese "plasma," right?  'Nuff said.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:56 | 1922999 equity_momo
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And then make the staff wash his feet.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 19:15 | 1923290 dasein211
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Goddamnit I hate agreeing with a xenophobe racist..... But you're right on the money here.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:35 | 1923526 ItsEvolutionBaby
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A racist is just someone who notes racial differences, what are you so lefty brainwashed tard?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:53 | 1923581 peekcrackers
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and nothing says stay the fuck out of my home like a 12g with slug .

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:54 | 1921738 Pladizow
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-OR- you could stop reading his articles, trying to get first post and then we all wont have to read your comments?

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:06 | 1921791 MarketTruth
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Perhaps some of us are thinking to ourselves... wonder what the 'buy in' is to move to/near that property in Chile? Have personally checked out Chile (boots on the ground research) and find it very agreeable, far better than the police State of the USSA. The police also know their place in Chile, unlike the murdering Militarized police that protect and serve the State's interests in Amerika.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:20 | 1921952 Jackfish
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The police also know their place in Chile, unlike the murdering Militarized police that protect and serve the State's interests in Amerika.

Really, if you're going to make a joke like that it's helpful to put a '/sarc' at the end so we know you're kidding.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:20 | 1921955 kito
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the police only know their place as set for them by the ones ordering them. pinochet wasnt that long ago and i assure you the "place" that the police knew under pinochet was nowhere near any place you wouldve wanted to be. chile has plenty of its own problems. there are riots that occur there on a weekly basis. and quite frankly many of us are sick of his hypocritcal self serving articles. hes so busy posting pics/stories of upheavals around the world yet he hasnt ONCE referenced with the "classic simon black scare tactic" the social upheaval in chile that has been going on far longer than ows.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:24 | 1921994 kito
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oh, and heres a RECENT VIDEO of LOCKDOWN IN SANTIAGO CHILE WITH HEAVILY ARMED MILITARY VEHICLES PATROLLING THE STREETS!!!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQGyRs2OhQ

 

simon black, where are you?????

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:34 | 1922092 MarketTruth
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i see the lockdown video, so why are people walking normally on the sidewalks in Chile. They seem fine. In Amerika you get teargased, shot at with rubber bullets and stomped upon by the police within an inch of your life. Have you seen any of those OWS videos? How about the videos of police brutality at the G20 in Chicago?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:45 | 1922174 kito
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yes its perfectly fine to have heavily armoured military vehicles patrolling city streets against its own citizens. happens all the time in manhattan. a clear indication that the govt knows "its place".....chile is a shangri-la, go for it. simon is giving away free chilean inflation protection bonds with the purchase of your new casita...thats a better deal than 1.29 towels!!!!!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:02 | 1922312 Cathartes Aura
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ahh yes, now that the Chicago Boys have "cleaned up" Chile and made it an escape hatch for some Yankee settlers, of course there will never be any problems ever again.

Simon, one wonders how you tend your fabulous organic gardens when you're off gallivanting the worlds?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:43 | 1922937 Landrew
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The Chicago Boy Shit went out the window there ha! No one wants to live in a country like that, not even in Mexico!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:14 | 1922409 lotsoffun
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simon is a rich boy, with good intentions.  he has no life experience, that's obvious.  charles windsor for example - is apparently an expert in urban design/renewal.  wish you the best simon - hope you never need to get a job in the real world.

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 18:04 | 1923026 Landrew
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Sorry, real estate is not cheap in Chile. Now they are building way, way to much. The mining has bought tons of cash to the real estate market. There will be a nasty down turn in real estate there. The same was true when I lived in France and I told friends, way, way to many cranes for the price and number of buyers. Boom! They wrote and asked how did I know it would happen? I said we do that in the U.S. every thirty years because THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT HA!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:08 | 1921831 jcaz
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I give you three months, tops, before you put up Walmart in your Utopia....

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:53 | 1921733 eureka
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Never the less - the facts at hand do bring to light the common unifying factor in the US: raw materialism.

Nothing more, nothing less.

US population segments and states are "united", not by culture, not by tradition, not by language, not by belief systems except the belief in consumer goods and status symbols.

What a pity.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:30 | 1922051 SilverIsKing
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I have an idea to one-up them all...to take this shopping warfare to a whole new level.

As you know, today is Cyber Monday.  What better time to run outside, pepper spray some people, then run back inside and go online to do some internet shopping?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:56 | 1922661 CrockettAlmanac.com
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What, you don't have virtual pepper spray for your online shopping forays? There's an app for that.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:42 | 1922925 trav7777
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so ur saying we've been ghettofied

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:55 | 1921743 BigMike
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Seriously

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:11 | 1921865 Imminent Crucible
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I'm just wondering what all those people need towels for in the first place.

Aren't they mostly for after you take a bath?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:53 | 1922645 mkkby
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You're right.  They look like a pack of hyenas surrounding a piece of meat.  What do animals need towels for?  When they stink too much, they just lick themselves clean.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:58 | 1922668 CrockettAlmanac.com
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We have met the towelheads and they are us.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 19:15 | 1923288 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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“I'm just wondering what all those people need towels for in the first place.”

You could make a hat, a brooche, a pterodactyl, or for water boarding.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:51 | 1923572 StychoKiller
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Towels are the single, most mind bogglingly useful items in the known Universe...

I KNOW where my towel is, do you?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:12 | 1921872 InconvenientCou...
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That's amusing. I was thinking the opposite. In other words, publish some specifics about the project. For instance "the charter" or whatever you call it.

For those that love to bitch uniformly about every human activity under the sun --pay attention, you might learn something.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:15 | 1921904 Imminent Crucible
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I'm thinking maybe Simon has forgotten how Chileans reacted to the chaos that followed the Feb 2010 Chile earthquake. Mobs roamed the street, looting and mugging people and rifling houses.

I remember one man weeping because he'd had to shoot two guys who broke into his house and tried to rape his wife and daughter.

And of course, you can ask Fernando Aguirre how nobly the Argentine people bore up under the 2001-2002 financial collapse.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:21 | 1921969 ParkAveFlasher
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In Ecuador they fear the volcanos erupting, not for earthquakes and lava flows but for the military forcing evacuations of entire towns and then looting them. 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:53 | 1922233 kito
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yes, they would sooner get crisped by the flows of tungurahua then have their flock pilfered during an unwarranted evacuation..........

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:02 | 1922694 CrockettAlmanac.com
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"An oppressive government is much worse than a man-eating tiger." -- Kong Fu-Dzuh ("Confucious")

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:05 | 1922341 Nostradumbass
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Methinks it best to remain in a place where you know the language, culture, land and system of law and can maintain some circle of family/friends for support and strength when TSHTF.

If the whole world of humans is collapsing/changing and perhaps even the living Earth herself is undergoing change due to periodic cyclic events with or without the impact of human activity being a catalyst, then why would you want to take on the added stress of being away from what you have known all of your life?

Granted, AmeriKa seems hell-bound with all of the systemic corruption flowing through it and the almost unbelievable level of ignorance of the population at large. Even so, I know this place and can act/react/respond accordingly much better prepared than I might half a world away.

And we can still own guns here.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:04 | 1922704 CrockettAlmanac.com
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And we have family and friends here who will not be able to escape themselves.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:41 | 1922919 Landrew
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Know the world. First leave that bullshit thinking behind or you will be left behind. The world speaks English and you speak more Spanish than you know. Immersion and you speak enough to get around in the most remote mountain areas. The great thing is you DON'T NEED a GUN! Being in a country with a 1/3 of the worlds metals resource sounds good to me! Ever see a Chilean GOLD MINE! I flew into La Serena usually never looking out the window, TWO new GOLD MINES! As we close our mines here, they are set for life if they realize it. We are just lucky they and the Middle East have no idea th power they really have.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 21:08 | 1923626 Nostradumbass
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Wifey is fluent en Espanol. Yo comprendo/hablo un poquito. And we have considered and are yet considering relocating to Central or South America. But things will have to be getting REAL bad here first in order for us to jettison our lives here.. Otherwise, a location with abundant water and still decent growing season and reasonable distance to our north bordering country - Canada is our current favorite choice.

If I were a single man without family... well....

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:14 | 1922152 defencev
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Did you check out "liberty alert service"? A new "service" offered by "Simon": just 9 US per month (retail price 19.95 per month) with subscription to

"Sovereign Man:Confidential" (345 US per year). It makes me wonder are there paranoidal degenerates who pay real money for this crap...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:29 | 1922848 Landrew
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Well you will be tired of this too. I live in Chile for a month at a time every other month. Life is so easy there with little or no police and that's for a good reason. The police have wire mesh on their cars, TO PROTECT THEMSELVES! The food is amazing, you can get sick eating real food! When I am the only gringo in 1/4 mile, there is no notice. People mind their OWN business! There is so much to offer business there. It seems to be the perfect balance of private/public. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Chile and it's people! Happy to answer any questions you might have.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:57 | 1923004 arizona11912
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Guys, I went to the Soveriegn man conference earlier this year. The guy is a fucking tool. Do not beleive everything this guy says. He wants your money, thats it. Chile will fall in line just like the rest of the Americas. Check this out this meeting held in CHILE: http://www.infowars.com/chilean-president-calls-for-eu-like-union-of-ame... Just saying...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:48 | 1921704 camoes
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mob rule bitchez!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:58 | 1921759 fonestar
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I wonder how many of these towel vigilates know that they were only born due to a bubble in USTs?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:02 | 1921783 walküre
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Why feed them?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:22 | 1921980 ParkAveFlasher
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You can't eat towels BUT you CAN wipe your ass with them.  Maybe the towel rioter are on to something.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:59 | 1922675 mkkby
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I was once a young naive liberal.  Now I say cut off all social services without a strict check for physical disabilites.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:07 | 1922721 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Stop taking half of people's earnings so that social services can be performed privately to the extent determined by the providers.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:49 | 1921705 walküre
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The only riots Americans can muster are SHOPPING RIOTS!

But who effen cares? Those riots are "bullish" and a 3% pop in the market!

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:08 | 1922730 CrockettAlmanac.com
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They the 99%.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:29 | 1922843 SamuelMaverick
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Perfectly said Crockett

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:49 | 1921706 hedgeless_horseman
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Then there’s this video showing the utter chaos and calamity that ensued when shoppers were fighting over towels put on sale at $1.28 each. Towels.

Well, towels are the most useful thing in the universe.

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:50 | 1921720 Seize Mars
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Well, towels are the most useful thing in the universe.

True. You've got to know where your towel is.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:23 | 1921991 Rahm
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Oh, now I understand why some store them on their head.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:54 | 1921734 slaughterer
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Towels and soap--"the measure of civilization"--these are the most important things... 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:01 | 1921781 i-dog
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Except for the Brits ... they don't use soap.

An Australian friend told a stuffy English visitor that he was going to weigh the soap each day to make sure he was washing. :)

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 03:41 | 1924452 Peter K
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And they don't brush their 'teef' either.:)

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:55 | 1923589 StychoKiller
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My vote goes to plumbing and hot water tanks. :>D

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:55 | 1921741 Gief Gold Plox
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"Wanna get high?"

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:43 | 1922164 TheFourthStooge-ing
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:56 | 1921747 Falcon15
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That and your Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. "DON'T PANIC" is always good advice.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:59 | 1923604 peekcrackers
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Crammer will tell you next black firday go short towls and cat

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:51 | 1921722 SMG
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At some point, things will stop getting worse and actually get better.  Hope I live to see it.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:55 | 1921742 mynhair
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Bwaney Fwank quitting was a start.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:58 | 1921757 e_goldstein
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Yes. Although I'm sure he's going to get bored with one partner after fucking the rest of America up the ass for so long.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:02 | 1921784 Cruel Aid
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Yea, Maxine will be much better as the banking commitee leader.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:57 | 1923595 StychoKiller
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Maxine, bringin' ig'nance and demagoguery to a whole new level...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:04 | 1921801 Alex Kintner
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Barney will be a hell of a lobbyist. A blojob goes a  long way in washington.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:54 | 1921735 The Proletariat
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It's transitory.  Signed, the Bernank

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:55 | 1921739 Falcon15
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Short answer to the final question: "Hell no". Long answer: It may be too late for a majority of the people in my society. I pray for the best, porepare for the worst. 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:55 | 1921740 vxpatel
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good stuff makes me proud to not be in america...i'd love to see these people sent to iraq or afghanistan, their grateful nation needs them...

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:11 | 1922385 Cathartes Aura
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why would you send them to kill others on behalf of the elitists?

if you merely want "these people" dead, no worries, the water, air, food available to them will accomplish this - why inflict the murderous on other peoples?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:59 | 1921748 bob_dabolina
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There was no stealing 

I wonder if retail sales were up this year or retail theft.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:01 | 1921776 GeneMarchbanks
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'There was no steeling 

I wonder if retail sails were up this year or retail theft.'

No. But your spelling is criminal.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:30 | 1922052 piceridu
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and so was his blog...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:48 | 1922611 GeneMarchbanks
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I appreciate the edit. +1

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:57 | 1921749 antidisestablis...
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Towels cover shiny rocks.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:10 | 1921851 tocointhephrase
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Metal too, whooop zer it iz

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:57 | 1921752 mtomato2
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You know, it makes you want to jump up on a table, shoot a gun in the air, and shout to the stunned crowd:

FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!!  THEY'RE ONLY TOWELS!!!  EVERYBODY GO BACK HOME AND STAND IN A CORNER UNTIL YOU CAN BEHAVE!!!

Take me to Chile with you. please.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:12 | 1922398 Cathartes Aura
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there you go Simon!  a convert!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:15 | 1922412 Frank N. Beans
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if you are married, you know that towels are VERY important to women. 

 

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 10:36 | 1925191 mtomato2
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Dude, I love towels.  Towels are my friend!  God help us if we lose the towels!

But:  I'm NOT going to fight some snarky dude with a "This guy needs a beer" tee shirt to get my hands on one.

 

I have my pride.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:58 | 1921756 Gunther
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I traveled 2008 in Chile and got several times warnings from locals to be aware of pickpockets.
The bars there on almost every window do not spell safety either.
Better Areas of town might be okay but quite a few people in Chile live of ten dollars a day.
Without my own guards I would not consider that country safe.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:03 | 1921792 Tsar Pointless
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quite a few people in Chile live of ten dollars a day.

Quite a few people in Amerikkka live on less than ten dollars a day.

Point? Less?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:12 | 1921876 Gunther
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A big discrepancy between rich and poor makes a place unsafe.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:15 | 1921906 Tsar Pointless
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You mean like the average CEO making 440X the average Amerikkkan?

Again. Point? Less?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:59 | 1921762 Alex Kintner
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Well, they were very plush towels after all. If someone's bloody nose didn't stain them, it would have been worth a rip and run.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:59 | 1921764 infinity8
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"those people" - gonna be hard to not be around them since they are most.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:01 | 1921771 Hober Mallow
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"Western society is not much more advanced."

You surely don't equate Atlanta to Western society, don't you?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:04 | 1921772 c'mon man
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The ironic part in all this is you have basically have the unemployed/underemployed patrons fighting over useless products now being manufactured by foreign workers who have taken those unemployed/underemployed jobs away from them...then these stores have the balls to want you to become a cashier and ring up your own products putting more people out of work.../rant off

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:38 | 1922120 adr
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Yes but those unemployed patrons probably have more discretionary cash to spend than you. When you don't have bills to worry about all your money can be spent on stuff you don't need.

I've had the argument with people about how Amazon and online retail is hurting the economy even more than outsourcing. We aren't ever going to become a manufacturing hub again, all we have left is service jobs. If all commerce goes online you just lost about 75% of the jobs in the USA. You don't need 100 million people to run Amazon warehouses.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:17 | 1922777 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Online retailers have offices and warehouses which must be staffed. The products must be shipped to the consumer. Those delivery trucks need drivers and are maintained by mechanics and...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:02 | 1921786 steve from virginia
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Wow, somebody else is doing GREAT! So fine to live vicariously through others, particularly on the Internet, where nobody knows YOU ARE A DOG!

Bring on the naked girls or STFU.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:03 | 1921789 General Debility
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Good God, ordinary Americans are even scarier than your DHS!
How can a human being be reduced to such a low, lowest common denominator? Evolutionary flaw? Missing another link?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:42 | 1922572 css1971
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You really think we are anything other than animals?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 19:10 | 1923271 Kali
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Animals living in the belly of the beast.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:20 | 1922794 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Americans feel entitled. Entitled to whatever they want. Now. Side effect of the safety-net and the glorification of the state which break down social bonds and the ability to see other people as individuals.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:03 | 1921794 WonderDawg
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I don't use the word "sheeple" and don't care for it when others use it, but you see a clip like this, and, well...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:06 | 1921810 walküre
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you can eat sheep

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:32 | 1922075 mayhem_korner
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You can do a lot more than that with 'em.  Speaking of which, did y'all see Bwaney Fwank is hangin' em up?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:04 | 1921796 slewie the pi-rat
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chile is a great place...

...until the state dept starts calling the shots down there

...and they're aimed at...

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:05 | 1921807 Hober Mallow
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at the commies?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:14 | 1921893 slewie the pi-rat
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no!

at fuking noobiZ on their first day of trolling!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:22 | 1921975 fuu
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The bio was an amusing touch.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 21:02 | 1923613 peekcrackers
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slewie

"no!

at fuking noobiZ on their first day of trolling"

hahha .. that one made me choke on my scotch.. way fucking funny

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:05 | 1921802 Sequitur
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Was this video taken from the Fed discount window in 2008, when Bernake was showering banks with free money? I think I see Fuld in there, throwing some elbows.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:05 | 1921803 Vergeltung
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ah. more pontificating from the independantly-wealthy world traveler.

 

PASS.

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:05 | 1921805 a growing concern
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You gotta laugh at the guy wearing the "This Guy Needs A Beer" T-shirt while watching the chaos.  Stay classy, Wal-Mart, stay classy.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:05 | 1921806 bullsonparade
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You do raise a frightening truth in the point of just how will these types of people act if their welfare, housing, and food stamps are cut off. Personally I'm aiming to be far away from the welfare dependent metropolitian areas.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:20 | 1921956 Random_Robert
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There is nowhere safe. You can be away from the welfare dependent urban areas, but if you get too far, you end up in the welfare dependednt rural areas.

The place to be is close to the nearest rowdy biker-bar. Start hanging out and making friends sooner rather than later.  

If there is one truth I have learned in my many years on this planet, it is that the most gansta looking, sideways baseball cap, baggy pants around his knees wearin urban douchebag rolling in his Chrysler 300 will ALWAYS give a fat, middle aged guy wearin Dickies, a doo-rag and a leather vest a wide bearth. 

You never read about gang shootouts between the crips and the Hell's Angels... why is that? Look at the news about the big blowout between the Vagos and the Hell's Angels last week.

When a bunch of psycho, harley ridin nutjobs want to throw down, they don't give a fuck where they are- they'll shoot up a casino in Vegas.  That's balls.

Those are the kinds of friends to have when TSHTF

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:34 | 1922088 adr
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That's because Hell's Angels actually know how to handle weapons and most of them are ex military. Your average gansta can't hit the broad side of a barn.

The bikers will be the first to take out an entire ghetto neighborhood when the shit hits the fan. If one ghetto gangster kills one biker the entire biker nation will wipe the city the gangster came from off the map.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:23 | 1922455 Cathartes Aura
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good.

less testosterone hanging around waiting for the fuse to be lit.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:17 | 1922776 TSA gropee
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Indeed, no one who expects to hit his target rotates his "nine" from vertical, all that says is "I'm a 300 drivin' douchebag with pants to my knees and who wears his cap sideways thug wannabe"... Fifteen in the mag, one in the pipe = tactical deterrence and peace of mind.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:06 | 1921812 williambanzai7
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The truth is this can occur anywhere and it does. It is just surprising, or perhaps not so surprising, to see it in the US.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:20 | 1921920 Dr. Engali
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There has been a lot I've seen in the U.S in the past few years that have surprised me. Starting with Iraq to Katrina to BP , the economic melt down, and of course his. A holiday celebrating the life of the Prince of Peace and spiritual health reduced to savages fighting over towels and two dollar waffle irons. I'm to the point where nothing surprises me any more, other than the fact that people are seemingly oblivious to it all. I just can not believe what this country has become.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:25 | 1922466 Loose Caboose
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This made me want to cry.  Now I need a .... towel...

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 02:14 | 1924318 mophead
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You can buy them at Walmart for $1.88 I believe.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:28 | 1922043 mayhem_korner
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Why would it be surprising in the U.S.?  This is the just-below-the-dermis, primal incivility common to all people.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:29 | 1922045 c'mon man
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Perhaps a rioting Ancient Roman mob parody in order??

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:07 | 1921817 mynhair
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Rumor time?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:07 | 1921818 Random_Robert
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“Black Friday” … even the name is ominous and does not portend of anything positive in relation to the holiday season.

The explosion in mobbery surrounding this event is disquieting, and to me it paints a picture of just how important it has become for some people to be able to provide their family with the best holiday experience, for the lowest cost, possible…

I’m reading the stats that say this year’s Black Friday sales are exceeding 2010 by anywhere from 15 to 25%… anyone reading this as a positive is not flipping the coin and looking at the other side.

Downward pricing pressures, and the need to minimize gross expenditures on holiday wares, might be what’s encouraging some folks to behave so irrationally.

When people don't have money, and yet they still face the pressure to provide their kids with a "magical" Christmas experience (read: commercially over the top), I guess chaos is a fair price to pay for many.

Not justifying, just rationalizing.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:29 | 1922044 adr
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You can't trust reported stats, just like political polling and ratings boxes they just cherry pick the data they want and ignore the rest. Go out and talk to mangers that actually work at stores that count real sales. The real numbers are way down from last year. My wife's store didn't even come close to matching last year. The manager at my local Best Buy told me they didn't come close to matching last year either. Home Depot was a ghost town.

Like I've said before I actually sell product to retail buyers. I don't know how sales can be better than last year when buyers actually bought less merchandise than last year. The buyers I meet with laugh and say that the reported sales for their companies are higher than the value of the merchandise they actually bought.

In reality you can't make $150 off of $100 worth of merchandise but somehow in Wallstreet-land you can.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:16 | 1922770 mkkby
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One trick is the retail surveys only count stores that are open.  That seems obvious, but it means Best Buy gets more sales just because Circuit City closed down (to use one example). 

The stats we are fed ARE NOT TOTAL SALES for the ecomomy.  The only comparable that would make sense is sales tax receipts.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 18:46 | 1923195 jemlyn
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I didn't realize that kids nowadays wanted towels and waffle irons for Christmas

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:07 | 1921820 High Plains Drifter
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the crowds also walk over and around dead bodies too........nice people.......a credit to humanity i might add

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:29 | 1922845 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Even the ancient Greeks expected a traveler who came upon a corpse to toss a minimum of three handfuls of earth upon the body.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:09 | 1921849 The trend is yo...
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pepper spray this year, stabbing next year

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:13 | 1921890 tocointhephrase
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FEMA the year after?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:18 | 1921929 swanpoint
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stabbing is this year, http://bit.ly/v2FGD9 in providence, ri. south and west providence are known to be inhabitted by mobs of juevniles that throw bottles at cars and stomp to death the driver foolish enough to stop.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:11 | 1921866 Hober Mallow
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Actually, you want to avoid something in Chile more than the mob in those videos: Earthquakes.

By your description, you are not high enough to avoid being too close to the fault that stretches S-to-N of Chile. You want to be on a more elevated position.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:14 | 1921897 Hober Mallow
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Having said that, I agree that Chile is a great place to live, it is secure, has plenty of resources. You just have to be careful with volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:15 | 1921877 buzzsaw99
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wrong thread

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:13 | 1921889 Tsar Pointless
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A black female wrote an opinion piece for our local conservative entertainment rag, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

She bemoaned Black Friday shopping, stating that Thanksgiving was a time for family, friends, and football.

As if the Pilgrims and Indians sat around on their unemployed 300-pound fat asses, farting, downing cheap beer after ingesting a year's supply of salt and trans fats while watching other 300-pound fat asses kick and throw a dumb ball around and making a million dollars a year.

Amerikkka: Intelligence not included.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:33 | 1922864 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Yeah, those blacks concentrate too much on family. You're right to put that woman down for mouthing off and spoiling the retail season.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:15 | 1921903 TheBadgersSett
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The end game of an economic system that demands eternal growth fuelled by unchecked consumerism & materialism
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:20 | 1921961 adr
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Ha, did you expect anything else from a mob of mostly black people. The people in the center were all black and the peripheral white people were mostly laughing at the insanity of it all. This isn't a black friday thing, this is just an every day in the ghetto thing. You would see the same thing at a KFC if they sold a 9 piece bucket of chicken for $1. The welfare society is like a zoo. The people that live in it have no morals, no ethics, and no sense of anything other than the self. The welfare class exists in the same realm as the elite bankster class that would euthanize their own mother for a hot stock tip. If you think otherwise you are blind. The stink of political correctness has blinded people to the truth of the ghetto. They don't work and all abuse the system to make more money than most middle class people can dream of. The average welfare queen spends around $3k in Obama money on Christmas. Don't believe it, go ask one. Walk into a ghetto Walmart and see what checks out.

I see crap like this all the time in Cleveland. That video could have been taken at any time during a flash mob retail attack. I'm not saying Black Friday doesn't get insane but in my experience you don't see that kind of crap in middle class neighborhoods like where I live. I walked in with a crowd of 300 people into HH Gregg. Nobody pushed, there was no violence. Everything was orderly and more than half the people walked out with nothing in hand. They went for one deal and if they couldn't get it they walked out. They didn't buy a similar product that was available either. They wanted name brands. Even today there are pallets of the off brand Coby $299 TV. In fact at every store there were pallets of merchandise left over. There were even 15 Doorbuster $199 Toshiba TVs left at my Target on Sunday.

The Black Friday numbers are total bullshit. They are claiming 226 million people went shopping last weekend. BULLSHIT it isn't possible unless they counted retail workers as shoppers, EVERY DAY THEY WORKED. Maybe every child under 10 went out shopping by themselves.

The insanity that some people actually believe these reported figures as fact is absolutely mind boggling. There is no sense in having a rational mind, it makes you insane.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:21 | 1921974 Peter K
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Just reinforcing the old stereotypes:)

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:36 | 1922889 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Those of us with black loved ones don't take kindly to your brand of bullshit.

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 02:32 | 1924358 mophead
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"I'm not saying Black Friday doesn't get insane but in my experience you don't see that kind of crap in middle class neighborhoods like where I live."

OP, you're an idiot. You explain the whole problem in your own words. It is poverty that begets ignorance. Go to any part of the US that has middle class blacks you will find they are just as civilized as the next middle class citizen.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:39 | 1922021 mayhem_korner
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Brits got soccer; Spaniards chase bulls down narrow, cobblestone streets; U.S. has Black Friday.  As Cheech Marin once said...eetz all de same thing, man.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:27 | 1922030 Are you kidding
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Let's be honest here...these are MINORITY Americans...95% of those "rioters" are black or Mexican. MOST white people do NOT behave like that!

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 15:40 | 1922138 karzai_luver
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as in all the other "pro sports" the whites can't keep up, they want to do it but are so fat and soft and drugged up that they can't get to the front of the line.

They just stay home and order shit from Amazam and QVC.

 

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:39 | 1922914 CrockettAlmanac.com
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The only guy who ever held me up at gunpoint was white. How would you rate his behavior and can you extrapolate on the behavior of the white population at large based on his actions?

Be specific and show your work.

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:50 | 1922968 Dburn
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Let's be honest here...these are MINORITY Americans...95% of those "rioters" are black or Mexican. MOST white people do NOT behave like that!

Bullshit. Watch the other videos especially when they went for the waffle irons. Big fat white women fighting for position. One was so fat, her pants slipped halfway down her ass . She knew her ass was hanging out there and didn't give a shit because she had five $2.00 waffle irons. So don't be going full bigot on people who have different colored skin based on one or two videos. This was a scene that played out all over America.

I wonder how others see in foreign countries. We think we know, but we have no idea. If we think we are losing what's left of our dignity, we wouldn't be wrong. The question is why do people debase themselves like that? Maybe it's for the fun, but maybe it's the only way to make a hundred bucks look like a big Christmas, by loading up with $2.00 waffle irons and $1.28 towels.

Now imagine that scene when it's for food when everyone is armed to the teeth. That's coming. All this was, was a confirmation that people will go that far. The big fat women are seen because they run over the weaker ones. When there are guns involved it will be based on rate of fire. Accuracy won't count. All they have to do is make sure they aren't shooting themselves which undoubtedly will happen.

Will should be ashamed but will also should be damn scared. These people have no idea what's going on and why they have to take shitty jobs if there is a job to be found. What happens when the WalMart grocery stores have empty shelves? Damn right, they will head directly to the gated communities some of you elite douchebags live in. When they get done with your stores, they will head right for your house.

No matter how many say they have more guns and ammo, one thing most here don't have is experience in a live gunfight to the death. Your mileage varies no matter how brave you think you are.

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 02:40 | 1924369 mophead
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Are you kidding writes:

Let's be honest here...these are MINORITY Americans...95% of those "rioters" are black or Mexican. MOST white people do NOT behave like that!

Let's have a brain. Most minorities make less money than whites. Impoverished people are not well educated and are almost always oppressed, which leads to bad behavior. Have you ever heard of white/trailer trash? How do those people behave? And is it because they're white or ....? At the very least, these minorities don't sleep with their sisters or pet goats.

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