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Four Weeks Of Deja Vu Propaganda

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For everyone who wants to see a simple yet explicit example of how the BLS' relentless propaganda courtesy of perpetual prior "adjustments" trickles down in terms of media propaganda, here it is.

From March 15:

From March 22:

From March 29:

From April 5:

All of this would be great... if only the March 15th original number of 351,000 wasn't lower than the April 5th pre-revision number of 357,000, and which next week will be revised to 361,000!

In the meantime, everyone gets that warm and fuzzy feel: after all Bloomberg itself, which prepared the above reports, just told us its consumer comfort index just soard from -34.7 to -31.4, the highest since 2008. And nobody would ever think of manipulating public opinion now would they?


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Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:34 | 2319337 surf0766
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You will be pounded into submission.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:37 | 2319346 X.inf.capt
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if they tell a lie long enough.....

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 14:54 | 2320084 Jonas Parker
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"if they tell a lie long enough....."

they'll start believing it themselves...

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:17 | 2320350 boogerbently
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They (technically) tell the truth. People just can't UNDERSTAND what they're told.

NEW jobless claims.....NEW.

That means the number of people STILL LOSING THEIR JOBS is only now starting to slow......after 4 years!

And that could be ONLY because everyone has already lost their job. (that could, without having to close the company's doors)

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:39 | 2319354 bigdumbnugly
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broken, beat, and scarred.

h/t james hetfield.

coulda thrown in bloodied, thrashed, sodomized, eyesocket fu*c*ed, and a few other verbs but it wouldn't rhyme as well


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:57 | 2319423 tempo
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Fewer and fewer people can qualify for unemployment since they work parttime and/or are selfemployed. Its Federal income tax collections and the number of people on food stamps which are real indicators of the economic health. Tax collections are lower than last year and a record number are on food stamps. So the BLS/Bloomberg fluff stats are BS.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:35 | 2319339 thedrickster
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Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:44 | 2319372 X.inf.capt
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election year...


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:53 | 2319405 SheepDog-One
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OK, so then theyre going with NOT going with QE, and deciding to go rainbow skittles and unicorn 'all is well economy has recovered' route...alright Ben run with that!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:55 | 2319415 Sudden Debt
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If only Bush would start looking for a job...


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:02 | 2319445 Chump
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7.*% is still pretty shitty, and I personally don't believe that Wall St. cares whether Obama or Romney is selected.  Although, to temper that belief, there is an "unpredictability" element to Obama if he gets 4 more years and doesn't have to worry about re-election.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:06 | 2319459 SheepDog-One
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ObaMao is already running around saying he dont need no congress, and he dont need no damn US Supreme Court...geez imagine this tyrant if he didnt need to worry about re-election? THIS is him with his good face on? Sheesh!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2319478 Chump
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Exactly right.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:25 | 2319528 dontgoforit
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Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:35 | 2319341 X.inf.capt
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Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:35 | 2319342 Dr. Engali
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Yahoo's headline reads " Jobless Claims Near a 4 Year Low"

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 13:30 | 2319912 Zero Govt
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while CNBC says, "US has full employment, happy days, Hope & Change really worked, 4 more years for Bumma & Biden... now over to Liesman" 

"Thanks Beccy, yes in a new totally independent poll just in Bumma & Biden just reached 99% approval ratings amongst Joe Public, happy days, 4 more years for Bumma & Biden"

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 19:42 | 2320844 StychoKiller
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Saddam Hussein won his last election with close to 100% of the vote!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:36 | 2319343 GeneMarchbanks
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Algos & mouthbreathers love it!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:37 | 2319347 SheepDog-One
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Come on in retail, the waters FINE! Nevermind those triangular fins! We need someone to sell to so we can plunge this crap market so hurry and buy, retail!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:38 | 2319349 vmromk
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FUCK Bernanke, Fuck him, Fuck him, Fuck him.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:41 | 2319359 Dr. Engali
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I'd rather not...he's really not my type. Now if you said strip him naked and drag him through the streets I might partake.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:38 | 2319351 Akrunner907
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Do you notice a pattern in the articles...They must recycle the same template.  Those reporters must have a really boring job, regurgitating the same story using the same template.  And they went to college for this?  

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:42 | 2319365 flacorps
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It's Winston Smith. He's getting annoyed.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:44 | 2319370 thedrickster
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This is state of mainstream "journalism" today which in actuality is nothing more than regurgitating government press releases as "news".

Smash your TV into submission.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:51 | 2319392 CrashisOptimistic
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They have no choice.

Advertisers inform them that the reason they buy advertising IS TO SELL PRODUCT.  If your news content depresses sales, then the advertising on that media vehicle is ineffective and THE ADVERTISER WILL NOT BUY.

Do you really think journalistic integrity trumps funding?

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 13:49 | 2319963 sitenine
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+1 for making a very good point! News is not about informing the populace; it is about selling useless shit to the 'consumer' - the fat, lazy, uneducated, consumer. As long as citizens are content to consume, as opposed to produce, this will not change.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 15:50 | 2320265 slowimplosion
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And similarly, the government and the media HAVE to talk up the economy, otherwise it will sink into the abyss immediately.


And they, like most folks, are about putting this thing off as long as possible.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:55 | 2319414 SheepDog-One
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I havent watched the media in ages, its too disgusting, I just see whatever they show of it here and other internet sources. 

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:46 | 2319593 MolotovCockhead
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I like porn better, they are disgusting too but they are more honest compare to the corporate media.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:55 | 2319617 Jason_1sandal
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Same as you dog.... except once or twice a week I stop and visit my parents. They always have their TV on. My dad does pretty good at filtering the BS. He won't go on the Internet. He thinks it's hogwash mostly (MSM influence). I finally turned him onto some Oildrum articles and a few other blogs.... he's slowly changing his views. I fear my mother is hopeless, although she did express that she was thinking of voting Ron Paul

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:40 | 2319357 SheepDog-One
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What ya gonna do, Bernank? Do you want your CRISIS and money printing? Or do you want the 'all is well rainbow unicorns and skittles'? Which is it going to be, because you cant have it both ways!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:40 | 2319358 economessed
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And that is how fake journalists document the fake recovery.

Anyone with a scintilla of ethics and appreciation for journalism would have written "Truth in government statistics decreases to lowest level in 4 years."

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:47 | 2319376 SheepDog-One
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So which are they going with? 'Recovery' and all is well? This unicorns and skittles 'economy recovered' shit? Or does Ben want his CRISIS to appear for the money printing everyone is screaming for? And no one can tell me he can have it both ways!

He better decide real fast because the window is sliding shut! 


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:47 | 2319387 pepperspray
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Government statistics reaches lowest truthiness since April 2008

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:45 | 2319377 firstdivision
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Why is the QE trade turned on today?

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:48 | 2319389 SheepDog-One
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Because things today are back to 'better than expected'?

Oh, wait...

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:07 | 2319460 Village Smithy
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Because no one is allowed to be short this market except them. It's a stealth short ban, same effect, no hysteria.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:46 | 2319378 Village Smithy
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Because the workforce has shrunk so much these numbers are BS anyway. If we adjusted for this decline in the workforce participation rate these numbers would be back into the 400Ks.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:47 | 2319382 Smiddywesson
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If you count cardboard boxes, new housing starts are soaring.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:51 | 2319396 SheepDog-One
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And tents....remember the medias line about housings 'tent-up demand'. L.L. Bean leading the housing recovery....nice tents.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:50 | 2319384 JohnKozac
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"Best time ever to buy a house," I hear the NAR say now....and yesterday...and last year...and year before., cetera....

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:48 | 2319386 williambanzai7
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Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:49 | 2319390 SheepDog-One
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Whats the point in the elaborate scheme to fool the monkeys? They dont even have any money.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2319480 williambanzai7
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Pure cruelty to animals.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:29 | 2319537 SheepDog-One
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Not very profitable though.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:21 | 2319521 dontgoforit
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Kool aide bananas, baby!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:48 | 2319388 alfred b.
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   BLS??    .....well I know what the B and S stands for; but it's the L that's confusing me!!      Help anyone?

   Buy physical gold and silver!!



Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:50 | 2319391 SheepDog-One
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Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:13 | 2319492 alfred b.
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 tnx it's all clear.    Then their title ought to read BS & that just about fits the whole gov't!      Gr8



Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:54 | 2319406 alexwest
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L aka LIE


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:52 | 2319399 alexwest
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stopped reading/watching blumberg ages ago,,
pure Soviet sty;e propaganda..

++ not much white people here, mostly asian/jews as if
we live in S.Asia, and capital is TelAviv


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:57 | 2319422 SheepDog-One
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I remember back when Bloomberg was actually pretty spot-on financial just a Pravda govt blowhorn, like all the rest. 

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:52 | 2319401 chipshot
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what am i missing here?.... i might need a liitle more expensive re-education....

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:56 | 2319418 WonderDawg
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I've been asking myself the same question for a few years now. Losing 1+ million jobs a month, and creating 200K, and the unemployment rate stays the same or goes down. I guess it must be the new math or something, but I just can't make it add up.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:59 | 2319432 SheepDog-One
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I was just in this conversation with my folks the other day, pointing out their rosy jobs data they were going on about cant even remotely be true after losing 1 million jobs a month for a couple years, we get a few +200,000 and we're back to normal? 

They just looked at me like I must be an alien and said 'Well, its right here, in the newspaper'.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:20 | 2319515 dontgoforit
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My folks, too.  "It was on the news (CBS, ABC)" it must be true.  They're in their early 90's, but still quite viable.  I can't convince them otherwise.  It's like when I was 13 and didn't believe everything they said - even though back then most of it was correct and true.  Shoe's on the other foot now and I get the feeling this is God's way of getting even with my doubting mind back then...

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:27 | 2319532 WonderDawg
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I lost my father on September 18, 2008. I find it ironic, for lack of a better word, that I lost my dad on the day that the financial world imploded. He and I had lively discussions about politics, the economy, the markets, etc. I can only wonder at the discussions we might have had about all that has transpired in the last 3 plus years. I miss him, but my forehead probably has fewer scars than if he was still among us. We agreed on a lot of things, but we disagreed on plenty, and we're both stubborn as hell so the "debates" could on occassion become heated. But he always made me use my brain and offered perspectives than I had not considered previously. I miss him these days more than ever.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:26 | 2319743 in4mayshun
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My sympathies WonderDawg. Nearly lost my Dad 6 mo ago to near fatal heart attack. Only pure luck saved him. Cant imagine what it'd be like w/o him.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 13:32 | 2319925 WonderDawg
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Thanks, in4mayshun. I'm grateful I had a good father. Luck of the draw, I guess, but I had great parents. Best wishes to your family, and hopefully your dad will be around for years to come.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 17:36 | 2320587 Death and Gravity
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My sympathies as well. But as you know yourself, WD, your father has a legacy that lives on:


Be well.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:30 | 2319541 ElvisDog
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"Your folks" is the key word. The older boomers are the ones who still slavishly watch and believe the MSM, both on TV and newspapers. They are the ones who largely believe the narrative they are being fed. Part of that is because that demographic either has jobs or has retired and desperately wants the ponzi to continue so they can continue to receive their "promised" benefits. There is much more skepticism amongst people under the age of 35, because they are largely unemployed or under-employed. They see more of what the reality is.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 19:51 | 2320855 StychoKiller
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The answer:  "Propaganda", ISBN 978-0-9703125-9-4, by Edward Bernays, 168 pgs

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:55 | 2319410 stickyfingers
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Just press play.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:55 | 2319411 Dr. Engali
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Goebbels would be proud.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:59 | 2319428 pods
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How many fingers Winston?

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:02 | 2319441 Misean
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Have the chocolate allotments increased?

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:03 | 2319448 SheepDog-One
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They better start handing out free vodka like the Soviets used to do to keep everyone drunk.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:22 | 2319725 in4mayshun
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It is much cheaper to manufacture Zoloft

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:08 | 2319467 magpie
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Yes they have, from 10 grams to 5.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:37 | 2319566 Curt W
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They increased the chocolate allotment from 1 OZ to 14 grams

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:20 | 2319713 in4mayshun
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Double Plus Good Eh?

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:45 | 2319804 Jason_1sandal
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I bought a box of ice bars the other day. I hadn't bought any for about 8 months or so. The price was about the same as I remember, the box was the same size as always. I got home and opened the box only to find out that the bars themselves had shrunk by about  1/5. I think I'm getting the idea of how the soviet people felt......

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:03 | 2319450 Straying from t...
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I believe that these are the same people that wrote the president's "punch abobe their weight" speech.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:07 | 2319463 Kaiser Sousa
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Hey I got a friend who quotes the USA TODAY as a source to rebut the claims of me and others here on Zh that know its all smoke and mirrors and the shit HAS, not will hit the fan...he states, "yeah ya'll doomers said it was comin 4 years ago, but "the man" (read:the Fed) still keepin it goin...Dow still13k, dollar still king...."


Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:18 | 2319510 Chump
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None.  He doesn't want to hear the truth, he wants to be reassured.  What will you do when he's starving and at your doorstep because he knows you were prepared and probably have some food?

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:24 | 2319525 SheepDog-One
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Thats what I tell all the smug know-it-all deniers and debunkers, 'Fine you go believe what you want, but remember dont come around here later thinking Im going to hand you food and a gun, just keep that in the back of your brain if you can call it a brain'.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:09 | 2319471 Seasmoke
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i believe absolutely nothing and no one....i no longer even believe the sky is blue.......its much easier this way

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:10 | 2319481 carbonmutant
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The public is developing an "Attitude Problem"

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:19 | 2319512 MagicHandPuppet
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Buy the fucking peaks, Sheep!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:25 | 2319530 SheepDog-One
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I think thats all this is about, a last gasp push to try to get retail to buy the top off the bankers hands. 

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:00 | 2319633 newworldorder
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That is true to some extent but the bigger reason is that for most  who still listen to the MSM worldwide, the stock market and bond market (low rates,) are the last 2 games in town. If one of them falls, the financial empire has no clothes.

Nothing will change unless one or both of these markets are compromised and panic sets in.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:24 | 2319527 Blue Horshoe Lo...
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Good news = bullish

Bad news = bullish (it could be worse!)

Neutral news = bullish (at least it's not bad!)

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:26 | 2319531 SheepDog-One
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OK I'm fine with that if thats the course Bernanke has decided on, no QE and let the markets slide, try to keep some control just with govt/media propaganda. ALLrightey then Ben!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:44 | 2319587 jack stephan
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Morbo: Morbo will now introduce tonight's candidates... PUNY HUMAN NUMBER ONE, PUNY HUMAN NUMBER TWO, and Morbo's good friend, Richard Nixon.
Richard Nixon's Head: Hello Morbo, how's the family?
Morbo: Belligerent and numerous.
Richard Nixon's Head: Good man. Nixon's pro-war and pro-family

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:46 | 2319592 newworldorder
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Form has replaced substance in most things in our society, from social interactions to reality and substance. To expect otherwise is folly. If it looks good, it is good. Couple this with most under 40 years of age not knowing any better, is it any suprise that news is managed and fed to the masses?

All of this positive data is aimed at the sweet spot of those who are still employed, have a predictable income stream (either single or family,) of $75k and above, some assets in 401k accounts that have doubled in the last 3 years and still believe in the two party political system to fix problems and plan for their future. If this belief is lost then all is lost.

If your job has been eliminated, you are close to forclosure, young and just entering the workforce or are part of 25% lowest income group all you will get is warm and fuzzy platitudes. It sound terrible to even contemplate, but other than your daily living needs, you have been written off by the financial consumption machine.

This is not just happening in the US. Look at Europe, as well as parts of Asia and the Middle East.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:50 | 2319604 Mtn_Wolf
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Tell the retailers ""want they want to hear"""...let ALL those sheep buy >>>while """The Fat Cats are shorting this bull (shit)  run"""""

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 11:50 | 2319605 Mtn_Wolf
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Tell the retailers ""want they want to hear"""...let ALL those sheep buy >>>while """The Fat Cats are shorting this bull (shit)  run"""""

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:04 | 2319641 Vince Clortho
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Bloomberg. A name you can trust.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 13:02 | 2319844 Westcoastliberal
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Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather, rinse, repeat, Lather, rinse, repeat.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 13:14 | 2319879 the not so migh...
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They should be sued for false reporting

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 02:20 | 2321403 malek
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Thanks Tyler, for putting it together so distinctly!

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