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Guest Post: Epic Fail - Part One

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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

Epic Fail - Part One

“Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.” – Edmund Burke

No wonder one third of Americans are obese. The crap we are shoveling into our bodies is on par with the misinformation, propaganda and lies that are being programmed into our minds by government bureaucrats, corrupt politicians, corporate media gurus, and central banker puppets. Chief Clinton propaganda mouthpiece, James Carville, famously remarked during the 1992 presidential campaign that, “It’s the economy, stupid”. Clinton was able to successfully convince the American voters that George Bush’s handling of the economy caused the 1991 recession. In retrospect, it was revealed the economy had been recovering for months prior to the election. No one could ever accuse the American people of being perceptive, realistic or critical thinking when it comes to economics, math, history or distinguishing between truth or lies. Our government controlled public school system has successfully dumbed down the populace to a level where they enjoy their slavery and prefer conscious ignorance to critical thought.

The next six months leading up to the November elections will surely provide a shining example of the degraded society we’ve become. Both parties and their propaganda machines, SuperPacs, and corporate media sponsors will treat the igadget distracted masses to hundreds of hours of lies, spin, and vitriol, designed to divert the public from the fact that both parties act on behalf of the same masters and have no intention of changing course of the U.S. Titanic to avert the iceberg dead ahead. We will be treated to storylines about race, gun control, the war on women, energy independence, global warming, the war on terror, the imminent threat of Iran and North Korea, Obamacare, Romneycare, and of course the economy, stupid.

There are 240 million voting age Americans. About 130 million will likely vote in the 2012 election based upon recent voter participation results. This means that 110 million Americans don’t give a crap about who runs this country or they’ve come to their senses and realize our votes don’t matter. Between 1840 and 1900 voter participation ranged between 70% and 82% as Americans took their civic duty seriously and believed their vote counted. Since 1913, when the politicians relinquished control of our currency to a private bank controlled by a small group of powerful men, voter participation for President has ranged between 49% and 62%. It hasn’t surpassed 57% since 1968. Now that corporations are people and our candidates are selected by a few rich men, the transformation from a republic to a corporate fascist state is almost complete. During the coming interminable political campaign you will hear about jobs until your ears bleed. I can guarantee that 98% of the rhetoric will be false. Neither party wants the American people to understand the truth about what happened to our economy and jobs over the last 100 years. It has been a bipartisan screw job and ignoring the facts doesn’t change them.

The first fact that can’t be ignored is how many Americans are actually unemployed today. Here is some truth you won’t get from a politician or media talking head:

  • There are 243 million working age Americans.
  • There are 142 million employed Americans.
  • Only 101 million of the employed Americans are working more than 35 hours per week. This means that only 41.6% of all working age Americans have a full-time job.
  • According to the government drones at the BLS, 88 million Americans have “chosen” to not be in the labor force – the highest level in U.S. history.
  • The percentage of Americans in the workforce at 63.8% is the lowest since 1980 and down from a peak of 67.1% in 2000. The difference between these two percentages is 8 million Americans.
  • The BLS reports there are only 12.7 million unemployed Americans in the country, down from 15.3 million in 2009.
  • The BLS reports the unemployment rate has dropped from 10% in late 2009 to 8.3% today. Over this time frame the working age population grew by 5.7 million, while the number of employed Americans grew by 3.6 million. Only a government drone could interpret this data and report a dramatic decline in the unemployment rate.

 

Any critical thinking human being would examine the data being reported as fact by our government and regurgitated without question by the corporate mainstream media and conclude it is false, misleading and manipulated. The economy was booming in 2000 and 67.1% of the working age population were in the labor force. Today the economy is in much worse shape. More people NEED to work in order to just make ends meet, but according to the government, 8 million Americans have chosen to not work. Only an Ivy League economist or CNBC bimbo pundit would believe such a blatant distortion of reality. A comparison to prior decades provides all the evidence you need:

  • In 1980 the working age population was 168 million and the labor force totaled 107 million.
  • By 1990 the working age population grew by 21 million and the labor force grew by 19 million.
  • By 2000 the working age population grew by another 23 million and the labor force advanced by 17 million.
  • Since 2000 the working age population has grown by 30 million, but shockingly the labor force has supposedly grown by only 12 million.

 

This data is so twisted that there is absolutely no doubt the Federal Government is purposely manipulating the numbers to make the economic situation appear better than the reality. During the Great Depression propaganda and spin had not been perfected. There weren’t multiple definitions of unemployment designed to confuse and mislead the public. The peak level of unemployment in the 1930s was 25%. The current reported level is 8.3%. On a comparable basis to the 1930s, including short-term discouraged workers, those forced to work part-time, and the long-term discouraged workers which were defined out of existence in 1994 by the BLS, the real unemployment rate is 22% today. It feels like a depression for millions of Americans because it is a depression.

 

The rhetoric from the Obama administration about a jobs recovery is laughable. Full time employment peaked in July 2007 at 122.4 million. Today there are 113.9 million people classified as full-time, with only 101.3 million working more than 35 hours. There are 8.5 million fewer people with full time jobs today than there were in 2007. That fact is even more disheartening considering the working age population has grown by 10.5 million over the same time span. Taking an even longer term view provides the perspective needed to assess our true economic state.  Total nonfarm employment hasn’t grown in twelve years, while the working age population has grown by 30 million people.

 

Obama will tout the fact that we’ve added 3.6 million jobs since the bottom of this recession. What he won’t tout is that hiring of temporary workers surged by 37% and accounted for 25% of all the jobs added since 2009. I’m sure these temporary workers, with no health or retirement benefits, are confident about their future.  The facts about jobs and employment are consistent with the 47 million Americans on food stamps (up from 35 million when the recession supposedly ended). It’s a sure sign of recovery when spending on food stamps doubles in the last two years. No depression here, just move along.  

 

Record numbers of Americans being added to the SSDI rolls for depression and other illusory disabilities is surely a positive development pointing to a strong economic recovery. In just the first four months of this year, 539,000 joined the disability rolls and more than 725,000 put in applications. “We see a lot of people applying for disability once their unemployment insurance expires,” said Matthew Rutledge, a research economist at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. The number of applications last year was up 24% compared with 2008, Social Security Administration data show. Why participate in the labor market when you can collect a government check for life because you are obese or depressed. These are the people no longer in the labor force. Once they go on SSDI, they rarely go back to work again.   

 

The government reported figure of 12.7 million unemployed Americans is an utter falsehood. There are in excess of 30 million Americans that are either unemployed or working part-time that want full-time jobs. Government propaganda doesn’t change the facts.

 “Facts don’t cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

Would You Like a Side Order of Facts with That Propaganda?

When you watch the Wall Street scam artists paraded on CNBC declaring the number of people not in the labor force is going up due to Baby Boomers retiring, you should understand they are propagating a falsehood. They are either intellectually dishonest or too lazy to do the most basic of research. They are paid millions to impart false storylines to anyone dumb enough to watch CNBC expecting facts or a smattering of truth. If you want some truth, turn to John Mauldin and John Hussman. CNBC doesn’t invite these outstanding honest analysts on their station when they can roll out a shill like Abbey Joseph Cohen or James Paulson. They wouldn’t want some factual analysis when they can have Becky Quick do one of her frequent handjob interviews with that doddering old status quo fool Warren Buffet.

A critical thinker might wonder how could real disposable income be dropping over the last three months and only have risen by 0.3% in the last year if we’ve had the strong job growth touted by Obama. Could it be the jobs being created are extraordinarily low-paying? There are signs of desperation everywhere you look. The two charts below, from one of John Mauldin’s recent articles, reveal the truth about the Baby Boomers retiring storyline. The first chart shows the employment level for those over the age of 55 since 2007. There were 25.3 million people over the age of 55 working in 2007 and there are 30.1 million working today. People over 55 have seen their total employment level rise by 4.8 million jobs since the beginning of the recession, and over 3 million jobs since the 3rd quarter of 2009. Total employment is down by 4 million since 2007, while employment among those over 55 is up 19%. John Hussman described the reality about employment in his recent weekly article:

“If you dig into the payroll data, the picture that emerges is breathtaking. Since the recession “ended” in June 2009, total non-farm payrolls in the U.S. have grown by 2.32 million jobs. However, if we look at workers 55 years of age and over, we find that employment in that group has increased by 3.04 million jobs. In contrast, employment among workers under age 55 has actually contracted by nearly one million jobs, regardless of which survey you use. Even over the past year, the vast majority of job creation has been in the 55-and-over group, while employment has been sluggish for all other workers, and has already turned down.”

I wonder how Larry Kudlow will spin this.

 

Now for the really eye opening facts. While the labor participation rate has been plunging, the Boomer participation rate has been skyrocketing. The participation rate for the over 65 age group is now at an all-time high. Do you think this has anything to do with home values dropping 36% since 2005, gasoline prices doubling since early 2009, food prices surging by 25%, the 1.4% annual return of stocks since 1999, or the .15% senior citizens can earn on their money today versus the 5% they could earn in 2007?

 

Intellectually dishonest ultra-liberal Ivy League defender of the Federal Reserve – Paul Krugman had this to say about Ben Bernanke’s zero interest rate policy on senior citizens:

“Finally, how is expansionary monetary policy supposed to hurt the 99 percent? Think of all the people living on fixed incomes, we’re told. But who are these people? I know the picture: retirees living on the interest on their bank account and their fixed pension check — and there are no doubt some people fitting that description. But there aren’t many of them.”

It must be comforting living in an ivory tower or penthouse suite and looking down upon the ignorant masses while caressing your Nobel Prize. The millions of senior citizens with $100,000 of savings could earn $5,000 of interest income in 2007 to supplement their $18,000 of Social Security income. Today, they can earn $150 while the Wall Street banks receive the benefits of ZIRP by borrowing for free from the Federal Reserve and earning billions risk free. Paulie doesn’t think the $4,850 reduction in income and the 15% increase in inflation since 2007 had a negative impact on senior citizens. They must be pouring into the work force because they are just bored, after working for the last 45 years. John Hussman has a slightly different viewpoint, based upon facts rather than a false disproven ideology:    

“Beginning first with Alan Greenspan, and then with Ben Bernanke, the Fed has increasingly pursued policies of suppressing interest rates, even driving real interest rates to negative levels after inflation. Combine this with the bursting of two Fed-enabled (if not Fed-induced) bubbles – one in stocks and one in housing, and the over-55 cohort has suffered an assault on its financial security: a difficult trifecta that includes the loss of interest income, the loss of portfolio value, and the loss of home equity. All of these have combined to provoke a delay in retirement plans and a need for these individuals to re-enter the labor force.

In short, what we’ve observed in the employment figures is not recovery, but desperation. Having starved savers of interest income, and having repeatedly subjected investors to Fed-induced financial bubbles that create volatility without durable returns, the Fed has successfully provoked job growth of the obligatory, low-wage variety. Over the past year, the majority of this growth has been in the 55-and-over cohort, while growth has turned down among other workers. Meanwhile, broad labor force participation continues to fall as discouraged workers leave the labor force entirely, which is the primary reason the unemployment rate has declined. All of this reflects not health, but despair, and helps to explain why real disposable income has grown by only 0.3% over the past year.”

Do you believe Krugman or Hussman? The key takeaway from the data is the desperation exhibited by average Americans, while the political governing elite and Wall Street pigs continue to gorge themselves at the trough of free money provided by the Federal Reserve, while paying themselves obscene bonuses for a job well done buying the corrupt Washington politicians.

 

Over the next six months we will hear unceasing rhetoric from Obama and Romney about how they are going to create jobs. Neither of these government apparatchiks have a clue about jobs or desire to change the course that was set one hundred years ago with the creation of the Federal Reserve. Obama never worked at a real job in his entire life, while Romney has spent his life firing people and spinning off heavily indebted companies to unsuspecting investors. The current deteriorating jobs picture has been decades in the making and a truly bipartisan effort. The rhetoric about America being an engine of growth and the world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship is laughable when examined with a critical eye. We are an aging empire living in the past as the facts portray an entirely different reality. Our fastest growing industries include:

  • Solar panel manufacturing (subsidized by your tax dollars)
  • For-profit universities (diploma mills subsidized by your tax dollars)
  • Pilates and yoga studios
  • Self-tanning product manufacturing
  • Social network game development
  • Hot sauce production

The “surge” in jobs in the last three months is being driven by these industries:

  • Food services and drinking places
  • Administrative and support services
  • Ambulatory health care services
  • Credit intermediation
  • Hospitals

Is this the picture of a world leading jobs machine or a delusional, paper pushing, self-involved, obese, sickly, overly indebted crumbling empire? The job openings in industries that actually produce something are barely identifiable on the chart below. Maybe the University of Phoenix can successfully retrain construction and manufacturing workers to be waiters, waitresses, and Wal-Mart greeters if the Federal government can funnel more of our tax dollars into student loans.    

 

If you thought low wage work was only for Chinese, Indians, and Vietnamese, you haven’t been paying attention. The United States is a world leader. We are by far the world leader among developed countries in percentage of low wage workers at 24.8%. I find it hysterical that the dysfunctional insolvent countries of Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy have a much smaller percentage of low wage workers than the great American empire. We have 142 million employed Americans and 35 million are slaving away in low paying thankless jobs. This explains why the half the workers in the country make less than $25,000 per year.  

 

The top three employment occupations in the country are:

  • Office and administrative support work
  • Sales & Related
  • Food preparation and serving related

 

There are high paying good jobs in America, but there aren’t many and on-line college graduates from the University of Phoenix aren’t going to get them. The highest paying jobs today require a high level of specialization and education, especially in the healthcare and technology industries. This disqualifies the vast majority of government run public school graduates. High paying manufacturing jobs which were the backbone of the country during the 1950s and 1960s are gone forever. The reasons for this transformation are multifaceted and will be addressed in Part Two of this article. It didn’t happen by accident and there are culprits to blame. The conversion of our country from making high quality things other countries needed to a debt driven service economy of paper pushers, hash slingers, and retail “specialists” has slowly but surely destroyed the middle class. The masses are distracted by the latest technological marvel that allows them to waste another two hours per day posting how they feel about the latest episode of America’s Got Something or America’s Top Whatever. We have become a country that glories in our materialism and shallow culture while acting like a thug around the world with our unparalleled military machine.  

This result is not an accident. It was set in motion by the actions of a handful of rapacious, wealthy powerful men that have been calling the shots in this country for the last hundred years. It wasn’t a planned conspiracy but the logical result of man-made inflation, a fiat currency not backed by gold, the craving of rich men to become richer, a willfully ignorant populace, and a slow devolution of our society into a corporate fascist state. We praise and honor psychopathic criminals while scorning and ridiculing the middle class workers that built this country. The American dream has become a nightmare for the millions of unemployed and underemployed. The acceleration of debt accumulation and money printing guarantees this rotting carcass of a country will go belly up in the foreseeable future.     

“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.” - Kurt Vonnegut

In Part Two of this article I will examine how we got to this point and what is likely to happen next.

 

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:33 | 2366343 GetZeeGold
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How did you know....cause I sure didn't see it coming?

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:41 | 2366358 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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Radical Problems need radical solutions - while its clear that the global system of greed driven consumer capitalism is failing, the worlds best minds need to come together and figure out what we can replace it with. I have a few proposals:

WE MUST:

1: Stop burning all fossil fuels NOW, as this is leading to global warming, deforestation, and loss of habitat for antarctic wildlife.
2: Centralize power dramatically in order to create more efficiency in the global management process. In a globalised world nations, flags, are outdated concepts; power and taxations should be global.
3: Introduce a new electronic currency. This will be mandated as to be the only acceptable payment for goods and services worldwide. This will instantly pull in huge revenues from tax evaders; and almost instantly stop much illegal activity - such as child pornography and prostitution, since all transactions will be monitored.
4: in order to save energy elevators and lifts should be banned. The extra exercise will help the obesity epidemic and mitigate the losses gained by banning fossil fuels. Overweight people could also be put on a tread mill in order to build up energy reserves

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:46 | 2366370 GetZeeGold
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You're killing me over here dude!!!!!

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:03 | 2366403 Oh regional Indian
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On all levels, in a fractal world, it's a matter of vector analysis.

Oh, and Garbage in , garbage out!

In America's case, it's been oil drenched garbage with a chemical twist.

Gratefully exported to the willing world.

Good work as always JQ, your views on 9/11 not-with-standing.

ori

/population-control-vectors/

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:54 | 2366560 boogerbently
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Just in our generation:

Evolution taught as FACT (instead of theory)

Abortion (corproations are people, babies AREN'T)

Gay is OK (10-20 years ago it was a mental illness)

Basically ANYTHING you do to make money is OK. Wrist slap for whitecollar crime and congressional fraud and tyranny. $$ = separate "justice."

Lindsey Lohan, Kim K, snooki!!!

We have no "National Identity", It's just "Look out for number 1."

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:25 | 2366693 Oh regional Indian
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Boog, I agree in principle with everything you said. It's all as per design. Sick people produce sick children.

Mentally, physically and spiritualy sick.

Three generations of sick folk and that line is done for.

It's happening ghere in India too, at warp speed.

ori

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:57 | 2366376 CH1
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I have a better solution: Stop playing the rigged game of states and serfs.

We all know that the givers of orders are degenerate liars. Don't we?

No matter which magic is used to sell the game (divine right, the magic of democracy, etc.), our position is always the same: Obey or we'll hurt you.

How about walking away and doing something better than brain-dead obedience and fawning for a "leader" to order our lives?

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:43 | 2367313 AnAnonymous
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How about walking away and doing something better than brain-dead obedience and fawning for a "leader" to order our lives?

_____________________________________

Made me laugh.

Either you are part of the extorted, then US citizens wont allow you to quit.

Or you are part of this increasing middle class number who feels that the conditions that enabled MC are vanishing and therefore feel you dont have your proper share. If so, leave, you wont be missed. They might even push you out or sponsor your departure.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:12 | 2367472 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Made me laugh.

...as seen here: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lo6s40A7iR1qmt8ipo1_500.gif

Either you are part of the extorted, then US citizens wont allow you to quit.

AnAnonymous, Chinese US citizen extraordinaire, plumbing new depths of lameness.

I've seen offuscated perl scripts that made more sense.

Or you are part of this increasing middle class number who feels that the conditions that enabled MC are vanishing and therefore feel you dont have your proper share. If so, leave, you wont be missed. They might even push you out or sponsor your departure.

Yes, sure, and this dovetails nicely with your "middle class is king class" theory?

Tomorrow you'll be saying the exact opposite. "Yangtze River Dolphin class is king class." What utter steaming roadside crap. Yet you roll it like a dung beetle.

Observations on US citizenism encompasses well known public facts but to organize the rivalry between. Disagree today and agree tomorrow, then repeat eternally, as per eternal nature.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:46 | 2367885 akak
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Chinese Citizenism gobbles-up half of world resources, but points fingers everywhere else. 

Chinese Citizenism pollutes more than any other citizenism.

Yet Chinese Citizenism remains guilt-free, as always.

Chinese citizenism like three monkeys with hands over eyes, ears, nose:
"See no roadside shitting, hear no roadside shitting, smell no roadside shitting".

The capacity of Chinese Citizenism to self-offuscate has no limit.

The denialism of algebraic Chinese coconutism is eternal.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:50 | 2366377 Shocker
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The Economies and everything are just completely out of wack. Nothing now days makes much sense, but hey the Stock Market is doing good

http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:00 | 2366401 battle axe
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Never fear, Tiny Tim Geihtner will come to the rescue.....

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:45 | 2366537 Woodyg
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With more financialization no doubt..... The finance industry used to be around 7% or so of the economy...... A means to an end.....

Now it's around 40% of GDP.....

I say that the extra 30% or so is simply Enroned bookkeeping.....

Fake profits paid for by the average American thru lower job opportunities, inflation and lower pay .....

So in actuality the GDP of America is around 10 trillion......

Showing Great Depression levels of losses to GDP......

I'm sure both Romney and the Oilybomber are doing their best to out promise the jackals on wall street what they'll get after the next election.

Funny none will 'trickle down' unless you're a 'lady of the night' - even then they don't want to pay!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:00 | 2366399 resurger
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Would like to drink STFU, Sir?!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:07 | 2366427 GetZeeGold
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That almost makes sense.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:17 | 2366453 resurger
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you are too smart, here is the deal +1

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:04 | 2367164 Rubbish
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I am fat and I NEED ice cream, cake and cookies. Without them I would go crazy. I work physically hard and always have. @ 57 I got in some punk ass bitches face just this morning.

 

Underneath these love handles is tiger blood, bones and muscle. My Dr. says I have bloodwork of a teenager.

 

Don't stereotype....It just might be your ass on the floor.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:08 | 2366429 Dugald
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Lifts should be banned? In your case the lift does not go to the top floor!!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:13 | 2366439 Anglo Hondo
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Psycho - I sincerely hope that you accidentally missed the "/sarc" at the end of your missive.

 

Otherwise - EPIC FAIL.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:15 | 2366448 tocointhephrase
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Good cop, bad cop all rolled into one, the thing is, a cop is a cop!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:31 | 2366488 BeetleBailey
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Your post is emblematic of what was written above. You're clueless, not smart whatsoever, and exactly the kind of drone/zombie that these corrupt government criminals look for.

I'll take your "points" on one by one.

1. Prove that buring fossil fuels does any of this. You cannot. Therefore, right off the bat, you're lousy with the facts.

2. A pipe dream at best. Non-doable in relaity. Unworkable. Sure...get every country to sign on. That'll work. NOT.

Keep dreaming, Don Quixote...and keep sucking that glass dick why don't cha?

3. One world currency. Idiotic. Never happen.

4. Proof that you've sucked on that glass dick since Nixon was in office. Nixon. Glass dick. I made a funny.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:41 | 2366519 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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People like you would be better served letting off steam at the local gun range than trying to comment on world affairs. Face it, you gun toting free market types are best kept well away from the proper political spectrum - thats reserved for a higher class of people, people with panache and style like Christine Lagarde. She has a 160 IQ, a great scene of fashion, and a real can do attitude when it comes to solving the worlds problems. Thats the kind of person I want in charge; thats the kind of person I'll be working with when the government offers me a promotion from my current position of regulating small businesses. Thats right, I'm headed to Brussels - I have what it takes to work hard and make it in the real world.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:38 | 2366754 knightowl77
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you are obviously a EU government stooge who has been breastfed koolaid since birth....Enjoy your time in Brussels....don't let the people with the pitchforks bother you....I am sure the serfs just don't understand your brilliance....

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:38 | 2366513 Chuck Walla
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psycho is a very apt description, Comrade. Did you forget to add /sarc?  Or are you just a Soros tool from Media Matters?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:46 | 2366541 francis_sawyer
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Ban the elevators bitchez!

Nobel Prizes have been awarded on ideas of less merit!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:31 | 2366718 string
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5: Lipo-suction to bio-fuels conversion.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:46 | 2366810 AngryChair
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Down arrow for forgetting the sarcasm tag.

 

/SARC OFF/

 

There.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:50 | 2366830 gaoptimize
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"2: Centralize power dramatically in order to create more efficiency in the global management process."

Wow, unable to see the consequences of centralization and concentration of power, you believe doubling down must be the solution.

You are a tool of the enemies of free people.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:45 | 2367606 theTribster
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We must also put in prison people that recommend the following actions:

1: Stop burning all fossil fuels NOW, as this is leading to global warming, deforestation, and loss of habitat for antarctic wildlife.
2: Centralize power dramatically in order to create more efficiency in the global management process. In a globalised world nations, flags, are outdated concepts; power and taxations should be global.
3: Introduce a new electronic currency. This will be mandated as to be the only acceptable payment for goods and services worldwide. This will instantly pull in huge revenues from tax evaders; and almost instantly stop much illegal activity - such as child pornography and prostitution, since all transactions will be monitored.
4: in order to save energy elevators and lifts should be banned. The extra exercise will help the obesity epidemic and mitigate the losses gained by banning fossil fuels. Overweight people could also be put on a tread mill in order to build up energy reserves

I think your just trying to get shit going, no way a ZH reader would think like this - electronic currency? centralized power?

Stop burning all fossil fuels now? Sure, ok we'll shut down the whole planet without any type of alternative solution in place yet.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:55 | 2367658 msamour
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you are being sarcastic right?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 16:05 | 2368184 TruthDetector
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Bravo! (Not only "more of the same" but MUCH MORE of the same!)

...so rants  TheMaxilopezPsycho(I can only assume) a PhD-graduate of one of the finest public schooling systems (USA-Public)! 

 

What a psycho indeed!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:18 | 2366455 jus_lite_reading
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The only reason MCD is up because the number of "people" living off the fat of the land has increased... those are the people who eat what they should not be eating

Otherwise, any man woman or child with any common sense would never touch that trash they call fast food...

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:50 | 2366553 midtowng
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This article does a good job, but misses one HUGE thing: the employment numbers of high-school dropouts, graduates, and college graduates. It seems like this should be a part 1 of a two part series.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:01 | 2366589 stocktivity
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Actually, I thought the article made a lot of sense.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:33 | 2366344 smlbizman
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i tried watching ron paul this morn on that fucking cnbs....i had to turn it off...i was seconds away from getting in a tower and start.....i cant say because some bullshit fuckface may come knocking on my door...

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:41 | 2366349 GetZeeGold
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Shot of vodka might help.....add some tomato juice and a stick of celery.

 

Bloody Mary for a bloody Monday.....couldn't hurt!

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:50 | 2366551 Chuck Walla
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i tried watching ron paul this morn on that fucking cnbs....i had to turn it off...i was seconds away from getting in a tower and start.....i cant say because some bullshit fuckface may come knocking on my door...

 

Liesman and Sorkin's performance with RP was total in the tank BS.  They couldn't shake him and his answers were hard to argue being truthful and all.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:29 | 2366710 MachoMan
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I thought it was really funny when they tried to throw the "do you really think 9/11 happened" trap out there...  he knocked it out of the park...  now, we can debate who helped out the perpetrators...  who planned it...  etc...  but, for superficial reasons, he really knocked that one out of the park...  "they attacked us because of our foreign policy"...  basically the one answer that makes a lot of sense to a lot of people and isn't outlandish at all...  well played.  You could tell they were miffed by his response.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:34 | 2366346 tocointhephrase
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"Our government controlled public school system has successfully dumbed down the populace to a level where they enjoy their slavery and prefer conscious ignorance to critical thought"

 

Classic!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:46 | 2366371 insanelysane
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I don't believe they are conscious of their ignorance.  They have been conditioned to believe that what they are doing is "thinking."  Just repeat what we say, just repeat what we say.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:07 | 2366419 tocointhephrase
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On the contrary, anything other than facebook and iGadgets is met with contempt. As soon as an ounce of reality is mentioned, people dont want to know or can't be bothered. The truth hurts, ignorance is bliss and all that jazz. This artical is more truth than most can stomach. The sad fact is, this is yet another Noah story of prepare before the tusami and the masses can't even sort out pair of armbands and a rubber dinghy let alone to take serious responsibility for their own lives.

Insanely, please don't make excuses for their blissful ignorance, I grew up in this system, I just chose to not walk the same path.

Corporate junk is just that, wheather it is food, entertainment, education. But people love it, they love to be lied to because the emotions that come with truth is too much for those in lar lar land to bear!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:41 | 2366520 pods
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I used to think that most people were this way.  But I have started to see that alot of people are just uninformed of what goes on below the surface.  There is no animosity, merely ignorance.

And this ignorance will stick because every avenue of discussion (save for a few spots on the web) reinforces this ignorance.

The most difficult thing is to try and convince someone that they need to learn something that they never thought they needed to know.

Sure there are many who are blissfully unaware, but I have started many on the learning path who really never grasped that they could be lied to their whole lives.

Hell, most people (even informed ones) think that whatever clown occupies the White House has any bearing on the fate of things, and that includes many HERE.

pods

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:54 | 2366562 juangrande
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The only emotions that accompany "truth" are deep love and compassion. All the other emotions are the ones being continually fanned by TPTB, which in turn, leads everyone around the maze. Until we realize this, there is no fixing the system. The day that the song "Revolution" by the Beatles is the national anthem is the day that a solution will be in sight!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:38 | 2366510 Woodyg
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When Samoza the dictator of Nicaragua was asked why he had no public school system in his country he replied 'I want oxen Not men"

The USA has accomplished the same thing even while running the schools....

Frankly bad school follow poverty levels - go to a poor neighborhood and most likely you'll find the bad schools....

The elite realized long ago they only need so many highly educated children - and that those should simply be 'Their' children.....

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:45 | 2366533 pods
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Read  John Taylor Gatto, this was no accident.

pods

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:51 | 2366557 Bastiat
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Yes but in my experience the children of the elite are best schooled in attitude and are challenged in critical thought and ethically retarded.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:35 | 2366347 falak pema
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O/T Epic Fail,

only The Irish could manage this one , watch !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04gbmcIPCkk

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:35 | 2366348 falak pema
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d/del

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:37 | 2366352 death_to_fed_tyranny
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The American Sheeple deserve the system that they have let happen. They are ignorant and lazy and mostly just plain stupid. Let the system collapse so that the survivors can rebuild this once great nation.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:43 | 2366364 cossack55
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Can we start today?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:22 | 2366465 trembo slice
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We'll rebuild it for free in FEMA camps... shit.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 16:06 | 2368191 TeresaE
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Of course your grand plan means that the sheeple would perish and non-sheeple will rise up.

Maybe in the next generation.

My best guess is that the sheeple are going to scream for their eats and the non-sheeple will be slaughtered long before anything is brought-down or collapses.

Same as it ever was, our founding was a fluke in human history, not a blueprint.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:41 | 2366360 chinaguy
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Can't directly connect to the burning platform - probably getting blasted by a "Denial of Service Attack" by some political class types - LOL

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:02 | 2366410 Jim Quinn
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My site has been running flawlessly for months and 10 minutes after posting this article the site goes down due to server issues.

It was down for 20 minutes and is now back.

I don't think it is a coincidence that my site goes down shortly after posting an article critical of the government.

 

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:24 | 2366464 GetZeeGold
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I''ve seen this movie....if you get a knock at the door....don't answer it.

 

You might want to compare notes with Eric King over at KWN.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:25 | 2366470 trembo slice
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And hide your dog; agents of the state are fond of shooting your pets.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:10 | 2366472 GetZeeGold
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...and your wife.....definitely keep your wife inside.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:31 | 2366720 MachoMan
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that's only if she's holding your baby in front of her

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:38 | 2366514 Bastiat
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Obama must have been on the net -- SS can suppress free speech in his vicinity.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:47 | 2366543 resurger
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JQ

If i was the Government, and i have been given a choice to read your posts or slit my throat with razorblade, ill chose the latter.

+5

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:42 | 2366361 rufusbird
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Is there some technical reason this website won't open...

www.theburningplatform.com/

 

? Interesting.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:45 | 2366368 Terra-Firma
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From the link: [link to allwhois.com]

Any thoughts on zerohedge.com? Who really owns it? I guess it is registered in Bulgaria, though not entirely sure. Could it be Russian, Israeli? Hmm.

A little help?

Registrant:
ABC Media Ltd
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Domain name: ZEROHEDGE.COM

Administrative Contact:
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Domain status: clientTransferProhibited
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This domain is being managed via EASYDNS

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:47 | 2366372 GetZeeGold
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Sooooo.......what's your point?

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:03 | 2366413 Terra-Firma
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Follow the trail and see where it leads. ABC Media Ltd. is owned by the ABC Media Group. Follow the money.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:14 | 2366444 cherry picker
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If Zero Hedge is owned by ABC Media, I am out of here for it can not be trusted, just like the MSM.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:55 | 2366556 i-dog
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What exactly is it that you are looking to trust, or not trust, about ZH? The content? The commentary? The contributors? The commenters?

ZH presents the disparate views of the Tylers, the Squid, the Morgue, the contributors (which range from shills like Quinn, to shrills like Reggie, and a hundred others) ... plus over 3,000 uncensored comments a day from all over the spectrum!

Are you perhaps only looking for the word of God?

ZH is truly 'new media' ... an exemplar of the free market of ideas (complete with peer review and added grafitti).

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:22 | 2366463 Hobbleknee
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Whois doesn't mean anything.  You can type anything you want in the box when you register a domain.  You think I put my real name in all the porn sites I own?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:08 | 2366430 Sancho Ponzi
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allwhois.com? You've got to be joking.

http://www.internic.net/whois.html

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:34 | 2366494 SheepDog-One
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ABC Media Ltd. just looks generic to me, I cant find ABC news with the 'Ltd.' on their site, they list their name as 'ABC WDNS', Walt Disney news it appears to be.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:00 | 2366584 mholzman
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The official group to verify with is Internic.

The name server is running out of Canada which doesn't even mean that much. The name server is selected by choice. Here, easyDNS is a Canadian company.

But your comment is odd. There are "Tylers" that write for this that I think are total idiots. Others, brilliant. Some playing poker....

My guess is that you suspect conspiracy. Hello from the US. We didn't invent it: we perfected it. Thank you, Jesus, I grew up in it; so I have been trained throughout my life to be hyperviligante. You must be from somewhere else.

 

 

 

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:12 | 2366631 forward ho
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Does it really matter where, Who, Tyler is? Just the facts sir. all info passed is always linked(it's that blue print you see in all articles). truth is truth no matter the bearer of those truths. Follow the links provided, Tyler is collecting and presenting facts. I, myself do not have the time to endlessly track down cyber-info. and am thankful i can come here.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:30 | 2367259 ebworthen
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TERRA-FIRMA,

Don't ask your date who she's slept with; just enjoy your time together.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:48 | 2366373 Escapeclaws
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According to Naomi Klein, the author of "Disaster Capitalism", what is happening to us in the US now should come as no surprise. The same policies that used to be directed outward to third world countries are just being applied on the home front now, the test case being the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. Chickens have a nasty habit of coming home to roost.

I'm sure Naomi Klein's point of view is not the sole valid way of looking at things, but I don't see how we can hope to understand what is going on without some kind of outside or historical perspective. Looking at internal statistics such as the growing income disparity of Americans shows that something very bad is happening, but doesn't give a clue as to why.

Calling the American people stupid or dumbed down seems beside the point. They are no stupider than anyone else.

My own feeling is that this country is too big and would function better if the individual states could take back power from the federal government and form a loose confederation. In particular, taxation should not be at the federal level.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:52 | 2366380 johnnymustardseed
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Exactly! The FED can not raise interest rates, it would only increase borrowing costs to fund deficits and require more borrowing. This thing was doomed all the way back to Reagan and his un-tax and spend and every president after him. It willl end badly, all you can do is prep.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:43 | 2366528 Vince Clortho
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This thing was doomed from inception in 1913 when it first began in the U.S.

As we approach the end point, the insanity escalates.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:46 | 2366540 Bastiat
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"The same policies that used to be directed outward to third world countries are just being applied on the home front now"

One of my dark intuitions in the 70s was that our latin american policies would end up applied at home.   If you want to see what people are, morally, watch how they treat people over whom they have power or position--on a personal level, service people for instance.  When the restraints are gone, the power expanded, that's how they will act. 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 16:02 | 2368170 TeresaE
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So it's Karma bitchez!

Works for me.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:49 | 2366375 Kina
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Those bankster pigs aught to remember why we allow pigs to gorge themselves, and what happens to them when they are fat enough.

 

I think a better analogy for banksters is ticks. Ticks suck the blood of the host, and grow and grow and cant let go, until they get so huge the fall off.

 

Here we have a blankenfelda Ixises ricinus on its way to work

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2006/06/Tick_450x391.jpg

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:52 | 2366378 Sudden Debt
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Since 2000 the working age population has grown by 30 million, but shockingly the labor force has supposedly grown by only 12 million

How many pool cleaning mexicans does America need he?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:54 | 2366384 resurger
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The Economy is "Stabile" when it's come undone....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:07 | 2366618 RealFinney
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Reminds me of a joke from last year:

News Reader1: Leslie Nielson was rushed to hospital today with suspected pneumonia, his condition is now stable.

News Reader2: How is he?

News Reader1: He's dead. 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:04 | 2366394 johny2
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USA, EU, China and all of the industrialised world is dependent on the oil. As long as we get the energy needed there is no end to this ponzi scheme. 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:02 | 2366633 i-dog
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Not true ... it was destined to blow anyway.

The first bankruptcy of the US was in 1933 ... just 20 years after the formation of the Fed and a year before even the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia, let alone major production.

The second bankruptcy of the US was just 38 years later, in 1971 ... which was a number of years before we even reached 'peak oil' (as some call it).

The third bankuptcy of the US -- one could call the US a 'serial bankrupt' by now (Einstein was right!) -- is in process right now and should become official within a matter of 6 months, or maybe a year or two ... irrespective of oil supplies (the US could drill for more, but chooses not to). There is no manufacturing or other wealth-producing base any more -- just grazing sheeple and a money-siphon running to offshore banking havens.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:50 | 2367350 AnAnonymous
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Made me laugh.

The first post is right: as long as the inputs are here, the doom scenarios wont happen.

The FED saved the day in 1913. The causes of GD is the end of the 19th Ponzi inthe US: that is land transfer from Indians. That is what ran out.

1970s: peak oil extraction in the US. Had to compensate and import massively (the Fed helped and the credit expansion too)

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 22:12 | 2368933 akak
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.

1970s: peak oil extraction in the US.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////

Oh happy day when the world finally reaches Peak Chinese Citizenism!

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 05:13 | 2369223 johny2
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Well, I think the ponzi scheme will continue for longer than 6 months, unless there is something really unexpected ( natural disaster) The top 5% which rule have never had it so good, and the rest are easily manipulated. As for the bankruptcies which you were writting about, they never changed anything for real, and ponzi scheme was just adjusted those times.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:57 | 2366396 Jalibb
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but my preacher sayz everythin' gana be alright so I don't care. (sorry, I live in Georgia)

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:17 | 2366449 SheepDog-One
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501c3 church and they all work for DHS now...sheeple controllers.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:02 | 2366409 Muppet Pimp
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There has been a boom in my area of 'Sign Spinning' jobs.  This is our biggest growth industry right now. They are on every corner.  Innovation at work my friends.  Green shoots as far as the eye can see.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:29 | 2366454 SheepDog-One
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South Park did it, and even combined sign spinning 'jobs' with 'cash for gold' epidemic. South Park - Cash For Gold - YouTube

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:09 | 2366432 Shizzmoney
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All this confirms the fact that America's #1 export the last few years has been #fail.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:12 | 2366441 LawsofPhysics
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Finite systems and exponential equations are a bitch, same as it ever was.  

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:15 | 2366447 SheepDog-One
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Why are they so desperate to make things 'look better', whats the point? You can tell people things are not quite so bad for a short time, but you cant convince the Titanic passengers in life jackets in the water that we'll be arriving in NYC in an hour. It just wont work. So I guess what Im really saying here is whats their endgame?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:36 | 2366501 Dburn
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The low voter turn-out is probably a causal factor in the green shoots BS. All they really have to is convince people who are already working at a decent job that everything is alright and they get a win. They just have to have a majority of  the voters in key battleground states.

The amount of partisan hacks on both sides have increased exponentially as public service has been changed to "public serves-us". Politics is now a yellow brick road to wealth, real wealth. There are a myriad of super high paying jobs in the private sector that feed off politics . Experience to get those jobs is usually paid for by taxpayers as people work in the govt to make "their bones" and then they get mid 6 low 7figure  lobbying jobs, think tank, pundits, commentators, opinion bombastards, political consultants, political Lawyers, and the of course the inside trading congress and staff. Don't underestimate the siren call of wealth and power that resides in DC. I once walked to the Washington Monument while visiting a high school buddy who ended up a multimillionaire lobbyist, and I swear the place felt like the 60 cycle hum given off by power lines. 

So the BS green shoots are targeted at people who make enough money to have disposable income, are relatively safe in their jobs ( or want to feel safe) and retired people who want to feel safe about their retirement benefits. That's enough to win. Those who don't make any money on both sides are scared into voting by various organizations. The end goal is all the same; the perpetuation and growth of the status quo.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:38 | 2366515 SheepDog-One
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If no one showed up to vote on fake-ass rigged 'election day', the banksters would know right then its game over for them. 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:54 | 2367126 Silver Dreamer
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You already knew it, but it will be the end of one empire and the beginning of another.  It's the same pattern as usual of course.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:07 | 2367444 Diogenes
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There is no end game. They think they can keep bleeding the system forever. So far, so good.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:20 | 2366459 ebworthen
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Great Kurt Vonnegut quote.

During the Great Depression many were able to live on family homesteads and farms and survive with subsistence agriculture, outhouses, and moonshine.

No such luxury this time around; other than EBT cards and the Government dole.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:35 | 2366461 SheepDog-One
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Why are fat americans fat? Food stamps...plain and simple. You get an EBT card at the beginning of the month to run to Walmart and stock in volume combo-packs on hundreds of pounds of crap all paid for by Uncle Scam, to keep them flatlined and happily munching chips, dips, and chicken wings all month. 

So if the .gov want to wring their hands over an 'obesity problem', the cause of the problem lies right in their own lap.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:37 | 2366507 ebworthen
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You can get an extra large pepperoni and a two liter Mountain Dew at Papa Murphy's with your EBT card.

Wholesome and nutritious!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:41 | 2366518 SheepDog-One
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KFC and most other fast food empty high calorie garbage food places now too....just swipe yo EBT card and dig into a bag of 1,500 calorie burgers and buckets of chicken. 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:56 | 2367139 Silver Dreamer
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A great number of people are obese without being on government assistance.  Sure, that doesn't help, but it is an ignorance problem not an economic one.  I know an awful lot of wealthy fat people too.  Remember that Food Pyramid?  It's a lie of course.  What else would one expect from the government?  People need to get educated on diet!  Stop consuming simple sugars, processed and bleached flour, etc.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:59 | 2368158 TeresaE
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Silver, I agree 100%.

With one slight addition:

Move their butts.

Americans HAVE to start moving their arses.

Everyday.

And I'm not talking about the government recommended 60 minutes (cause we know that ain't gonna' happen), but when you are 100 (or 500) pounds overweight, walking for 15 minutes a day can bring positive changes to your health.

But Americans don't want "doable" and "simple," they want "easy," "paid for," "magical," and "no-pain."

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:27 | 2366469 SamAdams
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Excellent article Jim, inclusive of past, present and future problems; identifying root cause and supporting with solid evidence.  All succinctly presented in just a few pages!  Looking forward to the solutions presented in article 2.   

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:33 | 2366487 Haole
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The Marines are pissed, Iran announces "blockade" of The Strait of Hormuz, Virginia flips the bird at the Feds over NDAA, Japan continues to blow-up in a myriad of ways, digital zeros fix everything apparently...

Never a dull moment eh, sometimes I wish I didn't have an internet connection.

What does one do but prepare for thge worst, hope for the best and perhaps BTFD?

Best luck and regards to all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OVgYCMjr8c&feature=player_embedded

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:36 | 2366504 SheepDog-One
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Things arent going the banksters way and theyre running out of time fast.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:02 | 2366592 Haole
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:23 | 2366686 i-dog
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"Street ranger" next. Vipers everywhere....

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:58 | 2367145 Silver Dreamer
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Are we all sure about that?  The looting continues, and that's the plan.  It seems to be going along smashingly well from a banker's perspective, no?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:02 | 2366591 Miss Expectations
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Great video. Thanks.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:23 | 2366682 YHC-FTSE
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Saw a report on RT this morning about 110,000 active US troops being hooked on a cocktail of anti-depressants and class A drugs. Apparently the brass is handing out the prescriptions like candy. Expect a rise in suicides and homicides when the troops come home. 

As for Iran, the dumbest warmongering arseholes on the planet bought wholesale by Israel with little or no self-control on geo-politics (That would be the USA leadership) are apparently going head to head with the greatest chess players on the planet: The Russians. The Russkies are massing troops on Iran's Northern border (Armenia) in anticipation of an invasion/military strike on Iran. Not exactly check mate, but check all the same. It's laughably ironic that I have to thank the Russkies for trying to prevent another major conflict that may easily escalate completely out of control. In the West, we've almost run out of people who have actually experienced being bombed in their homes, and that's probably why the government is full of cocksure psychos who can neither envisage it happening to their loved ones nor how it feels to be on the receiving end of military action, all the while clueless Keynsian cretins like Krugman are waiting in the wings rubbing their hands with glee. Crazy just doesn't cover the utter lunacy of politics these days.

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-09/news/31311454_1_russian-defense-ministry-military-action-dmitry-rogozin

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:29 | 2366708 i-dog
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Don't discount the possibility that the Russians are simply part of an NWO stage play ... to ramp up tensions as a pretext for "national security" clampdowns to be enacted in the USSA. Just sayin'....

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:26 | 2367978 Cathartes Aura
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heyas YHC-FTSE ~

haven't seen you posting for a while (admittedly, I'm *here* less often as spring growing season hits home) - glad you're still around!

with regards your story on over-medicating the troops - altho' the "military" have used this tactic since forever (used to be tobacco, etc.), this past decade they've taken it to the moon. . . and many of the pills they're pushing are experi-mental psyche drugs, which are known for keeping minds numbed down, and should the supply be cut off, all hell breaks loose in the user's mind(s) - suicide stats continue to rise, as do the acting out once returned to "home" status - some are like little time-bombs, waiting to be poked before exploding. . .

of course, working as intended. . .

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 18:31 | 2368603 YHC-FTSE
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Hello! Cathartes Aura ~

 

What a pleasure to share a thread with you again. Been busy as a bee as well, but for less noble reasons - real life beckons to earn my daily bread and I've been keeping up the pretense of working hard for the crumbs. I still keep up with Reggie and WB7, but haven't had the time or the inclination to post anything recently. Yes, the sad story about prescription drugs does sound familiar doesn't it? Anyway the major in the video isn't the first to say those heartfelt pleas for sanity, and hopefully he isn't going to be the last. Good to see decency still prevails in some quarters.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 20:43 | 2368828 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Cathartes Aura said:

this past decade they've taken it to the moon. . . and many of the pills they're pushing are experi-mental psyche drugs, which are known for keeping minds numbed down, and should the supply be cut off, all hell breaks loose in the user's mind(s)

If'n th' guvvermint is handin' it out, you jes' knows it's gotta be OK, prob'ly no worse than asp'rin. Safe as milk, I tells ya.

What they rilly need ta clamp down on is that there merry-joo-wanna. Lookit what it did ta our boys in Nam. They started smokin' them reefers an' next thing ya know they's questionin' orders, wonderin' why they's over there, and gettin' all soft when it came ta things like burnin' down villages fulla commonists. They smoked a reefer and it's like ol' Lucifer hisself jumped up an' started sayin', "don't kill them little kids, they're people, not commonists."

Yeah, that merry-joo-wanna will twist a man's mind around somethin' terrible. There oughtta be a law or somethin'.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:47 | 2366821 Revert_Back_to_...
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Powerful video. When people who have earned the right to speak say something, I hope TPTB will listen to them.

 

 

These things could change your life (for the better).

Sitting through a sermon and a meal at a homeless shelter.

Going to a monthly township meeting.

Listening to a session of county court. 

 

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:31 | 2366492 lsbumblebee
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I'm dumb enough to watch CNBC, and this morning I saw the shit in Steve Liesman's pants lift him off his seat when Ron Paul mentioned the Dow/Gold ratio.

Precious moments to last a lifetime.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:36 | 2366499 ebworthen
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Classic, and Liesman saying "That Congressman from Texas does make you think."

Yes Steve, embrace thought.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:42 | 2366524 SheepDog-One
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Actual thought is a totaly foreign concept to the pom-pom wavers like LIESman and the rest of the CNBC front men for Whore Street..

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:41 | 2366522 TrulyStupid
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For anyone interested in science and solutions to the obesity/illness epidemic:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Solution-Original-Human/dp/0982565844/re...

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:08 | 2367175 Silver Dreamer
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Truly, thanks for the link.  Hopefully, more and more people will begin to realize the lies we've been told about nutrition all of our lives.  Books like the one you linked are part of the solution, and understanding the principles the author shares is vital in changing one's health for the better.  I have never felt better after cutting out the things he recommends, and I've been doing it for a long time now (learned from other research, not this particular book).  I no longer get sick all of the time, I do not have sugar crashes, I sleep FAR better than I ever have in life, and I cannot recommend the changes enough to others.  If you want to be healthy, you have to take your nutrition seriously and get smart about it!

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:44 | 2366527 Smiddywesson
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This means that 110 million Americans don’t give a crap about who runs this country or they’ve come to their senses and realize our votes don’t matter.

Well said.  But I disagree with the assumption that voting is a morally good thing. 

Voting without knowledge and wisdom is equivalent to drunk driving.  The problem with the election process is it's designed to lure the sots out to the polls.

If you are what passes for an average American these days, stay home and watch American Idol, it's the right thing to do.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:36 | 2366752 i-dog
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"designed to lure the sots out to the polls"

In 23 countries they dispense with the lure and just force the sheep into the shearing shed! In 10 of those countries---including Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Singapore---they'll shoot you if you refuse to comply....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting#Enforced

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:44 | 2366529 Melenias
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Agree on many of these points, but regarding the booming generation going to leave the workforce, isn't a surge in the 55+ workers share of the worforce logic ? b4 leaving they are 55+ isn't it ?

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:07 | 2366617 tony bonn
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jim - your essay is brilliant because it is correct and truthful. it is rare treat to have distilled 200 proof truth.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:31 | 2366721 Winston Smith 2009
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"In retrospect, it was revealed the economy had been recovering for months prior to the election."

No, it wasn't.  I'm not defending the Clintons by any means and they certainly didn't even know the following, but our economy has not truly "recovered" for many decades:

http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=205068

Excerpt:

Since 1980 your earnings power, in real terms, when accounting for monetary inflation has been strongly negative. 

We covered up would have otherwise been an outright revolt (really -- a decade of 15-20% of annualized loss of purchasing power would have led to exactly that!) with massive credit extension to individuals and corporations.  This is the history of the housing bubble -- this chart -- and it goes back to 1980!

[chart]

The coverups came in the form of the housing bubble, massive offshoring of labor and exploitation of both environment arbitrage and effective slave labor overseas along with currency and interest rate manipulation and bank credit fraud of unprecedented size.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:40 | 2366779 maximin thrax
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I find it hysterical that the dysfunctional insolvent countries of Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy have a much smaller percentage of low wage workers than the great American empire.

Without seeing actual numbers as to what is defined in each country as being low wage, I'd wager the problem is that in those countries there are more government jobs per capita, which lowers the percentage of workers doing low-wage jobs, and which also has led those countries to spend themselves into pending economic oblivion.

If you can only get so much money for a good or service, then you can only spend so much for labor to make that good or tend that service. Government stepping in to set prices in order to increase wages can only lead to greater national debt as government makes the market.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:45 | 2366806 Winston Smith 2009
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"It must be comforting living in an ivory tower or penthouse suite and looking down upon the ignorant masses while caressing your Nobel Prize."

Krugman is the ultimate ivory tower type involved in a "science" that isn't.  Current economic "science" is pure, 19th century, simplistic garbage.  I was amazed to find out that they don't even use differential equations in their  antique economic theory:

Minsky (Code) Introduction Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIP7ES1lCGk

Just watch that video to intuitively know that there is no way in hell their economic theories can have even the slightest chance of being accurate nor should Nobel Prizes be awarded for working with this obvious garbage.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:27 | 2367069 DavidPierre
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when you wake up this morning they have already abolished unions


then

the earth

lifts

and lays her head back down slightly to the left

 

soon

the sea

sings across that island

pressing our hopes between backup plans

their promises melting down below deck


that day

you and I try again

after again

to kick start our baby’s beating heart

my body swelling like the bulging wave

a sailor not concerned for the sea


meanwhile

the brotherly leader swings his barreled gaze towards his own people

while the west treads water unsure which way to shore


all around us

our elected's jump ship

unable to contain the breech with their bare hands


back home

we turn our boat into the wind

knuckle grasping the gunnel of the middle class


by the time

the sea retreats

 

we turn our eyes away from the desert of detritus and debris


all the while

you and I

risk half life and decay

to still the sea

so that a blinking reflection of stars might emerge from the soupy black below

to fix our eyes on a small light in the distance to navigate by

 

the most fearful and fearless crossing we can imagine in the midst of this madness

 

-Laurel Albina

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 11:52 | 2367120 Conax
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'The Lord tells me He can get me outa this mess, but He's pretty sure you're fukt.'

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:08 | 2367128 LaggedOnUser
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In the article, you made this argument:

When you watch the Wall Street scam artists paraded on CNBC declaring the number of people not in the labor force is going up due to Baby Boomers retiring, you should understand they are propagating a falsehood... The two charts below, from one of John Mauldin’s recent articles, reveal the truth about the Baby Boomers retiring storyline. The first chart shows the employment level for those over the age of 55 since 2007. There were 25.3 million people over the age of 55 working in 2007 and there are 30.1 million working today. People over 55 have seen their total employment level rise by 4.8 million jobs since the beginning of the recession, and over 3 million jobs since the 3rd quarter of 2009. Total employment is down by 4 million since 2007, while employment among those over 55 is up 19%.

This argument seems fallacious.  In fact, Baby Boomers are retiring every day in large numbers.  But it so happens that even larger numbers of people with existing jobs are hitting the 55-and-up barrier.  

Imagine for the sake of argument that there are 25 million 55-and-up people working.  Then 10 million of them retire, but 15 million more people keep their existing job and have their 55th birthday.  With these hypothetical numbers:

  • Total employment drops by 10 million, since 10 million boomers retired
  • Employment in the 55 and up group increases by 5 million, because 15 million people entered this group due to aging while keeping their existing job, and 15 million older workers - 10 million retirees = 5 million "new" 55 and older workers.

Your argument seems to imply that the 55 and up group went out and got millions of jobs, but that doesn't seem as plausible as their keeping their existing job and just getting older, thus now meeting the definition of "55+ and employed".

Thus your point that retirement is not causing a drop in the labor force is false.  It is more correct to say that a massive number of baby boomers have now retired, but an even more massive group is entering the 55 and up pipeline and getting ready to retire in the decades ahead.

Your argument is false because it refers to the 55-and-up cohort as a fixed group.  In essence, you are saying, "The 55+ population can't be retiring because in absolute numbers a larger amount of them are working."  That is wrong, because you have forgotten the notion that in modern America, the 55+ population is an ever-growing segment of society, which can be growing even as the labor force is shrinking.

Based on this, we can expect even more pronounced labor force shrinkage in the decades ahead, due precisely to this aging and retirement effect.

Although I do agree with the underlying point you are trying to make: at least some boomers are probably not retiring due to economic conditions, thus making the labor force participation higher than it would be if there weren't a downturn.  To find out how many, I suppose we should look at the 65 and up group, to find out how many of actual retirement age haven't retired yet due to such concerns.  <del>But you won't find those numbers in your particular graphs.</del> ... as in the second graph (this sentence was corrected).

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:05 | 2367167 stant
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working americans are the modern day cherokee on the trail of tears. when its done they will herd us in and burn it down waco style. and say it was our fault

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:23 | 2367239 DaveA
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"No wonder one third of Americans are obese." You say that like it's a bad thing. I see 100 million Americans who won't drop dead of hunger when the dollar collapses. Maybe our species is evolving into this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeypot_ant

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:29 | 2367258 penexpers
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"It wasn’t a planned conspiracy but..."

Um, what?

The conspiracy is the New World Order; a plan for a postindustrial global fascist police state run by technocrats at the U.N., IMF and World Bank.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:56 | 2367380 AnAnonymous
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Once again, the sheeple drivel.

Sheeple are not who they are said to be.

US citizens dismiss facts if they know dismissal is more profitable.

Middle class is the king class in US citizenism. All these stories of elite manipulating the People, keeping them disinformed...

The Middle class is the part of the manipulation schemes if not the engine.

The elite has to please the middle class to exist in US citizenism.

It is partnership work: the US middle class wants war because they know they will get richer out of them but they want to keep their hands clean.

The elite's function in US citizenism: they take the blame for middle class, they are just a front for the middle class.

US citizens are well informed and they dismiss facts that would oppose their schemes.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:36 | 2367574 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Once again, the sheeple drivel.

Once again, AnAnonymous dispenses a torrent of sheep dip.

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:20 | 2367518 Bobportlandor
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QUESTION

How many of these people are GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES?

How many are truely needed?

What would their pay be in a competive market?

How does that play into the numbers when you figure most are nothing more then a glorified welfare recipient

 

I bet the numbers posted would be even worse.

 

 

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:34 | 2367814 metaforge
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Good article - looking forward to part 2.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 18:30 | 2368601 A shaped recovery
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg_teqyLNOs&list=FLk8WqQp9X2NwQ7CV2K-EFqQ...

 

The Baby Boomers have an anouncement to make! 

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