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Submitted by Ben Tanosborn

Our Tolerance For Fashionable Deception

Nothing appears as ugly as unmasked raw propaganda, or seems as fashionable as well-crafted deception.  Yet, the catwalk for both forms of propaganda is one and the same, deception wearing the most titillating togs provided by the top fashion house, the House of Public Relations. And the deceptive PR isn’t limited to multinational firms or businesses in general; it is part and parcel of our daily existence, having infiltrated most if not all institutions, totally poisoning politics, and eroding away whatever little honesty might still be left in our elected officials.

During the past century we have seen the transformation of the raw epithet known as propaganda, and all its implied vilification, to that of an accepted social science with full academic accreditation, unashamedly sitting at the same table with all reputable and time-honored professions.  We, members of society, have swallowed lock, stock and barrel the presumed need by notable individuals and institutions to receive help from specialized professionals to show us all the good things about them, their positive contribution to society.  But much of what we get is tainted with deceit.

From press releases to the practice of damage control, public relations, the pseudo-science, is there more often than not ready to deceive us all.  The alchemy of spinning factoids into facts, the use of euphemisms and constant truth cherry-picking, has reached such degree of sophistication that we are, as individuals, no longer able to discern fact from fiction.  Yet, the one place we should be looking for help to unravel deception from truth, the government, is often complicit with those engaged in the deception… that is, when not being the source of the deception itself.  Now, to further complicate matters, we have entered the age of Internet-mediated PR!

Americans have been victims – some might argue, beneficiaries – of three grand deceptions during the past three generations, in all cases having the government as either the deceiver or co-deceiver; the very instrument for the capitalist entrenched power.  One of the three grand deceptions has to do with the very defense of predatory capitalism, a system we are told to equate with democracy and our very constitutional freedoms.  That supreme deception has allowed the build-up of an imperial military, and permitted America’s unchallenged interference in the affairs of other sovereign nations.  But the deception involved in the creation of this imperial might is something that for now we might as well set aside and concentrate on the other two, housing and jobs, where maybe we still have a chance to confront deceit head-on, debunking old myths; one which will force the long term planning of education and employment without punishing and impoverishing three-quarters of the nation’s population.

Of the two, the most visual, one playing a key role in the economic predicament in which we find ourselves today is real estate, and the much touted “American Dream”… an invention of those holding the money and power to convince the working men and women in America of both capitalism’s virtues and the sanctity of private property over anything the commons – we as a people – might demand in an equitable society.  What has been viewed as shelter traditionally, a roof over our heads for the most part, has changed via deceit to the need for a sacrosanct mortgaged-ownership which became not just symbolically but de facto a magical investment instrument, a source of non-existent wealth.  Bricks and mortar placed over a few feet of land made us all smart and enterprising capitalists.  Renting was relegated to the very poor, those who would yet have to earn their diplomas to enter the “house-owning” capitalist class.  All of this was done through deceit and the creation of inane tax subsidies which only went to help an inefficient and blotted industry,

Any comprehensive analysis to determine what makes sense for an individual, whether to rent or to own the shelter they occupy, should yield a clear result if for no other reason than the fixed nature of the asset.  Renting is, has always been, and is likely to be, the most logical decision when properly assigning a value, a negative value, to its “immobility.” 

What many of us have been saying for decades, definitely not a mainstream chant, is now gaining converts to reason, and that is… for other than psychic reasons – affordable if you have the income or wealth to waste – it does make financial sense to rent instead of own the house where you live.

I was just reading about a Johnny-come-lately convert to this point of view, an adjunct professor in personal finance at Berkeley, Rich Arzaga, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Wealth Management, who appears not to feel professional embarrassment when admitting he lost 35 percent in the value of his home he bought 7 years ago.  Nice to have a convert, but one would think that most people would think twice before taking a class from him, or have him manage their money!

As for the other grand deception, the impoverishment of most Americans as a consequence of globalization, it is a subject that neither the government nor the capitalist curia running the United States is willing to tackle, keeping their dirty secrets behind chambers.

Three big deceptions or lies have been perpetrated on the American citizenry: the need for an imperial military; the fantasy of the “American Dream”; and the need to immerse the country in overnight globalization without acknowledging or planning for possible consequences. 

Did Hitler have it right when he said that “the great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one”?  Apparently, we in America have.

 

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Sun, 02/19/2012 - 14:56 | 2175387 SilverDoctors
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Thanks to Tyler and everyone at Zerohedge for helping cut through the propaganda, MOPE, and deception. 
Thanks largely to Zerohedge, the masses of sheople are slowly awakening!

The greatest deception placed on the American people has been that of fiat currency, completely unbacked by gold or silver as required by the Constitution. 
Eric Sprott today stated that silver will be remonetized, and will return to a role as a currency. 
http://silverdoctors.blogspot.com/2012/02/eric-sprott-silver-will-become-currency.html

The process is already well underway with gold...we have seen numerous bilateral currency deals in the past year involving gold as the currency used for oil, etc.  The market has already declared gold as THE currency again, and I believe Sprott is correct that the market will determine silver as a currency again as well. 
Only with a return of sound free money will the American people be able to free themselves from the deception and slavery of debt and fiat currency. 

-Doc

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:08 | 2175454 Harlequin001
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Guy Fawkes was the original Patriot...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:52 | 2175607 Careless Whisper
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The Careless Whisper Sunday Lite News Update & Threadjacking

 

What Goes Around... GPS Used To Catch Speeding FL Cops

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-speeding-cops-investigation-20120218,0,1784574.story

Caffeine Inhaler; Harvard Professor Says It's Good For You

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PIC Of The Day: Okeechobee Mudfest 2012

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/multimedia/dynamic/01352/021712_met_mudfest_1352232c.jpg

US Troops To March For Ron Paul Monday; VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lINLQQ_H1U

iPad Accessory Gives Virtual Sex

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/26/ipad_fleshlight_design/

NH Citizens Stop Cops From Buying $300,000 Tank (scroll down for cool VIDEO)

http://www.leftlanenews.com/lenco-tank-purchase-at-center-of-new-hampshire-furor-video.html

How Target's Computers Know A Woman Is Pregnant Before She Tells Anyone

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?ref=business

Anti-Immigrant AZ Sheriff Running For Congress Admits Ex-Lover (Jose) Is Illegal Immigrant

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2012-02-16/news/paul-babeu-s-mexican-ex-lover-says-sheriff-s-attorney-threatened-him-with-deportation/

FLASHBACK: AZ Sheriff In Ad With McCain To Build Fence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0lwusMxiHc

Latest Newt Ad Courts AZ Latinos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ygDh2TJ-PU

Tenant Says "Nannycam" Caught Super In Apartment Having Sex With His Dog

http://www.lohud.com/article/20120218/NEWS/302170065/Tenant-allegedly-tapes-super-sodomizing-dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 20:32 | 2175715 Michael
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Mossad Motto 'By Way of Deception, thou shalt do War'.

Massive damage has been done to the American psyche by the book,  "The Power of Positive Thinking".

Reality always seems to come back and bite you in the ass at some point in time.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 20:45 | 2176268 giddy
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NVP was neither a liar nor shill for greed and deception.  Just like Christmas was not an excuse for conspicuious materialism and profligacy.  There are those who use these as by-ways to personal gain.  Moneychangers.  Same as it ever was...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:20 | 2175933 falun bong
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Please spam and threadjack somewhere else

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:05 | 2176329 trav7777
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that Target predictive data analysis is cool...no wonder WMT and they are able to make so much from an integrated store model.  They in many cases can tell what you'll need to buy before you do it.  Funny how they knew a guy's highschool age daughter was pregnant before he did.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 17:43 | 2175864 Optimusprime
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The Daily Bell line.  Do you believe it?

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:32 | 2175705 QuietCorday
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Hate to say this, Harlequin, but not really.

Fawkes spent quite a lot of his young life fighting for the Spanish against the Dutch (theoretically, kinda fighting against his own country's interests), and tried to get Spain to support a Catholic rebellion in England. The Gunpowder Plot was designed to kill James I and put a Catholic Monarch on the throne.

In many ways, Fawkes was not that dissimilar to a Yorkshire-born Muslim of subcontinental immigrant descent who travels to Afghanistan on "jihad" to join the mujahideen to "blow up infidel Americans" and then tries to get Saudi Arabia to back a terrorist attack on London to kill David Cameron and replace him with a Muslim MP on a quest to turn Britain into a state of the "Caliphate". When that doesn't work, he decides, instead, to just get into the HoC on some guest pass and then leaves an enormous bomb in the Gents.

Patriot, Fawkes was not.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:42 | 2175965 The Alarmist
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Fawkes was more of a patsy than a patriot.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:16 | 2176042 lotsoffun
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which side of my toast did i butter?

the winners get to rewrite history.  the losers get to rue their martyrs.

 

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 02:18 | 2176904 Harlequin001
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It was just an off-the-cuff one liner, but thanks for your effort...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:16 | 2175927 Max Fischer
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Guy Fawkes was the original Patriot...

Not according to Glenn Beck.  Three years ago, before Beck was paid to be Murdoch's court jester, Beck was over at CNN warning his viewers about potential domestic terrorists like Guy Fawkes. Here's a video of Beck implying that Ron Paul supporters are possible domestic terrorists no different than Fawkes.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rc4OJWH1nE 

The Glenn Beck Show debuted on Faux in January 2009 - within days of Obama's inauguration.  Then, suddenly, "the great evil at our doorstep" was no longer Ron Paul supporters, but rather the new Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Hitler-esque, Mao-esque, Lenin-esque, extremist President in our own White House.  Oh yeah, and he also happens to be a foreign born Muslim terrorist who hates America, especially American Christians.  Somehow, American citizens had just elected the single worst villain in world history as our new President.  

Sorry about the tangent, but do you know what Glenn Beck's production company is called?  Mercury Radio Arts - named after Orson Welles' theatre, Mercury Theatre.  "The great evil at our doorstep"... that Muslim, racist terrorist who is going to fundamentally transform America into a Communist/Socialist state is no different than those martians who invaded everyone's radio in 1938 and set the world at war. 

Max Fischer, Civis Mundi

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 02:21 | 2176908 Harlequin001
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So, not much different to our other politicos then?

As always, the efforts of all ZH'ers are appreciated..

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:03 | 2176006 Gully Foyle
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Harlequin001

UMHMM, History lesson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes

Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes

Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne.

Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605.

Guido Fawkes wanted a Catholic monarch and fucked up a simple fuse lighting. Guido is BURNED IN EFFIGY!

 

 

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 02:20 | 2176907 Harlequin001
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Thanks for your time Gully, I shall read this at my leisure...

Please see my comments above.

Love ZH...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2175634 Eireann go Brach
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The words Hope and Change should be discarded to the dustbin of most useless words Forever!

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:06 | 2175646 Ahmeexnal
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You'd be amazed at how easily the sheeple are mesmerized by a buffoon spewing those precise 2 words. In any latitude. In any language. At any given time in history.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 17:54 | 2175882 socalat_Kruger's
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Haha exactly - this whole rant on propaganda, like it is something new! Perception is reality.

Just think about Shakespear's play Julius Ceaser where Mark Antony turns the mob against the conspiritors with his 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears' speech.

The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes. –Henry Kissinger

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:05 | 2176332 trav7777
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so are they all, all honorable men

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 17:06 | 2175785 linrom
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Gold and slavery go hand in hand. Follow the 'yellow brick road right into feudalism and debt peonage.'

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:31 | 2175950 kill switch
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I concur...ZH is the great fog cutter...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 20:45 | 2176269 trav7777
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Sproutt is just trying to drum up more hysteria to chase more gullible silverbug lemmings into his PSLV fund so he can harvest them.  Silverbugz are like minks on a farm, Sproutt is going to make you into a coat

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 14:56 | 2175409 Gordon Freeman
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In the middle of his treacly, sanctimonious preaching about the evils of lies and deception, how telling it is that the sainted Mr. Tanosborn takes a college professor to task for having the humility to tell the truth, and take ownership of a mistake that he made.

Fuck you, Mr. Tanosborn.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 17:37 | 2175851 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Professors are nothing but self-serving narcissists. How do you think they got where they are?

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:15 | 2176039 Uncle Remus
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Try an "adjunct professor", which BTW, in some institutions doesn't even require a college degree - only verifiable professional experience. That is a whole different enchilada from what most people think when they read or hear "professor". But then, you played on that didn't you, you disingenuous fuck.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:34 | 2176439 New_Meat
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"... which BTW, in some institutions ... "

such as U-Chicago? ??

- Ned

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 14:58 | 2175414 Tense INDIAN
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Tyler ..why r u selling all the rallies....dont u want the zerohedgers to take part in the rallies n profit

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:04 | 2175442 GeneMarchbanks
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'The alchemy of spinning factoids into facts, the use of euphemisms and constant truth cherry-picking, has reached such degree of sophistication that we are, as individuals, no longer able to discern fact from fiction.'

Sure, but who's to blame for that? People are so eager for something to believe in they think they can stockpile wisdom and knowledge like consumer goods so they watch a video or read a blog and think the world starts with their source(s). Most miss out on the larger theme and react to headlines in anticipation of some Apocalypse.

'Did Hitler have it right when he said that “the great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one”?  Apparently, we in America have.'

Tragically, Hitler continues to be an enigma for most social theorists. Few academics open up Freud's work on group psychology or Lebon or even Eric Hoffer in the States. Still, it isn't so much a Hitler redux I fear but a complete corporate takeover of every aspect of life.

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:23 | 2175511 my puppy for prez
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Add to that list:  Edward Bernays, Walter Lippman, and Kurt Lewin!

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:01 | 2175630 ziggy59
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bernays book; propaganda  is the bible of it and p.r.  free book pdf file

http://www.whale.to/b/bernays.pdf

 

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:12 | 2175472 Motley Fool
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Nice example of deception, this article.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:56 | 2175616 Ghordius
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Cryptic Fool? Or are the questions posed too strange? ;-)

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:42 | 2175727 boattrash
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I guess to me, one of the biggest deceptions would be in believing there is "rule of law". Look at Barney Frank's housing the butt-pirate prostitute ring in the basement, "Turbo-Timmy" Charlie the Cheat, all of congress asswiping w/constitution. Gov/banks Etc.. to infinity.  Local and county cops tazing and assaulting my family members for walking their dog. Actually tased a non-combative 16 year old boy while in the back of the fucking cop car, 4 to 6 times depending on the official report, or the bragging in the cop-shop parking lot. No wonder I dreamed we held emergency congressional elections. It seemed all of the Congressional Heads (and that is Heads only) were placed behind their name-tags, with the air conditioner set really cold to keep the smell at bay for two weeks, while the elections were held. All people had to do to run, was have balls enough to go throw the head out into the lawn, and enough memory to remember how they got their new seat! Well, ya think I sent up any red flags with this one? Hope the Dream Police don't come after me.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:16 | 2175485 blindman
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American Poverty, What the Brits Don’t Understand
Panorama Special on American Poverty A Delusional Tale
by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/02/16/american-poverty-what-the-brits-...
.
" you see in my line of work you got to
keep repeating things over and over and
over again for the truth to sink in ....
to kinda catapult the propaganda." george w. bush
.
...
"The basis for suffering in America is simple. America was taken over by organized crime, the Bush administration, who looted the country, devalued real estate, collapsed banking, looted pension funds, destroyed one industry after another for eight years while running up a massive debt.

This was the task they were given, the downfall of America, the destruction of her future and the collapse of western economies.

I think they did a pretty good job.

Paying the interest on the Bush debt is why we have deficits now. Without Bush debt, America would be in the black.

Our economic collapse than has and will continue is a cascading failure based on debt run up during the Reagan and two Bush presidencies and three years of America under President Obama being unable to pay the massive interest.

Now over $1 trillion dollars a year, interest on Republican debt, America spends, in addition to “servicing Bush debt,” $.5 trillion on Bush wars each year.

There are things we don’t see. We could talk about how the government got into the drug business in America." ..
..
( many pieces of the puzzle, main plot, contained at this link. )

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:35 | 2175549 tickhound
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So when I peer behind the money creation / fractional reserve banking / kleptocracy / systemic debt issuance curtain of fashionable deception... It shall be revealed to be Bush's fault.

The fate of America determined by those few hanging chads...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2175635 blindman
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i think that would be a misinterpretation of history and
a misreading of the content of the linked text and video/s.
in the last 50 years i would concede he was perhaps the
worst president the country has had the privilege of being
destroyed under.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:10 | 2176362 trav7777
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gotta ask:  in what specific ways were the presidents before and after him any better or even any different?

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:29 | 2176418 blindman
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one thing, glaring, there was an attack on the city
of new york on 9/11/2001. he oversaw, as president, the
absolute destruction of the crime scene and all the evidence
and simply exploited the emotional element to initiate
two protracted and unnecessary wars. as a result several thousand
american soldiers were killed or maimed, they now commit suicide
at rates exceeding combat fatalities, and millions of other
people have been murdered.
here another thing, if not for the abysmal "leadership" of
bush-cheney, obama would have been an impossibility.
that is enough to justify the statement in my opinion, though
there is more. you could fill a big book with the more.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:36 | 2176449 New_Meat
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7777777 that would be TR and Wilson

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 22:23 | 2176552 blindman
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to your larger point that presidents are mostly appointed
men to accomplish a set of specific goals relating to the
needs of "power" at the time, this i agree with. so bush
just happened upon a tough assignment. came in at the
more difficult phase of the main plot. this is consistent
with the observation that collectively man and collectively
minded "leadership" operates at the intellectual level of
a fungus or fungal mat. it doesn't have to be this way.
individuals can and could, in the future, make a difference.
that is the point. the impression is that a president is
an individual but the reality is he is not. he is an agent
of other interests, unknown interests and the art of getting
elected to the office is doing, saying, appearing and spending
whatever it takes to be sworn in instead of the other potentials
getting there first. they are all the same in that once elected
they continue in service of the existing power structure and
its established machinations, but then, reality and systemic shelf life
kick in and suddenly we need real leadership ! this happened
in 2001 and no one stood up. there was no one there. just criminal
insiders and lobbyist, actors and confidence men.
like today.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 00:15 | 2176778 ChacoFunFact
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“I am a most unhappy man.  I have unwittingly ruined my country.  A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit.  Our system of credit is concentrated.  The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men.  We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world, no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”  -President Woodrow Wilson

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:42 | 2175577 call me ahab
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so . . .let me make sure I have it right.  It's all Bush's fault?  

 

you go girl

 

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:20 | 2175677 blindman
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you have it wrong here. logic does not demand that
because A is negative that B is positive; unless you buy
into the false bipolar paradigm the media has been
training the population to blindly believe must exist,
it doesn't exist. not like that. i post links and assume
the audience has the capacity to interpret the information
without the silver spoon stuck in their mouths for them.
.
"..Ahab's Biblical namesake is the evil idol-worshipping ruler in the Book of Kings, and this association prompts Ishmael to ask, at his first encounter with Ahab:

"When that wicked king was slain, the dogs, did they not lick his blood?".

—Moby-Dick, Ch. 16 [28]

When Ishmael remarks upon the ill associations of such a name, he is rebuked by one of Ahab's colleagues, who points out that "He did not name himself!"
"
..

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:09 | 2176358 giddy
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...ummmm, not quite.  Go back and re-read Kings.  Ahab's wife Jezebel worshipped Baal.  Ahab's biggest problem was he couldn't stick to one side or the other.  He tried to hedge his bets by worshipping both Yahweh and Baal.  Elijah set him straight. 

Those Hebrew Kings wanted it both ways...  You know -- marry outside the tribe, add some fancy new idols to the temple, import some nice building materials from Lebannon, build a bigger palace than the Babylonians and send their kids to Yale...  

But, to quote another Hebrew King, a house divided cannot stand...  

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:10 | 2176364 trav7777
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wtf...Jezebel believed in Peak Oil, too?!?!?!

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:57 | 2175770 blindman
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K51gWk4WOMk&feature=BFa&list=UUokRzHUd7Sj...

Snooks Eaglin with George Porter Jr. - Young GIrl [5/6]
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Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:33 | 2176092 Mariposa de Oro
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Bush, blah, blah, blah....yawn.  Meanwhile that fact that Bush has been gone for over three years and not a single thing was done by the current grand master in the WH to undo a single bit of damage Bush supposedly did, is completely overlooked.  This crap has been DECADES in the making, but yeah, its all Bush's fault.  All the others were wonderful.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:14 | 2176374 trav7777
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and Busch did nothing different from the guy before him.

Everyone seems to have forgot the Bosnia/Kosovo wars as well. 

Clitton was known as the wiretap President before Busch and Patriot and before Bama and NDAA (etc.).  Clitton had financial deregulation, GLB, a housing bubble, a stock bubble, all the same things as the guy who followed him.

None of the governments across the country could seem to increase their spending fast enough to keep up with those sudden phantom tax revenues that came in.  It was an explosion at all levels.

There is NO DIFFERENCE whatsoever between the last 3 or 4 Presidents the US has had, probably 5.  I think Crater was the last one who was materially different; at least he used to be honest.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:09 | 2176353 trav7777
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is this guy an idiot?  Without Busch debt we'd be in the black?  ORLY?

Someone obviously can't do basic math....

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:29 | 2175528 tony bonn
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god bless you ben....i hope that you write again.....america is the land of the lie....the grand daddy of them all has been the warren commission report, which even lbj dismissed with contempt, or the 9/11 commission report.....and so it goes with the rest of the american fraud....lies lies lies....

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:32 | 2175539 JustACitizen
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It is easy to sell someone something when they already want to believe.

I do not think that most people can bear the thought that their nation/economic system/religion is structured such that the many pay and the very few benefit.

I believe that most people want to believe that those with great wealth or great power are actually worthy of it. It is too bad that most Americans do not get the chance to see that those with power or wealth were simply willing to "break the rules" or "grab it".

On the positive side - great wealth or great power do not necessarily provide great happiness...

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 17:15 | 2175802 W10321303
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The first that I am aware of who implemented the 'spin' was John D. Rockefeller after he became an old man. He was soooooo hated. He started going around giving away shiny new dimes to the masses and teaching Sunday school. I think your point about 'selling' is crucial. Social conditioning by 'commercial'. I have a general rule that if you have watched more than a billion commercials, you should kill yourself since you are no longer capable of contributing anything positive to humanity. I also challenge everyone to not drive a motorized vehicle for 72 hours. It helps to give you some idea of how 'addicted' you are to the whole diseased and toxic 'system'.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 17:50 | 2175874 boattrash
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W10321303, and can I combine a couple of your ideas. Maybe many should drive their motorized vehicle, full speed, head-on into each other. Fixed it.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:16 | 2176377 trav7777
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Bernays was the spin inventor...father of it, cousin to the marxists

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:47 | 2175545 tickhound
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Leading geo-political analysts AND economists agree we must embark on a path of <<<<fashionable omission>>>> bringing stability and ultimately prosperity to the region.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:35 | 2175554 Zola
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what about Obama debt ? if at least he was smart he could have swung to surplus while the fed was monetizing like crazy and maybe dented debt to gdp...instead he has made the problem almost intractable.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:07 | 2176016 WonderDawg
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Almost? An optimist in the crowd.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:40 | 2175573 boogerbently
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Perfect "case-in-point" is the recently passed, Stock Act.

Which has been worded to NOT interfere with senate/congressional insider trading, at all!

All the sheeple say "yeah, they passed the Stock Act", without ever knowing what it contains.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:44 | 2175582 Dermasolarapate...
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BOSTON (AP) — A luxury undercover boat purchased with fines collected from fishermen was used by federal fishery police to visit dockside restaurants with friends and for high-speed "pleasure cruising," according to documents released Friday.

But the documents indicate the boat was rarely used for official business.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/papers-fed-boat-bought-fines-used-fun-180927443.html

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:16 | 2176381 trav7777
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nothing's too good for federal employees, especially police

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:49 | 2175593 Gringo Viejo
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"If we've told lies, you've told half-lies and a man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth, but a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it"

Mr.Dryden, British diplomat to TE Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia".

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2175610 Ghordius
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Excellent insights. Though I fear the typical US citizen (including some relatives of mine) does not see the Imperial Military part at all. And homeownership is still a holy cow - a rental market is heresy.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:09 | 2176022 Hugo Chavez
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Most young people I know dont want to buy a house. I think that attitude may be changing

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2175619 Piranhanoia
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Propaganda decrying propaganda.  The people's homes have been stolen and your solution is they rent something they can't afford because their home, livelihood, city, county and state's wealth and property was stolen.  Your solution is that they give up that silly idea of ownership rather than live in what they paid for and now own outright because it is not credible for the peon class to retain anything if the rich might suffer.  Disregard that ownership reverted to them by law without any legal or monetary obligation the day the contract was signed because it was in violation of those silly arcane laws regarding origination, money laundering, insurance fraud, title law, English common law, shall I go on?    How absolutely stupid of them to have paid out their money and lives until their nation rotted so badly that it chose to protect the thieves and screw while abandoning the principle of law that was good enough for 400 years.

Your rationale is that some rich guy lost his investment and it made you realize that being a renter is smarter.  Deception,  yes,  much.  Quoting Hitler to support the premise,  brilliant.  If am wrong and not intellectually flexible enough to understand your arguments,  my apologies in advance and I would very much like to understand.  But until that time may you find all your undertakings to being dumped unceremoniously in a luxurious box before being dropped in the hole.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:47 | 2176133 FutureShock
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Yes, and uh it's in Sprott's best interest to sell PM's just like every investment company wants you in the market. I agree about PM's but how can I value someones opinion (on a high level) who is selling it for fiat.

Home ownership and equity is what drove small business, honest risk taking and real collateral. It made this country great, You used your house to create a business. You were on the hook and the bank made sure it was a solid gamble. There will be a re-set and home ownership will be back.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2175640 CombustibleAssets
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"I came to Casablanca for the waters."

Captain Renault: "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."

Rick: "I was misinformed."

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:19 | 2176390 trav7777
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ah...if life could only be so well-scripted

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:11 | 2175656 non_anon
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Edward Bernays would be proud

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:13 | 2175661 Snakeeyes
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Talk about deception. Inflation is low because Fannie, Freddie and FHA have raised costs of borrowing (LLPA) and regulators are telling banks not to make risky loans. Look at the chart of mortgage lending, the biggest credit market in the US. Its withering on the vine! But no one talks about it.

Inflation: Low But Fastest Growth In 20 Years – Mortgage Lending Still Withering On The Vine

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/inflation-low-but-fastest-growth-in-20-years/

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:29 | 2175695 Sophist Economicus
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Nice piece of propaganda, Ben

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:49 | 2175745 Mr_Wonderful
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Western psychopaths against Syria in 1957. The similarities to MO of western psychopaths in 2012 is striking

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

Documents show White House and No 10 conspired over oil-fuelled invasion plan

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/sep/27/uk.syria1

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:49 | 2175747 Hobbleknee
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The whole reason I've always wanted to buy a house is so I don't have to pay rent the rest of my life.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 10:49 | 2177363 mendolover
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If you do buy I just hope you don't have a douchebag for a child.

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Son-wants-to-evict-98-year-old-mom-3337069.php

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 16:56 | 2175762 ISEEIT
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Welcome to the hotel California,

Such a lovely place.

Let's renovate this mutherfucker you capitalist pigs!

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:28 | 2175946 justsayin2u
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In our area you can buy a decent home for around 100k$.  Taxes will run around $1000/yr.  Trash around 500/yr.  water around 600/yr.  electric and gas around 2000/yr.  Insurance around 600/yr.  Upkeep around 1400/yr (saving some for the larger items).  With no mortgage youre talking around $500/month.  Rent for a place 1/3 this size, with utilities will go around $900/month and will double about every 15 years.  Owning a home may be marginally more expensive than renting but it is a much nicer lifestyle and you control many of the regular costs.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:28 | 2175947 azzhatter
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most americans I have met lack any intellectual curiousity. They just read the headline and move along. they watch kardashian and jack off and american idol and pretend they are singers. this country is goebbels wet dream, just feed them bullshit and they'll eat it as long as .gov calls it chocolate cake

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:46 | 2175975 The Alarmist
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One man's propaganda is another man's news ... or truth.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 00:21 | 2176791 ChacoFunFact
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One man's propaganda is another man's muse

there, I fixed it for ya

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:54 | 2175989 Caviar Emptor
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The masses get sold lies. But the masses accept some of lies willingly. What they accept changes, but they won't be happy facing the raw version of reality. 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 18:57 | 2175996 Atomizer
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SilverDoctors: From this day forward, just remember this image.

There is no spoon

 

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:07 | 2176015 Hugo Chavez
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The lesson learned by the depression generation "stay away from stocks" caused most of them to miss out on some fairly good returns in the forties fifties and sixties.

The lesson learned by those of us who had to buy a house at the peak " home ownership is a bad deal" is not a lesson to be etched in stone.

The real lesson to transmit to your kids is to buy value, then sell when richly priced.

A lot of fortunes will be made by IMMOBILE people in real estate these next thirty years. Somebody has to own the properties that orhers will rent. Accumulating rental properties at the right time is a great way to gain wealth for people who lack education and credentials. The richest people i know personally never went tocollege.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:13 | 2176036 WonderDawg
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Being a landlord is a pain in the ass. This, I know. But, if you have the temperament for it, sure, you can accumulate wealth that way under the right circumstances.

 

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 04:58 | 2176983 New World Chaos
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Second this.  I rent out most of my house and it's been a fucking zoo since the day I started.  Stealing, breaking shit, pissing in the rooms and the lounge, fights, etc.  All from different people.  Three, possibly four of my flatmates are currently at war with each other.  One of them got a $40k inheritance about a year ago and she and her useless boyfriend spent most of it on weed.  The money ran out a month ago, so did the weed, and she flipped out and started screaming at people and throwing things around the house.  Her boyfriend punched the walls a couple times in frustration.  They chilled out the next day but one of the other flatmates made it his mission to get the couple out of the house by any means necessary, including egging their car, putting pepper dust in their pillows, and poisoning their fish on her birthday right after one of her friends died in a car accident.  I hate being Grand Inquisitor but people can be such assholes.  Fuck all man-children.  Society is engineered to coddle people and render them useless and make them think the responsible people owe them something, so that they will attack the "right" targets when TSHTF.  Responsible people fear this and support an increasingly vicious police state.

Also, if you are in America, you will want to keep things mobile until the current system collapses and people are ready to build a new system that repects property rights.  Seems every day brings a new, arbitrary way for TPTB to confiscate everything that is visible to the system.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 10:31 | 2177319 mendolover
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Wow.  Did you ever think of calling MTV and negotiating a reality show?  haha

It's off to New Hampshire for me.  No seatbelt law, no auto insurance mandate.  No eminant domain rules.  I'm used to the snow even though I can live without it.  Northern CA was my first pick, but they fucked that place up royally.

http://freestateproject.org/

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 21:18 | 2178673 New World Chaos
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It was much worse in 2010.  I went away for 6 weeks and they went rampant.  Even buggered my car. 

Northern NH is nice.  I was a free-stater back in the day, but state and local laws are irrelevant when living under the fascist Federal juggernaut.  Being unable to print the local currency means the locals are less likely to lock you up (but more likely to ticket you).

There is more nanny state bullshit in NZ- mostly from green tape, the car inspection mafia, and intractable building consents- and I have to babysit the crotch fruit of the welfare state.  But I sleep easy because the Feds are far away.

BTW, I just saw in the paper that I guy I knew racked up $450k from signing up dead people for the dole.  I lived in a boarding-house a couple years ago and it was mostly old rejects and glue-sniffing chimps.  This guy was one of the old rejects.  He camped out in the TV room and made it unusable with his unending stream of fascist drivel about how NZ should lock up all hippies, Maoris, petty crimminals and dole monkeys.

What happened to Mendocino?

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 19:14 | 2176038 OutLookingIn
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George knew and attempted to inform through comedy.

"There's a reason it's called the 'American Dream'... you have to be asleep to believe it!"

"It's [the moneyed elite] a big club and you ain't in it!"

The same club they beat over the head with every day. Telling you what to think, eat, drink, wear and who to vote for, through their media owned corporate empire. (paraphrased)

-George Carlin RIP

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 10:24 | 2177302 mendolover
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Wouldn't it be nice if George Stephanopolos and George Carlin could trade places?  Would love to see Carlin on GMA pissing off all the phony media sluts.  And the mindless tourist audience outside would be laughing their asses off with Carlin pissing off the sluts even more!

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 20:05 | 2176158 uranian
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i tend not to watch random youtube links, but this is salient and memorable.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 10:22 | 2177293 mendolover
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Good point.  The ball reminds me of let's see, DWTS, and the gorilla is the globalist elite thumbing their nose at the DWTS fans.  haha

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 21:09 | 2176361 piceridu
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Some people forget that we're posting our comments below an article...

To Ben Tanosborn: Eloquently written, thank you.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 01:22 | 2176591 Yen Cross
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Fashionable Deception? Queen Elizabeth/ Cleopatra/ and numerous other Renditions come to mind. Last but not scorned least/ Perseus and Medusa!

 

    Mad Men / Zeus and Isis?  Tyler and Dis - Infranchised?

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 04:02 | 2176978 Bear
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I don't know ... there are a lot people that 'own' their own homes and get to stay in them free awaiting foreclosure ... you can't do that in a rental

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 10:05 | 2177244 engineertheeconomy
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United States of Propaganda - the only thing that's still "Made in the USA"

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