Guest Post: Peacock Syndrome - America's Fatal Disease

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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

Peacock Syndrome - America's Fatal Disease

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”  - Aldous Huxley


Researchers at the University of Texas recently published a study about why men buy or lease flashy, extravagant, expensive cars like a gold plated Porsche Carrera GT. There conclusion was:

“Although showy spending is often perceived as wasteful, frivolous and even narcissistic, an evolutionary perspective suggests that blatant displays of resources may serve an important function, namely as a communication strategy designed to gain reproductive rewards.”

To put that in laymen’s terms, guys drive flashy expensive cars so they can get laid. Researcher Dr Vladas Griskevicius said: “The studies show that some men are like peacocks.  They’re the ones driving the bright colored sports car.”

Lead author Dr Jill Sundie said: “This research suggests that conspicuous products, such as Porsches, can serve the same function for some men that large and brilliant feathers serve for peacocks.” The male urge to merge with hot women led them to make fiscally irresponsible short term focused decisions. I think the researchers needed to broaden the scope of their study. Millions of Americans, men and women inclusive, have been infected with Peacock Syndrome. Millions of delusional Americans thought owning flashy things, living in the biggest McMansion, and driving a higher series BMW made them more attractive, more successful, and the most dazzling peacock in the zoo.

This is not a attribute specific to Americans, but a failing of all humans throughout history. Charles Mackay captured this human impulse in his 1841 book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds:

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

The herd has been mad since 1970 and with the post economic collapse of 2008, some people are recovering their senses slowly, and one by one. The country was overrun by flocks of ostentatious peacocks displaying their plumage in an effort to impress their friends, families and work colleagues. What set the flaunting American peacocks apart was the fact they financed their splendid display of plumage with $0 down and 0% interest for seven years.  The lifestyles of the rich and famous miraculously became available to the poor and middle class through the availability of easy abundant credit provided by the friendly kind hearted Wall Street banks and their heroin dealers at the Federal Reserve.

The United States has experienced a four decade long “expenditure cascade”.  An expenditure cascade occurs when the rapid income growth of top earners fuels additional spending by the lower earner wannabes. The cascade begins among top earners, which encourages the middle class to spend more which, in turn, encourages the lower class to spend more. Ultimately, these expenditure cascades reduce the amount that each family saves, as there is less money available to save due to extra spending on frivolous discretionary items. Expenditure cascades are triggered by consumption. The consumption of the wealthy triggers increased spending in the class directly below them and the chain continues down to the bottom. This is a dangerous reaction for those at the bottom who have little disposable income originally and even less after they attempt to keep up with others spending habits.

This cascade of expenditures could not have occurred without cheap easy credit, supplied by Wall Street shysters and abetted by their puppets at the Federal Reserve through their inflationary policies. Real wages are lower today than they were in 1970. Coincidentally, the credit card began its ascendance as the peacock payment of choice in 1970. There are now over 600 million credit cards in circulation in the U.S. in the hands of 177 million fully plumed peacocks and peacock wannabes.

Monthly Payment Nation

“Consumerism re­quires the services of expert salesmen versed in all the arts (including the more insidious arts) of persuasion. Under a free enterprise system commercial propa­ganda by any and every means is absolutely indis­pensable. But the indispensable is not necessarily the desirable. What is demonstrably good in the sphere of economics may be far from good for men and women as voters or even as human beings.”  - Aldous Huxley



The country seemed to do just fine from 1945 through 1970 with no credit card debt and moderate levels of auto loan debt. In fact, this period in U.S. history was marked by strong economic growth created by capital investment, savings, and the American middle class realizing the American dream of a better life based upon their work ethic. Around about 1970, the intersection of Baby Boomers coming of age, the belief that social justice for all was a noble goal, and Nixon’s closing the gold window, opened Pandora’s Box and the evil released has brought the country to the precipice of ruin. Today, consumer credit outstanding totals $2.43 trillion, or $22,000 per household. It peaked at $2.6 trillion in 2008 and the storyline fed to the masses was that Americans had seen the light and embraced frugality by paying off their debts. As with most storylines spouted by the mainstream media, it was completely false. The Wall Street banks wrote off over $200 billion since 2008, while delusional peacocks continued to finance and lease gas guzzling luxury automobiles, while charging their purchase of an iPad2 and Lady Gaga concert tickets on one of their 13 credit cards.

It seems a vast swath of America refuse to shed their peacock feathers. This explains why you see BMWs, Mercedes, Escalades, and Porsches parked in the driveways of $100,000 houses. Automobiles are the truest representation of American peacock syndrome. Very few people look at a car purchase in a rational long term financial sense. It’s about impressing the neighbors, your peers and your family. Driving a brand new luxury car gives you the appearance of success. The neighbors don’t know you are in debt up to your eyeballs. This explains why 30% to 40% of all luxury cars are leased. A man could buy a $20,000 Honda hybrid with 10% down and finance the rest at 0.9% for three years. His monthly payment would be $500. After three years he would own the car outright, with the added benefit of getting 45 mpg. He could then invest the $500 per month for the next seven years in gold and silver or something else that benefits from Federal Reserve created inflation. In today’s society this would be the act of a doo doo bird.



Why drive a putt putt car when you can drive the ultimate peacock machine – a BMW 528i with 24-valve inline 240-horsepower 6-cylinder engine with composite magnesium/aluminum engine block, Valvetronic, and Double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat with 4-way lumbar support, and memory system for driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, along with high-fidelity 12-speaker sound system, including 2 subwoofers under the front seats, and digital 7-channel amplifier with 205 watts of power. Plus it looks really cool. This materialism machine can be leased for the same $500 per month that the doo doo bird pays for his Honda hybrid. Of course, after three years of renting luxury wheels the peacock has to turn in the 528i and lease an equally luxurious auto because driving an economy car would now harm his reputation. Colorful plumage is everything to a peacock.

Sometime over the years Americans lost their bearings and began to ignore a basic truth. The only way to accumulate wealth is to spend less than you make and save the difference. Over a ten year time frame the peacock will have dished out $60,000 renting luxury cars, while the doo doo bird will have expended $21,000 during the first three years and then invested $500 per month for 84 months, leaving him with a net $25,000 asset, based on a modest investment return of 5%. The doo doo bird ends up $85,000 wealthier than the peacock at the end of ten years. If you peruse the car dealer advertisements in your local paper, the price of the car is rarely even printed, only the monthly lease payment or 0% financing offer. There is a reason why the average American lives paycheck to paycheck, has no emergency fund for a rainy day, and has virtually no retirement savings socked away. Status, reputation and the appearance of success became more important to millions of Americans than living within their means and actually sacrificing and doing the hard work required to succeed. Delayed gratification is an unknown concept in America.

In 1970, 37% of households consisted of 4 or more people and we somehow managed to get by with one four door car per household. Today, only 24% of households consist of 4 or more people. There are 113 million households and over 250 million passenger vehicles, or 2.2 per household. So, even though the number of people in our households has shrunk dramatically, we needed 120% more vehicles to transport our vast quantities of stuff. Not only do we have more vehicles, but the size of these symbols of gluttony has doubled and tripled, with fitting names like: Tundra, Navigator, Titan, Yukon, Suburban and Hummer. Every soccer mom with two kids needed a 20 foot long, 6 foot high Yukon with an 8 cylinder engine, getting 12 mpg to shuttle around little Aiden and Chloe to their ten scheduled weekly activities. It wasn’t only automobiles that Americans went gaga over. The average home size in 1970 was 1,400 square feet (we drive cars bigger than that today). By 2009, the average home size reached 2,700 square feet. God knows we need 12 rooms for our 2.4 person households. The expenditure cascade started as a trickle in 1970 but became a raging uncontrollable waterfall by 2008.


Delusional Americans have been slowly lured into the web of debt and living their lives based upon whether they can make the monthly payment on their debt. I can anticipate the outrage from those who declare it wasn’t them, it was the other guy. Everyone has an excuse for why they aren’t to blame, but the facts speak otherwise:

  • Non-revolving (auto & education) debt outstanding is at an all-time high of $1.64 trillion.
  • The average auto loan is now $27,000 with a loan to value ratio of 80% to 90%, down from 95% in 2007.
  • Auto dealers are now offering $0 down and 0% interest for 72 months on many models. Ask yourself how a finance company can make a profit with those terms.
  • There are 54 million households with a revolving credit card balance, proving that approximately 50% of Americans are attempting to live above their means.
  • The average credit card debt per household with credit card debt is $14,687.
  • The average APR on a new credit card is 15%, even though the banks can borrow from the Federal Reserve for 0.25%.
  • In 2009, the United States Census Bureau determined there were nearly 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the U.S. A stack of all those credit cards would reach more than 70 miles into space – and be almost as tall as 13 Mount Everests.
  • 76% of undergraduates have credit cards, and the average undergrad has $2,200 in credit card debt. Additionally, they will amass almost $20,000 in student debt.
  • On average, today’s consumer has a total of 13 credit obligations on record at  a credit bureau. These include credit cards (such as department store charge cards, gas cards, and bank cards) and installment loans (auto loans, mortgage loans, student loans, etc.).
  • Over 90 percent of African-American families earning between $10,000 and $24,999 had credit card debt. What bank in their right mind would issue a credit card to someone making $15,000 per year?
  • Discussing credit card debt is highly taboo. The topics at the top of the list of things that people say they are very or somewhat unlikely to talk openly about with someone they just met were: The amount of credit card debt (81%); details of your love life (81%); your salary (77%); the amount you pay for your monthly mortgage or rent (72%); your health problems (62%); your weight (50%). I wonder why?
  • Penalty fees from credit cards added up to about $20.5 billion in 2009, according to R. K. Hammer, a consultant to the credit card industry. Don’t be one day late with that credit card payment. It’s good to be a bank.
  • The average late fee was found to have risen to $28.19, way up from $25.90 in 2008. Consumer Action reported that late fees reached up to $39 per incident.
  • The volume of gasoline purchases placed on credit cards jumped 39% last month from a year earlier, compared with a 21% increase in June 2010. Food shopping increased 5% after falling 7% last year. The value of an average transaction on credit cards outpaced the gain for debit cards, showing consumers are increasingly relying on borrowing to pay for gasoline and other necessities.

After decades of a debt financed contest to display the gaudiest plumage, is the average American happier? Considering more than 10% of all Americans are on anti-depressant drugs, I’d say not. The rat race for status, the appearance of wealth and visible faux displays of success do not increase well-being. If most of our earnings are spent on an empty game of status, we should not expect much improvement in our quality of life. There is something perverse about having more than enough. When we have more, it is never enough. It is always somewhere out there, just out of reach. This is the attitude that drives the criminals on Wall Street and politicians in Washington DC to constantly seek more power and wealth. The more we acquire, the more elusive enough becomes. Much of the debt financed purchases of consumer trinkets, baubles and gadgets is nothing more than an expensive anesthetic to deaden the pain of empty lives.

Based upon the facts, the average American has not benefitted from the decades long materialistic frenzy. They have sacrificed their futures for the fleeting glory of ephemeral riches. In fact, the average American could not have participated in the expenditure cascade had they not been enabled by the financial industry and cheap plentiful money provided by the financial industries’ drug dealer – the Federal Reserve. The financial industry complex used their power and wealth to utilize all means of propaganda and mass media outlets to convince Americans that debt was good and more debt was even better. I’ll address the insidious aspects of the unholy union of debt and propaganda in Part Two – Propaganda Nation Built Upon Delusions of Debt.

Meanwhile, millions of Americans cling to their borrowed peacock feathers as the butcher of reality bears down upon them. The end won’t be pretty. The brave conquerors of strip malls across the land can enjoy their toys, gadgets, and treasures for awhile longer, but they need to remember one thing – Glory is fleeting and death can come suddenly.


“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”

Last scene from the movie Patton

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HungrySeagull's picture


There are some who will hold steady through good times and bad times by retaining the fundenmentals that is necessary to a profitable monthly budget in the house hold.

My Two regret is that the United States has failed to adopt a Consitutional Amendment never to spend more than what they take in as a Nation each month.

The other is the abandonment of the Gold Standard which controlled the paper dollar.

B9K9's picture

There is an extremely easy way to confirm the veracity of Quinn's thesis that everthing changed in '70-71: go out and price and/or try to buy any 'preparedness' tool related to gardening, home economics, etc and note the pre & post quality, demand and prices. I think you might be amazed - in fact, you might find out you're a litttle behind the curve, since everything of value has pretty much been  scarfed up. Um, that would be those busy preparing, instead of snarking away @ ZH.

As for those who dispute my contention that the US neither makes nor provides any good/service desired/wanted by the rest of the world, please note that I didn't say it was impossible. All I said was we don't *currently* produce anything of value. If you start investigating the types of tools, machines, etc that were produced prior to '71, then you'll quickly realize that, indeed, the US used to mfg some pretty high quality shit. (Today, the only mfg done at any technical level is of course done in the service of the MIC.)

I've actually got my wife coming around. I've got a '49 machine that is so perfect, it was clearly made using precision machine tools from the aircraft build-up for WWII. I use it as Exhibit 1 to demonstrate just how far we've fallen from productive, sane people to hopeless addicts wed to the chosen's drug of choice. One I might add, that has been polluting socities for thousands of years.

Tapeworm's picture

My little company makes molds for high precision rubber seals and such. My company has no debt of any sort. In my personal life I have no debt of any type other than the sub 30 day CC debt that always gets paid so as to make me a leech on the issuing bankk that misses out in interest.

 One tried to get me for a penalty fee and I told them if they wanted it they could close my accounts. They instantly relented.

 Guys like me are the ones that are supposed to do a Charlie Munger "suck it up" to fund the forthcoming tax increases and whatever some unresponsive legislator decides to nail me for.

 I pay cash for new cars that are half the price of his Honda example. I am a cheap SOB that even can live without A/C in my car and house.

 My problem is that I have never gotten a dime of any goo goodies apart from a lousy public skrewel education for a few years, yrt have to pay more than half of my income in taxes, fees and fines to support the parasite class.

 Some of my employees are finally getting the point about my rants of the past decade or so, and they are pissed too.

 This past Independence Day I mentioned the tax burden of the colonials and the horrid British tax laws. They dismissed it as an impossibility  because it had to be a factor of ten too low. It really is far worse than that.

 We are already at the point where anyone with arithmetic skills can see that the situation needs a reset to get the parasites off of our backs.

steve from virginia's picture


The parasites are your market.

Take away the parasites and you go out of business.

Not everyone can be a producer in an industrial economy, neither can everyone run a surplus, nor can all save.

Someone has to be the consumer, run a deficit, go bankrupt, be a knave.

i-dog's picture

"the veracity of Quinn's thesis that everthing changed in '70-71"

Except that he's wrong, Gentle Dog! I don't know if he's deliberately misinforming, as he has often done in the past, or whether he's just doing a superficial analysis.

This all started in 1958! In 1958, the head of the Russian KGB, Alexander Shelepin, headed a very large team of academics and other experts to analyse the communist failures to date and come up with a new strategy. The resulting plan was approved by the Politburo in 1959 and "endorsed by 80 nations" in 1960.

This 'Shelepin Plan' called for a complete reversal of the prior Soviet and Chinese failed Leninist approach of violent revolution and post-revolution oppression. Instead, it came up with a new strategy of openness ('glasnost') and reform ('perestroika') that would make the communist system "more acceptable" to the West and allow for much slower, but much deeper, integration into the West. A Marxist 'Trojan Horse', if you will!!

You may ask: What related actions - across a broad front - happened at that time?

Well, in 1958:

  • The Catholic Church suddenly started liberalising.1
  • The CIA came firmly under the control of Allen Dulles and his 'Skull & Bones' appointees.2
  • Robert Welch formed the John Birch Society in America and warned of (or outlined!) the communist 10-step plan to bring America to its knees. He either knew of the Shelepin Plan and opposed it, or he was a knowing 'antithesis' in the ultimate Hegelian 'synthesis' of a planned outcome.
  • Soviet Leader Nikita Khruschev demanded that several thorny post-war issues be resolved within a six-month period. 3
    • 1. The Catholic Church elected a new pope, Pope John XXIII -- an 'Illuminatus' and Patriarch of Venice. He was a very unpopular choice among conservative catholic cardinals.
    • 2. President Eisenhower issued a directive that superceded all previous intelligence directives and strengthened the Director of Central Intelligence's (Allen W. Dulles, CIA) role within the US intelligence community ... "the broadest and most comprehensive coordinating mechanism in the history of any nation’s intelligence activities.”
    • 3. The Soviets requested: negotiations on European security; an end to the four-power occupation of Germany; a final peace treaty signed with a reconstituted Germany; and the creation of a nuclear-free Germany to act as a buffer zone between the two superpowers. The Soviets threatened that if their demands were not met within those 6 months then they would sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany, officially splitting Germany in two. Summit talks were held in May 1959 and May 1960, but no agreements were forthcoming. When the failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba still saw no agreement at the peace talks in June 1961, the Soviets sealed off West Berlin, overnight on August 12 1961, with 40 kilometres of barbed wire and shut off the flow of traffic and people. Yet Kennedy did nothing about it so, within the next few months, the soviets upgraded the barbed wire to a concrete wall.

    Then, in 1959:

    • The KGB ceased using assassinations as a political tool
    • Pope John XXIII called a General Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church for 'world peace'. A greatly enlarged Press Office was set up in the Vatican in expectation of much greater external publicity than normal. Among those who sent press representatives to the Vatican were the 'atheist enemies of the church': The Soviet news agency Tass, the Soviet Literary Gazette, and the editor of Izvestia -- Krushchev's son-in-law!
    • The German Socialist Democratic Party (SPD) adopted the 'Godesberger Programm' to broaden their voter base and move to the centre. This programme forswore all Marxist ideas and dropped hostility to capitalism!!

    Then, in 1960:

    • Televangelist Herbert W. Armstrong forecast the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years later. Was he prescient, or did someone tell him the Soviet plan?
    • America elected its first Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, son of bootlegger, gangster, diplomat and CIA insider, Joseph Kennedy. The election is very close and generally regarded as having been won only by rigged votes in Chicago -- arranged by Joe Kennedy's mafia friends and party machine.
    • Immediately after Kennedy's election, William P. Bundy, a chief of staff in the CIA and 'Skull & Bones' member, is appointed by Eisenhower as staff director of the "Presidential Commission on National Goals".

    But it gets even better in 1961:

    • On Jan 20, 1961, in his inaugural address, JFK utters his famous: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!" ... effectively declaring that instead of the government being your servant, you should become the servant of the government. IMO, the formal declaration of war on the American people!
    • JFK signs a number of Executive Orders giving the President and the Administration unprecedented martial law powers in the event of any declared non-wartime 'state of emergency'. Those EOs still apply today.

    Then, in 1963:

    • Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) becomes POTUS and, shortly thereafter, simultaneously begins escalating the Vietnam War and implementing the 'Great Society' social welfare programmes. Both of these policies together will bankrupt America by 1971.

    There are many more 'coincidences' in the 1960-63 period that relate directly to the dire---and well planned---situation that we are in today, but this will do for now. :)


    PS. I wonder why the 'footnotes' don't appear at the 'foot'?!

Ident 7777 economy's picture




The resulting plan was approved by the Politburo in 1959 and "endorsed by 80 nations" in 1960.

This 'Shelepin Plan' called for a complete reversal of the prior Soviet and Chinese failed Leninist approach of violent revolution and post-revolution oppression. Instead, it came up with a new strategy of openness ('glasnost') and reform ('perestroika') that would make the communist system "more acceptable" to the West and allow for much slower, but much deeper, integration into the West. A Marxist 'Trojan Horse', if you will!!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  Can you take us up to the present day, start with the Reagan years and especially Bush I with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the eventual implosion/collapse of the SOVIET UNION.

Esp, was the collapse of the SOVIET UNION part of the   'Shelepin Plan' ?

Seems like their whole plan kinda collapsed, but then, I don't have access to the resources you do to make that actual call ...





i-dog's picture

"was the collapse of the SOVIET UNION part of the   'Shelepin Plan' ?"

Most definitely, yes. You should read Anatoliy Golitsyn's book 'The Perestroika Deception' for more details/confirmation.

Also note above that, in 1960, Herbert Armstrong foretold the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 (though he obviously didn't give, or know, a date). The complicity of the churches was part of the plan -- though, as with the Catholic Church, only certain well-placed moles at the very top were acting against the wishes of most of the senior clergy around them. The same situation applies within the Masons - and also within Skull & Bones - where not all members are 'in on it' - until after the more promising novices have been tested and assessed. The initiation ceremonies are just the first test.

As for your "start with the Reagan years ... up to the present" --- LOL! --- I'm just trying to respond in a forum thread to Quinn's puff piece, not compete with Will Durant with a 'History of the 20th Century"!! Some here will already respond to the above with "tl;dr". However, if you have specific questions that can be answered in a sentence or two, of course I'll try to address them.

High Plains Drifter's picture

i keep hearing about this and i am telling you now that any constititutional convention in this political environment is total and complete lunacy.......i promise you.  if they ever convene this, it will be the death null of whatever liberty we have left.............ammending the constititution is not something to be done on a whim.........most if not all , of the ammendments that were added after the bill of rights have been total rubbish..........this one would be no different.........

macholatte's picture

any constititutional convention in this political environment is total and complete lunacy

Yes. think about it. Think about all the groups that would have their desires converted into rights via government sanction.

Burning the flag - legal or not; slavery reparations; etc., etc., etc.

there's no end to it.

john39's picture

people wrongly assume that the matrix was a work of fiction.  on the contrary, most of it was true, if not a bit metaphorical.   the main diversion from reality is that the real matrix does not require wires jacked into the brain.  On the contary, and as Descartes pointed out long ago, none of the senses can be trusted, save for through the use of pure mathmatics.   the world, however, is about to get a wakeup call.

contagiousNY's picture

the govmint exists to fuel its own system. then theres the American people, a separate but not equal system. why arent we equal? we dont band together to confront it. Once that happens, nothing will stop us.the govmint exists to fuel its own system. then theres the American people, a separate but not equal system. why arent we equal? we dont band together to confront it. Once that happens, nothing will stop us.


gwar5's picture

More people are waking up and taking the red pill. 

The Matrix is a good metaphor for the illusion of existence going on right now. If the TPTB MSM told the truth there would be panics.

I don't blame people for not waking up faster. We had a good system at one time and it allowed people to be free to go about their business. Most still think things are still OK and on autopilot. Those days are over. 

MolotovCockhead's picture

a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude


It's already here. Watch the video and see the presentation where they can use vaccine to totally change your behaviour! All they need is just to tweak a little before using it on all of us.



AssFire's picture
contagiousNY, let me correct that ending...

Once that happens, no one will work at anything but justifying their needs. Keep your hands out of my pocket, looter.

Segestan's picture

Go give this jackass high minded crap talk to the communist who want only what western idiots gave away.

kito's picture

can someone explain how the hang seng index is up over 2 pct right now? what news is feeding that?

Ahmeexnal's picture

Hong Kong has just purchased Greece.

Nedly66's picture

Seeing how Greece's net worth is -$400 billion, that would be the worst M&A deal ever... (well except for Countrywide)

snowball777's picture

Best laugh this weekend. Gracias.

Stoploss's picture

They thought there was a deal. It's down 0.6%  (flat)

Ahmeexnal's picture

MethMan, the repo guy is here to take back the Ferrari.

StychoKiller's picture

MethMan better cough up some of that $20 Ag he promised us...

gwar5's picture

We didn't ask for all this crap -- take it away!  They made us do it, honest!

The reproductive "big dick" status thing has always been around, it's biological, not just humans. The more horses a Sioux Indian had, the more squaws he got to bang. The more territory a lion has, the more he gets laid too. If lions could drive they'd have a gold plated Porshe.

But, the Money Trust banksters and creation of the Federal Reserve took it to a whole new level.  Give a guy a monopoly on making money out of thin air in secret and they can have anything they want, including control of everybody else's dick.

"I Drink Your Milkshake"  -- There Will Be Blood.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Jaguar.  For men who want hand jobs from beautiful women they hardly know.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Lol.  Someone remembers it.  "We know they're not sexy, but now's not a good time to be sexy anyway with all the new diseases around."

RockyRacoon's picture

Yeah.  All those who want to hasten the demise of the Boomers won't have long to wait.   I read that old folks homes are a breeding ground for STDs.   They don't use "protection" since they think all the old farts are safe.  Ha!  Just wait, the oldsters will screw themselves to death.

New idea:  Free Viagra to anyone over 65!  Yes, even the old hens.   They'll lace the lemonade with it.

Hulk's picture

It will keep em from rolling out of bed too, kind of a living kickstand!

Escapeclaws's picture

LOL +1

I knew there had to be a use for that damn appendage!

DaveyJones's picture

having a hard time putting it up with my heel

andybev01's picture

"At my age you need to take a cold shower just to get on an escalator."

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

It's not just that to get laid men make irresponsible decions, it is that they do so and get away with it that is attractive.  The alpha can do what it wants; it can take risk.  These people, the ones over credited:  Super-alpha pretenders.  And the one that pretends to be on the upper level and is not is at the bottom.  They are the first ones dead.

Of course, in Amerikah, due to free mortgages, and credit cards, we are all alphas now.

Or aphids, but either way.

malikai's picture

Marx had a good term for it. He called it the fetishization of commodities. Meaning trinkets, bullshit.

Western's picture

When it comes to the pussy, yeah I'd pay for a gold plated car over the next 40 years.

I'm not married and I like the pussy.

nodhannum's picture

If a woman responds to the gold plated whatever then run, do not walk to the nearest exit...not worth fucking.  Most of the time I drive a Piaggio MP3 around town to save on I have to?  Nope but I do pick up a gold maple leaf here and there...and the best part...I get more nukie than I can handle.  Americans don't own shit...they rent or lease everything.  30K millionaires!

snowball777's picture

If you need a gold-plated car to pull chicks, you are the pussy.

RockyRacoon's picture

I've seen more skaggy old bags in a Prius than I've seen in a Lotus.   But that is no testament to either of the skill levels of each group of females.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

I was kind of down the other night and by 2am could not come around. I put the top down on my German 2 seater and run the deserted interstate at 130/mph for 15 minutes blasting Maria Kallas L'amour est un oiseau rebelle. The adrenaline, the fear and the exhiliration turned me around. I could definitely not be able to do that with a Prious or a FIAT (pun intended.) No chemicals were used and no animals were hurt.

Doña K's picture

My hubby and I did something similar once. Needless to mention what happened when we got back home.

falak pema's picture

what happened? Did he burst a tire? Or puncture a tube?

schizo321437's picture

I would guess you got an envelope in the post.

madbomber's picture

the best moments in luxury cars are when nobody is around but yet they are inherently used as misplaced hate for representative of all that is evil.  the discussion of the morality of our purchase decisions

is a sideways entry into something else.  


maybe they will create a high end luxury car, but destroy the body, or somehow make it clear the owner has no wish to be overpower any other human beings.

its for this reason my luxury car was purposely split in half on a pole.  it needed to be clear.


enjoy your ride!     apparently soon it will be to the gallows for anybody with property deemed unneccessary.






snowball777's picture

You can do that on a motorcycle at 20-50mph faster, 8% of the price tag, and 3X the gas mileage. Just sayin.

andybev01's picture

...and 100% more adrenaline.

JohnG's picture

“Although showy spending is often perceived as wasteful, frivolous and even narcissistic, an evolutionary perspective suggests that blatant displays of resources may serve an important function, namely as a communication strategy designed to gain reproductive rewards.”


Noooooooooooooooooo, say it isn't so!  That's some  brilliant research right there I tell's ya!  I wonder how many taxpayer dollars was spent on that?  These guys need to go work for the fed.  A fantastic addition to the crack research team.  Send them to San Fran, they'll fit right in.

RockyRacoon's picture

I mean, really.  Ain't it the truth?  I hope my tax dollars didn't help with that brilliant conclusion.

I'd rather pay for studies on the breeding habits of the thatched what-the-hell-ever bird.

lewy14's picture

You know I've been reading this kind of shitcanning of American culture for forty years and frankly it's kinda boring. It's a target rich environment. But so what? For every fancy car I see on the roads I see hundreds of modest, 5 to 15 year old beaters. Is the news flow so slow today that Jim Quinn has nothing better to recycle? Or is this really just another informercial for his site?