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From David Galland of Casey Research

Stupid Politician Monkeys

The human ape has any number of qualities not often found in other species of mammalia, including opposable thumbs and the ability to fashion and use tools.

Continuing the list, I would add a tendency to form all manner of mental constructs and to then act in accordance with those constructs, even when those constructs have little or no connection to reality.

Thus, for instance, I stride confidently onto the golf course with the firmly held conviction that I am a solid striker when, in fact, on most days I am a wild-hitting duffer of the lowest order.

But an over-elevated opinion of one’s golf game is harmless compared to some of the delusions humans are capable of. For instance, the teenager who becomes convinced that by blowing himself up in a crowd of innocents, he is serving some sort of higher purpose… or that his reward will be an eternity highlighted by bedding virgins.

A more widespread delusion is a tendency to believe in the status quo. Simply, that tomorrow will be roughly on par with today, a construct that extends out as far as the mind’s eye can see.

This particular construct is entirely understandable – it’s this expectation that things will be more or less constant that allows us to make plans and take the steps necessary to execute those plans. In other words, it is a lynchpin to human progress.

Conversely, when the controlling force of the economy that sustains us in our businesses and lifestyles is ever changeable – and these days that controlling force is the government – sensible humans become wary and start squirreling away nuts in preparation for an uncertain future. This is, of course, not conducive to a vibrant economy.

What will Team Obama dream up next in their flailing attempts at reinvigorating an economy that more than anything needs certainty? It is literally anyone’s guess. Are we going all in on the whole carbon credit thing, or is that now a passing fad? Will the Dodd-Frank Act, with its 400+ new rules for financial institutions and everyday businesses, such as automobile dealers who offer financing, help or hurt? Will the government, having bailed out the big banks, now turn around and sue them out of existence… or just until they squeal?

Is it any wonder that the banks now have upwards of $1.6 trillion in reserves sitting on the Fed’s balance sheet? Sure, they are earning a whopping 0.25% interest rate while taking no risk, as they would do if they put the money out as loans to the public. But the real implication – at least to me – is that they are keeping their capital on hand against the uncertainty of future government action and to deal with the hundreds of billions in toxic loans still on their balance sheets.

Another large subset of the human herd has become brainwashed to the point of delusion by a combination of state education, misinformed college professors, mainstream media, religious leaders and high-talking politicos into believing that they as individuals are little more than pawns, knee-benders, set on this planet to follow a path proscribed by the power elite.

As a consequence, when social trials arise on that path, they look first to the government for solutions. And they cling stubbornly to false beliefs, such as the myth of anthropogenic global warming, even though the truth of the situation would be readily apparent if they trusted in their instincts and did some actual research.

And so it is that while the world is dominated by the human ape, the species is greatly hindered in its progress by stupid monkeys. Let anywhere near the levers of power, it is a certainty these stupid monkeys will start pulling madly, and keep pulling even as the machine begins to shudder and smoke.

Making the point, I would like to share with you – a more sensible species of simian, I am sure – a few examples of stupid monkeys at their dumb deeds; deeds that can only make one shake one’s head in dismay.

For example….

The stupid monkeys at the Justice Department decided to block a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile because it would “harm competition.”

“Gawd’s blood!” I cry out loud to no one. The whole idea of such a business combination is, of course, to “harm the competition” by enhancing profitability with a combination of larger market share and reduced redundancies. Maybe the Justice Department should require AT&T to shut down, because the very act of staying in business is clearly damaging to the competition. And while they are at it, the feds should also clamp down on the burgeoning Internet telephony companies that are now slashing into the market share of all the big telecoms.

A sub-species of particularly stupid and destructive capuchins in the California legislature appear poised to pass a bill that will effectively put an end to hiring an adult babysitter or anyone seeking casual employment doing odd jobs.

Here’s the state’s own legislative summary of the bill’s intent:

Existing law requires employers to secure the payment of workers compensation for injuries incurred by their employees that arise out of and in the course of employment. The failure to secure workers compensation as required by the workers’ compensation law is a misdemeanor. Under existing law, employers of persons who engage in specified types of household domestic service and who work less than a specified number of hours are excluded from that definition of employer and are therefore excluded from the requirement to secure the payment of workers’ compensation, as specified.

This bill would remove that exclusion and require all domestic work employers, as defined, to secure the payment of workers compensation and would make conforming changes. By expanding the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

In lay terms, the bill – which already overwhelmingly passed in the Democrat-controlled assembly and just passed unanimously through the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations, precedent to passage by the Senate and therefore into law – will require you as a parent (or otherwise casual employer) to follow formal employee reporting protocols and, among other disincentives to employ, provide your babysitter with worker’s compensation benefits, regularly scheduled rest and meal breaks and even paid vacation time.

Failing to do so will open you up to lawsuits from disgruntled help and being dragged into court by the nanny’s nanny (state).

Now, a monkey with even average intelligence might conclude that passing this law in the grips of an unemployment crisis – and California’s unemployment rate is over 12%, versus the nationwide average of 9.1% – would curb enthusiasm for hiring and so should be avoided. But not the stupid California capuchins.

Vermonters want to block the shipment of oil from the tar sands through the state.

This next example is particularly ripe, providing evidence of just how badly the US educational system has failed its pupils.

Quoting a supportive article in Vermont’s Burlington Free Press

A tar sands oil developer might be planning to pipe its product to Montreal – and then across Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in an existing pipeline to Portland, Maine, according to Canadian and American environmental groups.

That threatens the region’s air, water and wildlife habitat, the environmentalists say.

Egad, a reader might decide, the region’s environment is at risk. Break out the placards, fuel up the lawyers!

We are all aware, of course, of the principle of NIMBY – as in Not in My Back Yard. But even the most simple of simians might want to rethink the notion that Ft. McMurray, Alberta – the hub of the Canadian tar sands and source of the hateful oil – is in Vermont’s backyard. Unless one also considers, say, Phoenix, Arizona to be similarly a part of the neighborhood: Ft. McMurray is about 2,750 miles from Vermont, and Phoenix just 2,600.

And how is it that feeding processed oil into an existing pipeline constitutes such a dire threat?

Oh, what folly these enviro-monkeys are capable of. It it’s positively laughable, but only if you like laughing in the dark.

Then there’s this, from the Stupid-Monkey-In-Chief (SMIC)

This week, our own President Obama, the SMIC, has confirmed his intention to tune up his vocal chords in order to create the jobs that have so far gone missing in this crisis, and which, according to today’s again dismal unemployment data, remain nowhere in sight.

Said the SMIC:

“It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the middle class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order,” Obama said.

“We’re saved!” shout the staunch few that still believe the SMIC is cut from superior cloth. But even the stupidest of the stupid monkeys might be tempted, after so many disappointments, to raise their hands and ask, “What’s the plan, chief?”

In answer to which I provide the following preview of “the plan,” courtesy of Bloomberg

Obama’s plans include more infrastructure spending, tax incentives to spur hiring, a reduction in the employer portion of the payroll tax credit and changes to unemployment insurance to subsidize worker retraining.

Did you just get an overwhelming sense of déjà vu? If so, it’s probably because the SMIC’s latest plan is pretty much the same as the previous plan, and the one before that. Sure, there are a few tax breaks here and there – but companies don’t hire people based on tax breaks. They do so because there is work to be done and people are needed to do it. And in the real world, a $5,000 tax credit for hiring someone – the amount being bandied about in the new plan – will be burned through in a couple of months of (now mandatory) health insurance payments.

Still in the real world, if the country is to pull itself out of the muck, the government needs to stop spending itself into a deeper and deeper fiscal hole. And it needs to undergo radical reforms in regulatory and tax regimes (to attract businesses and capital here, versus over there). And it needs to remake the monetary system on a foundation of something more tangible than political promises.

But first of all, the government has got to acknowledge the simple reality that it cannot meet its obligations and begin, in earnest, the restructuring of those obligations.

Of course, only a stupid monkey would look at the state of our degraded democracy – where half of the monkeys pay no taxes while complaining about the half who do – and believe that the government will willingly make any significant reforms, versus just handing out more bananas.

Therefore, smarter-than-average monkeys are actively taking steps to protect themselves from the coming currency debasement – the only way the government knows to reduce its debt in a politically acceptable way.


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Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:35 | 1661659 SwingForce
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Hey I resemble that remark...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:20 | 1661770 gmrpeabody
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Thanks for the read...

I needed that, ROTFLMAO!

AND..., it's all true.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:13 | 1661872 Apeman
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Hey I resemble that remark...

Those stupid politicians are making us look bad.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:03 | 1661983 Libertarians fo...
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This article is pure horseshit, a blatant attempt at racism hiding behind the thin veil of pseudo-philosophy and junior college anthropology 101.     

I get the feeling Mr Galland began with the phrase The Stupid Monkey In Chief, and set out to "construct" an article around it - like he heard the phrase on Limbaugh one morning and decided to write an article around it.  Reading this article at face value, this monkey shit is just a strange, out-of-place metaphor which totally distracts from his larger points.  As a reader, you're sort of left wondering why he spends so much time on monkeys, since the point of the article has nothing to do with evolution, sociology, zoology, anthropology, etc.

Why all the monkey talk? It seems very stretched.  

As one could expect from an article framed by an out-of-place metaphor, this article veers around aimlessly, first taking on an anthropological tone with stuff about opposing thumbs.  Then it veers into some painful philosophical tripe about mental constructs, without providing the slightest bit of science or psychology to back it up.  It's even got some gratuitious right-wing shit about environmental monkeys, as if that has anything to do with anything.    

He includes himself in this monkey business.... some bullshit about his golf game, or something.  Really, it's just a way to say, "hey, you can't call me a racist for calling Obama a monkey further down in the article, if I called myself one, too!"   It's very transparent.   

Then, randomly, he mentions the AT&T, T-Mobile merger, which certainly has nothing to do with opposing thumbs or "mental constructs."  If he's trying to make the point that government often interferes in the market place, well....that's not anything new.

No.  Actually what he's trying to do is loop another branch of our government into the "monkey" talk, so he can't be accused of racism when he turns toward Obama. 

He's just covering his bases. First, very light-heartedly, he calls himself a monkey.  And now that he's called the DoJ monkeys, he can finally get to the original point of this entire piece of shit journalism:  The Stupid Monkey in Chief

It's like writing an essay about some famous woman, but then framing it around a discussion about whores. Can't get mad at me if I call myself a whore, too, right? Lot's of loosely connected dots which attempt to outline a discussion about anthropology, philosophy, and mankind's penchant for self-delusion - but in the end, it's all just about the Stupid Monkey in Chief.....

Galland isn't a monkey with a bad golf game.  He's just another right wing super-pig.


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:05 | 1662052 Ms. Erable
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Fuck off, troll.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:08 | 1662063 JR
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In your zeal, you are unfairly demonizing a guy who in an earlier article. “Save the Virgins,” confused the bankers in this predatory Darwinian game of survival of the fittest with virgins, while referring to his own  “upright” ancestors as apes.

At the time, Galland feared that heavy-handed attempts at regulating the use of our money might be “counterproductive” for these predators, creating “an exodus of the more intelligent members of the sector to banks operating in less restrictive regimes.” 


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 23:48 | 1662517 Whalley World
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For the sake of accuracy, I do believe that both Chimps and Ravens have been observed creating tools in the wild and laboratory.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 02:44 | 1662743 AnAnonymous
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At the time, Galland feared that heavy-handed attempts at regulating the use of our money might be “counterproductive” for these predators, creating “an exodus of the more intelligent members of the sector to banks operating in less restrictive regimes.”


This is stupid. On the contrary, intelligent members will see it as an opportunity to monetize their intelligence.

Intelligence, contrary to US propaganda, does not provide with options that do not exist.

Ben "True American" Bernanke is 160 IQ and he is applying solutions that people two standard deviations below would.

Bernanke is facing in this US world order a situation his intelligence does not matter. Millions of people are able to come up with the exactly same solutions as his.

As the US world order is building up on problems too complex for human intelligence to solve, intelligent people will welcome any opportunity to valorize their intelligence and finding loop holes in human made regulations is one of those opportunities.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:10 | 1662073 Bullionaire
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I think you're overthinking this one, LibFoPro.  And yet, while I usually mostly agree with Galland, it seems that today he overdosed on his rich white guy supplements.  Perhaps he should stick to "gold, bichez."



Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:25 | 1662114 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Only bigots cry racism when simply asked for details.

How many cabinet members are African American in Ear Leaders regime?

Racism is as racism does..

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:09 | 1662236 I did it by Occident
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yeah, definitely an "reductio ad hitlerum" logical fallacy. 

Would it make a difference if clowns was subbed in for monkeys?  no, they are all monkeys and clowns,etc. 

Sheesh, the libtards are seeing racism behind every rock and tree.  Maybe people don't like the SMIC not because of his race, but because he is a tool. 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 02:37 | 1662738 AnAnonymous
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Would it make a difference if clowns was subbed in for monkeys? no, they are all monkeys and clowns,etc.


The US citizen nature is eternal. Here, just down an article complaining about (some) humans prefering fantasy over reality, a comment is posted to defend the article's article, prefering fantasy over facts.

fantasy: he could have used clowns (while he did not)

reality: he used monkeys.

The injection of the monkey notion is extremelly feeble. It starts with capabilities that are not shared by all monkeys to jump to a capability that is very far from being widespred in monkeys: cultural ignorance of reality.

So why use monkeys and indeed not clowns? The question is valid. So is probably the answer as racism is an important component of US citizenism.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 11:59 | 1663930 I did it by Occident
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Ok, so he could have used "Morons" or "Idiots",

Why use metaphorical characterization and cut to the chase.  Reality is more entertaining anyways.


Tue, 09/13/2011 - 02:51 | 1662751 AnAnonymous
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How many cabinet members are African American in Ear Leaders regime?

Racism is as racism does..

Indeed but the reading is wrong.

Obama is by all measures the US president with the least personal power. While he can abuse institutional power just like any other president, his personal power slice is near zero.

The very fact that he was unable to stuff his administration with negroes is a validation that the US is institutionally racist, that a negro, while reaching the highly position in power in the US country, can not perform actions a common US citizen can.

It is another validation that racism is white only so far. A negro when in charge of the US, is compelled the racist agenda.

There is nothing like negro racism, nothing like asian racism. Only white racism. Therefore it is useless to try to distinguish white racism from versions that do not exist.

Racism is white by default in this US world order.

Of course, the most delighful in this story is the comment sections it is written in.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1663973 I did it by Occident
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Wouldn't the use of the term "negro" in your commentary be considered racist? 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:34 | 1662140 forexskin
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would you like some cheeeeezzzeee with that whiiiiiiinnnnnneeeee?

apologies to actual apes as the brunt of the comparison, especially the bonobos - problem? fix it with sex.

mmmmm, good plan.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:17 | 1662659 RJ
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The monkey rhetoric below kind of proves your point.

What was the point of this article and what did it have to do with AT&T and the POTUS?

And if you think the connections were clear, well, OK--Gold Bitchez! I just flung some kitty kibble to make you happy.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:39 | 1661673 Logans_Run
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Now that Obama is being asked to "change" he has no interest in doing so!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:01 | 1661852 TwelfthVulture
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I HOPE he CHANGES his job.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:40 | 1661674 Cheesy Bastard
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Get your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:42 | 1661681 unclebill
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Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:45 | 1661690 caerus
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Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:27 | 1662679 bluebare
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Oh no, they did it.  They really, really did it.  GOD DAMN YOU!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:42 | 1661682 Flakmeister
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I always saw the excess reserves as dead money.....

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:09 | 1661742 Kayman
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Excess reserves on one side and matched against make believe paper on the other.

"Hey Captain, it sure is wet out tonite"

"Yes sir, matey, it's always a little damp when the boat is sunk"

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:19 | 1661768 Flakmeister
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"Yes sir, matey, it's always a little damp when the boat is sunk"

Classic... LOL

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:14 | 1662654 bid the soldier...
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Don't you like found money better than dead money?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:43 | 1661684 Cheyenne
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"A more widespread delusion is a tendency to believe in the status quo."


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:02 | 1661728 B9K9
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Bingo? I thought we (being ZH and commenters) had finally dispelled of the notion that anyone, anywhere, at any time, actually believed in the efficacy of any of the numerous interventions & stimulus programs, fiscal, monetary and otherwise.

The only widespread delusion is the tendency to believe the status quo didn't know exactly what was occurring. I mean, the hubris is remarkable; how is it that a small minority knows what's goin' down, yet the very engineers, all of them Ivy league grads, who designed, implemented and manage(d) the Ponzi, did not? LOL

There is no way out. We need an annual 2-3% increase in oil production to drive the global economy - one that correlates perfectly @ 1:1 with oil consumption/utilization. Flat production, not even peak oil, dooms the Ponzi. How can anyone with an IQ above, say, 120+, not understand that all these fuckers know perfectly well what is happening?

The name of the game is survival. Right now, they are in charge of the far-ranging legal apparatus, including command of the military, treasury and all police functions, to ensure that they have a leg up over you & me.

Bingo my ass.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:09 | 1661743 Cheyenne
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"There is no way out."

Oh, there's a way out. Ain't gonna be comfortable, and won't involve the status quo, to be sure. But there is most definitely a way out.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:27 | 1661785 Shell Game
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My version of a way out involves a gun held to government's head and pulling the trigger.  May mean we have to make our own shoes and ride horses again.  But it fucking beats an oligarchy-serving MIC and corporate & social parasites.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:36 | 1661806 Cheyenne
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Indeed it does. Indeed it does.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:58 | 1661847 X.inf.capt
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you know, guys, the matrix is starting to get unmanagible to the PTB. or so it looks.......

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:23 | 1662269 OldPhart
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Don't worry, they're on it!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:26 | 1662281 OldPhart
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Don't worry, they're on it!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:19 | 1661889 trav7777
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flat production IS peak oil...the cantarell-esque backside of the production curve is the apocalypse.  Gonna be some real four horsemen shit outta that.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:28 | 1662565 bid the soldier...
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Very true.

Then there's Ghawar. This one field was 6% of world production. They say it's dying.

Them 4 horsemen don't bother me. I got a ticket to ride.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:01 | 1661729 B9K9
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Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:04 | 1661855 Al Gorerhythm
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"A more widespread delusion is a tendency to believe in the status quo."

if no one believed there was a god, would there be one? A more widespread delusion ...............

It all boils down to the depths of delusion one is prepared to believe in. Fiat money, solvent banks, celebate priests, productive government.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 23:55 | 1662536 Whalley World
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You can believe in change, spare change

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:47 | 1661696 Gubbmint Cheese
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Humans and apes aren't related at all.. they aren't even cousins.

so says the teaparty.


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:12 | 1661870 CH1
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Give it a rest. The "Tea Party" is millions of individuals, with opinions all over the map.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 03:00 | 1662759 AnAnonymous
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Individuality does not exist in this US world order.

What is undivided in this US world order is the group.

The group is all.

The Tea Party as a group represents one opinion and one only on this topic.

People not sharing this opinion are in the wrong group.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:52 | 1661703 Hot Piece of Bass
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"I would add a tendency to form all manner of mental constructs and to then act in accordance with those constructs, even when those constructs have little or no connection to reality."

Was that meant to be ironic?

I agree with much of what the writer posted, but frankly, most of what he said is based entirely on mental constructs and the self-aggrandizing opinions of some elitist sounding jerk.

Ever notice how the stupid masses are always... "Them?"  Does anyone ever stop and wonder... "Holy Crap!  Maybe I'm the idiot here?"

Just a thought...


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:04 | 1661736 Snidley Whipsnae
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"Ever notice how the stupid masses are always... "Them?" Does anyone ever stop and wonder... "Holy Crap! Maybe I'm the idiot here?"

Well, the answer to your question is 'sometimes'... Sometimes the most intelligent, clever, cunning (add any adjectives you wish) make mistakes.

...and the more that markets are warped by central bank interference the more mistakes we are likely to make...

Does anyone really believe that a bunch of guys in a central bank know more about what interest rates should be than Mr Market? Central bankers have turned everything upside down... They are trying to kill Mr Market.

One comforting thought ... Mr Market always wins in the end.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 23:45 | 1662504 forexskin
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Ever notice how the stupid masses are always... "Them?"  Does anyone ever stop and wonder... "Holy Crap!  Maybe I'm the idiot here?"

LOL - that got me

now i know why i'm confused. its good that i'm confused... somehow...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:53 | 1661706 rocker
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Nothing beats the credibility of the Monkey From FT who put out the bogus report on China buying Italy's Bonds. It was mostly old news reported before.

This puts the FT on the shit list with CNBC, who interviewed the asshole.  I actually thought the FT was a worthy paper. Not Anymore.

We all know that the markets are rigged. I did not put shorts on Today. But that was the reason they put this bogus rumor mill in the works.

The HFTs burnt the shorts. CNBC has done this type of work before. This time CNBC, FOX and Bloomberg joined the disease called journalism.

We do not have honest journalism, governments, media, and markets.

Thank God we still have Zero Hedge.    

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:14 | 1661753 Snidley Whipsnae
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+1 Rocker... Few places let to go... ZH is a keeper.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:34 | 1661800 disabledvet
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Actually i want to give a shout out to CNBC...and Tom Keene who did the courageous thing today and didn't come to work. We all know the story...and we all know it's big courtesy of me, some guy named Reggie and of course Zero Hedge. For over a year now Bloomberg has taken our European baton and run one great story aftet another. Like a Mozart Opera this epic has played out both beautifully, hilariously and now ultimately tragically. Now here we are...CNBC is all in...they smell the big-ness in it. And Bloomberg shuts Bloomberg down. I'm living proof that money will buy the lie long after the galactically significant truth has been put down. The whole world is watching this. And where is CNN? Where is Fox and MSNBC? Forcing their people to spend quality time with a truck driver. It really goes to the heart of the simply non-serious nature of people who's job it is to show us the exact opposite. We here discuss the financial collapse of perhaps two Continents...and what i'm listening is a story about penguins. On CNN. I've never had a doubt about the rightness of you people here. What i don't understand is how those who are actually paid to do this can't see how they are seen for only their wrong-ness.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:42 | 1661818 SheepDog-One
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FT should be shut down immediately, and charges against them such that they would spill the beans against whoever told them to pull that crap right when markets were caving in like a sandcastle at high tide.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:35 | 1662688 The Deleuzian
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Jim Willie spoke of this months ago, said something about the PIGS (now PIIGS) forming some sort of 'Southern European Yuan Block' backed up by the PRC through bondbuying the PIIG debt.  I didn't give it much thought at the time because the 'European thing" haden't hit code red yet.  But it makes sense... No way the Northern Europeans are going to stand for this much longer.  When you hear 'ring fence' and the like... It's a pretty safe bet they're preparing for disengagement.  That's just my take though.....

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:53 | 1661708 rwe2late
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RE: "the myth of anthropogenic global warming"

the position that human activity has NO effect on global climate is arguably more extreme than the argument that human activity is the sole cause. The evidence, however, is overwhelming that global climate change is in fact occuring, whatever the cause(s). I suppose Mr. Casey also believes that human activity had no effect on the ozone layer with the potential for climate change.

As for the comment about half the population paying NO taxes ... well that statement has been pretty well demolished here in the ZH comments on numerous occasions.

The problem with Casey's viewpoint is his mistaken opinion that the government is in opposition to big business,and operates independent of it.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:11 | 1661750 NotApplicable
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You just refuted a statement by mischaracterizig it. The myth isn't that there is no effect (because all actions have consequences), but that there is no meaningful effect, especially when compared to natural sources, like say, all of these volcanoes that spew out more CO2 than humans ever have.

Oh, also, it was written by David Galland, not Doug Casey.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:18 | 1661762 rwe2late
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my apologies to Mr. Casey.

You refuted my refutation by misdefining " anthropogenic global warming" in the original statement by Mr. Galland.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:23 | 1661896 trav7777
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there absolutely, inarguably IS a meaningful climate change effect from human actions.

Science published a peer-reviewed paper years ago showing substantial net cooling from Indian Subcontinent aerosol contamination and consequent permanent haze over the entire SE Asian region (from china and india).  This has disrupted rainfall cycles as far away as Africa.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:57 | 1662388 I did it by Occident
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"inarguably" is arguable.  At least 90% (even more) of climate change is driven by the solar cycle.  There has been "global warming" the last couple decades on Mars.  Not sure how man would be responsible for that.  Anyways, the last decade the warming has paused coinciding with the solar output.  From what I read, the sun is due for a cooling period, so we may regret what we wished for (stop of warming) and be rewarded with the next little ice age. 

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 21:50 | 1671480 Lower Class Elite
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Ah, another Koch-sucker.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 03:05 | 1662765 AnAnonymous
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Made me laugh.

Lets witness the maestria of US citizens. Basically, what they said previously, is that volcanoes emission have an impact on global warming (I wait for them to back pedal on this, denying they stated that) so what now?
so when figures gives volcanoes activity as a small slice compared to human activity, well...

But lets see, so far, US citizens have always denied everything.

If somebody, one comes to state that a US citizen achieved immortality by denying his own mortality, I would tend to believe it because only US citizens have such capacity of denial they can accomplish the trick.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:12 | 1661868 jballz
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"The evidence, however, is overwhelming that global climate change is in fact occuring, whatever the cause(s). I suppose Mr. Casey also believes that human activity had no effect on the ozone layer with the potential for climate change."


Umm... the hole in the ozone level had nothing to do with climate change. It had to do with potentially harmful UV rays. UV rays even by Al Gore's psychosis do not cause climate change. And it is probably true that humans had very little effect on the phenomenon. To quote my EPA mandated certification primer, 'sunlight' during winter/summer months shifting "causes wholesale destruction of ozone" at the poles. With or without any human contribution.

It appears to be a case of a natural phenomenon being studied for too short a time, with overdramatic conclusions and a needless ginormous gov "fix" to save the planet from itself (Montreal Protocol, etc).

But yes, that too was bullshit. Thank you for mentioning it.






Tue, 09/13/2011 - 07:47 | 1662975 rwe2late
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Did you even read the article you referenced? According to that article:

"Without the Montreal Protocol, this year’s ozone destruction would most likely have been worse. The slow recovery of the ozone layer is due to the fact that ozone-depleting substances stay in the atmosphere for several decades."

Your preconceptions are preventing you from understanding even the references you yourself cite.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 07:51 | 1662993 Flakmeister
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He missed the \sarc flag....

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:58 | 1661715 Rainman
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The basic flaw in Keynesian theory is the prospect that politicians could not possibly get even more stupider or greedier over time. Bad call.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:01 | 1661727 Rodent Freikorps
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Hand retarded monkeys a loaded weapon and there are only a small number of outcomes possible.

None of them good.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:55 | 1662012 Hephasteus
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I bet you learned that in the military.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:58 | 1661718 Rodent Freikorps
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Vampire monkeys, at that.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:03 | 1661734 blunderdog
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Wow, this is pretty much crap.

I mean, sure, the author is obviously much more intelligent than most of the country, but the selections are so blatantly cherry-picked AND stripped of context as to make them less than compelling.

It'd be dishonest for me to quote this article and say David Galland is advocating taxing monkeys to help cover the deficit. 


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:39 | 1661814 SheepDog-One
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Seems so. 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:04 | 1661737 BlackholeDivestment
Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:10 | 1661746 Money_for_Nothing
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The only thing that can make sense of the current happenings is that the PTB know a huge tidal wave is going to wash away all the coasts. Therefore they are trying to get everyone to evacuate inland.  :-)

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:10 | 1661747 oldmanagain
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I'm all for getting rid of uncertainity, trading would be a breeze. Why didn't I think of that.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:44 | 1661752 SheepDog-One
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I dont believe politicians are 'apes' at all, theyre puppets for their puppet masters and do as theyre told, they play a game pitting 1 side against the other like the WWF, and they're HIGHLY paid to do so, then after work they all go out together for back slaps and drinks.

The 2 headed 1 party system, designed to get everyone in 1 pen or the other...but in pens all on the same ranch, and also makes them believe they have a hired fighter in the WWF ring for them on their side.

Nothing could be further from the truth in reality.

No, politicians arent apes, theyre actors in the WWF following a 'fight script' written for them so that the country stays divided, and hardly anyone looks past them to see who is really running the show. 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:13 | 1661871 donethat
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Apes have brains.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:33 | 1661938 smlbizman
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sheep dog, you are dating yourself, wrasslin hasn't been wwf for awhile, ...the world wildlife federation wrassled it away from vince years ago...fuckin they are wwe, i hear.....

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:15 | 1661757 caerus
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if one had shorted at ES 1260 then one could be enjoying a nice beverage right now

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:18 | 1661764 SheepDog-One
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True, and if everyone had shorted the DOW all-in leveraged when it was 14,200 and also bought up all the gold back then at $200, we could all be on a beach on a Tahiti Island we bought having drinks instead of looking at all this bullshit daily.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:21 | 1661773 caerus
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you mean you're not in tahiti?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:21 | 1661776 SheepDog-One
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Not yet.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:18 | 1661763 scratch_and_sniff
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There is a difference between harming competition, and killing it. If i am playing in a competition and all of a sudden the umpire or ref lets the two biggest guys on the pitch gang up on me, then its not a fair competition. There are constraints, heading of a potential monopoly is one. As for the jobs bill, no one ever said it would lead to a brisk recovery, its just a helping hand to get a few more people into jobs, stop framing it for something it was never meant to be, then shooting it down with naff anthropomorphic monkey jibes. You fucking moaners make me puke sometimes, such relentless whingeing, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few of you ended up with cancer from it.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:27 | 1661784 Rodent Freikorps
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Porkulus 2.0 is nothing more than Obama buying the votes of his base with our money.

How can you justify that?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:35 | 1661805 SheepDog-One
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Totaly unjustified of means bankrupting further an entire nation so 1 man can be propped up, nothing but a caesar really.

And watch as it passes...with a couple minor adjustments of course thrown in to make it look like a good WWF fight was fought by Team Republicrat against Team Demican, proving my above theory.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:42 | 1661820 scratch_and_sniff
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Take the left and the right out of it for once, put it in it's context...if any move a politician makes these days is going to lead to the other side accusing it of buying votes, then its not just Obama who is going be getting one term, and your countries politics will enter a death spiral, and take the country with it - its time to step back. The bill is a desperate measure for desperate times, there is no magic bullet. I support the spirit of the bill, its something, and it means a lot of ordinary people wont go the wall, left and right.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:03 | 1661854 Rodent Freikorps
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It is a payoff for lazy, fat, jelly donut eating union slugs, and corrupt Dem connected contractors who will produce substandard product that needs another government program is less than a decade.

The spirit of the bill is corruption, graft and outright theft.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:10 | 1661865 scratch_and_sniff
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Yeah, i thought something like that was coming.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:19 | 1661887 Rodent Freikorps
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You should. It is so blatantly obvious that even the Stupid Party is going to tell him to pound sand.

I doubt even Obama thinks this will pass. He is putting this out in bad faith and raising hopes of the clueless, just so he'll have a club to beat on the Rs with going into the elections.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:32 | 1661794 Ms. Erable
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So, tell me, how'd that first stimulus work out? Did it help create more private-sector jobs that haven't since been eliminated? Or did it just fatten .gov and union paychecks?

...and doing it a second time is gonna work, right? Tell me, have you been a fucking moron your entire life, or did have you recently taken up bashing your head into brick walls as a hobby?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:37 | 1661808 SheepDog-One
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Remember other similar obama programs such as cash for clunkers where dealers were promised money for those deals and ended up getting stiffed? Same will happen here. I dont know what it will take to actually wake people up...worst case scenario apparently. Total collapse and destitution will wake some up just in time for a slow death of starvation or whatever.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:24 | 1662673 RJ
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I'm up with unemployment, as you clearly are, after bashing your head in the wall repeatedly. 

Aspirin can ameliorate your misery, maybe. Deflation, miserable bitchez! Oh, they'll give it to yo, a la Mencken and Democracy: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."

I suspect, they'll give you unemployment good and hard since you and the Tea Party want unemployment so badly. Whatever. I will feel your pain. Or someone on the U6 20% unemployment's pain, even if you can't feel it. But when you're unemployed, unemployment may not be available. I'll donate change when I see you by the highway. Just make sure you identify yourself as Ms. Erable, so I'll know who to fling change at.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:49 | 1662181 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Zero's new shovel ready jobs bill is designed to do exactly what the first one was suppose to do.

It is for paying the salaries of NEA, SEIU,etc, so they can make 100% contributions to Obamas campaign.

So they take tax payers money to pay union dues so they can give all the money to the DNC and Obama so he can get re-elected so he can do they same thing the next two election cycles.


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:19 | 1661765 overmedicatedun...
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defame apes do we now ZH? everyone knows banksters and pols are in the reptile family.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:19 | 1661766 Let them eat iPads
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It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times?! Stupid Monkey!
Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:20 | 1661771 caerus
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Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:23 | 1662105 Bullionaire
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It was the West of times, it was the burst of times.  Stupid roundeyes!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:20 | 1661769 XRAYD
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"The whole idea of such a business combination is, of course, to “harm the competition” by enhancing profitability with a combination of larger market share and reduced redundancies. Maybe the Justice Department should require AT&T to shut down .."


Perhaps the writer would be happier with the AT&T of the 70s with rotary phones and $4 a minute long distance calls!


Come to think of it, the monkeys back then were quite happy with old Ma Bell!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:30 | 1661791 blunderdog
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The call quality sure was much better back then.  And sadly that's no fuckin' joke.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 23:27 | 1662463 bid the soldier...
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He call quality was better but the conversations were dull compared to today. And that's no joke either.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:04 | 1662555 blunderdog
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"Did you hear what was playing on the ole wireless last night?"

"Oh, yah."

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:24 | 1662586 bid the soldier...
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Holy mackerel, Blunderdog, those were the days.

"Amos was naïve but honest, hard-working and (after his 1935 marriage to Ruby Taylor) a dedicated family man. Andy was more blustering, with overinflated self-confidence. Andy, being a dreamer, tended to let Amos do most of the work. Their Mystic Knights of the Sea lodge leader, George "the Kingfish" Stevens, was always either trying to lure the two into get-rich-quick schemes, especially the gullible Andy, or else tricking Andy into some kind of trouble. Other characters included John Augustus "Brother" Crawford, an industrious but long-suffering family man; Henry Van Porter, a social-climbing real estate and insurance salesman; Frederick Montgomery Gwindell, a hard-charging newspaperman; Algonquin J. Calhoun, a somewhat crooked lawyer added to the series in 1949, six years after its conversion to a half-hour situation comedy; William Lewis Taylor, the well-spoken, college-educated father of Amos's fiancee; and "Lightning" (Willie Jefferson), a slow-moving Stepin Fetchit-type character.[7] The Kingfish's catchphrase "Holy mackerel!" soon entered the American lexicon.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:33 | 1662611 blunderdog
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Cool.  I'd even bet you know who knows what evil dwells within the hearts of men.  :)

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:23 | 1662670 bid the soldier...
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The Shadow knows. And now you know I'm 100 in the shade. Is that a pun? Nah.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:51 | 1662189 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Ma bell is better than Uncle Obama keeping everyone off of the porch.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:21 | 1661774 SheepDog-One
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The U.S. Corporation was directed to sell off the production and jobs starting back in 1980's. It was time to 3rd world the US. Now all we're seeing is the final bankrupting of it all, all politicians are responsible in either of the 1 party system.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:24 | 1661781 shockadelika
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It's 'oil sands'

Only the anti's call it tar sands.

Vermonters can rest well that by time the oil is piped through their backyard, there will no 'tar' left. Just good old fashioned dinosaur bones.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 23:51 | 1662528 Flakmeister
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No, the cornucopians call it "oil sands", the realists call it "tar sands" and the petroleum geologists call it bitumen.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:02 | 1662551 forexskin
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and we had the immense joy of seeing the director of Vt emergency management stranded in DC by Irene while protesting the pipeline. you just can't write it funnier than that...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:26 | 1661783 fbrothers
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AT & T is just a shadow image of itself. Once the mighty worldly corporate giant. Envied by even the great General Motors or Phillip Morris. Yes, those were the days.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:59 | 1662204 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Ed Whiticare did everything he could to put us back together.

Now we have a moron named Randall who goes on television in the morning saying all is well with T-Mob only too be told to STFU 3 hours later.

Ed Whitcare would have bribed the right guys and girls the first time around.

Now we must pay even more per bribe as well as a couple of people twice.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:52 | 1661840 Bastiat
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That California law will send many back south over the border when most of the part time, direct hire, domestic services jobs shut down. The law takes away the cost advantage of hiring, say, a housecleaner directly.  Many will either do their own housework or pay twice as much to  a company which provides its workers those benefits.  You'd have to be nuts or desperate to take on the risk.  The freelancers, mostly illegal in CA, will be shut out. 


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:56 | 1661845 Atlantis Consigliore
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Here we come, coming down the street, 


bribing votes, we know we can bribe and beat, 


hey hey we re monkeys, 


bribingest liberal cowards,



Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:25 | 1662115 Bullionaire
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Put down the bottle...



Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:29 | 1662289 Mac1492
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Is this how Obama keeps himself hydrated on the golf course?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:18 | 1662580 forexskin
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right back at ya

somehow the author missed the part played by the frogs, poor frogs...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 02:21 | 1662723 Mac1492
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haha great stuff 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:59 | 1661849 mitchrothschild
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i love that so much.  bennie.  you've got lots of 'tools' left?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 19:59 | 1661850 RockyRacoon
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Here's a taste of a very readable discussion:

A useful place to start is look at what debt does – it accelerates consumption. Instead of saving to purchase you buy today but pay tomorrow. As early credit card advertising put it, debt takes ‘the waiting out of wanting’. Debt fuelled purchasing creates demand driving greater investment, in part because producers think that demand has suddenly increased. Increased production capacity means that they have more to sell and investors demand growth in earning etc so they must generate increased sales – so the whole process takes on a life of its own. It’s a kind of Ponzi Prosperity.

Ultimately, you have to be able to pay back the debt out of your cash flows or income. If you have bought assets that are collateral for the debt then the asset value has to be stable and the cash flows from the asset sufficient to repay the debt with interest. Finally, you reach the inflexion point where you can’t service or repay the debt and the assets funded by the debt can’t generate the income to support the debt. The whole process goes into reverse.

If you use debt in this way to fuel demand then when the capacity to take on debt ceases so does demand. In effect, the world exaggerated ‘real’ demand and with it economic growth. To go back to equilibrium we have to do several things – run through the excess ‘stuff’ we bought; divert income to paying down debt, absorb the excess capacity we created, restore credit creation capacity by recapiltalising banks crippled by bad loans etc. That is precisely what deleveraging means and what is happening. So we become locked into a lengthy period of low growth, low demand which is not easy to reverse – as Japan shows.

In this environment, finance – that is banks – are part of the problem as they absorb funds as they are rescued and also a drag as they can’t create credit even where there is demand.

In the long run, the future of finance depends on whether once things get better – somewhere down the track say in 100 or 200 year (just kidding folks!) – we just repeat the mistakes all over again or change the role of banks.

Banks are utilities matching borrowers and savers, providing payment services, facilitating hedging etc. The value added comes from reducing the cost of doing so. Paul Volcker questioned the role of finance: “I wish someone would give me one shred of neutral evidence that financial innovation has led to economic growth — one shred of evidence. US financial services increased its share of value added from 2% to 6.5% but Is that a reflection of your financial innovation, or just a reflection of what you’re paid?”

The idea of financial services as a driver of economic growth is absurd – it’s a bit like looking at a car’s gearbox as the basis for propulsion. But financiers don’t necessarily agree with this assessment, unsurprisingly.

Read the rest:

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:16 | 1661881 scratch_and_sniff
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umm, that just about nails it.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:00 | 1662544 RockyRacoon
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A lot more nailing takes place in the full article.  I just didn't want to hog space.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:23 | 1662593 Flakmeister
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Good link.... the following posts are noteworthy as well.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 03:11 | 1662774 AnAnonymous
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Wooooooooo, speaking of an original way of thinking

So does it mean that in a consumption game as the US has imposed on the world, that debt is an extraordinary advantage?

Than people who can not go deeper and deeper into debt are on the wrong side of the fence?

Times are changing if US citizens can no longer deny the most obvious facts. It looms bad indeed.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:06 | 1661851 caerus
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gop debate bitchez

brought to you "buy" the recently co-opted tea party movement

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:13 | 1661869 wisefool
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somebody twitter wolf and ask them "is gold money. if not, why?"

somehow get zerohedge or bitchez  into the requester name.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:10 | 1661867 Little John
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got popcorn, circus time

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:14 | 1661876 MacHoolahan
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Tyler, how do you know that in blowing yourself up in a crowd of innocents, you are *not* serving some sort of higher purpose… or that your reward will *not* be an eternity highlighted by bedding virgins?


You don't.

BTW if you criticize my new religion you are an anti-semitic paedophile, and I will call my followers unto this thread to post all manner of ad-hominem attacks and slurs against the unbelievers.


Your move.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:27 | 1662122 Bullionaire
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Never knew wanking was a religion.  Hunh.



Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:15 | 1661877 marcusfenix
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I liked the article, but I have to disagree with the author.

politicians are not monkeys (please stop insulting the monkeys) and they certainly are not stupid especially in the upper echelons. they are more like pretty slick parasites who keep the host falsely believing that without them the host would die. the thing is I can't help but think as the noise in DC gets louder and the blame game as well as the "solutions" to our current sad state of affairs get closer and closer to full on retard every day, (I don't think we have seen full,full on just yet) I do believe the parasites have come to one of those "oh shit" moments...

I think they are realizing that they maybe, just might, have gone and killed the host.   

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:21 | 1661893 caerus
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fuckin perry's a politician extraordiaire...let's go ron!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:25 | 1661906 Cabreado
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Good article, and true, too.

But neglecting to mention the Sociopath monkeys, the Malignant Narcissist monkeys, the Grand Self-Absorbed, Entitled Sans Empathy monkeys...

left me disappointed, as it misses The Problem entirely.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:25 | 1661907 MacHoolahan
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Apologies for the above post by the way, I'm on holiday in Wales next week and won't be able to post as the Palestinians try for nationhood in the UN. 


Meanwhile in Nazi Germany II


Oooh them bludeh nazzies!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:52 | 1662375 JR
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After 70 years of persecution, the Palestinian people are attempting to form a nation of their own.  And it’s too much for the Zionist-controlled governments of the United States and Britain to permit this exercise of freedom and justice which, BTW, has nothing to do with Israel. It has to do with the human rights of the Palestinian people.

It’s ironic that the people of Great Britain would so savor their beautiful music and peaceful solitude (to which you link) after decades when their David Lord George turned over the entire country of Palestine to be a Zionist stronghold, ever to be the thorn in the peace of not only the entire Middle Eastern region but to drag Western nations such as the U.S. into endless wars where millions of innocents have been butchered because of the arrogance, greed and seemingly everlasting aggressiveness of the Jewish nation.

BTW, your Zionist remark about the Germans being Nazis (nearly 70 years after this political party was defeated and extinguished), seems to identify your sympathies with the Zionists and makes one wonder just how long you can keep this target alive for the benefit of a people occupying the land of Palestine.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:31 | 1661911 slewie the pi-rat
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robert de ropp wrote the master game in 1968 and i came across the book in the latter part of the '70's

"What do I want to do with my life?"

he writes of diff kinds of "life games"~~the low, the neutral, and the high

the low games (paste from The Master Game):

  • The "Hog in Trough"
    - De Ropp describes in the following way: "The aim is to get one's nose in the trough as deeply as possible, guzzle as much as possible, elbow the other hogs aside as forcefully as possible." The trophy of this game is "wealth."
  • "Cock on Dunghill,"
    De Ropp describes "is played for fame. It is designed primarily to inflate the false ego and to keep it inflated." "Players of Cock on Dunghill are hungry to be known and talked about . . . the real player of Cock on Dunghill, whose happiness depends entirely on the frequency with which he (or she) sees his name in the papers . ."
  • "The Moloch Game"
    De Ropp describes as "the deadliest of all games," consists of "professional mankillers trained to regard such killing as creditable provided those they kill favor a different religion or political system and can thus be collectively referred to as 'the enemy.'" The 'trophy' for this game is "glory or victory."


The Neutral Game:

Householder Game: Trophy
Raise Family
  • This "Neutral Game" De Ropp describes as "The Householder Game" is simply "to raise a family and provide it with the necessities of life." It is stated as neutral because it is"the basic biological game on which the continuation of the human race depends."

The High Games:

  • "The Art Game"
    as De Ropp describes, "ideally is directed toward the expression of an inner awareness loosely defined as beauty." In this game, as in all others, there are good players as well as bad. The goal of this game is defined loosely as "beauty."
  • "The Science Game"
    De Ropp describes as the pursuit of "knowledge," and then outlines many of the ways that this game as well is often corrupted, muddied and tainted (by players whom De Ropp sounds intimately familiar with). Says De Ropp, "Much of it is mere jugglery, a tiresome ringing of changes on a few basic themes by investigators who are little more than technicians with higher degrees . . . Anything truly original tends to be excluded by that formidable array of committees that stands between the scientist and the money he needs for research. He must either tailor his research plans to fit the preconceived ideas of the committee or find himself without funds. Moreover, in the Science Game as in the Art Game there is much insincerity and a frenzied quest for status that sparks endless puerile arguments over priority of publication. The game is played not so much for knowledge as to bolster the scientist's ego."
  • "The Religion Game"
    De Ropp describes loosely as the pursuit of "salvation," and then outlines as well many criticisms of that particular game: "The Religion Game, as played in the past . . . was essentially a game played by paid priests of one sort or another for their personal benefit. To compel their fellowmen to play the game, the priests invented various gods, with whom they alone could communicate, whose wrath they alone could assuage, whose cooperation they alone could enlist. He who wanted help from the gods or who wished to avert their wrath had to pay the priests to obtain his ends . . .

    The game was further enlivened, and the hold of the priests on the minds of their victims further strengthened, by the invention of two after-death states, a blissful heaven and a terrible hell. To stay out of the hell and get into the heaven, the player of the Religion Game had to pay the priests, or his relatives had to pay them after his death. This 'pay the priest' aspect of the Religion Game has caused several cynics to define it as the world's oldest confidence trick designed to enable certain unscrupulous individuals to make a profit out of the credulity and suggestibility of their fellowmen by interceding on their behalf with some nebulous god or ensuring their entry into an equally nebulous heaven."

    Yet, on a lighter note, De Ropp also states " . . . it must be obvious to any fair-minded observer that there is another element in the Religion Game besides that of playing on the credulity of believers and selling them entry permits into a phony heaven. All the great religions offer examples of saints and mystics who obviously did not play the game for material gain, whose indifference to personal comfort, to wealth and to fame was so complete as to arouse our wonder and admiration." These individuals De Ropp puts in another category altogether, "The Master Game."

  • "The Master Game"
    - in De Ropp's words, describes as "the most difficult game of all . . . the aim of which is the attainment of full consciousness or real awakening."
    He continues: "The basic idea . . . is that man is asleep, that he lives amid dreams and delusions, that he cuts himself off from the universal consciousness . . . to crawl into the narrow shell of a personal ego. To emerge from this narrow shell, to regain union with the universal consciousness, to pass from the darkness of the ego-centered illusion into the light of the non-ego, this was the real aim of the Religion Game as defined by the great teachers, Jesus, Gautama, Krishna, Mahavira, Lao-tze and the Platonic Socrates."
Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:37 | 1661950 MacHoolahan
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De Ropp puts it well, nice post.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:10 | 1662074 slewie the pi-rat
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t.y., mac!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:46 | 1661964 JR
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Just as he placed his hand on the hot doors of Hades, Paul Krugman turned and said, “You know, I should tell the truth, just once.” And he did.

September 11, 2011, 8:41 am

The Years of Shame | Paul Krugman

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

As Galland said: “A more widespread delusion is a tendency to believe in the status quo. Simply, that tomorrow will be roughly on par with today, a construct that extends out as far as the mind’s eye can see.”

But, as for man’s role in the world, the man who created the binominal system of naming the world’s plants and animals, Carolus Linnaeus, would disagree strongly with Galland’s mockery of the role man, i.e., “that while the world is dominated by the human ape, the species is greatly hindered in its progress by stupid monkeys.”

“If the Maker of all things, who has done nothing without design has furnished this early globe like a museum, with the most admirable proofs of His wisdom and power; if, moreover, this splendid theater would be adorned in vain without a spectator, it follows that man is made for the purpose of studying the Creator’s works, that he may be the publisher and interpreter of the wisdom of God…

“He who formed the ear, shall He not hear and He who made the eye, shall He not see…

“We cannot avoid thinking that those which we know of the Divine works are much fewer than those of which we are ignorant.” -- Carolus Linnaeus

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:52 | 1661997 gbomber
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uncertainty is not the enemy, but if it is certainty that the American people seek, they will pay for it dearly...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:04 | 1662043 Killuminati
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they skipped ron paul on the fed question in the debate.  zerohedge can you do a peice on the media bias here?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:11 | 1662240 Cabreado
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Be clear -- I am a sycophant of no one.

The maddening display of raunchy-politics-meets-nauseating-media,

while the republic burns,

Ron Paul spews out

common sense, intelligence, tolerance, values, decency, humility, principle, rule of law, graciousness, goodwill, and economic truth,

and he is heckled, mocked and boo'd.

As it appears... We are a f'ing disgrace.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:06 | 1662055 Bansters-in-my-...
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Go easy on the monkeys .....

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:13 | 1662082 billwilson
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With the brilliant education system based on No child left behind, is it any wonder.

Of course there is no one on the planet that can fix the mess created by Bush and his cronies. 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:31 | 1662135 MacHoolahan
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Are there any of the Republican candidates who don't profess a "religion"?


Not sure about Ron Paul - but assume he's "got one" to refer to in times of electability.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:11 | 1662242 JR
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According to news accounts, Ron Paul’s biggest applause at the Faith and Freedom Conference this year came when he told the audience, "We have, as a people, lost our confidence and our understanding of what true liberty is all about and where it comes from. It doesn't come from the government. Our liberties come from our Creator."

As for those who see the erosion of the constitutional right of freedom of religion to be the new threat, Paul said: "While we have been busy talking about those things (prayer in schools or an end to abortion) we have had the constitution stolen right before our eyes. This is now about whether or not we have the right to worship freely. The battle is now over the Constitution itself."

Last year Ron Paul was criticized for supporting the Constitution by some Christian and Jewish leaders for defending the rights of Muslems to build a mosque in New York City, even though less than 1 percent of the American population is Islamic; about 2.2 percent of the U.S. population is Jewish, according to North American Jewish Data Bank, while libertarians estimate Christians represent 76 percent of the population.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 23:17 | 1662442 ronin12
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Your skepticism of politicians is highly warranted.

Ron Paul speaks the truth and his only agenda is to spread the message of liberty. This is why the corporate controlled mainstream media attempts to ignore and/or marginalize him at every opportunity.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 21:36 | 1662149 Diogenes
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"But an over-elevated opinion of one’s golf game is harmless compared to some of the delusions humans are capable of. For instance, the teenager who becomes convinced that by blowing himself up in a crowd of innocents, he is serving some sort of higher purpose… or that his reward will be an eternity highlighted by bedding virgins."


If you lived in a country with no football, no beer, no decent music or video games, no girls, unless they were dressed in pup tents, where the entertainment was listening to fundamentalist preachers and studying scripture, suicide wouldn't look like such a bad deal.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:01 | 1662549 RockyRacoon
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I'm feeling suicidal just reading about it....

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 22:43 | 1662339 stirners_ghost
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Mr. Galland is awake and lucid--a refreshing contrast to the utopian b.s. I've come to expect from certain other prolific guest posters.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 00:02 | 1662552 Woodyg
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Rightwing dribble...... What we need to do is take an axe to the largest corporate predators by actually Enforcing the Sherman Anti-trust act for a change.

Then tax the hell out of the wealthy - I like the 91% for incomes over 3 mil that the republican President Eisenhower had - throw in Equal tariffs and vats on imports (a 2 sentence free trade agreement)

There's your Jobs Bill.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:09 | 1662649 ImNotExposed
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Stopped reading before end of first sentence: Yawn.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 01:58 | 1662703 xavi1951
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How many monkeys per barrel?  How many barrels per capital building?  We could sell the barrels to brew wine or whiskey in.... what do we do with monkeys?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 21:41 | 1665889 moxia19
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