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Here Comes FIATtackWatch: Ben "Big Brother" Bernanke Goes Watergate, Prepares To Eavesdrop On Everything Mentioning The Fed

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Two weeks ago, the media's heart went aflutter when it learned that the president had borrowed a page right out of ole' Joe McCarthy's communist witch hunt book with the launch of Attack Watch. The response by everyone, even fans of Obama, was immediate and brutal. Yet where Obama took about 24 hours to crash and burn, someone else has stepped in with a far stealthier method of ferreting out the traitors amongst us: none other than our old friends, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, which in a Request for Proposals filed to companies that are Fed vendors, is requesting the creation of a "Social Listening Platform" whose function is to "gather data from various social media outlets and news sources." It will "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria." The Fed's desired product should be able to "determine the sentiment [ED:LOL] of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document"... "The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc." Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers." Said otherwise, the Fed has just entered the counterespionage era and will be monitoring everything written about it anywhere in the world. After all, why ask others to snitch for you and anger everyone as Obama found out the hard way, when you can pay others to create the supreme FIATtack WatchTM using money you yourself can print in unlimited amounts. And once the Internet is completely "transparent", the Fed will next focus on telephone conversations, and finally will simply bug each and every otherwise "private" location in the world. Because very soon saying that "printing money is treason" will be treason, and such terrorist thoughts must be pre-crimed before they even occur.

All we can say is we welcome our new Chairsatan Voldemort overlord. For it is truly he who must not be named henceforth.

From the key section of the RFP, presented in its entirety below:

I. Introduction

Social media platforms are changing the way organizations are communicating to the public Conversations are happening all the time and everywhere.
There is need for the Communications Group to be timely and proactively aware of the reactions and opinions expressed by the general public as it relates to the Federal Reserve and its actions on a variety of subjects.

II. Social Listening Platforms

Social media listening platforms are solutions that gather data from various social media outlets and news sources.  They monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria.  They can also determine the sentiment of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document.
The information gathered can guide the organizations public relations group in assessing the effectiveness of communication strategies.

Here are some of the services it can offer:   

o Track reach and spread of your messages and press releases    
o Handle crisis situations    
o Continuously monitor conversations    
o Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers    
o Spot emerging trends, discussions themes and topics    

A. Geographic scope of social media sites

The solution must support content coming from different countries and geographical regions. It should also support multiple languages.

B. Content and Data Types

The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms –Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc.

C. Reports and Metrics

The solution must provide real-time monitoring of relevant conversations.  It should provide sentiment analysis (positive, negative or neutral) around key conversational topics.

It must be able to provide summaries or high level overviews of a specific set of topics. It should have a configurable dashboard that can easily be accessed by internal analysts or management.  The dashboard must support customization by user or group access.

The solution should provide an alerting mechanism that automatically sends out reports or notifications based a predefined trigger.

D. FRBNY Technology Integration

The solution must be able to integrate with existing FRBNY technologies such as: Google Search appliance, Lotus notes suite and web trends.It must have support for single sign on or windows integrated authentication.

E. Cost Structure

The solution should offer a flexible pricing structure that can support multiple user licensing.  It should also have the option to base pricing on content volume and usage. Supplier acknowledges an understanding of and agrees to comply with the above minimum solutions requirements.

Full RFP:



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Sun, 09/25/2011 - 20:54 | 1709038 goldstandard
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Hey Ben, rotate on it. You to Geithner. If I'm going to be forced to live in George Orwell's world, I might as well go kicking and screaming.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 04:32 | 1709046 Colonel
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Keep making noise TD!




Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:13 | 1709080 JW n FL
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did anyone read this doc attached?

Determination_of_Responsibility_Clause_Sentiment_Analysis_And_Social_Media_ Monitoring_Solution.docx

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:23 | 1709082 jdelano
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Unbelievable how little coverage there is of the police violence at the wall street protests. Bad feeling about this. Things About to get ugly. Seriously tylers, you're gonna email all of us a link to a mirror site when they take ZH down, right?

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:24 | 1709093 dtseng123
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I'm starting to think it may be a good idea to take all Zerohedge articles and commentary stick 'em on a doomsday encrypted .RAR to prepare resistance for the Orwellian revolution of the US gov't kinda like Wikileaks did. Better yet, I'll turn all Zerohedge articles into a binded book for my children's children to show them how it went before they all became totally enslaved and all speech censored. Vote me up if you agree.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:05 | 1709286 Bartanist
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Then you can put copies of all of the information in deep und underground mines, like the US government has done with information it has taken from the internet. Later, after the destruction the renewed PTB can restart as gods and keep the information secret.

It worked so well for those who created the libraries before the flood.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:41 | 1709127 Lmo Mutton
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Phuk the phead.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:44 | 1709132 LynRobison
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Just in case the Fed is continuously monitoring this conversation, my name is Lyn Robison. I live in Bountiful, Utah. You can find my address and phone number easily from several publicly available sources, including the phone book. I believe that the Fed should be abolished. Would you like to come and try to do something about my opinion on that, Ben?

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:49 | 1709139 pacu44
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So the Fed is monitoring the interweb? Is the IRS the law enforcement? I didnt read it all, needed a blanket for the chill I got... So, they find folks of influence and what happens?

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:49 | 1709140 steveo
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Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:53 | 1709148 ArkOmen1
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The Federal Reserve was created to ensure price stability and to ensure the integrity of the financial system. What other system can you guys think of that's better? I actually like mind and thought control. All this thinking for myself stuff has made me feel very uncertain and kind of unsafe. Kind of like an extremist or even worse a terrorist. Do any of you know of a program or department I can call up to make me just think positive thoughts and have good feelings about the Federal Reserve? If so, please let me know. Thanks guys! :-)

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 21:56 | 1709151 khakuda
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Seriously, how much money can the US government possibly waste? It's like they sit around all day trying to figure out how to piss it all away and then some.

Ron Paul is right, they should really should just shut the whole Fed down.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:04 | 1709163 jdelano
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If tptb doesn't come up with even a decent rumor that "all is going to be well" by market open tomorrow , I have to read that as an indication that they actually want the market to crash. Which would, I suppose, neatly reinforce the theory that they are looking for the Dow to go to 9000 (and the Dax to damn near zero) so that another round of printing will be justified.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:11 | 1709177 ArkOmen1
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I just found some information on how we can all be better stewards of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Reserve System. First off, I should make sure to file timely and accurate tax returns. Second, I should regularly contribute the local, regional, national, and even international economies in as many ways as possible across many areas of the economic spectrum. Third, I should not take part in hoarding of any resources. Resources are to remain in continual flow throughout the economy. Hoarding can create imbalances within the system that can require interventions by central banks and regulations. Fourth, I should not subscribe to conspiracy theories. Fifth, I should try to maintain a status quo mentality and I shouldn't poke around the internet for different viewpoints. Last for tonight is never buying precious metals of any kind. I think I'm off to a good start here, be back with more later.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:47 | 1709251 cynicalskeptic
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And make sure you don't own ANY types of firearms.   Cause if you're stoking up on survivial supplies, ammo  and buying gold, never mond badmouthing the Fed, you might fit the profile of a 'domestic terrorist.'    (and that goes back to the Bush years so don't go screaming about 'evil liberals' on that one).

I love the fact that the FBI in NY was pulled off ALL financial crimes investigations after 9/11 to (quoting an agent) 'wast our time running afte chickenshit terrorist complaints filed by nosey old ladies'.   But then when you look at all the files destroyed on 9/11....FBI, secret Service, Sezc and Office of Naval Intelligence... not to mention Cantor Fitzgerald'as files (thought he tiop execs weren't at work that day).....   you might start to wonder who benefitted the most from 9/11.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:18 | 1709189 tip e. canoe
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methinks the Tylers should submit a proposal.   srsly.   one humble request: make it open-source (for the little peeps).

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:23 | 1709204 blindman
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end the fed ! i really hope they are listening.
here some very well written and thought
provoking words.
London Banker
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Testimony of Marriner Eccles to the Committee on the Investigation of Economic Problems in 1933
.."Before effective action can be taken to stop the devastating effects of the depression, it must be recognised that the breakdown of our present economic system is due to the failure of our political and financial leadership to intelligently deal with the money problem. In the real world there is no cause nor reason for the unemployment with its resultant destitution and suffering of fully one-third of our entire population. We have all and more of the material wealth which we had at the peak of our prosperity in the year 1929. Our people need and want everything which our abundant facilities and resources are able to provide for them. The problem of production has been solved, and we need no further capital accumulation for the present, which could only be utilized in further increasing our productive facilities or extending further foreign credits. We have a complete economic plant able to supply a superabundance of not only all the necessities of our people, but the comforts and luxuries as well. Our problem, then, becomes one purely of distribution. This can only be brought about by providing purchasing power sufficiently adequate to enable the people to obtain the consumption goods which we, as a nation, are able to produce. The economic system can serve no other purpose and expect to survive." ......

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:40 | 1709240 cynicalskeptic
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Worked for the NY Fed in ops a long time back.   We used to say that the Fed combined the worst of private and public institutions in one operation.  

Seriously... I never worked for such a screwed up organization - even Wall Street looked good compared to these clowns.  On a common sense operational level they rarely got anything right.  I won't go into details but the basic failures were numerous and compounded by the refusal to ever admit mistakes were made.  One CVP's idea of 'analysis' was 'this is what I want - get me there'.  I spent three years backing into a number he read wrong - justifying a number no matter what other factors changed so he could claim consisgtency.  A Senior staffer - back when personal computers were expensive and hard to get - kept one on his desk as a 'totem' of power - nevermind that he ONLY played simplistic games on it (we know - his staff installed covert monitoring software on it - frustrated at the unavailability of computers to do REAL work). A systems staff head - whose father played golf with the NY head had no idea how to do their job and would simply get up and walk out of meetings when questioned about problems.  Abuse of alcohol was startlingly widespread in upper ranks - I recall one Department head going shirtless in a bar after work at a department get together and I heard that the head of the NY Fed at the time fell over - knocking down the podium - when addressing a bankers meeting  (he was supposedly sent to 'dry out' a few times).   The story that sums the place up best was about the meteoric rise of one woman.  Some thought she was sleeping with superiors.  But the truth was laughable.  She had been an elementary school teacher in her previous career - before going 'corporate. She treated her superiors like she treated her students 'That's a GREAT idea!'  "You're so perceptive..."  .... endless 'positive reinforcement'  She was dumb as a rock and parroted back talking points but she was accomplished at massaging egos and boosting 'self-esteem.'  They LOVED her.

I worked with some brilliant systems and engineering people - most of whom left within 12 months.  They were frustrated beyond belief with the stupidity shown by upper management.   The project I was hired for wasted money like you couldn't imagine - and accomplished - at best - 30% of what it should have done.  This was nothing revolutionary - but simply the installation of systems used in private industry for years.  

At the time - the currency processing operation (the largest in the world as I recall) had clerks making $30,000 a year all driving new BMW's and Cadillacs...... think about it.   They eventually relocated that operation - and check processing - to New Jersey.   Built a brand new building on the site of an old chemical company toxic waste dump   Was closer to the execs that ran operations - though the work force was mainly from Brooklyn.   Check processing was a real cluster f88k at the time too... someone figured out how to beat the routing system and they were going nuts trying to figure out how to stop that ---- no details but it wasn't that hard to do - or prevent.   And even back then there were counterfeits so good that they passed through the currency processing machines....   again no details but that's why they started with security threads.  Counterfeites would bleach the ink off $1 notes and print $100's - getting all the other details good enough to get through the machines. 

In my experience, you had some astoundingly arrogant people running things there - with a 'civil servant' mindset (knew their jobs were safe and took their time to get anything done).  You had some smart people at the top - along with more than a few that were NOT.   The smart ones were there for a brief time before moving on to more lucrative spots on Wall Street.   Revolving door.   The dumb ones stayed at the Fed.



Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:23 | 1709312 Colonel
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Interesting, the NY fed sounds like a Potemkin village that should have been out of business long ago.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:35 | 1709323 cynicalskeptic
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Oh... and I got a letter not too long ago about pension info being 'compromised' - someone lost files or they got hacked I think.... soooo reassuring that their computer security is so good.     moot point - I closed out my account and moved it years back - invested in miners of barbarous relic material.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:52 | 1709258 Bartanist
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Anyone want to bet that some previously little heard of Israeli company (with ties to the Mossad) gets the contract? Where spying and loyalty to the global banking crime syndicate are required, no one can compete with the Israelis.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 22:58 | 1709271 66Sexy
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Just like when a murderer suspect asks the police detective: "So, do the police have any leads?"

Federal Reserve KNOWS what they are doing is PURPOSEFULLY killing the economy. They are a private institution, not a government agency. They are clearly acting in bad faith and there is apparently (another) conspiracy to crash the market.

Our politicians are bribed, so they advocate the legitimacy of the Federal Reserve Bank.

May Woodrow Wilson Rot in Hell... which is where the treasonous COCKSUCKER is burning in torment right now.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:03 | 1709281 Blegoo
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it ain't not enough labour camps to house all dissidents.

Also... a serious shortage of zyklon B.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:05 | 1709284 topcallingtroll
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This is interesting technology and is the next generation of both sentiment indicators and sentiment influencers.

It is certainly more sophisticated and more useful to have real time data than a monthly consumer confidence index.

I am more concerned about the technology being used to identify "opinion leaders" both in the comment section to blogs and as to which blogs are gaining or losing viewers and becoming more or less influential.

It is much easier to run a campaign targeting a few key "opinion leaders" in the community than make a general campaign statement. It can also be used to shape how news is reported about the Fed and other parts of the government. This is the part I don't like. I hope "opinion leaders" are above graft and corruption, but I doubt it. I bet enough money could sway even the Tylers.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:34 | 1709319 tip e. canoe
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if you see a Tyler on the road...

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:40 | 1709331 bid the soldier...
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is he crossing to get to the other side?

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:08 | 1709294 The Big Ching-aso
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Hello Everyone!

I am a ZH Virgin.

Junk me tender,

Junk me sweet,

Junk me till I cry,

ZH rocks and the Fed sucks cock,

plus they can beat my meat.


I am, The Big Ching-aso

ps.  Denninger is an asshole.  










Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:09 | 1709295 The Big Ching-aso
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Hello Everyone!

I am a ZH Virgin.

Junk me tender,

Junk me sweet,

Junk me till I cry,

ZH rocks and the Fed sucks cock,

plus they can beat my meat.


I am, The Big Ching-aso

ps.  Denninger is an asshole.  










Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:21 | 1709305 JW n FL
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Thank God we have this new rating system in place so the FED can see what you like and dont like.. truth wise..


Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:29 | 1709313 tumblemore
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I think the critical thing about this is it should prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the federal banking crime syndicate is treating this as a war and the markets aren't markets and won't be for the foreseeable future. The "markets" are an electronic battleground for manipulating public opinion and nothing more.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:32 | 1709316 AustriAnnie
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If Bernanke is confused about the sentiment of ZH community, then he's even dumber than I thought (if thats possible).

Can he not see the price of gold?  Thats the only sentiment indicator he needs.

I wonder if the real purpose of this is to identify which "bloggers" need to be arrested first, and whose IP addresses can let them know where to gold and guns are being stored.

Call me paranoid.  But nothing is out of the question anymore.  These nutcases are getting desperate and they'll do anything.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:37 | 1709320 bigkahuna
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Hello Federal Reserve Bank. I hope you read this. I had confidence and unquestioning pride in your performance in maintaining my US Dollar as a safe place to store the fruits of my labor until about 2006 when I finally pulled my head out and realized that you were playing dirty tricks on me by destroying the dollars that I had proudly saved up. At first, it really bothered me. Over the years, I have accepted your greed as well as my own prior lack of understanding of what you, the federal reserve banks, are doing to the nation's money supply. I am now enlightened. You manipulate interest rates and money creation. You operate by no rules, you make them up as you go. You benefit your federal reserve banks by allowing them to create money which is not backed by anything to make loans. The real problem in this is that the prices we pay for goods is too high because of your practice of creating money through credit. You are parasitic to productive Americans and you will be the murderer of those who depend on government transfers to live. You will also be the destroyer of the United States of America. You are the enemy of the United States of America. You have turned your back on the citizens and businesses of the United States of America for the benefit of super wealthy finance interests. At the end of all of these problems, normal Americans will seek you out to administer the same dispair and grief to you that you have dealt to them. Your lies are pervasive. Your shroud of deceit has covered all of the mainstream media, all politicians, and all large corporations--ALL of them. Your power will fall and the truth will come to bear on you like a sunrise on a vampire--and you will be seen for what you are. I hope you read this with your search engine. This is me saying I know who you are and I know where you are going. I have been informing as many people as possible and they are subsequently doing the same. Your days are numbered before you are found out to be the den of evil that you are and cast into the crowds that you have brought now and will bring to starvation and perdition. You will know what you have caused, because you will reap what you sow. I hope that the hair on the back of your neck stands up a little after you read this. My message to you is done.

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:34 | 1709321 zorba THE GREEK
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From now on every ZH poster should end their post with BERNANKE/FED/QE 

no matter what the topic. That would throw a wrench in their spy program.



Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:48 | 1709342 CapitalistRock
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Maybe we could just feed The Bernanke some QE.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:02 | 1709392 tip e. canoe
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followed by UGG

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:38 | 1709329 highwaytoserfdom
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Reminds me of  a couple of quotes as we are going thought this Orwellian nightmare not so much in the 1984 sense but the brutal betrayal in Homage to Catalonia. The true heroes are the exact enemies of the interventionist global elites that have managed to concentrate wealth in 2% of hands. We have a soft form of fascism or corporatism preventing free markets and competing currencies and miss reporting of bottom line as opposed to top line growth.  'IT IS NOT SO BAD BECAUSE I WAS EXPECTING WORSE".   

 "Joseph Goebbels was the master of the “big lie” tactic in which a lie, no matter how outrageous, is repeated often enough that it will eventually be accepted as truth. Goebbels explained:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

And of course there is my heros  Spooner ( yea Hayek 'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded." or Aurelius "  If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. "A man should be upright, not be kept upright" or Aquinas "Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.")  But old Spooner has it down with  this quote (check out Pearson PLC's ownership). "The Rothschilds, and that class of money-lenders of whom they are the representatives and agents -- men who never think of lending a shilling to their next-door neighbors, for purposes of honest industry, unless upon the most ample security, and at the highest rate of interest -- stand ready, at all times, to lend money in unlimited amounts to those robbers and murderers, who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved."

Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
Source: "No Treason #6" (1870)

forgive the cut and paste...                       RP2012

Ps FIATtackWatch  Helicopter you and Turbo Tax go F*ck yourselves. Why don't you grow a set and do the right thing.

Stick that in your tracking database. 

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 23:51 | 1709348 glenlloyd
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I think they'll end up getting so much data they won't know what to do with it, but the whole idea makes me wanna puke.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:30 | 1709382 Die Weiße Rose
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ENRON: The Fed is the smartest Guy in the Room

SOLYNDRA: The Fed is Deus ex Machina (better than Enron)

FED  = broken left Hand of Deus Printing-Machine Knob


Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination

The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order.

They have come to reclaim the future !

• Police tactics attacked as officers pepper-spray women
• Occupy Wall Street: the protesters speak





Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:01 | 1709390 zack
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The Fed can just call up the NSA which has speaker independent voice recognition that is

- 99% accurate

- understands/uses context when recognizing

- can tag dates/times/places

- can tag emotions - (someone getting angry)

- can listen for phrases


This technology is used to spy on millions if not all conversations in the US.  Through project Echelon probably all conversations in "friendly" countries.

The technology is now being sold in the public sphere through M*Modal out of Pittsburgh.



Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:02 | 1709393 Out9922
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So, is this the freedom the troops are fighting for?

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:11 | 1709411 Clowns to the l...
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Someone should do a remake of the song "Somebody's Watching Me", changing "somebody" to Bernanke and email it to him.


"I always feel like...Bernanke's meeee...Because I mocked QE"

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:17 | 1709422 chindit13
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I read this article several times to make sure I did not miss anything.  I come away a whole lot less fearful than the majority of posters here.  While I find it irritating that our answerable-to-no-one interest rate bludgeoner and monetary alchemist cannot accept its non-Sally Fields moment---indeed, that it should be surprised by it---and that it wastes money addressing it, I don’t have any fear of black helicopters or being turned into a Manchurian Candidate.  I know my place in the world (absolute nobody), and in that I take comfort that nobody in a position of authority really gives a hoot what I think, even if what I think is antithetical to Fed policy or even Fed existence.  The Feds may want some idea of the collective view of them held by all of us in total, and they may try to defend themselves with words---perfectly acceptable behavior, by the way---but on an individual basis there is nothing to fear.  On the other hand, the Feds might actually learn something, since at present they seem pretty isolated from the trials and tribulations of the common man.

I suggest Zerohedge keep doing what it does (though the last thing Tyler needs is any advice from Mr. Nobody), and that all the members turn the lights off as usual when they go to sleep for the night.  None of us is all that important.

Now if the Fed is going to be monitoring ZH, here is one idea for them to consider:  the name Marriner S. Eccles Building always sounded to me like that big building on every university campus where the swimming pool is housed.  Washington, DC could use a good indoor pool, and I’ll bet the DC construction workers could use the work.  To maintain the cache, we could even call it a "natatorium".  Sounds very Federal, in a Latin sort of way.  I think even Pierre L’Enfant would approve.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:29 | 1709452 Mr_Wonderful
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Major crash ahead.

Open Interest on SPX October Put Options a whopping 900,000 contracts.


Open Interest:     Strike Price:

12,467                   500 
17,893                   650
67,816                   750
116,406                 800
51,789                   850
27,742                   875
64,123                   900
20,392                   925
52,737                   950
26,701                   975
90,031                   1,000
117,902                 1,100
127,798                 1,150
127,036                 1,200

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:29 | 1709454 SumSUN
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Paper covers rock.

Silver burns Fed.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:32 | 1709460 xtop23
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The FED = corporate/fascist debt mechanism

There I also ended up on the list of American malcontents

Eat shit Bernanke and TPTB

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:36 | 1709466 What_Me_Worry
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I love the USA.  I love the Federal Reserve.  The Federal Reserve Note is possibly the best creation since creation, itself.  Further, gold is a ponzi scheme and paper gold is a superior investment to owning physical bullion.

I trust Mr. Bernanke always has our best interest, at heart.  The only solution to our debt problem is obviously to create much, much more of it.

Furthermore, I am not just writing this to avoid the re-education camps.  Those that end up in said camps will be there for their own collective good.

Lastly, if the algos can interpret sarcasm, then I would like to state that this is not sarcasm.  Unless, they understand that saying you aren't being sarcastic implies you are being sarcastic.  In which case, I am being completely sarcastic.


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:43 | 1709477 Richard Head
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Bernank-wad: you don't need a sophisticated system to find this message.  If I see you in the street, I'll spit in your fucking beard.  I hope you die a gruesome death soon.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:49 | 1709483 Demogorgon
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Hey Fed, FUCK YOU!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:50 | 1709484 Livingstrong
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The party is over!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:52 | 1709486 Mr_Wonderful
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Complaints, complaints ...

The dollar is up, interest rates are hurrying down to zero, the number of hyperinflation prophets is down to two. What´s not to like ?


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 00:59 | 1709493 xtop23
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Always darkest before the dawn Mr. Wonderful

Deflation first ( where the people that purchased prior to price collapse get burned initially or where the people that waited for the drop then go all in and bide their time )

Inflation next ( where the people that were able to withstand the first event get paid for their foresight and patience )

Total revamp and reset last ( where TPTB start the whole ballgame again )

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:15 | 1709515 Mr_Wonderful
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Check out the very consistent trading channel in the 10-yr bond, 1987 to date, from 8% to under 2%.^TNX+Basic+Chart&t=my

This market clearly doesn´t see any meaningful inflation for years to come.



Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:22 | 1709524 teotwawki
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Its the godadamned cme again. Those jerks keep reducing the value of me gold and silver, never mind that they 

have to increase margins due to the volatility due to stupid motherfuckers like me who always think gold and silver should go up everyday.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:25 | 1709526 teotwawki
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what goes up must come down buy silver and gold and ill sell it to you..

Take part in the next scheme as I make money off of your dumb ass.



Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:26 | 1709528 teotwawki
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All the way down........................................................................................................

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:33 | 1709545 Rusty Shorts
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average mean $5  roflmao

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:31 | 1709532 Mr_Wonderful
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Now, regarding those 900,000 put option contracts against the SPX.

The sellers of those contracts would mostly be mutual funds with holdings indexed to the S&P 500 and the buyers mostly banks and hedge funds. A 100-point drop would result in a profit of probably 20-30 billion dollars for the latter if I read this situation correctly.

Then add their puts against individual stocks and their profit could double or more.


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:29 | 1709536 teotwawki
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Silver should find support at 20 unless it doesnt. Keep buying , Ill keep selling bitches

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:35 | 1709538 SunBlaster
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OMG $27.90! We need some meaningful analysis on what's causing this massive dump! Is this "NO QE3 going back to 2009 price"!?!?!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:36 | 1709548 Mr_Wonderful
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The rocketing dollar is the most powerful factor. This understandably crushes both stocks and commodities.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:35 | 1709546 delivered
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Everyone's on the same side of the trade now. Long the USD, long UST's, short the S&P, exiting PMs and commodities. The put action on the S&P is remarkable. This is a global economic killer as all money is running into the most inefficient capital deployment system in the world, the US Government. This must be killing Big Ben as US exports will suffer as well as US corporate earnings. If this trend continues and builds to the greatest bubble of all time, the exodous will be truly remarkable.

Yes, deflation first but this will lead to hyperinflation as just think about it. The US already has enourmous annual deficits and a cummulative debt of some $15 trillion. With deflation, the tax base with fall apart, tax receipts plummet and the ability to service the US debt will become un-managable. The annual deficit will explode, debt issuances overwhelm the market, and faith will be lost in first the US debt and then the USD. Deflation rewards savers and punishes borrowers. The largest borrower in the world is the US government so as the old saying goes, you can pay me now or pay me later.

BTW, the world powers (e.g., China) that have the resources to accumulate real assets must be laughing all of the way to the bank. What a perfect environment to dump UST's and purchase real assets. These parties want to and need to diversify from USD assets so now is the perfect time. There's so much hot money panicing right now that when the smoke clears and everyone is left holding just USTs and USDs in the biggest debtor country in the world (as it enters into a deflationary period), the words "I told you so" really won't even come close to serving justice.

For those of you who don't like volatility, then you better exit the world of PMs and commodities as this is going to be a very difficult period. For those of you who have already witnessed and lived through the PM wild rides of the past four years, the only question is at what point do you buy. Silver at $28 looks like a bargin but I'm holding out for $25 (and gold to $1,500). But then again, the physical market is even close to the paper prices so I'm wondering if this is the decoupling point that has been building for years.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:36 | 1709547 teotwawki
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Dont you bitches know its just the latest bubble yet? I love dumb motherfuckers who keep dollar cost averaging all the way down. Your precious metals are going down as the result of mass liquidations, If your fantasy world comes true I will keep all of my real assets like food and tell you to to get fucked for your coins.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:49 | 1709564 xtop23
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This is bullshit - If its mass liquidations then how come coin dealers / bullion dealers are running out of stock ?

Ill give you a minute take your time .


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:14 | 1709647 chindit13
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They are running out of stock because retail is their customer base, and retail is "backing up the truck".

The size sellers hitting the market will take some time to deliver their physical to the buyers.

Incidentally, out here where I reside (Asia), there is plenty available stock, and its price is the paper price is the spot price.  No difference.  Mark-up is as it always is:  1%.  The shops were empty Saturday, so the lower prices did not ignite the much anticipated Asian love affair for PMs.

Other than rural Indians, I never really saw any great love affair for gold in Asia.  I do (did) see a love affair for bull markets.  Au and Ag no longer look like bull markets, especially Ag, now off nearly fifty percent from its high.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:09 | 1709630 James T. Kirk
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Teotawki, you are a very clever troll, embracing emergency food supplies, but rejecting metals. I know that some survivalists place more importance on food or guns, than they do on metal. However, your utter glee over the metals takedown exposes you for what you are. And I guarantee you that physical is not being liquidated in mass. Its just all that fantasy paper bullshit that never had any physical backing in the first place. The only thing going right now is the Monopoly rules are being changed, yet again, behind the scenes. So please, have the decency to rename yourself to TEOTMGAWKI, the end of the Monopoly game as we know it.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:14 | 1709644 teotwawki
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Fuck off

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:31 | 1709691 James T. Kirk
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What an educated, informative response, TEOTMGAWKI. You support your position very well.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:38 | 1709708 teotwawki
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You missed my point.

Fuck off

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 04:20 | 1710042 James T. Kirk
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You are so overmatched, twit.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:43 | 1709558 teotwawki
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The last bubble gold.........................

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:46 | 1709562 teotwawki
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Hyperinflation, blah blah blah.

If youre that concerned youd better do something other than stockpile something  people cant eat shithead.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:47 | 1709563 Kina
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This is just packing more shrapnel around the bomb that is the US economy and insolvent banks. This is going to implode in spectacular fashion and send out shocks wave that will take down just about everything.



Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:50 | 1709567 SunBlaster
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Do we wait or do we buy now, that's the question!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:50 | 1709568 teotwawki
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When they are ready to let that occur yes.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:58 | 1709590 IQ 101
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ZH. What a delightfull buffet of food for thought,

I give thanks for freedom of speech, fucking use it.

Shout and cry against treason.

love to my brothers.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:52 | 1709572 SunBlaster
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About to hit $26.99

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:55 | 1709579 xtop23
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Say it hits that $21.50 mark and you decide to pull the trigger and drop some major coin on a purchase.

There is no guarantee that youll be able to find anything to actually buy.

Im not a market timer I leave that to guys that are much more intelligent that I am ( or luckier ).

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:52 | 1709574 SunBlaster
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Nvmrd $26.85!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:53 | 1709575 teotwawki
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Buy now. Im shorting. Put up like a real man and buy unlimited contracts. I will sell short to you all day and night.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:53 | 1709576 Mr_Wonderful
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I find it amazing that no brain-box blogger here or elsewhere covers this - 900,000 put option contracts against the SPX - story.



Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:55 | 1709580 teotwawki
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nobody cares dude get over it

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:00 | 1709596 Mr_Wonderful
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I guess futures are starting to care.

It´s natural for markets to trap the maximum number of suckers in the most hopeless positions and then destroy them.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:56 | 1709581 SunBlaster
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Approaching $25 F&F

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:57 | 1709586 SunBlaster
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Went by a local store on Saturday and they were all out of bullion, though I was late to the party, now, not so much!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:58 | 1709587 teotwawki
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Ive got some for ya you want it?

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:00 | 1709595 xtop23
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At $21.50 Ill buy any ounces you wanna sell my friend. 

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:04 | 1709609 teotwawki
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Take the other side of my trade on the futures lets do it.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:06 | 1709615 xtop23
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Paper ? No thanks. Physical ? Sure.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:10 | 1709632 teotwawki
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Thats what I thought

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:14 | 1709648 xtop23
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Why would I trade paper ? Its price is irrelevent . Have you EVER read ZH ? Jesus youre dense .

My offer still stands . If you have physical ounces, in whatever amount you chose to sell, at the $21.50 mark I will buy ever single one you have .

You can go wipe your ass with your paper big guy .

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:19 | 1709664 teotwawki
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I can take delivery on 5000 ounces if I care to And I will deliver if you have the capital or the balls. Thats futures fag.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:29 | 1709688 xtop23
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If you can secure delivery and we can go through an intermediary for verification that everyone is legitimate then yes. You have a deal at $21.50 an oz sir.

I will get my information to you through Tyler.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:40 | 1709712 teotwawki
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Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:41 | 1709715 xtop23
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Get your information to Tyler and well work out the details

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:46 | 1709732 teotwawki
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I await thst call with beited breath. NOT

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:54 | 1709752 xtop23
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As I said, get your info to Tyler and well work out the details. Or cant you read?

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:04 | 1709782 teotwawki
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You are gettin worked up pal. Go beat off

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 08:10 | 1710424 xtop23
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Margin hikes not liquidation of physical.

I await your information for that 5k of physical Ag at $21.50/oz which I know you will never follow through on,

You were puffing your chest, I wasnt. My offer still stands for your physical and I await your info.

Always nice to unmask a troll. 

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:06 | 1709613 teotwawki
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Hit my Offer. With size come on

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:25 | 1709681 SunBlaster
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Can't find any other place to pimp off your load!

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:29 | 1709686 teotwawki
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Ive got a load alright

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:14 | 1709591 Rusty Shorts
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I'll be gone.


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 01:59 | 1709594 teotwawki
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Only 10 percent over spot come on shit heads

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:03 | 1709603 zebra
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job creating for IT professionals? Thumb up!!


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:03 | 1709604 zebra
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job creating for IT professionals? Thumb up!!


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:12 | 1709640 Coldfire
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The institution charged with maintaining the value of the dollar has destroyed the dollar. The Fed is dead. They just haven't buried it yet.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:41 | 1709714 bid the soldier...
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You don't think it was a suicide pact? Like Romeo and Juliet?

'Cause the Prince of Verona says at the end:

"All are punish-shed (the Elizabethan pronunciation)"

Kinda what we have now.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:24 | 1709678 SunBlaster
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Hmm intersting, coming back up @ $27.30

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:33 | 1709699 Rusty Shorts
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Hail Mary

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:33 | 1709698 teotwawki
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I like zero hedge because I can be a godadmned troll. Its nice to be on the other side of a shinking ship.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:41 | 1709716 wretch
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"Its nice to be on the other side of a shinking ship."

You just don't make sense.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:46 | 1709730 LiquidIce
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Apparently being on the port side of the ship while it sinks is better than the bow.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:58 | 1709764 teotwawki
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Im Ben Bernanke go ahead and fling all of your shit at me. And in the meantime realize that it doesnt matter, your all fucked anyways. Go ahead and stockpile gold and silver and mres. My boys and I are going to rip you a new asshole because most americans are too stupid and they will take our side. Thank you and good night.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 05:24 | 1710226 Incubus
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And in the meantime realize that it doesnt matter, your all fucked anyways

I'm sure the chairman of the federal reserve types like some teenaged girl/boy.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 02:59 | 1709767 teotwawki
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I just love raising hell with you clowns. You think you have a chance in hell. Good night

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:17 | 1709815 teotwawki
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End of thread... Scumbuckets scratching their heads in confusion.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:39 | 1709859 yabs
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eavesrop on thyis

Bernanke ane the FED are a CRIMINAL CARTEL  and printing money is treason and when the people reintate the constitution you will be hanged for your crimes

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:39 | 1709860 yabs
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eavesrop on thyis

Bernanke ane the FED are a CRIMINAL CARTEL  and printing money is treason and when the people reintate the constitution you will be hanged for your crimes

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:41 | 1709865 yabs
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eavesrop on thyis

Bernanke ane the FED are a CRIMINAL CARTEL  and printing money is treason and when the people reintate the constitution you will be hanged for your crimes

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:56 | 1709925 LaughingRebel
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This move smacks of desperation.  

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 05:06 | 1710170 Incubus
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If they'd pay me, I'd work for them.  I'm a great goddamned demotivator. 

None of you weaksauce fools can match my cynicism.


Is cynicism marketable?  Come on fed faggots, hire me. 


On an unrelated note:  The math question feature needs to be reimplemented.  The quality of the comments on this blog has gone downhill since they opened it up to everyone who can't do simple ass math. Keep it up, Tyler(s), and this place will just become a financial "infowars" site.  (hint: infowars=sensationalist joke site that's filled with retarded blog trolls)

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 09:14 | 1710638 PAUL LEO FASO
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The link below will take you to the reason why The Federal Reserve Bank is going to be eating the "SHIT SANDWICH" very soon. The Fed will face the American people who are now fully aware of the last 100 years of fraud and theft of our Treasury under their deceitfull watch.

As nothing but flunky sub-contractors, they will be thrown off the job, hauled into court for damages, and tried for civil and criminal charges with everyone waking up to their obvious guilt.

See below why they are in a cyber-panic trying to put out a fire they criminally started by their own greedy hands,  which now is a raging inferno that will finally consume all of them.


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 09:55 | 1710897 optimator
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They want to keep track in real time of what the public knows about the man behind the curtain.

Decades ago the truth was spread by whispered conversations taking months and years to produce the truth.  Now it's done in minutes and that has them concerned.


Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:42 | 1711374 MichaelRivero
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Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve...

There is no 11th marble

How you were sold into slavery to the Fed

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 14:06 | 1712051 merchantratereview
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No amount of tyranny or censorship can hide the fact that the system "they" built just plain SUCKS.

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 22:44 | 1713702 JW n FL
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Judge Alex Kozinski on Digital Privacy and Fourth Amendment Rights in the 21st Century

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The Hon. Alex Kozinski gave the annual B. Kenneth Simon lecture at Cato's Constitution Day Conference on September 15, 2011. He spoke about changing cultural expectations of privacy regarding new technologies and how judicial applications of the Fourth Amendment have changed over time to reflect these expectations.

Judge Kozinski is the Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:56 | 1714284 LP9
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This commerical cannot be real, how trashy and tasteless

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:25 | 1716354 howardtlewisiii
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I imagine Bernanke flipping burgers for a living down at McDonalds after failing his food service exam three times. After getting caught stealing catsup packets to make ends meet and spending 30 days in jail for it, he will know he has arrived.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:26 | 1716356 howardtlewisiii
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I imagine Bernanke flipping burgers for a living down at McDonalds after failing his food service exam three times. After getting caught stealing catsup packets to make ends meet and spending 30 days in jail for it, he will know he has arrived.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:26 | 1716357 howardtlewisiii
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I imagine Bernanke flipping burgers for a living down at McDonalds after failing his food service exam three times. After getting caught stealing catsup packets to make ends meet and spending 30 days in jail for it, he will know he has arrived.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:35 | 1716389 howardtlewisiii
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Dump the Fed. Send Bernanke home to a recently emptied house.

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:36 | 1716395 howardtlewisiii
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 Your website has gone a bit berzerk.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:58 | 1838048 Goolie
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I'm no fan of "The Bernank."  I've watched with disgust what his ZIRP has done to American savers, confiscating their earned interest and transfering it to the financial Kleptocrats.  And I certainly don't trust what big brother will do with data gleaned via social media surveilance.  But isn't the point of social media to be heard?  If enough people express their displeasure with policy, there might actually be a response.  BAC blinked on their $5 a month debit card fee.  I hope the Kleptocrats are watching, maybe they'll get a clue.

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