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Is It Time For The Financial World To Panic? 25 Reasons Why The Answer May Be Yes

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Every now and then it is easy to forget that the one or two "better than expected" data points blasted by flashing headlines do nothing that merely mask what is an otherwise quite deplorable and deteriorating reality. For the disconnect between America and the rest of the world look no further than this chart showing the dramatic divergence between the DJIA, which has just gone positive for the year, and every other major global stock market. Yet for those who require a narrative to go with their numbers, here is The Economic Collapse with the latest of their traditionally comprehensive bulletins, this time summarizing the "25 signs that the financial world is about to hit the big red panic button."

From The Economic Collapse:

The following are 25 signs that the financial world is about to hit the big red panic button....


#1 According to a new study just released by Merrill Lynch, the U.S. economy has an 80% chance of going into another recession.


#2 Will Bank of America be the next Lehman Brothers?  Shares of Bank of America have fallen more than 40% over the past couple of months.  Even though Warren Buffet recently stepped in with 5 billion dollars, the reality is that the problems for Bank of America are far from over.  In fact, one analyst is projecting that Bank of America is going to need to raise 40 or 50 billion dollars in new capital.


#3 European bank stocks have gotten absolutely hammered in recent weeks.


#4 So far, major international banks have announced layoffs of more than 60,000 workers, and more layoff announcements are expected this fall.  A recent article in the New York Times detailed some of the carnage....

A new wave of layoffs is emblematic of this shift as nearly every major bank undertakes a cost-cutting initiative, some with names like Project Compass. UBS has announced 3,500 layoffs, 5 percent of its staff, and Citigroup is quietly cutting dozens of traders. Bank of America could cut as many as 10,000 jobs, or 3.5 percent of its work force. ABN Amro, Barclays, Bank of New York Mellon, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lloyds, State Street and Wells Fargo have in recent months all announced plans to cut jobs — tens of thousands all told.


#5 Credit markets are really drying up.  Do you remember what happened in 2008 when that happened?  Many are now warning that we are getting very close to a repeat of that.


#6 The Conference Board has announced that the U.S. Consumer Confidence Index fell from 59.2 in July to 44.5 in August.  That is the lowest reading that we have seen since the last recession ended.


#7 The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has fallen by almost 20 points over the last three months.  This index is now the lowest it has been in 30 years. 


#8 The Philadelphia Fed's latest survey of regional manufacturing activity was absolutely nightmarish....


The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion index of current activity, decreased from a slightly positive reading of 3.2 in July to -30.7 in August. The index is now at its lowest level since March 2009 


#9 According to Bloomberg, since World War II almost every time that the year over year change in real GDP has fallen below 2% the U.S. economy has fallen into a recession....


Since 1948, every time the four-quarter change has fallen below 2 percent, the economy has entered a recession. It’s hard to argue against an indicator with such a long history of accuracy.


#10 Economic sentiment is falling in Europe as well.  The following is from a recent Reuters article....

A monthly European Commission survey showed economic sentiment in the 17 countries using the euro, a good indication of future economic activity, fell to 98.3 in August from a revised 103 in July with optimism declining in all sectors.


#11 The yield on 2 year Greek bonds is now an astronomical 42.47%.


#12 As I wrote about recently, the European Central Bank has stepped into the marketplace and is buying up huge amounts of sovereign debt from troubled nations such as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy.  As a result, the ECB is also massively overleveraged at this point.


#13 Most of the major banks in Europe are also leveraged to the hilt and have tremendous exposure to European sovereign debt.


#14 Political wrangling in Europe is threatening to unravel the Greek bailout package.  In a recent article, Satyajit Das described what has been going on behind the scenes in the EU....


The sticking point is a demand for collateral for the second bailout package. Finland demanded and got Euro 500 million in cash as security against their Euro 1,400 million share of the second bailout package. Hearing of the ill-advised side deal between Greece and Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and Slovakia also are now demanding collateral, arguing that their banks were less exposed to Greece than their counterparts in Germany and France entitling them to special treatment. At least, one German parliamentarian has also asked the logical question, why Germany is not receiving similar collateral.


#15 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to hold the Greek bailout deal together, but a wave of anti-bailout "hysteria" is sweeping Germany, and now according to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard it looks like Merkel may not have enough votes to approve the latest bailout package....


German media reported that the latest tally of votes in the Bundestag shows that 23 members from Mrs Merkel's own coalition plan to vote against the package, including twelve of the 44 members of Bavaria's Social Christians (CSU). This may force the Chancellor to rely on opposition votes, risking a government collapse.


#16 Polish finance minister Jacek Rostowski is warning that the status quo in Europe will lead to "collapse".  According to Rostowski, if the EU does not choose the path of much deeper economic integration the eurozone simply is not going to survive much longer....


"The choice is: much deeper macroeconomic integration in the eurozone or its collapse. There is no third way."


#17 German voters are against the introduction of "Eurobonds" by about a 5 to 1 margin, so deeper economic integration in Europe does not look real promising at this point.


#18 If something goes wrong with the Greek bailout, Greece is financially doomed.  Just consider the following excerpt from a recent article by Puru Saxena....


In Greece, government debt now represents almost 160% of GDP and the average yield on Greek debt is around 15%. Thus, if Greece’s debt is rolled over without restructuring, its interest costs alone will amount to approximately 24% of GDP. In other words, if debt pardoning does not occur, nearly a quarter of Greece’s economic output will be gobbled up by interest repayments!


#19 The global banking system has a total of 2 trillion dollars of exposure to Greek, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian debt.  Considering how much the global banking system is leveraged, this amount of exposure could end up wiping out a lot of major financial institutions.


#20 The head of the IMF, Christine Largarde, recently warned that European banks are in need of "urgent recapitalization".


#21 Once the European crisis unravels, things could move very rapidly downhill.  In a recent article, John Mauldin put it this way....


It is only a matter of time until Europe has a true crisis, which will happen faster – BANG! – than any of us can now imagine. Think Lehman on steroids. The U.S. gave Europe our subprime woes. Europe gets to repay the favor with an even more severe banking crisis that, given that the U.S. is at best at stall speed, will tip us into a long and serious recession. Stay tuned.


#22 The U.S. housing market is still a complete and total mess.  According to a recently released report, U.S. home prices fell 5.9% in the second quarter compared to a year earlier.  That was the biggest decline that we have seen since 2009.  But even with lower prices very few people are buying.  According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of previously owned homes dropped 3.5 percent during July.  That was the third decline in the last four months.  Sales of previously owned homes are even lagging behind last year's pathetic pace.


#23 According to John Lohman, the decline in U.S. economic data over the past three months has been absolutely unprecedented.


#24 Morgan Stanley now says that the U.S. and Europe are "hovering dangerously close to a recession" and that there is a good chance we could enter one at some point in the next 6 to 12 months.


#25 Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota says that he is so alarmed about the state of the economy that he may drop his opposition to more monetary easing.  Could more quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve soon be on the way?

And the conclusion which is, as usual, spot on:

Things have not looked this bad for global financial markets since 2008.  Unless someone rides in on a white horse with trillions of dollars (or euros) of easy credit, it looks like we are headed for a massive credit crunch.


What we witnessed back in 2008 was absolutely horrifying.  Very few people want to see a repeat of that.  But as things in the U.S. and Europe continue to unravel, it appears increasingly likely that the next wave of the financial crisis could hit us sooner rather than later.


None of the fundamental problems that caused the crisis of 2008 have been fixed.  The world financial system is still one gigantic mountain of debt, leverage and risk.


Authorities around the globe will certainly do all they can to keep things stable, but in the end it is inevitable that the house of cards is going to come crashing down.


Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.


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Wed, 08/31/2011 - 16:54 | 1620500 Fletch F. Fletch
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All is well.  Remain calm.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 16:56 | 1620506 Robot Traders Mom
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Thanks Silvio.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:01 | 1620523 BaBaBouy
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Anyone Got Change For A Quarter ???

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:09 | 1620556 Fukushima Sam
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Just kidding, go ahead and hit it.  Let's get this over with!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:30 | 1620642 max2205
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It's the buy the dip Bernake Miracle. Don't judge the economy by what the Dow does anymore. It's the last bastion of confidence and heir Ben won't let it blow.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:39 | 1620686 spiral_eyes
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The real question is what effect — if any — future developments have on the global geostrategic picture, on global trade, and global energy infrastructure. America-as-Japan-2.0 is far more likely to threaten geostrategic disruption than Japan-as-Japan. 

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:51 | 1621514 andyupnorth
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It'll be a slow slide for the next decade to DOW=3k and gold=6k

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:59 | 1621760 Sambo
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dow = 30k gold = 60k

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:58 | 1620757 Ruffcut
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I can't agree with "get over this".

With this total disrespect for law, order and justice, the cabal is taking down as slow as they can hope from the designed fail or a failed design.

A financial collapse will create chaos.

I have been in this trading and blogging shit for over 5 years. THe slow depression can continue, but forcing the issue will escalate into madness. Fuck it is madness already.

Fuck it, at this pace I can squeak out a couple more good years, then call it a day.


Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:54 | 1621970 oldman
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Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:14 | 1620815 Guarded Pessimist
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It's the history eraser button, you fool!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:43 | 1621051 Henry Chinaski
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A "terrorist attack" will "take down the internet" and there will be a "great reset" and no one will be able to figure out why. A new dark age. Wait for instructions.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:19 | 1621785 Gotterdammerung
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As more and more people realize the inevitable storm that is about to fall upon us,..the negative energy is palatable.  when you are out and about,… don't you find yourself thinking that this just can't go on much longer, and you find yourself attempting to absorb the simple little things that you once took for granted because soon, sooner than many others realize,……it will never be the same in our life time again.

Please,… less vulgaries make for more enjoyable reading even as our way of life begins to crumble!


Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:31 | 1621950 thermroc
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Fuck off, skull boy.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:23 | 1622052 spankfish
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Any relation to Die Götzen-Dämmerung?  Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:28 | 1620864 Snidley Whipsnae
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Gotta love this CYA comment in the summation... "Authorities around the globe will certainly do all they can to keep things stable..."

Authorities around the world are busy as cats kicking sand in pursuit of saving TBTF banksters...  fixed that.


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:17 | 1621574 espirit
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Never before was SkyNet self-aware, that pretty much cancels fundamentals and reality.

Bots have that effect.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:12 | 1621110 Justaman
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Aren't these all transitory? 

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:08 | 1621406 rosiescenario
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Yes, they truly are.......on a long enough time line.....

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:27 | 1621705 spandrall
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Silvio: Hey everybody, don't worry! Lots of austerity, everywhere!

Silvio (later that night): Austerity, what? I was joking, sarcasm bitchez. Wow look at that hot 15 year old.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:26 | 1620624 DK Delta
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Great interview of Lew Rockwell and what QE3 Fed intervention really means for the rest of us landless proletariat. Says banks aren't lending out their reserves because doing so would cause hyperinflation -

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 02:41 | 1621921 IQ 145
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Why didn't I think of that? That must be it. They're saving us from ouselves by keeping all the money so we can't do anything foolish with it.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:28 | 1622056 StychoKiller
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What an Idjut I've been!  I've been thinking it was cause those qualified to receive a loan don't want one and those that want one are unqualified.  Back to room 101 with me!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:33 | 1620656 EvlTheCat
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Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:34 | 1620661 johngaltfla
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<---INSERT Kevin Bacon getting WHACKED here.


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:57 | 1621087 CrashisOptimistic
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Brent's not calm.  The spread is now headed towards $27.

That's right.  $27.  It was about 0 in January of this year.  

And it was about 0 for all months of history prior to January.

But still they think that finance matters for an engine that is having its fuel flow choked off.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 16:54 | 1620503 Buckaroo Banzai
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The time has come for "The Four G's": God, Gold, Guns, Grub.

Or, if you will, "The Four B's": Beans, Bibles, Bullets, Bullion

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:08 | 1620558 Pladizow
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You can keep God and the bible, I'll take the rest.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:17 | 1620594 Id fight Gandhi
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There's no atheists in the foxhole.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:48 | 1620720 DaveyJones
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what do you call people who don't believe athiests exist other than ironic?  

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:23 | 1621698 Raymond Reason
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My first wife and i divorced over religious differences....she was an atheist, i was an agnostic.  Woody Allen.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 04:42 | 1621997 destiny
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Allen is a jerk !

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 05:39 | 1622016 Christophe2
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I guess the vast differences between atheism ('there is no god') and agnosticism ('there is god, only not the one from the Books') escape you?  Woody Allen is a zionist puke who married his own (adopted) daughter, a mental masturbator who excels at rationalizing and valorizing vacuous, decadent lifestyles.  Bleh.


In any case, getting back to the topic at hand: rather than just bear witness to the slow progression of our economic and social destruction, why not fight back?

=> if we don't fight back, the NWO's stated goal of 92% world population reduction and 'agenda 21' for 'sustainable development' will become a reality.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 18:43 | 1624059 Raymond Reason
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No sense of humor, eh?  By the way, your definition of agnostism is wrong.


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:55 | 1620746 topcallingtroll
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There have been quite a few athiests/agnostics in foxholes but most of us dont go around talking about it.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:37 | 1620887 Tunga
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No need for talk troll; the shitstains on your pants say it all.


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:34 | 1621303 cranky-old-geezer
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Oh that was real "christian" like.

The hottest parts of gehennah are reserved for you miserable disgusting "christian" frauds.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:18 | 1621437 slavador
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Cranky-Geezer are you exceptional or is it common for atheists to fantasize about torturing rivals? If so, perhaps the folks running Abu-Graib were self actualized atheists? 

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:14 | 1621678 MSimon
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Uh. Christians have a history of more than fantasizing.


Thu, 09/01/2011 - 04:17 | 1621980 slavador
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I do not have a history of "doing more than fantasizing about torture". There are 1.5 billion living Christians that will make similar claims. Our group is the biggest in the world with the longest and most colorful history. Cherrypicking the ugliest available datapoints from a group that is a huge percent of the population makes you as dishonest as a bankster. 

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 05:46 | 1622022 slewie the pi-rat
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"living Christians" don't necessarily believe they are more honest than others, imo.  only, perhaps, that they can be more "honest" than others in facing their own "dishonesty" b/c of the norm they are up against in the guy who walked outa the freaking boat they were all in

if you can't walk outa the boat, stf up, you self-righteous hypocrite!

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:34 | 1621822 Oh regional Indian
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Who is this GOD? What is this GOD?


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:47 | 1620917 PaperBugsBurn
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You with your nagging wife, underwater mortgage were in a foxhole? Yeah right!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:00 | 1620947 A Lunatic
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You can't eat God.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:12 | 1621112 MsCreant
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Communion? The bread is the body of Christ. The wine the blood.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:33 | 1621155 mayhem_korner
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+22: 22-24 (Luke)

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:12 | 1621252 delacroix
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I come in my fathers name, and I am in him, and he is in me.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:49 | 1621354 Jasper M
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What does gay incest have to do with international finance?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:44 | 1621621 FEDbuster
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If you had bought beans, bullets and bullion over the past ten years, you have done pretty good with your "investment".  Food is still relatively cheap, now is the time to stock up.  By the time your local Walmart is burning, it's too late to prepare (then all you can do is pray, or not).  Hedge your future by preping now.  As Barry said last week, "prepare for the worst, and hope for the best" (no teleprompter needed for that line).

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:52 | 1621639 delacroix
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is he trying to prove, you can polish a turd?  no offense TF

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:50 | 1621631 delacroix
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Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:45 | 1621735 constantine
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... No, you can't eat God but it has been used as a medium of exchange for 5000 years.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:52 | 1621744 MrPoopypants
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It is written, Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:51 | 1621358 Religion Explained
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Atheism is just another religion. Agnostics are in a different league altogether. Don't be lumping them together with a slash "/".



Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:58 | 1620941 Sgt.Sausage
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This atheist has been in a foxhole - with arty rounds overhead ... and remains 100% convinced of his atheism.

BTW - Uncle Sam didn't believe me either and wouldn't allow me to put 'atheist' on the dog tags. They put 'no rel pref' instead (meanin 'no religious preference' ). I argued that it wasn't the same thing but they said 'Shut the fuck up, Private.'

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:28 | 1621017 Crassus
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My experience too. Pray to Jesus if you like but Jesus will love you just the same whether you are blown to bits or whether you walk away unharmed. It's all the same to him.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:37 | 1621032 Bastiat
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'Shut the fuck up, Private.'

LOL! That sounds about right. 

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:01 | 1621094 CrazyCooter
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I still have my tags from the service and they say athiest ... but I got 'em in 92. Might have changed since then.



Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:06 | 1621548 KowPie
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I have mine from 1976 and they say no prefrence. Your choice back then was that or name a religion. Atheist wasn't a choice.

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 23:29 | 1628875 CrazyCooter
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I still wear a dog tag on my right boot. Says atheist. I can't offer anything other than that.




Thu, 09/01/2011 - 21:12 | 1624519 Sgt.Sausage
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Mine were 1987.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:43 | 1621171 long-shorty
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on my dog tags, athiest was spelled



Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:07 | 1620967 GeorgeHayduke
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Here's the website for Atheists in Foxholes:

Just because it's an old saying you like doesn't mean it's true.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:49 | 1621350 BoNeSxxx
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Actually, it isn't an old saying -- it was the title of a book.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:33 | 1621466 GeorgeHayduke
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Looks like the premise of that book was flawed.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 21:16 | 1624532 Sgt.Sausage
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It was an old saying looooongggg before it was a title of a book.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 02:45 | 1621924 IQ 145
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Atheists were created by the millions by WW I. The one with the trenchs. The experiment has been tried and the answer is in; four years of industrial style machine like slaughter removes peoples goofy tinselly ideas about God.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:21 | 1620610 Jumbotron
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You can't take the beans and bullion with you when you die.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:28 | 1620631 Pladizow
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Nor a book of fables or invisible man that lives in the sky!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:44 | 1620705 in4mayshun
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Funny how ironic it is that someone trying to sound so logical makes themselves sound like such an ignoramous. Radio waves and cell phone signals are invisible too. So are you going to tell me they don't exist?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:49 | 1620728 RichardENixon
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I don't think they exist. But then, I'm not so sure I exist either.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:58 | 1620756 topcallingtroll
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They may be invisible to the eye but we can prove they exist, unlike your bearded man in the sky who allegedly condoned genocide in the old testament. Have you actually ever read that vile racist document? I have.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:18 | 1620993 gtb
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Sure you have...while in a foxhole.  Right?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:38 | 1621041 Bastiat
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I have.  And it wasn't just condoned, it was commanded.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:14 | 1621259 delacroix
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bhagavad gita   someone's gotta do the killing

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:31 | 1621148 mayhem_korner
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Have you actually ever read that vile racist document?

Why would it matter to you that you find the stories vile and racist if, as you say, they are just fables?

And BTW, there is much proof of many of the stories in the Bible (such as the evidence of ancient Jerusalem during David's reign circa 1000 BC, or BCE if you prefer).  So how does one decide what parts are "proved" and what aren't?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:47 | 1621182's picture

So how does one decide what parts are "proved" and what aren't?


One employs faith which is belief in something despite an absence of evidence or  evidence to the contrary.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:52 | 1621193 nmewn
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"One employs faith which is belief in something despite an absence of evidence or evidence to the contrary."

Oh, well done ;-)

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:15 | 1621429 chumbawamba
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I specifically came to Zero Hedge to find a comment of yours so that I could reply and tell you this:

You're a fag.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:54 | 1621526 BigDuke6
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LLLLeeeeettsss get ready to ruuuuummmmbbbbllllle!!!!!

In the red corner we have Professor Chumba, just out of the slammer so he hates fags!

In the blue corner we got the old warhorse nmewn, who loves a scrap more than he really should for a man of his age and position.

No biting or eye-gouging gents, but everything else goes.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:10 | 1622040 nmewn
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"In the red corner we have Professor Chumba, just out of the slammer so he hates fags!"

His cell mate was some hairy 320lb dude named Daisy so I can sorta see why he's so

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 07:07 | 1622097 BigDuke6
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Its all a bit of a let down.

i was hoping to see a couple of heavyweights going at it but all we got were a few godbotherers talking about the rapture again.  FFS.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 08:20 | 1622190 TruthInSunshine
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We all placed bets on Chumba Dufrene, that he would break down and sob like a little girl before morning.

His first night in the joint, Chumba Dufresne cost me two packs of cigarettes. He never made a sound.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:04 | 1622032 nmewn
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Don't troll me bro!...ROTFLMAO!!!

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:00 | 1621763 Caggge
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Since it's all faith based, God must be a central banker too.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:17 | 1621267 disabledvet
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If we actually get a recovery tis full faith and credit indeed. Something tells me you all still will struggle with the existence of God nonetheless.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:57 | 1621376 Pool Shark
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Since I've never seen Obama in person, I don't think he exists. He's a fabrication, just like the moon landings....

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 02:51 | 1621927 IQ 145
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One does one's homework and studies the available historical resources for ten years or so.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:08 | 1621938 GoldBricker
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If there's no god and no punishment for what we do in this life, what makes racism vile or wrong? It's all the same to The Void.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:59 | 1620759 Pladizow
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To: in4mayshun

Good argument?!?

If you mean information as opposed to, in formation - then see (Start at 11:00 mim mark)

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:54 | 1620935 PaperBugsBurn
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Beautiful, ¨God¨, karma, divine justice, call it what you will, does exist. I have witnessed it firsthand. I know (not believe) there is a spiritual dimension to life because I have experienced it as well.


Still waiting on your new avatar, gorgeous.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 02:56 | 1621929 IQ 145
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an extremely comon human illusion. The flavour of the "alsolute" experienced by the "transcendent" is of course, always the flavor in which he or she was raised; eg; brainwashed at an age too early to resist. When you're buddy gets turned into something that looks like a mistake in a butcher shop; there's nothing transcendent going on; it was just his day to become meat; and now fly and worm food; that's it. there's nothing else.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:55 | 1621641 Toxicosis
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No but at least we can prove those exist by testing and verification.  Electromagnetic waves don't take faith, just testing.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:34 | 1621820 Rinpocheinp
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Every reader here, without exception, are flat ignorant Semite victims.

Either (mostly) half-(un)-believing kike fuckers and kike hucksters.

Or proudly lying Jew shit bags, wheezing kikery -- supremacist finance-tech.

Dependent origination causally accounts for the components of mentality-materiality.

Ya'int ya $$, ya name, ya friends, family, or moniker.


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:47 | 1620717 sasebo
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Invisible man beyond your comprehension?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:00 | 1620765 Pladizow
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Good one - you got me!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:12 | 1620805 kengland
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WTF Pladizow? That is a stupid avatar. Give me back something I can touch

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:19 | 1620840 Pladizow
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Yeah I know, but there were simply too many copy cats lately and my avatar no longer stood out in the thread - Im looking for a new one!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:31 | 1620870 kengland
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Stand out? have impecable taste. I know who the imposters are.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:54 | 1621079 optimator
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Interesting Aviatar.  That trooper, smoking a Chesterfield, standing next to those burning White half tracks and M8,  saw victory down the road on his way to Antwerp.  Never made it, wonder if he survived after ambushing that column.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:17 | 1620992 Citxmech
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Godspeed on your quest!

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:02 | 1621932 IQ 145
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Invisible man in the sky pulling strings and turning valves and making nations and individuals follow some plan? Yeah, way beyond my complrehension. I can just barely understand reality; non-reality is easy in a way; it's just a story; but I have a sacred marriage to truth; so I have to have the proof; no proof; no more interest. Too many provable things to be interested in.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:43 | 1622066 spankfish
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"Invisible man in the sky pulling strings and turning valves and making nations and individuals follow some plan?"  You thinking of the Wizard of OZ?  Disreguard the man behind the curtain.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:50 | 1620729 DaveyJones
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only God knows if he exists

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:39 | 1621165 mayhem_korner
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Apart from written accounts and testimony, how do you prove your birthdate?  And why is that different, record-wise, from the accounts of God through history?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:58 | 1621213's picture

That's why you worship Zeus, because somebody wrote about him once.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:13 | 1621672 Prometheus418
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My cat is named Zeus- I'll tell him you send your regards.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:15 | 1621427 bid the soldier...
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very true

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:56 | 1620749 ActionFive
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Joos aren't hiding Dead Sea Scrolls anymore.

Look at what they establish.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:05 | 1621937 IQ 145
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Somebody wrote a story on a scroll a long time ago; when they didn't know shit from shinola; so fucking what? grow up for christ;s sake; I'm sure he would approve.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 04:15 | 1621978 ActionFive
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Deal is-

Book of Isaiah hidden and forecasting all about Christ etal.

Found later post event/book intact/history intact- that is what.

Establishes Bilble as true.

So, when shinola didn't know?- it was then found true/inspired.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 04:24 | 1621986 ActionFive
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This is plain as day for those who care to look.

IQ145 easy.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 05:09 | 1622006 slavador
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Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia and Babylon were serious societies. Your sense of the value of their contributions probably matches your value of all contributions of humanity but your own. By the way what is that great thing that you accomplished that empowers you to so confidantly slander the rest of the world. Did you discover the cure for cancer? Maybe you designed some sort of amazing aircraft. Perhaps you are the brilliant mind that designed modern  pyramids that have a cloaking devices so no one can see them! Spill your guts and amaze us all!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:02 | 1620771 cgbspender
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Let's not forget talking animals.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:22 | 1621132 mayhem_korner
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Are you not a talking animal?  And if you're into evolution (a theory with no supporting evidence), you evolved from those "lesser" animals.  So when did talking come along in the sequence?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:06 | 1621399 Religion Explained
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Bullshit. No supporting evidence my ass. You need to go back and redo middle school, stimpy.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 06:50 | 1622073 mayhem_korner
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None.  Zero.  Zip.  Naught.  Show us where it is.  No evidence whatsoever that a single new species evolved from a prior one.  Yes there is mutation - like strains of bacteria and albino plants, etc. - but not one shown to lead to a new species.  No record in the fossil history of failed mutations (of which there should be millions, no).  I could go on.  But science isn't about disproving an unproved theory.  The ball is in the evolutionists court, who still can't get past the irreducible complexity argument, how an eye "formed," etc. 

Show me the evidence.  It ain't there and never has been.

And when you're done "proving" evolution (which will be never, because the mantra is that it must be true or we need to research further) - answer my question as to when speaking came along.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 10:10 | 1622464 Diogenes
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Let me get this straight. You believe there is no supporting evidence for evolution but the evidence for the existence of God is convincing?

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 16:21 | 1622561 mayhem_korner
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I said there is no evidence for evolution. 

Tell ya what.  I'll risk every one of my 62 gold and 723 silver maples that water freezes at 32 F / 0 C.  Get back to me when you have the same conviction about evolution.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 18:35 | 1624042 Diogenes
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I have read a lot on both evolution and religion. What struck me is evolutionists are willing to admit they are wrong, and revise their theories in the light of new evidence. The religious nuts shoot their mouths off when they don't even know what they are talking about and refuse to look at any evidence at all.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 20:20 | 1624347 mayhem_korner
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Fair point, Diogenes.  It took me the better part of 15 years to unwind what I was taught about evolution, which I did through a very specific and catalogued challenging of its basic tenets and claims.

As to religion, those that know me know where my beliefs are.  However, I try to be cautious about pressing the "evidence," as a big part of that is faith (evidence of that which cannot be seen).  It is way too easy to alienate people from even inquiring about what I believe if I claim absolutes in terms of evidentiary support to my beliefs. 

But I'm not shy to press people on what they may believe where I think they haven't really dug in.  In the end, there are very, very few things we can say we "know" with unequivocal certainty (I use the water freezing as an airtight example of such).  So the quest becomes that of "what among the things we are told to believe are actually true, possibly true, or actually not true?"  The middle of those three is the biggest space. 

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:12 | 1621404 bid the soldier...
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no, you want that invisible man with you while you're still alive. death is going to be a surprise, pleasant, unpleasant or the probable void.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:59 | 1621536 Bruin4
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Billy Connolly on religion

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 04:25 | 1621990 slavador
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Invisible man in the sky is the accepted cutesy saying for no God by communists these days! Pladizow perhaps you might change your avatar to Vladimir Lenin! Maybe a picture of a priest distributing "Opium to the masses" during Masses!

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 07:19 | 1622102 FEDbuster
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"You can't take the beans and bullion with you when you die."

You can die much quicker and painfully without them (at least the beans part).

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:53 | 1620743 topcallingtroll
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I will have to agree with you plad.

It shows the primitiveness of our race that we still need superstitions and magic rather than accept that some things just arent knowable at this time.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:09 | 1620790 kito
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@pladizow bring back your old avatar!!!!!!!!!!NOWWWWWW!!!!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:19 | 1620836 topcallingtroll
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Zero hedge needs more titties. A lot more titties.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:25 | 1621289 kahunabear
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How can anyone possibly vote titties down?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:28 | 1620866 kaiserhoff
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Which one?  They were both vonderbar!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:20 | 1621127 mayhem_korner
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You can keep God and the bible, I'll take the rest.

I'd take that deal every time.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:04 | 1621231's picture

Man does not live by bread alone but it is necessary. Maybe you could keep God and the Bible and trade in a spare archangel or a damaged apostle for a case of Little Debbies.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:25 | 1621454 slavador
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You will have a difficult time taking my beans, bibles, guns or gold. Give it a try and maybe you get to meet God!

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 00:29 | 1621707 Rome is burining
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I must confess in all frankness that it has been my experience that when one becomes willing and takes certain actions, one is able to avail oneself of certain resources, spiritual in nature, which otherwise would not have been accessible. The Impact on my life has been profound and all for the better for myself and those I've come in contact with. Not only have I experienced it personally, I have likewise witnessed such transformations in others. There is a proof against all arguments which can keep a man in everlasting ignorance, which is bar against all arguments. That proof is contempt prior to investigation. Yet I am sympathic to the blind because my recollection is still intact

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:13 | 1621940 IQ 145
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And if you put your certain resources in your left hand and shit in your right hand; your right hand will fill up a lot faster. So you stopped doin crack and fucking the neighbors teeny daughter and now you jaw at people about being holy all day; so fucking what; you're still a total loser.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 23:19 | 1621580 Melin
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ditto that.  Atheists love liberty too!

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:04 | 1621770 Sambo
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-54 ??? at 1:05AM 09/01

Anybody wants the other G (Goldman) and B (Bernanke)?

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 16:26 | 1623607 bid the soldier...
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Doesn't god think he IS the rest?

I hope god's wrong for your sake

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:09 | 1620562 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes, + 1

We all know most of the above.  All of us should have started our preparations long ago.

What amazes me is how SLOW both 2007 - 2009 and 2011 - 20?? are taking to play out.  Kicking the can I suppose...  But, the longer before it all comes down gives us more time to prepare.  Use your time wisely!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:31 | 1620649 B9K9
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I've actually been moving in the opposite direction, and have become quite sanguine about future prospects. As long as the USA controls key resources via its military dominance, there is literally nothing that can stop the US from simply emitting more debt/money to "buy" the goods it needs.

Inflation you say? Well, inflation is merely a reflection of **market pricing** reacting to increased funds. But what if pricing is controlled - that is, what if there aren't any free markets? Did a market exist for Indonesian oil when the Japanese seized Indo/Singapor from the Dutch & British during WWII? Couldn't they just print whatever they wanted and throw it in their faces with a laugh? So what happens if supply is forced in a similar fashion for ClownBux eg pump/sell us your oil at the price we determine, or else?

I believe the USA has passed the fascist model exemplified by Germany/Japan, and is now entering (or has already entered) the Soviet era. That means price controls & supply restrictions, all backed by the force of law. After all, we are a legitimate sovereign nation operating under the rights of self-governance. If our governance embraces the concept of imperial control, who's gonna stop us? Who is really going to challenge the regime?

So, the only real question is whether it's 1950, the height of Stalinism, or 1985, the beginning of the end. Orlov has got it completely right - just mind your Ps&Qs while going about your daily business of gettin' on. Railing about injustice, like GL vis-a-vis Cheney yesterday, is a fool's exercise, and will only act to get yourself noticed.

I keep telling you space monkeys that price controls and supply restrictions/allotments are coming. It's the next logical step. Your gold ain't gonna do jack shit, especially when your neighbor and/or barter partner will get an extra month of food for his family as reward for turning you in.

The days ahead are much darker than many can imagine even at this juncture.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 17:57 | 1620752 ReallySparky
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That was depressing B9K9.  I hope you are incorrect, but I must admit, I have wondered the same thing.  My biggest fear now is that there will not be a revolution, and that most of the sheep will want to stay asleep, watch programmed Television, and rat out their neighbors to get a small edge.  I can even see some kind of patriotic propoganda campaign, directing the sheep to turn in their neighbor.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:40 | 1620897 Snidley Whipsnae
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The Stazi's (East German Secret Police) files, when examined after the fall of the wall, proved that 75% of East Germans were ratting on each other. This included many family members ratting out other family members. A lot of the rats were telling lies to get revenge on those they did not like. A society turned to a total rats nest... actually, I'm doing rats a disservice... maybe finks is a better term?

A slippery slope we are on...

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 20:30 | 1621147 pods
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Hey Sparky, they are a couple of steps ahead of you.

Just look at the first page.  Should tell you where we are headed.


Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:58 | 1621373 wisefool
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interesting stuff. Seems like we are in the phase of ths social media cycle that will drag the non-adopters in unwillingly.

The previous phase I noticed was/is the facebook only offerings for free stuff. Remember how Taco Bell had that big false flag operation?  "oh noes, somebody found out they put trace amounts of oats in the seasoned beef. Egagds! thats gross."         " No its not, its just like meatloaf, it helps the texture and mosture content. If you join facebook we will give you a free taco ......"

So this new stuff is going to get people paranoid about what data other people are collecting on them. then you join to make sure it is all legit, and then you think hey, its not so bad ..... kinda like somepeople do with property taxes. "Damn they are only paying $x,xxx/yr for all that? I am going to get mine lowered!" the government lets everyone play musical chairs and then raises taxes on everyone, but "hey atleast its fair!"

People rip on the banks hard here, but I think there are bigger and more dangerous forces at work... easy credit might make these things worse, but ....

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:03 | 1621769 DoChenRollingBearing
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pods, that snapscouts IS pretty creepy.  Thx for sharing that.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 01:14 | 1621787 Race Car Driver
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From link:

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Glad it's only a game.

Badgez, bitchez.

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 02:35 | 1621915 hidingfromhelis
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SnapScout and SnapScout Reports...leverage(s) modern technology to address the timeless threats to democracy and freedom.

Oh, the irony!

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 18:03 | 1620776 Pladizow
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And the 2nd amendment?

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:46 | 1621339 AlmostEven
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Ask David Koresh how that worked out for him.... If nobody gets in the streets and people just hide in their bunkers instead, it's easy pickins for the gov't. Especially, if they're easily divided along racial lines or red state vs. blue state, or liberal vs. conservative, etc.

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 21:52 | 1621363 Calmyourself
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Unfortuneately those racial lines are in the process of being drawn by the CBC.  Their recent comments are designed to do one thing and one only; incite..

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