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The True American Show

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Via The World Complex blog,

A nice movie depicting a long-running TV series starring True American as himself; written and conceived by the CFR.

True American is an everyman, living in what appears to be paradise. Here, surrounded by eternally smiling neighbours, the news is always good (except when it comes from any part of the world that isn't America). He and his neighbours' sunny reactions to news of the various American armed interventions around the world is secured by their knowledge that everything is as it should be; for they have liberal, democratic values.


"The Iraqis don't mind the constant drone attacks--they know we have their best interests at heart!"


"They only hate us for our freedoms!"


He is constantly reassured that he is living in the finest place on earth.

The rest of the world is a real hellhole!

Unknown to True American, however, his entire world is a fabrication, in a man-made bubble, sealed off from the chaos of the real world. The masterful choreographer of his world is a mysterious man (Rupert) who manages True American's perception of the world--but from time to time, little portions of the truth manage to slip past our hero's formidable defenses.

Here falling interest rates (just before they hit zero) are not accompanied by lower unemployment.
"You've got to listen to me! This isn't the real world! The rest of the world views American foreign policy as naked aggression! They don't hate us for our freedoms--they hate us for what we've done to them!" -- "Okay, let's have falafel instead of pizza then!"
True American is flabbergasted by these tiny glimpses of the truth--but each time, Rupert (through various surrogates) is able to calm him down with a reasonable explanation.
"Well, of course unemployment didn't fall. The economy in the rest of the world is too weak! If not for the European sovereign debt crisis (see newspaper headline) our economic models would work perfectly!"
"I'm sorry--she's completely crazy! A conspiracy theorist! Always going on about black helicopters, Ron Paul, and 9-11! Don't worry--it's not your fault. She's sick!"
His best friend is always ready to drop by with a six-pack of beer and reassurances.
Friends don't let friends think and drive.
Foreign policy issues are always carefully framed to include insignificant differences to create the illusion of meaningful debate.
"We should continue with our policy of sanctions on Iran, and only resort to bombing if they continue in their intrasigence." -- "I respectfully disagree. We should bomb them immediately, and if they continue resisting world opinion, follow up with continued sanctions."
Eventually the truth crashes through True American's defences.
Fox News assured me that nuclear power was safe!
Stumbling on another bit of the truth.
This time the hurried cover-up is to no avail.
Confronting the truth is painful.
But Rupert's control of reality is too strong. Facing the truth is painful--very much so. Far easier to avoid the truth. Especially when the Superbowl (or the Kardashians) is on TV.
"You'd feel better if you'd just kick back and watch the game with me. Have another beer!"
Viewers of the show can call in and talk to Rupert about the show. A common question is why True American is unable to see beyond Rupert's illusions.
"We accept the world as it is presented to us. If True American really wished to discover the truth, I would be unable to prevent him from doing so. But he is much happier in my artificial world than he would be in the real world. Since there are so many painful consequences to seeking the truth, he quite rightly prefers to live in my artificial world."
And so, True American is never able to escape his prison. (What, you thought he did? You must be thinking of another movie).

All photos copyrighted by Paramount Pictures


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Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:19 | 2743819 SheepDog-One
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The Neandersheeple will never discover the truth on their own until a jackboot is stomping their skull. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:26 | 2743822 Pladizow
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"Most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker, but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." - Michael Rivero

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels - Nazi Minister of Propoganda

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of it's powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the state." - Joseph Goebbles - Nazi Minister of Propoganda

"Until they become conscious, they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious." - George Orwell

"There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when shown and those who don’t see." - Leonardo da Vinci

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:26 | 2743845 SheepDog-One
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The lifespan for such propaganda campaigns seems to be approx. 3 years....we're in our 4th.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:36 | 2743892 Pladizow
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Ex KGB - How to brainwash a nation:

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:40 | 2743918 Shocker
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People just see the news everyday and tune it out. But instead they should be seeing the news articles and saying how can we turn stuff around.

Time for some real solutions, or at least recognize what is going on.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:18 | 2744065 Havok
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It might be cliche' but "Ignorance is Bliss".

Its totally true.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:30 | 2744108 Pladizow
Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:47 | 2744177 Gully Foyle
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The original quote is more insightful

Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:57 | 2744375 BLOTTO
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'If Ignorance is bliss, than knock the smile off of my face'

~Settle for Nothing

Rage Against the Machine

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:03 | 2744229 samsara
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PLEASE bring back your old Avatar???  


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 18:30 | 2744826 Zwelgje
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Yeah! We want tits not truth!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:38 | 2743894 Azannoth
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That is the sole purpose of 'democracy' to give people hope(this word again) that things will be better in 3-2-1 years

It's the equivalent of a hamster wheel colour divided into sections to give the hamster an illusion of progress and change

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:55 | 2743871 11b40
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Speaking of propaganda & the of our presidential candidates 'clearly' understands the power of brainwashing.  Or, maybe that should be Bainwashing.

Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Romney Supported by Talk Show sphere)


Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, etc. under umbrella company that candidate Mitt Romney headed.

Check it out.....and the "lame-stream" media never even mentions it.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:02 | 2744010 11b40
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Well, well.  Proof positive that the propaganda is working.  4 down arrows so far, just for bringing it up.  Amazing......and not one comment, no one challenging any facts. 

I guess it really is too painful for Joe 6-pack & "True American" to contemplate.  Oh well.  Enjoy your Bainwashing sessions.  It would be amusing if not so pathetic.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:09 | 2744035 john39
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they are waiting for romney to save them from obama...  they haven't figured out that its just a tag team match...  dem/repubs on one side, the american people on the other...  the two wings of the party switch off to give the illusion of hope...

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:06 | 2744236 samsara
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The format is "The Harlem GlobeTrotters vs The Washington Generals"     

Two teams playing riding the same bus,  and paychecks drawn from the same BANK.

It's ONLY an exibition game folks,  They ain't REALLY playing against each other...

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 21:31 | 2745350 RockyRacoon
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What?!  You mean WWF ain't real?  I love rasslin'.  Them ole boys wouldn't put us folks on... would they?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:09 | 2744036 insanelysane
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Who knew that MDB had a cousin on here.  ZHers understand the game is being played by all sides.  You and your crew will sit and say that Corporations should not be able have a voice in politics but then will ignore the fact that the Public Sector labor unions are some of the biggest corporations of all.  I am always amused by MDB's posts and now I have his cousin's post to look forward to.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:50 | 2744353 11b40
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It's nice to know we have something in common.  I, too, appreciate the posts form MDB, and I am flattered that you think  feel we are related.  I also appreciate you clueing me in about what ZHers understand, with all 20 weeks of your vast experience here ;-)

Alas, I don't have a crew.  As a fiscal conservative and social liberal, I have no political home.  I do, however, fear for America, regardless of which side wins the coin toss, and see plenty of hypocracy in every direction.  As to my view on corporations and unions, I would lke to see both removed from the poitical process.  My view of the ideal situation would be simple....only registered voters could make campaign contributions - of any kind.  No corp money, no union money, no foreign money, no special interests whatsoever.....just voters, with instant posting to the Internet of the amounts.  I do not believe corporations are people, and neither are unions.  I don't believe money is speech, either.  Money drowns out speech, big business puts small business out of business, big banks make debt slaves of us all, and and multi-national corporations are only interested in profits, while perfectly willing to throw the country under the bus chasing them.

Advertising is effective, and propaganda is advertising.  From my personal perspective, the kind of swill coming from talk radio is dangerous and designed to keep us divided. It is a forum for tossing red meat to the angry underbelly of white America who understands they are slipping further and further behind, but do not quite get it when it comes to why it's happening.'s not because the black guy or Mexican got a promotion and you din't.  It's not because your health care plan may have to protect women's reproductive rights.  No, it's about shipping our jobs off shore for profit while keeping you distracted.  It's about starting unwinnable, perpetual wars on terrorism, or drugs, or crime.  It's about whipping you up against the left, while the right picks your pocket.

....but I am glad you are amused.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:03 | 2744392 Lohn Jocke
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You sound like a moderate libertarian. No need to be ashamed of it. Any American who EARNS their wage, lives WITHIN their means, and wants to be left the hell alone by the Government, yet can draw a common sense line in the sand from Anarchist estremism, masquerading as the love of negative liberties.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:10 | 2744038 Overfed
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In the context of American politics, red=blue.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:21 | 2744073 gunsmoke011
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It would be amusing if not so pathetic.

So true - I often wonder what some people who have dreamed of coming to America think - once they get here. Imagine working your ass off, selling everything you own to go live the dream - and then landing in this shit hole. The first thing you see is some fat fuck, with body piercing and tats all over, buying their beer and cigarettes with food stamps. Then you go home to turn on the news and find that the most pressing issues we want to deal with is whether marijuana should be legalized and same sex marriage should become the law of the land. Bunch of nasty mongrels romping around bitching because they aren't getting enough free stuff.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 18:23 | 2744786 schadenfreude
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I am still astonished about the depth of corruption within US.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 22:44 | 2745543 rambo1028
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I used to laugh at the ignorance... I am not laughing anymore either....

Bush, Obama, Romney....Meet the new boss...

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 01:39 | 2748797 DeadFred
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I doubt that Joe Sixpack has ever heard of ZeroHedge

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:29 | 2744102 Blasé Faire
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All in context of WWII, but not a far shot from what you've got:

“It is recognized that in the execution of Psychological Warfare it is a fundamental principle not to antagonize the audience.  Direct denunciation or direct offence against known susceptibilities will therefore be avoided in all Psychological Warfare.” - Daniel Lerner

“Mental confusion, indecision, panic, these are the first weapons.  When the enemy is thoroughly demoralized from within, when social unrest is rife, that is the right moment.  A single blow will suffice” - Adolf Hitler, referring to the military advantage that could be gained by controlling enemy opinion through propaganda

“All democratic propagandists can hope for is to persuade people that for the duration of the war it is best not to exercise their inalienable rights – the right to grumble, to reject conscription, to be pacifists or conscientious objectors… the right to grow flowers instead of potatoes…" - Anthony Richard Ewart Rhodes on Allied WWII propaganda

We're still a ways from that point

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:54 | 2744200 Oh regional Indian
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Excellent handle Blase Faire...


As for this topic, I discovered a scary truth.




Google BF SKinner and Operant Conditioning.



Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:58 | 2744379 11b40
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Good suggestion, ORI.

If you get a handle on Skinner and understand how people can be manipulated, then spend a little time with Konrad Lorenz and learn a little about the aggressive nature of man, you can't help but develop a wary skepticism about anyone in power.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:25 | 2744450 Oh regional Indian
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Thanks b40. Will check out Konrad L.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:41 | 2744583 11b40
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If you do, you will get a slightly different "Austrian perspective" than generally discussed here.

He can get a little dense, but the work most relevant to the discussion is pretty readable -- "On Aggression", published in the '60's, was of great interest to me, an Army Brat son of an Artillery Sergeant Major, as I contemplated my personal military experiences during that period.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:28 | 2743849 10mm
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Oh well,stomp away i say.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:44 | 2743943 blunderdog
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"The masses" really aren't fooled.  They just lack the resources to do much about their situation, so they don't CARE.

The folks who are actually deceived are the college-educated "affluent" types who still hold jobs.  They have been unaffected by the massive changes which have occurred over the past decade or so, and as a result, it's easy to continue to believe that "the system" is operating properly.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:06 | 2744028 11b40
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There is a lot of truth to that, Blunderdog.

Actually, if you are in the top percentiles of income, you may even be better off.  Certain things have become more affordable, the malls and restuarants are not as crowded, and if you are flush with cash, that little inflation thing is not much of an on!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:17 | 2744063 Red Heeler
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The masses are asses.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:45 | 2744171 blunderdog
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I'd rather party with the masses than the elitist misanthropes, myself.  Life makes a lot more sense if you don't let your theories overwhelm your ability to perceive your world.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:56 | 2744208 Red Heeler
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Party on.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:04 | 2744224 Oldrepublic
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"In George Orwell’s 1984 the Outer Party comprised a mere thirteen percent of the population and was subject to the ideological filters in play at the Ministry of Truth and the broader bureaucratic structure. A specific language and way of thinking were closely adhered to. Given their political import, Outer Party members were the most heavily indoctrinated and controlled inhabitants of Oceania. The majority Proles who constituted the remainder of the population was of little consequence so long as their political awareness remained underdeveloped."

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 21:37 | 2745363 RockyRacoon
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So, if a face appears on the TV or has an influential blog, he/she is a member of the Outer Party whose object is to insure that the Proles' political awareness remains underdeveloped.   Okay, I see it now.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:10 | 2744037 Abiotic Oil
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Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars bitchez.


Diversion, the Primary Strategy

Experience has prevent that the simplest method of securing a silent weapon and gaining control of the public is to keep the public undisciplined and ignorant of the basic system principles on the one hand, while keeping them confused, disorganized, and distracted with matters of no real importance on the other hand.

This is achieved by:

o disengaging their minds; sabotaging their mental activities; providing a low-quality program of public education in mathematics, logic, systems design and economics; and discouraging technical creativity.

o engaging their emotions, increasing their self-indulgence and their indulgence in emotional and physical activities, by:

? unrelenting emotional affrontations and attacks (mental and emotional rape) by way of constant barrage of sex, violence, and wars in the media - especially the T.V. and the newspapers.

? giving them what they desire - in excess - "junk food for thought" - and depriving them of what they really need.

o rewriting history and law and subjecting the public to the deviant creation, thus being able to shift their thinking from personal needs to highly fabricated outside priorities.

These preclude their interest in and discovery of the silent weapons of social automation technology.The general rule is that there is a profit in confusion; the more confusion, the more profit. Therefore, the best approach is to create problems and then offer solutions.

Diversion Summary

Media: Keep the adult public attention diverted away from the real social issues, and captivated by matters of no real importance.

Schools: Keep the young public ignorant of real mathematics, real economics, real law, and real history.

Entertainment: Keep the public entertainment below a sixth-grade level.

Work: Keep the public busy, busy, busy, with no time to think; back on the farm with the other animals.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 22:59 | 2745563 rambo1028
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Prime example.... more people know that snooki had her baby than know about the crimes being committed at the RNC this week. Nevermind that a group of men are ensuring that big money will rule elections 100% (opposed to 95% now) because a stupid whore had a baby.... we will get what they deserve.



Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:22 | 2744074 ChacoFunFact
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"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -- Thomas Jefferson -- The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:17 | 2744258 SWRichmond
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"The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses.  The fact that our bright boys do not understand this merely shows how mentally lazy and conceited they are."

"The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for.  Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly."

"The broad mass of a nation does not consist of diplomats, or even professors of political law, or even individuals capable of forming a raitonal opinion; it consists of plain mortals, wavering and inclined to doubt and uncertainty.  As soon as our own propaganda admits so much as a glimmer of right on the other side, the foundation for doubt in our own right has been laid."

"The people in their overwhelming majority are so feminine by nature and attitude that sober reasoning determines their thoughts and actions far less than emotion and feeling."

- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:31 | 2744300 Dave
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I totally agree. But what exactly is a jackboot? I wear boots and have never seen them in the bootstores.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:20 | 2743823 WALLST8MY8BALL
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The Electric Mistress always sounds so bold!

She say's I'm free to do everything I'm told!

I check the latest newsflash it's sensational!

I feel so seduced I need to reproduce!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:44 | 2743827 prains
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you missed the part about too many burgers and really really shitty beer


american beer is a lot like the culture, bland, tasteless, lots of fizz, but through kick ass marketing everyone thinks its da bomb

when really its chemical piss with brown color added

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:04 | 2744023 SmoothCoolSmoke
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I love you beer snobs.  Pilsner beer, invented by the Chechs, is the most difficult beer in the world to make.  Shit like stouts and ales, etc.... a monkey can make those.  Now, Bud, is a pilsner...and a pretty good one.  The fact that Bud can be produced in the massive quantiteis it is at the consistant quality it is.......... is an absolute freaking miracle.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:19 | 2744069 prains
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i rest my case

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:43 | 2744163 g speed
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so didn't some Germanic total quality brewer with only taste and pride -never thinking of profit just buy Bud?? this buds for u-- hey the euro snobs have no propaganda over there --none at all -- they are pure ----they hear the higher calling--- they are rightious--etc -and on and on --

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 18:31 | 2744829 schadenfreude
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Budvar is from the Czechs.

Bud from US was bought by Inbev, a belgium company. So, if you like Belgium "beer", you know that Bud is THE beer for you.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:55 | 2744206 A Nanny Moose
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The American beer consumer is moving on from the Bud and Coors, and is now buying micro-brews. It is a great time for beer lovers in America.

You can even get some decent Belgian style ales here. Fresh, and un-pasteurized.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:45 | 2744170 Random_Robert
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Can you tell me WHY the czechs  (not Chechs, BTW)  invented Pilsner, and WHY this is a badge of such such esteemed honor you bestow upon them...?


The reason I ask is because, to me at least,  ALL forms of Pilsner beer (Bud, Erkel, etc)  all taste absolutely DISGUSTING.


I'd rather a nice, flavorful, monkey-brewed lager than a nasty, bitter, acidic pilsner any day.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:56 | 2744207 SoNH80
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Bud heavy is what I like.  It's good enough for me.  Beer snobbery is a distinctly middlebrow obsession, I've noticed that guys one generation removed from the triple-decker or trailer are keen on beer snobbery.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:04 | 2744232 CosmicDebris
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lol in general to everything you typed.  And yes my voice is that mono-toned.

The miracle is that more and more beer drinkers are refusing to only eat cake, so to speak.  Kind of like Americans in general, in all sorts of different ways.  Not just beer.  They are starting to wake up.  Slowly, but it is happening.  And when finally enough do wake up and the TPTB realize it...all hell's gonna break loose.

There's my beer theory for the day.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:08 | 2744403 Totentänzerlied
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Americans eat everything in sight.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:18 | 2744550 prains
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beer theory does have its place much like the burger index that is;



if you're willing to drink piss ergo you're willing to eat shit and have it shoved down your throat without a second thought  (metasnarcily speaking)

if in turn you're willing to wake up to the fact bud lite is squeezed from the sweaty balls of a donkey and entirely undrinkable then you might be less likely to sleep through

the rest of your life _ bit of a stretch...... 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:30 | 2744568 blunderdog
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Set your expectations low enough and you can never fail.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:22 | 2743830 UGrev
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I much prefer the commercials where every middle aged white male husband is some chubby, out of shape, semi balding, buffoon who can't do anything right, but the black guy equivalent can grill like a mother fucker. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:34 | 2743876 Cognitive Dissonance
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Excuse me butt.......I'm a chubby, out of shape, semi balding buffoon who can't do anything right, but I can grill like a mother fucker.

Does that make me mixed race? :)

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:45 | 2743941 UGrev
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It makes you anti-narrative and therefore not suitable for the commercial. But hey, as long as you watch those commercials and buy into the programming, it's all good. Eventually, you will either no longer grill or turn black. 

Oh, and I excusee your butt.. it is rather large. :)

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:31 | 2744297 ZeroAvatar
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Actually, UGREV, your comment refers to a prime example of how Americans' subconscious is being constantly manipulated, via the 'Hypno-Box'.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:05 | 2744395 UGrev
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why do you think they call it televsion "programming" ? :)

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:36 | 2743888 hannah
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you noticed that also...!? they have been running ad stories like that for several years now. the white guy is the idiot baffoon at IBM and the black IBM consultant has all the answers. the white guy just 'throws his retirement money at the wall...' and the black guy has a plan thru so-and-so mutual fund.

had to find an actor for a tv ad many years ago and the fortune 25 company wanted a guy that looked 'black and hispanic and indian(asian)' all at the same time...LOL! i forget but a latino told me they had a name for this 'mixed' race stereotype but i cant remember what the slang name was......

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:41 | 2743923 prains
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Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:47 | 2743956 UGrev
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I noticed this as soon as I had kids. It's almost like you start noticing people driving the same car you drive after you buy one. I never paid attention to it until I became a father. I don't watch TV much, but when I do, it's dos eques. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:57 | 2743996 wandstrasse
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all advertising images around the topic of 'business' - I repeat: ALL of them - show the following:

- A white man around 50 with grey but still full hair

- an Asian woman below 25 with tied back hair

- a black man around 30 OR a brown woman with afro-style hair

- a blonde woman above 35

- a white man around 25

high key photo, lots of glass..

so annoying. It is impossible that anybody feels appealed by this shitty stereotype iconography.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:10 | 2744041 UGrev
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boiler plate, wannabee's dig it. The rest of the world just says "WTF.. are you serious with this shit? " Leave to "artsy fartsy" types to try to make a stone carved statue of a pile of dog shit. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:36 | 2744314 ZeroAvatar
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Most ads now use nothing but mullatos.  Its subliminal message is 'This is what America is.  A bunch of mixed-race idiots.'

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:42 | 2744159 Miffed Microbio...
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Wow, I've been missing some seriously good propaganda since I got TiVo years ago and quit watching ads. Now the TiVo isn't worth it 'cause I rarely turn on the TV. Don't read print media or listen to the radio or have fluoridated water. Geez, how are they going to keep me plugged into the matrix?


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:56 | 2744209 Random_Robert
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and, don't forget the commerical where all the new parents are sitting around chatting; and all the white and lighter brown parents are joking about how they haven't started saving for college yet, but the black couple already has their Gerber 529 plan under way...


Really? a freaking baby-food company is branching into the financial planning market?


If that doesn't mark a long term top for the financial planning bubble, then I don't know what does.





Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:05 | 2744220 SoNH80
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Women have the final say in a huge percentage of discretionary purchases.  So-- Teevee sitcoms have a habit of making men look like idiots, and women like geniuses, all the way back to Ralph Cramden 'n Alice.

A majority of births in the U.S., right now, are non-white (non-European).  So, for consumer ads aimed at young families-- diapers, canned food, family cars, etc. etc. more and more non-white faces, especially the vague-looking Harbanian folks that could be anything from light skinned blacks to suntanned Portuguese.  And everybody knows that the black guy is cooler, ergo smarter, than the white dork.  Duh.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:08 | 2744402 hangemhigh
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"i forget but a latino told me they had a name for this 'mixed' race stereotype but i cant remember what the slang name was......"

this is the certified peckerwood 'madmen' ad copy lingo you were looking for........spigger......spog......wigger

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 17:49 | 2744712 Edelweiss
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  In advertising, it's become very acceptable to consistently use the middle class white guy as a punching bag.  He seems to always be the biggest fuck up in the room.  It's the "safest" stereotype at the moment.  Sit coms, etc., for quite awhile now have the "dad" character usually portrayed as some emasculated, mentally challenged, turd that needs the guidance of not only his wife, but his children too.  Bosch recently ran an ad where a "wife" is literally screaming a few inches from her "husband's" face, berating him for spending so much time working on his car.  Of course, he stands there sheepishly, waiting for an end to the tirade.  Fuck Bosch.  The same holds for any other company using this tactic to endear themselves to their target audience.  They know that if they single out any other group consistently, the complaints would flood in.  It's why I spend little time watching tv.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 18:50 | 2744903 Blankenstein
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Does anyone remember this gem from Century 21?


I'm sure they are trying to deliver the message that the woman is smart and powerful ("good schools" "special listing") while the husband is a dumb-dumb for hesitating and having doubts.   To anyone with half a brain this woman should come off as a haggish dunce.  Going with your emotions and treating your used house seller like a sage expert is what got people into trouble.  And that little disrespectful head shake she does is especially nauseating.  

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:46 | 2743950 jack in the box
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+1000, shit made me almost spit my coffe out


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:47 | 2743958 UGrev
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Glad I could help bring a smile to your face... sorry about your coffee though. I know that shit is like gold in our office. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:56 | 2743993 IrritableBowels
Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:14 | 2744051 Overfed
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I'm also chubby-ish, middle aged, semi-balding and buffoonish, but I can do lots of things right. Including grille (and bbq) like a mofo.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:23 | 2744081 ChacoFunFact
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“In order to act consciously with the intention of awakening, it is necessary to know the nature of the forces which keep man in a state of sleep.

First of all it must be realized that the sleep in which man exists is not normal but hypnotic sleep.  Man is hypnotized and this hypnotic state is continually maintained and strengthened in him.  One would think that there are forces for whom it is useful and profitable to keep man in a hypnotic state and prevent him from seeing the truth and understanding his position.

There is an Eastern tale which speaks about a very rich magician who had a great many sheep.  But at the same time this magician was very mean.  He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing.  The sheep consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and so on, and above all they ran away, for they knew that the magician wanted their flesh and skins and this they did not like.

At last the magician found a remedy.  He hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that, on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in the third place he suggested to them that if anything at all were going to happen to them it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it.  Further the magician suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, to others that they were men, and to others that they were magicians.

And after this all his cares and worries about the sheep came to an end.  They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and skins.

This tale is a very good illustration of man’s position.”



-P.D. Ouspensky, In Search Of The Miraculous.  1949

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:23 | 2743835 SMG
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Thanks Zero Hedge for help gettiing this stuff out here.   It is discouraging sometimes, but as long as we all keep fighting and never ever give up, we will win.   We will win because we are RIGHT!  

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:23 | 2743836 alien-IQ
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this feels like it's taken right out of Simulacra and Simulation.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:48 | 2743960 blunderdog
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Nah, Simulacra and Simulation is a book.  It's all words.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:29 | 2743838 hedgeless_horseman
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My suggestion is to disintermediate your capital and become self sufficient, even just a little bit. 

It cannot hurt.

Sausage, cheese, mustard greens, onions, and eggs from our little farm makes excellent quiche.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:31 | 2743866 francis_sawyer
Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:35 | 2743887 Dr. Engali
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My wife loves quiche along with all said ingredients.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:37 | 2743900 Renewable Life
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I think this election is a wake up call in many ways, mostly however, in that it has awakened millions of Americans to the fact that voting and democracy (on a national level) is a total joke!! I think it is time to face the facts that economic warfare is ALL we have left as citizens to rebel against this madness!  Actual violence will be crushed without mercy, but massive economic boycotts of corporations, tax revolts, general strikes that target government revenues, moving away from urban centers and living with like minded people who are self sustainable, free, and will support their neighbors, and using cash, gold, silver, and bartering for commerce, in my opinion, is OUR ONLY OPTION at this point!

I know many people will roll their eyes and just keep bitching as the machine rolls over them, but I prefer to resist, and IMO violent revolt is just not realistic and viable in America in this era, but the things I mentioned above, ARE things people could start doing right now, and no one gets killed!!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:03 | 2744021 blunderdog
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Right on.  This empire will fall, one way or the other.  A shot need never be fired.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:31 | 2744570 Panafrican Funk...
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I think that's a key point, there are ways to resist that are completely legal and do not feed into the prison industrial complex.  It is perfectly legal to put your money in a credit union, buy gold coins minted in the U.S., grow your own food, buy food from local farmers, pay down your debts and get debt free, buy U.S. made products.  You can be a patriotic, law abiding citizen and still affect change in a way that achieves the good, positive results we're seeking.  

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:40 | 2743913 mickeyman
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When's lunch?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:27 | 2744278 bonderøven-farm ass
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'Pink goo' forms, GMO veggies, and Kool-aid will be served twice daily at a publicly funded soup kitchen near you....

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:49 | 2743963 fuu
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Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:22 | 2744075 Kassandra
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Love your use of tile...

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:35 | 2744128 Yardfarmer
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nice oven, beautiful kiche. you actually have pigs?  you might think about quality generator. propane or LPG. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:38 | 2744138 hedgeless_horseman
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We don't rent pigs.  Beef sausage.  Check.  Check.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:07 | 2744237 Miffed Microbio...
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Beautiful quiches HH. Look very much like ours. We raise our own chickens too and I sell their eggs to my foreign work associates ( American ones say the yolks are too deep yellow, therefore "bad"....sigh, european ones say my eggs are the only ones that taste as eggs should) we do use high quality applewood smoked bacon for our quiche Lorraine because we prefer it. I asked mr miffed if we could raise pigs and he gagged at the suggestion. He was raised on a pure bred Jersey dairy and they also raised pure bred Red Angus. Something about pigs are just anathema to him; not sure why. When I brought my quiche to the company potluck everyone asked where I bought it. They couldn't believe something so good wasn't professionally made! People just don't eat good quality simple food anymore. When they taste it they think it's something special when it's just standard fare for us. Keep the beautiful pics coming... They're a joy to behold!


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:36 | 2744134 Red Heeler
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"and become self sufficient, even just a little bit."

So many have room for a few laying hens and a garden.

Absolutely amazing how few actually do.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:26 | 2743841 Abraxas
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We build our own prisons and lock ourselves in. Guards are redundant and propaganda is welcome.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:37 | 2743899 Cognitive Dissonance
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Actually we guard our own prison and propagandize ourselves. That's why God made Cognitive Dissonance.

Much more effective than an electrified fence.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:54 | 2743979 iDealMeat
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God didn't make that CD.   Bunch of animals got 'freaky' over time and sexed it into existence..

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:55 | 2743987 UGrev
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I thought we had drug wars for this sort of thing?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:26 | 2743846 LongSoupLine
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I'm living what "they" don't want the sheep to see.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:26 | 2743847 Dr. Engali
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It is amazing to me how easy it is for the propogandists to lull the sheep back to sleep. It does seem like hey are sleeping with one eye open now. Most people I talk to know we are screwed and headed towards dangerous times, but they don't know what to do about it.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:30 | 2743859 SheepDog-One
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Its all good as long as they know on the way home theyre picking up burgers and a movie, all is well far as the eye can see....which for the avg american is the next couple hours.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:30 | 2743852 francis_sawyer
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 "I am the only free man on this train... The rest of you are cattle"


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:30 | 2743853 Cognitive Dissonance
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But Rupert's control of reality is too strong. Facing the truth is painful--very much so. Far easier to avoid the truth. Especially when the Superbowl (or the Kardashians) is on TV.

Can you say "Cognitive Dissonance"?

Yeah......I thought not.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:36 | 2743891 SheepDog-One
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On Sunday I was over at my folks and they had the political talking head drama shows blaring, they asked if I wanted to stay for some breakfast and I just said 'Nah, I cant handle this BS comin out of the TV Im just going home'. They think Im crazy.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:07 | 2743962 Cognitive Dissonance
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Don't know how old you are SD-1 but we middle aged (and older) Americans have been thoroughly indoctrinated into the control system to the point where we will fight tooth and nail to remain within. It is the only thing we care to "know".

Our ignorance is not least not in America. We were rewarded for our naivete and ignorance with promises (on the buy now - pay later installment plan) of a life of carefree leisure and a healthy and long lived retirement.

The biggest Cognitive Dissonance out there is the one that spells out the fact that all our "dreams" will not come true and that we were sold a bill of false goods. One I might add that we fully bought into as "exceptional Americans". We will not give that up without a mighty Cognitive Dissonant fight.

The ego hit is tremendous and this alone assures that "average" Americans will remain as deer in the headlights for a long time to come.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:18 | 2744064 tip e. canoe
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the essential mechanism for keeping the Big Lie in place is making the average person perceive that their Life is dependent on the Lie, even after it's obvious to most of them that the Lie really is a lie.

nice one, Cog -- way to get at the core of it all.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:05 | 2744025 Cast Iron Skillet
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I have that problem too. I asked my folks if they really believed what was coming out of the tube. My mother gave me an appalled look and said, "of COURSE I believe it!" ... she meant it, thought i was acting like a dumb shit for even asking. It really hurt ... don't visit much anymore, I just can't communicate with them.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 02:54 | 2744536 Ghordius
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<del> too long to explain what I meant

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:29 | 2744106 Freedom In Your...
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I got bitched out for note voting by my folks. I tried explaining why it was all bullshit and I couldn't morally justify myself consenting to these politicians or government by voting. They think I am delusional for not wanting to let someone else rule me and I think they are delusional for thinking they can solve the countries problems by letting red team control everything.

The really weird thing is they agree with me about how bad the NDAA and trapwire stuff is, but they just can't make the next logical step and say it doesn't matter who is in charge. It's always, "oh, Romney will be better than Bush" or "Nobody can be worse than Obama, that's why I vote for Romney".

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:57 | 2744001 UGrev
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I teach my 9 year old this concept regularly. It's tough for him because he really wants to be "correct" in his own mind. I keep reminding him that he'll be better off later in life if he understands the truth, deals with the truth and deals IN truth first and foremost. After that, cutting the bullshit will be super easy!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:16 | 2744052 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs Cog and I have the same issue with our 14 year old girl. She has an exceptional and gifted mind so we face a conundrum. How do you teach your child to question everything (including the 'rents) while also guiding her along an accelerated path in a dysfunctional education system.

The answer seems at cross purposes at times. But our daughter seems to be able to exist in two worlds at the same time much easier than we are able to. I suspect this is because it is easier (meaning less Cognitive Dissonance) for her to learn about the world's insanity than it is for "us" to unlearn, then relearn.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:38 | 2744143 Freedom In Your...
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Any day now I will be having a daughter and it is a big struggle for me figuring out how to educate her and how to explain this bat shit crazy world we live in. On the one hand, I want her to have a happy childhood and have all the friends and activities that children need for their development, and on the other, I want to show her box people are programmed to function in so she can have a life more free and fullfilling than I have.

There is a good possibility that the world will be very different in 5-10 years when she is growing up though so there isn't much I can do now.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:04 | 2744230 Cognitive Dissonance
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All I can advise is to be settled in your mind and spirit first before attempting to help others.......especially your own children. This is why I always return to the same theme.

Look (deeply) within for the answers.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:12 | 2744418 UGrev
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My wife hates it when I don't sugar coat life for my boy. She wants him to have a happy and, for lack of a better term, non-depressing, childhood. That was hard for me to adjust to. I wanted my son to be able to handle the ugly truth and have a good time being a kid. I still struggle with this.. but only when the wife is around ;). 

You can tell the difference it makes because when she's out of town, the kids do exactly as I say and they rarely get out of line. When she's around... all hell breaks loose and I can't keep them in line. 

In other words.. there is no screwing around when dad is running the show. When mom is home, then it becomes "Well.. mom said this and since she's also and auth figure, we'll listen to her because she's easier".   Sound familiar? 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:30 | 2743855 CrimsonAvenger
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It's even harder when your family thinks you're a loon. Am I the only one whose wife is fitting them for a tinfoil hat, and scowling every time I want to buy more PMs?

Of course, she did tell me I can give her a big "I told you so" if it all goes to shit. Fat fucking lot of good that will do us, but I intend to do it anyway.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:38 | 2743904 El
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Just tell them you are saving them despite themselves. Works for me.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:59 | 2744382 lakecity55
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Or, do what I do, get 'em and forget 'em.

"What's in that heavy box, honey?"

"Fishing weights."

She is a liberal skrool teacher.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:46 | 2743949 pazmaker
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my local coin dealer called me saturday. ...he just bought 19 silver eagles and wanted to know if I wanted them.   My wife said, Not again! took a little convincing but she eventually went along with it( i had to take her out to eat)

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:06 | 2744029 dugorama
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what if nothing other than nominal price levels changes, but PMs double (in nominal value)?  can you then say I told you so?  sell a coin or bar or two and crow about how you "doubled your money".  that might end the eye rolling.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:10 | 2744040 Cast Iron Skillet
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I am really blessed with my wife ... she hadn't given the situation much thought when I first approached her on the subject, but once I explained, she asked why I didn't just sell ALL of our stock and use ALL of our cash to buy PMs.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 19:05 | 2744946 Zwelgje
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Does she have a sister?


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:16 | 2744056 insanelysane
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I have a job where when I walk in in the morning I actually repeat the words, "I am not the crazy one here."  


Today for instance, my phone isn't working.  Another guy calls in the problem for me.  They then send him an email stating that they tried to call me but since I didn't answer they can't start work on the problem.


He sent me the email.  No phone, no problem for me.  I'll just sit here and read that email every 15 minutes and laugh hysterically.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:35 | 2744125 pazmaker
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I think I work with you!


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 14:43 | 2744338 Dr.Vannostrand
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Hahahaha, ditto!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:43 | 2744164 ptoemmes
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The "tell" on your wife may be that she has not left you.  Okay - yet.  But as long as she stays there must be some thought that you might be right beyond just hearing some potential "told you so".

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 15:39 | 2744483 Jena
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Not necessarily.  We have some friends who have been married for a long time, longer than we've been.  We knew they were having trouble that economic issues of the last few years have exacerbated.  The husband told us awhile back that the reason they would have divorced but they added everything up and decided they just couldn't afford it.

But it ain't that things are exactly better...

To him, we were sympathetic because what can you say?  But privately, my husband told me it'd be a cold day in Hell before he'd stay married to me just for financial reasons.  And I told him it was the just same for me, you bastard! (He knew it was used as a term of endearment.)


When times are like this, always consider that one or more of the parties in the marriage may have a long-term plan that doesn't include the other.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:58 | 2744213 msmith9962
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I suspect this is pretty common.  My wife can only tolerate 1/2 hour of the money masters per night before passing out.  The gravity of the message does not seem to carry greater weight than the mind vacation of the competing evening entertainment.  We started it one night last month and I have not gotten to the next half hour.   I've found very few people, no matter how close I am to them who can discuss issues at length.

Children are very challenging.  You want them to fit in socially, but at some time/age need to pull them aside and explain that everything is bullshit, keep this from friends and teachers until you are old enough to hold your own.  Although I would love to be a tyrant, and probably am until they turn 7 or so, I have adopted the mindset that if they have a logical argument their parents mind can be changed and authority should be questioned.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 17:13 | 2744655 UGrev
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My wife used to think like your wife. Then one day she was reading then news (actually, it was about 2 weeks ago) and she says "THis is nuts.. we could wake up one day and our money is worth nothing).. The light went on.. my nipples got hard and couldn't wait for the break in conversation so I could say "Who's the crazy one now?".. it was a day of vindication!! yours will come too. Either the easy way (on their own) or the hard way (they get thrust into into it). Either way.. wake up time is coming. 

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 19:15 | 2744983 Miffed Microbio...
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Actually, it was the reverse for me. I begged for 20 years for mr miffed not to put every last penny we owned into our 401k and buy PMs. He gave me the standard Buffet line... How can a hung of gold give me the 8% year growth we need to retire? In 2006 I finally got his attention and he quite treating me like a tinfoil hat looney. I'm not vindictive I'm just glad he has seen the light. Frankly, he really respects my opinion about things a lot more. There's hope for all of us.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:31 | 2743865 km4
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Why Neil Barofsky’s Book “Bailout” Matters

Perhaps the most important revelation in the book is a meeting with Geithner that Barofsky recounts, where Geithner says that Treasury’s housing initiatives were successful, despite their inability to stem the tide of foreclosures. The programs were meant, Geithner says, to “foam the runway” for banks, spread out foreclosures since banks couldn’t take a hit all at once. The publicly stated rationale for administration housing initiatives, in other words, was simply a lie. The Obama administration didn’t try to prevent a foreclosure crisis, they just spaced it out to help the large banks.

Heckuva job Tim “foam the runway for banks” Geithner

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:15 | 2744054 blunderdog
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Took him quite awhile to figure it out, but yep.  Glad the book's out there, but if it took someone that long for the realization, I'd say they're pretty well-insulated from the economic issues facing us.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 17:43 | 2744701 TimmyB
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But Team Red said "Obama is a Socialist."  You mean, same as Team Red, Team Blue and Obama are actually whores for Wall Street?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:32 | 2743872 not fat not stupid
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I blame Taco Bell.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:33 | 2743880 Abraxas
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"...wife...scowling every time I want to buy more PMs?"

I get the same treatment. I also get the eye rolls every time I crack a beer open or pour myself a glass of wine... but now I digress.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:05 | 2744026 roadhazard
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I think I dated her for a short while.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:34 | 2743881 redd_green
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Tyler:   Tell me the Europeans are not doing the same damn thing.    OK tell me.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:37 | 2743901 Brazillionaire
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Feel-good post of the day! How can you not feel like everything will be OK after reading this?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:43 | 2743903 Cthonic
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Unfortunately it isn't even that sophisticated... you think the folks in St. Louis (east side), Detroit, or Chicago are watching the news on TV?  You think they care how their EBT gets refilled? Naw, to pass the time they just get crunk and play knockout with a couple of unlucky seniors or kids like something out of Clockwork Orange.  Doesn't take a supercomputer simulation to know what will happen if/when the EBTs no longer cover monthy turnt up n crunk quota.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:46 | 2743953 SheepDog-One
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Exactly! Probably about 1/3rd of this entire nation is NOT 'lulled into complacency' by T V propaganda at all, the only thing keeping major cities from burning is peoples EBT cards actually work when they go to get some grub from the convenience store or bodega....let THOSE not work someday and the shit is going to hit the fan big time!

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:33 | 2744117 blunderdog
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You don't think you should watch the news to understand the world, do ya?  The fact that so much of the underclass doesn't watch the news (or read the papers) has a lot to do with why they aren't deceived about who's really running the country.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 19:12 | 2744968 Zwelgje
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I met the most dumb at uni.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 20:03 | 2745110 blunderdog
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Heh.  That may be, but I assure you there are many WAYYY dumb folks who never go to college.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 02:18 | 2745765 rambo1028
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Agreed! I think people have an understanding of what is going on even if it's just bubbling barely under the surface. I get the sense that we are waiting for something. I hope that we don't wait to long... really scares me because even those who are aware feel totally powerless to change anything. Like they are surrendering before even putting forth any effort....

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:46 | 2743952 101 years and c...
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STOP IT!  YOUR TRUTHS ARE SCARING ME.  (i need to put my head back in the sand.  after i drink my $5 cup of coffee, of course).

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:50 | 2743966 jtg
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"They hate us for what we've done to them" is more simplistic nonsense, a lurch from one illusion to another.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:51 | 2743969 Fix It Again Timmy
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"Those who do not move do not feel their chains." - Rosa Luxemburg


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 12:55 | 2743971 q99x2
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No one ever accused me or the president of being a true american.

I was born here. The president wasn't. Its not my fault.

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:08 | 2744033 dugorama
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Hawaii is not part of the US?

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 13:30 | 2744109 Kassandra
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What you all seem to forget is doesn't matter WHERE BO was born. His mother was a US citizen..therefore he is a U.S. citizen.

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