The Fed, The Ben Bernanke and The Goldman Sachs


I haven't skulked Zero Hedge for a couple of weeks or more.

Big mistake.

For about the first 90 seconds here, you're gonna wish you could throttle either or both of these little bears.

Hang in there.

By the end you'll know for damn sure who needs strangling.

Trust me on this one.



Cut the Deficit


The much maligned New York Times has come up with some wonderful and instructive interactives over the past several months, this one stands among the best.

You are in charge.

Enact your plan to cut the deficit, the interactive does the math for you.

Click the image below to link up the site.




The True Size of Africa



Thanks to Charley D. for this one.


 You Have No Idea How Big Africa Really Is (But This Map Does)

It's about 11.7 million square miles, which is really big—big enough to fit the United States, China, India, Japan, and much of Europe within its borders. And that's precisely what Kai Krause did with this inventive map, "The True Size of Africa," which he describes as his contribution to "the fight against rampant Immappacy."




Click on the above map for the entire piece.


Support Your Local Superhero


This one showed up first on my friend Richard Nolle's Facebook page.

I came in to the office early to study for my Tuesday Algebra 2 and Physics exams and had three emails from my loyal minions, with links to two different versions of the story.

I'm lovin' it.

Click on the photo below for the entire story


Police alerted to 'superheroes' patrolling Seattle


A man who identifies himself as Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle, part of the Rain City Superhero Movement, poses with an unidentified Seattle police officer. Department officials alerted officers to the self-described superhero, who said his new costume will be more elaborate.


Vigilante justice has come to Seattle, and the caped crusaders drive a Kia.

Seattle police say a group of self-described superheroes have been patrolling the streets at night trying to save people from crime. They call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they're part of a nationwide movement of real-life crime fighters.


Thank you minions for an outstanding find.


To quote Edward R. Murrow



I believe we have isolated the problem.


From John Maudlin's Frontline Weekly Newsletter.

A quote from Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan taken from his speech to the Irish Parliment last Tuesday.


If this country and this parliament fails to make the necessary adjustments, then we put at risk the funding of the State after July of next year and what will happen then is that we will be faced with a situation where we will only be able to spend EUR 31 billion.

The State could not go on spending EUR 50 billion a year, when it was only taking in EUR 31 billion.

Being only able to spend EUR 31 billion would involve a serious adjustment in the level of (government) services that could be provided.

No responsible government, therefore, could contemplate that approach.' 


Ok, think this one through for just a second.

What the Prime Minister of Ireland just said here is that no responsible government could contemplate spending a sum of money equal to what it is taking in.




See Jean Monnet'.


To quote Jean Monnet'



It had to happen.


From our dear friend David Michaels who clearly isn't near as busy as he pretends to be.
The Times of London
Suicide Bombers On Strike
Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife.
Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement. The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% this December from 72 to only 60.

The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a  subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

The suicide bomber's union, the British Organization of Occupational Martyrs (BOOM) responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action.
General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, "Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad.  We don't ask for much in return, and to be treated like this is like a kick in the teeth."
Speaking from a cave in Tipton in the West Midlands, in which he currently resides, Al Qaeda chief executive Osama bin Laden explained, "We sympathize with our workers’ concerns, but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands.
They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace.
Thanks to Western depravity there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It's a straight choice between reducing expenditure and laying people off. I don't like cutting wages but I'd hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won't be able to blow themselves up."

Term limits



Thanks to Mike M. for this one.


To quote Friederich Nietzchke, Woody Allen and Melvin Udall


The Facebook part of our little group has gone all pensive on us.

What the hell, we're nothing if not indulgent.

Here's a little what if thinking from three of the best.


 “What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say,

'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence.

The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!'

Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon?

Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?”


"What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream?'


"What if this is as good as it gets"


Zombie ratings


Yahoo Movies rates the many varieties of Zombies for both speed and smarts.

Pay close attention here, this could save your life.





By writing and then allowing this piece to be published, Elana Milashina puts her own life in jeopardy.

To be remembered when someone on your television starts patting themselves on the back for "speaking truth to power".

I know it's long, but it would please your Uncle Roany to no end if you would read this entire piece.

From today's opinion section of the Wall Street Journal.


The High Price of Journalism in Putin's Russia

Five of my colleagues at Novaya Gazeta have been murdered.

No one has been brought to justice.



As a journalist for Russia's leading independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, I have been lucky. For over a decade I've had the privilege to report extensively on dramatic current events in my country—including in Chechnya and other turbulent North Caucasus republics.
But press freedom is gradually becoming extinct in my country. In the past week alone, two reporters were brutally beaten because of their commitment to honest journalism. Novaya Gazeta has miraculously kept afloat—escaping governmental control, refusing self-censorship, and telling stories from the point of view of ordinary citizens.
Yet we have paid a heavy price for our independence. Over the past 10 years, five of Novaya Gazeta's journalists have been murdered. One of the victims was our star correspondent and my mentor, Anna Politkovskaya, who was assassinated in 2006 after tirelessly exposing brutal human-rights violations in Chechnya.
I got my break as a journalist in 2000, covering the sinking of the Kursk submarine in the Barents Sea by getting a scoop from high-level sources in the Navy. This story taught me a lot about how the Putin government operates. In that case government officials tried to cover up the fact that 23 sailors aboard the submarine survived for many hours after a deadly explosion in the torpedo unit—precious hours during which the authorities did nothing to try to save their lives.
I covered the biggest story of my life so far, the Beslan school siege, in the fall of 2004, and it left me with an almost crippling sense of frustration. Journalistically, it was a success: In a series of front-page stories, my team exposed what happened in that North Caucasus town when a group of armed militants took people hostage in a school for three days.
The government said there were 354 hostages, but we reported the actual number, which exceeded 1,000. The government said the initial explosions in the school building were triggered by the hostage-takers, whereas we proved that the secret services fired first. The government pretended it tried to negotiate with the terrorists, but that never happened. The human cost of the government's "rescue operation" was horrific: 333 dead, including 186 children. We reported the truth, but no justice was rendered for the victims.
Since then, independent reporting and advocacy has become lethal. Last year the body count was unprecedented for those working to expose abuses in the North Caucasus region: Six people were murdered, all of whom I knew.
One of the victims was Natasha Estemirova, a leading Chechen rights activist from Memorial Human Rights Center and a very close friend. She was abducted and brazenly shot dead on July 15, 2009, a day after she completed a joint mission with me and a Human Rights Watch researcher, another close friend. The researcher and I said goodbye to Natasha, promised to be back in a month or so, and got on a plane bound for Moscow. We heard the horrible news the next day and flew back for her burial.
The investigation into Natasha's killing has not been transparent. It is unclear what steps—if any—have been taken by the investigators to examine possible official involvement or acquiescence to the crime.
I am exhausted from the funerals, and I am frightened for my friends, my colleagues and myself. This horrifying chain of murders will not be broken until the perpetrators—those who pulled the trigger and especially those behind the killings—are brought to justice. And we can hardly hope for a proper investigation while Vladimir Putin holds the reins of power.
This May, at a meeting with groups working in the North Caucasus region, President Dmitry Medvedev repeatedly stated that local authorities must cooperate with civil-society organizations. His message was welcomed by human rights defenders present at the meeting, including Natasha Estemirova's colleagues from Memorial and Human Rights Watch.
I reported on the meeting in my newspaper, hoping that something might change. Nothing did. Ramzan Kadyrov and other high-level Chechen officials continued threatening their critics. Less than a month after the meeting with Mr. Medvedev, Mr. Kadyrov described human rights defenders and Memorial activists in particular as "enemies of the state, enemies of the people, enemies of the law." The Kremlin has not condemned this statement in any way.
Today, Memorial Chairman Oleg Orlov is in the middle of a criminal trial for slander. The charges stemmed from Mr. Orlov's statement suggesting that Mr. Kadyrov was responsible for Natasha Estemirova's murder. Mr. Orlov faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
Crushed by the killings of friends and active threats against their own lives, Russia's already small community of independent reporters and human rights defenders is shrinking dramatically. Some are on the verge of giving up. Those who continue to courageously do their work need to know that they are not alone.
It is imperative that European and American leaders show Russia that they will not tolerate this situation. At every bilateral or multilateral forum, European Union member states and the United States should ask specific questions about the progress of investigations into the killings of rights advocates and reporters. Ending impunity is a prerequisite for fostering a normal environment for Russian civil society.
It is also a prerequisite for keeping us alive. 


Cajones defined.


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