The EU debt crisis in one graphic

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 07:15

 

From Charles Hugh Smith's fine site Of Two Minds.

Click the dominoes for the accomanying analysis.

 

 

As an aside, the Maastrict Treaty also known as the "Treaty Of The European Union" became effective on this date in 1993.

 

The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 11:06

 

A couple of the minions hail from Southern California.

You may not be aware of this but for Southern Californians of a certain age, when it comes to Halloween there is only one band and only one tune that truly satisfies.

That band being Oingo Boingo and the tune, Dead Man's Party

So ... from 1985, here's Danny Elfman on guitar and vocals, Steve Bartek playing an exceptionally tasty lead guitar, John Hernandez on drums, John Avila on the bass synth, Michael Bacich (I think) on keyboards, and the horn section of Leon Schneiderman and Sam (Sluggo) Phipps on saxaphones with Dale Turner on the trumpet.

Oingo Boingo.

Dead Man's Party

 

 

 

No minions ..... thank you.

 

Watching video on a Saturday morning .... actually much of the night

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 08:04

 

For some reason, it's been an incredibly rich week for video.

Here is some of the better short video we've either subscribed for or had sent our way.

Thanks to Somebody who sent us the Battle for Brooklyn stuff and didn't want to be identified in any way.

We figure he/she's embarrassed to associated with us.

 

Wealth disparity in China is far more profound than it is in America.

The following thought has been spreading across the length and width of China

If one percent of American people own 90% of the wealth, one ten-thousandth of the Chinese people own 90% of the wealth.

Who should be occupying what?

The phrase "Occupy ......." has been banned on all search engines across all of Communist China.

 

 

If you feel compelled to mess with the banks any way you can, this kid ... don't be offended, I've attained that age where damn near everybody's a kid to me ... has an extremely clever, nonviolent idea.

 

 

The following is an interview from the makers of and some bits of a trailer for the movie Battle of Brooklyn, a documentary on the acquisition of the land for and subsequent construction of Barclays Center and one of the more eggregious examples of the use of eminent domain for private profit you will encounter.

 

 

Unfortunately, around here Christmas comes with winter.

We're giving this one some serious thought.

 

 

What I really want for Christmas

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 17:09

 

Sheila P. messaged me straight out of left field or God's country depending on your point of view something to the effect that you don't want an airplane for Christmas, what you want is a horse.

Well ..... Ok ... not necessarily at this moment but yeah, most of the time.

Then she said, "You only post cutting horse video's.  Why don't you put up a reining video?"

I can do that.

Here is Shawn Flarida and the great Wimpy's Little Chic, the National Reining Horse Association's all time leading money earner with $514,800, winning the 2007 NRHA Open Futurity.

Who, if she could be bought at all, might start at auction on the low side at about the price of that seaplane.

 

 

 

It's getting interestinger and interestinger ..... still.

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 07:25

 

From both Business Insider and Zero Hedge which is fascinating in and of itself.

The following video shows Oakland police deliberately firing teargas cannisters and/or flash grenades into a crowd of people seeking to help a seriously injured protester.

 

 

The following quote comes from a timeline published by the Oakland Tribune via Mercury Press.

 

6:25 a.m. 'Stupid people who were provoking the cops'

Michael Porter, 24, works full time selling DirectTV, has camped at the Occupy Oakland site for the last 8 days.

He was disheartened to see everyone disperse last night-- down to 30 people after 3 a.m.

"We lost a lot of them because of the tear gas. And it was because of stupid people who were provoking the cops. It's random people who see a big group and are like, 'let's start a riot.'
All it takes is one thing and it's like let's gas everyone.
And I kind of understand where the cops are coming from as far as responding to signs of aggression. That's why we've got to keep those people out."

He's hanging around hoping to educate newcomers this morning about not provoking the police. Then he's going to sleep in his own bed for the first time in a week and then, he says, come back down.

Why? "I've always been told to be the change you want to see; I want to see more people come out"

Up to a dozen protesters, all men right now.

A plate window across the street shattered around what looks like a rubber bullet hole. Protesters telling police one of them owes someone a new window.

Finally from Colorlines.com, click on the photo for a short and well done piece from Robert Levato concerning recent issues with Oakland's police department and the resultant election of Oakland's first Asian mayor and her subsequently appointed Black police chief.

It seems post racial America has truly arrived.

 

 

Apologies if the formating is strange on your screen.

Try as I might, I couldn't lose the box around the above quote.

 

To quote Milton Friedman over and and over and ...

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 05:16

Governments never learn.  Only people learn.
 
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
 
I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. 
 
According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so.  Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.
 
Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
 
The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.
 
The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
 
So the question is, do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have responsibilities in their business activities other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible?  And my answer to that is, no they do not.
 
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
 
What kind of society isn't structured on greed?  The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system.
 
History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.
 
The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.
 
The black market a way of getting around government controls.  It was a way of enabling the free market to work.  It was a way of opening up, enabling people.
 
Most economic fallacies derive - from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
 
Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else's resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property.
 
 

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