A Noted Fellationist Is on America’s Mind

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For securities traders who take their cues from the headlines, we cannot recall a more challenging environment. Do we buy, or do we sell, when the news is obsessively concerned with…Kim Kardashian? Our collective descent into the sordid details of her worthless life is evidently the price we must pay for a slow-news month. Considering the alternative — reading about the latest hairbrained scheme to save Europe — perhaps we should be grateful to the Kardashians?  In any case, we’re stuck with them for now, and we can only hope there is no higher form of intelligence in the universe watching earthly civilization topple head-long into such a deep abyss of prurience. Unfortunately, there is no getting around the shame of it:  America’s most famous – and for all we know, most talented – fellationist has been rewarded beyond a publicity agent’s wildest dreams with a claim on our attention that would surpass that of Jesus were he to return to Earth.  Avoiding further details of her publicity-seeking exploits is enough, almost, to drive one to MSNBC in search of a Kardashian-free zone.

Unsurprisingly, the story-of-the-hour concerning our sloe-eyed, semen-swallowing callipygian lass has spread well beyond the sensation-mongering E!  The otherwise respectable Associated Press, for one, delved yesterday into the question of whether E! should feel any shame over its plan to re-broadcast the wedding even though Kardashian’s summer marriage to pro basketball player Kris Humphries lasted all of 72 days. Shame?  You’ve got to be kidding. Like the fictional Broadway hit “Springtime for Hitler,” Kim’s story is so good-bad that it will probably run forever. The original nuptial broadcast – “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event” – drew the largest audience in the tabloid network’s history, perhaps demonstrating that the jihadists are not entirely wrong in their belief that a hopelessly decadent America deserves to be put out of its misery.

Herman Cain’s Lament

Herman Cain is probably wishing the Kardashians were even more popular, since his is the other story to which America’s three-day attention span has been commanded. The newsmongers seem hell-bent on pretending that we care whether Cain made some sort of “offensive” gesture sixteen years ago. America awaits a demonstration of whatever it is he supposedly did. If we were Cain, we’d recall that we’d simply been picking our nose, or doing a Buster Keaton impression. Regardless of whether he escapes a lynching, it’s going to be a long campaign season.

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  • Mark Uzick November 6, 2011, 7:32 am

    Dear Benjamin:

    “……….The rest of this post is for the purpose of showing what a midget-brain you are. That’s the only reason I’m wasting my time with you………..”

    I know. People like me and Robert, who have faith in liberty, are such are such pea brained fools, so undeserving of your attentions. Thank you for prefacing your explanations that way, so that we’ll all know what a strong argument you have waiting for us; with your inspiring words, there may yet be hope for us mental midgets.

    “……….1) Vicious competition to rush X to market, resulting in medicore to negative returns (too many people doing the same/similar thing because no one can know who is going to do what). ……….”

    Yeah: “Let’s empower the state to crack down on wasteful competition. The state is so wise and efficient; the free market is so foolish and inefficient.”

    “………2) Capital idles in the face of instability and/or uncertainty………..”

    I see: So free competition means that capital will either be wasted in a mindless frenzy of competition or it will freeze up in mindless fear. The free market will never respond to price signals or even begins to approach a virtuous mean between these two extremes because we’re all such fools in need of the enlightened supervision of bureaucrats, who have only our best interests a heart.

    “……….3) Both. ……….”

    At the same time?

    “……….The only thing that matters is that the unity isn’t done by forceful means, but rather by mutual agreement. ………..”

    Voluntary borders?

    “……….But go ahead and shake your fist at that barbarous relic of an idea (which isn’t even mine). You’d at least have a half-reason for doing so. Borders, unions, treaties, and countries are indeed concepts as old if not older than farming and gold and silver money themselves………..”

    Tyranny, xenophobia, genocide, poverty and war are all an integral part your grand old traditions that you conveniently forget to mention.

    Where ever there has been progress; where ever living conditions have improved; where ever there has been peace and good will or at least tolerance, it has occurred only to the extent that free trade and travel are permitted.

    Just because destructive institutions will not vanish overnight is no reason not to oppose them and to educate people about their futility and evil consequences.
    Human society will continue to evolve and progress toward liberty in spite of set backs and dead ends. There is no justification for your cynical world view, but pay no attention to me; I’m just a pea brained liberty lover.

  • Mark Uzick November 5, 2011, 5:01 am

    Robert: You’re still coming back here; wow!

    “……….Oil does not jump out of the ground, nor do ears of corn magically appear in grocery stores from some miraculous Federal Corn Reserve printing press………..”

    I believe in property rights, but they must be based on just principles, not merely based on arbitrary decrees of the state.

    For you to own outright, what is not and cannot be created: space; land; water; air, oil and minerals, gives you absolute control over all who depend upon these things to live, though they have the same right as you have to use them, providing that their use doesn’t interfere with any pre-established use of others without first receiving their permission, i.e., “the right to freely move their fist ends at your nose.”; otherwise it makes you the master and they your slaves, dependent upon you for permission to breath, drink, travel or engage in any pursuit or enterprise.

    As I said: “No one can justly own raw land or other natural resources outright; they only can acquire limited property rights in the context of their actual use.”

  • Mark Uzick November 4, 2011, 6:48 am

    Robert:
    “……….I don’t have a State- I have Earth- that planet upon which I reside.

    To answer your question: Yes, I should be free to move about my Planet as I see fit without having to ask other people for their “permission”- That is unless said people are choosing to occupy (and therefore defend) some portion of the planet that consitutes their private home. I’m not interested in trepassing upon (or within) someone’s home if I am not welcome there, but they should afford me the right (and the room) to freely walk around them.

    Borders are abstractions- they are barriers to trade, and they are fences to keep the human animals caged within the bars of arbitrary cultural difference.

    There is more than enough free and open land on this planet for everyone. Why we choose to be so territorial and seperatist when it comes to the energy and mineral wealth of particular areas is fascinating to me, because control of the resource baring land is the beginning of the control of people………..”

    You tell the truth so passionately and so well!

    One minor quibble:

    Man creates uses to which resources are put and this he owns as an extension of his self ownership, but he did not create the raw materials of the world.

    No one can own raw land or other natural resources outright; they only can acquire limited property rights in the context of their actual use.

    “Landlordism” is the root of statism.

    • Steve November 4, 2011, 8:41 am

      Wrong, the Pope by Bull says he owns everything. Me, by Covenant Endowment I am entitled to Allodial Estate via the Covenant of Abraham.

      The rest is acceptance of feudalism, that everything belongs to the Pope or King George XXXXXXXXXX

    • Robert November 4, 2011, 9:45 pm

      Hi Mark-

      Right of use is definitely a biggie… since you are right that we did not create the resources we use…

      But- I will point out that labor and earnings are conjoined twins (yin and yang) that form a perfect symbiosis.

      It is when earnings are denied, or when labor is compelled against the will, that the balance breaks down.

      Oil does not jump out of the ground, nor do ears of corn magically appear in grocery stores from some miraculous Federal Corn Reserve printing press.

      Work. Private, uncorruptable work is what garners the spoils of our efforts.

      Speaking of… I need to get back to mine 🙂

  • Mark Uzick November 4, 2011, 6:24 am

    @ Benjamin

    ……….… More resources on the world market; increased trade of ideas; increased self-sufficiency in all nations that adopt these practices; plenty of employment opportunities.

    All because of borders. Not bad for such a silly idea………..

    Reductio ad absurdum:

    Then if we erect tariffs and other trade and travel restrictions at the borders of the individual states of the union we will get more resources in the American market; increased trade of ideas; increased self-sufficiency in all US states that adopt these practices; plenty of employment opportunities.

    Yeah right! Let’s put up trade and travel restrictions between counties, towns, neighborhoods and – what the hell! – blocks too! Viola! Prosperity as you’ve never before seen; it works almost as well as breaking windows and waging war; in fact it’s the precursor of war; I mean – it’s so wonderful – how can you go wrong!

    • Benjamin November 4, 2011, 1:11 pm

      Mark,

      Yes, anything taken to an extreme won’t work. Tell me something I don’t know.

      The rest of this post is for the purpose of showing what a midget-brain you are. That’s the only reason I’m wasting my time with you.

      As for what the perfect balance of border size is, and how it is determined… Well, Robert provided that answer. Nations form and dissolve, form and dissolve… in accordance to what people figure they need and don’t need. They can also shrink and expand, to whatever the people figure they need.

      But it’s foolish to think borders will ever go away. The problem with your borderless vision is that it tries to play a game of baseball without having any rules by which we could know we were playing baseball (or any game, for that matter). Lacking that information, capital is left to do one of three things…

      1) Vicious competition to rush X to market, resulting in medicore to negative returns (too many people doing the same/similar thing because no one can know who is going to do what).

      2) Capital idles in the face of instability and/or uncertainty.

      3) Both.

      Without the rules that define baseball, one can only stand there like an enlightened idiot or run around aimlessly, wasting energy for no reason.

      While one can argue that balance would eventually find itself, the means to correction in that scenario is in the form of information that does not exist in your borderless world. Only trade law, that is, patents and tariffs, can provide that information. It’s a alot easier to figure out what to do when we know that imports are not going to be abundant in the domestic market. That knowledge also assures that things won’t become unstable from world-wide competition. Capital is given the stability to soundly invest.

      The alternative to that information is to let markets diminish in the face of boom-bust economies. The marketplace of ideas would shrink, resources and goods wouldn’t get produced, and, of course, politics would be allowed to fester into the tyrany that must result from scarcity.

      The same problem would occur in turning every last nanometer on earth into a seperate country. Borders too small have too little resource to offer in trade. Naturally, those borders which do not encompass enough would have to combine with others, forming a larger unity by which all participants would benefit. The only thing that matters is that the unity isn’t done by forceful means, but rather by mutual agreement.

      But go ahead and shake your fist at that barbarous relic of an idea (which isn’t even mine). You’d at least have a half-reason for doing so. Borders, unions, treaties, and countries are indeed concepts as old if not older than farming and gold and silver money themselves.

      And even when we can call ourselves Earthlings, there will, by necessity, be Martians, Venusians, Mercurians, etc. No sense calling yourself Earthling unless it means something (the purpose of feeling high-minded is not a reason). Anyway, borders and trade law will exist in that future context as well, so get used to it or learn to love shaking your fist in vain. Either one will work just fine.

  • Popeye the sailor mayan November 4, 2011, 4:27 am

    Well blowmedown ‘n shiver me timbers . . .

    in a hyper-fallationary weimar climate

    a deep throat and a wheelbarrow
    could be very lucrative skillsets as well as a great assets goinupt’thehill un till ” when the money dies ”

    the subTXT from the kardiokardashian\clingon picture :
    she? (it was never said what vulcan planet said species is from anyhow) she lookalikea . . . mayan in the midst of some VIP interdimensional anal ysis . length width and girth . . go girl

    this just came down the pipe . that she is from the planetoid blowmenow which is apparently just a little to left of uranus
    dont quote me. pls verify. and re member to check your bp.

    so why be so hardonher? when we know that the
    (MSM (mainstreammedia) – congressVIPS -wallstreet previous OccuPANTS )on their Klairvoyant Kollective Knee is about to give out . its never bin a one knee job … has it bob?

    seeing that the kardasians were given the letters of transit outa da woodwork they should all be re turned into the nearest wormhole so they kin git back t’where they AAALL belong

    question iz ” who, i mean WhoTF
    decided that THEY and THE REST O THEM were the NEWS ” ?
    ricks right and its still mcluans – “the medium as/is da MSG”

    Chico Marx, Karls bro woulda said
    too mucha MSG issa no good foyou anyhow.

  • Steve November 4, 2011, 2:25 am

    Cam, I have a good idea since my response to you is lost in moderation. I have just finished an autobiography that is 276 pages in manuscript form. The last 40 pages lays out the democracy rebellion chronology. Send me a 5 Dollar Eagle, united States of America, in the year 1843 ‘good’ condition. You will get a manuscript. With the copyright manuscript there will be a touch of reality that will allow one to consider reality in defamation by libel:

    Agreement
    Cam/Steve

    I, Steven. . . . ., agree to sell to Cam. . . a copy of the copyright manuscript “The Last Dino” for One Dollar and other valuable considerations; a 5 sivler Specie Dollar gold Eagle minted in 1843, in ‘good’ condition.

    The law of the Transaction shall be the Original Common Law, July 4th 1776 for the several States union, and shall be enforcible in Original Jurisdiction in a bono-fide Judicial Court under Article III of the Constitution of A.D. 1787 for the united States of America.

    Cam further agrees to pay all shipping costs for the Manuscript and for secure transport of the 10 Dollar Eagle.

    Done and dated this 3rd day of the 11th month A.D. 2011

    _________________(sign)
    Steven
    (seal)
    __________________(sign)
    Cam

    After the book is read Cam can decide how much damage should be paid for international defamation by libel.

    • Steve November 4, 2011, 2:28 am

      Opps; I want a 10.

  • Steve November 4, 2011, 12:33 am

    Robert, I got moderated – on the popcorn request. Time will tell if the post gets lost in space.

  • Other Paul November 4, 2011, 12:00 am

    From Cam missive, above, Part I/?:

    “Here is the short version of what we will actually see.”

    Cam,
    I was really looking forward to reading the long version.

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 4, 2011, 2:49 am

      Ha Ha. OK, that is funny Paul. You seriously would not want to live inside my head though. There are more wild hamsters spinning on exercise wheels than I can keep track of most days and it makes me crazy sometimes. Thank god for the medication (that is code for beer).

  • Benjamin November 3, 2011, 11:14 pm

    Yo, Robert!

    I read one of your responses to Cam, but decided to reply down here, since it branches off from Cam’s topic.

    “Borders are abstractions- they are barriers to trade, and they are fences to keep the human animals caged within the bars of arbitrary cultural difference. There is more than enough free and open land on this planet for everyone. Why we choose to be so territorial and seperatist when it comes to the energy and mineral wealth of particular areas is fascinating to me, because control of the resource baring land is the beginning of the control of people.”

    Resources will always be traded because not all countries have the same amount of resources. Or even the same ones. That’s what makes the free market, Robert. What you need and how badly you need it. Of course, your trading partner(s) are facing the same dilemna, aren’t they?

    Does that ring any bells? Bid/ask? Right. So evolves trade. Borders don’t get in the way of the natural forces driving that. If they do, I’ll cut out both of my kidneys and hand ’em to you right now. Go ahead and cite many historical examples where trade breaks down, but… The kidneys won’t be yours. Trade doesn’t break down because of borders. Rather, it breaks down when men become irrational. Here’s the single, biggest example of irrationality that we humans have ever faced…

    Globalization (spits). If anything ever compromised the practice of sound trade, it’s the idea that capital should be devoted to the trade of both resources and manufactured goods. Such a set-up can only limit the amount of resources being traded and, ultimately, the things that would be manufactured… and thus the golden egg of gainful employ and higher living standards is never laid.

    Naturally, borders would facilitate supply and demand, whilst allowing any and all nations interested to rationaly build up and solidify their own advanced economies. How so? By the power of governments to levy tariff. More specifically, to levy tariffs not on imported resources, but imported goods. That forces a nation to become self-sufficient. If a country wants manufactured goods, then the entrepreneurs of that country will have build them at home.

    I’ll break off from that trunk and branch into the point of a patent. Would you buy the suggestion that the point of them is so that ideas-in-physical form can be traded on the world market, in limited yet efficient quantities,so as to allow domestic enterprenuers in a country to begin producing/modifying that idea, without the restrictions that are associated with patents today?

    If we can agree on that premise, then let’s combine the two things, patents and tariffs, and see what we get… More resources on the world market; increased trade of ideas; increased self-sufficiency in all nations that adopt these practices; plenty of employment opportunities.

    All because of borders. Not bad for such a silly idea.

    • Robert November 4, 2011, 9:17 pm

      Benjamin-

      When was the last time you crossed a national border to conduct trade ? I’m interested because I’d like to hear if you felt the experience was easy, productive, or even lucrative.

      What you call “globalism” is EXACTLY what I call the “One World Nation-State”

      Globalism based on trade relations is the only rational direction our species can take itself. Obfuscating this point with any mention of “organizational obstructionism” indicates that more time spent in reflection might be a good idea.

      Patents used to ensure that inventors were compensated for their ideas- now patents are used to make sure that corporations are legally justified in STEALING the ideas of the inventors that are classified as their “employees”. Patents no longer belong to the individual with the great idea- now they either belong to the corporate “flag” that the individual shields themself behind, or the patent gets assigned to USA, inc FBO (for benefit of) the real inventor.

      Interesting how you can’t even apply for a US patent anymore without a Social Security or Tax Identification Number, isn’t it?

      Consider the existence of patents which are still leveraged by former “employers” for THEIR benificial gain, long after the inventor has moved on in their carreer…

      A (random) example:
      http://www.google.com/patents/about/6999917_Left_corner_chart_parsing_system.html?id=SVR4AAAAEBAJ

      On your other topic:

      “Resources will always be traded because not all countries have the same amount of resources.”

      – What do resources have to do with borders or countries? Except for the fact that whenever resource-rich land was/is “discovered” by the bankers, the national borders are the FIRST things established.

      “Naturally, borders would facilitate supply and demand, whilst allowing any and all nations interested to rationaly build up and solidify their own advanced economies. How so? By the power of governments to levy tariff. More specifically, to levy tariffs not on imported resources, but imported goods. That forces a nation to become self-sufficient. If a country wants manufactured goods, then the entrepreneurs of that country will have build them at home.”

      -Seriously? How many human wars have been waged over trade and tariff dispute?

      Answer: A sizeable majority of them.

      How many wars have been waged over border disputes?

      Answer: The next largest majority of them.

      How many wars have been waged over irrational personal behavior?

      Answer: zero (but that is all on course to change in a big way, I fear, unless the human race rapidly casts off its private penchant for sheer stupidity)

      WWI was going down regardless of whether Ferdinand made that ill-advised trip into Sarajevo or not…

      Way back in the “olden days” when two men could not form a rational meeting of the minds, they settled it like gentlemen- one on one, face to face; and the contest would end with either one man or the other changing his point of view, or possibly becoming dead. No collateral damage, no “taking sides”, no willful destruction of property, and no loss of personal honor.

      War is hardly a noble subsitute in a civilized society.

      I would love to see you expand your thesis on how tariff (aka taxation, aka theft) promotes the fair and balanced regulation of trade. My prediction is that your analysis will end up right about at the point where robbing Peter to pay Paul is tabled as a plausible position of moral righteousness…

      I’m not sure whether we will agree or not on that day… you tell me.

  • Dave November 3, 2011, 10:48 pm

    Rick, my comments were tongue in cheek, being creative in order to increase subscribers, not that you’re selling sex. Since you’re fighting boredom, here’s something to look forward to in January. And Mercury Retrograde prelim starts 11/5, so we’re entering an exciting period! 😉 http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/11/03/playboy-unhappy-with-lindsay-lohan-pictures-set-to-reshoot-report-says/

  • Dave November 3, 2011, 9:46 pm

    I’d prefer an article on where Rick see’s gold, silver & oil prices going in the next 6 months and whether I need to buy a year’s supply of dried food at Costco for armageddon day, but I understand the need to attract new subscribers and sex does sell. While Kym Kardashian shares airtime with LiLo (Lindsay Lohan) being allowed to delay a 30-day prison sentence to finish her Playboy nude shoot, more a story of the California Hollywood-style judicial system, maybe Rick would consider relocating the winter hula dance to Haulover Beach in Miami, the USA’s largest nude beach.

    • Rick Ackerman November 3, 2011, 10:07 pm

      A Lindsay Lohan nude shoot for Playboy? My guess is that the issue in which she appears, assuming she does, will be the biggest seller of all time, dwarfing even the newstand sales of the Italian “Life” magazine that featured a nude Jackie O (shot with a superlong telephoto lens while she was sunbathing in Greece).

      Concerning your questions: 1) I expect gold to go up; 2) line up alternatives to Costco’s emergency food pallette, since your stomach will not be able to adapt easily to a diet of dehydrated foods; and, 3) I’m going to stick to the grass-skirt hula, as originally planned. That’s assuming Goldman shares do not collapse this winter below $30 as originally predicted. Sooner or later — I still predict — they will.

      Incidentally, the Kardashian commentary wasn’t intended to “sell” sex; otherwise I’d have provided a link to one of the many Kardashian BJ videos out there on the web. I was simply bored writing about the markets and euronews that have been in jerking-off mode seemingly forever.

      I used to run a “Brainy Babes of Hollywood” feature on an occasional basis, but my webmaster told me I’d have to curtail such content if I wanted readers to take me seriously. But the markets, and what passes for “news” these days, are such a pathetic joke that it’s hard to be serious about anything. You may be relieved to hear, however, that tomorrow’s edition will feature a serious commentary from the always-serious Cam Fitzgerald.

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 4, 2011, 2:40 am

      I have a sense of humour Rick. Just not the last few days it seems. Must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed or something. I owe you an apology for hijacking the thread with my long winded commentary but I just got a bug in my head last night and started pounding out ideas on the laptop.

      Hopefully you will forgive and forget.

  • ebear November 3, 2011, 9:39 pm

    Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

  • brutlstrudl November 3, 2011, 8:15 pm

    IMO, Kardashian is not that hot. On the other hand, Rick’s clueless blonde…

  • David November 3, 2011, 7:41 pm

    I prefer to think of her as an artist, a sandwich artist.

  • nonplused November 3, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Back in Bowness we had a saying for girls like Kim: “Let’s date them!”

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 7:48 pm

      Wow. You talk nice there.

  • Steve November 3, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Hey Zeus Cam, Commie tripe. Everyone work to their maximum ability, everything according to your needs.

    As determined by whom?

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 7:47 pm

      If it is Commie tripe Steve then we live in a Commie nation, don’t you think? Did you get a cheque from the government this month just like almost half the population? What is that if not a transfer of wealth from one group of taxpayers to another? Even business benefits from this largesse as the system is rebalanced across physical jurisdictions.

      You criticize me yet I am quite sure you enjoy the continual benefits of the very thing you seem to despise. So is it really tripe or is it actually free money?

    • Robert November 3, 2011, 9:10 pm

      Oh boy…. If Steve sees this…

      hang on- I’m going to make some popcorn for this one.

    • Steve November 4, 2011, 12:31 am

      Cam, Robert wants a popcorn event. Take a little drive down here Cam. I’ll give you a show and tell you how Mr. Wermuth from the D.O.J. said I was enfranchised to the corporate U.S. because I breathed clean air under the Clean Air Acts. Well Cam, I told Mr. Wermuth, government agent on the dole, that “I did hold my breath until I was rendered unconscious to remove myself from his corruption by death. I was brought back to life involuntarily by the sympathic autonomic nervous system to sojourn this land until peace returns”.

      Come on down here Cam, and I’ll teach you the old ways to gather in subsistence. I’ll teach you to fight in court like I was in court at 11:30A.M. I’ll teach you, Cam, about honesty and morality. I’ll teach you about history Cam. I teach you what it feels like to face the ‘man’ who’s face is red and angry in democratic abuse of an executive court.

      And as soon as I have done that book/example educating Cam I’ll take my 61 year old body and teach you about growing up in a logging town in simple honest terms with a history that is direct line to Concord Bridge A.D. 1775 and the 16 year old Men who took the cannon and powder to start this Nation of rugged individualism. My family Cam.

      The words above are worthless in their abuses of reality. I don’t know about this B.S. ‘cheque’ you cream over. Start justifying Cam, because right now the words written by you are worthless tripe in full-blown inauthenticity and disingenuiness.

      Thirty years ago I would have found you and bitch slapped you silly. I’ve grown some in the past thirty years and now understand it is just better to let moronic tripe reveal its self.

      Start justifying Cam – start justifying/explaining why your tripe is anything more that tripe. Establish the facts Cam. Justify this false moronic abuse of reality. You must be really scared to operate in such falseness.

      Sorry Robert, there will be no need for popcorn. Cam just hit himself in the face with a bag of shist. I’m just waiting for Cam to justify why his face is covered with partially digested green stomach contents that came out the end, well you know which end the stench came from and it might be brown.

      You think I’m like you Cam – Bull Shit.

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 4, 2011, 3:04 am

      I have no idea what you are talking about, Steve. What libel? The talk about contracts has no context for me either so I don’t get what you are talking about. Maybe you should just be specific about which remarks in my commentary are getting on your nerves. You know, just get to the bloody point like everyone else instead of writing me contracts.

    • davidnrobyn November 5, 2011, 6:39 pm

      I’m 62 and just started getting my social security checks. Yeah, I know they’re transfer payments. Perhaps I should refuse them on the grounds that I’m needlessly impoverishing others by taking them. But what good would that do? As it is, I don’t view them as something I’m entitled to (although if the SS Administration were properly administered, I’d certainly have claim to the money I contributed plus or minus accruals. But we all know that’s the fiction foisted upon the public lo these many years and the reality is scripted by Mr. Ponzi). I view the money as found money, and I invest it accordingly. I’m still working and in good health, and plan to be doing so, and being so, Lord willing, for some time. I was going to put off taking SS for a few years to gain a larger amount per month, but after doing the math, and upon the sage advice of some octogenarians, plus looking realistically at the economic/political situation facing the country and world, I decided to take it while the taking was good. In five years the money may not be there, or the FRN’s may be worthless or nearly so. Who knows? I don’t view any of this as entitlement. I think that’s the key attitude. I’m just happy they’re willing to send me checks, and I’ll take them. Let’s put it this way: What I’m doing with the money is a lot better than what the Gov was doing with it. I’m just finally, after it’s passed through many bureaucratic hands, doing with it what should have been done with it in the first place! 🙂 Too bad so much of it got siphoned off on its way to me. But hey, I can’t do anything about that.

  • Mercury November 3, 2011, 6:34 pm

    The Unprecedented media onslaught of the O.J. Simpson trial mania that tsunami’d into our prior peaceful, choice-driven entertainment lives on, and haunts us to this day in the form of the Kardashians. I have been aware for some time of her callipygian reputation, but had apparently missed the legends of her oral-motor prowess.
    ..Bread & Circuses

  • Phil De Basquet November 3, 2011, 6:07 pm

    I would submit that Herman Cain’s real history is far more important than the Kimster’s story.

  • ken horn November 3, 2011, 5:57 pm

    I’ve got to believe that the entire Kardashian clan is sitting back & having the last laugh. Not bad that a no talent bimbo made a cool 35 mil last year & convinced all the rags to publish pics & cover the nuptuals for 17 mil more. Ah, capitalism at its best. The only person I feel sorry for is her ex that had to put up with all the Kardashian boorishness for the last year or so.

  • davidnrobyn November 3, 2011, 4:13 pm

    I’m proud to go on record as saying that I truthfully hadn’t even heard of Ms. Kardashian before reading this article! I suppose when you get all your news from economic/political websites you CAN miss some things that are important–but not this time, I see. The jihadists are right.

    &&&&&&

    Kardashian, following the path of the trailblazing Paris Hilton, became famous overnight by releasing a sex video of herself getting a “facial”. Since then, she and her products have become ubiquitous, and there is rarely a day when several Kardashian items do not pop up on Google “news”. If you want to see how, exactly, she became an icon and role model for young women — not to mention, a centimillionaire, you need only Google “Kardashian sex tape.” RA

    • davidnrobyn November 5, 2011, 6:18 pm

      Appreciate the tip, Rick, but no thanks. 🙂

  • ben November 3, 2011, 2:13 pm

    The “Freedom-loving” Europeans, who railed against Khaddafy, Mubarak, and all the other Middle East dicatators who stood in the way of majority rule, now are against a referrendum in Greece? For Shame! I guess when it’s their pockets taking the hit, they’re not so freedom-loving after all. Nothing is more democratic than a referrendum.

    On another note…”callipygian” is an adjective. It was used in the article as a noun. “Fellationist,” with the Kardahian pic, is great though.

    • Robert November 3, 2011, 9:07 pm

      “The “Freedom-loving” Europeans, who railed against Khaddafy, Mubarak, and all the other Middle East dicatators who stood in the way of majority rule, now are against a referrendum in Greece? For Shame! I guess when it’s their pockets taking the hit, they’re not so freedom-loving after all. Nothing is more democratic than a referrendum.”

      Agree- It’s hypocrisy of the highest order. But then, when has politics NOT been hypicritical?

      Promise what you can not deliver- the essence of politics.

  • Mark Uzick November 3, 2011, 1:50 pm

    One more try:

    ……….”Yes I am partial to Europe succeeding and I do think they will have to pass through an inflationary trial by fire before they are done. All of us will so hang on to your hat.”……….

    I’m not partial to “an inflationary trial by fire” that you seem to equate with “Europe succeeding”; I’d prefer to see the members of the EU seceding.

    The whole world needs a good cleansing deflation.

    ……….”What we are witnessing now is nothing less that a massive shift in wealth and power from West to East as the reality of wage arbitrage and lost opportunity finally hits our coasts in a big first wave.”……….

    The West benefits from this “wage arbitrage”, using it to leverage its own prosperity and wages; it’s what’s kept what’s still left of our economic dynamism intact, in spite of the state’s relentless attacks on industry, business and finance.

    It’s the economic principle of “comparative advantage” in action; in this case, allowing businesses to survive and prosper in the face of the state’s treating business activities, for all intent and purpose, as a criminal enterprise, by removing the “evil” industrial activities out from under the state’s jurisdiction.

    If the statists want to close this “loophole”, a life-line that keeps us alive, putting the final nail in the coffin of industrial enterprise, their next logical step will be to up the ante in the protectionist and anti-immigrant trade war, as many who comment here would support doing.

  • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 11:15 am

    Well that is a terrific compliment Mark. Thanks so much. Yes I am partial to Europe succeeding and I do think they will have to pass through an inflationary trial by fire before they are done. All of us will so hang on to your hat. What we are witnessing now is nothing less that a massive shift in wealth and power from West to East as the reality of wage arbitrage and lost opportunity finally hits our coasts in a big first wave. We will have to adjust but doing so means we will suffer the indignity of another serious bout of inflation to match what we experienced in the Seventies and Eighties following the oil embargo. It will hurt but we will survive it and hopefully be stronger as a result.

    • Mark Uzick November 3, 2011, 2:02 pm

      Please don’t read my following two attempted replies, as they were messed up.

      To avoid confusion, skip to the one that begins: “One more try” – sorry.

    • JimK November 3, 2011, 2:31 pm

      Cam, one item that really stuck out in this well thought out analysis is that the Euro is the prototype for the Wørldt or whatever the Wizards and Wizens will name their desired International currency. And part of its function, as prototype, is to continually inflate – that’s the point, right? It is the most palatable means of taxation, and that’s the idea. So while the Eurozone considers its possibilities and is herded by necessity into codifying this currency model, the ‘Occupy’ movement smells a rat.

      And while the movement is at this point easily derailed and distractible, the only one-man-in-a-thousand who previously recognized the perniciously wealth-concentrating power of inflation, is growing. And the unintended consequence of the whole charade will be a kind of awakening worldwide from the coma that we led the World into when we transformed the USD into a fiat currency years ago.

      The unplanned-for technological breakthrough is digital – with the ants empowered to choose by understanding their own numbers – much to the horror of the pompous shepherds who have presided over the ignorant for so long. Shortly, we will have the several-minutes-long demonstration by the folks who protect us from ‘terrorism’ which will show us all that they are still holding all the cards. It is a challenge, a test of US – not of their electronic network systems control…

  • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 10:37 am

    Wow, did you actually read that whole thing Mark? You are surely a credit to blog world. I just figured it would be ignored by pretty much everyone.

    • Mark Uzick November 3, 2011, 11:05 am

      It is written very well; it’s almost impossible not to be drawn into it. Your predictions, except for the fairy tail outcome, are plausible; you understand the “too big to fail” mindset. My only surprise, if I understood you correctly, is that you’re sympathetic to it.

      It’s my hope – but I’ll probably be disappointed, as sanity is probably too much to ask for – that Europe (America and Asia too) follow the lead of Iceland.

  • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 9:25 am

    I don’t know who Kim Kardashian is and I don’t care. I do not own a TV and thankfully I do not know better. While I am sure the saucy details of her sex life are ever-so-enticing to some viewers of the tabloid media and their audience, they really don’t interest me that much. That gals overheated libido just cannot register in my brain right now. There are surely much bigger issues as Rick is suggesting in his article tonight.

    What really has my attention is the fallout that an approaching Greek referendum will portend for our collective economies. At the risk of irritating Rick I will post on that topic instead because I believe that the media pundits are getting it all wrong as usual. So I am going to fill you in on a story line that is much, much closer to the truth about what is actually coming down the road….

    Come closer. Then listen to this.

    Lets be honest. This whole democratic thingy is better than sliced cheese. I love it. I expect that we will soon see a resolution to both the ongoing Greek tragedy and the insurmountable debt problems of the whole Euro zone Union within mere months of the January referendum. This is coming as hard and as fast as a freight train so we had all better get prepared now.

    I got married to the proposal for a referendum put forth by Greek President, George Papandreau as soon as I heard it. I even enjoyed the shock expressed by all his stunned counterparts on the continent. A referendum there is not just a good idea; it is a great idea. Kind of like heating up an ugly boil on your neck and encouraging it to pop. It will help bring a resolution to the nagging problems of excessive debt-loads in Europe and formalize reality within the union that they really are overextended. I feel certain this act of democratic bravery will help bring on the necessary corrective action to finally contend with the problems occurring there.

    Stimulative interventions are urgently needed. Everyone knows it but Angela Merkel apparently. Well, maybe the French too.

    I do not think for a moment that Greece will be leaving the Euro though or that the Euro itself is actually under threat because of a vote. Greece does not have the power to take down the union as it stands unless we are to assume the political will of the lead members is flaccid and limp.

    On the contrary, a Greek referendum defeat will bring about the eventual monetization of the regions fat debts and entice the stimulative actions that are required for the union to carry on as a family. Firm and decisive actions will finally be taken to address the economic problems and there is more than adequate time for all parties to contemplate the fiscal solutions before that vote actually happens.

    I am not concerned in the slightest.

    In fact, I welcome such a vote as it will bring finality even though some readers here may feel it happened unfairly during crisis and urgency.

    Europe has no choice but to embrace some form of fiscal union now. None. It need not be one that mirrors exactly what exists in the US, Australia, Canada, England or any other unified nation……but it should be reflective the regional needs of the many disparate nations and signatories and it should be workable and designed to evolve as circumstances change.

    The ECB will surely play a central role.

    The beauty of a referendum of course is that this kettle is now going to be brought to a boil quickly. Greece citizens will likely reject the proposal out of hand and that will send the whole Regions leadership into crisis mode.

    There are no good options to raise much needed capital anymore though. Russia, Japan and China have all nixed that idea. They will not be party to an even bigger default nor siphon their own precious resources into an ugly financial black hole. Would you lend merely to enable the continuation of someone else’s high standard of living? Would you do it if you knew with certainty they could not repay you?

    Of course not.

    So Europe will have to resolve this mess with their own set of tools and that means only one thing. Devaluation is coming. Yes, it will be deliberate. Yes, the standard of living will fall across the entire region. Inflation risk is hardly even worth discussing it is so obvious. There will be plenty of it spread across the coming years before the region has fully stabilized and healed.

    Many media pundits are predicting lately that Greece will leave the Euro and the Euro will fall. Others are even suggesting a civil war, social breakdown, starving seniors etcetera and yes, they are the extreme camp. Vivid portrayals meanwhile of crashing stock markets, social mayhem, financial discord, depression, bank failures and riots are fretted over each night on the panic-news (so I am told).

    All just bloody nonsense of course. None of that is going to happen.

    I just do not get where all the dire conclusions are coming from. The answers are plain obvious. Germany, along with the support of the major signatories to its Union must relent on its refusal to permit the European Central Bank (ECB) an unambiguous and independent role in the process of stimulating the regional economies, adding liquidity to the system and ensuring the stability of the banking sector.

    Here is the short version of what we will actually see.

    Europe is going to devalue the Euro as I have already mentioned. Simple enough so far. We will see deliberate attempts to inflate the system through the monetization of debts and printing enough currency to resolve the most worrying of issues. Banks will be fully recapitalized and both currency markets and stock markets will breathe a sigh of relief. There will be no triggering of the much dreaded derivatives play that many imagine lately and calm will break out instead of the extreme paranoia and fear that now pervade the markets.

    The adoption of stimulative actions and reflationary policy will enable governments there to begin to target and thus alleviate some of the most extreme of unemployment problems. These include issues in Spain, for example, where rates are currently running above 23% of the labour force. The stunning rate of 46% unemployment amongst youth there is simply untenable and must be reversed.

    A form of wealth sharing will arise whereby the richer Northern countries will effectively subsidize their poorer Southern neighbors. Before you start calling me a fool for saying that or you start telling me that is impossible I want you to consider that is almost exactly what currently exists in both the United States and Canada.

    Lets consider, beggaring your neighbor is never a very good proposition yet that is exactly what is happening with the excessive demands being imposed upon Greece by the major members of the EU.

    To my own surprise, Greece has made a tremendous effort to meet the terms of the union. More is demanded by their partners though. This cannot be instilling confidence amongst the other vulnerable members who may also need to seek support in the future. Some are seeking support even now.

    The major creditor always rules in a bully’s court though. It is all about the money, right? They can kick you when you are down and take your Acropolis to boot.

    It should seem obvious to all that without a fiscal union, compromise in the family will be impossible as the financial demands devolve around nationalistic self interests and demands for asset security. Risks are being taken by strong states of course. Screw egalitarian idealism.

    That is so 1960’s.

    There is no doubt that it is well within the capabilities of the EU and via the European Central Bank to directly monetize the debts of its weaker members or to float all the Euro Bonds they need; even to offer total debt forgiveness for states that have arrived at an impossible juncture. States who are trapped in a financial vice.

    They just choose not too.

    In Canada, the process of sharing between regions is quite formalized under a system called “Equalization Payments”. These transfers ensure that rich provinces share the national wealth with the poorer provinces. Quebec for instance is virtually always a recipient while Ontario is the province that pays out the most to be shared amongst the others.

    The general idea is that all regions of the country have a more or less equal standard of living and it acknowledges that some provinces are quite wealthy with resource assets while others are not. That some areas suffer higher unemployment, less access to health care or a smaller manufacturing (tax base) enjoyed by stronger provinces. The system seeks to be fair.

    Politicians still argue the numbers hotly but for the most part the program is executed seamlessly year in and year out with no real public backlash despite all the taxpayer input.

    This in essence is the model that is coming to Europe. It is an idea that will form the backbone of a modified Fiscal union and it will enable all parts of Europe to benefit from the wealth generated by the entire union while ensuring the nagging problems of regional income disparity do not appear again in the future.

    For the moment, Germany appears strongest amidst a group of family nations in distress. A Titan. Should the Euro fail as a result of the demands now placed on neighbor states though, they will also find themselves alone and not part of a community of nations.

    All for one and one for all, right?

    Oh, and one more thing is certain. If the Euro fails, there is little hope a universal global currency will ever evolve. That idea will die on the vine with the failure of the union to come to grips with the principles of sharing fairly between common regions and states. The Euro is a prototype after all and if it goes down it will be proven they cannot compete with the values of other more organized groups.

    You know, like the kind of principles that have allowed America to gain strength despite the crazy idea of fairness and equalizing resources amongst all regions of the nation. The same ideas that allow us to share wealth even when a hurricane strikes in the South or a severe winter power outage disrupts the North; when a plane destroys buildings in New York or an earthquake and fire level parts of LA. The same principles that allow many disparate regions to still be a part of one strong unified group without beggaring their neighbors when the chips are down.

    “But, but but”….you demand. “Why would Germany or the Northern members ever agree to such a format? It will cost them a lot of money. They will have to support the poorer countries. They will never agree”!

    To answer that we only need ask ourselves what the alternatives are and how dire the consequences can really become. Germany’s manufacturing economy would be devastated overnight if it went back to the old Deutsche Mark. It would be far too highly valued for them to compete with America or Japan, never mind Latin American or Asia production. The regional European economies that are suffering would shift quickly to being importers of cheaper Asian goods and would be working harder to expand their own industrial base. The financial core of the region meanwhile would almost certainly be hollowed out and banks would fall like domino’s.

    Does anybody seriously think that the major powers in Europe’s capitals are going to fall on their own sword and allow an implosion of the worlds wealthiest group of nations on their watch? Not a chance in hell will that happen. While the media portrays an approaching Armageddon and plays to our fears we really need to stop and think hard for a moment. Lets really use our heads for ten seconds and forget about Kim Kardashian. Are the elected folks who run Europe’s biggest economies crazy enough to commit financial suicide when the salvation of simply accepting an independent Central Bank so easily within reach?

    I don’t think so. Not for one second. Do you?

    There is just too much debt there now and it cannot ever be repaid. The Greeks know it, the Germans know it, the banks know it too. And so do we. The brilliance of Papandreou’s call for a referendum is that it will bring on a speedy resolution to Europe’s woes. No more wailing over the unknown or praying before false Gods that we might be spared from a coming financial hurricane. We will of course see debts monetized there (money printing) and most of the globe will sigh a sigh of relief once Germany finally evolves and cooperates a little more. Why is it they always have conquest in their blood, even when it hurts their national interests?

    The Euro membership meanwhile has already very clearly signaled its intention to hold the union together. A commitment is already in place to offer unlimited support for the banks and nobody nor his faithful dog wants to see Greece leave the zone and go all stinky-Feta on everyone. Collectively though, the group has just not yet embraced the kind of stimulus needed to overcome their issues nor acknowledged that the real problem is too many entitlements against a backdrop of too little revenue.

    That is to say that Europeans are living high on the hog. Their collective current account balance is insufficient to support the demands of their group of nations and their aging population base is draining away their resources while leaving nothing of substance for their massive problem of unemployed and angry youth.

    Should the referendum pass, then nothing has changed except Greeks themselves will have confirmed the bargain and will then have to learn to live with the long term consequences. Should it fail, then the European Union, under duress, will be forced to fall back on the facilities of European Central Bank to resolve the regions real indignities.

    Voila, fiscal union and the pension cheques keep flowing to the old folks in Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Italy and elsewhere. Which is not to say that they will not be going inflationary over there for a number of years, (they will be. big time)…..but it is a far better solution than the prospect of bank domino defaults and Sovereign failures they now face.

    I wish them all the best of luck. There are very good ideas out there that have not been fully explored yet and the work continues to make Europe under a common currency a viable alternative to the more familiar Sovereign unity we see in other countries. This is a work in progress so let us not be impatient either. Truly, they have a difficult road ahead but I can see the commitment is there to make the process work.

    And soon, we will have a specific date to look forward too.

    The suggestion is out there meanwhile that Germany and others who have already experienced inflation that led to excessive printing (and eventually to a hyperinflation) will be extremely loathe to repeat that horrid experience. Based on the events of history, Germans are just as appalled by the prospect of a massive devaluation of their currency as Ben Bernanke, the Fed and most of America fear a second great depression.

    So here we are, two continents with two very differing perspectives on what the worst of outcomes might be. It sure looks like inflation will be driven home on this continent based on the work of the Fed while over in Europe, austerity and deflation are still the preferred course of action. Weird. But that won’t work, will it?

    We stand very far apart on these philosophical grounds on two different continents. This dichotomy may be at the root of why much of Europe, including England, was unwilling to press ahead with serious stimulus efforts after the first round (following Lehman) and then ultimately turned their back on the direct monetization of debts as has occurred in America. Fears of inflation running out of control are cultural in Europe. The memories are very deep despite the trauma having never been experienced by most who are alive today.

    History repeats though.

    I suspect strongly that the efforts of the Fed will prevail upon the Europeans and I say so with regard to the fact that so much US stimulus has already been targeted at European banks. Europe, in other words, is already complicit in the QE’s that originated here and cannot be an innocent partner in the escapade.

    Politics (being what it is) also tells me that the ECB will eventually run the presses. That is a virtual guarantee if the union is going to hold together and everyone knows it. No government wants to tell its people it ran out of money and pensions can not be paid nor medical services delivered. No government wants to face the wrath of an electorate that feels it has been cheated by the system. And nobody will forgive their leaders for failing to address these problems with the obvious tools at hand.

    I am absolutely certain that QE’s will evolve in Europe for exactly the same reason they now exist in England and the US. There is not enough *real* money to go around, national revenues are insufficient, expenses are too high and entitlement programs cannot be pared back without riots and unrest breaking out everywhere.

    And that is why the whole globe is now headed for a very serious bout of inflation. And this is also where the rubber meets the road and most pundits are idiotically out to lunch. They see systemic failure instead of a massive ramping up of prices on stock exchanges that are working overtime to keep ahead of currencies under threat. They do not understand that you will need to be invested in equities and dividend stocks to keep abreast of the rapid changes that are coming nor that many debt issues are literally on the verge of failure.

    They especially don’t get that the bond market is actually rolling over before their very eyes and this multi decade bull is at an end. Bonds are dead…..Long live bonds! Forget that though. Lets talk costs of living….

    Most major populous nations are already deep in inflationary territory. This includes China at 6.1%, Brazil at 7.3%, India, 9%, Russia 7%, England over 3% and even the good old USA at a shocking 3.9% inflation rate. Shocking considering all the money that has already been printed. The rate should be recording much higher already but it is not…..Just ask Shadow Stats.

    But hey, lets not split hairs because it is going to become obvious soon enough anyway. It is coming fast and hard and it is coming like a freight train to all the America’s including Mexico and Canada too.

    We are already importing inflation every day now from those countries who produce our goods. It is like a boomerang effect you see. We sent inflation overseas through QE measures that drove up commodity prices as security against inflation but now it is coming back to bite us on the ass. How ironic is that!

    So screw your heads back on. There is no liquidity trap on the horizon. That is a fiction of people who don’t understand what is actually taking place. Ben Bernanke, you see, may very well be vindicated for his current stimulus approach to pulling us out of a deep descent into the Armageddon of deflation. The history books are not all written yet. Sorry to have to break it you that way. And so that is why gold will remain a terrific bet while this democratic process in Greece unfolds before our eyes and it is why you should continue to invest in hard assets and farmland.

    There, I said it all. Even the bits that will make you despise my point of view.

    But look, this is a game of politics we are watching in Europe and it is hardball that Germany is playing. All it will take for them to correct their tough offer is a very decisive, sharp Greek rebuke at the polls.

    What happens next will set the trend for all the other countries that need assistance in the future. We actually want a referendum so lets all start embracing a little Grecian democracy and count our lucky stars. This is going to work out just fine and markets will be propelled upward as a result.

    This is all coming to a boil soon. It will not be without drama or brinkmanship though, so stay alert. But at the end of the day Europe will be stronger and more unified than it ever imagined it might become.

    We still need to get those ornery Germans to cooperate of course. But rest assured, the future is highly inflationary. So start getting prepared. It is coming. Just like a freight train, and right on schedule.

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    Wiki reference to Equalization payments in Canada.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization_payments

    • Mark Uzick November 3, 2011, 10:05 am

      Yea socialism?
      Yea inflation?
      Yea mega-state?
      Yea to big to fail?
      So you think Europe will follow the US, lemming like, over the cliff? Who knows, you may be right – I hope not.

    • Carol November 3, 2011, 3:08 pm

      Mark to that I would add:

      Yea Helgaian Dialect! Problem – Reaction – Solution. The elites are trying to united the whole world one area at a time. Now they are about to unite Europe into another super nation – ya one more super nation added to the other super nations about to be united more so in the near future, yippie!

    • Robert November 3, 2011, 5:27 pm

      Cam-

      Cam, Cam , Cam …..

      Any person who feels that their own sense of self worth is derived by how well they organize (herd, corral, nudge, prod, goad) other people is a parasite on society.

      I read your entire post and what I extract from it is the premise that economics and sociology are differing, separate sciences, and that in a period of political and societal chaos we are going to somehow generate a new economic stability using the same methods that fomented the current chaotic global sentiment.

      I believe this perspective is the same form of common delusion that “I am rich, therefore I am smart” collectivists like George Soros and David Rockefeller cling to.

      If the current social, political and economic landscape yields nothing but another cycle of pretend prosperity via political and power consolidation near the top, then all that means is the next crisis will be even more deadly.

      If mass of humanity (the whole) is truly greater than the sum of its parts, then we will successfully wipe the borders off the world’s maps, thereby depriving the politicians and bankers of their very reason for being…

      E Pluribus Unum.

      The only other option for humanity (as Steve and I discussed in Fallingman’s commentary the other day) is genetic speciation, because the people who would rather see humanity develop into a well ordered “terrestrial dolphin” society (were everyone looks the same, behaves the same, and spends their time in familial pods seeking out the next school of sardines) will never be able to subvert those who want to fully explore their environment on their own terms.

      Well ordered systems are doomed to yield to entropy- the laws of physics are undeniable and inescapable- all forms of order are tempory and illusory.

      “The brilliance of Papandreou’s call for a referendum is that it will bring on a speedy resolution to Europe’s woes. ”

      -I will bet you ten trillion dollars that after the Greeks vote down the EFSF, all this will do is inspire another whole new batch of “Wait, wait wait… we’ve got another new idea we are working on” out of Brussels.

      E Pluribus Unum has no requirement of Politics… Never has, never will.

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 5:52 pm

      What did you honestly think was happening over there Carol? The efforts to join warring nations under a common flag and a monetary union was only the first step along the path to centralizing fiscal policy and equalizing resources in order to end the long history of regional hatreds that has driven war in Europe for centuries. The gift of peace means that some financial controls be acceded to centralized powers; exactly as the States have agreed to be managed by Washington. The idea is not that foreign when you give it a moment of your time. We live it already. And the process will expand as the Euro experiment draws in new member states as the future unfolds. Many countries are waiting to join as we speak so the trend is still intact. Does that worry you?

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 6:10 pm

      Robert, two major wars and many smaller ones in the last century did not resolve Europe’s constant crisis of tribalism and territorial agendas driven by the political designs of madmen. Now we have cooperation along the lines of equity and sharing developing and you disagree with that? This may be a new kind of war. One that is fought and no bullets are fired. At the end of the day the purpose is to unify though and in this case it is being created along the lines of sharing by using financial tools instead of tanks and planes. Can it really be such a bad idea that monetary union leads inevitably to a fiscal one under a common banner and peace break out instead of war? Is sharing really such a bad idea? Would you prefer to live in your own State with guards at every border or in a State where the free flow of trade, capital, people and resources can cross boundaries easily without being taxed, monitored and harassed at every turn?

    • Robert November 3, 2011, 8:52 pm

      “two major wars and many smaller ones in the last century did not resolve Europe’s constant crisis of tribalism and territorial agendas driven by the political designs of madmen.”

      That’s simply because the “winners” of those wars did not ascend to their rights of conquest. Instead, they re-drew the lines on the maps as they existed pre-war, and gave the regions back (once again) to local politicians and bureaucrats and politely asked them all to “please get along from now on…”

      Well, with the benfit of hindsite, I think we can all see how well THAT has worked ever since.

      “Now we have cooperation along the lines of equity and sharing developing and you disagree with that? ”

      -I only disagree that it has anything to do with cooperation; or else the Greeks and Italians would not have spent the last two decades running up the Germans’ credit card.

      “At the end of the day the purpose is to unify though and in this case it is being created along the lines of sharing by using financial tools instead of tanks and planes. Can it really be such a bad idea that monetary union leads inevitably to a fiscal one under a common banner and peace break out instead of war?”

      -Why is a common banner required? The flag wavers are the biggest part of the problem, IMO.

      The European project is just another form of nationalism, and history teaches us that 100% of the time, nationalism divides. It does not unify.

      All human nations throughout history have failed, except for the current crop, which are right about on schedule for their seeming day of reckoning.

      Thankfully, there are enough people left who still understand that the enlightened period between 1776 – 1792 can be repeated again (possibly globally); and that this time hopefully we will be smart enough to apply the lesson that flags and regional borders are stupid, and therefore not required.

      If the New World Order crowd is seriously all about the concept of a “single nation for all of humanity” then just let the war begin now and let’e get it over with, because people can not/will not be free so long as they are enfranchised (or nationalized if you will)

      “Is sharing really such a bad idea? ”

      Of course not- sharing is the basis of commerce- the most common peaceful means of interaction between people (assuming that fairness is mandate between both parties)

      “Would you prefer to live in your own State with guards at every border or in a State where the free flow of trade, capital, people and resources can cross boundaries easily without being taxed, monitored and harassed at every turn?”

      I don’t have a State- I have Earth- that planet upon which I reside.

      To answer your question: Yes, I should be free to move about my Planet as I see fit without having to ask other people for their “permission”- That is unless said people are choosing to occupy (and therefore defend) some portion of the planet that consitutes their private home. I’m not interested in trepassing upon (or within) someone’s home if I am not welcome there, but they should afford me the right (and the room) to freely walk around them.

      Borders are abstractions- they are barriers to trade, and they are fences to keep the human animals caged within the bars of arbitrary cultural difference.

      There is more than enough free and open land on this planet for everyone. Why we choose to be so territorial and seperatist when it comes to the energy and mineral wealth of particular areas is fascinating to me, because control of the resource baring land is the beginning of the control of people.

    • kodiak November 5, 2011, 6:18 pm

      Hell0——7 pages?? (and i have a big screen)

      What is pomposity?

      And all of it for the notion that all will be fixed.

      THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE THAT IS TOO BIG TO FAIL!

      wasn’t the ussr BIG? how about ROME?

  • Golden Bunny November 3, 2011, 7:58 am

    I agree that mouth needs to be filled, what has the world come to.

  • John Jay November 3, 2011, 4:26 am

    Speaking of celebrity marriages.
    I am still hoping that Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan get together. Now that would be one interesting wedding! If ever two people were made for each other, it is those two. And that would be a pair to draw to!

  • Robert November 3, 2011, 3:31 am

    Is “Fellationist” really a word, or did you make that up?

    Interestingly, type “fellationist” into google and this article is the 2nd hit in the results.

    Ditto Mava’s sentiment that being good at something (anything) that does not interfere with the rights of others, can’t be a bad thing.

    I’m probably going to be doomed to hell by at least one would-be Pope for saying that….

    • DarkestKnight November 3, 2011, 7:25 am

      …and don’t even think about looking up “arsonist”, lol

    • Mark Uzick November 3, 2011, 9:38 am

      Around here, her “fellationist” predilections don’t pass muster as a subject of interest.

      We’re only interested in whether she is an “infellationist” or a “defellationist”.

    • Robert November 3, 2011, 5:01 pm

      “We’re only interested in whether she is an “infellationist” or a “defellationist”.”

      HAHAHAH – Chalk up one vote for Rickackerman.com comment of the year.

    • Mark Uzick November 3, 2011, 5:21 pm

      When you first saw the essay’s title “A Noted Fellationist Is on America’s Mind”, didn’t you get the impression that it had something to do with a play on the word “inflation”?

      She could market her likeness in the form of an inflatable fellationist – sorry.

    • mava November 3, 2011, 7:00 pm

      “We’re only interested in whether she is an “infellationist” or a “defellationist”.”

      OMG, I just spilled my coffee!

    • Cam Fitzgerald November 3, 2011, 7:37 pm

      Too funny. This is a porn site now? You all have such dirty minds. I can’t help but wonder about that ladies economy though but I am starting to get a bit of a rise out her now. I mean I am laughing. Must surely be a form of inflation.

  • mava November 3, 2011, 3:13 am

    While I make no claim or judgment as to what should really interest an American ( because no one but only the free market knows), I’d like to note that these Kardashian watchers are the very same people that some of our friends around here, are hoping to bring the peaceful and enlightened change to our way of life with.

    As I do not watch TV for few years already, I do not know who this woman is, but, and if, as you imply, her main talent is a good fellatio, then so be it. To my standard, she is then doing much much better than Obama, because she is honestly satisfying the needs of the people without violent war and racket. He can’t say that about himself.

    • JimK November 3, 2011, 1:20 pm

      How did we get so puritanical around here? I’m with Mava – what’s the big deal? It’s just another titillating distraction from the real show. Frankly, when I saw the headline for the article, I thought it was about Linda Lovelace – shows my age!

      As for Cain – how about focusing on his having been Chairman of the Kansas City FRB, and now with a straight face answering a debate question about the bank with “we don’t need to audit them, it would be a waste of taxpayer’s money, just call ’em up” – that’s pretty ‘offensive’ to me…

    • Carol November 3, 2011, 2:46 pm

      Kard who? I haven’t watched TV in so many years I wouldn’t know this woman if I ran into her.

      However, I agree with mava it is a big so what. What really bakes me is that so many people care about this crap. I assume they care or they would not tune into it, or would they? Maybe just maybe they are not really given a choice anymore as the big MSM is all owned by what 5 companies? I guess the elite have decided to make Cain the fall guy, who knows, who cares.