Dude, who stole my house?

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Jon Stewart explains the 2008 financial collapse in 9 minutes:


  1. Blazing Saddles – Schvartzes Singing Spirituals

    Shvartzes! (Blacks!)
    (To Indian raising tomahawk): No, no, zayt nisht meshuge! (Don’t be crazy!)
    (Raising arms to the heavens in stereotypical Indian pose): Loz im geyn! (Let him go!)

    (Have you ever seen such a thing?) They darker than us! Woof!

    Mel Brooks Indian Chief

    Blazing Saddles quicksand scene

    That was lucky, dog-gone almost lost a $4 hand cart!

  2. Dude, who stole your life? Dude who stole your individuality? Dude, who stole your soul?

    In their last moment the crewmen of the Dae Gak Bong sent a message to their homeland.

    “We hope you would attend the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un well.”

    In their last moment the crewmen of the ship kept portraits of leaders in their bosom and earnestly wished welfare to Marshal Kim Jong Un.

    The dead crewmen of the Dae Gak Bong were awarded socialist patriotic sacrifice certificates.

    The crewmen of the Tae Gak Bong clearly showed with their brilliant death what kind of men citizens of the DPRK and members of the Workers’ Party of Korea are.
    – – – – – – DPRK News – – – – – –
    “Almost all corpses were keeping portraits of President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il in their bosom. The portraits seem to have been taken out when the ship was in distress. The corpses were holding red boxes containing portraits wrapped with vinyl cloths.” – That is a report of a foreign country that found out the corpses of some crewmen of the Dae Gak Bong – Said the North Korean News Article.
    – – – – – – DPRK News – – – – – –

    The crewmen sacrificed themselves in rough storms with determinations to keep portraits of the leaders in safety even though they lost their life.



    – – – – – – Japanese News – – – – – –
    North Korean freighter Dae Gak Bong still a mystery, two bodies found
    May 1st, 2013

    Apr 30 – Japanese media reported two heavily decomposed bodies found on the Japan sea coast of Japan, both presumably crew members of a North Korean freighter Dae Gak Bong, which was abandoned by the North Korean crew on Dec-15-12, or earlier. The fate of the vessel and the rest of the crew remains unknown. Both bodies had life jackets on them with letters Dae Gak Bong.

    Monday, December 17, 2012
    North Korean general cargo vessel Dae Gak Bong issued distress signal on Dec-9-12 in position 41-29N 131-02E, some 50 miles off North Korean coast, Japan sea. Disabled vessel was adrift after engine failure and total blackout. MRCC Vladivostok relayed information to North Korean authorities. Notices to Mariners on Dec 15 reported that the 24 crew left the vessel on a life raft. No other information as to the fate of crew or vessel available.
    – – – – – – Japanese News – – – – – –

    – Are you still carrying portraits of leaders in your bosom and earnestly wishing welfare of your ruling class? Most likely you are. Most likely you don’t have the excuse of constant hunger and crushing poverty either. Most everyone you know is nearly identical to these North Koreans. Not much difference between them and you at all, really.

    • “Dude, who stole your life? Dude who stole your individuality? Dude, who stole your soul?”

      No way….take off, eh? Hey, those hosers horked it all, eh?

      • @Ed – Need any more reasons to opt-out of the game they are running on us?

        Did you know that the number of Americans on welfare is higher than the number of Americans that have full-time jobs? Did you know that 1.2 million public school students in the U.S. are currently homeless? Anyone that uses the term “economic recovery” to describe what is happening in the United States today is being deeply insulting to the nearly 150 million Americans that are considered to be either “poor” or “low income” at this point. Yes, things are great in New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, but almost everywhere else economic conditions continue to steadily get worse. The gap between the wealthy and the poor is at a level that America has never seen before, and this is beginning to create a “Robin Hood mentality” that could cause a tremendous amount of social chaos in the years ahead. Anger at the “haves” in America continues to rise at a very alarming pace, and the “have nots” are becoming increasingly desperate. At some point all of this anger is going to boil over, and you won’t want to be anywhere around major population centers when that happens. Despite unprecedented borrowing by the federal government in recent years, and despite unprecedented money printing by the Federal Reserve, poverty in the United States keeps getting worse with each passing year. The following are 29 incredible facts which prove that poverty in America is absolutely exploding…

        1. What can you say about a nation that has more people getting handouts from the federal government than working full-time? According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people receiving means-tested welfare benefits is greater than the number of full-time workers in the United States.

        2. New numbers have just been released, and they show that the number of public school students in this country that are homeless is at an all-time record high. It is hard to believe, but right now 1.2 million students that attend public schools in America are homeless. That number has risen by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.

        3. When I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was from a middle class home. But now that has all changed. One recent study discovered that nearly half of all public students in the United States come from low income homes.

        4. How can anyone deny that we are a socialist nation when half the people are getting money from the federal government each month? According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program.

        5. Signs of increasing poverty are even showing up in the wealthiest areas of the nation. According to the New York Post, New York subways are being “overrun with homeless”.

        6. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one out of every six Americans is now living in poverty. The number of Americans living in poverty is now at a level not seen since the 1960s.

        7. The gap between the rich and the poor in the United States is at an all-time record high. The wealthy may not consider this to be much of a problem, but those at the other end of the spectrum are very aware of this.

        8. The “working poor” is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. At this point, approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

        9. According to numbers provided by Wal-Mart, more than half of their hourly workers make less than $25,000 a year.

        10. A recent Businessweek article mentioned a study that discovered that 300 employees at one Wal-Mart in Wisconsin receive a combined total of nearly a million dollars a year in public assistance…

        “A decent wage is their demand—a livable wage, of all things,” said Representative George Miller (D-Calif.). The problem with companies like Wal-Mart is their “unwillingness, not their inability, to pay that wage,” he said. “They hand off the difference to taxpayers.” Miller was referring to a congressional report (PDF) released in May that calculated how much Walmart workers rely on public assistance. The study found that the 300 employees at one Supercenter in Wisconsin required some $900,000 worth of public assistance a year.

        11. The stock market may be doing great (for the moment), but incomes for average Americans continue to decline. In fact, median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.

        12. The quality of the jobs in America has been steadily dropping for years. At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.

        13. According to a Gallup poll that was recently released, 20.0% of all Americans did not have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed at some point over the past year. That is just under the record of 20.4% that was set back in November 2008.

        14. Young adults are particularly feeling the sting of poverty these days. American families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

        15. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, one out of every five households in the United States is on food stamps. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.

        16. The number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.

        17. According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

        18. We are told that we live in the “wealthiest nation” on the planet, and yet more than one out of every four children in the United States is enrolled in the food stamp program.

        19. The average food stamp benefit breaks down to approximately $4 per person per day.

        20. It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps before they reach the age of 18.

        21. Today, approximately 17 million children in the United States are facing food insecurity. In other words, that means that “one in four children in the country is living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.”

        22. It may be hard to believe, but approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.

        23. The number of children living on $2.00 a day or less in the United States has grown to 2.8 million. That number has increased by 130 percent since 1996.

        24. In Miami, 45 percent of all children are living in poverty.

        25. In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty.

        26. According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

        27. According to a Feeding America hunger study, more than 37 million Americans are now being served by food pantries and soup kitchens.

        28. The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

        29. It has been reported that 4 out of every 5 adults in the United States “struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives”.

        These poverty numbers keep getting worse year after year no matter what our politicians do.

        So is there anyone out there that would still like to argue that we are in an “economic recovery”?

        And as I mentioned above, the “have nots” are becoming increasingly angry at the “haves”. For example, just check out the following excerpt from a recent New York Post article…

        The maniac who butchered a Brooklyn mom and her four young kids confessed that he did it because he was jealous of their way of life, a police source told The Post on Sunday.

        “The family had too much. Their income (and) lifestyle was better than his,” the source said.

        The bloody suspect was caught holding the kitchen knife he used during the Saturday night rampage inside the Sunset Park apartment where he had been staying with the victims, the source added.

        Sadly, this was not an isolated incident. All over the western world, a “Robin Hood mentality” is growing. This is something that I am so concerned about that I made it a big part of my new book. At this point, even wealthy Hollywood-types such as actor Russell Brand are calling for a socialist-style “revolution” and a “massive redistribution of wealth”.

        Perhaps Brand does not understand that what he is calling for would mean redistributing most of his own wealth away from him.

        When the next major wave of the economic collapse strikes, I fear that all of this anger and frustration that are growing among the poor will boil over in some very frightening ways. I believe that we will see a huge spike in crime and that we will eventually see communities all over America looted and burning.

        But I am not the only one that is thinking along these lines. A new National Geographic Channel movie entitled “American Blackout” attempts to portray the social chaos that could erupt in the event of an extended national power failure…

        American Blackout, National Geographic Channel’s two-hour, edge-of-your-seat movie event imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack — told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. You’ll learn what it means to be absolutely powerless.

        You can view a clip of the film that was made available by NatGeo for the SHTFplan.com community right here.

        • Gary, the article has some rather far-fetched claims.

          300 employees at ONE WalMart?

          “even wealthy Hollywood-types such as actor Russell Brand are calling for a socialist-style “revolution” and a “massive redistribution of wealth”.
          …..EVEN? socialists have been calling for that kind of crap for 150 years, so the author makes it sound as though some ordinarily sensible guy has snapped. Comical line there.

          ” All over the western world, a “Robin Hood mentality” is growing. ”

          Ummmm, what the fuck does robbing and killing someone for the killer’s own benefit have to do with Robin Hood? The author hasn’t done much reading, apparently.

          “American Blackout, National Geographic Channel’s two-hour, edge-of-your-seat movie event imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack”

          Oh shit. NatGeo, which is socialist propaganda central, has unexpectedly made a scare film. What’s this world coming to?

          I’m sure he’s right about some of this, but those few howlers I listed made it a chore to read. If the author is impressed with NatGeo, that makes him kinda ill-informed.

    • @Tor – So pick your team, political or religious figure to worship, it is all the same. Believe what you are told or else you will burn in hell. Sounds like the dark ages with witches and wizards to me. So whose picture is in your wallet?

      • Ross Perot, because he spoke the truth of what would destroy this country only to be painted as a ‘Kook” and an XOM card to remember what corporate greed can do to the whole world, i.e. Exxon Valdez whose RAYCAS system hadn’t worked for a year because XOM didn’t want to spend the money.

        • @8 – Maybe I’ll take the other half of that bet. Rex W. Tillerson ,

          Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of Finance Committee and Chairman of Executive Committee, Exxon Mobil Corporation

          61 years old, Total calculated compensation $40,266,501
          As of Fiscal Year 2012

          This person is connected to 65 board members in 6 different organizations across 5 different industries.

      • Yours for one. You’re my Rick Grimes touchstone here. Tell me what to do, but never mention anything excusing state force or casting it in a favorable light.
        I may not have much time left with either of my parents.

        Western NC doctors and nurses are salt of the earth sweethearts, but Galen of Pergamon they ain’t. We all just lost trillions of dollars over night through the Affordable Care Act 3 card monty. There is no health care now like we’re used to. We’re Wile E Coyote who hasn’t yet looked down.


        Rick Grimes Tribute

        You’re inside the gates so to speak. In a way you’re the Rick Grimes here, so you’re a leader in a manner of speaking. We won’t be lead, and God help you if you take the state’s side explicitly here, but I might just follow you, if you’re one of the few human beings left in this High tech Kim Jong Un zombie fest.

        Unlike the TV series, I sincerely hope Eric stays on his farm, among the devils he knows. He’s a younger version of Hershel in my eyes.

        Look out Eric, google has dispatched a zombie brigade!

        All this news reading. Researching. Discovering my status qua the “They Live” alien occupation. Time’s here to slowing the learning and speeding the doing. We’all gotta go with whoever’s available, regardless of if they’re supposed to be on your team if you act “by the book.”

        Sometimes you have to replay things in your mind, and get to whats true. I’m thinking about the Walking Dead, and Hershel Greene lately. Now ideally, Hershel is a go to figure of the group that’s now holed up in that prison.

        Yet somehow, subtly, the collective ruined his life and his farm, and family, and now he’s out there in the wind with the rest of them collectivist riff raffers.

        Sure I’m just an ahole of one stripe or another, as are many of us, but we’re all we’ve got in this crescendoing zombie apocalypto.

        Boy, that Mel Gibson really nailed my current situation all those years ago in Apocalypto.

        • Tor, obviously I wish I were younger….and I was going to say, to be a part of designing a new way. Well, my generation held politicians and business feet to the fire long enough to stop a war and then most everybody was bought off by “good paying jobs”. Of course that was a lie and they didn’t find out will late 30’s there would be no non-govt. long term jobs and got what was coming to them in my view. I been tilting at those windmills too long now and don’t have the health or the vigor to do what needs to be done. Oh, I’ll give it my limited shot cause “it’s in me and it’s got to come out”. I could hope to be alive to see the beginning of the end of what there is now and the start of something better, hopefully, a great deal better, but if I could just see the signs it’s all going to change then I’d be happy. To all you much younger people: Nobody said it would be easy or not painful but don’t lose faith in yourselves and others like yourself. Get together and enjoy those like-minded people and that will be worth it if you never “reverse polarity”.

          • Yeah, I’m still positive, even though I put out a lot of negative factoids.

            You can actually hear the actuarial lifespan curve sinking downward all around you.

            There’s a lot of irreplaceable people being lost, and about to be lost.

            Real average life spans are declining in America. They’re manipulating the data to keep it at a flat line, but it’s not hard to see the truth if you look around:

            We’re living shorter, more brutish lives now.

            Bama, PeeLosey, Frankenfeinstein, Bloomburger, they stole all our lunch money, our rent, and doctors money, and every other kind of money. We’re going to need a hall pass to do much of anything pretty soon.

            When you’re rowing on the Roman Long Boat, do you put your back into it, or do you just go through the motions and maintain the illusion you’re doing your part?

            We didn’t start the fire. We’ve got a pretty good idea who the arsonist-bastards were.

            Poor Young Things didn’t start the fire.

            Not sure if they even know how to start a fire, come to think of it. Maybe if we all just shave our facial hair into the right pattern, and buy a guitar at the pawnshop, this will all work out?

          • @8 -Tor. Y’all got to throw those Pinocchio politicians in the weeds. I don’t even listen unless I get real bored and need a laugh.

            I like what this lady has to say. Her advice is to shun the corporations and build community locally. Kind of a Galt’s Gulch but in a thousand real world towns.


  3. @8 – There is a scene in Atlas Shrugged where the heroin Dagney Taggert is in Galt’s Gulch with John Galt. They pass a famous movie actress, who was strikingly beautiful and talented. She had disappeared from the public screen and was living in the hidden Gulch. Dagney bemoaned the fact that all the current movie starlets were an undistinguished homogenous group of no talent lookalikes. Rand published that book in 1955. 🙂

    • I never said it was a recent thing. For the most part HW mates people with clothes, like modeling agencies. We’ve all watched things we had difficulty in telling who was who and they even seem to make movies with “stars” you can’t tell apart, esp. men. Maybe that’s cause I don’t look so closely.

  4. I wanted to comment on Hopper in Easy Rider, yep, old school there but I never found the thread again. I can’t watch video but how in hell could anyone except a major stockholder support the biggest thieves in the world? You’d have to be really UNINFORMED.

    • 8, I was reading about the Laurel Canyon scene, and it was mentioned that Hopper, Peter (the puke) Fonda, Bruce Dern and Jack Nicholson were part of a loose confederation of actors collectively known in the industry as “the young Turks”.

      All of them except Fonda could act. OK, so now we’re really off topic here. I apologize to Gary for starting the thread over a cliff before it got going.

      Sorry, Gary.

      • Ed. I’ve read about the Young Turks but I probably know less about actors and HW than anyone around. I know, on my deathbed(tomorrow the way I’m feeling)I’ll be recanting my whole life ‘Please, just tell me Brad and Angelina are ok and I can die happy’. I heard this hick comedian one morning on John Boy and Billy(he was funny as hell)talking about being asked to play some part in a movie. He’s at the airport when this private jet lands and a couple get off. He asks a HW regular “So who’s the baby doll and the midget?”. He was smart as me. The guys tells him it’s B&A. Who coulda known? the guy says since he’s about as up on that crew as me. I still laugh about it. I can see me asking the same question.

        • @8 – “Yahoo News” front page. Actor/ actress breakups and babies, news reports about their houses, cars and clothing accounts for about 90% of the content over there.

          • Garysco, Yahoo is my mail and hence, my home page. thanks for the heads up though. Wife reads it, tells me something she thinks I should know but failed to tell me about Lou Reed although she did tell me about Marcia Wallace. Problem with me is, I just don’t give a rat’s ass since they nearly all look alike, act alike and live in their own small world.

        • Ah, yeah. The John Boy and Billy Big Show. They’re a Charlotte crew that became syndicated. I remember listening to them on the local Charlotte rock station back in the ’80s. They really are a pretty good comedy act, along with Robert D. Raeford, the “rebel without a clue” curmudgeon.

          The Big Show was an early venue for the Redneck Comedy tour that developed around Jeff Foxworthy. Their characters like Delbert and Mad Max are good.


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