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Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
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Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
TGT
your video is hilariously stupid, and complete BS
Projection much, yes

Have you joined the Texan Arian Brotherhood yet, they have room for you and your fellow Neo-Nazis!!!

Should I find a video describing your ilk for your


For example
Here is your typical Republican
Credit: Dr. F.
Just Expressing his 1st and 2nd Amendment rights taking on a Tyrannical Governement, and it worked out so well for him too!
dirtbag

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
They are indeed wrong, Wrong, WRONG about EVERYTHING.
WBraun

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
Treasonous Republicans -- why you Americans not arrest these traitors and criminals?

The culmination of a fifteen month investigation into America’s war crimes in Iraq.

The investigation details how the Bush administration with full knowledge and complicity of President Bush (43), Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and General Petraeus, set up death squads, funded Al Qaeda groups, set up militias that killed over 2000 American soldiers and purposefully and systematically pushed Iraq into a civil war that continues to this day.

The Guardian’s story revolves around Colonel James Steele, the Texas based “counter-terrorism expert” who, allied with drug cartels and right wing extremists, helped create a decade of murder and mayhem in Central America. It was Rumsfeld who brought Steele to Petraeus and Petraeus who put Steele to work, turning rag-tag militia groups into an effective force, death squads, organized groups to continue the slaughter of American troops and the basis of, not just civil war in Iraq but terrorism that would spread from Pakistan to the Congo.

Where so many of us were misled was in being willing to believe Petraeus was something he wasn’t simply because he seemed reasonable.

He wasn’t.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 3, 2013 - 12:17am PT
What's a few thousand GI's dead if it helps DICK Cheney pad his bank account and keep him stocked up on nitro pills....?
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 3, 2013 - 09:27am PT
we're from the government and we're here to help (because it worked so well the last time department):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-administration-pushes-banks-to-make-home-loans-to-people-with-weaker-credit/2013/04/02/a8b4370c-9aef-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html?hpid=z1
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 3, 2013 - 09:30am PT
"we have to pass the bill [obamacare] to find out what's in the bill"


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-health-renewal-loophole-20130402,0,7315979.story
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
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Thanks Philo
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 3, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 3, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
The recent spate of dead sheriffs, DAs, and prison officials are a direct result of the past few years of republican and tea party anti-government rhetoric. No doubt with many more to come.
new world order2

climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
^^^You forgot to include Constitutionalists, war vets, gun owners, homeschoolers, pro lifers, Libertarians, Christians, end the Fed folks, and basically all those in disagreement with all things O-bah-ah-ah-ah-ma.

healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 3, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Well, I'm a constitutionalist war vet and an Obama voter who understands the proper role of government, monetary policy, education, and gun rights as opposed to your typical complete whack job that is pandered to and manipulated by the extreme corporate right.
new world order2

climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
:)....You forgot to add your love for fluoride in drinking water.

You ok with Monsanto, and aspartame in milk and yogurt?
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
I personally feel that the republicon portion of this pie is especially psychotic in this sense. As they tend to really want "the market" to control everything, but will never give any of their favored industries (those most heavily subsidized with taxpayer dollars) equal footing with any other industry or new industry. In this area, they make themselves rather big government when it comes to shelling out the goods for the favored friends of government.
Shame.


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/02

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Common Dreams
Capitalism as Psychosis (or No One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
by John Atcheson

Can a society become psychotic? Certainly a quick look at our national political dialogue would suggest that’s precisely what’s happening.

Let’s start with what passes for rational discussion on the economy.

For going on 30 years now, the Washington Asylum has focused on the debate between a collection of insanely passionate shrink-the-government-until-you-can-drown-it-in-the-bath tub supply-siders on the one hand, and … well … a collection of folks who embrace a more progressive economic agenda every four years, but seem to feel strongly about both sides of the issue in between.

Meanwhile, empirical evidence shows that the shrink the government side of the argument is counter-factual, destructive, and leads to Great Recessions, record-breaking income disparity, human want and deprivation.

So what do the Shrinkers advocate? More shrinking, of course, in the form of austerity budgets.

But as Paul Krugman pointed out, once again reality caught up with the Shrinkers. The high interest rates and economic catastrophe that debt and deficits were supposed to cause, failed to happen. In fact, the deficit is shrinking, interest rates are near all time lows, and the economy is growing – slowly, but certainly much faster than in countries that tried the austerity route.

Did this evidence cause the Shrinkers to change their position? Nope. Like a lunatic insisting he’s Napoleon despite all evidence to the contrary, the free marketeers simply came up with a new reason for austerity – deficits are a moral issue.

Like, OK, Doc, I gotta admit there aren’t aliens out to get me – it’s actually lizard people from middle earth … Nurse Ratchet, better turn up the meds …

Cheating our children?

Never mind that the conservative strategy of weakening government regulations, relying on trickle down-feed the rich policies, and shrinking benefits for middle and low income people ushered in the greatest economic dislocation since the Great Depression. Never mind that income disparity and the amount of wealth held by corporations are now at their highest since the Great Depression. And never mind that these were what caused the Depression. We want austerity, godammnit, and we’ll keep trying to come up with a justification that you’ll swallow until we get it. Oh, and if the kids can’t find a job or go to college, well, too bad.

Debt a moral issue? How about the fact that austerity measures are just another way of turning the country over to the uber rich 1%, lock, stock and barrel?

Yeah, it’s easy to get worked up over the economic hypocrisy of Republicans and Tea Partiers and the faux progressivism of Barry “let’s make a deal” Obama, his band of democratic enablers and the whole castrato chorus that is our national press.

But the thing is, as insanely psychotic as this bait and switch economic chicanery is, it pales in significance compared to the real moral crime of our time – climate change.

This is where craziness takes on a whole new level.

Worried about future generations? Well, how about destroying the climate in which our species – in fact, most species – evolved? Think that might warrant a furrowed brow or two?

Not from the crazed and counterfactual Shrinkers. They’re closing their eyes, sticking their fingers in their ears and denying it with all their might. They’re even trying to legislate it out of existence. Might as well try to outlaw evolution – Oh, wait. They’re doing that, too.

Nurse Ratchet, get that Thorazine here, quick ...

You want crazy? The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment is due out soon, and according to one of its principle authors, it should put to rest any questions that climate change is caused by humans and that it poses an existential threat to our future.

Meanwhile, the US leads the world in subsidizing fossil fuels with over half a trillion dollars in 2011. Think about this – we are giving the most profitable industry in history trillions of dollars to produce a product that is literally killing us and destroying the global ecosystem. Talk about psychosis. Talk about moral failing. We make a crack cocaine prostitute look like a paragon of virtue, and a tin-foil hat crazy look sane.

It gets worse. We are poised to approve the XL pipeline, a carbon bomb that will actually cost us jobs while it destroys the climate.

Oh and that IPCC report? Retrospective analysis shows that historically, previous IPCC reports have understated the rate of climate change, and its magnitude. This one won’t be any different. For starters, the report will not even address one of the most troubling potential feedbacks, methane releases from melting permafrost and volatilizing clathrates – a phenomenon that killed off some 96% of marine species 250 million years ago.

What do do? Drill for more fossil fuels in the Arctic, of course.

Nurse Ratchet? More Mellaril, please … These guys are going right off the edge of the Earth.

And what is it that’s driving us so crazy? The idea that unfettered capitalism will deliver all good things by pure serendipity … the idea that a fistful of dollars is worth more than the natural capital that makes all wealth possible.

Where’s McMurphy when you need him?
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
Peek a boo
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Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
And the reason I can say the above is in part due to this psychotic mindset:

http://www.alternet.org/economy/fiduciary-duty-cheat-stock-market-super-star-jim-chanos-reveals-perverse-new-mindset

AlterNet / By Lynn Stuart Parramore
Fiduciary Duty to Cheat? Stock Market Super-Star Jim Chanos Reveals the Perverse New Mindset of Financial Fraudsters

American business has always had cheaters and crooks, but today they are escaping prosecution and are incentivized to cheat more.

April 1, 2013 | Editor's note: This article is the first in a new AlterNet series, "The Age of Fraud."

Hustlers. Cheaters. Crooks. American business has always had them, and sometimes they’ve been punished. But today, those who cheat and put the rest of us at risk are often getting off scot-free. The recent admission of Attorney General Eric Holder that systemically dangerous megabanks may escape prosecution because of their size has opened a new chapter in fraud history. If you know your company won’t be prosecuted, a perverse logic says that you should cheat and make as much money for shareholders as you can.

Jim Chanos is one of America’s best-known short-sellers, famed for his early detection of Enron’s fraudulent practices. In deciding which companies to short (short-sellers make their money when the price of a stock or security goes down), Chanos acts as a kind of financial detective, scrutinizing companies for signs of overvaluation and shady practices that fool outsiders into tlhinking that they are prospering when they may be on shaky financial footing. Chanos teaches a class at Yale on the history of financial fraud, instructing students in how to look for signs of cheating and criminal activity. I caught up with Chanos in his New York office to ask what’s driving the current era of rampant fraud, who is to blame, what can be done, and the ways in which fraud costs us financially and socially.

Lynn Parramore: You’re often characterized as a short-seller. How does fraud become a concern in that context?

Jim Chanos: One of things we like to say is that in virtually all cases of major financial market fraud over the past 20 years, the only people who really brought forth the fraud into the light were either internal whistleblowers, the press, and/or short-sellers. It was not the normal guardians of the marketplace – regulators, law enforcement, external auditors or people like that -- that did it. It was people who had an incentive to come forward either for personal reasons or for profit to point out what was going on at the Enrons and the Sunbeams and Worldcoms. Short-sellers played an important role in the marketplace not only in terms of capping, sometimes, irrational exuberance in terms of prices, but also in ferreting out wrongdoing.

LP: Researchers have created all kinds of tools, like software to detect speech patterns associated with lying, to try to detect fraud. What are some of the best tools for catching financial fraudsters?

JC: There’s no single tool that works all the time, and some of them are kind of interesting, like the voice detection, or Bedford’s law, which looks at numbers and repetition patterns in accounting. But we have seen some models that we work with and I teach in my class-- frameworks of fraud and fraud analysis – that have been helpful in looking down through the years where we’ve seen patterns continue. One is a wonderful checklist, the Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse in an organization. Some are clearly intuitive, such as a board full of one’s cronies or an obsession with making earnings forecasts. But some are not so obvious, for example, doing good to mask doing bad.

LP: Good deeds can be a sign of fraud?

JC: One of the more interesting observations in the world of fraud is that some of the most egregious frauds were some of the most philanthropic companies in their communities. In some ways, if you look at Bill Black’s theory of the corporation as both a weapon and shield (we teach a lot of Bill Black’s things in my class), you can begin to see that that would be one way in which the bad guys in corporate suites would basically use the corporation as a shield. They’d say, well, look at all the wonderful things we do in the community, how many people we employ. We give to hospitals, we give to the Little League team, and so on. Not all these things would be immediately obvious to the casual observer.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
When's the last time you got out of the house?




The recent spate of dead sheriffs, DAs, and prison officials are a direct result of the past few years of republican and tea party anti-government rhetoric. No doubt with many more to come.

Chief suspects right now are a skinhead gang ASSOCIATED WITH MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS and in the meth importation business.

Keep on listening to your daily kook echo machine.
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
ASSOCIATED WITH MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS

Oh well then, if the Mexicans are involved, Then it's OK that the Neo-Nazis are killing the prosecutors, right?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 3, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
dr f...you know the Gumdun guy...sick...!
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Apr 3, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
Chief suspects right now are a skinhead gang ASSOCIATED WITH MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS and in the meth importation business.


 is TGT the new blewrang?


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