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    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    We're products of colonial history, too, Einstein. While your ancestors were blithely allowing hungry children to be executed for stealing loaves of bread--and saying oh, gee, that must be the right thing to do or the king wouldn't be doing it--our ancestors were getting the hell out and burning our bridges behind us. That's why countless of these situations get prevented here by armed citizens who take out the psychotic before he or she can hurt more than one innocent person. But, of course, you won't believe me when I tell you that, because you didn't see it on the BBC. Well, you know, we don't mind if you remain willfully ignorant. But we wish you'd stop acting surprised when we don't fall on our faces and thank you for your half-baked, ill-considered, terrible, unsolicited advice on how we should run a country which you could never hope to understand or appreciate. If you're so sure you understand the finer points of this situation, let me ask you this: What did Hitler do to the Roma, and the Jews, and the communists like you, first? Give up? He disarmed them first. That was his first order of business. Now, what if they had refused to comply? Would that have been a terrible thing? Of course, you're going to tell me that was a different situation. Hitler was involved. And I have to admit, Trump doesn't look much like Hitler. He looks a lot more like Mussolini. But what he's doing to Northern Africa, it took both Il Duce and his crazy buddy to do. So you'll just have to excuse us if we choose to retain the ability to protect our Jews. And if you don't like it, well, we've already made several helpful suggestions about what you can do...
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Deflating tires doesn't keep a vehicle from applying power to the wheels. Deflating tires just prevents the driver from being able to steer the thing the right direction. Attempted murder. Attempted fucking murder. That's not criminal negligence. That's not psychotic stupidity. That is an attempt to murder that guy.
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    02-16-2018, 05:04 PM
    "Nowadays we have diplomats work on wars for years before arranging them. That's so when it's over, nobody will know what they were fighting for. We lost thousands and spent billions, and you could hand a sheet of paper to one million different people and tell 'em to write down what the last war was for, and the only answer that will be alike will be, 'Damned if I know.'"--Will Rogers
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    02-16-2018, 03:30 PM
    Ain't being a taxpayer grand?
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    02-16-2018, 03:24 PM
    I bet against markets in 2008. Then bet on them again one fine afternoon in October, and have been since. Worked really, really well. Just because you say I should allow myself to be fleeced with a gambler's flock doesn't mean I'm not going to try to repeat my performance. Because fuck you, that's why. That said, it's true it's dumb to sell after the drop. But while the 'going back up' part has always happened to the market as a whole, it doesn't always happen for the individual stocks that make the market up. Does it?
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    02-16-2018, 03:14 PM
    Oh, I agree completely. But at this point, are the fundamentals really everything he says they are? The trick isn't to decide if the bulls or the bears are right, because they do always both get proven right in the end. The trick is figuring out when each is going to be right. The volatility has started. Four and a half percent corrections are not the apocalypse, but they bear watching (so to speak). 2008 taught us that volatility is still a sign. But the big question is not whether Schiff saying it's 'near' means it'll happen any time soon. The big question is, is the next correction going to be as deep and wide as he says it is? That's not a question of whether Schiff should ever be listened to in matters of timing. That's a matter of whether the fundamentals are as he says they are, or if the system can blow us a few more bubbles. Schiff never believed it could blow a bubble this big, while Zippy thinks it can blow a bubble of infinite size. Well, neither one is credible. So, when do we stop believing the one and realize the other is about to get his turn to be right?
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    02-16-2018, 02:43 PM
    Gee, Zippy. Let me get my Magic 8 Ball out. Be right with you...
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    02-16-2018, 02:39 PM
    And? Once again, I refer you to what the market did between 1929 and 1932. A big bubble was blown, and then that bubble blew. We won't know if Schiff was right or wrong until we see where this 25,000 point bubble goes. Will we? You can keep pointing out that there's a bubble which hasn't popped yet until you're blue in the fingers. But the fact of the matter is, by bragging about the ripe fullness of the bubble you're merely pointing out that there's a bubble.
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    02-16-2018, 02:32 PM
    In before Zippy tells us the Fed only controls the money supply, it has nothing to do with the balance of supply and demand where our money is concerned.
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    02-16-2018, 02:29 PM
    And? If you're thinking the stock market can't rise during the early stages of a depression, go review what it did between November of 1929 and the spring of 1932. If we weren't, why was the Fed printing all that money at the time? Just because they like making money the old fashioned way?
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    02-16-2018, 02:22 PM
    Not yet. Did he say it was already underway? Or did he merely say it was inevitable if the U.S. continued blowing this bubble, sooner or later? It wasn't sooner. Later isn't over yet, and you know it.
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    02-16-2018, 02:11 PM
    What? Russia did to us what the U.S. government also did to us--and every other nation on the face of the Earth?
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    02-16-2018, 02:00 PM
    No shit. 'The system is screwing lots if people.' 'Take up a hobby.' You could learn ice sculpting, because that's some icy coldness being shoveled your way.
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    02-16-2018, 01:57 PM
    Is that what he predicted in 2008? No? Then how is that a schtick? If the man believes we reacted to 2008 by blowing bigger and bigger bubbles, and that it's going to be a Big Bang when they pop, then that's his prediction. If that was his whole schtick, he's have been predicting that prior to 2008. He wasn't. Has this dead cat bubble bounce lasted far, far longer than he expected? Has he denied that? And how do you square 'Banks fail. Runaway inflation. Gold going a lot higher,' with, 'Eventually there will be another one, and he will again claim he is always right'? Is 'another one' his prediction, or is 'banks fail, runaway inflation' his prediction? Can't you make up your mind?
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    02-16-2018, 01:47 PM
    Well, Rand is a successful candidate too. And what he does is try to show how he's representing his voters without causing them discomfort by destroying their cherished myths, or alienating them by telling them how they're lying to themselves. That's how he won a statewide election, which is more than his father ever did. When should he stop pretending Trump can be salvaged? When the polls indicate 50% of Kentucky voters see through him? When polls indicate 50% of Kentucky Republicans see through him? Just remember--when he does stop pretending, he can no longer go to Trump and say, 'I'm the only person in this town giving you cover, but I can't keep it up unless you throw the voters this bone...'
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    02-16-2018, 01:35 PM
    Did you not watch the video? Or did you watch it, and make up your mind to fool people about what's in it? He's not predicting just another recession. He's predicting systemic collapse. Do you suppose he'll be claiming he was right if we have just another recession?
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    02-16-2018, 12:49 PM
    Now you're sounding like Matt Collins, with his obnoxious little 'Incorrect'. You can be right without him being wrong. He's trying and failing to compare apples to your oranges. Yes, those books on his list have outsold Fifty Shades. Most of them have been for sale about a hundred years longer, too. When are you going to learn Zippy rarely lies? He just sticks facts in the conversation that might seem relevant, but in fact don't shed one candlepower of actual light on the subject.
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    02-16-2018, 12:36 PM
    I don't think humor will help, C.C. The important points were all made long ago. I think we're down to people who worked at their relationships only to have them end anyway, and people still working at their relationships even though they aren't gaining much from them any more, taking their frustrations out on each other. I think it's time to stop interrupting their healthy venting.
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    02-16-2018, 12:27 PM
    Actually, he's just almost clear that in the first quote he's talking about most PUA types, and in the second he's pretty clearly talking about those men who study their techniques. In my experience, most natural-born PUAs are straight-up psychopaths, and most non-psychopaths that successfully land the relatively small percentage of very good and desirable women study the techniques of the psychopaths very closely.
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    02-16-2018, 12:16 PM
    Don't put words in my mouth, Angela. There are both men and women who bitch and antagonize people over nothing. There are both men and women who are stoic when their relationships would be better if they were squeakier wheels. This whole battle if the sexes in these threads is a bunch of people getting defensive for no reason, and who ought to be more secure. There's a serious conversation to be had here, but it can't be had because everyone's triggered. There are forces trying to destroy the nuclear family, and they are doing it the easiest and most obvious way--by encouraging bitches to be bitches, and by giving commitment-challenged boys more and more reason to be cowardly. And that should end this thread. But it won't, because The Battle of The Sexes is eternal.
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    02-16-2018, 11:57 AM
    Peter Schiff has been saying this for a while. He's obviously not the best source to go to for the timing of the thing. But his take on the fundamentals is mighty hard to argue with. I think he knows where this is going. Of course, he doesn't know when it'll get there. If anyone does, they've the power to arrange it, and they won't be sharing their inside information with us. There's not much for it but to try to come up with a plan that can be implemented quickly and stand ready--or forget the gains everyone else is making, go bearish now, and avoid the Christmas rush. After October of 1929 there was a recession and a stock market rebound, which lasted until mid-1932. Was that a 'dead cat bounce'? Call it what you will, but it was irrational exuberance on Wall St. while Main St. remained moribund. We can't say, so if these rebounds, these irrational fits if exuberance, these major league dead cat bounces, last two and a half years, we should have seen the other end of it in the spring of 2011. So this must be something else entirely. There's no reason to believe history would repeat right down to the timetable, and they have gotten much, much better at blowing bubbles than they were eighty-five years ago. Who knows how far a dead cat can bounce with dozens of skilled hit air balloonists trying to keep it from falling back to earth? I'm with Schiff. We're eventually going to find out.
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    02-16-2018, 11:38 AM
    Really? No! You have got to be kidding! We're so glad you told us! That said...
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    02-16-2018, 11:24 AM
    The sheriff says we have that right, but the courts say the police have no obligation to protect us. And Israel seems to agree, judging by the fact that his response to this incident was to spend twenty minutes marshaling and organizing his forces, while the perp was left with free reign to do everything he wanted to do and leave the scene. We have the right to protection. But what we get are officials who delay coming onto the scene until they can assure themselves a considerable margin of safety, and people prevented from and/or prosecuted for ensuring their safety themselves. How differently would this have come out if, as with the Texas church, there were people around who were allowed to look out for their own safety?
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    02-16-2018, 11:20 AM
    Explicit is an adjective. Innuendo is a noun. How can an adjective be the antonym of a noun? You say an innuendo cannot be explicit. Yet you had not the tiniest iota of difficulty taking my meaning.
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