Saturday, April 30, 2011

Give Me Security or Give Me Death!

The TSA continues fondling people. A bill in the Texas legislature that would make invasive pat-downs a felony is gaining momentum (right! like the governor will sign it).

What's the reaction of the peasants to this news? Here's one comment:
What is this world coming to that people want to stop something that keeps terror at bay grow up is your dignaty worth death she should have said some thing then not wait till later to bring it up to get attention..

Is your dignity worth death? Well, what do you have left after they take your dignity? Sorry, "dignaty."

How is being fondled keeping the terrorists at bay? Is it because when they're fondling you the terrorists don't have time to plot their attacks?

It may be that that comment, and the dozens of others like it, wasn't written by a real person. Or maybe it's sarcastic. I don't know. Seriously, is anyone really that stupid?

But I say this. If having your genitals squeezed makes you feel safer, have someone squeeze them on your own time. There's no point in subjecting others to your bdsm fetish because the gropings and naked body scanners haven't resulted in any security benefits. For spreading disease, on the other hand, the pat-downs are great.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Peasants Fawning Over Their Masters

A million people turn out to watch a couple of the world's most popular welfare recipients get married. And even more watch the pomp on their televisions. Oh look at the bride's dress! Isn't it beautiful? Lip readers announce to the rabble what the inbred kleptocrat says to the future bearer of his spawn.

Really, peasants? This is what interests you? Really? Sigh. Useless eaters indeed.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's a Conspiracy Theory

World leaders, corporate executives, other kleptocrats and their apologists often dismiss allegations of impropriety, theft, and murder as conspiracy theories.

"Oh, that's just a conspiracy theory," they say. Or, "don't listen to the conspiracy theorists." If one continues to question the kleptocrats' version of the truth, they imply, one is a conspiracy theorist. And right away the peasants get an image in their mind, ingrained by the media, of a fat guy living in his mother's basement making a tinfoil hat to block out the voices in his head.

The phrase "conspiracy theory" is a thought terminating cliche: "a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating."

You don't have to go far to see it at work. But here, peasants, is a striking example.

If you juggle your memory a little and lift the fog of Dancing with the Stars and other corporate feces from your mind, you might remember the run up to the Iraq War. The kleptocrats and executives of oil companies insisted that the invasion had nothing to do with oil. Not one bit. To say otherwise was to be a conspiracy theorist.

Tony Blair, Colonel Gaddafi's best friend and then Prime Minister of the UK, said in February 2003: "Let me just deal with the oil thing because... the oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of the most absurd when you analyse it."

Yet, three months earlier, his government "invited talk about opportunities in Iraq 'post regime change.' [The meeting] minutes state: 'Iraq is the big oil prospect. BP is desperate to get in there and anxious that political deals should not deny them the opportunity.'"

"Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show."

Conspiracy theory conspiracy theory conspiracy theory! You stupid peasants!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Are You Hungry, Peasants?

The kleptocrats at the World Bank say we're one shock away from a food crisis. Helicopter Ben Bernanke's money printing has led to skyrocketing food prices.

These are the effects of QE1. Just wait until the time lag from QE2 catches up with you.

Donald Trump Is One of the Funniest Kleptocrats

While mostly a supporter of the Democratic party, having donated $708,500 since 1990, Donald Trump continues to criticize President Obama.

Expanding upon the birth certificate controversy, Trump now accuses Obama of not writing Dreams from My Father, Obama's first book. Trump claims that Bill Ayers ghost wrote it.

And why is our favorite comb-over kleptocrat qualified to judge this matter? "I wrote many best sellers, and also, number one bestsellers including The Art of the Deal. So I know something about writing."

That just makes Trump look arrogant (which he is). He would appear much more credible, I think, if he said instead, "I know something about having someone else write for me." The Art of the Deal, and most if not all of Trump's books are either co-written with or ghost written by someone else. Check out his letter to the NY Times. If that is good writing, I'm Shakespeare.

Now, everything the Donald says about Obama might be true. The current administration is among the most corrupt we've seen, and that's saying something. So it wouldn't be surprising if all the conspiracy theories are true.

But why is Trump jumping on the birther bandwagon? To make money, of course. His accusations and faux presidential run are generating lots of publicity. He's even supposed to announce his presidential run on his reality TV show. A serious candidate indeed.

Another effect of Trump's endless television interviews about his birther theories is to distract from the very real failings and corruption of the Obama presidency. While the peasants watch this clown attacking the clown in the White House, the dollar continues to crumble and the country continues to fall apart. Maybe it's a case of one kleptocrat covering another's back. All the world's a stage.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why Would the Kleptocrats Ever Prosecute Themselves?

Oh you silly peasants, wondering why some people, despite open crimes of all sorts, never go to jail. Kleptocrats don't prosecute each other.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Are the Peasants Ready for a World Tax?

While the IMF positions itself to be the bank of the world, the citizen peasants of its biggest shareholder, America, are busy gorging themselves and watching Dancing with the Stars. The IMF's latest move, it looks like, will be to tap the markets for funding. While "it could be a while before a new monetary system is rolled out," according to Reuters, a new monetary system is on its way.

As the Daily Bell says, "The trouble is twofold, however. First, the old system was virtually created to produce the results the world is now grappling with. Second, the same people who brought you the current ruin are now suggesting the replacement system."

We can add a third, dear peasants. The IMF is, of course, the chief mechanism by which the kleptocrats put nations on the debt-slavery system. It's going quite well in Ireland, Greece, and Portugal, isn't it? It worked in Argentina, didn't it?

The peasants deserve what they get.

Stealing Money From Clients

It's all in a day's work at Goldman.

Let's see if the SEC changes the rules in Goldman Sachs' favor as they did with Facebook. That's right. If you're big enough on Wall Street, when you break the rules, the government changes them in your favor. MIT professor Simon Johnson gives a brief explanation here, at George Soros forum of all places.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

In Iceland the Peasants Fight Back

The kleptocrats are fuming. For some strange reason, unlike the Irish, the people of Iceland once again voted against compensating foreign bankers for their losses (aka austerity measures).

The gall of these "people"! How dare they refuse to be saddled with someone else's debt! What's this world coming to if a kleptocrat can't be compensated for his losses?

While the other countries are collapsing, Iceland's economy and currency is actually improving. Keynesian economists everywhere must be stunned.

Kleptocrats Aren't Just at Banks

Bribing doctors in Europe and the government of Iraq cost Johnson & Johnson $70 million in additional bribes to the US. To end another bribe investigation, J&J paid another $7.9 million. Was it worth it? Hell yeah. That $7.9 million fine, together with $4.5 million in bribes to Greek doctors, was used to make over $24 million in sales of orthopedic products. That's around $12 million after the bribes.

Was anyone arrested? Yeah, but Robert Dougall, a J&J marketing director who admitted bribing Greek doctors, had his conviction overturned by an appeals court. This man must be a mover and a shaker.

Once again peasants, take note of how the kleptocratic overclass can do whatever it wants. And next time your doctor prescribes you something (if you can afford a doctor, that is, LOL!), you should ask if it's because the drug company gives him a kickback or if you really need the "medicine."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stupid Peasants Want Trump for President

You know you live in a banana republic when someone like Donald Trump is considered by the voting masses to be a serious candidate.

This is a man who filed for bankruptcy at least four times. He's a man who lends his name to real estate projects, takes the money, and runs off. And not just in Mexico.

He openly brags about breaching commercial contracts.

And the peasants think he'll keep the promises he makes them?

That the Donald is an admired public figure shows what a master kleptocrat he is and just how stupid the peasants are.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Afghanistan Kill Team

What? You never heard of it? It's weird that Rolling Stone (a place to get news, right?) is one of the few mainstream media outlets reporting on the Afghanistan Kill Team, that affable bunch of American soldiers that liberated civilians from the oppression of their lives.

Apparently soldiers posing with the civilians they killed as if they are hunting trophies isn't something the kleptocrats want the peasants to know about. Why else is it not a big issue? It might also explain why the commander of the outfit, one Colonel Harry D. Tunnell, got only a slap on the wrist.

Hardly any American media coverage and no punishment for those at the top. It's almost as if the government has moles in the press.

Peasants rejoice! When your tax dollars aren't being openly stolen and aren't being used to download child porn, they're used for hunting and killing civilians.

Are FBI Informants Writing News Articles?

At least one did for ABC.

It could've been worse, of course. No worries. In time, fake journalists will be replaced by fake people. See here and here.

Radiation Comedy

What's a kleptocrat to do when the peasants start worrying about radiation exposure?

Here are two examples of quick thinking. In Canada, "the frequency of data collection by NRCan using the mobile surveys has been decreased due to the low levels of radiation being detected." In other words, since they're detecting radiation, they decided to turn off their radiation detectors.

That's smart.

The US chose a different approach. The EPA raised radiation limits "by as much as 100,000 times!" So you have nothing to worry about, peasants. The radiation you are currently bathing in is no longer above the limit. Be happy. Eat some radioactive fish. After all, radiation is good for you.

Now all we need is a radiation tax. Al Gore, I'm waiting.

What Inflation?

Food prices aren't going up.

Fuel prices aren't going up.

Medical costs aren't going up.

Wholesale prices aren't going up.

Retail goods prices aren't going up and their packages aren't getting smaller.

Raw material prices aren't going up.

So says Ben Bernanke, and then he laughs at you, peasants! You can complain about it all you want, but what are you going to do about it? That's right, nothing.

Monday, April 4, 2011

They're also laughing at you, educated liberal peasants

So you think you're all smart reading the Atlantic Monthly and articles like “The Rise of the New Ruling Class: How the Global Elite Is Leaving You Behind”?


This guy knows what's going on:

Kleptocrats Laughing at Peasants (That's You!)

 It's a clear case of front running: David Sokol, a trusted Berkshire Hathaway executive buys Lubrizol stock. Then he goes to Warren Buffett, his boss, and recommends for him to buy the company. Berkshire buys Lubrizol, and Sokol makes money.

In other words, Sokol sold his stock to Berkshire. He stole money from Berkshire shareholders and apparently Buffett thinks that's standard operating procedure.

So there's some fuss about this, but seemingly no fuss about another Buffett associate and fellow kleptocrat Charilie Munger doing the same thing. Fellow kleptocrat John Tamny to the rescue. It's not insider trading or front running, he says (I like how they call him Buffett's number 2. Was something at the buffet spoiled?). For him it's called having "skin in the game" and this kind of thing should be encouraged.


Update 4/12/11: In a dramatic twist, "it appears that there was a modest change in the 'recollection' of events from Lubrizol's perspective, most notably a change in language describing the amount of information relayed to Sokol by Citi's bankers expressing just how seriously LZ was taking Berkshire's preliminary interest in the firm ahead of Sokol's major $10 MM stock purchase."

Question: What do kleptocrats do when they're taking a break from stealing?

Answer: They download child pornography.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What Do You Call a $160 Million Fine When You Launder Hundreds of Billions in Drug Money?

A bribe. Or if you want to use the kleptocrats' language, the cost of doing business.

When you're a kleptocrat you're above the law. The law is for the peasants.

In other words, if you're like Wachovia you pay a fine that is a small percentage of your profits while the government gives you billions from the peasants in bailout money. And a criminal prosecution? Nah. We just let that expire.

Has Wells Fargo taken over Wachovia's Mexican Drug Cartel money laundering business, or does some other bank administer that account now? Inquiring minds want to know.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Monsanto Products Are Good For You and The Environment

Peasants rejoice! Monsanto is the corporation that will eliminate world hunger. (By killing the hungry. Shhh! That's a secret.) Here are the eight ways in which hunger elimination will be accomplished.