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undergroundpanther Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:04 PM
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The greed of a few does destroy the Earth.
Andrew Greeley (Chicago Sun-Times, February 18, 2001): "It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us. Perhaps the reason is that rich men are very clever at covering up what they do."

R.H. Tawney "njustices survive, not merely because the rich exploit the poor, but because, in their hearts, too many of the poor admire the rich."
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A Ponzi scheme, named after its early 20th century inventor Carlo Ponzi, is a form of pyramid scheme. Basically it involves selling a nearly worthless security to a small group of investors, with the promise of great returns if they promote the security to more investors, and so on, ideally, forever. Like any pyramid scheme or chain letter, of course, it eventually collapses when it runs out of suckers. The first ones in get rich, and the last ones in (much greater in number) get shafted.

As we all know, the stock market is focused on the short term, and fluctuates wildly in response to a single quarter's earnings, external economic events, even rumor. If you look at it holistically and long-term, however, it has all the markings of a century-long Ponzi scheme, the most lucrative, and potentially most devastating, in history.

http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2004/05/07.html

The unwary investor is made to believe - by a press owned by the very people who are part of the Wall Street scam - that they can make a killing in the stock market if they get lucky. Over the years outsider, small-time investors have lost billions of dollars to the insiders who control and manipulate the stock market to take money from the ignorant.

The brainwashed investor believes that the stock market goes up and down according to what he reads in the Wall Street Journal or hears about on his evening TV program: interest rates, inflation rates, wholesale prices, gross national product, public fears about foreign and domestic events, and the rantings of the head of the "Federal" Reserve Board. This is all a con game to make the hapless investor believe that the rise and fall in stock prices is not being manipulated by the specialists. The astounding fact is that specialists, working at the behest of their investment banker cronies, are creating the ups and downs of the market to bring them obscene profits!

http://www.hermes-press.com/wsscam.htm

Your true chances of getting rich in America
http://www.jmooneyham.com/your-true-chances-of-getting-...
Not convinced??? Read more..
http://www.g-r-e-e-d.com/GREED.htm
http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/davis/davis8.html
http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/davis/davis9.html
http://www.poorandstupid.com/2005_09_11_chronArchive.as...
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:jFsjGsFy38MJ:www.l...
http://www.zmag.org/zambia.htm

Why is it so wrong to seek equality?
"Empathy is antithetical to control, which is why control systems demand psychopathy as the standard mode of function."
Keep hierarchy and contractual obligation prostrate before caring, compassion, and a heart-felt responsibility for all life."
"For ethics to matter to us, the happiness and suffering of others must matter to us."

"The first man having enclosed a piece of ground saying"this is mine"and found people simple enough to believe him was the real founder of society.From how many crimes,murders,wastes might anyone have saved now by pulling up the stakes and crying to his fellows....

"Beware of listening to this impostor!!"

You are undone if once you forget that the fruits of the Earth belong to us all and of the Earth to nobody.

To protect private property men accepted laws and governments.They had too many disputes among themselves to do without arbiters and avarice to go long without masters.All ran headlong into their chains in hopes of securing their liberty."

Discourse on the origins of inequality of mankind ~Rousseau.
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OrangeCountyDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:09 PM
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1. Great Stuff...Thanks Panther nt
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:12 PM
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2. Nice.
:patriot:
I salute you. This is an awesome post.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:26 PM
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3. RECOMMEND BUTTON at bott of orig post
hit it
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:29 PM
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4. And we know who they are.
I remember back in the 80s when everyone was running around saying, 'greed is good, greed is good' all the while selling parts of America off to foreign 'investors'. I was only 13 and knew then we were fucked as a species.

Greed kills.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:30 PM
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5. Rousseau's line which includes the word "prostrate" is unclear
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 05:31 PM by oscar111
perhaps we can tell him to rewrite it?



LOL.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:33 PM
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6. moved
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 05:34 PM by oscar111
moved by oscar
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:51 PM
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7. 15 million for dance lessons
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 06:35 PM by oscar111
What tycoons do with the wealth.

Note: nine million will starve to death this year, worldwide
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Tycoon Ms. Wong of hong kong spent fifteen million dollars in advance, to get eight years of latin dance lessons.

that is a big fad in hong kong.

She is a banker.

Heard on the radio news Aug third, 'O6.
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St Regis Hotel, nyc, sells chocolates with real gold flakes on them. Eaters swallow the gold. "you can taste the gold", she gushed. {S. Brown on the Travel Channel}.

Parker-Meridian hotel, nyc, sells thousand dollar omlets

CEO Kozlowski spent two million on a birthday party, with vodka flowing from a male opening in an ice statue. {Fortune magazine, i think was the source}
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Nine million will starve this year.

An Iwo Jima hero of WW2, eighty years old, died today because the republican government does not protect the elderly from extreme heat. Air conditioners sit idle on store shelves as the elderly die.

Some hospitals in Africa have no running water or electricity.

A third of humanity is in poverty or extreme poverty. {UN report , recent, on Globalism's effects}
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:08 PM
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8. 5 votes... Do i hear 6?
hit RECOMMEND button at bott of OP
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:14 PM
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9. The greedy create the needy; the greedy create the needy; the
greedy create the needy. And just in case I forget to make my point, the greedy create the needy.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:18 PM
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11. It is easier to drive a hard bargain against a desperate man
.... just to expand a bit on your point.

Thus, doctors get rich. The sick are desperate to get treatment, at any cost.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:28 PM
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13. Job Shortage proof: see link in my sig, to official stat
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 06:29 PM by oscar111
Rush says, "plenty of jobs in the newspaper".

you need this stat to refute him and his echos.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:31 PM
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14. apply directly to the forhead, apply directly to the forhead, apply
directly to the forhead!
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:18 PM
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10. k+r
ttt
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dwnforthecount Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:25 PM
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12. VERRRY good
very good stuff... it's funny how ignorant we can make ourselves when we stare longingly at the richest people in our nation and wish we had their life style. This article has been one of the eye-opening events that truly makes me wonder am I just a slave to money?
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:32 AM
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17. Yeah, but so is everybody
And money isn't even real. Belief in money, however, is real, and kills real people every day.
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:54 PM
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15. K&R n/t
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:05 PM
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16. K&R Yes of course........
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:48 AM
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18. The following is perhaps the stupidest paragraph I've ever seen
As we all know, the stock market is focused on the short term, and fluctuates wildly in response to a single quarter's earnings, external economic events, even rumor. If you look at it holistically and long-term, however, it has all the markings of a century-long Ponzi scheme, the most lucrative, and potentially most devastating, in history.

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