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Out of the Blue

Well, we're on take-two of our car situation after our mechanic replaced the switch that turns the dome light on and off when the driver-side door is opened and closed. He charged the battery and let it sit overnight and says it didn't lose any voltage, and it started fine today when we tried it, so maybe this was fixed that easily. It will be neat if it was, as it cost all of $65.00 (not counting a new battery) after we were concerned that we had developed one of those electrical gremlins that ends up requiring the car being replaced, which doesn't seem implausible for a ten-year-old car.

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19. Re: Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke Jan 7, 2013, 08:16 gray
 
We're watching the agonizing decline of the West.  
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18. Re: Now you see that evil will always triumph.. because good is dumb Jan 7, 2013, 08:12 InBlack
 
So what exactly is anyone EVER going to do about this the corrupt system that is entrenched. Other than writing a few 'outraged' posts on teh internets.

The real world awaits our justified rage and indignation. But like good meat puppets we vent on the net and in five minutes forget all about it because we ran into a news story about Kim Kardashians new vag pierce...

We gotta take it outside, and we gotta do it ourselves. "The Occupy" movement was a start but it was unorganised and easily shoved aside, dismissed and forgotten.

The thing is as long as we are comfortable enough to give a shit, but not give enough of a shit, nothing is going to change.
Shit needs to get really, really bad before it gets any better and those at the top know it.
 
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17. Re: Now you see that evil will always triumph.. because good is dumb Jan 6, 2013, 18:20 Orphic Resonance
 
Prez wrote on Jan 6, 2013, 07:37:
Wow, today's play-off football games SUCKED. Boring as hell.

just like all the rest of football games
 
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16. Re: Now you see that evil will always triumph.. because good is dumb Jan 6, 2013, 07:37 Prez
 
Wow, today's play-off football games SUCKED. Boring as hell.  
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15. Re: Now you see that evil will always triumph.. because good is dumb Jan 6, 2013, 05:58 Jack9
 
Fraud and Drug financing are comparatively minor issues, to an unstable economy where sudden inflation, due to a credit freeze -> due to major institutions being unable to lend (in the giant credit ponzi scheme) -> cause rioting, mass starvation, and economic collapse across all major US cities. HSBC is one of the NEWER institutions that still has a good credit rating to keep other institutions afloat. Remember when HSBC first started sending out preapproved credit cards back in 2005ish?

Although Richard Wolff has a large number of talks on youtube (basically variations on the same points), he's been telling the same tale for decades and was in the meetings in NYC where federal regulators "bailed out" the financial sector in 2007 and 2008 and 2009... etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-KqeU8nzn4 - Knowing why can't help the US when the politicians are told how to vote against the public interest.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2013, 05:44 Orphic Resonance
 
all of this is why i keep telling people that obama is not some kind of saviour, hes no different than any other bullshit politician.. but they think that a "lesser of two evils" actually makes a difference - its a fucking scam, the whole thing.. the system is monolithic in its corruption

btw dude has been bombing the mid-east more than GW Bush.. its a 24/7 drone war over there.. like a bunch of drive-bys from P-money Obizzle

all up in that white house an shit, yo - WORD
 
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13. Re: Now you see that evil will always triumph.. because good is dumb Jan 6, 2013, 01:57 Dades
 
Orphic Resonance wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 22:23:
Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC, the London-based bank, on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system.

It doesn't take a genius to see that the reasoning here is beyond flawed. When you decide not to prosecute bankers for billion-dollar crimes connected to drug-dealing and terrorism (some of HSBC's Saudi and Bangladeshi clients had terrorist ties, according to a Senate investigation), it doesn't protect the banking system, it does exactly the opposite. It terrifies investors and depositors everywhere, leaving them with the clear impression that even the most "reputable" banks may in fact be captured institutions whose senior executives are in the employ of (this can't be repeated often enough) murderers and terrorists. Even more shocking, the Justice Department's response to learning about all of this was to do exactly the same thing that the HSBC executives did in the first place to get themselves in trouble – they took money to look the other way.

Bankers always pull that shit. Look at the big bailout in 2008. These are the guys who are all rahrah capitalism survival of the fittest when its someone else but as soon as they're in trouble they're sucking hard on the government teats and begging for more relief. They sold the politicians on the lie that the world would collapse without them. The politicians are afraid of losing power, have a lot invested (HEH HEH) with the banking industry and just go along with it. No one is jailed, banks are up to the same old shit days later. They had the nerve to give themselves fucking bonuses and the government just said hey guys please dont do that instead of yanking back every penny.

It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that they let a bank get away with financing the cartels. The punishment never fits the crime when you're a rich white guy.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!
 
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12. Re: Nanoparticles reboot blood flow in brain. Jan 6, 2013, 00:08 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 17:22:
It's not my brain that needs blood flow rebooting. Disappointed

We already have a medicine for that, buddy. It's called Viagra. :p

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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2013, 00:07 Creston
 
That HSBC story has just left me completely, utterly fucking stunned.

People get put in jail for having a gram of fucking weed on their ass, and we let these guys go, after they ADMIT that they worked for the drug cartels and laundered money?

And Obama is crowing that he got a 1.9 billion dollar "settlement." So much for this whole bullshit "The Democrats are TOUGH on corporations!" rhetoric.

This is fucking ridiculous. What is the method for getting a US attorney general deposed/impeached/kicked out of his fucking office?

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10. Now you see that evil will always triumph.. because good is dumb Jan 5, 2013, 22:23 Orphic Resonance
 
Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC, the London-based bank, on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system.

It doesn't take a genius to see that the reasoning here is beyond flawed. When you decide not to prosecute bankers for billion-dollar crimes connected to drug-dealing and terrorism (some of HSBC's Saudi and Bangladeshi clients had terrorist ties, according to a Senate investigation), it doesn't protect the banking system, it does exactly the opposite. It terrifies investors and depositors everywhere, leaving them with the clear impression that even the most "reputable" banks may in fact be captured institutions whose senior executives are in the employ of (this can't be repeated often enough) murderers and terrorists. Even more shocking, the Justice Department's response to learning about all of this was to do exactly the same thing that the HSBC executives did in the first place to get themselves in trouble – they took money to look the other way.

And not only did they sell out to drug dealers, they sold out cheap. You'll hear bragging this week by the Obama administration that they wrested a record penalty from HSBC, but it's a joke. Some of the penalties involved will literally make you laugh out loud. This is from Breuer's announcement:

As a result of the government's investigation, HSBC has . . . "clawed back" deferred compensation bonuses given to some of its most senior U.S. anti-money laundering and compliance officers, and agreed to partially defer bonus compensation for its most senior officials during the five-year period of the deferred prosecution agreement.

Wow. So the executives who spent a decade laundering billions of dollars will have to partially defer their bonuses during the five-year deferred prosecution agreement? Are you fucking kidding me? That's the punishment?
 
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9. Re: Weekly refrain Jan 5, 2013, 20:47 nin
 
Stumbled across this (and update) while following the Avengers link. Hope he gets better!


 
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8. Weekly refrain Jan 5, 2013, 20:30 mag
 
Dammit Bengals!

God what an awful game. The defense played well, but the offense was absolute shit.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2013, 18:05 nin
 
after we were concerned that we had developed one of those electrical gremlins that ends up requiring the car being replaced, which doesn't seem implausible for a ten-year-old car.

Had a car about 10-15 years old that did that. Holy hell was it frustrating. You literally had no idea if the next time you turned the key if it would start or not.

 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2013, 17:58 eRe4s3r
 
The HSBC thing is by far the craziest absurd shit I have ever read. Remind me why we aren't burning down all banks, right now? They are criminal. Maybe not *every bank* but enough of them to make the entire system corrupt, beyond corrupt, defiled and perverted to the core. Banks are criminal institutions ABOVE THE LAW.

When a large bank says jump, governments ask how high. What a disgrace. Banks should be forbidden to exist.
 
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5. Re: Compressorhead Ace of Spades Jan 5, 2013, 17:56 Killer Kane
 
Skynet became self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th...  
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4. Nanoparticles reboot blood flow in brain. Jan 5, 2013, 17:22 jdreyer
 
It's not my brain that needs blood flow rebooting. Disappointed  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2013, 17:21 Sepharo
 
I'm trying to collect as many small easily fixable problems in my car as possible.

-I have a driver side window that hasn't worked since 2005, and I can see the cut wire when I open the door widely.
-I have a short somewhere right off the battery that occasionally requires me to pop the hood and jiggle some cables to get the car to start.
-I had my hood replaced after a minor accident and the mechanic never hooked up wiper fluid tubes.
-I have a very slow coolant leak somewhere that just requires me to get more coolant than I should every time I get the oil changed.
-When it's very cold outside (or also very humid) my driver side door doesn't latch and I need to hold it closed.
-My heat stopped working this year.
-The air conditioning occasionally doesn't work on very hot days but surprisingly works very well most of the time.
-Sometimes the the back light for the speedometer goes out for days and then randomly comes back on (this sucks because I mostly drive at night).
-The car in general has really poor sealing and I often need to scrape the inside of windshield in addition to the outside.
-Tape player doesn't work

But it's a 2001 Sable with 170,000 miles so I'm not putting another dollar into it. New car is one bad day away from being purchased.

Bring on the admonition.

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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2013, 17:19 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 17:05:
That article on HSBC makes me see red! Fucking outrageous!

Yeah, but just think, if they do it two more times, they'll lose the whole bank due to the three strikes law! So, they had better watch themselves.

Seriously though: sell a key of weed to an under cover cop for $2000 and you get 20 years. Launder BILLIONS of dollars of heroine and cocaine revenue and do no time. Who says white collar crime doesn't pay?

Also, too: Matt Taibbi is one of the best writers on the Internets.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2013, 17:05 Cutter
 
That article on HSBC makes me see red! Fucking outrageous!
 
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