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WTF US Economy???

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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:13 AM
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I ran across this chart this morning on ZeroHedge.

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WTF is right!

If the chart above is correct, American's have truly lost their minds....

But if it's wrong, someone either made a really big mistake....or someone is intentionally lying.


What do you think?


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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:18 AM
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I think we are at a stage of extreme data manipulation and finger pointing deflection from all sides no matter which side of the pond they are on.

I honestly dread to think what will ever happen if the smoke fades or the mirrors break.



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:21 AM
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Originally posted by thoughtsfull
I honestly dread to think what will ever happen if the smoke fades or the mirrors break.


Outstanding statement.

Indeed.


I too fear we are all living in fantasy land.
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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:22 AM
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That chart is suspicious. The other day sentiment was reported to be the lowest since the 1980's yet consumer spending doesn't seem to have a corresponding drop. I also heard the true rate of inflation as measured 30 years ago is not being considered. I heard if the same inflation methods were used today, we would currently be in a recession instead of counting rising prices as part of increasing sales and additional consumer spending which is counted as higher GDP with today's methods of determining inflation.

The other possibility is that consumer spending is about to fall off a cliff to match the large plunge in sentiment.
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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:26 AM
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Completely understandable.

You see, while consumers keep buying their products like a crack head to his smack, they are aware now (or scared for some other foolish reason) that things are not getting better and will actually get MUCH WORSE. As they lose their jobs and see their dollar devalue before their eyes, their faith in the market obviously dwindles while they continue to fight to buy the things they "need/want".



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:26 AM
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We have been living in a fantasy land of sugar coated numbers and manufactured statistics propaganda, to top the whole issue with a cherry is the way that the data has been released to appease the markets downfall recently.

Can I have whipped cream with the cherry pleaseeeeeeeeeee



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:33 AM
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The thing I wonder is.. how long before the lies are so obvious they can no longer hide what is happening behind lala land figures!



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:43 AM
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If you followed the last market crash you know that the lies are already there, is not denial that Americas economy linked to the global economy is out of the woods yet, it was patched up by bandaids of bailouts that were not only to paid for the mistakes of the US too big too fail but billions were transfered to around the world to those banks linked to the US banks.

Remember that the IMF while it has the looks to be international banks, the sole higher funder of it is the US, so in other words if the IMF is buying countries and destroying them with debt is actually the US the one doing that.

The IMF is the US, even when France and Germany holds the votes.
without the US it will not be IMF.



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:56 AM
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Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by loam
 


We have been living in a fantasy land of sugar coated numbers and manufactured statistics propaganda, to top the whole issue with a cherry is the way that the data has been released to appease the markets downfall recently.

Can I have whipped cream with the cherry pleaseeeeeeeeeee


This.


The trend seems to have gone hyperbolic since '08. There is a feeling that nobody checks anything anyway so who cares, make it up...and according to game theory, who should care? If everyone accepts the rosy consensual hallucination then the emperor certainly is clothed. Until he isn't, of course.


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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 10:58 AM
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Originally posted by thoughtsfull
reply to post by marg6043
 


The thing I wonder is.. how long before the lies are so obvious they can no longer hide what is happening behind lala land figures!




When people are carrying goods home for free from military exchanges/Walmart.....just to show "sales"



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 11:01 AM
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A big part of the problem is that it seems an enormous part of the population is medicated on prescription pills.

I'm not being facetious. It suddenly seems like everyone in the US is heavily sedated. Very disconcerting.
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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 11:06 AM
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Looking at web pages to see if there was any discussion of this, I find that Australian consumers are also out of their minds in the complete OPPOSITE way...



The darker line, retail sales, tracks consumer confidence reasonably well if you shift it up a bit, but more recently it seems that while consumers have quite good confidence (the Australian economy is doing quite well, globally speaking), nobody is buying anything!
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Looking at the chart further, it seems to have happened in 1997 and 2005 as well.
Anyone know what happened in those years?


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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 11:41 AM
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So the reverse? Interesting.

I really would like to understand what accounts for these...



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 11:47 AM
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thats when the fun starts



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 12:09 PM
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Probably their uber oppressive and brainwashing government. Not saying aussies really buy into their governments crap, but the graph seems to say otherwise...



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 12:45 PM
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This may help explain it.
How to get out of debt-funny

And there is another way the numbers can be messed with. Company A sells 10,000 units to Company B which in turns sell them to Company C which them sell them back to Company A. The items being sold never leave the warehouse that is if they are even real in the first place. And it even more fun in most cases all the companies are in fact owned by the same master company. In effect you have companies selling to them selfs. In some cases not only are the items being bought and sold not even real the companies do the buying and selling are not real. Do this a few times and you can show (at least on paper) huge retail sells numbers.
I know a man that used to work as a fork lift driver at a big warehouse up north. He once told me a story about loading boxes on a truck and the truck would just drive around the parking lot to another door to be unloaded. He told me he has both loaded and unloaded the same boxes from the same truck just from two different loading docks. He told me they (the warehouse workers) had a term for it. They called it "rotating stock" He told me that it happen at least once a week if not more and that is just the ones he knows about. He told me that he thinks that a lot of those boxes were in the warehouse for years and years only getting moved around from time to time.

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posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 05:59 PM
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I posted a link to the graph in my other thread re retail sales. Increasing retail sales is also indicative of increasing prices and given people are paying more for less, their confidence is dropping, and rightly so.



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 06:02 PM
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Could the jump be the sudden increase in stockpiling that happened around the time he was elected?
For instance, I know that ammo started to spike, but so did food costs and survivalist type equipment.
And wasn't this about the time that they did the cash for clunkers?
I'd really like to see a breakdown of what that WAS that Americans started spending on when they were so unconfident.



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 06:40 PM
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Even the MSM acknowledged that part of the boost in retails sales was the increased spending at gas stations due to increased gas prices. Clothing sales increased too but I think this coincides with return-to-school in the US and of course increase in purchases of school clothes. Remember it was only a 0.5% increase in retails sales, hardly anything to get excited about, and there's the inflation impacts as well.



posted on Aug, 13 2011 @ 07:12 PM
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This chart is just silly. I expected to see Kermit the Frog come walking onto the screen to explain how the chart explains absolutely nothing.

Make a list of some blue chip stock tickers and spend the day looking at their trading activity by using StockCharts.com



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