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"Most fascinating that despite such contingencies actually happening (forcing a degree of reluctant acknowledgment after all) still doesn't prevent the next fantasy bubble from building... by the same crowd... over and over again... "

I've mentioned before (and actually found a link to the picture) that for me the most telling image of America is the photograph of the line of would-be prospectors climbing Chilkoot pass in the middle of winter in the quest for gold. Granted, they were willing to work hard, unlike most of today's strike-it-rich gamblers, but mostly the only ones who were winners were the suppliers, loan sharks, and pimps.

How, exactly, has Donald Trump become a national treasure?

I have to admit, I do like Chaney, a master of crony capitalist corruption, having been had by Chalabi—I guess he figured a convicted embezzler wouldn't cheat his own kind.
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