An Entertaining Tutorial In Spotting Politicians’ Bullshit

25 Jan

Now it seems to me, dear reader, that there are two ways in which to approach the issue of politicians’ ceaseless lying.

Like your humble blogger, you can simply adopt a sound base position: That everything a politician says is almost certainly a lie-by-omission, half-truth, distortion, obfuscation, misdirection, or indeed, a bald-faced lie:

“I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government tells me .. NOTHING .. ZERO.”

– George Carlin

Or, you can enjoy learning HOW they are deceiving you, by listening very closely, with a very sceptical ear, to every word they say.

Here’s the late, legendary George Carlin explaining the latter method:

7 Responses to “An Entertaining Tutorial In Spotting Politicians’ Bullshit”

  1. Nona January 26, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    George Carlin and Bill Hicks. Two people the world can do with right now.

  2. Jazza January 26, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Right on the money and sooooo funny!

  3. JMD January 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Hey TBI

    Can you post the link for the article that the fellow who claimed to know all about derivatives made some comments?

    A couple of months ago if I remember correctly.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus January 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

      Here you go JMD … think you mean Bill, in the comments … ?

      • JMD January 28, 2012 at 12:02 am #

        Cheers, that’s the one. I’m still intrigued by his comment,

        “These 700 trillion aren’t assets in the real sense, like a car or house worth 700 trillion, they don’t exist as physical things. The notional is the amount on the contract which interest is calculated on”.

        Interest payments from non existent assets!? Something only very learned men could devise for sure.

  4. JMD January 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Good article from Doug Noland today;

    He deals specifically with government debt. A bit ambiguous at the end but understandably so… I guess.

  5. Fred January 29, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    He is brilliant and that is gold.

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