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Friday, August 29, 2014

Videos: Animals Stealing Things

Its Friday before Labor Day and we've been issued the ultimate challenge by one of our loyal readers who's expressed she visits daily and appreciates our unique and accurate perspective on the world..

But nonetheless, the challenge was issued:

We were to post something right before this 3 day weekend holiday that was lighthearted, cheery and not so 'Debbie Downer'..

In other words, something to make people laugh n' smile..
Of course then we won't be writing today on the US economy, the global economy or the banks, nor will we talk at present on politics or the President or the Fed or great racial divide or the other important topics we cover extensively here...

Nope.. Its Labor Day Friday and we accept the Challenge..

So here are some short, mostly silent videos of adorable animals stealing things, we'll be back on Tues Sept 2nd as we celebrate our 4th Anniversary (officially on the 6th)

~ Seagull steals chips from store..Didn't know seagulls lived in Ferguson,Mo

~ Raccoon steals carpet from home as a collection agency would

~ Cat steals kitten from baby as subtle as a car repossession

~ Raccoon stealing food from cats like a Wall Street pro

Thursday, August 28, 2014

50 years ago today.. Aug 28-30 1964: Philadelphia Race Riot

There have been many documented instances over the years of rioting in major urban areas due to either alleged police brutality or racial tensions so high that that it only needed a spark whether something real or mere rumor to explode into a scary ordeal

Being that we've spent so much time discussing race in America today and comparing how the media and minority population has treated the police killings of Michael Brown (black) vs Dillon Taylor (white), we thought we'd go back in time to an event which occurred 50 years ago today..

The Philadelphia race riot wasn't as big or bloody or got the same national attention as the 1964 Watts riots in LA or the 1968 riots in Detroit, but it still affected many people and there were repercussions that serve as lessons for today and beyond..
~ Looters using the riot as excuse to take anything they want..

It took place in the predominantly black neighborhoods of North Philadelphia (home to 400k to 600k of the city's black residents) from August 28 to August 30, 1964.  

According to Wikipedia (in blue):

Tensions between black residents of the city and police had been escalating for several months over several well-publicized allegations of police brutality...

The Philadelphia Police Department had tried to improve its relationship with the city's black community assigning police to patrol black neighborhoods in teams of one black and one white officer per squad car and having a civilian review board to handle cases of police brutality.
Despite the improvement attempts of the Philadelphia Police Department, racial tensions had been high.. The Philadelphia Tribune, the city’s black newspaper, ran several articles on police brutality which often resulted in white policemen who were brought up on charges of brutality being acquitted...

The unrest began on the evening of August 28 after a black woman named Odessa Bradford got into an argument with two police officers, one black, Robert Wells, and the other white, John Hoff, after her car stalled at 23rd Street and Columbia Avenue.

Because Bradford's car had stalled, and she was unable to drive it, an argument between her and the two officers ensued. 

The officers then tried to physically remove Bradford from the car. As the argument went on, a large crowd assembled in the area. 
A man tried to come to Bradford's aid by attacking the police officers at the scene, both he and Bradford were arrested.

Rumors then spread throughout North Philadelphia that a pregnant black woman had been beaten to death by white police officers. 

Later that evening, and throughout the next two days, angry mobs looted and burned mostly white-owned businesses in North Philadelphia, mainly along Columbia Avenue. Outnumbered, the police response was to withdraw from the area rather than aggressively confront the rioters.

Although no one was killed, 341 people were injured, 774 people were arrested and 225 stores were damaged or destroyed in the three days of rioting. 
Some of the tension was attributable to religion, with Black Muslims and black nationalists pitted against Black Baptist ministers who called for calm.

Business activity in North Philadelphia declined even further after the riots, as many of the damaged or destroyed stores never re-opened for business.."

So to summarize, you had a black population looking to pick a fight with law enforcement over perceived police brutality by local law enforcement egged on by a black newspaper in a heated social climate that was the same year the Civil Rights Act was passed..

And the riot and all the destruction and physical injury that followed was based not on a real victim suffering at the hands of police but a rumor..  something pretend and not true.
~ North Philly today... 

And to those blacks who started then kept the riot going for three days, it really didn't matter to check the validity of whether a black pregnant woman was killed or not..

It was about getting revenge and attacking the system and 'whitey' via the destruction of businesses they owned and operated to serve that community.

And the North Philly population got their little victory.. They scared the hell out of law enforcement, the local business community and the rest of the city..

And where do things stand now?
North Philly is among the poorest and most dangerous places in the nation to live. Its where the campus of Temple University is located

 So much violence goes on along with an active drug trade and prostitution, that even blacks who live there want to desperately get out for a better life..

The riots killed off the businesses in that area which in turn kill off jobs and opportunity to make money legally, and those sewer rats of 1964 basically sabotaged their home for generations later to still feel the repercussions

All because of the desire to destroy and cause physical suffering to others based on fiction; a rumor
And the Black Muslims.. pieces of refuse like Farrakhan of today played upon and stoked the fears and angers of a simple, uneducated populace to react with violence when channels had been set up via police for legal recourse for actions of brutality..

This was the big struggle of the black community in the 1960s.. The peaceful black Baptist movement led by Dr. King and the violent radical thug black Muslim element led by Malcolm X among others..

And when King was killed in 1968, all the riots and looting and killing which followed were perpetrated by the same violent animals who wanted to use fear and destruction to overthrow and change society so they would be the rulers...
The biggest lesson from the Philadelphia Riot is this..  If people, particularly in the minority community are feeling anger and rage against an entity, a System or 'whitey',  truth and reality mean nothing..

All they want and need is some spark to allow them to attack in large numbers..

No one can ever call themselves a 'victim' or play race-card games and expect any empathy while perpetrating the tactics of a savage or terrorist.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Who was Dillon Taylor and Why is he Important?

Who was Dillon Taylor?    Ever hear that name before?

Was he:

A)  The originator of the now insipid ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

B)  Was he the founder of BitCoin, a form of alternative currency gaining traction globally since 2008

C)  Was he the founder of Burger King, which is now relocating its headquarters to Canada to avoid paying the 40% corporate tax rate in the US for their 26%

D)  None of the above
Correct..   D

But certainly you've heard of Dillon Taylor right?   You'd think he'd have made front page news over the last couple weeks and been topic du jour on the cable news networks..

Hmm.. let's try multiple choice again..

Was he:

A)  The second NFL player to come 'out' as gay

B)  President Obama's personal golf caddie over the last month

C)  The officer who allegedly shot that criminal thug Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO?

Any guesses?

OK, you got us.. once again, its none of the above..
So just Who is this Dillon Taylor and why does he matter?

Dillon Taylor, was a 20-year-old White man who was shot to death by a black police officer on August 11 outside a 7-Eleven store in South Salt Lake City, Utah..

And the media like the black community couldn't give a Fuck.

The Desert Utah News reported on August 19 about the shooting of Taylor, showing that the incident was similar in some ways to that of Brown’s: “South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Darin Sweeten said three officers gave Taylor verbal commands to reveal his hands, but Taylor failed to comply and was ‘visibly upset. Taylor was subsequently shot and died at the scene.”

Who would believe in this nation there would be a time where if a black murdered a white, everyone would shrug and yawn yet when a white kills a black, we're all supposed to mourn, grieve and go through a process of spiritual reflection..
There is a horrible double standard going on in this country and one that whites are permitting where now their lives and specifically loss of life is not to matter as much as the death of someone black..

Remember about ten years ago..  The DC snipers who turned out to be two blacks of different age who indiscriminately shot and killed whites over the span of a month..

How many protests occurred?  How much looting?

Zero & None..
Now what if it was two whites randomly shooting and killing blacks out of racial hate like the snipers admitted when apprehended?

And remember that Australian born minor league baseball player who was killed last year by two blacks who admitted they did it because "we were bored"?

How do you think the black community would have responded if tables were turned?
~ Chris Lane, killed by two blacks for no reason in Oklahoma

And remember last year when that 'punching game' became a brief national epidemic especially in urban areas where people would just sucker punch strangers as hard as they could simply to see if they could knock the victim out?

How many whites sucker punched blacks?   Yes.. Not a single one..

Because we know what would have happened had it occurred..  Those same cities would have been burnt to the ground as supposed black community 'leaders' competed with each other for media face time

The rules are simple.. We'll say it again..
When blacks kill blacks, the black community pretty much keeps quiet out of concern of admitting publicly there's an epidemic and conscious how inferior it makes them look to others..

When blacks kill whites, especially white collar individuals and people of authority, there's mostly silence in their community with many thinking 'Good' and some fighting for justice for the killer

And when a white kills a black, there is the hunger for Blood and retribution and willingness to destroy anything and anyone as the victimization card is played to the hilt.

This is simply the facts..
They represent 15% of the population yet over half the violent crimes committed annually and over 50% of the incarceration rate is black...

And you'd think that would be a wake-up call to change?  It isn't..

Those basic stats aren't just applicable today but show a generational pattern..

We are not a race-hate blog.. We're not stupid Klansmen or worthless neo-Nazis and we don't subscribe to any of that 'superior/inferior' master-race bullshit..

But we are a very bluntly honest blog..
And we see a politically correct white corporate media putting Caucasians into an inferior social status so as to not offend the sensibilities of any other race, ethnicity, religion or other group historically perceived as picked on..

The death of a young white man at the hand of a black officer means absolutely nothing to them yet they cover that black Missouri teen's killing non-stop..

We are not advocating people demean themselves and their dignity like others tend to do, by protesting, rioting and looting in the name and memory of Dillon..

But you better be conscious of what's going on in this nation..  On the news..  In your favorite entertainment mediums i.e. television, movies, etc..
From Saturday Night Live going out of its way last season to purposely hire token black female cast members and writers to fill quotas demanded by PC Gestapo to many newspapers including the Washington Post refusing to use the name 'Redskins' when covering their own local sports team...

Its a truly messed up world where new definitions of 'hero' and 'villain' are being created and if you dare to speak up and have anything to lose which can be taken or destroyed by others, chances are it will be..

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

George Orwell quotes applicable today in 2014

In reading today's dreary economic and military-related news, we came upon an interesting topic on another site that we thought would be educational for people to read..

It is a collection of quotes that renowned author George Orwell of 'Animal Farm' and '1984' fame once said which could easily be applied to us in 2014

Before we get into that, interestingly and sadly Orwell only lived for 46 years (1903-1950) dying of tuberculosis and buried in London.  Most people also don't know Orwell was a fictitious name.

His real name was Eric Arthur Blair.
On to the quotes with commentary by us as needed...

1)  “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”

Certainly it is easy enough to avoid all political discourse if you figuratively and literally turn the volume of one's iPod up and have an HDTV that is large and pristine-clear enough..

But everyone ultimately is effected especially on economic issues whether its via gas pump prices, higher food costs or receipt of a pink slip even if your head is buried in the sand, between your legs or someone else's..
2)  “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

It used to be when nations waged war, the King would actually lead the army and engage in the fighting, as did his higher ranked subordinates; the titled gentry of the land..   In fact the last true national leader who actually traveled with his military to face combatants was Napoleon in the early 18th century.

Now leaders direct war from safe distances, sometimes in comfy-cozy bunkers so if there's nuclear attack that kills hundreds of millions of us, he and his precious family will survive..

And those that report the news, either safe n' sound in their NYC studios or embedded with the troops snugger than a $3 prostitute on a cold night and very very few journalists experience true risk or have the guts to report honestly even if it means putting such troops at risk...
3)  “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

It’s pretty self-explanatory and while it may be hard to swallow, it’s certainly true.

This is also the case when it comes to civil wars including a specific one fought in the 1860s under the guise of liberating people from bondage..

That war was fought for economic concerns and many in the North made a financial killing off it vis a vis war profiteering and investing in the good ole' stock market
4)  “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

History is written by the victor, and the victor will never be asked if he told the truth.

We go back to the "US Civil War" as a great example..  We call it that today because the victors chose to call it that.

It was also referred to back then as the "War Between the States" and "The Second American Revolution" but this conflicted with how the victor wanted the war to be perceived

It needed to be looked upon by generations after as a rebellion which is why for decades afterward, history books referred to the Confederacy and southern fighting men dismissively as 'rebels'.
Also during that War, whenever there was a big battle near water, the Union army would refer to it by the river or creek's name.  The Confederate army would refer to the battle by the town.

This is why we are conditioned to refer to the 1st and 2nd battle of Manassas (VA) as 1st and 2nd Bull Run and the battle of Sharpsburg (MD) as Antietam

The victor can distort history and the true reasons for fighting wars and generations later are left clueless to the truth of things..
5)  “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Even without commentary, the reader is probably picturing Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning. The revolutions of the future will not be fought with bullets and explosives, but with little bits of data traveling around the world destroying the false narratives with which governments shackle their citizens.

And populations are so scared of truth, the truth-tellers become villains for not staying loyal and blind to the 'company' line...
6)  “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

If an article or blog does not anger someone, it is nothing more than fluff.   Most of what passes for news today is little more than an official sounding advertisement for a product, service, or belief.

This is why we do not write cheery, happy pieces touting a 'recovery' that doesn't really exist.. And if we make any readers upset, then that really isn't such a bad thing..

It leads people to question and do more research on their own..
7)  “In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer…”

In every conflict, it is not the side that can inflict the most damage, but the side that can sustain the most damage that ultimately prevails.

History is full of situations in which a military “won the battles but lost the war.”

Think Vietnam..  How many bombs did we drop?  How many soldiers and civilians did we kill?

Who ultimately won?
8)  “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

No nation is 100% good and no military fights with 100% morality and ethics.. ever.   Whether it be rogue individuals or sanctioned by the state, all sides do evil and immoral things in time of war..

Personally we understand this so we don't get horrified when one side does terrible things to us because we know we've done terrible things in return and so on..

Its those who live in naivety who often are most shocked to find out we do bad things with our military just like the enemy..
9)  “Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”

Everyone lives taking pride in living in grey-areas.  In other words, that the notion of absolutes are not realistic in society.  There is no 'good' or 'bad' but we're all variances of both, etc..etc..

When it comes to censorship and personal freedom of expression, it is pretty cut and dry..  You support an open and free society or you don't.

Some people for instance do not want the word 'Nigger' spoken or written openly and willingly wish to crush others' ability to express it..   So it is publicly censored and recently treated as offensive as the 'F' and 'C' word
Others think the term 'African American' is completely utterly foolish, divisive and downright egotistical because it implies a separated and exalted status which is really undeserved and 'black' is a perfectly acceptable term

So who has power over language in this society?  Who gets to dictate to who?  Who has control over knowledge and 'truth' and who may or may not have access?

If no one is ever allowed to offend or upset in terms of word choice, how does that not ultimately slippery-slope down to blocking/censoring all information and political perspectives that offend or irritate the masses' sensibilities?
10)  “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

Once the people are indoctrinated with nationalistic beliefs, and the infrastructure to protect them from some constantly-changing and ever-expanding definition of an enemy is in place, there is no ability for the people to regain liberty.

This is how love of Big Brother occurs..   Love of system and need of the apparatus to always protect them from something..

Monday, August 25, 2014

Prof. Cornel West on the Obama Presidency

By now anyone who has followed A&G with any consistency knows we absolutely can not stand Obama as President

We think he's nothing more than a professional speech giver who possesses little to no leadership ability or governing experience and absolutely did not deserve to be this nation's chief Executive, if not for the utter garbage that ran against him both elections..

Obama is essentially 'Black Bush'

The 5th President going back to Reagan to be so openly Wall Street's boy

We read a very good interview over the weekend in Salon magazine with Union Theological Seminary professor and black leader Cornel West who goes where very few 'thinkers-of-color' have had the courage and guts to go
He used to be a very big supporter of Obama (as you can see from the photos we chose to accompany this posting) and openly campaigned for his election in 2008..

And then by 2011, West started looking deeper at things and changed his overall perspective based on how the President was leading the nation

In summary, Professor West sees Obama as "a brown faced Clinton"

Before we continue, West is not Republican or a Neo-Con or Caucasian.  And we will not pretend that we've agreed with 100% of all the comments and ideologies he has expressed over the years on economic and social issues he's tackled.

But on this matter.. this Obama Presidency.. For the most part we agree
And thus we share some key exchanges from the article expressed by West

Salon: How do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn’t turn.

West:  "(In 2008) he{Obama} posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free..."

And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist... It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin"
Salon:  There’s a lot of disillusionment now... The phrase that I have heard from more than one person in the last year is they feel like they got played.

West: "That’s true. That’s exactly right. What I hear is that, “He pimped us.” I heard that a zillion times. “He pimped us, brother West.” That’s another way of saying “we got played.”"

I think Obama, his modus operandi goes all the way back to when he was head of the [Harvard] Law Review... He was chosen because he always occupied the middle ground. 

He doesn’t realize that a great leader, a statesperson, doesn’t just occupy middle ground. They occupy higher ground or the moral ground or even sometimes the holy ground. But the middle ground is not the place to go if you’re going to show courage and vision... 

We needed a high-ground statesperson and it’s clear now he’s not the one."
On Wall Street:

Salon:  (It seems like) there’s one law for us and another law if you work on Wall Street.

West:  That’s exactly right. Even with [Attorney General] Eric Holder. Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends. He might charge them some money. They want to celebrate. This money is just a tax write-off for these people. 

There’s no accountability. No answerability. No responsibility that these people have to take at all. 

The same is true with the Robert Rubin crowd. Obama comes in, he’s got all this populist rhetoric which is wonderful, progressive populist rhetoric which we needed badly. 
What does he do, goes straight to the Robert Rubin crowd and here comes Larry Summers, here comes Tim Geithner, we can go on and on and on, and he allows them to run things..  

These guys are running things, and these are neoliberal, deregulating free marketeers—and poverty is not even an afterthought for them."

Salon:  They’re the same ones who screwed it up before.

West:  "Absolutely."
Salon:  Where are we going from here?  What comes next?

West:  "I think a post-Obama America is an America in post-traumatic depression because the levels of disillusionment are so deep...

Look who’s around the presidential corner. Oh my God, here comes another neo-liberal opportunist par excellence. Hillary herself is coming around the corner. It’s much worse. And you say, “My God, we are an empire in decline.” 

A culture in decay with a political system that’s dysfunctional, youth who are yearning for something better but our system doesn’t provide them democratic venues, and so all we have are just voices in the wilderness and certain truth-tellers just trying to keep alive some memories of when we had some serious, serious movements and leaders."
Salon:  One last thought, I was talking to a friend recently and we were saying, if things go the way they look like they’re going to go and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and then wins a second term, the next time there’ll be a chance for a liberal, progressive president is 2024.

West:  "It’d be about over then, brother...  Hillary Clinton is an extension of Obama’s Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, national surveillance, national security presidency. 

She’d be more hawkish than he is, and yet she’s got that strange smile that somehow titillates liberals and neo-liberals and scares Republicans. But at that point it’s even too hard to contemplate."
We've no idea what absolute Pro-1% Pro-Corporate crap the Republicans will ultimately nominate in 2016 but we agree fully with West's assessment on Hillary and overall the Obama Presidency..

More importantly, what do You think?

Don't chirp something in a comment section here and elsewhere that few to none will ever read...

Sincerely take the time to assess where we are as a nation, whether you're happy or not with things as they are and just be confident think for yourself..

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Trudging Slowly Over Quicksand.."

They keep talking about 'recovery'..  Keep acting like things are better now vs. before..

Some do it for political expedience creating the illusion that all the financial problems we're dealing with as individuals and as a nation are Bush's fault..

"Once upon a time the world was perfect and everyone lived happy and prosperous and free from terror and then.. Dum dum Dummmm!..  That evil W Bush came along and etc..etc.."

Yes there those who believe that
Of course as a modern problem, the continual destruction of the middle class and the assurance that the poor continue to live in poverty into the next generation and the next is really a 43 year problem

Its origins began when Nixon took the US off the gold standard in 1971 as a means to continue paying for that "Peace with Honor" Vietnam endgame and thus money was once pegged to something tangible and now its pegged to nothing..

And every President.. and yes Every Democrat and Republican leader over the last 40+ has made things worse and worse to where we are now..

Some by spending or tinkering too much.. Some by doing too little and Some who just never deserved to be there in the first place and have been way over their heads..
Here are just a few mind-blowing and soul-numbing stats to consider:

According to a report by the Federal Reserve (Boo! Hiss!) on Americans' economic well being written last year, only 48% said they would be able to scrape together $400 in an emergency..

In addition, of those who said they had rainy-day savings prior to 2008, 57% reported that they've used up most or all of that saving surviving the last five years..

39% said they had a rainy-day fund adequate to cover three months of expenses if there was a job loss or other emergency..

We could go on..   Um.. actually we will..
According to CNN/Money, one of out every three adults has a debt that hasn't been paid in more than three months and currently in collections..  That's 77 million people

A Fed survey shows currently 40% of US families under financial stress.. that's statistically 2 out of every 5

According to a study by the Russell Sage Foundation and reported in the NY Times last month, in 2003 the inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992..   Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36% decline

And on and on and on..

And what are your leaders doing?  Not just your President but Senators, Congresspeople, etc..

Those who aren't campaigning for re-election are probably doing the same as many of you...  Golfing, playing Tennis, Sailing, Sightseeing, Suntanning..

Did we mention golfing?

And they've done nothing beneficial for the American people in six years..  Mostly because the American people have not demanded it
We talked on it before.. That conditioned distorted logic people hold fast to that "Ask not what your country can do for you but.. blah blah.."

When you pay taxes, you have a right to Demand..  Period.

But let's get beyond that and address a bigger concern..

We all know (or should know) that poverty is an endless cycle..  For many people its generational..
And yet the poorest and dumbest of our citizenry..  The ones who can barely keep things together with incomes from two jobs and a live-in partner (lover, spouse, etc) contributing end up doing the Stupidest, most Idiotic and Ludicrous thing imaginable under the circumstances:

They have kids..

Monday the Agriculture Department released a report showing how much of a expense for food, shelter, health and other misc. factors it will be for parents who had a child in 2013 until he/she reaches 18 years old..

$245,340..  

Two kids?  Double the figure..
Just using super-simple math, that comes out to a little more than $13,600 annually to raise a child..

So that actually means a family needs to generate an additional $15,600 in income since at minimum 15% of salary goes to taxes..

And that's a big reason why 1 in 7 Americans today depend on food banks and 1 out of every 5 children live in poverty..

The poor.. the uneducated.. the mostly minority populations.. They keep popping out children from the womb without the slightest care or concern for how it will survive..
But this isn't a new phenomenon..  The super-poor have raised large families for hundreds if not thousands of years..

Of course times were different then..  You could have 10 children but be lucky if three of them survived their 2nd birthday

And historically large families particularly of males meant you created your own labor force and ultimately every person pulled their share of the toil..  And if there were girls, they were married off for the largest dowries possible..

So there were practical reasons..
Now its just thoughtless and irresponsible.

We can see a time in the distant (though not Too distant) future where by necessity the US starts regulating how many children a family produces as China does currently..

But it won't be due to population explosion or over-crowding..   It will be because the economy simply can not handle the burden of paying for tens of millions of children to survive while their derelict parents keep conceiving more..

We're really in a bad pickle..  this nation..  And even those few who think they know..

They really, really don't know..