The Puzzle >>
Banksters ambush an #occupywallst march on Fulton St and capture three protesters. The Banksters give the protesters a single chance to escape without co-opting their movement by giving them dead-end, churn and burn analyst positions at Goldman.
The hippies are lined up in order of height, and are tied to parking meters facing the same direction. The protester in the rear can see the backs of his two friends, the protester in the middle can see the back of the protester in front, and the protester in front cannot see anyone. The Banksters show the protesters five protest signs. Three of the signs are black and two of the signs are white.
Blindfolds are then placed over each protester’s eyes and a sign is placed in each protester’s hand. The protesters cannot see their own signs. The two signs left over are hidden. The blindfolds are then removed and it is said to the protesters that if one of them can guess what color sign they have all three can go back to their shanties in Zucotti park. However, if the protesters cannot guess correctly they will have to work 85 hours a week making power points of capital structure risk profiles for counterparties.
The protester in the rear who can see both of his friends’ signs but not his own says, “I don’t know”. The middle protester who can see the sign of the LGBTQ in front, but not her own says, “I don’t know”. The front protester who cannot see ANYBODY’S sign says “I know!”
How did ze know the color of zer sign and what color was it?
Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.”
I put down my notebook. “Just that?”
“That’s right,” he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.”
This is from a pretty interesting article on SEC corruption and how it lead to the economic debacle. I think it’s a critical piece of the puzzle.
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