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eXile TV / February 22, 2011
By Mark Ames

Ratigan Show Ames on Skimming1

Exiled editor Mark Ames was back on the Dylan Ratigan Show today ranting about the great American inflation scam, and how companies skim the junk food that goes into your mouth, and skim the toilet paper that wipes the digested Hebrew National hot dogs on their way out.

That’s right, they even rip you off while you’re sitting on the toilet with your pants down, folks! Corporate America, have you no shame, sirs!

Ahem…Here’s the video of today’s rant:

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  • 1. az  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Any more on the Boskin Commission?

  • 2. John Drinkwater  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    “Somewhat less evil” – good way to describe the Dems, but they’re arguably more evil because they pretend to be so much better. Republicans often just come right and say that they’re thieving assholes; that honesty can refreshing compared to the fake rhetoric of the Dems.

    Anyway, you don’t have to persuade most of us that corporations are constantly ripping people off, but I am curious about a few things. How has MSNBC reacted to your rants? Are they screened? Are you getting any feedback at all? It’s great seeing you on there…I just hope it lasts.

  • 3. Iconoclast  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 6:39 pm


    If the feedbacks are anything other than death threats, Ames would consider himself lucky.

  • 4. Harnonymous  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    gotta pay for those once-a-decade minimum wage increases somehow

  • 5. Derp  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Derp derp! This all happened under Clinton with a Clinton Democrat approving therefore it’s all the Democrats’s fault and therefore Democrats are more evil, derp derp!

    Hmm… but you are right, my wallet is getting lighter. Well, it happened around the time Obama got into power therefore it’s all Obama’s fault, derp derp!

    And it’s a good thing Reagan made such a great economy that it survived Clinton’s evil! It’s just a shame that Obama had to kill off the Clinton economy, derp derp!

  • 6. Derp  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    TYPO, derp derp….

    Obama killed off the Bush economy I mean.

    Funny coincidence, isn’t it, how the economy crashed after Obama started running for office? Hmmm? Derp derp? Almost like it knew in advance what to expect, derp derp!

  • 7. Martin Hansen  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I should shut my degenerate European mouth up and worship the ground you walk on.

  • 8. Kat  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I actually caught this rant yesterday! Well done.
    Does anyone know this?– when speaking of the corruption of the CPI during Clinton’s administration does this have anything to do with the introduction of the hedonic index? I remember reading about that and thinking we’ve sure been had if we’ve been told that inflation is not increasing.

  • 9. ohwow  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 7:29 am


    herp derp. herp derp indeed. derp derp. remember you have to herp before you derp

  • 10. wYSe Guy  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 7:54 am

    They Can Always Be Worse

    Funny, that’s been a belief of mine since childhood. Good to see we agree on basic principles Mark. You should at least be happy on some movement in Wisconsin. It vindicates you excoriating current day liberalism when you wrote about the Rally To Restore Sanity.

  • 11. MC Squared  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I think it’s great that the clip is sponsored by Goldman Sachs.

  • 12. Mark  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Speaking of scams, the currency trading service in the ad that preceded my video is a good way to fleece non-professional traders.

  • 13. Basil  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hi, I have an important comment to make about Mark Ames’ appearance on TV. But since my opinion doesn’t count for shit, I’ll just say this: “Thank god Ames that you are on Dylan’s show, and thank god for Dylan’s show. Also, thank god for comments sections for people like me. This is where I belong.”

  • 14. C  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Mark is getting much, much better at these.

    Sincerely, I don’t mean that to be a veiled insult. Its a compliment. That type of appearance just takes practice, for anyone, pure and simple.

  • 15. C  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    In other words, good appearance.

  • 16. Ozinator  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    John Drinkwater,

    I agree! That’s because I’m a fucking tool who thinks it’s really, really edgy and “I see through the bullshit” if I am for Repugs cuz you know at least they admit they’re evil. Yeah, I thought that one up on my own. It’s so totally sinn-i-kal of me, and like I said, seeing through the bullshit. My friends, they think I’m pretty edgy and sinnikal too since I am like, “hey man, the Repugs don’t pretend to be good. So I’m for them because at least you know what you’re getting.” Sure, it’s amazing that that’s all it takes for billionaire scum to sell themselves to vain idiots like myself, but like I said, I’m a vain idiot and totally unaware of what an idiot I am, so yeah, I’m totally sold on that. Aren’t I cool? and male too. Yeah, and I’m like the type of guy who isn’t “politically correct” and I always let people know it too, and they’re like, “Wow, you’re the real thing man.”

    Yeah, wish someone would sterilize the whole lot of us libertarian idiots. One can only dream….

  • 17. Ozinator  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Wow! You have me confused! I was agreeing with Mark and Drinkwater (you obviously are not Ames…or really high if you are). I don’t see how you mistook me for a libertarian but I hope it wasn’t because you love democrats so much.

  • 18. Ozinator  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    again, wow…your train of thought doesn’t even make sense. Why would that make me for Repugs? Pretty sure it was clear but you put your confused rant up there instead

  • 19. Lavrentij "Anarchy99" Lemko  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Boskin is presently at the Hoover Institution:

    whose motto is: “defining a free society”

    er, that is, defining “free society” as YOU PAY.


  • 20. Derp  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 pm


    Derp derp derp derp- herrrr derp derp herp derp derp herp!

    (it’s a derp thing, don’t bother asking, you wouldn’t get it)

  • 21. mydick  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You’re right, it can get worse and somehow it always does.

  • 22. CensusLouie  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Oh man, the breaking John Walker story. It’s so delicious. I was actually surprised when I read it was a “liberal online paper” that pranked him and it didn’t turn out to be The Exile.

    I am patenting the term “Koch sucker” before anyone else gets in on it.

  • 23. Rockstar  |  February 24th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    sorry, there’s prior art for the term “koch sucker…”

    BTW, I work at a place that packages certain retail goods. Between price increases and product shrinkage, I have seen the average price/unit increase roughly 30% over the past five years.

  • 24. Carbon  |  February 24th, 2011 at 6:47 am

    The only thing I didn’t like about this video is the paid PR ad for Goldman goddamn Sachs that came right before it. Not that there was such a paid PR ad for Goldman goddamn Sachs, but anyway, I’m going to pretend that there was because I’m a waterboy trolling for rich people and rich people tell me that if I make it seem like there’s liberal hypocrisy, it’ll really hurt bad-like.

    Anyway, here’s what I’ll say to make it seem like I’m with you:

    Go Ames!

    Intelligent news sites like this are the reason I do not consider myself a conservative or a liberal.

    The real enemy is corporate greed.

  • 25. par4  |  February 24th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Both ends of the deal!11!!!!1 ROTFLMAO

  • 26. captain america  |  February 24th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    i think the WI gov prank call was done by the daily beast, which has some affiliation or at least common history w the exiled.

  • 27. Jon  |  February 24th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Is it just me, or is it the case that anytime someone identifies himself as “neither conservative nor liberal,” he is invariably either a Libertarian or a Republican, but because he knows that it’s uncool to identify oneself as such, he tries to act like he’s just above politics in general. It’s an incredibly transparent tactic; but then again Republicans–err I mean Libertarians–err I mean people who are beyond politics altogether–aren’t known for their imagination or creativity, now are they?

  • 28. The Original Libertard  |  February 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Too much commenting by libertards here. Don’t they have lives?

  • 29. odikhmantievich  |  February 25th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Good to see Ames getting more airtime!

  • 30. helplesscase  |  February 25th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    good appearance, ames. probably your best one to date.

  • 31. joe  |  February 25th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    My critique:

    -Getting alot better
    -Have a beer or 2 before you go on. I did this for a job interview once it worked wonders(make sure to brush your teeth if you do this for a job).
    -Dumb it down for the American public. i.e. state your thesis “the consumer price index is bullshit”
    -Better without the tie. But just like talking to women. It doesn’t matter what she thinks of your cloths what matters is how you feel in your cloths. If you feel comfortable in bunny slippers and a robe wear those. I saw a guy walk into a bar with a hot girl on his arm he was wearing gym shoes shorts, a polo and a fanny pack, granted it was a hipster bar. It was hard to tell what he was wearing because his clothes were eclipsed by his huge balls.

  • 32. joe  |  February 26th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    To everyone else: go to Milwaukee or a satellite rally. We need this thing to keep on growing. If the unions new what they were doing every public sector worker should be on strike within the next few months unless this bill is killed. This is ether the beginning of the end of the 2nd gilded age. Or its the end of the beginning of the next dark age.

    Most of what I have been hearing from the left is complaints. The left needs solutions. We need a strategy. We need a strategy that Americas fruit-fly attention span can understand. It has to fit on a t-shirt or a poster. It has to bring back the enlightenment economic policies that have been replaced by Milton Freedman’s neo-liberal goons.

  • 33. joe  |  February 26th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I have an idea for one. Its pretty simple. Are you ready:

    “Bring back the New Deal”

    5 syllables that convey everything our economic policy needs. It doesn’t smack of communism it smacks of patriotism. Besides who would pick on a guy in a wheel chair.

  • 34. tam  |  February 26th, 2011 at 6:48 am

    @wYSe Guy

    ‘Things can Always Be Worse’

    Funny, that’s been a belief of mine since childhood.’

    Me too. Ever since Calvin pointed it out here…

  • 35. Crap Sack  |  February 26th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Well it’s time to see what countries in the EU I’m qualified for dual-citizenship in because no matter how bad it gets in one of the 25 over there it can’t get much worse here.

  • 36. Austin Pynchon  |  February 26th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Mark, I am a troll and as such I adopt this strategy: See, I pretend that “normally I am a big fan” or “I always loved The eXile, but this time…” That’s old trolling strategy. I’m a sad waterboy for Republican corporate interests, and I’m also envious of you, so that’s why they were able to hire me. I wasn’t the one who broke the story about the Kochs funding the Tea Party like you and Yasha. I’m never going to break a story, because I’m a pathetic groveling waterboy for the Kochs. So, I’ll just say I’m sorry in-advance, and hope that a truck runs me over, because I don’t have the courage to kill myself.

    Austin Pynchon (not my name, but you might think it is)

  • 37. CensusLouie  |  February 27th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    You didn’t think the unions thing could get worse!

    Republicans are now literally resorting to the old “1, 2, 3 not it!” trick.

    Truly disgusting, and should be another nail in the coffin for the retards who truly think “both sides are just as bad!” (which ties back into what Joe said, that 9 times out of 10 the people claiming neutrality are the very worst kind of tea-party Republican).

  • 38. Austin Pynchon  |  March 1st, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    See! —Now THAT’S what I like about you and the EXILE, Mark. Ready to spit back even when someone isn’t spitting at you. I’m assuming you or one of your good people re-wrote my comment with the “I’m a troll” stuff. (Hopefully your site isn’t that hackable by outsidefolk). THAT has some teeth. WAY better than your rantiocre price-adjusting piece.

    Honestly. Much better. And it doesn’t matter in the least that I’m not any kind of Republican and never failed to break ANY story as I’ve never been paid to write anything. Although the Exile readers who read through these comments would probably get more out of your rewrite if you’d left my original comment up. Still, your site, your call.

    Really, this is not sour grapes at you for deleting my comment. This is exactly what we rely on the Exile for. not tuna weight tweaking. I didn’t think it would be easy to scare it back up, but ultimately I find it reassuring to see this vinegar just below the surface. Thank you!

    Austin Pynchon (and I’m pretty sure none of the names on this thread are real)

  • 39. boson  |  March 5th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    what’s wrong with your eyes, Mark?

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