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Live Feed From Athens As 100,000 Greeks Go On Strike, Consider Storming Parliament Again

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The last time Greeks were shown to be storming their parliament on live TV, we got a 1,000 point drop on the Dow Jones. Today, another 100,000 protesters of austerity are expected to hit the streets as the entire country is essentially shut down. From the BBC: "Much of Greece's transport network has been
immobilised, as trade unions stage another 24-hour general strike
against austerity measures. Ferries are tied up in port, railway stations shut, and the Labour Ministry occupied by communist protesters. Organisers are hoping that up to 100,000 people will join protests on the streets later. There are fears of renewed violence after protests in Athens two weeks ago led to the deaths of three people. The country's main civil service and public sector unions say they represent some 2.5 million workers. "People are bleeding financially but they will
participate in the strike," Ilias Vrettakos, a senior member of the
ADEDY union, was quoted as saying by Reuters." And for those who wish to follow the strike and potential Storming Of The Parliament Part 2, here is a live feed from the main Parliament square. 



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Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:34 | 362536 jkruffin
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This saves the government instant money right?  They don't have to pay them while they are all on strike.  That could be a good plan for the government to cut expenditures.  :)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:25 | 362792 B9K9
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To an individual who personally committed to a credit agreement and utilized/enjoyed the use (investment, consumption, etc) of said funds, the choice between dramatically reducing one's future expenditures (austerity) or saying "fuck you" & defaulting result in essentially the same outcome: a drastically reduced living standard.

In truth, there isn't any real difference between the two options since laboring to service an un-payable, exponentially growing principal+debt balance eventually results in default anyway. So the key is to not only default first before wasting any time attempting the impossible, but also to move quickly in order to try & keep the underlying collateral.

Now, take the exact set of circumstances as above, but replace individuals who both committed & enjoyed the use of funds not only with other persons, but other peope from a different generation (ie younger) who weren't even of voting age, or weren't even born yet, to shoulder and accept paying the debts of an older generation!

Yeah, like that's gonna work. It's cliche, but what we're seeing in Greece will soon visit the USA. There is simply no way in hell younger generations are going to accept laboring as debt peons under dramatically reduced living standards in order to pay off debts incurred to support extravagant standards of older generations.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:53 | 362880 Renfield
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Hear, hear. Flag as Gold.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:03 | 363125 TBT or not TBT
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Well there will be a lot less working age, voting age, tax paying-age Greeks in the future, thanks to several decades of low birthrates in that country.   Italy and Spain are similarly doomed.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:41 | 362541 peripatetic86
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Can anyone foresee this ever happening in the good old USA?  Is it even feasible or would it quickly turn into a Kent State redux?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:57 | 362739 Psquared
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Everybody doesn't work in a government job in the US - at least not yet. So no, I don't foresee this happening here. To my knowledge there has never been a general strike in the US although I think there have been attempts at it.

Could it happen in the future? Yes, if we continute down the path we are on and then the government were to say, "oops, we don't have enough money to pay you, the bankers stole it all."

I think, back in the 1870s, when railroad speculation collapsed and drove the economy into a 6 year depression (which the government allowed and did not interfere with Keynesian spending - of course Keynes was unknown then) there was some violence in New York and a few bankers were dragged out in the streets and hung from lamp posts. But we are much too civilized to do that now.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:06 | 362761 TBT or not TBT
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Keynes was also relatively unknown in the early parts of the depression.   FDR met him at some point but was unimpressed.   His ideas, I'm not going to say theories, backed what the power mad freaks in government wanted to do and were already doing anyway.   The whole thing was a "just so story" that isn't so, but met the ends of statists and true believers in central planning. 

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:45 | 362856 Marley
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Think more along the lines of New Orleans.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:43 | 362546 Citizen of an I...
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Is everybody in?
Is everybody in?
Is everybody in?
The ceremony is about to begin.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:45 | 362551 Sudden Debt
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Popcorn : CHECK

2 bottles of cola : CHECK

anybody needs to go to the toilet? PLEASE DO IT NOW or you'll miss the show! :)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:33 | 362667 Cheeky Bastard
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Smokes: CHECK

Internet: CHECK

Oxygen tank: CHECK

Lets roll nigga ...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:48 | 362712 Sudden Debt
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I like your preperations better :)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:41 | 362699 optionswriter
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Ah.  The lizard king.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:02 | 362749 Renfield
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Where's Chumba? Seems to me this would be his kinda thread. Dude can DO anger.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:39 | 362835 Cheeky Bastard
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Its early in SoCal.

6:40 am.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:43 | 362547 Sudden Debt
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If you math works out, the DOW will go negative today :)

DOW : -89521


They Tyler! Look into the Belgium austerity measures that will begin after 16 june! 4800 euro per person needs to be taxed EXTRA to meet budget deficits! They already pay 52% on wages, and 21% on all the rest. As the capital of Europe (Brussels), that should be interesting :)


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:58 | 362581 duo
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Don't we have to extract $13,000/year  PER HOUSEHOLD in the US to balance our budget?  I think that comes to $25,000/year for taxpaying household.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:20 | 362630 nedwardkelly
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What makes you think they have any intention of every trying to balance it?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:25 | 362798 tonyw
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and as an employer I pay more than 30% on the wages of my staff:-(


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:44 | 362548 suteibu
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A guy on CNBC is blaming pictures of Greek riots for market volatility (tanking).  It's all your fault Durden.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:46 | 362554 Sudden Debt
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nice... the media saying it's better to keep the people ignorant...

could work...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:51 | 362564 silvertrain
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 I saw that, lol@he wanted them to cut it off..

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:45 | 362550 metastar
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Just wait until the summer heat really starts making people crazy!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:48 | 362556 Mako
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I told Harry to hold onto his 10,000 party hat.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:51 | 362567 Duuude
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First Bellysnort of tha day!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:48 | 362558 Sudden Debt
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Today they can only expect some lightning®ION=0002

should be a good show


Wish you where here!

Greetings from Athens :)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:47 | 362555 economicmorphine
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It is fascinating to watch the hubris of man at work.  The Greeks will destroy what's left of their country out of self-righteous indignation, never quite grasping that their government can no longer give away what it has given away in the past because the cost of borrowing hsa gone up.  Speaking of never quite grasping, none of the rest of the world will grasp that they are in exactly the same boat as the Greeks.  Fascinating.  

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:52 | 362568 Postal
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+1 "All I know is my children are hungry and I don't have a job." Of course, that's somebody else's fault/responsibility...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:31 | 362664 TBT or not TBT
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Its like the cargo cults various island cultures developed after the departure of the GI's from Pacific Islands during WWII, but even dumber.   The cargo cults cleared "landing strips" and made "control towers" and performed ceremonies begging the american gods to come back with their amzing supplies of food and tools and goodies, to no avail.   The difference with the cargo cults is they can be forgiven for not understanding how all that material wealth came to be.   The Greek rioters have no such excuse.   

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:14 | 362782 primefool
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You dont get the deeper game . You see all these silly natives with "antennae" stuck to their heads running around pretend control towers - will be a Huge Tourist Attraction. The tourist dollars will be much greater than any imagined "cargo" that they were praying for!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:08 | 363132 TBT or not TBT
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And I thought vacations in Greece were all about the sea, sex and sun.    They could get that reputation going again if they could stuff the protests with bronzed eye candy, show that on the news.   Maybe Greece can be saved after all..if it they can find some bronzed eye candy.  Birth rates haven't been all that great for the last several decades.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 13:12 | 363348 RockyRacoon
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There is still MILF-candy.  Must be popular or there wouldn't be an acronym for it.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:44 | 362680 PhotonJohn
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The problem is that it is the wages of the very people that make things work (not that efficiently maybe) where the cuts always start. Not the funding to programs like "what are the effects of smoke on monkeys" or farm subsidies to corporations like Monsanto. Do you think these "statesmen" that we have, most that do not need a pension or paycheck, would ever say "you know what I do not need this and I am willing to do it for free until we can fix it"? I am all for cutting government but there are better places to start. I think this is what the protests are really about. Maybe I am just to blind to see it.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:40 | 362693 snowball777
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Primus - Pudding Time

You can have a lolly pop 
A candy bar a jelly bean. 
I'll buy you a rainbow 
To hang above your door. 
It's pudding time. 
Laughter is a sweet 
You can't put a price on. 
When laughter's all gone 
Daddy won't buy you more. 
It's pudding time. 
It's pudding time children. 
Money money monye 
To buy you things. 
Daddy's gonna buy you a 
Diamond ring. 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall 
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall 
All the kings horses and all the kings men 
Couldn't put Humpty together again. 

San Francisco bay the  Gulf of Mexico

Striped bass are dying. 
But you're gonna get 
That brand new bike 
Oh joy 
It's pudding time 
It's pudding time children.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:48 | 362557 bobby02
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Economis stimulus and recovery program: burn down lots of buildings -> construction spending -> jobs -> boost GDP -> better tax receipt -> narrow bond spread.

It's brilliant! You don't get to be a 3000-yr old civilization for nothing.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:54 | 362571 Sudden Debt
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It doesn't end there!


burning bank employees -> hire new people -> shrinking workforce -> supply><demand = wages go up -> wages go up -> higher tax receipts -> narrow bond spread

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:59 | 362587 old_turk
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burn down lots of buildings->move to Albania to herd goats->lots of rubble->no GDP->stiff everybody.

Who knew national strikes = national sport in Greece?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:57 | 362738 contrabandista13
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"......national sport in Greece?..."

naked men wrestling with naked boys.....

That kinda explains it all....

Best regards,


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:33 | 362670 TBT or not TBT
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You forgot the "burning people" part.  They already partook last time around.  Two employees and a pregnant lady, a four-fer!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:49 | 362559 AnAnonymous
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Lets see if this time the Greek government deploy more than a dozen of riot control police officers to protect the parliament.


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:40 | 362692 UGrev
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All the police need to do is "Put some windex on it".. LAWL!!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:49 | 362560 nedwardkelly
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So I actually watched a few minutes... Thought "wow that looks pretty tame, hardly any people". They were all just sitting around chanting, blowing whistles etc. Hardly violent or destructive.

Then a bunch of cops on bikes showed up and it actually looked like the protestors had found something to get excited about. Then all the cops just rode away.... Back to being tame.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:51 | 362566 Renfield
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Cynic. You probably yawned your way through the Y2K crisis too.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:57 | 362579 Jeff Lebowski
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Watched that as well.  It was anticlimatic.

I think what you're missing is that the people whistling and chanting are off camera.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:36 | 362678 TBT or not TBT
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Maybe the media corporations thought better of "if it bleeds it leads" on this particular topic, after the flash crash.   This time it may be tape loop on bored strikers having a day off work.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:56 | 362575 Sudden Debt
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it's still noon in Athens, people first have there siesta!

Never break tradition he :)

They get out of bed around 4 o'clock (another 2 hours)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:23 | 362561 Renfield
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Hmmm. Switzerland may be called on again in the coming week to swallow up another three economies' worth of euros.

Maybe some of those revolting peasants are actually speculators in disguise, doing what works best to get more of that Swiss-paid fiat in their pockets.

The War on Speculators is shaping up to enjoy the same success as the War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on Poverty...

ETA: May not have to wait until next week. Strikes in Greece, Romania, France (upcoming); critical bankster bailout vote tomorrow; upcoming German transaction tax; upcoming pan-Euro short-selling ban; capital flight into Swissie; breakup rumours every day hotly denied; oh and no workable solution of any kind put forward. And EUR up on steady buying, natch.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:52 | 362570 jkruffin
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Benny and Timmy are in closed door meeting right now planning the QE 3.0 introduction.  The start of the hyperinflation model.  See you at DOW 30k, Gold 3k and Silver $300 before the collapse begins.  Once they stop the market trading, you know the money has system collapsed.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 07:56 | 362574 Goods
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Leo what is your take on the riots going on in Greece, people there seem very restless about the austerity measures?

calm will be restored when the trillion dollars starts being felt in the financial system.

I see. But Tyler seems to be connecting the May 5th stock market crash to the riots in Greece?

Tyler, please, next time, wait to embed the interview before inserting your foot in your mouth!

Thank you for your time Leo!

Now, back to my favorite porn site. 

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:58 | 362740 Canucklehead
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Goods, just a marketing observation.  The first few times you posted this it was quite funny.  To some it is now getting a bit stale.

I think you need to "juice" things up a bit or you may be seen in the same light as the "caricature" that you are presenting.

It's your call.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:00 | 362591 mynhair
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The Swedish feed last time was my bottom feeder bids in.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:00 | 362592 john_connor
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I see the ECB's pan-european takeover is not working, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:12 | 362600 plocequ1
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I have my Popcorn , KY Jelly and Formula 409 to clean the Ceiling afterwards. This is going to get exciting.. Better than watching a John T Bone Flick

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:10 | 362608 old_turk
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OK, I have a question.

If it's a national strike, how come the riot police aren't striking?

Is it because they have a contract that says they can only strike when there isn't any riots scheduled for that day?

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:25 | 362646 jkruffin
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most union serving federal or state governments have a no strike clause usually.  Worked government union for a long time, and they always had that in there to remove the union's trump card.  If these people on strike in Greece are federal employees, I have no idea what kind of crack laws they have in place.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:12 | 362612 Renfield
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There's nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Are now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!


Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:18 | 362624 MaxPower
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CSI Miami totally ruined that song for me.


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:32 | 362648 Renfield
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I dumped the show (and all CSI-related clones), and just listened to the Who more. :-D

ETA: You do realise that this is the Powerz' cunning plan, yeah? To steal all our protest songs, language, concepts...and shove them into association with cars, plastic actors in evening dress, American Idol public shamings, and Lollapalooza kindergartens. Not even kidding on this...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:39 | 362689 TBT or not TBT
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An advantage of being a RUSH fan.  The powerz that be won't coopt your songs!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:25 | 363177 MaxPower
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Ironic you'd mention that. I was listening to "The Trees" earlier today, trying to figure out which country's inhabitants are most like the maples...

Rush. A shame synthesizers are out of fashion. We could do with some better allegorical songwriting during these curious times.


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:38 | 362686 TBT or not TBT
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Ah but David Caruso's Horatio!

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:21 | 362633 Debtless
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there doesn't seem to be much happening on camera - I tuned in for a lynching... and got a few hundred clapping and chanting. wake me up when the chaos begins please.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:24 | 362642 FischerBlack
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Most Unsuitable Last Name in Europe:

Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:30 | 362660 Renfield
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Most suitable name in US: Gia Moron, spokesman for Goldman Suchs.

Aw I know everyone already snorted at that, but it still never gets old for me.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:14 | 362783 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Her sister Ura Moron gets into a lot of fights...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:25 | 362645 jory
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Gold and Silver Bugs getting Crushed today.  I think everything is bullish for Gold?  LMFAO!!!


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:41 | 362697 Renfield
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troll alert

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 11:48 | 363073 Slewburger
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Junked. This dude is on Uncle Bens team fo sho.

On a long enough timeline the survival rate for every FRN drops to zero.


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:28 | 362651 HEHEHE
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I don't think they are allowed to televise that sort of stuff in the United States.  It's not "newsworthy".  We need to know who got kicked off Dancing With The Stars, not view the protests and violence that might be visiting our shores down the road.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:38 | 362682 Renfield
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Don't give the serfs any ideas.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:28 | 362652 ambrosiac
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Incidentally, ZH has been accused by some Greek blog comment(er)s of spreading pro-American propaganda, for besmirching the economy of Greece and making fun of G-Pap pronouncements -- G-Pap being a U.S. citizen and standing accused himself of advancing a dastardly U.S. plot against Greece and the EE.


Just in case you thought the world is a simple place   :)


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:39 | 362687 Renfield
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link? I'm just curious...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:50 | 362719 UGrev
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Accusing ZH of Pap-Smearing? oh c'mon.. I couldn't resist.. :)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:55 | 362734 Renfield
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Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:33 | 362669 AllYourBaseAreB...
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For a bunch of layabouts, they really know how to throw a protest.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:38 | 362685 walküre
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Wonder if they will break out in a spontaneous dance of SIRTAKI.

Could be a world record if they did. Guinness book recorders should stand by just in case.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:47 | 362709 Bigdaddydvo
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OMG who just caught Rick Santelli a few minutes ago with an insta-classic pro-gold bug rant just now...will post clip as soon as it comes up. Highlights which can't come close to doing it justice:

-Big run for physical gold in Europe

-Recent dip constitutes folks selling most profitable positions (gold) to cover losses elsewhere.

-Hilarious analogy: "What if I had a garage full of cattle, and sold receipts for those cattle, but never let you inside my garage to see if they are actually there? Well that's what's happening with gold."

-A little later: "Here's a better idea: Why don't we lock up all the people who print fiat money in my garage and put the cattle in charge!"

Seriously, this is the best Santelli since the original epic tea-party rant.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:00 | 362743 bigdumbnugly
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I thought we already had a cow or two in some fairly high governmental postions...


Santelli's rant was mooooooving.


Thu, 05/20/2010 - 08:51 | 362722 AllYourBaseAreB...
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+5000 (/oz)

The World is Fallin' Apart:

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:06 | 362764 MrTrader
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Seems, it's gloom and doom party on this site. One interesting aspect today is after the weekly jobless claim figures, actually EUR/USD rose. I think that translates into some sort of buying S&P futures. And given the recent EUR bashing some retail Forex investors - who are massively short by the way may once again learn the meaning of the expression "short covering." S&P futures 1090.50. I have to run. Rally is beginning. Happy Greek festival...;=)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:10 | 362774 bigdumbnugly
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Otherwise known as Greek Freak Week.

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 09:36 | 362825 Fix It Again Timmy
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Hanging bankers would be a very civilized and Very EDUCATED thing to do...

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 10:26 | 362913 pros
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What is the 2010 version of the guillotine for the

"let them eat cake" bankers, corporate execs and their co-conspirators in the government?


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