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Pictures From A Violent (And Media Blacked Out) Greek Exhibition

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Some may accuse us of simply recycling the same post over and over, with pictures of what appears like periodic violent rioting in Athens. Trust us: these are brand new, and the main reason why there is a seemingly massive media blackout of the events in Greece is because the journalists themselves are on strike. Luckily, the WSJ has compiled the following selection of pictures showing just how ugly the reality in an otherwise civilized European country has become. And since much of the proposed next round of austerity spending cuts would come from reducing wage costs in the
public sector, cuts in operating expenses at state-owned enterprises,
and reduced defense and health-care spending, the vicious cycle of ever more violent demonstrations will continue as even more cuts are implemented, and as the true depths of the Greek economic depression become self-evident.

Young protester ran as riot police hit others during clashes in Athens on Wednesday. A largely peaceful protest by tens of thousands of Greeks was marred by violence late in the day.

Riot policemen ran through a cloud of tear gas to avoid fire from an exploding petrol bomb. Hundreds of youths wearing ski masks hurled water bottles, firecrackers and other objects at police who responded with tear gas and pepper spray.

Tens of thousands people filled the streets in Athens for a demonstration.

Demonstrators shouted slogans during the protest in Athens. The strike, the second to be called this year, comes just days before the government is due to present Parliament with €26 billion in further spending cuts and tax increases to slash the budget deficit over the next five years.

Transport services also were disrupted, with ferry and rail services suspended after dockworkers joined the strike.

Public transportation around the capital operated on a reduced schedule, and flight operations were hit by a four-hour walkout by air-traffic controllers.

Protesters fought with riot police during the demonstrations.

Journalists also joined in the strike, leading to a blackout of all radio and television news programs.

Protesters lay on the street after clashes with riot police

In May last year, Greece narrowly avoided default with the help of a €110 billion bailout from the EU and the IMF in exchange for measures to cut its bloated budget deficit and reform its economy.

A demonstrator kicked a riot police.

Riot police clashed with demonstrators. Much of the spending cuts would come from reducing wage costs in the public sector, cuts in operating expenses at state-owned enterprises, and reduced defense and health-care spending.

Demonstrators are arrested by riot police

A protester with his face covered in blood looked on during the clashes

A recent public opinion poll shows that Greece's socialist government enjoys some measure of support among the wider public for its reforms, which are seen as correcting decades of stifling overregulation in the economy and mismanagement in the public sector.


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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:00 | 1264052 Xibalba
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Now if only we could import THAT!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:00 | 1264067 GOSPLAN HERO
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Coming to a neighborhood near you, soon!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:09 | 1264131 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Do the riot police know they are about to receive pay/pension cuts, if they are not fired outright?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:12 | 1264471 Alpha Monkey
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Are they?  In wisconson the police were going to be excluded from the union busting measures... hmmm, I wonder why?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:36 | 1264596 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The uproar concerning Fire and Police pensions is loud and clear, and without any stats in front of me, I have heard many department cuts have already happened.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:07 | 1264733 nkktwotwozero
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When they came for the....


I know shit's bad right now, with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we're running out of french fries and burrito coverings.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:41 | 1264954 destiny
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Oh...before YOU run out of french fries and buritos, take a look at this....


This should give a pretty good insight on what's coming your way as well...

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:33 | 1264207 Sudden Debt
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The Firebeer from the last picture?

Looks strong :)



But to be honest, I wonder what will happen in the US when they wait 2 to 3 months longuer with QE3 than most people think.

Pensions: gone

SS: gone

Government jobs: gone

no more payments to govenrment contracts


could get nasty if you ask me.



Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:34 | 1264271 Dr. Richard Head
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Either that is the Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Company or my personal favorite the Ember Bock. 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:23 | 1264522 Bendromeda Strain
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Maltov Liquor?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:44 | 1264304 MiguelitoRaton
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Sadly, that firebeer is also an import from Germany, the Greeks are screwed...

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:59 | 1264390 Sudden Debt
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I don't know if it's a bad thing.

It sure looks like those cops are dancing of joy!

They are on fire!!




Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:08 | 1264445 thecoloredsky
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Remember this from last year?


Imagine if they all were told "no"?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1264217 Jonas Parker
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You beat me to it!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:02 | 1264082 gorillaonyourback
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SADLY coming to a neighborhood near you:(

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:12 | 1264149 JW n FL
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no its not! people here have guns! and as much as the police have proven to like to shoot into crowds in the past.. you can imagine that this go round "We the People" will not take being gunned down by someone in uniform laying down.


So, the Corporate, Lobby Owned Government will lose the trigger happy high school educated police on "We the People" after some forced Austerity Measures of course.. that way "We the People" can be good and hungry while this spools up!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:31 | 1264202 RonnieHonduras
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Missing the point. See Wisconsin for who will be in the streets when the government has to cut its budgets by 20%++ to make ends meet, with the welfare crowd getting massive cuts... Heck, with a tax code simplification, you may even see CPAs and tax attorneys, etc. etc. protesting in the street as their parasitic proboscises are cut off!

Then there's simple inflation that will consume the rest of their wealth.

Granted, the rest of us better have guns to protect our own property from the marauding hordes, especially since the police here will probably go on strike because their benefits are cut.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:24 | 1264204 gorillaonyourback
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do you think the greek people want to be doing this?  they have no choice, just like we will soon have no choice.  unless you have been in a revolution i would suggest to you it aint all its cracked up to be

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:28 | 1264231 RonnieHonduras
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It's not all the Greek people, just the majority that's hooked to the government teat directly or indirectly.

IF you have something of value to exchange others with something of value, you will do relatively well here... so long as you can protect your stuff from the fools who are experts on video games, sitcoms, Rap, blowing off HS education, having kids out of wedlock left and right, etc.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:38 | 1264274 grekko
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I may be overly optomistic, but I think most people are not going to be a problem, at least not until they get hungry.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 17:03 | 1265085 Hephasteus
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I think there won't ever be much attempt at peaceful resolution. I think once america gets lit it will be all out war till government collapese and becomes controlled by the people again or the government drives everybody who resists away and simply keeps the losers it can control. They won't push things if numbers are not in their favor. As soon as they are push away.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:31 | 1264259 Sudden Debt
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This weekend I was have a drink with a good friend of mine who recently bought him some rifles.

Not the pussy shit kind, but a AK47,AK49, AS50 and a beast called M82 with very big bullets that can go through metal plates.

So I asked him where the fuck did he buy that?!

Switzerland. And all the ammo go could put in hir car.


He got the idea because his other friends where also buying them.

So it got me thinking that if these kind of situations keep on going, and the crowds start to arm themselves with army types of weapons while cops only carry 9mm's, that if a big fight would break out, you'd better stay indoors.



Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:12 | 1264451 DoChenRollingBearing
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Sudden Debt!  You bring us very good news from Europe.  The more WE (USA) and YOU (Europe) have guns, the better.

JW above is right.  I doubt the police could get away with much deadly force until we fight back.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:28 | 1264557 Id fight Gandhi
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Remember the incident that happened in 2004 with the "killdozer" Some guy took out his anger on a town. He was a machinist and a welder who armed a bulldozer like a tank. There's YouTube of the story.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:01 | 1264708 CynicLaureate
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It was Marvin John Heemayer


His town council tried to close his business by landlocking it and preventing his customers from getting to him.  He took revenge by detroying the businesses owned by the town council members who were out to get him.


He is an example of Gerard Celente's maxim: when people lose everything, they have nothing left to lose, and they lose it.


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:38 | 1264920 I only kill chi...
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Our LEO's here carry .40 SW sidearms with a 12 ga Shotgun in the patrol car, and most have M4/M16 in the trunks.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:58 | 1264373 trav7777
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Riot police here have deadly weapons, LORADs, pain beams, lasers, and a complete and total willingness to use them.  Snipers would shoot whomever was armed in the head and if they kill someone else, oh well.

They will deal with protests like Syria or Libya does.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:06 | 1264403 bob_dabolina
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The right to bear arms wasn't put into our constitution to protect us from foreign invaders. The founders included that lil' humdinger to allow the people to protect themselves against their government.

It was attributed to Yamamoto that he once said it would be impossible to invade the mid-region of the United States because a gun would be hiding behind every blade of grass. Though there is some controversy over wether or not he actually said it, the point is resounding unto itself.

So sure the government could use those methods against us but could you imagine being a troop in the middle of NYC with a gun pointing out of every window?

The citizens of Syria throw rocks. We have guns.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:38 | 1264591 Reptil
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Yes, but face it; they have Apache Gunships and Killer Drones...

You'll need advanced AAMs to make somewhat of a dent.

Ironically, your best bet would be to call on the regular army.

But personally.... I'm not very positive, unless the masses wake up before SHTF.

If people are not expecting it (and trust me, they aren't), they'll panic. That's what the FEMA camps are for...

"Run fools, RUN" Gandalf

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 03:07 | 1266742 Urban Redneck
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The US military has a well demonstrated ability to destroy an adversary's tanks & helicopters.  Their inability to cope with small groups armed primary with small arms is equally well demonstrated.  The combined populations of Afghanistan and Iraq are around 60 million, with a much smaller land area which allows for greater US troop concentration, yet success is elusive.  War is hell, but the US cannot win a war against its own people. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 03:37 | 1266818 Rynak
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Exactly.... all their fancy hightech vehicles are fucking useless in urban civil war, unless they want to massacre everyone and leave only scorched earth.

Urban civil war is fought by soldiers and the population, not vehicles.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:23 | 1264538 ebworthen
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You mean like the L.A. Riots or Katrina where the cops went home to protect their own?

If the shit really hits the fan the cops will be outnumbered 10,000 to 1; and the cops here are used to obedient masses.

Sure, they're good at beating up one or two kids, but not a city block.


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:23 | 1264827 treemagnet
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Exactly - the social fabric will come apart in a second 'cause just like you said, the cops et al will not be there to do shit.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:29 | 1264867 Cathartes Aura
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June 24, 1996
Web posted at: 6:25 p.m. EDT

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) -- Eleven years after police dropped a bomb on a row house occupied by the anti-government group MOVE, a jury has ordered the city of Philadelphia and two former city officials to pay $1.5 million to a survivor and relatives of two members of the group who died in the subsequent fire.

The jury found that the city, former Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor and former Fire Commissioner William Richmond used excessive force and violated the MOVE members' constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure in the May 13, 1985 incident...

Police officers arrived at the MOVE home at 6221 Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia on the morning of May 13, 1985 to serve arrest warrants on four MOVE members, and were met with gunfire, authorities said. Police fired back, touching off a 90-minute gun battle. . .

Later that day, police dropped the bomb on the MOVE row house from a state police helicopter. The bomb missed its target -- a fortified bunker on the roof -- and started a fire that burned an entire city block.

and that was before the police were heavily militarised - don't even think they won't use their new toys on "domestic terrorists". . .

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:44 | 1264620 Piranhanoia
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Snipers start as plinkers, then targets, then some hunt.  Most don't become police. They just become expert.  Their numbers alone neutralize the combined numbers of the police, guard and army. Then you have the average citizen with one firearm that also equal all potential enforcement personnel.  Don't bother to count the many familes that have several things in common. There are multiple members, there are multiple guns, there are relatives and friends and the rest of their community they feel they are a part of.  Then you must ask how many police are going to fire on their friends? If one does,  will it might take down the whole community and cause all the police to be targeted?

You really ought to stop talking through your sphincter and learn to count with more than your digits. 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:07 | 1264738 Debt is Slavery
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Nothing to stop someone else from picking up the downed man's weapon and keep on blasting.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:02 | 1264408 Money Squid
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The thugz would use guns. The nerds will make/buy already have 1w hand held lasers to blind the cops with, plus you can use their radios to give counter information, jam frequencies, hack their computer systems. There is a long list of non-lethal tactics to drive the police back.

Say, where is Annonymous with their attack on the Fed?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:22 | 1264533 sgt_doom
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Once again I feel the need to compliment JW in FL's thinking.

In the Puget Sound region (Seattle-Tacoma, WA), awhile back the local radio types (all neocon swill, regardless of how they claim to be "liberals" -- exception is KEXP, 'natch) were all shocked at the outpouring of negative emotion against the local police after one had been killed, and a group of four were murdered.

These neocon morons of the airwaves simply couldn't understand the frustration, rage and disgust among the populace for all things corrupt in the land.

There is no media in Amerika, and only the neocons and neolibs choose to believe otherwise.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:45 | 1264979 Cathartes Aura
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"I Power KEXP" *nods*

best music, hands down. . . "news" is best imbibed in small, considered increments nowadays, ZH gives good dosage.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:03 | 1264095 silvertrain
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we keep adding benefits here in the US..Believe me, start taking some of them away and see what happens..Tell Chicago,Ill or LA that there is going to be a deep cuts in all social programs and you will see whats up..

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:19 | 1264186 Urban Redneck
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The cities can burn when they cut benefits, they are non-sustainable anyway without huge external support infrastructure (farms & garbage dumps).  The more interesting show will be the latest resurrection of the 200+ year old urban-rural divide, which will not be played out within city limits.  It's one those subjects that is not necessarily covered very well in the literature examing recent economic collapses. 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:20 | 1264502 trav7777
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sure it is...ferfal goes over this very thing in his writings.

The city is the place to be.  In rural areas, if the power goes off, nobody gives a fuck.  There are no infrastructure services out there because of the dearth of voters and people who will rise up and burn shit.  There are no police either, consequently the country is a dangerous place to be.

Obviously, we have a more well-behaved demographic in most rural areas than the mestizos in latin america, but that has changed due to migration patterns.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:48 | 1264639 SoNH80
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Too bad somebody junked you Trav, thumbs down to that.  But IMHO, the country has an edge.  Cities will become uninhabitable in a jiffy w/out constant food resupply and 100% reliable power.  Out in the country and outer suburbs, people know how to deal with power outages, they sometimes know/trust their neighbors, and are of grittier stuff than the average city dweller.  I've lived in big cities, I've lived in small towns, I'd take the small town any day. 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 17:05 | 1265089 TSA gropee
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Ditto to that SoNH80. The problem with being in the city is that the mid to larger cities already have an organized and active gang and criminal infrastructure ready to pounce on a populace that by and large are disarmed by regulations. I would think they would be less likely to venture into the rural areas when the local areas around them are target rich environments and the pickings are easy. 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 23:23 | 1266426 UninterestedObserver
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You make zero sense - "the city is the place to be" if there is no food,power,water,garbage service and thousands of hungry people burning shit? New Orleans and LA are great examples of how fast the city is not the place to be during any kind of societal breakdown or disaster

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 03:00 | 1266784 Urban Redneck
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One blogger does not a truth make.  Especially if his frame of reference is as a city dweller.  Two generalizations about rural America- they don't like bad manners and they don't like outsiders. 

The oral histories of the Great Depression in the US paint a starkly different picture than the sanitized history books.  In the run up to current economic clusterfuck there has been better access to information and easier access to credit than during the run up to the Great Depression so fewer people are likely to be caught off guard and completely unprepared if that scenario plays out.

However, the rural population can be broken into two distinct groups- those that are social and seek some form of social order, and those that are anti-social and seek complete independence from or elimination of any social order. 

I think there may be a struggle around independence and societal structure within the rural communities before any broader urban-rural, regardless the end result would not be appealing to most urban types, but probably not that big a change for most of us who live in the country.  In the most simplistic terms - does one fleeing urban breakdown encounter barter town or deliverance?   

Either way it sucks to be a city boy. 


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:30 | 1264236 lynnybee
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"deep social cuts" ?   .......... how about the fact that WALL ST. looted the pension funds & the U.S. BANKING SYSTEM is insolvent so they are trying to take a little from those who have the least !  ........ We sure could have done a lot of social program & infrastructure spending with the money that was in the T.A.R.P. , not to mention the other trillions that Bernanke just handed to Wall St.   GOLDMAN & A.I.G., G.M., + others should have gone bankrupt.   

Or, how about just doing a 1% tax on all financial transactions that the big investment banks & Wall St. are involved in know, that $1.5quadrillion in WORTHLESS PAPER, start taxing those fuckers; elderly won't starve to death.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:50 | 1264345 rustymason
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+1.  That is what kills me about these riot reports.  They make it look like the people are all just spoiled brats protesting cuts in their free handouts.  The reporter never mention that many are protesting the $ stolen by the banksters and corrupt government.  It's because the MSM and the banksters are blood brethren and don't rat on each other.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:13 | 1266554 JW n FL
JW n FL's picture  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt /   $15 Trillion in Loans /  / ='s $29T


Poor People or "We the People" did NOT get a Total of 5% of the $30 Trillion above! ALL of it went to AAA Rated Wanker Banker Douche' Bags! 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:07 | 1264440 notaFerengi
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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:09 | 1264453 Money Squid
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+4 trillion

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:48 | 1264655 suldog
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They'll just steal more to cover the taxes.  

Getting rid of them is the only real cure.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:11 | 1264124 Gene Parmesan
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It can't be imported, it would have to be manufacured domestically.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:09 | 1264129 metastar
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People are starting to hold those in power accountable.

Someone has to do it.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1264213 Missiondweller
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The riots are not about accountability, its about their desire to suck on the government teet a little longer despite the fact there is no more fiat money to go around.


Here in CA we are just beginning to see what happens when unions cannot keep their lavish pay and benefits.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:30 | 1264241 gorillaonyourback
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and your desire is to be you own island,,,, fucktard.  it about government serving the global elite not its people

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:38 | 1264284 Dr. Richard Head
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Exactly.  Globally, the bankers have been paid off for the loses which are put onto the backs of the people.  The people then get hit with austerity.  Austerity would not be needed if the banksters did not empty the coffers.  Goldman plays a large role in this Greek Tragedy.

This is not socialism versus capitalism.  This is the serfs vs. the banksters.  I wish people would wake the fuck up.  Of all places I though ZH would be pretty consumed with those paying attention.  Assjack above you just proved that assumption wrong.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:47 | 1264318 Alex Kintner
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+10. Agree 100%.

But if you are looking for progressive thinkers, ZH may not be the right place. Seems to be an equal number of "Fair Playing Field" vs "Greed is Good" types here.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:54 | 1264364 Dr. Richard Head
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Much easier to blame the victims of rape than to blame the aggressor.  Paper money is the vehicle that gives the population the ability to argue on the edges of a problem rather than go after the root cause.  If sound money were around - a one world currency I could agree with - then the politicians couldn't hand out so much corporate welfare and could instead look after its own.

I am all for a New World Order if that included sound money, sound banking, and true sovereignty.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:34 | 1266585 Tapeworm
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Junked for the "fuck" word. You are better than that, so why use it?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 02:46 | 1266770 BorisTheBlade
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Junked for not being consistent with your own standards.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 02:49 | 1266772 BorisTheBlade
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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:41 | 1264287 Alex Kintner
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So what is the "lavish pay and benefits" in CA?

We found out in WI that teachers make $40-50K a year. Which ain't lavish in my book. And that was after all the politicans equated teachers with Satan.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:00 | 1264381 Sausagemaker
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Lifeguards at Newport Beach make $90-200k and get 90% at retirement:


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:59 | 1264392 Josh Randall
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Hazard pay B!tchez

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 20:32 | 1265968 trav7777
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$200k to a fucking LIFEGUARD?!?!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:06 | 1266539 JW n FL
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everyone! get in your cars! we are all going to be lifegaurds at newport beach!

$200k w/ a benefits package? to sit at the beach and smoke weed? really?

just kidding, I hate the pacific.. to cold to swim in.. I am very much a warm water swimnerd!

I like fishing west coast (coasta rica, calcutta in cabo.. yada yada)! but no swimming!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:13 | 1264476 ATM
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That doesn't include the value of the promised benefits that the teachers collectively bargained for witht he politicians they elected.

Add those in and how much to WI really make?

(BTW, my wife was a WI teacher.)

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:32 | 1264560 ebworthen
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Get a grip and get off the neocon/liberal bullshit wagon.

You are basing your self-esteem on a fantasy of self-reliance while all the freedoms and rights of said fantasy have been rescinded and trampled.

Figure it out before someone figures it out for you.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 17:16 | 1265147 TSA gropee
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Self esteem? By what screwed up method of thought did you get self esteem? Time to put the crack pipe down.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:11 | 1266551 JW n FL
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by Missiondweller
on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:26


The riots are not about accountability, its about their desire to suck on the government teet a little longer despite the fact there is no more fiat money to go around.


Here in CA we are just beginning to see what happens when unions cannot keep their lavish pay and benefits.

*****************************************************************  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt /   $15 Trillion in Loans /  / ='s $29T


I Promise that the Poor People of America did not get 2% of the $30 Trillion Fucking Dollars that the bankers have gotten!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:40 | 1264279 Mountainview
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This is the opening of the Greek debt endgame...Final outcome:Greece out of the EURO with a new Drachma and debt restructuring...

Soon as well in your neighbourhood...!!!!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:08 | 1264446 alangreedspank
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I don't think that'll happen on such a large scale in north america. The culture of entitlement on state largesses is not as bad as it is in Greece.


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:36 | 1264598 shazbotz
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damn straight skippy



Wed, 05/11/2011 - 13:58 | 1264053 GOSPLAN HERO
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Rally around the Red Banner, comrades!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1264214 gorillaonyourback
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its not about communism stupid

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 06:40 | 1266910 prole
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Gosplan Hero- I find your call to the barricades to be far more honest and refreshing than the disgusting "downwithbankers".

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 13:59 | 1264055 Scottj88
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Coming to a country near you

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 13:59 | 1264056 Ruffcut
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Austerity bitchezz,

coming here soon

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:09 | 1266549 JW n FL
JW n FL's picture  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt /   $15 Trillion in Loans /  / ='s $29T


I Promise that the Poor People of America did not get 2% of the $30 Trillion Fucking Dollars that the bankers have gotten!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:02 | 1264058 Scottj88
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Coming to a country near you

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:02 | 1264059 tpberg7
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Anarchy Bitchez!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:17 | 1264163 njdoo7
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There isn't a government in Greece?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:18 | 1264165 Josh Randall
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These folks are getting their Socrates-ON

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:43 | 1264310 tmosley
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This is not anarchy, this is just violence.  There is a not very subtle difference.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:02 | 1264061 buzzsaw99
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The stupid cops are on the side of the bankstas.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:07 | 1264100 wirtschaftswunder
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the CME

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:08 | 1264105 JW n FL
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Corporations Own the Lobby!


The Lobby Owns the Government!


Law Enforcement works for the Duly Elected Lobby Whores!


We the People = Screwed!


No magic.. just the facts.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:10 | 1264136 buzzsaw99
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the people in desperate need of a beat-down are far away laughing.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:53 | 1264360 dexter_morgan
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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:58 | 1264687 Sedaeng
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(double tap)

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:56 | 1264688 Sedaeng
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39 to 35 :(

what happened? more margin hikes?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:15 | 1264777 Debt is Slavery
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+ firebombs in JPM/Goldman lobby

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:05 | 1266543 JW n FL
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lobby? fuck that try boardrooms!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:00 | 1264065 Pepe
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can't help the feeling of nostalgia

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:05 | 1264086 NOTW777
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union parties?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:08 | 1264066 SWRichmond
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Wisconsin: this is the next step, and it's a baby step from what has already occurred there.  Take away the free shit from the dependency class?  Riots, baby!

The party will begin shortly.  Got PT?

Edit: road march tonight.  Thanks for the motivation.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:28 | 1264244 Hacksaw
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Yep, but you don't see dip shit Walker attacking welfare, food stamps or subsidized housing, he attacks workers. He's not against the hand out plantation, he wants to put more of us on it.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:03 | 1264717 Bendromeda Strain
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Federal workers seem to survive w/o collectively bargained benefits. Or is Obama attacking workers too by letting that travesty continue? Why can't workers in borderline insolvent states get by with Federal work rules?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 18:17 | 1265501 sethstorm
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Nice Walker talking point there, but could you try something more original?



Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:45 | 1268040 SWRichmond
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Your basic fallacy is equating "government employees" with "workers."  Government employees, on net, do not pay taxes.  Every single dollar the receive is a tax dollar, they merely have to give some of them back as alleged "taxes."  On balance, they are tax consumers, not tax payers.  They produce nothing, and in doing their jobs they make it more difficult for the rest of us to produce anything.  If you want to call that "work" then I guess I can't stop you.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:38 | 1264275 Millivanilli
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Biggest welfare recipients- BANKSTERS.  

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 00:08 | 1266548 JW n FL
JW n FL's picture  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt /   $15 Trillion in Loans /  / ='s $29T


I Promise that the Poor People of America did not get 2% of the $30 Trillion Fucking Dollars that the bankers have gotten!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:01 | 1264070 NotAllowed
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I own several rifles......the police will never see it coming.  Thats why they resort to such underhanded ways in the states.  Cannot outright force austerity on us.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:01 | 1264072 dick cheneys ghost
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Dont forget the March on Wall Street May 12th.....we should be so lucky to get some action like the greeks........

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:04 | 1264073 Magnix
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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:04 | 1264075 Dick Darlington
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In future after violent rioting the greeks can enjoy formula 1 races in a brand new track funded by the european taxpayers.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:01 | 1264076 Jack Mehoff
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Coming soon to a Main Street near you!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:04 | 1264079 mynhair
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WSJ photoshopped 'em all.  Where's Linda Green?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:56 | 1264379 oddjob
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The riot dog is noticeably absent.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:04 | 1264081 camaro68ss
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Obay your master BITCEZ!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:06 | 1264084 Cdad
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Bob Pisani over at the BlowHorn [CNBC] knows enough to notice the Euro is getting killed, and he knows enough to say "the important things is folks are long the market."  However, apparently he does not know what is going on in Greece because he is too busy chatting with criminal syndicate Wall Street brokers about buying the dip...even though the market is perilously close to going bidless.

Hello COMCAST.  Any word on restoring BlowHorn credibility?

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:19 | 1264183 Cdad
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The conversation about market credibility continues on the network, but no one is talking about the HFT crimes going on everywhere, everyday, as a result of co located computers.  

Example, on CMG, the big boys are dumping 10K lots of shares all day long...and yet the shares magically float on air.  Fundamentally, the shares are broken.  Headlines on the shares are horrible...with ICE investigations mounting.  The only thing that holds it in there is the magic computers backed by Ben Bernanke dollars, algo trolls that pick up on Cramer rants shouting every five minutes, "Chipotle!"  Speaking of Ben Bernanke, where is the conversation about his destruction of the markets?

These are the real crimes loose on the markets.  This is why Average Joe is no where near these markets anymore.

There is zero credibility anywhere...but today supposedly the Raj situation will fix things.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:05 | 1264089 Re-Discovery
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Bunch of whiny Greeks are fucking up my Silver today.  Just take the bailout.  Who cares about the I rate, you'll never end up paying anyway.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:10 | 1264134 Rick64
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They will never pay it off, but they will make interest payments for the rest of their lives.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:51 | 1264350 The Fonz
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I know when I am being enslaved I really try not to inconvience anyone, its just rude!  

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:06 | 1264091 GOSPLAN HERO
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They have enough money to buy gas and make Molotov Cocktails.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:03 | 1264093 wirtschaftswunder
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Looks like they all own silver

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:09 | 1264130 SWRichmond
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+1 comic relief

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:45 | 1264320 dexter_morgan
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or were those iPads they were eating

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:07 | 1264098 arkel
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Not sure if we'll see this in America. Even if the economy collapses, the majority of people will still be hypnotized by American Idol and Housewives of _____.

I've stopped trying to warn people, they either think I'm crazy or just ignore me.


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:11 | 1264117 ShankyS
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I agree, sheeple suck.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:08 | 1264121 SoNH80
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They will go after the programs for the suburban middle class (SS, Medicare) first, go after the programs for the urban underclass (SNAP, WIC, state/local/Federal welfare) dead last.  TPTB know that the urban underclass has a hardship-tolerance window of about 9 hours.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:21 | 1264182 topcallingtroll
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Lets get rid of all welfare programs.

I am ready.

Lets make people work instead of parasitizing off the working taxpayers.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:27 | 1264237 SoNH80
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I agree, all able-bodied persons must work for their living, one way or another.  (I'm o.k. with some welfare for the blind, orphans, wheelchair-bound, etc.-- a small number of people out there that really need it, don't have family, etc.).  BUT-- you know what would happen if the checks were cut off for the Jerry Springer viewership.... L.A. 1992, anyone?  "Gimme dat tapedeck, Whitey!" 

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:21 | 1264526 DoChenRollingBearing
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+  few trillion!

Let's get rid of all of them, especially stolen-bankster-money too!  I'm ready, and even at 55 years old, I do not expect (nor will I take) any BS SS, Medicare, etc.

Bring our troops home.  Secure our borders.


top, are TPTB listening?  Probably not.

Au & Ag & guns & ammo!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:31 | 1264572 SoNH80
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Your proposals are too sensible for TPTB, Bearing!  They might save money and revive the Republic, they wouldn't want that, now would they!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:53 | 1265015 TSA gropee
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I see nothing in your post that warrants a junking.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 08:43 | 1267168 SoNH80
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TSA/g, I've come to the conclusion that there is always at least one person that will strongly disagree with someone here, even if that someone is saying, "the sky is blue."  This is kind of like a coffee house in Revolutionary Paris, we've got the good, the bad, and the ugly here, and though there can be a lot of yelling and screaming, there's more truth to be found here on any given Wednesday than in 9 years' worth of the NYT/WSJ/Teevee, etc.  I don't like some of the mushy-headedness (Iran is swell!  We can all overthrow the banksters by blinking and clicking our ruby shoes!  Western Civilization has nothing worth defending!)-- but at least people are THINKING.  Thanx for the support "irregardless..."

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:30 | 1264235 topcallingtroll
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Let the underclass burn down their neighborhoods.

They will be quickly killed if they hit the suburbs in certain geographic areas, and when the police.get tired the volunteers will give them a rest break.

Count on it.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:31 | 1264258 SoNH80
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The lesson is, if you are a law-abiding working person, get your butt out of major cities.  Those Detroit R.E. "bargains" are no bargains at all.  Happy to be a 5-yr member of the N.R.A., the Cambridge/Upper West Side/Georgetown moonbats will bear the brunt of whatever comes down the pike.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:26 | 1264539 DoChenRollingBearing
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top, SoNH,

So nice to be among like-minded folks on this one.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:02 | 1264405 Withdrawn Sanction
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The underclass (and the unprepared middle class) have about 2 to 4 weeks after our Just-in-Time food delivery system fails to keep the shelves filled. That failure will produce starvation and its associated culling very quickly.   The desperation that accompanies that 2 to 4 week interval will be at once violent and fearsome.   

This is not a scenario to be hoped for, but one nevertheless to be prepared for.   Preparation involves not just stockpiling, by the way, but it also involves mental preparation for what you’ll do when confronted by violence on your doorstep, or at your kid’s bus stop, or in the parking lot at work.


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:46 | 1264987 TSA gropee
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Time to shelves empty in a crisis whether man-made or natural is much less than two weeks. Most survival literature/websites mention 3 days, usually less. One great insight that I recently picked up is to have at least one firearm and some ammo strictly for confiscation purposes, preferably of course your oldest/worst one which gives the illusion one is complying with authorities. CB radios for communication with handles for each member on rotating channels. is a decent place to go where you can sign up for free email articles on various aspects of survival.


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:05 | 1264102 entendance
Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:08 | 1264107 caconhma
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Now I understand why Greeks are the founders the civilized world many centuries ago.

This time, Egyptians and Greeks, once again, well ahead of everybody else in a fight for freedom and democracy. I hope it will not take another 4,000+ years for Americans to join the revolution.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:17 | 1264177 Ruffcut
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No, but there are little girls joining the justin bieber club. Hope that helps.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:27 | 1264551 DoChenRollingBearing
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Actually, that news does help.  Makes me feel a lot better.

Of course, as a newly enlisted member of the T.H.B., that helps too.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:17 | 1264180 NOTW777
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thats funny

living off government benefits and public largesse and union corruption is fighting for "freedom and democracy"

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:20 | 1264196 topcallingtroll
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In a delusional twisted sort of way by people who dont understand economics, yes.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1264220 caconhma
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May be Greek do not realize it yet but they are fighting their socialist government controlled by the world central bankster mafia.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 15:21 | 1264525 JR
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Exactly. Perhaps if there were a laboratory to show the failures of socialism and banksterism…that demonstration would be the Greek nation.  And if there was to be a national leader who would show the planned excesses of socialism…that leader would be the international socialist George Papandreou, who did graduate studies at the Fabian (socialist) London School of Economics.

Currently, as well as being prime minister of Greece and leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party, he is president of The Socialist International (SI). Papandreou stressed at the UN summit in Copenhagen on December 18, 2009:  "At this time, we are observing the birth of global governance. We must, however, agree to an obligation and be committed to carrying this out.”

Collectivism, socialism and despotism are the economic systems of choice for the oligarchs because central control is achieved by simply corrupting the leaders at the top. An example is the ease of the oligarchs' use of the Chinese economy for its own purposes, i.e., fewer palms to grease.

In September 2003, Papandreou received the “Defender of Democracy” award from the Parliamentarians for Global Action - an international organization of legislators from 130 countries established circa 1978 as Parliamentarians for World Order. The vision of PGA is "to contribute to the creation of a Rules-Based International Order."

On March 31, 2009 and in view of the G-20 Heads of State Meeting in London on April 2, the Symi Symposium organized a Preparatory Workshop for the meeting of the SI Commission on Global Financial Issues, taking place on the same day at the UN Headquarters under the chairmanship of Joseph E. Stiglitz. The Workshop Discussions focused on two broad themes: (1) global economy in crisis and economic recovery and (2) global governance and regulatory reform.

The Socialist International  boasted 170 political parties and organizations worldwide in 2010, including many that are currently in power running national governments. Since its inception in 1951 to birth global governance, not much has changed; "reformed" communists and communist parties are welcomed with open arms and hold top posts in the SI.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:08 | 1264108 Curtis LeMay
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This euro idea thing is working out great, don't you think? :o)

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:49 | 1264342 Franken_Stein
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With Jewish bank Goldman Sachs helping them to cook their books via FX swaps and cashing in fees for it.


Toda !


Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:07 | 1264115 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Look America, Kim Kardashian is making shoes!  Look, look, look!!!

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:10 | 1264116 Mercury
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I guess the WSJ is taking a break from their dastardly information suppression campaign...

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:16 | 1264155 Piranhanoia
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no, they are acting in accordance with their instructions to show nasty messy things bad for America,  oooo,  bad, bad.

the rag will never take a break. It has "monitors" from down the street inside that make sure.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:11 | 1264120 zaknick
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Burn baby burn! Amerika next!

"Representative democracy" is an obsolete bankster con job.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:18 | 1264167 topcallingtroll
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You should go back to colombia since america is such a terrible place.

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