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Italian "Austerity" In Action: Maserati For Its UK Ambassador

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While we already know how Spain's Prime Minister is celebrating the country's brand new austerity budget (From Bloomberg: "The premier and five staff drank 10 beers and seven bottles of wine with a dinner of filet steak and turbot on their flight back from a European championship soccer match the day after Spain asked its European partners for a 100 billion-euro bailout to recapitalize its banks, the weekly reported, citing catering bills from the Spanish Air Force.") there was little color on how the "other" country undergoing austerity (not really) for the common man was enacting belt-tightening and spending reductions. We say "not really" because as we have shown, Europe has yet to actually implement austerity. And yet the people suffer. Or rather, once again, it is the common man who suffers, and because of that is convinced that the government is spending less. It certainly isn't as we showed in the case of Spain whose tax revenues have increased even as spending has increased, promises to the contrary notwithstanding. But where is the money going then? Surely if the common man is suffering, everyone else must be too. Turns out the answer is no. As the following picture below shows, where previously a simple Lancia with the license plate "ITA1" once stood, the car that is now proudly parked in the same spot and drives around Italy's ambassador to the UK, Alain Giorgio Maria Economides (read his heartfelt message to all here), is a new Maserati Quattroporte.

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On the 6th of June 2011, Maserati proudly sponsored an exhibition of works by Italian Contemporary artists in the beautiful scenario of the Italian Embassy in Mayfair.

 

The Maserati Quattroporte, official car of the Italian Ambassador in London, took pride of place in front of the entrance along with a Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic and a Maserati GranCabrio: the perfect addition to the showcased art works.

 

The over 150 guests welcomed by the Italian Ambassador Alain Giorgio Maria Economides, enjoyed a pleasant evening surrounded by spectacular Italian art.

 

And while one may claim that all Italy did is rotate from one Italian-made car to another, what really happened is public funding was used to purchase a $200,000 car that ultimately padded the revenues of a private, publicly-traded company, Fiat (which last we checked has not been nationalized. Yet) and its shareholders. Because all that is happening is public money going to private profits, i.e. the 1%: precisely what everyone lately has been agitating against.

And yet nobody cares.

So the next time the "common people" in Italy (or Spain, or Greece, or any other country) ask why their standard of living is deteriorating even as public spending and debt issuance continues to simply go up, look at the picture above... or that of the Italian ambassador to the UK below.

 


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Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:02 | Link to Comment Lohn Jocke
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Yeah...but he wanted a Bugatti Supersport...

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment SilverDOG
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So he can race it at the new, being built, Greek Formula 1 track, right?!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment knukles
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Hey, same shit here at home.  What was it, a $100K/month bill for food and beverages on the Air Force plane that Nanzi Pelousi used to ferry herself back and forth when the BigBungaBungain the Hoose?  Seem to remember it reported in the Enquirer. 

San Fran, not National, BTW

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment notbot
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But in Democrat parlance, she was just creating or saving jobs.  

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:00 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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In all fairness, we had one of those in our family and the leather right under the rear window shrinks and peels away from the upholstery.  Yuck. 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Due to environmental laws, most leather tanning is done in China these days. 

A nickel ain't worth a dime no more!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:12 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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@ knukles

True dat!  Government workers, after all, are more equal than others.  Here, there, makes no difference...

EDIT:

Bet those Italian .gov types are not selling THEIR gold like many of the other Italians are:

http://tinyurl.com/ckffdn3

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment knukles
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Hah ha ha ha ha...

So true.  In fact betcha that some of the Eyeties in the Gubamint Finance Orifices have got plans intact like people who work at Apple, Titleist, Ford, etc., Family and Friend Purchase Deals where they can get the product real cheap... like gold ingots, treasury obligations, bearer bonds, favors, etc.

You're too good, DoChen.
May peace and good health be upon you and yours. 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:56 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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And upon you and yours!

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 06:55 | Link to Comment carbon
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viva italia they own now chrysler

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 06:55 | Link to Comment carbon
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viva italia they own now chrysler

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment Big Corked Boots
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I used to own a Crown Vic. No bunga-bunga for me with that ride.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment knukles
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I used to have a (SeriousPOS) Chevette that I kept ketchup and mustard packets that I had to ask for from MickeyD's in the glove box.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:12 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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No love in a Crown Vic?  I got laid plenty in my Oldsmobile.  Not bragging, just surprised.  I thought bench seats were a turn on.

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment Mercury
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Where's that double-long, Euro-caterer ETF?

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:06 | Link to Comment CPL
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I recommend putting nothing in the markets.  The rule of law is suspended with 22 trillion missing.  

It means everyone now gets to do what they want...often, without a chain of command.  Society is done as dinner.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:12 | Link to Comment JenkinsLane
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Chin up son, it's ain't in the streets yet.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:20 | Link to Comment CPL
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Depends where you are I suppose.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-30/rioters-torch-buddhist-temples-in-bangladesh/4288598

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-30/euro-leaders-face-month-of-unrest-after-ecb-s-september-rally.html

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20121001000077&cid=1101

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/09/29/saudi-arabia-protests/1601045/

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE89002320121001?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+reuters/AFRICATopNews+(News+/+AFRICA+/+Top+News)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444004704578029792051820104.html?mod=asia_home

http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20120930192248421  <--- walmart's warehouses are closed due to strikes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19782549 <--- Indian protests are something to behold.  Getting a million people to show up is childs play.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/29/spain-riot-police

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/30/us-bangladesh-temples-idUSBRE88T03I20120930?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+reuters/topNews+(News+/+US+/+Top+News)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/09/30/thousands-of-indonesians-protest-anti-islam-film/1603769/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-30/euro-leaders-face-month-of-unrest-after-ecb-s-september-rally.html

http://en.ria.ru/world/20121001/176322954.html <--- Japanese, those not dying slowly of cancer or thyroid conditions showing up...to protest the US base, seems odd considering the US hasn't stepped foot on the soil except for retrival since the nuclear problem.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/sep/30/slavery-homeless-trafficking-gangs <--- You can now buy a UK white boy for around 500 bucks.

 

So it's not out on your street yet.  It is in other people's.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment JenkinsLane
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Granted but the daily civilian and military death toll on a global basis during the Second World War has been estimated as 30,000.

That's 30,000 dead, day in and day out for 6 years.

 

I find knowing that helps me keep a sense of perspective.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:55 | Link to Comment Bring the Gold
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Wow, that's a pretty high bar. So it's not "in the streets" until it surpasses the greatest slaughter in all of human history? Amazing.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 15:19 | Link to Comment JenkinsLane
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That's not what I meant at all. My point was keeping a sense of perspective. Yes, things may be bad now and getting worse but they're been a hell of a lot worse

at other times in human history. The fact that there are myriad problems around the world does not mean that I don't give a shit about those problems or

the people who are suffering from them. I just realise that, other than becoming an aid worker or similar, all I can do is make charitable donations, which is

what I do do. Trouble will hit "our" streets soon enough, they started hitting mine last August.

 

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:38 | Link to Comment chubbar
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Here's another little gem being ignored by the MSM.

ABC, CBS & NBC Blackout! Major New Findings in Fast & Furious Scandal IPublished on 10-02-2012 12:01 AM 0 Comments Over the weekend the Univision network broke major news in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal. They found 57 previously unreported guns used in crimes by Mexican cartels, but ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to report the Spanish-language network’s findings. There were zero mentions on Sunday night’s ABC's World News and CBS's Evening News (NBC's Nightly News was pre-empted by Ryder Cup coverage) or on any of Monday’s morning shows. The blackout on ABC’s broadcasts is particularly confounding since they have an excerpt from Univision's September 30 report on ABC's official Web site. (video after the jump)

By Geoffrey Dickens | October 01, 2012 |
newsbusters

The refusal by ABC, CBS or NBC to report the findings is remarkable since the Univision report not only contains politically explosive information to a sitting administration at the height of the election season but also compelling human tragedy. Univision’s Gerardo Reyes and Santiago Wills reported “Indirectly, the United States government played a role in the massacre” of 14 Mexican teens in a one-story house by “supplying some of the firearms uses by the cartel murders.”

The lack of coverage by the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks continues their trend of mostly ignoring major events in the scandal that has led to calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Univision: Integrity, plus Columbian girls with big tits. 

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:13 | Link to Comment Mercury
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And the Eurocrats' worst nightmare is when their caterers demand to be payed in gold.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:38 | Link to Comment JohnKozac
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'austerity' is for the little people.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:11 | Link to Comment vato poco
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And it always has been, but it *does* seem to be getting worse. Any government agency/employee, any cop, any military above the rank of, say, Major/Lt. Cmdr. goes 1st class all the way. It ain't like it's their money, after all. Why? Because Fuck You, that's why.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment LULZBank
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You should'nt be complaining about your "masters" Bitchezz!!!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:08 | Link to Comment Jayda1850
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They say socialism is great until you run out of other peoples money. Socialist have found a way around, why do you need to obviously take other peoples money when you can just steal everyones purchasing power by just printing money out of thin air. Yet the masses are totally ignorant and apathetic.

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:13 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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"They say fascism is great until you run out of other peoples money. Fascists have found a way around, why do you need to obviously take other peoples money when you can just steal everyones purchasing power by just printing money out of thin air so you can bailout your own monopolies (bad ideas and bad management). Yet the masses are totally ignorant and apathetic to the present police state."

 

-  Fixed.  The italians have always had a flair for fascism.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment percolator
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Nice correction - you're one of the few who understands that the Western world is now ruled by Fascists.  Jayda's comment proves he's either ignorant or a Fascist sympathizer because the Italian government taking taxpayer money to buy a Maserati produced by Fiat an Italian corporation to give to one of their Ambassadors is pure Fascism or as Mussolini preferred calling it Corporatism.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment JuliaS
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Democracy is great until you run out of other's people money.

Fascism is great until you run out of Jews.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:09 | Link to Comment PUD
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Moussolini prolly drove a nice car too...hee hee

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 15:00 | Link to Comment edifice
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Sure, he was driven in a nice car. So was Hitler. Himmler's plate was "SS-1"

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:09 | Link to Comment The big unzip
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He stole that car fair and square.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:30 | Link to Comment Christophe2
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He didn't build it, that's for sure :P

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:12 | Link to Comment Inthemix96
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You lot know what?

Once I may have felt something totally different than I do now, I once would have defended the actions of these super duper heroes, trying for the good of mankind.

But after having your eyes opened I feel nothing but contempt, disdain, outright disgust at what these frankly below standard cunts in a badly fitting suit are.

They deserve every last nasty thing coming their collective way.  Lets hope mr ITL1 is one of the first in the queue.

Bottom feeding, produce stealing, of no fucking worth what so ever cunts

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:15 | Link to Comment soopy
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LET THEM EAT STEAK!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment fuu
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Steak was a nice guy, why would we feed him to Italians with ugly cars?

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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time revolution of the masses

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Carl Spackler
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Channel stuffing...ala the Italian government

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Treason Season
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Did someone say "Common People?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swWYEXLa_lI

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:20 | Link to Comment the not so migh...
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How else to you pick up hot british chicks with hairy armpits?

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment LULZBank
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Offer to take them out to the chippies or Pizza Hut if they are high maintenance.

Flashy cars only if you want to hire Russian or Eastern European escorts.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:25 | Link to Comment q99x2
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He pays for it with fear.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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And in the end, the Maserati you take is equal to the hate you make.

Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic?  Non fare lo stupido!

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:34 | Link to Comment DogSlime
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The amazing thing about cars like the Maserati is that if you wait for 5 or 6 years, they depreciate to the point that they cost less than a brand new family saloon car.

There are 2005 quattroportes being sold for £17,000 in the UK.  If you want an older model - say a Maserati 3200, you can pick one up for under £10k with 40,000 miles on the clock.

I suspect that parts will be bloody expensive, though.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment SmittyinLA
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A Maserati with 40K miles is like a 26 year old porn star-just a pain in the ass, and waaaay past its prime. 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:36 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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I think it needs to be pointed out that while the ambassador has a Maserati he evertheless does not have a garage to put it in.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment hangemhigh77
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His head would look great on a stick by the side of the road to Rome, just like 2000 years ago. Some things never change.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:38 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I'm sure the reds,the blues, or whatever like body politic they have over there will have one side condemning him while the other side is protecting him proffessing his willingness to fight for " the little guy". Idiots ... All of them.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:43 | Link to Comment MrButtoMcFarty
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Nothing that a bit of lighter fluid and a road flare couldn't fix.

Let them eat Maserati Flambe'!!

 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:19 | Link to Comment Urban Redneck
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Do they still have the barricades on Grosvenor Sq?  The Italians and the Brits might not have guns or shoot at people in London, but the US Embassy there has a full Marine contingent to battle with the jihadists of Knightsbridge, unlike at the US facilities in Libya, and the Italian Embassy is a clear shot at less than the basic M4 qualification distance..

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:28 | Link to Comment css1971
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Ceramic plant pot full of aluminium filings and iron oxide, ignited using a sparkler.

Ignite, sit on the bonnet above the engine block.

Stand well back.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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My Maserati does 185. I lost my license now I can't drive..

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:36 | Link to Comment css1971
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Where I live the speed limit is that speed beyond which your vehicle is incapable of travelling.

You simply live in the wrong country.

 

And I'll admit to a great big whoosh on that one.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:54 | Link to Comment 123dobryden
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half a minute i had to laugh, whatta surname! :) 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:55 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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Why not a Ferrari?

Chauffeur driven to boot, to the next austerity conference at some 5 star location.

If you are gonna rub peoples noses in it, do it with style and flair or it just isn't European.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:39 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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probably didn't care for the waiting list..  and the trident makes a pretty sweet ride these days

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:12 | Link to Comment rockraider3
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See, talking about austerity without implementing any, isn't so bad.  Maserati's for everyone!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment SmittyinLA
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Its advertising, and its legit, Ambassadors should show off a country's goods. 

 

Our embassy folks drive Toyotas 

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment syntaxterror
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Good for him. The masses are dumber than dirt and ripe for the pickings. If you're not cheating you're not trying.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:23 | Link to Comment OldE_Ant
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I guess given the situation the guy decided he needed a faster get-a-way car. 

I can't blame him those italians run fast.

Next thing he'll get a bigger and faster yacht because those italians can't swim that fast.

And it all trickles down anyway.

Take that peasants.

ENd of LiNE

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:24 | Link to Comment syntaxterror
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Ask any European and it's good times as usual despite the occassional Greek or Spainish pout-fest strike (that's promptly over in a matter of days anyway). If things are so bad, why are the good times still rolling? Cushiest depression ever if you ask me. When the queues cease to form for $4 lattes then you'll know things might be getting bad. Until then, spare us the drama please. Adding a zero to a spreadsheet is all it takes.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:45 | Link to Comment percolator
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It would be a real tragedy, if someone with say a rocket launcher, took out the Ambassador while driving his Maserati.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:55 | Link to Comment edifice
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Depression or Boom, these guys always eat steak and lobster. It's just a job--they're just paycheck players--and fine food, drink, and autos are just a few of the perks. No reason to get all bent out of shape about it, because it's not going to change.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 15:57 | Link to Comment foodstampbarry
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Won't change? It will...

"They say that every society is only three meals away from revolution"

That's when it will change.

There will not be a stone on earth unturned to find these cock suckers when the SHTF. > Guranteed.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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Get over it, austerity never applied for the 1 percent.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment 1000924014093
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Why the hell not? He is the representative of his country--why shouldn't he flaunt one of his nations finest exports? The value to his nation is far greater than the comparatively trivial amount it costs.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 16:50 | Link to Comment PontifexMaximus
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Did Mario Monti himself give him the final OK?? Or was it Madame Polverini? Those f... Terroni di prima categoria, vergognatevi! But that's life. It won't take 3 months til 10y BTP is heading much higher. SuperfrakfurtMario can not help, too much to come up for!

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 22:23 | Link to Comment Jam Akin
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Should we be surprised?  What should one expect from an Italian bureaucrat with a Greek last name?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 06:50 | Link to Comment paulypaul
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Its illigal to use white number plate screw covers over the letters or numbers of the plate. He shoudl have used the black one.

 

Other than that what kind of prick still has private number plates - I thought they went out with the 90's.

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