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Meanwhile, In Greece...

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It would seem the austerity-to-social-unrest 'correlation' is proving out as 250 furious shipyard workers stormed the Greek Defense Ministry in Athens demanding to be paid their wages (which they have not seen for six months)...



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Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:24 | 2855658 bnbdnb
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Want to get something done? Bring your kids with you.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:29 | 2855679 RSBriggs
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And a few tools.  Crowbars, pitchforks, whatever.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:20 | 2855878 icanhasbailout
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boiled rope and a grinding stone...

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:29 | 2855681 Lohn Jocke
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You mean Greeks aren't being paid? No way! This explains why they aren't paying taxes.


You know what would fix this? $40 billion a month in MBS ad infinitum, and a colonoscapy.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:51 | 2855764 RSBriggs
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And a FREE colonoscopy at that!  yay!  I'm going to rush right out and get mine!

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:48 | 2855989 Jeff Lebowski
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What are the police being paid with?  Trident layers?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:24 | 2855660 LawsofPhysics
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So who's paying the police?  Always pay your protection first. Same as it ever was.  Chicago style "recovery" bitchez.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:02 | 2855790 malikai
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Oh, but what happens when the police don't get their checks either?

Argentina, today:

Just coast guard and MPs, so far.. Reminds me of a time not so long ago in Argentina.

EDIT: Better link.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:18 | 2856070 CPL
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Russia and China draw the line in the sand.  I suggest everyone go do something they really wanted to do while there is time because this is unfortunately happening.  Time tables appear to be moving faster than anticipated.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:00 | 2855809 CPL
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Xe.  There is only one stop shopping for police action needs.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:04 | 2855821 debtor of last ...
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Until you come home as a policeman and you cannot hang up your helmet and shield because your house burned down.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:43 | 2855968 CPL
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Or they come to your country to riot.


Syria and Turkey are at it BTW.  Media and internet are locked down.  BBSes systems are online and delivering information to media sources.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:55 | 2856191 debtor of last ...
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Well, they have to hurry before we pick up the pitchforks ourselves;-)

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:45 | 2856153 Nobody For President
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My first thought too LOP - what happens when the police (and military) don't get paid? Seems to me THAT is the true end game and TPTB evacauate post haste.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:26 | 2855662 ThunderingTurd
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Transitory (/sarc)

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:28 | 2855673 doomandbloom
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Remain Calm

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:36 | 2856350 exi1ed0ne
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SHIT!  Where is my GODAMN GOOD TOWEL?!?!?  All I have it this shitty cheap spiderman one. . . Not gonna fight off anything with that!

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:28 | 2855671 Vincent Vega
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These people obviously suffer from lack of a Obama "pho" and EBT card.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:23 | 2856306 jack in the box
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Every now and then I read something here that makes me laugh my ass off, amidst all the doom and gloom...thanks for making my day

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:28 | 2855672 RSBriggs
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Six months without wages.  Given the condition of the Greece economy, how stupid is this?  Good luck collecting those back wages...

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:36 | 2855703 Long-John-Silver
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I would have never gone back to work after missing a single pay day. I would also have taken hostage tools and equipment until I was paid.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:40 | 2855958 s0lspot
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Well said. Though it seems some people over at testosteronepit cannot fathom how nor why workers sometime take their bosses hostages or boobytrap their production tools when they are announced that they have been made redundant because some fucking hedge funds and shareholders somewhere on the other fucking side of the globe aren't satisfied by 10% yearly profit and so force management to "do what is necessary" to get that up to 15...

They shouldn't have gone to work. Though its easy to say from afar and without bearing their responsabilities as family men.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:44 | 2855974 CPL
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I have never known a whore to abide by Credit.  That is reserved solely for fools.

- Cerebus

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:30 | 2855682 Gandalf6900
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Your wages are belong to us

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:29 | 2855683 OldE_Ant
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Show us the money bitches, or face meet fist.

Gives new meaning to "Faith and Trust" in regards to money.

I have faith and trust the sheep will be sheared.  One has to wonder when these dock workers start making money by a little material confiscation and resale.

One box for me, one for you.  Two boxes for me, one for you.  Three boxes for me, one for you.

ENd of LiNE

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:51 | 2855762 Sweet Chicken
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+1 for original TRON reference.

"End of Line"

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:32 | 2855689 QQQBall
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One dya they will show up with their own batons and sticks. getting thumped on the noggin gets old quickly.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:32 | 2855690 hedgeless_horseman
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If only they had a printing press, like we do, then all their problems would be solved.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:36 | 2855695 ebworthen
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If I hadn't been paid in six months I'd be furious too.

After six months, I think I would stop working also.

No ships unloaded = "Do we have your attention yet?"

p.s. - I find it curious that riot police worldwide seem to all have "Police" in English on their shields.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:43 | 2855732 riley martini
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 As a wage slave if I dont't get paid I stop working.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:54 | 2855773 RSBriggs
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It's universally recognized, and where do you think all that tactical equipment comes from, anyway?  I wouldn't be surprised if we started selling shields labelled "RIOTER", too.   Might as well make money from both sides...

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:30 | 2855925 krispkritter
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If I was a guy unloading the ships, I'd be loading all that teargas and equipment 'Made in the USA' into the backs of MY trucks...would be funny as hell to see the cops show up at a protest line where the protesters have the same equipment and more of it!...

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 15:11 | 2856810 Louie the Dog
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I'd be loading all that teargas and equipment 'Made in the USA'....


Something is made in the USA??


Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:00 | 2855810 ElvisDog
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What was that old USSR slogan? "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work?" Something seems odd about this though. Why would you still do any work at all if you hadn't been paid for 6 months? And how have you not starved to death if you haven't been paid in 6 months?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 17:26 | 2857230 JuliaS
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You do work because you have nothing else to do. You're repeating the last task you remember, like a zombie.

It's not logical. It's psychological.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:34 | 2855698 Kaiser Sousa
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the nerve of these slaves...

they should behave like americans....

and just bend over and grin........

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:35 | 2855699 riley martini
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 Fucking greedy workers and their unions want want want don't they know bankers need bonuses and politicians need bribes. Uneducated workers don't understand modern economics.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:35 | 2855702 Boilermaker
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Can't they pay them with company coins to only be used in the company store (at reasonably marked up prices, of course)?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:37 | 2855705 hedgeless_horseman
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Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:59 | 2855805 RSBriggs
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That would be called "the new drachma"....

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:19 | 2856076 EatersOfTheFed
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Thanks for the link.  Never heard that song before.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:01 | 2855812 malikai
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If it works in Zimbabwe, it should work anywhere.

Enjoy your serfdom when it's all you've got.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:37 | 2855708 miker
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The money is coming!  They will print to prevent this from expanding. 

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:38 | 2855711 miltiadis
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In Greece this Building is Called basically they stormed the Pentagon of Greece( although there are no similarities with the Pentagon of U.S.A when it comes to size lol)

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:41 | 2855716 CrashisOptimistic
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When one hears about proposals to cut money to people, people riot.

When the money to people is actually cut, firearms arrive and bulletholes appear in skulls.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:40 | 2855720 Arnold Ziffel
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Be patient. Your check is in the mail.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:44 | 2855738 CrimsonAvenger
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If these people all had Obama phone, they could just call in their complaints.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:45 | 2855745 PaperBear
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Workers don't work for wages any more, your wages go straight to the banksters.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:48 | 2855750 foodstampbarry
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Socialism bitchez.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:50 | 2855759 bigkansas
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Shipyard workers are public employees? WTF.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:58 | 2855795 RSBriggs
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I think these are "defense related" - building ships for the Greek Navy, not dockworkers.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:29 | 2856106 Offthebeach
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No different then here. Government contractors and their unions are basically government workers. If you total up official gov workers, and the so calked private workers who solely work on gov projects, I'd guess 60% of us. Throw in lawyers, accountants, finance, welfare state nurses, Dr's, labs, detox.....

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:55 | 2855775 BrigstockBoy
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Shipping not a big deal for the Greeks, right? ;)

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:56 | 2855787 ziggy59
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So, I guess I.O.U.s are O.U.T.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:56 | 2855788 max2205
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Greece has workers?

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:58 | 2855802 RSBriggs
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Not so many, anymore...

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:13 | 2855854 Inthemix96
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Lets see if I can put into words what is running through my mind.

Just after watching that video, I had a thought.  Just wait till the dumbed down groups of rioters realise that, and get rid rid of their pre-concieved perceptions that all of our respective schools, colleges, and univercitys, have built a wall around the concience, that tells us the police and other government agencies are the boss and protectors, who are there to protect and serve, and keep the peace and help the normal folk.

Just wait till the veil falls.  Just wait till the hundreds and in some cases thousands realise that they out-number the "good guys" 100 to 1, Just wait till they think, "these fucking idiots cannot stop us", just wait till they end up on the bosses doorstep after taking out a pathetic show of force from the opposing side.

Just wait till till the big boss looks pale while a whole group of furious folk demand what is rightfully theirs.  Just wait.

They really are fucked.  Can you see it?  We outnumber the whole lot, these folk just want paid.

At some point the tide will turn, and in my opinion it is drawing damn close, very close.  Just wait till till we read that a group of folk cause mayhem.  And outright destruction, and stop the govrnment forces in their track, and turn on the real sons of bitchez.

Who the fuck will protect the cunts when the rioters realise they cannot be stopped eh?

Bring it, bitchez

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:31 | 2855931 DogSlime
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I suspect it will be more complicated than that.  The establishment will infiltrate the protesters.  There may be "atrocities" committed by the protesters (just another false flag) to undermine support for them.

If the protesters win, they will need some kind of leadership structure and that leadership will be bought off or infiltrated.  TPTB are well-versed in how to handle a revolution - as long as they throw a few of the "guilty" under the bus, the general masses will most likely be content with that.

I agree that it now seems very likely that there will be massive unrest but I don't know if that will be enough to dislodge the banksters, oligarchs and kleptocrats - I suspect it will just cause them to change tactics.  Revolutions are nothing new and people are fucking stupid.


Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:56 | 2856017 Inthemix96
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Thats a good point dogslime.

The only thing that can stop infiltration in my mind is speed.  If the groups of folk or rioters realise the power they hold and let loose, that is a whole different ball game mate.  No time for no one to tarnish and dismiss a legitamate cause.  No fucking about, no meeting or my personally hated word "debate".

Just direct action, that is all this would take.  Lets see how fucking clever the massively outnumbered coppers react when a whole bunch of people go medieval on their arses.

Epic, lets this fucker on boys and girls


Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:19 | 2856294 MiltonFriedmans...
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That's what the drones are for.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:47 | 2855985 The big unzip
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Slavery,  if gets shit done!

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:17 | 2856054 Dre4dwolf
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The sanitation workers are the ones who need to get paid, they have been working for free for over a year.

My uncle works sanitation down there, (garbage trucks and stuff) they are working night shifts for free over-there mostly because they are all friends and have nothing better to do and a lot of people are afraid to lose work (even if it means working almost a year without a pay-check).


A lot of public service employees need to be commended.


Sadly they had to stop running the route for a while since last month because their dispatch has no money to fix the truck and a lot of the trucks have broken down.


You can laugh all you want, but these people have earned their pay.... the people in govt buerocracy on the other hand need to be linched or something.


It's sad they wont pay these workers, most of the public workers (the ones actually doing work) get paid just enough to have food + Tv in their house, most people there have this to their name

1 motorcycle , small ones valued at about 1000 euros over-there, but most of them are stolen/old scrap heaps that have been repaired.

1 TV, and most people just have the free antenna, if you have a govt job you might be able to afford a basic DISH box to catch a few extra channels

An apartment.

The old people sit around and collect Social Security, but its not really enough to buy anything more than a loaf of bread everyday and maybe a few vegetables.

Don't judge the greeks as lazy, as its only the ones in government who are.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:18 | 2856071 Zymurguy
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Aren't they in a union?  Fook me, brah... they need to organize.  Plan a fooking walk-out and don't come back until you get paid, mahn.

That or if your lookin for a fight, don't show up empty handed, fooking work in teams and take on those fooking jack-boot cock suckers.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:19 | 2856079 Colonial Intent
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That had better be sarc, unions are akin to satan round here.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 16:23 | 2857174 Zymurguy
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I know :)

I'm also caling out those idiots for "storming the headquarters" or whatever then getting their arses kicked.  I mean, c'mon... grow a brain and make a plan.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:11 | 2856261 epwpixieq-1
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This is not a news, not paid wages is something common all over Eastern Europe, and particularity on the Balkans. I bet that this would have been happening more often in Greece to, if there were not Euro funds flowing like revers, while the good years lasted.

This is why, usually people do not show at work ( if they work for a small company ) after their wages are not paid for 2 months.

This is generally the nature of the flexible entrepreneurship business.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:25 | 2856316 miltiadis
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Sorry but during the days of Drachmas wages were paid..... where do you draw your conclusions from?

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