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Over 6,000 Cops Will Protect Merkel On Her 6 Hour Visit To Athens

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Angela Merkel is finally coming to the one country where the local media will not tire of photoshopping her in various Nazi outfits. The result: at least 6,000 policemen (and more like 7,000 according to Spiegel) will be deployed to protect her on her 6 hour visit to Greece on Tuesday, the first since the crisis erupted in 2009, and which has seen Greek unemployment explode from manageable to 25% at last check. Another result: parties from across the spectrum have said they will protest her visit, and strikes will further shut down what is already a completely shuttered economy. "She does not come to support Greece, which her policies have brought to the brink. She comes to save the corrupt, disgraced and servile political system," said Alexis Tsipras, who leads the opposition Syriza alliance. "We will give her the welcome she deserves."..."We don't want her here," said Yannis Georgiou, 72, who has seen his pension cut by one third. "We will take to the streets against austerity and against the government. Maybe Merkel will hear something and see what we're going through." Finally, with virtually the entire police force tasked with defending M erkel from the residents of her Southeastern European colony, it means that virtually every other place of interest will be left unguarded. Hopefully, nobody in Greece has seen Die Hard with a Vengeance and has access to dump trucks. The one thing Greece has going for it: there is virtually no official gold left anywhere that can be stolen (most of it already has been transferred elsewhere), or otherwise any tourist armed with a camera and located in the vicinity of the National Bank of Greece could film a sequel to what many consider the best Die Hard of all.

From Reuters:

About 6,000 policemen will be deployed in the capital for her 6-hour visit, turning the city centre into a no-go zone for protest marches planned by labour unions and opposition parties.

 

Merkel's visit is a sign of Germany's support for the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as it struggles to agree new budget cuts with international lenders, overcome the objections of reluctant coalition partners and cope with rising public anger.

 

After toying with the idea of a Greek exit from the euro zone in the first half of 2012, Merkel has come full circle and decided the risks of the country leaving are too high, especially with a German election looming next year.

 

The trip is a sign of German solidarity, a message to the Greek leadership and people that Berlin does not want to cut them loose, and a signal to the members of Merkel's coalition who want Greece out that it's not going to happen soon.

 

At the same time, the trip shows Merkel's trust in Samaras. Aides to the chancellor say they have been positively surprised by his commitment to reform. One reason for not visiting Greece before was frustration with progress under his predecessors, technocrat Lucas Papademos and Socialist George Papandreou.

 

The Greek government was ecstatic about the news, promising to treat Merkel with the honours befitting the leader of a great nation. Greek officials credited Samaras's charm offensive in Berlin in August for Germany's change of heart.

 

"Samaras showed a real will to change things. He stressed what Greece had to do, not what others had to do for Greece," a Greek government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

 

Merkel is scheduled to meet Samaras, President Karolos Papoulias and representatives of Greek industry.

 

In a measure of tension between Athens and Berlin earlier this year, Papoulias accused Merkel's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of insulting the country by likening Greece to a bottomless pit.

The locals are hardly as excited as their politicians, who, just like in the US, are merely doing all they can to perpetuate a status quo that afford them to retain their wealth. For now.

The tone was more subdued in the newspapers on Sunday. To Proto Thema ran a "HEIL" headline but most others called on Merkel to take a hard look at the suffering of Greek people during her visit.

 

"Tell Merkel the truth," wrote Nikos Hatzinikolaou in Real News. "With unemployment at 25 percent and recession at 7 percent, for a fifth year, can lenders expect the country to survive and pay back its debts?"

 

The visit gives Merkel a chance to get a first-hand view of a country that could have a major influence on her own re-election hopes.

 

Greece is stuck in tough negotiations with inspectors from the "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank over a fresh wave of 11.5 billion euros in cuts for the next two years, a condition for getting an installment of the 130 billion euro bailout which is keeping the country afloat.

 

As difficult as these talks are, lenders are now realising Greece needs more time, money or both. The IMF wants official lenders such as Germany to take a "haircut" under which the value of the Greek debt they hold would be radically reduced. Private bondholders have already swallowed such a hit but EU partners prefer other measures than to suffer more losses.

 

In order to avoid going back to parliament to request a third rescue for Athens - a step Merkel allies acknowledge could be political suicide for her - Germany will probably have to agree to other concessions to plug a hole in Greece's finances.

 

These could include giving Samaras an extra two years to make painful cuts and agreeing to a reduction in the interest rates Athens pays on its EU loans.

These could... although an extension is just as likely to be political suicide as per recent German political rhetoric. The best Greece can hope for is that nothing happens until the US election in November, which should be feasible. Recently Greece said it has enough cash to last it for another 3 weeks. After that an already belligerent Troika will return and likely make it clear that just like in the case of Lehman, everyone is now quite well provisioned for a Greek departure from the Eurozone. The only question question then is whether the other countries will follow suit in Greece's footsteps. Ideally, the answer for the continent which has long ago run out of assets that can be pledged for new debt, is yes. Realistically, the tragicomedy will continue as long as the last euro can be transferred from the near annihilated middle class, to the offshore bank accounts of the wealthiest, and the bankers of course.

Just like in the US.

 


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Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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so that's an uptick in greek employment, courtesy of germany. see, it ain't so bad after all and maybe there's hope...

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:34 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Hey Greeks: rob the fucking gold while she is there.  It takes you, the Greeks, to protest against her neo-con monster politics.  The Krauts are too weak and have no courage at all anymore.  

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:45 | Link to Comment jonjon831983
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6000 cops, 5999 of them on strike.

 

Last man standing says fuck this and crosses the picket line.

6000 cops on strike.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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Better be sure those cops paychecks don't bounce.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:35 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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you can be sure that the Praetorian Guard (Greece or US) will be the last ones in govt employ to get paychecks that don't bounce.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:58 | Link to Comment Cloud9.5
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Probably wearing Stasi uniforms.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 19:16 | Link to Comment Tango in the Blight
Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:46 | Link to Comment logically possible
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That may not be enough cops.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:37 | Link to Comment icanhasbailout
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Here's to hoping they underestimated the requirement

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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Somebody put the Greeks down... What a pathetic people. How many bailouts do the good for nothing greeks require? I'm sick of the sh!t from those losers. Make them slaves Merkel show those fat and lazy SOB's what suffering really is.

 

I say boycott Greece for being the 1% of people who get continual bailouts and cry fowl when it's not enough!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment blabam
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You mean the bailouts that go directly to the banks? 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:38 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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These people are protesting over 55 y/o retirement, free healthcare, and free University while at the same time doing NOTHING!!!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:58 | Link to Comment blabam
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I don't care what they are protesting about. All I care about is the money going to the fucking banksters, and those same bankers plus status quo politicians lying to the Greek people about their options. 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 19:56 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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I agree, so what's the beef with Merkel? If the Greek are mad at the Banksters, that's one thing but being mad at Germany for not giving the banks more money is a bit questionable. They should take their problems up with the banksters don'tcha think?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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You mean the German people's tax dollars go to greek banks because the Greeks can't pay back their loans.

Why should the Germans need to pay this money?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:18 | Link to Comment logically possible
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Sab, "Why should the Germans need to pay this money?

To keep the music playing so the Euro doesn't totally collapse, sucking everything down with it.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:26 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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are you an idiot do you know how toxic finance actually works you sound like you own a candy store or something

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:29 | Link to Comment bigkahuna
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the Germans own the candy store:-)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment NewThor
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HabibBaby,

you're preaching because you live in the Cayman Islands,

and you and your people have your debt under control.

 

Right?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:43 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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Can you start using punctuation and elementry grammar?

 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 22:03 | Link to Comment crouton
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Arrogant pedant.

"cry fowl"

The word is 'foul'

People don't generally yell about poultry

 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:36 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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Talking about Greeks needing a bailout, an interesting side note from history - about 4 million Indians starved to death during World War II so Churchill could feed the Greeks:

"The last large-scale famine to take place in India was under British rule. Up to four million Bengalis starved to death in 1943 after Winston Churchill diverted food to well-fed British soldiers and countries such as Greece. "The starvation of anyway underfed Bengalis is less serious" than that of "sturdy Greeks", he argued. "I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion," he said to his Secretary of State for India, Leopold Amery."

http://arthurspeace.blogspot.com/2012/09/hague-is-wrong-we-must-own-up-to-our.html


Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:27 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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Greeks wont go quitely, The financial nihilists have been slowly destroying every country, culture etc for decades but they are going to have a huge fight on their hands. Greeks are masters of guerilla war.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 19:55 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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You are misconstruing my little side note from history (though 4 million starved to death in India is genocide and that was 10 times UK deaths in WW II) as wishing harm on Greeks. 

I wish the average Greek well.  Greek oligarchs  have stolen 400 billion Euros and decamped to London - the favorite haunt of corrupt oligarchs.  Greeks may want to bring their oligarchs to justice if they want to solve their crisis. 

I am afraid that Greek oligarchs will get away with their crimes ( as is common in this  world) and there will be civil war and a military government in Greece for decades.  

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:34 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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Bad chronology. Greece  1940-'45 occupied by Italy/Germany. Germans stole most of the food, Italians made up for it by shipping in grain. Churchill's East India Terror Famine had nothing to do with Greece. Part of a scorched earth policy to keep the Japs from invading India after they drove the Brits out of Burma in '42. Some Indian sources give a death toll as high as 7 million...2X (real numbers) that other "holocaust" we hear about every 14 seconds.  

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:21 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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Churchill may have hated Indians and may have wanted them dead but the British were supplying Greeks in 1943

"The Great Famine  was a period of mass starvation in Axis-occupied Greece, during World War II (1941–1944). The local population suffered greatly during this period, while the Axis Powers initiated a policy of large scale plunder. Moreover, requisitions together with the Allied blockade of Greece, the ruined state of the country's infrastructure and the emergence of a powerful and well-connected black market, resulted in the Great Famine, with the mortality rate reaching a peak during the winter of 1941–1942.[3]The great suffering and the pressure of the Greek Diaspora eventually forced the British to partially lift the blockade, and from the summer of 1942, the International Red Cross was able to distribute supplies in sufficient quantities; however, the situation remained grim until the end of the occupation.[3]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Greece)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Tango in the Blight
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And after the occupation they got the Greek Civil War when the commies tried to take over after Stalin had initally promised them power but later reneged after negotiating with Churchill and granting Greece to the western bloc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_Civil_War

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:55 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Sabibaby -

And put yellow stars on them, and send them to camps, and put them in ovens?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:55 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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Why not just ask them to pay their debts? 

Since when is being a debtor ok? They'll be paying their debts back to the Jews, the Jews are not the ones with the debts here, they are the issuers of the debt.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:13 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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And why should anyone pay their debts?  Banks don't, Coroproations don't, Governments don't.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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Ok so why should the people of Germany be forced to pay the debts of Greece?

If I were German, I would be pissed! 

The Greek have the audacity to stop paying their debts and then get pissed because Germany won't pay it for them and give them a free ride!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:33 | Link to Comment bigkahuna
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Leave the Greeks out of this. It is Merkel/German politicians/ECB/Global Banking Cartel that the Germans are contending with. We in the glorious USSA are not even able to handle these types. How can we expect the Germans to handle it if we cannot?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:39 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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What he said.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment NewThor
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Germany is to Europe as the Federal Reserve is to America.

Why can't America just pay its debts?

Debt vortex, bitchez!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:40 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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Greece should just leave all these umbrella organisations SOVEREIGNTY

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Sabibaby
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The Germans are getting squeeze by the Greeks because the Greeks are portraying the Germans as Nazi's for not paying them money.

Isn't that blackmail?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment NewThor
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You're doing a lot of crying over Germany

from Saudi Arabia. Worried about your Bunds?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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I'm amazed at the arrogance, racial prejudice, and lack of comprehension of the concept of "Moral Hazard".

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:42 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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Greeks should remodel themselves as antiglobalisation pitbulls

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:26 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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No. Just put the "fowl" in the ovens. Yum.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:25 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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The stars would need to be Blue and White.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:16 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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fuck off bitch Greeks dont want the system anymore banks bailouts interest its all BS no more slavery

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:16 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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you can never outpace a rigged market

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 20:48 | Link to Comment Totentänzerlied
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Then why are they protesting and resisting its demise?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:46 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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The ghost of Franz Ferdinand is compelled to relive his demise in a new host.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment pain_and_soros
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Are they Greek or German police?

If Greek, when was the last time they were paid?

What is the point of her visit?  Incite further rioting?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:03 | Link to Comment knukles
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Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:27 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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Erudite comment of the day.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:00 | Link to Comment knukles
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Precisely.

The more broken windows, the better future GDP.
                      - Paul "opah up the butt" Krugman

"bleiben die großen Dildo seinen Hintern"

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment agent default
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Nah. Just going there to take a look at that piece of real estate she bought, and the natives that came with it.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Send DHS and the Cops from the USSA. Just shoot to kill is USSA Cops motto.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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I saw that, I presume you are referring to the unarmed, 135 lb, naked student that was shot this weekend.

What kind of pussy "police" officier is afraid of a 135 lb naked boy.  Perhaps they should have called a Catholic priest, those guys know how to handle situations like this.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/07/justice/alabama-student-killed/index.html

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:27 | Link to Comment HD
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Campus police have guns but no stun guns? I guess a hollow-point to the chest isn't as bad for public relations as a youtube video of "don't tase me bro".

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:38 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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what kind of person actually WANTS to be a cop-put yourself in their mindset. and don't give me that "wants to be of service to society" bullshit. it's a big power trip for small-minded, unskilled, unimaginative neandrathals.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:44 | Link to Comment HD
Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:16 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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So much not being said there. WOW! 

I bet some folks know to fake a low IQ to pass.

We have some awesome smart ZHers who are cops.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:07 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Remember Plato's "Republic" and the Soldier class?

The elites need someone to keep them in power.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:10 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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DEVO - Don't Shoot (I'm a Man)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKxhlXZ3hcY

Includes "Don't tase me bro" as a lyric and alludes to our violent rat race society; stay on that wheel Gerbil!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:41 | Link to Comment CommunityStandard
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To be honest, if a naked guy came rushing at me acting crazy, and I had a gun, I'd shoot him too.  My first thought is bath salts, and perhaps I'd just try to run, but if I didn't think I'd get away without my face being eaten, I'd shoot.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Walter E Kurtz
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The diffrence is, you aren't a trained police officer with pepper spray, a taser and a firearm. I conceal carry everyday and killing should always be a last resort when everything else has failed. The taxpayers pay these assholes to protect and serve (yea right), not to murder everyone that doesn't obey them.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:37 | Link to Comment bigkahuna
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Send them over so the Greeks can give it to them old style.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment vmromk
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SEIG HEIL MERKEL !!!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:51 | Link to Comment holdbuysell
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She and the rest just have to go. To quote G. Edward Griffin from the documentary 'End of the Road: How money became worthless":
"You can't expect a ponzi schemer to change the system; they don't know how."

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:51 | Link to Comment Habyarimana
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Does Merkel pay for her own safety ? Or will it be done by the greek taxpayer. In that case she better spend 6 hours in Sylt.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 13:55 | Link to Comment Arbysauce
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Reuters certainly belabors the point that this visit is a sign of Greece staying in the Eurozone. They even preempt the question 'so why didn't she visit before'. No, for my money this is coordination of a Greek exit which is sensitive enough to require a private tête-à-tête.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment knukles
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Statements Released jointly by the German and Greek Ministries of Culture;

bleiben die großen Dildo seinen Hintern

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment Kayman
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Perhaps we will get a Greek and German exit.  After all, Germany could save Greece, and their vacation properties, but Germany cannot save the rest of Europe.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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A successful revolutionary does not fight on the terms of his enemy.

Revolutionaries of Greece, ask yourself, where are these 6,000 coming from?  What duties will be they be pulled from?  One thing you can be assured of, the real perps are probably vacationing on your coastline already.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:03 | Link to Comment Curt W
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I hope they aren't Greek cops,

After all she is trying to cut their wages, reduce their pension, and raise their retirement age.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment Piranhanoia
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Wonder how many she brings.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment flyonmywall
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So somehow she got talked into going for a visit to Greece. What a tool ! That way, the globalists will have their Archduke Franz Ferdinand moment, and get rid of two thorns in their side, Merkel and Greece.

Perfect. Some old Greek with a Spanish Mauser will be blamed, and all hell is going to break loose.

You heard it here first. I have a bad feeling about this.

 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:23 | Link to Comment Kayman
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Perhaps a Sadat moment while reviewing the Greek army. Dangerous play indeed.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:29 | Link to Comment dogbreath
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It usually bothers me to see the armored riot cops beating the rubber necking tourist mobs.  Someone would have to be a full blown 80 IQ asshole to do that job with such enthusiasm.  That  said  the merkel special events protesters really need to taste some gas and the baton.

Question for Merkel.  What the fuck do hope to accomplish with this visit. 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment Scalaris
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Touring the tributary state sounds like a solid job creation method.

Should the overlord decide to visit the vassal on a weekly basis, Greece will break-even in no time.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:04 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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But some animals are more equal than others.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment HD
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Say what you will about Merkel, but she has some giant hairy balls or is completely disconnected from reality.

Merkel doesn't have to go to Greece - flying into a country where almost everyone wants you dead and where it takes 6000 cops to get you from point A to B and back again is questionable judgment at best. It not like having someone throw a shoe at your head.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:31 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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She believes she is fully protected by the veneer of civilization.  She has probably never been struck in the face. 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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This is Sparta

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 20:41 | Link to Comment ShakaZulu
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With a spritz of Jägermeister!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment oddball
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Last time she was in Greece, wasn't she parting with all the 20 somethings?  I swear I saw it on youtube.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:12 | Link to Comment oddball
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Yes, yes here it is, she is HOTT!  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEF63hPDukA

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:31 | Link to Comment worbsid
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thanks, I needed that!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment ShakaZulu
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You're giving that away for free!  I'd would've paid to see that!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 22:52 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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I just jizzed in my pants-no I'm sorry-I just puked a little.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment _ConanTheLibert...
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What's stopping these Greeks from a goddamned revolution?!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment news printer
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Meanwhile in Italy:

90 year old came to the police station with a plastic bag full of money, and said: "I do not trust the banks, can I keep my savings in here? ".

http://www.section9department17.com/1/post/2012/10/90-year-old-italian-c...

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment HD
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The only people I'd trust less than the Italian banks are the Italian police. He's better off burying it in the yard...

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 02:29 | Link to Comment awakening
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Zerohedge special: a river/lake/ocean cruise with a somewhat overloaded (whats a waterline? *hic*) boat carrying a load of some 'barbarious relic' whilst under the command of the drunkest/drugged out Captain to ever grace the bridge (or equiv in smaller vessels) of a ship in recorded history.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Why go there? Why do this? Like what, she can look at something there and learn something she can't any where else in the world?

I just made up a word, I am not inciting anything, just saying the obvious:

Merk-kill

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:27 | Link to Comment Kayman
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Presuming that all 100% of the 6000 Greek cops don't want to kill you, is foolhardy. 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:35 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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All roads to reelection go through Greece so it's off to the hustings using some thick Tzatziki sauce to smooth over those 1, 47, 99, 100 or whatever whatnot comments.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:19 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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How long will the 99% protect the 1%?

 

 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:41 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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the cops will paid all the way til the end.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment Piranhanoia
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Bitte, don't sprech anyding aboutz die u-boten or der tax cheats and we give you more u-boten frei, und pay for all the naturalitch resourcen's you got with new Deutche marks.  ja, ja.   

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:38 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Why didn’t Merkel just call up Pope Benedict XVI? She could of simply rode shotgun in the new Renault Kangoo Z.E.  Merkel could of conducted her speech in the comfort of a bullet proof, electric coal burning chariot.

I can only demise, when your spending some else’s money, common sense goes into the black cauldron of global debt creators.  Merkel type spin doctors are just begging for more money to support their spendthrift habits.  

2012 Renault Kangoo ZE Popemobile Benedict XVI 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:31 | Link to Comment vinayjha
Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:45 | Link to Comment kito
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13,000 police are still no match for 11 million angry, hungry greeks.....................

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:07 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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I just wanted to apologize for being a little hard on you the other night. I don’t regret what was said, just wish you & others understood how uncomplicated things really are. They rule by a playbook used for centuries. Transparency has drawn circles into a flight or fight mode. As more lies and deception continue, credibility will vanish.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:17 | Link to Comment kito
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what post? i dont recall too much animosity from you.....or perhaps its that im inured to hostility on zh already :)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Do you really want me to repost or will you just accept my apology in good faith? Your call. I suggest the latter option. You’re not a bad person, just confused.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:52 | Link to Comment kito
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i choose the latter, which of course only adds to my confusion........thanks

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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;>)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:33 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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Get a room you two.  

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:10 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Merkel is a little heavy but she can't feed that many... Unless Christ came back to earth and did like one of those loaves and fishes miracles thingies or something...

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Elorant
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The entire Greek police force is north of 50.000 people. So once again you write something without checking the facts.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:57 | Link to Comment Conman
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Huh?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:36 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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If there are only 50 ("50.000") on the whole force,  where are these supposed 6000 coming from?  Sounds like Bernanke math. 

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 02:32 | Link to Comment awakening
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Europeans are a funny lot, using "." instead of "," to confuse ze enemy =S

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:50 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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"Riot Dog Bites Merkel."

"Riot Dog Dies From Hydrophobia."

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:51 | Link to Comment q99x2
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The elite will lose. Didn't realize the reason until listening to William Black on Keiser Report. The elite have surrounded themselves by the worst cut throat crimminals the end result is always implosion. The elite are and will continue to devour themselves into the abyss. Wannabe politicians are at the apex of opportunity to supplant the status quo. Long live the revolution.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 14:54 | Link to Comment Conman
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Rally on then, algos read merkel vissits grecce - takes from that greece is saved again ES+50.

 

In other news NZ wants to join the race to debase but seems someone over there has some radical ideas.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/07/us-newzealand-economy-key-idUS...

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:00 | Link to Comment sangell
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Shouldn't that read 6000 Golden Dawn Storm Troops will guard the German Chancellor?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:05 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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She's going to Greece?

Bad idea.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:09 | Link to Comment WizDumb
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She needs brigade strength protection? LOL

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:20 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Secret: Stong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:12 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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fuck that fat ugly bitch Merkel fuck em all hahaha GO GREECE

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:22 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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its sad because there have been people in Greece who have wanted to change the largely foreign rigged system for decades but keep getting knocked down by the parasites and world cleptocracy

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:24 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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Luckily for Angie the vast majority of Greek police are members of the Golden Dawn party

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:33 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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Greeks are rightfully lazy to work for superprofits of others but theyll be in high gear when the fighting starts :)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:20 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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That last part would be contrary to modern history. They tend to take the French approach. 

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:58 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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really Greeks have in every modern war as the first line of the imperialist system as a small nation they have always fought do you know your history im afraid this isnt getting any better but worse and the real violence hasnt started yet

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:00 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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hopefully they will stay out of any foreign wars created this time round by the oligarchs if there is war it will be civil war and directed at foreign interests and surrounding states

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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really Greece had the second most effective resistance only to Yugoslavia, fought Italy and Germany..on Crete alone the Germans lost 3000 men

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 19:23 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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they also fought the most succesful counterinsurgency during the Cold War...what they should be concerned about is foreign intervention like the one that forced them into WWI

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:40 | Link to Comment Joe A
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She is going there to support a government that continues to lie to her and others about what they are doing? Why?

And Greeks should stop blaming others for their own corrupt ways. What they could take from Germans and other northern Europeans is the calvinistic self-analysis and self-critisism of these people. Why are the countries in Europe below the line Paris-Vienna fucked up? Because they are either catholic or orthodox countries.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:51 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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Oh thats complete nonsense that this has anything to do with it its not a cultural issue. Nor is it a management issue. The US is the most fucked up country in the West and its largely protestant in origin. When you have an economy based on blackhole rigged finance theres no logic involved.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 03:06 | Link to Comment Joe A
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The US is fucked up because of Wallstreet, not because of the working ethic of the average American. I have been to many places around Europe and believe me, the most economically fucked up places are catholic ones. Although for sure many countries nowadays are secular and even atheist, the root of the countries lies in religion. Protestantism is based on repulsion of the corrupt ways of the catholic church.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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in religion? has anyone ever even  proved that thesis

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 00:11 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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i think youre using what they call a causal fallacy...has anyone proved that religion leads to economic prosperity as opposed to any other causal force one can construct

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:43 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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6,000 Pig NWO Cops but it only takes one shot.  Or in this case, one Malatov Cocktail. 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:51 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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While the biatch and many others are pushing this :

http://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCABRE89606520121007

Single euro-zone budget gains momentum ahead of summit

Debate about the idea of creating a separate budget for euro zone countries is intensifying in the run up to an EU summit later this month, with less opposition to the proposal than many officials first expected, diplomats say.

At a private dinner held last week among the EU ambassadors of several northern European countries, including Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland, those present were surprised to find a fair degree of consensus on the proposal.

"I wouldn't say that there was strong support for it, but there was certainly a feeling that this is an idea that should be explored in more detail," said one diplomat briefed on the discussion that took place at the gathering.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:53 | Link to Comment morpheus000
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They should just leave all the systems and make it irrelevant.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment virgilcaine
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She'll be marching & carrying a copy of..

Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44.

 

Drawing on eyewitness accounts and previously untapped archives, Mazower's notable study offers a detailed chronicle of the German occupation of Greece and the rise of the resistance movement. He traces the rapid growth of the National Liberation Front/People's Liberation Army after communist activists created an organization that harnessed the anti-Axis sentiment of the populace at large, and describes the bloody reprisal campaigns launched by the Wehrmacht against the guerrillas in the mountains. Mazower also presents a documented account of the fate of Greek Jewry between 1941 and 1944, the first of its kind in English. He covers the bitter fighting between British and Greek forces after the October 12, 1944, liberation of Athens and the internecine clashes that led to civil war. Finally, he reveals new details of the systematic oppression of the Greek Left after the liberation. As late as the 1960s, Greece's prisons were crowded with men and women whose only crime was to have fought against the Germans. Mazower teaches international relations and modern history at the University of Sussex in England. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Expectations by the play by play is for a deep conversation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92vV3QGagck

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:58 | Link to Comment helping_friendl...
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The customs officer will ask about her "occupation?" and she will say "no, just visiting this time."

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:04 | Link to Comment akak
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Best comment of the day!

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:13 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 I guess "The  Troika", will be catching the tab, on this visit?

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:21 | Link to Comment Publicus
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Let World War 3 begin.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:53 | Link to Comment Jimmy_86
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Wonder if she'll beat the Brits to the sun loungers or not. 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:16 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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As usual, the Greeks are only willing to protest, complain and threaten.   That's awfully bold of those opposition leaders who would, to a man, take the exact same course as the ruling coalition once in power.   They're willing to do anything - except sack up and take their medicine.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:18 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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On the other hand, I hear they're referring to this as her "Arch Duke Ferdinand" tour.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 18:47 | Link to Comment reTARD
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How much fiat currency will this cost? What a waste of resources! But let's just keep on  pretending...

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 19:40 | Link to Comment mantrid
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at least 6,000 policemen


jobs, bitchez! without this visit, half of them would already be sacked.

 

 

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 19:54 | Link to Comment Segestan
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To arrogant to beg... but still they want a free ride.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 20:56 | Link to Comment ShakaZulu
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That's twenty times more than the Spartans needed.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 00:33 | Link to Comment hedgehog9999
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Meanwhile 6000 cops viciously beat the hell out of women and old folks and many other unarmed men with batons in Spain and no coverage whatsoeever in the North American MSM while there is lots of coverage on Chavez, the Karadashians and many other useless events................................

Freedom of the press at its best in the USSA!!!

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 06:14 | Link to Comment Grand Supercycle
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WILE E.COYOTE overdue sell off...

Has taken longer than expected but SPX & GOLD etc daily chart
bearish topping process strengthens further.

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