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Mario Monti Generously Offers To Stay On As Italy's Unelected Head

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Yesterday, the man planted by Goldman to be Italy's unelected leader in November 2011, officially stepped down and shortly thereafter his government was dissolved in advance of the February 25, 2013 elections. Yet Monti, under whose helm Italy has been in deep recession since the middle of last year, where consumer spending is falling at its fastest rate since World War Two and unemployment has risen to a record high above 11 percent, and whose candidacy is vastly unpopular with the Italian population, moments ago generously offered to continue being Italy's unelected leader: just the way Europe's political masterclass and its central bankers want it, if not so much Italy's people.

 After all, the only thing that has stabilized in Europe, however briefly, is its peripheral bond market, which is merely a function of Draghi's willingness to risk future monetary instability and runaway inflation in order to bring sovereign bond yields under control: yields which are only hit record highs because the local governments have proven time and again unable and unwilling to make hard structural reforms (and where austerity continues to be a widely misused synonym for government corruption and incompetence). And as long as yields represent not reality but the motives of a few unelected central-planners, nothing will truly change for the better in Europe.

From Reuters:

The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year ago, resigned on Friday but has faced growing calls to seek a second term at the election on February 24-25.


Speaking at a year-end news conference, Monti stressed he was not now entering any political movement and that he was more concerned about his policy prescriptions being followed than personalities standing in the election.


Nonetheless, he said that if a political force or coalition offered a credible program that he supported, "I would be ready to offer my encouragement, advice and if necessary leadership."


Asked if that meant he was ready to stand as prime minister again he said: "If a credible political force asked me to run as prime minister for them I would consider it."

In other words, he won't run in the election, much the same way as last time, but he would be happy to continue his job as a PM, very much unelected. But it's not for him, it's for the children... Or perhaps Goldman.

Monti rejected suggestions that he was motivated by personal ambition to win political power.


"If I accept, it's to try to change the moral culture of the country. It's obvious it's not for my personal convenience," he said.

Obviously.... Realistically would Monti even stand a chance if he ran?

Monti has been strongly urged to stand by centrist groups ranging from disaffected former Berlusconi allies to the small UDC party, which is close to the Catholic church.


Monti said he hoped the next government would have an ample parliamentary majority and believed the traditional left-right divide was no longer adequate to tackle the problems facing Italy.


If he does enter the race, he will face strong opposition from Berlusconi, whom he criticized sharply during the course of his remarks, saying he had been "bewildered" by the 76 year-old billionaire media tycoon's frequent changes of position.


While numerous European leaders and Italy's business elite have called for his economic agenda to continue, ordinary Italians, weary of tax hikes and spending cuts imposed to cut a huge public debt, are less enthusiastic.


A centrist group headed by him would probably come a distant third or even fourth in the election and one survey published last week showed 61 percent of Italians felt he should not stand.

Of course, the above would be a valid consideration if any democratic principles were still respected and followed in Europe - a continent that over the past 3 years has become an unelected globalist's wet dream, and where any chance of uprising by the great unwashed is promptly quelled with threats that all accured entitlements (which are non-existent anyway), will be promptly pulled, and the "great austerity" will get even deeper.

So Italy can look forward to yet another window dressing government: one which pretends to do the bidding of the people, yet one which merely relies on the Central Bank's generosity in keeping rates low, while no real reforms continue to be implemented, in hopes that the great credit bubble ver 2.0 offsets any structural economic disincentives, and internal imbalances are merely offset by yet another bout of credit-funded consumption, all of which of course leading to an even faster and more uncontrolled unwind when it finally takes place, this time however without the benefit of the central banks' backstop activity.


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Sun, 12/23/2012 - 10:48 | 3091231 unrulian
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Fuck you Monti

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 10:57 | 3091255 SWRichmond
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This is how out of touch you become when you surround yourself with sycophants.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:09 | 3091266 mikla
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I also would be willing to be Italy's Unelected Head.

Those voters are so annoying.

They clearly need my leadership.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:14 | 3091284 GetZeeGold
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Dude has a deathwish......I say give him a shot.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:21 | 3091301 magpie
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Sounds like you want the old days back with pseudo-lefties running around and kidnapping people in their car trunks

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:43 | 3091330 GetZeeGold
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Just looking for a little change to go with all my hope.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:59 | 3091358 markmotive
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The pigs are walking on hind legs again...

Time to re-read / re-watch Animal Farm.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:22 | 3091459 YBNguy
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How do you say "Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right, here am I stuck in the middle with you." in Italian?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:24 | 3091461 Popo
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Questo ovviamente non è Sparta


(Translation:  This is obviously not Sparta)

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:06 | 3091530 knukles
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Now that is truly funny...

About 4 or so circles within circles including the 7th of Hell's Flaming River of Blood to be crossed by the Italian middle class in leaky paper boats.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:19 | 3091555 From Germany Wi...
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And how do you say: "Monti is a coward who doesnt want to face the voters but just wants to get appointed PM again"?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:16 | 3091777 mikla
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Monti è un vigliacco che non vuole affrontare gli elettori ma vuole solo tornare nuovamente nominato PM.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:38 | 3091479 sunaJ
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THEY were supposed to be further along in the game of world domination before the crisis hit.  Everything I see indicates a world clamping down on itself.  This paradigm is spiralling toward tyranny, because the markets are "controlled" and only fraud allows it to continue.  Tyranny will be part of the natural order.


People will continue to lose it as they cannot figure out what is wrong.  The "citizenry" will lash out at proximal symptoms and call for banning guns, more  intervention, higher/lower taxes, war etc. until it is ALL gone.  There will be a significant matchstick moment, where the majority of people realize what is happening.  I have no idea what that moment will bring or when the herd will become self aware.  Prepare for many scenarios (even positive ones).


Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:13 | 3091385 mjcOH1
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"Asked if that meant he was ready to stand as prime minister again he said: "If a credible political force asked me to run as prime minister for them I would consider it."

In other words, he won't run in the election, much the same way as last time, but he would be happy to continue his job as a PM, very much unelected."

I believe you misread his statement.   He didn't say he wouldn't run.   He merely requires the leadership of whatever party is most likely to win.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:12 | 3091388 snaphooker
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Hope and spare change?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:07 | 3091617 NoClueSneaker
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"Hope & change" sounds every second more and more like " lock & load "...

Hope in rope, change in charge, luck in Glock .... Dunno, the next Secretary General  of EU-Emergency Comitee  should be some Mad Max ( Robespierre ). Goldmanites could act as "collateral damages " ....

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:34 | 3091318 From Germany Wi...
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You didnt read the script. All hail the benevolent dictatorship of our enlightened elites. They know right from wrong and need to guide us poor unwashed masses to keep us from harming ourselves.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:15 | 3091394 Buckaroo Banzai
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Unelected heads of state: get used to it. That's the direction the entire world is moving in.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:38 | 3091416 Max in St Moritz
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Only if you're a hillbilly doomer goon from the American backwaters.  Otherwise, no one believes that paranoid shit. 



Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:30 | 3091469 FoeHammer
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Bow down Max. I hope you enjoy kissing jackboots

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 20:58 | 3092009 zhandax
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Max may be one of the jackboots.  I rather doubt that the term 'hillbilly' is commonly used in St. Moritz.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:37 | 3091481 From Germany Wi...
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Hey, things are "serious" so our heads have to lie, remember?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:19 | 3091396 yogibear
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Another F*%#in bankster leech!!

The Italians need to do this to the banksters! First the Goldman Sachs gang.



Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:40 | 3091664 Freddie
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Agreed about Monti and the rest of Goldman getting the Mussolini treatment.  Include Goldman man Draghi to the list.  

Silvio Bunga is an angel compared to those Goldman rat shit bastards.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:52 | 3091429 Tom_333
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Scrooge...? Isn´t that old Scrooge himself who just may be talked into soldiering on...for the good of the world?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 10:53 | 3091245 willwork4food
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I have decided to accept nomination for Treasury. It will interfer with family,ZH, and the daily six , but it's the least I can do for my country.

$350,00yr plus a new Lexus will help the pain.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:00 | 3091258 Chief KnocAHoma
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I'll support you, but only if I get an invite to the bunga bunga parties.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:09 | 3091271 willwork4food
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Deal, if you agree to bring along your cute sister...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:12 | 3091281 Winston Churchill
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Wot no free  coke ,and hookers.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:11 | 3091622 NoClueSneaker
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Give him some hint - casting for acceptable whores in Detroit costs less than

an champagne evening on WS. Truckload of 'em for $ 5K.

He can still cash 25 K on stimulus. :-P

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:34 | 3091412 negative rates
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I think it's bring your own cash, to give the devil his due. Just make certain there is not much due him!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 10:54 | 3091248 falak pema
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told u so; it was preplanned.

This is too big for Oligarchy; the Italian domino and crazy bunga-bunga BErlu can do anything when he is high on steroids. 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:33 | 3091250 francis_sawyer
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che coione...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:03 | 3091260 fonzannoon
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Good luck Mr. Monti-Bloomberg-Obama. Get to work.

Your ? needs you.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:11 | 3091276 magpie
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Beppo FTW, when Silvio and Monti start slandering each other

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:12 | 3091278 Motorhead
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Boy, what a guy! 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:08 | 3091531 knukles
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Humble fuck, eh?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:14 | 3091283 williambanzai7
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I am willing to accept the job as an intern provided unlimited bunga is provided.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:16 | 3091292 Navymugsy
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He's tanned, he's rested, he's ready. Berlusconi in 2013!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:21 | 3091401 mjcOH1
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What's Bill Clinton doing these days?   Is Italian citizenship required to be elected bunga-master?   Honestly, they could do worse.   And already have.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:12 | 3091537 knukles
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Listen, if we can have a non natural born extraterrestrial alien be elected here abouts and Monti can just plain be appointed, you can bet your ass Slick is available for Head Bunga Bunga Boy.
No Qualifications or Applications Necessary...
School chums, Sullfucks and Boners, it's who you know, my brother.

Now, passing the magic cash filled envelopes, the winner is....

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:15 | 3091286 Peterus
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Now, if they can only balance some of this destructive Keynsianism out - enough to escape total collapse but stay in permanent crisis - tptb score a big one.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:19 | 3091287 Navymugsy
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We were in Sicily back in October and half of the stores in the town we stayed in were closed. I asked about this and the locals told me how the economy had been slow but in the last year, it had been steamrolling into the ground. Nothing like a GS guy to take your economy into the tank.


Oh, I forgot, I especially liked the Guardia Finanzia pulling people aside as soon as we landed at Catania and inspecting their purses and murses for large amounts of cash being moved into/out of the country. They even had dogs sniffing us for cash as we boarded the plane for Malta the next week. These guys could teach the TSA a thing or two!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:22 | 3091402 yogibear
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The Goldman Sachs gang always takes. Like locust on the financial landscape. 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:57 | 3091432 Tom_333
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Cash sniffing dogs? You mean real dogs or banksters at the airport.

Now I have heard it all...merry yuletidings.This is straight out of a Dickens novel. The world is turning into the likeness och a dimly lit Victorian London complete with workhouses and gin mills. Where´s Jack the R when you need him.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:44 | 3091669 Freddie
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The Italians a decade ago wanted the Lira back.  The Germans never wanted to give up the DM.  The stinking newsmedia and banksters are relentless.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:17 | 3091293 Monedas
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Monedas graciously offers to continue posting !        How many sand niggers* does it take to screw a camel ?   Answer:    3     One to "grab the tail" and two to rotate the step ladder !         * Monedas' picturesque term for denizens of the sandy areas of northern Africa and the Near East !

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:34 | 3091319 Disenchanted
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Funny how when I read the leading names in the networks that are financially ass-raping the world, I'm not seeing many 'sand niggers' listed. Except for maybe Saudis whose family ancestral patriarch went by the name of Mordechai bin Ibrahim bin Moishe.


Abdul Wahhab Ibrahim al-Shammari’s book, ‘The Wahhabi Movement: The Truth and Roots’, states that King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, the first Saudi monarch, was descended from Mordechai bin Ibrahim bin Moishe, a Jewish merchant from Basra.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:46 | 3091336 Monedas
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Jews are sand niggers, too !  I'm not anti-semitic !     Did you hear some enterprizing Jewish promoters are re-introucing the Cabbage Patch Dolls with names of the Sandy Hook kids ?  

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:02 | 3091365 Disenchanted
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"Jews are sand niggers, too !"


I seriously doubt that when it comes to the Ashkenazi branch of Judaism.

Many the reference to Judeo-Christianity but who knew there was a Judeo-Islam as well. ;p

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:31 | 3091315 I am Jobe
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Is he friends with the biech Pelosi. Hang them all

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:39 | 3091323 tickhound
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There's those damn three words I keep seeing everywhere, bitchez... GOLDMAN-CONSUMERISM-POLITICIAN.

Should I be alarmed?

Has anyone looked into this? 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:40 | 3091326 wagthetails
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The master class has figured it out. The key to the throne is not one great battle but hundreds of seemingly unimportant victories. back to our dreamless sleep for the rest of us.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:47 | 3091339 Atomizer
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One more bit…


In 2012, Italy's economic activity is expected to contract by 1.4%, and gradually recover in 2013. The unemployment rate is foreseen to increase further to 9.5% this year and 9.7% in 2013.


So we've been forecasted to witness a 2% growth spike? Sounds like an economist building a prediction through splitting cunt hairs. Keep in mind, just my observation.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:49 | 3091343 lakecity55
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*******Breaking News*****

O-Phone volunteers for Dictator

"in order to get things done."


Food for Gunz!

EBTs for Gunz!

Gas for Gunz!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:50 | 3091345 muppet_master
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...just like NORTH KOREAS's "LEADER"

by the way the "dear leader" is DYSLEXIC !!! he was supposed to fire the rocket on 12-21-12, NOT 12-12-12....anyways, i think its time to MOVE OUT OF CA for the following reasons:


Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:52 | 3091348 eddiebe
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It seems, unfortunately, that in order to bring sanity and cooperation and harmony back to the planet, I will have to initiate an extinciton event to wipe the slate clean for another attempt at having my garden.  God

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:44 | 3091375 muppet_master
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sounds cool....


1) spare my family 2) ALL of the world's plants & animals 3) air and 4) all the gold and silver in the world so that it doesn't rust or crumble into Tungesten/Chocolate or lead.  Sort of like the movie:  12 monkeys.

also spare me 100, 21 year old beauties. We'll repopulate the earth with kind , beautiful people.

.....just a dream..carry on.....

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 22:14 | 3092132 MeelionDollerBogus
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Goldman Sachsvirus infection AGAIN?

Why didn't my JPMorgan anti-virus 2012 clean it?

fuck it.

c:\earth> fdisk

Maybe this thing will work better...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 11:57 | 3091354 Flakmeister
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You want inflation? Here is inflation

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:25 | 3091408 Lost Wages
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I think if your leader is unelected, you should be allowed to kick him the fuck out. But that's just me.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:45 | 3091417 Insideher Trading
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Just for the purpose of a thought experiment, is it better to have:

A monarchy or dictatorship where the dictator is of sound and rational judgement, or

A democracy where the people are manic and of unsound behavior electing a leader?

It may seem a bit preposterous but consider America. A country that experiences mass killings, individuals being trampled to death while shopping, citizens being killed over Air Jordans in broad daylight in public shopping centers. A country where the citizenry seems subject to every manic whim. Where flipping homes and thrusting into debt is the recourse chosen over being responsible and planning ahead. A country that trails the developed world in every educational metric available. Is it reasonable to assume that this group of people will choose a government that will not be vile, burdensome, and regressive? A country who's citizens have voted for politicians that have promised to strip ever more rights and freedoms away from them. A country where 98% of a demographic voted for it's leader based on the color of his skin. Is this a rational people electing rational leaders?

Would our educational system be better if students elected their teachers?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:12 | 3091446 Incubus
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Just spare yourself the trouble and skip the idealism;  humanity always comes down to theft, violence, and death.


Madness has always been the status quo.  Just look at things as a comedy and you'll be better off for it.  The only change civilization ever sees is a change of background; the script is always the same--names of places and people and beliefs might change, but the structure always remains the same.

I wish references to "The Matrix" weren't always so apt, but it is the case that social systems are "matrixes."




Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:17 | 3091448 Insideher Trading
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"but the structure remains the same"


Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:26 | 3091465 Incubus
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the stratum always remains the same; people are domesticated. 

When you realize that social systems are false constructs, you realize that the particpants of the system are used as nothing more than tools for whomever it may be that calls the real shots.  You have nations of people that cling to crutches such as "nationalism" or "culture" or "heritage" or "religion" as some objective means of identification in the world when the case is that they are commonly used throughout history as a means to justify violence to other domesticated humans.

Is mindless practice of ritual a means of higher-level thinking?

Think of consumerist america and how we react.  Holidays are constant excuses to spend because we're nothing more than reactionary animals that modify our behavior to do what the rest of the flock is doing. 

The modern American is just a source of labor; as is anyone else in any other culture.  All the bullshit personalizations of "friends" and "family" and the other bullshit just takes your mind off of the fact that you're being fucked.  And that's how it's always been throughout history.


Sun, 12/23/2012 - 18:06 | 3091829 hedge your future
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An individual's behavior is not independent of his environment. Humans are conformists by nature, and humans will modify their behavior to assimilate into existing social categories. If any individual dares to stray from the category to which he has been assigned, he is shouted down and ostracized.

Civilization is but one giant movie, and members of society must start acting their parts if they want to belong to this civilization. Otherwise, they're outsiders. Try walking into a job interview without a tie. You'll be thrown out. That is the power of convention.

Yours is arguably the most spot-on comment I read on ZH. 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:27 | 3091466 ParkAveFlasher
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The two of you keep jib jabbering. I just like the pics.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 12:50 | 3091426 Apeman
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The Italian people should kill this guy. That will get the message across to all those other unelected eurocrat dogs.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:02 | 3091437 Atomizer
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Meet a choke artist spinning wild tales about how they need to collect more money from you. One of the immediate observations you’ll notice, [telangiectasia] or facial redness of the skin. Long hours of creating alcohol fearmongering stories takes a toll on a presenters face. Keep that in mind while watching.


Bankrupting Nature, Denying our Planetary Boundaries 

These individual’s cannot control the sun, yet are the first one in line to collect money from you. Back in the day, they were called ‘snake oil salesman’. Nothing has changed. 

Educate yourself: Your mind is your weapon  After a short period of time, you will delete your weather app & no longer watch local news weather forecasting. Winks, Global cooling will become your concern.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:20 | 3091456 The Duke of New...
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Whats up with all these Goldman Sachs Dictators?.... oh well; long NY Fed Tungsten.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:21 | 3091457 Joe A
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Who needs democracy when you are building a banksters led socialist heaven called the EU?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:24 | 3091463 Uskatex
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It is technically impossible to elect Monti as MP, because he was nominated "Senator for Life", so he is MP without being elected. In Italy we have 5-8 Senators for Life, and a total of 315 elected senators.

However, no law prescribes that the Prime Minister must be elected. If he finds a majority of MPs, he can rule. In these days Monti is pondering whether to lead a coalition of centrist parties, or to stay sheltered. It seems that such a coalition would not get more than 10% of the votes, so it is likely he will take a low profile, hoping to be called by elected MPs to rule again Italy, or to be elected (by MPs) President of the Republic (who expires in the Summer), or to be nominated to some prestigious European appointment.

Overall, it seems that Italians are not so happy with Monti, who imposed very heavy taxes on wages (an Italian employee who gets 2000 euros/month net costs to its firm more than 4500 euros in taxes and mandatory retirement quote; a manager getting 5000 euros costs more than 14000 euros to his firm), and on houses (in practice, every year one has to pay about 1% of the market value of the house). Above all, he did nothing to lower the costs of politics.

I will not vote for any party that supported Monti, but for the "5 stars" Movement. I do not really trust they will be able to change things, but for sure they are a pain to traditional political parties!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:57 | 3091605 Atomizer
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Obama has instituted many Czars. Yet, no one talks about it.  

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:43 | 3091496 Ayoros
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Monti, ex GS, has made a coup on Italy and now is trying to destroy the country for the NWO  :D Yes

The mess in which Italy is in, is the results of his actions, not the past 20 years of Berlusconni and fun. Strangely after 20 years of free lunch, the guy implementing austerity is not the most liked in the world, who could have thought that ?


Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:49 | 3091504 Incubus
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Imagine the pyramids they'll have us building this time around. 


I bet they've got some great ideas lined up for a workforce of 500 million people.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:56 | 3091604 robertocarlos
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Some NFL team could use a 400k capacity stadium.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:47 | 3091502 q99x2
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Awh and just yesterday I believed him to be a man of conscience and actually resign to maintain his quality of life. Three Card Monti you sure had me fooled.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:53 | 3091510 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Quit the Charade already.

Lloyd for Emperor of the New World.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:15 | 3091548 TheObsoleteMan
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Doesn't this jerk remember what the Italian people did to Mussolini? That wasn't pretty.....

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:55 | 3091600 robertocarlos
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President for life is perfect. On what basis can you oppose that system?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:59 | 3091607 robertocarlos
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I hate democracy. FUCKING RABBLE!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:45 | 3091741 falak pema
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Caesar's dick was an awesome suck that left a taste of ashes... Better to die free but ashened by price of freedom  than suckered and ashened by price of serfdom. 

I know its not a pratical solution; but when your'e corralled, you have a choice between worse and worst. 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:03 | 3091612 lunar
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".....he was not now entering any political movement...."

He just stays with the GS-money movement.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:12 | 3091623 Yen Cross
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 We'll see how much Monti wants to stay on when Italian bond yields skyrocket next year.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:14 | 3091624 americanspirit
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Goldman has just given Italy the "Full Monti", shriveled balls and all. The only remaining question is whether or not the Italians are cowardly enough to ask that he please turn around so they can kiss his withered ass too.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:34 | 3091718 whoknoz
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Monti! Monti!

He'll kick the can!

If he can't do it no one can!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:46 | 3091738 Angus McHugepenis
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Canada is now missing it's designated Goldie Sack bankster. Perhaps Mario can fill the bill if he can learn to speak Newfie.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:58 | 3091754 Element
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Like a rat with a gold tooth ...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:57 | 3092100 MeelionDollerBogus
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So appropriate to restore Fascism in its geographic birth place.

Mussolini would be proud.

What Is Fascism?

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 22:35 | 3094051 Aurora Ex Machina
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Poi vidi un drago tutto travagliato
voltarsi, senza aver mai posa alcuna,
ora sul destro ora su l'altro lato.
Vidi una volpe, maligna e 'mportuna,
che non truova ancor rete che la pigli;
e un can còrso abbaiar a la luna.


I'Asino, Niccolo Machiavelli.




pigliare (transitive)

  1. A more familiar form of prendere, to take


Cross-language puns, got to love them (for the slow - PIG - LIAR, works on three levels in this case); Italy has a choice between a dragon and a (now) silver-fox. Both will be ruinous to their country.

Note: Anyone thinking that Niccolo was in any way "pro" the school-of-power thought along the lines of Kissenger, you need to think again. The man was quite the opposite, and it's a testiment to how much he irked the TPTB that they cursed his name with the opposite ideology for all these years (now: that is power). He was a Republican; a humanist and a satirist. In other words, quite the opposite of those seeking power over their fellow beings. Word is, he wrote part of "The Prince" with a broken arm, thanks to the Medi's. 

Great sense of humour as well, although could be bit of a hot-head when out on the town for drinks.


Then again, look at Nietzsche: nothing to do with the school-of-power, and look what people did with his works. Shameful. 

Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman--a rope over an abyss... What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under...


"Evolve or die". Not "kill those strange religious Jews".

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