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Greek Finance Minister Gets Bullet In The Mail

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Now that Europe is clearly unfixed once more, it is time to shift attention back to broke Greece where as we showed yesterday things are certainly back to the "new normal" with 24 hour strikes again on the daily agenda. And just to keep it real, Greek police reported that the new Greek Finance Minister received a care package with just two contents earlier today: a bullet and a death threat.

From Reuters:

Greece's finance minister was sent a bullet and a death threat from a group protesting home foreclosures, police officials said on Monday, in the latest incident to raise fears of growing political violence.


The package was sent by a little-known group called "Cretan Revolution", which warned the minister against any efforts to seize homes and evict homeowners, police sources said. The group sent similar letters to tax offices in Crete last week.


Yannis Stournaras, a respected economist who became finance minister in June, has angered many Greeks by championing austerity policies demanded by the European Union and International Monetary Fund as the price for bailout aid.

It was unclear as of this posting how the mainstream media will spin the particular development in Greece as favorable for the economy, and supportive of all time highs in the S&P. We will provide an update once we know the answer.

One thing we do know is that it is becoming very possible that the next time a bullet is delivered to the Greek authorities, it could well be traveling faster than just at snail mail pace.

Finally, it is time Greece took a hint from the US and banned all bullets. That would surely eliminate all such fan mail in the future.


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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:33 | 3213652 catacl1sm
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Ban Bullets!


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:48 | 3213705 markovchainey
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"I'm gonna send you a love letter straight from my heart.  You know what a love letter is fuck?  It's a bullet, from a gun.  You get a love letter from me, you're fucked forever!"

<I don't think I got the quote exactly right, but y'all get the point>

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:51 | 3213713 redpill
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Look on the bright side, at least the mail is getting delivered!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:22 | 3213802 TerminalDebt
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Either they have too much, having afford to buy a bullet and mail it. Or they sent their last bullet. Both are good news.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:34 | 3213840 duo
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that looks like the "pristine bullet" from the JFK assassination.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:41 | 3213869 Thomas
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When the authorities tossed out the Rule of Law they did not think through the consequences of a system based on anarchy. Either the bankers and politicians follow the same laws as us or we will make up our own.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:51 | 3213894 francis_sawyer
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Lucky him... Where can I get me some bullets for free?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:18 | 3214546 StychoKiller
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Anarchy != Chaos


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:28 | 3215117 A Nanny Moose
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This is not Anarchy. Anarchy is rules without rulers. This is rulers without rules.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 02:42 | 3215680 13thWarrior
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With guidance chips and steerable trajectory. Tomahwak Bullets.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:54 | 3213719 true brain
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These Cretan Revolution idiots are doing more harm than good. Just shut up and show actions; otherwise shut up. Pulling these stunts will get you no where and give those in power an excuse to clamp down. This reeks of teenage pranks , nothing more.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:06 | 3213958 walküre
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You are mistaken. It's a good move.

1) It shows the Revolution is well under way and is armed.

2) The threat of escalation is on the authorities not vice versa. The authorities can de-escalate the tensions by declaring bankruptcy and walk away from the EU and the Euro.

3) Authorities may clamp down anyway. If you're an armed revolutionist you could care less. In fact it will only sway more citizens to join the revolutionary movement.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:32 | 3215130 A Nanny Moose
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To really make the point, it should have come with instructions on self-actualization.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:00 | 3213729 Azannoth
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I think the Greek politicians will be more "constructive" like imposing a surcharge to shiping metal objects via mail.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:52 | 3214109 sgorem
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kill em ALL!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:48 | 3214310 azzhatter
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Wake me up when Geithner takes one between the eyes

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:34 | 3214429 rotagen
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Bite it moneyboy.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:34 | 3213655 Dre4dwolf
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You don't mail bullets to tyrants, they will just put it in their gun.



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:42 | 3213686 ToNYC
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You didn't learn to send them trick bullets that ruin their gun. Stay home!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:47 | 3213696 EscapeKey
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They disarm the Greeks one bullet at a time.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:35 | 3213658 monopoly
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"It was unclear as of this posting how the mainstream media will spin the particular development in Greece as favorable for the economy, and supportive of all time highs in the S&P. We will provide an update once we know the answer."


LMAO....ONLY on Zero Hedge. Thank you!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:35 | 3213661 Ancona
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It's only a matter of time before the ballon goes up in Europe.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:48 | 3213700 No Euros please...
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I think the "elite" will want to escape a little quicker than that. In fact the Germans haven't used balloons since Nena exploded over New Jersey.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:36 | 3213663 Kaiser Sousa
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finally...some serfs maybe be starting to get it...


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:38 | 3213666 CaptainSpaulding
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Steve Mcqueen? Nevermind

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:36 | 3213667 CrashisOptimistic
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In the immortal words of about 80 ZH commenters:

"Nothing will change until bullets start entering brains."

When the first one does, it will be time to hunker down.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:48 | 3213701 EscapeKey
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Not just any brain.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:13 | 3213764 Lohn Jocke
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Most people who are the problems don't have brains. Except for Bunga Bunga Berlusconi. His brains are in his pants.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:33 | 3213836 Tom_333
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Do not speak badly of Il Cavalieri. The only politician that exhibits normal human traits.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:37 | 3213668 WALLST8MY8BALL
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Seems the only thing that's fixed in Europe is the football!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:48 | 3213704 EscapeKey
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Very droll.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:13 | 3213768 Lohn Jocke
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Wow. Breaking my heart.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:38 | 3213671 Bokkenrijder
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Free ammo! ;-)

Why doesn't anyone send me some free bullets...?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:51 | 3213715 JimBowie1958
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Hell yeah! If you get lemons make lemonade, right?

The dude should start taking MORE homes and push more austerity and then open an ammo store!

lol/ just kidding

The people of Europe have my sympathies, but why do they keep electing these thjieves and grifters?

Probably for the same reasons we keep re-electing ours.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:23 | 3213805 resurger
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ill send you bullets based on your age :)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:06 | 3213953 Agent P
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The government will soon return the favor and send free bullets to the about 3000 fps.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:38 | 3213672 Cheesy Bastard
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What caliber?  I want to buy it.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:58 | 3213728 TrumpXVI
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The ones pictured in the lead in looked a bit odd to me.  I'm thinking maybe, .38 Super?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:04 | 3213737 Headbanger
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I doubt it.  With all that austerity it was probably a 22 short

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:22 | 3213801 Rogue Trooper
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It is Europe.  .177 Cal?

Dude, your avatar is epic... LOL!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:22 | 3213804 unrulian
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nope...not a rimfire...rim would be larger and extend past casing...yet with no cf primer i'd say it's just a bad cg image

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:38 | 3213673 Cognitive Dissonance
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False flag mail?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:10 | 3213754 skistroni
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Quite possibly. There is a heap of "terrorist"-related incidents (plus the obligatory propaganda) the last few weeks in Greece. Easy to get the masses scared. 

One more point: The bullet came from Crete, a part of Greece where guns (legal and illegal) and weed abound. They don't pay taxes either (well, nobody does anymore, we just can't) and they have a strong sentiment of independence. As far as I know them, they wouldn't bother "sending messages". They are one of the few places in Greece where people can live and prosper without the Athens-controlled state, when it will come to that.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 23:10 | 3215330 All Risk No Reward
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So, Operation Gladio has a velvet touch, too?

An excellent book summarizing Gladio and a lot more...

"Gladio, NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis"

The 5 Star review is well deserved, IMHO.

Debt Money Tyranny

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:38 | 3213674 Dr. Engali
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Talk about a sub sonic will take forever to hit its mark through snail mail.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:41 | 3213681 alangreedspank
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:50 | 3213710 Pairadimes
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Beat me to it, Doc. Was going to observe that the sender will have to make the bullet move much faster than the government mail service in order to achieve the objective.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:40 | 3213716 JimBowie1958
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In the words of Raylon Givens, the next one might be coming faster. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:05 | 3213742 Shylockracy
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It's like the postman getting off his bike and saying: "Now dodge this..."


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:41 | 3213677 ebworthen
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And record firearms and ammunition sales in the U.S. are not for hunting four-legged animals.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:42 | 3213687 Headbanger
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Snakes no doubt.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:41 | 3213682 Headbanger
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Well they just gave a huge boost to the Greek guns & ammo industry!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:44 | 3213692 alangreedspank
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+1 for nick + avatar. Very fitting.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:43 | 3213689 alangreedspank
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And people wonder why the state never seems to shrink ? Political minarchism is literal suicide.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:46 | 3213691 Bam_Man
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The only difference when this eventually happens in the US -

The note will be signed "Cretin Revolution".

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:44 | 3213693 1C3-N1N3
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"The price tags on the things I need are getting bigger by the day. I got a bullet with a name on it, bullet with a name." - Nonpoint, 2005

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:45 | 3213694 Dre4dwolf
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I dont understand why in greece they dont just go kill the dictators / bankers.

They are outnumbered and out-gunned by the citizens 10 fold.


My grandma sleeps with 3 shotguns under her bed, all the greeks are armed to the teeth from when the nazi snow monkeys tried to invade.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:49 | 3213709 knowless
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world police.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:53 | 3213698 The Gooch
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You're not supposed to send them (threat and bullet) at the same time.

In Chicago, he would have only recieved the envelope. sometime next year. Maybe.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:17 | 3213785 westboundnup
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Indeed.  If you're a Greek Finance Minister, the threatening letter is unnecessary.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:50 | 3213707 Mad Mohel
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He should be happy it wasn't a bullet in his ass.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:49 | 3213708 NidStyles
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Damn Greeks can't get anything right. They are supposed to put the round in the gun to send it to him.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:31 | 3213825 Mi Naem
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Assassination attempt from an insider during this time of austerity. 

The actual weapon is on layaway, and arrives in a couple weeks. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 13:55 | 3213724 HoaX
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Also interesting were the following pictures released by the Greek police today:


SYRIZA and Democratic Left issued statements expressing concern about the possibility the alleged bank robbers had been tortured after the police released photos of the suspects which showed them with heavy bruises.

Some of the photos also appeared to have been doctored to disguise injuries to the suspects, two of whom have been linked to the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group."

and for a better look at the pictures:

(just scroll down a bit).

Now whoever is in charge of the Photoshop department at the Greek police station should maybe consider hiring Banzai in the future.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:01 | 3213732 JustObserving
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Bullet in the mail is so 19th century.  There is no military-grade US manufactured anthrax to go around?  

Besides, we could then kill Osama bin-Laden for the 3rd time.  Or would that be the 4th time?


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:51 | 3214314 samsara
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He didn't work at nor have any contacts working inside Ft. Detrick......

and the mailer wasn't trying to put a point on getting the Patriot Act approved there.....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:04 | 3213738 alien-IQ
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A string of dead bankers throughout the world will be the first sign of a true recovery in the making. Anything less will be mere window dressing.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:10 | 3213752 MachoMan
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Not to nitpick, but a bullet, in and of itself is useless and I highly doubt a bullet, solely, was sent in the mail...  rather, what was sent in the mail and what is placed into firearms is a cartridge, which is the unification of a case/shell, primer, propellant, and bullet.  The bullet is only a component of a cartridge.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:12 | 3213982 Agent P
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It's fitting, because a Greek Finance Minister, in and of itself, is also useless.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:33 | 3213838 bugs_
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Oh!  CreTAN not Cretin.....I read that wrong.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:39 | 3213860 toomanyfakecons...
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.32acp no doubt. It worked for Mr. Bond.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:53 | 3213904 d edwards
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Better a bullet in the mail than one in the head.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 14:57 | 3213919 Saro
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Cretin Revolution?  How apt.

Also a great name for a band.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:48 | 3214821 Freddie
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I say the story is BS.  Politicians and leftist always claim death threats and it is always a lie.

Cretin Hop - The Ramones

There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin'
You gotta keep it beatin'
For all the hoppin' cretins
Cretin! Cretin!

I'm gonna go for a whirl with my cretin girl
My feet won't stop
Doin' the Cretin Hop
Cretin! Cretin!

1, 2, 3, 4,
Cretins wanna hop some more!
4, 5, 6, 7,
All good cretins go to heaven!

There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin'
You gotta keep it beatin'
For all the hoppin' cretins
Cretin! Cretin!

I'm gonna go for a whirl with my cretin girl
My feet won't stop
Doin' the Cretin Hop
Cretin! Cretin!

1, 2, 3, 4,
Cretins wanna hop some more!
4, 5, 6, 7,
All good cretins go to heaven!


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:15 | 3213989 tongue.stan
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better a bullet in the mail than a horse head in the bed

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:24 | 3214035 PFO
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Spent the first week of 79' on Crete. Went to the student hostel in Agios Nikolaos and after scanning the town moved to a 1st. class hotel for the same price. Didn't figure it out til dinner time.


On afternoon walk on the harbor we found an amazing restaurant, closed and still destroyed from the New Year’s blow-out three days previous. Empty bottles, carcasses, glasses & plates everywhere!


Just for kicks returned at 7PM and the place was immaculate, the matre d' slightly hung-over and the food out-of-this-world!!!!


Matre d' told us Greeks charge the moon for the party, but drop to reality the next day.


I bet on the Greeks when it comes to them vs. anyone who tries to tell them what to do, much less force them to do it.


Time to go back there and drop some serious coin.




Mon, 02/04/2013 - 15:39 | 3214082 Volaille de Bresse
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We shouldn't murder any of them, we should arrest them, "shake" them to make them cough all their dirty secrets (we need to udnerstand how that rotten really worked) then we should trial them and hang them. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:39 | 3214278 Yperkeimenos
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Why do you think Greeks are forbidden by law to carry any kind of weapon including,and i'm serious about this,a bow and arrow even for traditional hunting.Imagine if the people suddenly pointed their guns,collectively, against the corrupt goverment.I'm sure things would be very different in Greece.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:55 | 3214485 Yperkeimenos
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This is why the people must be allowed to bear arms: To protect their dignity,family and above all else their country from internal as well as external threats.Do you know that in Greece if someone breaks into your home and by reacting you injure him,he can sue you?.Don't let them take away your constitutional rights.If people are responsible enough to vote they are responsible enough to bear arms.I live in Greece and let me tell you,this bullet made my day.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 04:09 | 3215725 SteelRust
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Don't lose your time threatening banksters & politicians.


Directly HANG THEM.

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