Santelli On The Reality Of The Rotten Heart Of Europe

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This morning we were treated, once again, to confirmation that Europe is still in the middle of a deepening crisis. No, this was not a reflection of the terrible data, it was Mr. Hollande's insistence that "the crisis is behind us." Luckily we have a foil for this idiocy. Bernard Connolly, author of 'The Rotten Heart of Europe' explains to CNBC's Rick Santelli, "the point is that the union has produced this disaster; and the people who put the disaster in place hail it as a success. are they crazy? If they are, that's pretty disturbing! If they're not crazy, then the question of why they have done it is more disturbing." In a few brief minutes, uninterrupted by an anchor desperate for silver linings, Connolly explains to Santelli when asked of the future, that nothing will change in the short-term, "the potential ways of getting out of the mess are simply unthinkable," to both beggar and chooser, adding that "you have a cycle of deflation, depression, default, more banking crisis, more sovereign debt crisis, and social and political crisis." Simply put, Connolly concludes on social unrest, "I don't see any way of avoiding it."


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Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:03 | 3570268 W T F II
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Football Hooligans, already organized for mayhem, will lead the charge.

Remember Brixton..? Within 36 hours, fourteen British cities were in flames...!! And those rioters had FOOD...!!

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:10 | 3570295 Stackers
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Welcome to the Tin Foil Hat Club Mr Connolly

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:14 | 3570304 francis_sawyer
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Keep cashing those checks paid in 'CheesePopebux' to be the VOICE of CONTROLLED OPPOSITION Rickster...


I guess every "Oiler" deserves to get paid for their efforts...

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:33 | 3570423 Cacete de Ouro
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Slighy off topic ~

So the question is why didn't Santelli go to visit the the HSBC gold vault instead of Pisani, it occurs to me Santelli would have got some good info and then sang like a Canary...:)

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:13 | 3570305 ZerOhead
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"the crisis is behind us."

That's probably what Jack the Ripper's victims thought...

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:30 | 3570410 franzpick
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"The crisis is behind us, it's on both sides of us, and now again it's in front of us".

We're surrounded by the crisis, and having lost sight of the way out, we're re-doubling our efforts.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 21:37 | 3571402 Buck Johnson
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No kidding.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:05 | 3570280 Flounder
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In about 3 months the EURUSD will be below 1.21

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:29 | 3570406 williambanzai7
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Thu, 05/16/2013 - 17:11 | 3570799 falak pema
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that looks like synthetic not real white sable. 

But then its socialist. 

Could he wear that in Mali ? 

Lol, I think he wears it only when he visits Mutti. 

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:07 | 3570289 HulkHogan
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3:00 sell off?

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:10 | 3570299 Ham-bone
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dutifully followed by 3:10 algo driven btfd...

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:36 | 3570443 ParkAveFlasher
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Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:25 | 3570379 EARLPEARL
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what is your thinking concerning selloff at 3???

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:29 | 3570300 Mercury
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Europe is overdue for a war.

 If they aren't quite up for a war someone will bring one to them.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:13 | 3570306 doggings
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Santelli's got to get the boot soon, he's a loose truthcannon on the happyheads ship.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:27 | 3570393 Theta_Burn
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They pay Dick Santelli extra for his rants,(I admit they have been "truthy" lately) gives CNBC that cutting edge feel.


Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:16 | 3570320 pine_marten
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They have shown their inept white under belly to the world.  The Russians smell blood.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:17 | 3570327 Shevva
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The whole pint of the Euro was to create a crisis and then demand that all countrys give up their soverity to a federal Europe (altough they say that they do not mean federal in the USA version).

Time to end democrocy in Europe

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:20 | 3570348 Clowns on Acid
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you mean to a "feral" Europe don't you ?

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:28 | 3570396 Mercury
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Today's USA version of federal government isn't the original USA version of federal government but eventually it turned into today's version.

Originally the federal government was simply the united states of America not the all-powerful entity that it is now.


Thu, 05/16/2013 - 20:52 | 3571283 newworldorder
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This is the reason that the euro elite and baksters will fight to the death to preserve the EU. They must have total control or eventualy perish.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:18 | 3570337 aleph0
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I read his book only 6 months ago ... One Excellent piece of work.
The guy knows his stuff and all the people involved.
IIRC, it came out in 1995-1996 and should have been a lesson to all the imbeciles trying to pull off this heist.

The level of detail was impressive ... basically Polticians squabbling during the ERM days over their FXrates and Interest rates and fighting the Bundesbank most of the time.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:41 | 3570470 nevadan
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Yes.  And he paid a price for publishing his book. He lost his job and had his book banned in Europe.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 22:35 | 3571587 tooktheredpill
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was hard to even find his book (libraries / online) until fairly recently.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:18 | 3570339 Paracelsus
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Uh,Russian ships headed for Limassol as we speak.Three months?  THREE WEEKS...


Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:20 | 3570352 RSloane
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You might as well have entitled it "Something the People In the EU Will Never Be Permitted to See".

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:22 | 3570365 fonzannoon
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Hey RSloane you were right about Gross on that other thread. Maybe I am too hard on him? He did say everything you said he did. Maybe I am just jaded. As a matter fact I know I am. This wears on you.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:37 | 3570450 Al Gorerhythm
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Maybe this will help. Was worth the 17 mins, to me.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:43 | 3570479 RSloane
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I think being jaded is a collective defining characteristic of most of the people who post on ZH. It makes the MSM and other websites almost intolerable. So in a way, being jaded protects us from falling for the usual bullshit that other people seem to crave. Its like a pre-emptive defense mechanism in a world that is virtual in the sense that the reality we live in is recreated almost daily by people who do not have our best interests at heart. If anything they have disdain for our existence. At this point in our history being jaded is healthy. In the long run it will help you survive.  

Don't worry about Gross. His Insights series is kind of shocking for a hedge fund manager but he's always been an outlier. He still has a lot to answer for though so feel free to take a swing at his head.

Big hugs to you Fonz.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 19:45 | 3571143 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"I think being jaded is a collective defining characteristic of most of the people who post on ZH."

I'd like to think of ZH as a chastity belt worn backwards, if you get my drift!

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:23 | 3570369 Lord Peter Pipsqueak
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"The whole pint of the Euro was to create a crisis and then demand that all countrys give up their soverity to a federal Europe (altough they say that they do not mean federal in the USA version)."

In a nutshell,perfect Mr Shevva,but don't forget the replacement of the white Europeans with third world immigrants as the long term plan of the white holocaust.


Thu, 05/16/2013 - 17:09 | 3570795 falak pema
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hatched by whom?

White holocaust when Pax Americana rules?

No Genghis Khan running th world today! 

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 19:45 | 3571144 buyingsterling
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Hatched by white elites. They don't care about skin color, they just want pliable slaves.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 22:38 | 3571602 tooktheredpill
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yep looks like we got some sort of banking union out of the last one (when italian yields went nuts for seemingly no good reason back in 2010). going to take a nastier crisis to get to the next step

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:47 | 3570404 ZerOhead
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"you have a cycle of deflation, depression, default, more banking crisis, more sovereign debt crisis, and social and political crisis."

There is simply no way out of this mess going down the deflationary/economic collapse (TEOTWAWKI) mode... and with global financial institutions so intimately linked to each other through debt and derivates etc. they will likely take the entire planet down with them.

The only solution unfortunately is to print. Primarily for the bankers and financial elite to keep the parasitic financial sector healthy as the remaining assets of the 99% get transfered under forced selling due to economic deleveraging for those with no access to unlimited free credit.

Next massively and desperately into the 'real' economy (through war or new New Deal handouts/programs) by the government to prevent complete collapse and social disintegration. (Besides... what good is owning a private jet if you can't get it fueled anywhere...)

Any way you look at it... the value of all the debt (and the dollar) pumped into the banking sector by the Fed to keep it functioning will be next to worthless at the end of the day. And all the world's  Central Banker's is going to have to do this.

Assets such as farmland and gold on the other hand will be golden...

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 16:39 | 3570694 Ropingdown
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Nope.  The farmland AND its product will be heavily taxed.  The gold will be confiscated and transactions in gold will be felonies.  No one will be able to accept your gold in payment without large risk.  These policies will be required to keep funding SNAP, SSI, SSDI, and politicians' junkets to Phuket. 

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 17:43 | 3570880 shovelhead
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I keep hearing this 'gold trading as felony' stuff.

Selling cannabis has been a felony for 75 years and it's easier for a high school kid to buy than beer. Obviously a large portion of Americans really don't give a fuck about what the govt. says or does if it conflicts with what they want to do.

It's apparent that your faith in Govt. competency is much higher than mine.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 19:52 | 3571160 buyingsterling
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It's not wise to judge the breakdown situation in terms of today's attitudes. An inflationary environment and a growing black market - which will both prize metals - will insure that gold and silver are household words long before the oligarchy gets close to banning their use. And what justification would they offer to ban them? It's already clear to a growing mass of people that the oligarchy has crushed the individual and ruined the financial system. Use of gold and silver can't be blamed for that without looking desperate and foolish. Foolishess and desperation are tolerated now, but won't be when average joes have trouble paying their taxes and feeding their families.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:35 | 3570433 Tombstone
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Coming to  a country near you.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:39 | 3570458 Peter Pan
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Europe is like a contagious disease ward where all the patients are sharing the same set of cutlery unwashed.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:43 | 3570483 smacker
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Bernard Connolly rightly described the EU as "authoritarian and corporatist". He should have dispensed with politeness and come straight out and called them what they are: fascists.

I agree with his analysis of how the unelected EU apparatchiks are overthrowing the Anglo-Saxon model in Europe and replacing it with their own model of non-democratic corporatist socialism. This explains why France kept Britain out of the EU for years until their new model had taken root and Britain would not be able to change it.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:55 | 3570539 thisandthat
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Sorry, what was that? We're kind of really busy here, debating how much superior Benfica was to Chelsea, yesterday, despite scoring fewers goals, and such high value issues, so I'm not really paying attention to minor macroeconomic tidbits.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 15:59 | 3570559 Lukacko
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Thu, 05/16/2013 - 16:21 | 3570625 Go Tribe
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That's nothing compared to what they're doing in Russia.


It is a drug for the poor, and its effects are horrific. It was given its reptilian name because its poisonous ingredients quickly turn the skin scaly. Worse follows. Oleg and Sasha have not been using for long, but Oleg has rotting sores on the back of his neck.

"If you miss the vein, that's an abscess straight away," says Sasha. Essentially, they are injecting poison directly into their flesh. One of their friends, in a neighbouring apartment block, is further down the line.

"She won't go to hospital, she just keeps injecting. Her flesh is falling off and she can hardly move anymore," says Sasha. Photographs of late-stage krokodil addicts are disturbing in the extreme. Flesh goes grey and peels away to leave bones exposed. People literally rot to death.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 16:19 | 3570616 are we there yet
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I think many of those with money in Europe are moving it out and causing the dollar to climb and gold to fall.  This will not last, the true value of the dollar can not levitate indefinately. My bet is Gold now will later be seen as a bargain (if you can buy physical).

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 18:05 | 3570921 boeing747
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Santelli becomes pepper spray on cnbc's daily soup.

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 18:09 | 3570930 shovelhead
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I might be a bit slow but can someone please explain to me how Germany became the bad guy in this whole scenario. I can understand why they won't print to bail. (laws make no difference now) I can understand their reticence to make German taxpayers foot the entire bill for bailouts.

What I can't understand is how they held a gun to the heads to the periphery states and forced them to borrow from any and all banks to squander all that money away and get themselves in such a hole in the first place.

I understand how they benefited from trade by loaning at low rates but isn't the borrower culpable for debt they themselves incur?

Are they bad guys to not loan further taxpayers money to countries who are incapable of reforming profligate spending or managing it in any rational fashion or are they bad guys to force structural reforms on govt.s for future money?

Do Germans have Jedi mind powers? Borrow ze money or we shoot ze dog?

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 18:43 | 3571012 Winston Smith 2009
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The E.U., Neofeudalism and the Neocolonial-Financialization Model

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 19:47 | 3571148 shovelhead
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I get it. According to CHS, the EVIL Germans knew they were dealing with the national equivalent of retarded children and plotted to get them so deep in debt that Germanys taxpayers had to pay to bail them out.

And naturally, the retarded children have no culpability because, well, they're retarded.

And Germany wins because they now hold mountains of debt that will never be repaid but has to funnel even more taxpayer money to keep them from defaulting and collapsing the Euro.

Sounds logical to me. Those Germans ARE clever colonists after all. They're sucking all the valuable debt out of those poor unfortunate dummies and handing them useless Euros.


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