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The Animated Annotated French Presidential Election

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In a little over 80 seconds, this animated clip provides everything you need to know about exactly what Hollande's victory today means to Europe's glorious future.


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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:21 | 2403677 Mongo
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Hollande is just another word for money printing.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:26 | 2403688 Jack Napier
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Yup, that's the alternative to austerity, but they'll have to leave the Euro before they can debase their own currency.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:36 | 2403704 redpill
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I prefer Béarnaise.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:41 | 2403730 Ahmeexnal
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Why Greece and the PIIGS need to be like role model Germany:

German discount supermarket giant Aldi, which has consistently made its owners the richest men in the country, has been taking government subsidies to train employees, it emerged at the weekend.

But weekly magazine Der Spiegel said many details remain shrouded in secrecy even by the government, to protect the commercial interests of Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd – separate but associated companies.

Information officially requested from the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) did show that Aldi training was being paid for with government funds, but details were scarce.

“The requested information concerns details which have not been approved for the public, and due to a request for secrecy from Aldi, cannot be released,” the BAG statement sent to Spiegel said.

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer, under whose remit the BAG falls, refused to comment, while his staff merely said that, “as long as Aldi Nord, and Süd, meet the eligibility criteria for the subsidy, they are justified in receiving it.”

Green MP Valerie Wilms, who submitted a parliamentary question to try to uncover how much Aldi was getting, was told that the way BAG handled data was such that it was difficult to see how much individual companies were getting.

“It is aggravating as an MP, to have to have to poke around in the dark and not get clear information about what is done with tax payer’s money and subsidies,” she said.

“The subsidies should be helping with training and development – not to pep up the savings programme of a discounter. It would be outrageous if a billion-euro firm like Aldi was actually tapping into this money,” she told Der Spiegel.


ALDI superstore managers filmed female shoppers as they bent over looking at appliances.....also filmed as they entered their PIN into the counter registers keypads as they made their payments.,1518,830690,00.html

Store managers in several supermarkets of the Aldi discount chain secretly filmed female customers bending over refrigerators and shelves, according to information obtained by SPIEGEL. Cameras also secretly filmed the cash registers, including payment card readers where customers type in their PIN numbers.

Female customers shopping in Aldi, the German chain of discount supermarkets, were secretly filmed by branch managers, according to information obtained by SPIEGEL. The managers were especially interested in filming women in short skirts and and low-cut tops as they bent down to pick out items from refrigerator chests or shelves.

The films were burnt onto CDs and shared with fellow staff. This happened in Aldi stores in Frankfurt, Dieburg and elsewhere in the western state of Hesse. Aldi Süd, the firm managing the stores, declined comment specifically on the case but issued a statement saying: "Mistakes by an individual employee can't be ruled out."

The company, which also has stores in Britain, Australia and the US, is one of the two separate companies that make up the Aldi group. The company stated: "If an abuse becomes known to the management, such an event will immediately be investigated, forbidden and will result in appropriate disciplinary consequences."

According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, the group appears to have had entire stores, including check-out areas, under camera surveillance, even after a widely-reported snooping scandal at rival discounter Lidlin 2008, in which store detectives spied on staff.

Store detectives at Aldi were instructed to install mini camera systems "in suspicious cases," which is legally dubious. In addition, Aldi Süd positioned mobile miniature cameras not only in the sales area but also in places where staff don't come into any contact with customers and where there were no notices alerting people to camera surveillance.

SPIEGEL has learned that the discount retailer also monitored its warehouse staff and transport workers in its central storage facilities.

Criticism of Practice

The German government's commissioner for privacy protection, Peter Schaar, criticized the practice: "If thefts can be prevented or solved through open measures, secret surveillance is forbidden."

Aldi Süd argues that cameras installed around cash registers are positioned in such a way "that the typing in of PIN numbers can in no circumstances be seen."

But images available to SPIEGEL clearly show the payment card machines into which customers type their PIN numbers. Aldi Süd also said mobile cameras "are only used to protect our staff, customers and suppliers from dangerous situations and hold-ups, for preventive purposes and to protect property."

Aldi Nord, the other company in the Aldi group, said it uses fixed or mobile cameras "only in exceptions in individual stores." It says cameras are only used "when very high thefts are being registered." Aldi Nord said it "strictly ruled out" the filming of cash registers and the entry of PIN numbers.

SPIEGEL reported the surveillance at Aldi as part of a cover story about the working practices within the group. Aldi pioneered discount supermarkets and is an internationally-known brand.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:25 | 2403740 The Big Ching-aso
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It'll be a special Hollandeais sauce that France will embrace like a white flag on the Champs de Elysee.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:24 | 2403928 He_Who Carried ...
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Ahme#@$#, the village idiot.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:27 | 2403939 The Big Ching-aso
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He's not a village idiot, you boob.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:35 | 2403971 vh070
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No wonder Germany and Japan were allies in the big one.  They share the same interests.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:38 | 2404242 Slipmeanother
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Makes you think we were allied with the USSR

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:44 | 2404016 NotApplicable
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Link and a small snippet, please.

Brevity is your friend.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:39 | 2404247 macholatte
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The managers were especially interested in filming women in short skirts and and low-cut tops as they bent down to pick out items from refrigerator chests or shelves.


Shocking! I don't believe it.        Show me the video :)


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:44 | 2403738 batterycharged
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What's wrong with mayonaise?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:03 | 2403764 The Big Ching-aso
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With Sarkozy gone political midgets the world over are trying to find new growth avenues.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:35 | 2403706 AbelCatalyst
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If Greece's number 1 industry is tourism, why don't they just drop out of the Euro, discharge their debt, and people will flock to Greece where it will be the only place fiat money will still buy boatloads of touristy trinkety crap!!??

One year of pain, then the tourists start arriving in droves! Now, that is how a free market works - say bye bye to the central planners!!!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:36 | 2403710 redpill
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Because then the international banking interests would get screwed, and we can't have that now can we.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:47 | 2403746 Ahmeexnal
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German Imperial family is preparing false flag attacks and are prepared to blame the "left" (aka France).  German officials conveniently release the foiled "leftist terrorist attack" AFTER socialist Hollande sodomized Sarkozy in sunday elections.

Berlin escaped May Day pipe-bomb bloodbath

The Berlin police revealed on Monday that it had discovered several explosives at the leftist May Day demonstrations in the Kreuzberg district of the German capital – but there were no clues as to who laid them.

Berlin's Police President Margarete Koppers told the state parliament interior committee that police discovered at least three pipe-bombs on May Day, with an estimated blast radius of 15 – 20 metres.

They were found in several places along the demo's route, and police are working on the assumption that they were intended for use against riot officers.

Experts are currently inspecting the 40-centimetre pipes-bombs to see if they were defective. Koppers said they were homemade explosives which could have injured several people.

"In future operations we have to be prepared for people who have a blind hatred inside them," said Koppers.

Some radical leftists had called for violent attacks against the police in the run-up to Berlin's traditional anti-capitalist protests on May Day. The demonstration, which drew some 10,000 participants, erupted into violence part way along its route, and was dispersed by police after stones and bottles were thrown at them.

Organizers accused the police of using "extreme brutality" to quell the protesters.

It remains unclear whether the pipe-bomb discovery had any connection with an arson attack on two officers sitting in a police car on Saturday night.

Several unknown people attacked the car as it was standing at a traffic light, smashing its back window. One of them tore open a door and threw a flare inside, setting fire to the back seat. The officers suffered shock, but remained uninjured.

The Berlin domestic intelligence agency said on Friday that there was less violence this May Day that and despite an increase in demonstrators, the far-left scene was struggling to recruit new militants.

The Local/DPA/bk

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:07 | 2403833 Manthong
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I spent a fair amount of time there when you got 30 drachs to the buck and even though it was late junta, the folks there seemed pretty happy and it was a great place go to.

They are in nowhere near as nice shape with the EU noose around their necks.

Fewer banks and a simpler life is NOT a bad thing - especially in Greece.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:22 | 2403888 The Big Ching-aso
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Now's the time to move to France if you feel guilty about having a lot of money.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:09 | 2404548 jamezelle
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Maybe warren buffet can go pay more taxes there.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:23 | 2403918 Uchtdorf
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Quoting from above:

"Berlin's Police President Margarete Koppers"

She was destined to become a police-person with a name like that. 

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:27 | 2403934 He_Who Carried ...
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How about mowing the lawn between your ears, Villageidiot?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:36 | 2403966 The Big Ching-aso
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Les Miserables, The Sequel, coming to France playing outside everywhere near you.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:40 | 2403725 fajensen
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If Greece does that, they risk getting a dose of 'Arab Spring' sprinkled with some NATO bombing! But, yes, it is the only way.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:44 | 2403735 redpill
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Don't be so barbaric.  It would just be a little kinetic military activity, with a dash of leveraging our investment in Tomahawk missiles, and a splash of tactical implementation of drones.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:05 | 2403845 batterycharged
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Yes, and a tad bit of collateral damage, nothing severe.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:14 | 2403860 The Big Ching-aso
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I think the most effective tactical drones were already implemented with Greenspan and Bernanke.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:38 | 2403716 fajensen
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So, When money is only printed for the banks it not printing and therfore not evil?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:50 | 2403747 The Big Ching-aso
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Could there be a bank Hollandeday in France's future?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 20:42 | 2405221 WhiteNight123129
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There are absolutely no unintended consequences from Bernanke. They are all intended, and the intent is to do exacty what was done in the early 30s, which is a devaluation of the currency through printing. Very simple. In devaluation hoard hard assets. Period. Money printing is necessary, this is a form of default without massive bank failures. IIt is the modern day devaluation. Nothing new or innovative in that. Gold and Silver are just 2 out of a multitude of commodities available. Some have undershot recently (nat gas) other have been lagging, the range is wide and plentiful.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:24 | 2403681 DeltaCharlie
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Merkel is waaayyyy to thin in this animation!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:28 | 2403695 GeneMarchbanks
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Yes because other than that it would've been accurate?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:56 | 2403796 The Big Ching-aso
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I think France is looking better than Greece and Greece is looking better than Zimbabwe.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:47 | 2404272 Talons Point
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And soon Zimbabwe will look better than U.S.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:35 | 2404419 FreudianSlip
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Yes, and we can then visit all our trillions of US dollars that have been reinvested all over Africa in agricultural ground, mining and development of natural resources (with the help of US backed merceniaries and a few military troops).  The Chinese are not happy campers over western country African stakeouts as the Chinese have always perceived Africa as their backyard garden and are diligently and quietly ensconced.

Watch Africa closely.  This is a shell game of distractions.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:51 | 2404285 Half_A_Billion_...
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for now

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:03 | 2403786 bigkahuna
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Videos like the one in this story show the word is out much further in the world than the globalists would like. This guy Valls who is an assistant to Hollande is ears deep in the NWO plans. I would not be compelled to believe that Hollande is not at least right ahead or just behind him.

Video is by We Are Change Paris.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:02 | 2403820 dizzyfingers
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sabra1: they're ALL Bilderberg stooges.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:26 | 2403689 GMadScientist
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Revenge of the Zombie Currencies.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:28 | 2403693 Vince Clortho
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Enough money for everything, or at least plenty for the banks.

The dawn of a new golden age in Europe.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:47 | 2403752 sunaJ
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A Golden Dawn, in fact.  Good luck with that...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:28 | 2403696 Atlantis Consigliore
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Vive le France, vive the 75% wealth tax, vive, the Buffett tax,


watch everyone leave US after november,   C$ on a tear.....15% canada tax vs us  45%

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:34 | 2403705 falak pema
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Thats got shades of Michael Jackson's "Thrilla" stamped all over it. All it needs is the screamy laff in the grave yard! Where are you Vincent Price?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:41 | 2403727 Dr. Engali
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It's actually kind of funny watching these idiots fall. Too bad they are being replaced with bigger idiot banker tools. The next target is Germany. That will give the ECB all the freedom they need to print.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:47 | 2403749 AustriAnnie
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They will be replaced by tyrants and dictators who are not idiots, but psychopaths.  Thats what we have to look forward to.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:43 | 2403732 Gringo Viejo
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In particular, I enjoyed the "living dead" currencies rising from their respective graves.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:43 | 2403733 Dick Darlington
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I think it's time for Germany, Finland and Netherlands to exit euro. Then France, Spain, Italy and the rest can borrow, spend, print, wash, rinse, repeat their way to "prosperity". There's ONLY downside left for Ger, Fin and Netherlands. Oh, the remaining euro countries can keep their beloved unelected sociopaths in Brussels and create all the europonzi bonds they desire.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:44 | 2403739 falak pema
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Do ghouls and ghosts vote...? Do they consume like mortals? Who cares how we call the new currency, as long as we burn the bankstas, before junking the old paper and issuing new paper without debt burden. And then we Glass Steagall the new potential shysters from repeating and regulate the bleaters from derivative cheating. We'll never change human nature, just try and keep it within the bounds of Rubiconese. Until the next shyster bubble. When we will be living in "groovy nirvana land" again, having conveniently forgotten those who were sacrificed for austerity pain during the drought years. Whats new Sisyphus, you're such a pussy keep pushing your load, up that straight n narrow. 

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:02 | 2403823 GeneMarchbanks
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Pepe nails most of it. The rest of these clowns don't get it, too busy looking at the their crystal balls: failed models.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:44 | 2403743 BadKiTTy
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I feel like I have been sitting on the edge of my seat for an eternity, I keep thinking "yep, THIS is IT! Now things are really going to kick off"

And time after time..................NOTHING.

I am trying to practice a default expectation of 'nothing will change'.

With the small print of 'except when it changes it will change SUDDENLY!

And probably in unexpected ways.

My Captain Obvious statement for the day.....


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:54 | 2403780 The Big Ching-aso
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Everybody's waiting 4 the worse thing that can happen so when it happens they'll wait until the next one.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:56 | 2403787 Biosci
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ZH doomer fatigue.  It's a pretty common response.  As a great political analyst once told me, "Never underestimate the ability of the powers that be to just muddle through."  It will always take longer than you expect, especially since we've been trained over our whole lives to expect ever more immediate gratification.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:12 | 2403824 The Big Ching-aso
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World can't end too soon 4 doomers.  Wait till they see the afterlife.  They'll think this place was heaven.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:59 | 2403812 AustriAnnie
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Things are changing/happening now.  Its just harder to see and feel incremental change.

We look back at events in history books and we attach exact dates to events that, in retrospect, we realize were pivotal. Looking back, it seems like a series of big events, but to the people there at the time, things probably happened more slowly.  

Right now, the tension of the system is building.  The distortions getting bigger and bigger.  This isn't "nothing happening".  I think of it as a natural stage in the process.  It doesn't defy logic, in fact it makes perfect sense that people will go on in denial, desperately clingling to the status quo and attempting to ignore the inevitable.  Its human nature in action.

Sitting on the edges of our seats waiting for the inevitable, it will wear us down and drive us mad.  I try not to do that.  I just try to be thankful for another day to prepare myself.  And I know that when something sudden happens, it won't happen in the way I imagined it anyway, so waiting in suspense won't help me a damned bit.  Just some thoughts.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:53 | 2403778 booboo
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Well just when you think someone else can't fuck it up even more. Remind me why we even need governments again.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:00 | 2403810 dizzyfingers
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Government = slavery. That's why or why not... you choose.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:00 | 2403797 slackrabbit
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i hope this thing drags on, the longer it drags, the longer we can stack.........and the longer they print, the greater the wealth transfer :-D

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:57 | 2403798 dizzyfingers
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NWO assured. Where are my hoe, rake, and serf togs?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 12:57 | 2403799 JR
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The collapse of the euro zone is not the end of the world; it is the end of world government.

It has been reported on ZH in Dummies Guide To Europe's Problems of the interdependence of Europe's nations, and hence, “the dangers of Hollande's election (which has now occurred) and the Greece austerity-revolt – ‘when you borrow too much money as a nation you become ungovernable and the true problem of a break in the political compact that will bring Europe to its knees.”

Countries are now “ungovernable” because the politicians borrowed too much money and in their sellout to the bankers, they never told the people the truth. If they had from the beginning, the people could have developed the country they wanted and made it work. America’s history is the proof. The people of Europe were never pushing for this banker-driven outcome.

These people are voting in a democracy; they see and live what’s happening. They are not interested in the lies and the cheating.

Their sentiment reaches all across Europe from Germany’s northern-most province to France. The significance of the French vote is that it’s the first time the voters have turned out an incumbent since ‘81. They weren’t voting for a socialist; they were voting for a different direction. They were not saying we want higher taxes or more welfare or more Goldman-style bank deals. They were saying: We don’t like what’s going on.

The so-called fringe groups are both on the far right and far left. When the far left garners a lot of votes and the far right a lot of votes, it’s hard to say it’s the “fringe.”  Both the Greeks and the French were voting against the corruption.

How, then, can it be said that the people don’t know what they’re doing? They do know what they are doing; they voted against the center, i.e., the two established parties working together just as in the United States where both parties help each other, form coalitions, and agree to the central bankers’ terms. The Greek political system, just as now in the U.S., offered the people no choice; rather it was a choice between the two leading parties, a choice between “Democrats” and “Republicans”; both for bailout.

It’s as Hugh Hendry said May 1:"The political economy in Europe is such that the politicians chose to default on their spending obligations to their citizens in order to honor the pact with their financial creditors and so as time goes on, the politicians are being rejected."

All this while the media has been bemoaning what’s happening in Europe. And, now, when the people say they don’t like it, the spokesmen for financial terrorism want to go back to a banker-controlled euro zone.

I disagree with Tyler’s conclusion that “The Greek elections culminated with the worst possible outcome: 2 votes short of a majority for the pro-bailout New Democracy and Pasok parties.” The point is, will the controllers rule Europe or will the people?  Europeans don’t want neo Nazis, they don’t want neo Stalinists, they don’t want Norman-Podhoretz neo Conservatives. They want self-determination; they want to control their own country, to control their own destiny. What can be wrong with that?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:07 | 2403850 slackrabbit
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Agree. People voted both sides against the corrupt centre. 

Who says you cant fight the system?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:16 | 2403892 Tyler Durden
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The "worst possible outcome" referenced was that for the status quo, which explains why the stock market today has just pushed the envelope in manipulation in a desperate attempt to make it appear that things are fine.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:24 | 2403924 JR
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Thanks for that observation! I agree with you.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:55 | 2404291 GoingLoonie
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Well explained.  If we could get followers of both parties to vote for third party candidates en masse here in the States, it would send the same message.  Problem is our people are not as well read, nor as intelligent.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 22:27 | 2405379 StychoKiller
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They weren’t voting for a socialist; they were voting for a different direction.  They were not saying we want higher taxes or more welfare or more Goldman-style bank deals.  They were saying:  We don’t like what’s going on. [/quote]

Hmm, I came to the same conclusion re:  Obamatron in 2008!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 22:56 | 2405420 Psyman
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"The collapse of the euro zone is not the end of the world; it is the end of world government."


You're one of the very few that gets this point.  The failure of the European Union is the failure of the New World Order and the best possible outcome with regards to the preservation of human liberty.


I, however, view the "financial crisis" as having been engineered by men of power to create conditions in which their next steps can be successfully carried out.  As the financial system is an artificial construct, crises within it can be artificially created by those who wield significant influence over that system.


What is the end game?  Why the surrender of national sovereignty, human liberty, and self determination to the Supra-National One World Government commonly referred to as the New World Order.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 00:41 | 2405561 JR
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Why? Why are would be tyrants, bankers, preparing totalitarian solutions to the world crisis they have created using threats of national bankruptcy? Why do governments listen to them? Why does not Congress abolish the Fed? I can only say it is nothing more or less than pure evil, pure lust for power over mankind by men “bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command,” to use Charles Eliot Norton’s phraseology.

This quote of Ayn Rand in her introduction to We the Living has enabled  me somewhat to understand evil, to understand those men who think man exists only for the good of the State.

“I could not understand how a man could be so brutalized as to claim the right to dispose of the lives of others, nor how any man could be so lacking in self-esteem as to grant to others the right to dispose of his life.  Today, the contempt has remained; the incredulity is gone, since I know the answer … of the men who value their own lives and of the men who don’t … the first are the Prime Movers of mankind and the second are the metaphysical killers, working for an opportunity to become physical ones. … men motivated either by a life premise or a death premise.”


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 02:35 | 2405626 Psyman
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It is what I refer to as the "tyrannical human archetype."  There are a significant number of people born into this world who believe they are truly superior to the rest of humanity and have a God given right and duty to tell other people what to do.  This tyrannical drive is especially strong among European peoples, as manifested by their intellectual creations: socialism, communism, fascism, and general statism.


In this regard the United States is actually one of the least totalitarian "Western" societies, even as we descend ever deeper into the pits of police state tyranny.  What you have in place of centrally dictated totalitarianism such as what is experience in an outright socialist/communist/fascist state, is the tyranny of the petty tyrant.  From the person at your HOA that tells you when you can and cannot take your trash out; to the people at the PTA and BOA that decide what your children will be taught, fed, etc; to the myriad other official sounding organizations of tyrannical people that believe they have the right to decide how others will live.


And this aspect of American totalitarianism is not new at all.  And in many respects the worship of authority, obedience to the central state, and police state observed in America in recent decades are outgrowths of these tens of millions of petty tyrants and their yearning for power over their neighbor.


But in the case of the elite, telling you what color you can paint your mail box is not nearly enough to sate their lust for dominance.  They want to micro-manage every aspect of human existence.  They believe they have a right and duty to do so, based in their superiority over the rest of humanity.  And with the ever growing ability to mine and process data, their dreams of total dominance are coming closer and closer to reality.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 02:50 | 2405639 Psyman
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You are mistaken in your belief that the bankers are a separate group from the politicians.  The defining characteristic of most Western governments today is fascism.  There is no real separation between these two groups or their interests.  The interests of the bankers/corporations are the interests of the political class.  And all the various compartments of the modern fascist state attract and reward persons of tyrannical character orientation.


If you've been reading Zero Hedge for the past year or so you should have come to this conclusion independently, even if you were a main-stream-media fed sheep before coming here.  They've laid out the case plain as day.  The revolving door between Goldman Sachs and governments world wide.  The ties between the political elite and corporate/banking elite.  It's all right there.  Well, most of it.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:12 | 2403875 ronaldawg
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My wife is French, and an American cannot begin to understand how socialist the French are.  They basically want everything for free....

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:20 | 2403908 The Big Ching-aso
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You should've married an Asian.   At least she would've eaten your laundry.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:31 | 2404221 ektor
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we dont want everything for free

we want to share the cost of basic and needed stuff like health care, public transports, education. We do pay a lot of taxes to support that. so it s not free.

It s like all your insurances : you pay for it, just in case you have an accident, to share the cost, it s socialism.

The difference is that in france a lot of insurances are mandatory and managed by the governement, because at the end it s less costly (look at your health care in US, the most costly, the less effective).


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 20:41 | 2405222 eljuani
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It´s simple, Mr. An American, they want free healthcare and education, BASIC STUFF, not free playstations 3´s or plasma TV´s. As a LatinAmerican ... ///(you "Americans" should start calling yourselves NorthAmericans or something like that, AMERICA IS THE WHOLE CONTINENT, not just you)/// ... I can´t understand how it can be so hard for sooooo many NORTHAmericans to grasp the concept of BASIC STUFF vs EVERYTHING.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 23:11 | 2405443 Psyman
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The French are beyond socialism.  The only reason we don't call them communist is because of the negative connotations that word carries after Stalinist Russia.


And on that note, the reason the media always calls the Soviet Union "Stalinism" is because most of the Leftist media believes in communism philosophically and therefore does not want to taint its name by associating it with Soviet Russia.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:25 | 2403933 GottaBKiddn
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Austerity marches on unfazed.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:26 | 2404146 RWR
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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:42 | 2404255 Talons Point
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Can we join the Euro so we can vote ourselves Germany's money as well? Germany must be pissed this morning.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:02 | 2404314 Walt D.
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So Hollande is France's "Hope and Change".

How long before it turns to "No Hope and Chump Change" and the French workers go out on strike?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:25 | 2404382 honestann
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Debt and Default
Debt and Empoverishment

Well, "debt and default" is better, because the fiat, fake, fraud, fiction, fantasy, fractional reserve banksters take it in the balls, as they deserve.  Hopefully default makes it impossible for the government to borrow any more, thereby leading to massive reduction in government == massive improvement for everyone else.

Wishful thinking.  As long as fiat money and central banks exist, they'll probably find some other fraudulant, authoritarian way to totally destroy the economy.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:47 | 2404683 barkingbill
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ah so tyler would have been happy with sarkozy...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 17:20 | 2404763 neutrinoman
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Yup, it's going to be a chaotic stumble toward Keynesian-deficit-paid-for-by-money-printing summer. It's probably too late for Greece, though.

Meanwhile, just wait: the surplus countries might be the ones that leave the euro.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:06 | 2404876 savagegoose
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didnt they say that 1930's the GD1 went on so long because they ceased   stimulus too soon and went with  austerity? i say porint more cash and buy me a camaro

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:35 | 2404962 AttilaTheHun
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the best type of socialism is bankster socialism !  Privatise the profits, socialise the losses.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 20:53 | 2405247 Peakeverything
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Well as a Frenchman seeing the future of France in jeopardy I hope to be pleasantly surprized by Mr Holland. But I KNOW he will be a total faillure, whatever damage Sarkozy and his buddies did in 5 years, the Socialists can do twice as much in a single year! Now if this isn't productivity gain I dont know what it is...

He will soon "fall from grace" as we say. Very much like Sarkozy inspired hopes 5 year ago many of Holland's faithfull voters will be sorely disapointed by his ineptitude. Alhought I cannot  deny the man has qualites of his own, glory is fickle and  could vanish  the second umemployment fails to vanish.

Plus, he has never had to make it through a crisis and seeks to copy the "Great" François Mitterand, whom If I may say was tyrant who utterly failled to improve the situation. In fact it was under socialsit government that unemployment went from conjunctural to structural!

If things get too messy I guess I can always go to New Zeland, I heard they like French people here...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 22:50 | 2405411 JR
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Viewing France and Europe from a great distance from America, it seems the first order of business was to keep Sarkozy from being re-elected because for America and Europe the most dangerous future would be a world government with the loss of sovereignty for individual nations.

This march to world government depends on a stronger central power in Europe; one under control of the international bankers. These bankers have no interest in the individual aspirations of the people of France, Greece, America, or any other country.  And a stronger central Europe means loss of freedom for every Frenchman, and a unified Europe under control of the bankers is a danger to the sovereignty of America.

To face the re-election of Sarkozy was to face increased loss of sovereignty. I’m not a Frenchman, but I would think that is a Frenchman’s most important issue. Sarkozy was engineering the loss of sovereignty for France; Sarkozy is a European and not a Frenchman. To give him another term was unthinkable.

I share your concerns regarding the election of Hollande. But I believe defeating Sarkozy had to be given priority. The threat of national bankruptcy is designed to push all nations into the Establishment Insider's "new world order." We must all beware of where their false leaders will take us. The solution, IMO, begins with abolishment of the Federal Reserve.

Good luck to you and to France.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:55 | 2406011 Peakeverything
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Thank you for your concern!

As the lastest entries of this website confirms, the opposition at its core intends to implement the very same policies, there is just a different mask. I wouldn't be suprised if in 5 years Marine Lepen from the far right party  le Front National was elected.

I am not entierly sure but it seems to me that Mario Monti the IMF puppet ruler of Italy admitted  that should the country see it mark "demoted" any further Itatly would fall and along with it Spain France and of course the Whole of Europe.

Did you know that the French former currency the "Franc" was named so because it means "free"? it was first minted during the hundred year war (14th to 15th century) for the Ransom of King John II The Good, prisonner of the English. The Loss of the Franc literally means the loss of freedom.

We were doing pretty well until our "leaders" made it compulsory to sell treasury bonds on the international currency market in 1973! Merci President Pompidou ( who was a former employee of Lehman Brothers need I say?).

Also depending on how hard and how soon, peak oil will hit Europe and the USA ,the situation may change very quickly.


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