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Athens By Night

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The Troika went to bail out Europe's banks (for the nth time) and all we got was this postcard of night time Athens...

courtesy of Aris


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Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:18 | 2151702 brewing
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burn baby, burn...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:19 | 2151709 slaughterer
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Greece: once the origin of Western civilization.  Now, a burned-down debt penal colony owned by Goldman Sachs...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:22 | 2151729 Ancona
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Coming soon to American cities across the entire continent. When our coddled, spoiled entitled masses find out they will actually have to work for a living, they will become enraged. Think L.A. riots on an epic scale. It will be an order of magnitude greater than the crusades.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:24 | 2151743 wanklord
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To poly to taka taka kani to pedi malaka!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:33 | 2151785 GMadScientist
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Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:45 | 2151832 French Frog
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Paris by night ... still a lot prettier ... but for how long?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:07 | 2151925 Ahmeexnal
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Greece has imported all of europe's tear gas.

When TSHTF in Paris, they'll have to use napalm.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:09 | 2151931 nmewn
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French Fried?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:16 | 2151958 Little John
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you're sorta weird, aren't you?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:17 | 2151965 nmewn
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Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:26 | 2151995 kaiserhoff
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Mmmmmmm, fried frog legs.  Oh wait.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:34 | 2152018 nmewn
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The French are verrry sensitive about their legs and feet.

They use them quite a bit ;-)

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:00 | 2152116 redpill
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Greece is so ripe for Marxist takeover the old Soviet Union would have been licking their chops.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:18 | 2152167 nmewn
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As if that's never happened before ;-)

Actually, I like the Greek people (all kidding aside)'s the thieving pols & bankers I have the problem with. It's the same across the globe now...socialists allied with bankers and so-called capitalists allied with bankers.

Both intend for their failures to be born by any nations people while any success will be enjoyed by them.

Its pretty apparent.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:36 | 2152328 DaveyJones
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so-called socialist - It's like a double negative without a postive result 

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:04 | 2152426 TruthInSunshine
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I just got in and it's 10:18 pm eastern standard time U.S.

What's that you all say? Athens is in flames, riots are spreading, Greek riot police have run out of tear gas, and this is a mere preview of what's to come in Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain & Italy (and probably France, at some point thereafter)?

I don't believe it. The local news made no mention, not a single iota of this, but the fine institution that is that which most Amerikans depend on to get their information did harp obsessively about the Grammys and Whitney Houston.

And Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' won Federal Reserve/ECB song of the year, as the masses begin to awaken to the scam of fractional reserve globalist banking, and they sing in unison:

Pointless demands running at full mark
Reaching fever pitch, Spartans light up the dark


Finally they see your Ponzi crystal clear
Puppets of Banksters sell PIIGS & Northern Europe out and they'll lay your ship [shit] bare


See how Northern Europeans leave with every piece of you
Don't underestimate the things that they will do


Massive fiat printers running at full mark
Reaching a fever pitch
Ultimately bringing all Europeans out at dark

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:25 | 2152526 AldousHuxley
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U.S is in worst shape than Greece!  --Nouriel Roubini




Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:53 | 2152560 The Big Ching-aso
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Athens in ruins again.     Been that way for centuries.   Kinda rhetorical if you ask me.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:54 | 2152563 Harlequin001
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If you see the plume of smoke on the left, just in front of that is a square building with a flat roof. In there is a crackin' good kebab house...

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:02 | 2152571 The Big Ching-aso
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I think pretty soon that's gonna be a crackin' good kebomb house.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:31 | 2152643 Harlequin001
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Yeah, you can get some real hot stuff in there...

Don't you just love the smell of fresh charcoal in the morning...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:21 | 2152421 johnnynaps
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I like the Greek people too! I think they eventually get the bankruptcy ahem, I mean freedom they deserve. I am constantly complaining about living in the US. We near BK ourselves.....and we demand the OWS to stay in line. The Greeks go out and burn the city! Who do you think will get their bankruptcy first?


Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:11 | 2152428 Bananamerican
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SONG OF THE FURIES (from "The Eumenides")

by: Aeschylus

      UP and lead the dance of Fate!
      Lift the song that mortals hate!
      Tell what rights are ours on earth,
      Over all of human birth.
      Swift of foot to avenge are we!
      He whose hands are clean and pure,
      Naught our wrath to dread hath he;
      Calm his cloudless days endure.
      But the man that seeks to hide
      Like him [1], his gore-bedewèd hands,
      Witnesses to them that died,
      The blood avengers at his side,
      The Furies' troop forever stands.
      O'er our victim come begin!
      Come, the incantation sing,
      Frantic all and maddening,
      To the heart a brand of fire,
      The Furies' hymn,
      That which claims the senses dim,
      Tuneless to the gentle lyre,
      Withering the soul within.
      The pride of all of human birth,
      All glorious in the eye of day,
      Dishonored slowly melts away,
      Trod down and trampled to the earth,
      Whene'er our dark-stoled troop advances,
      Whene'er our feet lead on the dismal dances.
      For light our footsteps are,
      And perfect is our might,
      Awful remembrances of guilt and crime,
      Implacable to mortal prayer,
      Far from the gods, unhonored, and heaven's light,
      We hold our voiceless dwellings dread,
      All unapproached by living or by dead.


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:06 | 2152135 AldousHuxley
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Whitney Houston's death takes priority over sovereignty of Greek citizens


On sale this week: greek olive oil.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:21 | 2152173 ChrisFromMorningside
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Yep. I was clicking through the cable news channels to see if any had coverage of Greece. Nope. All focused on mourning the passing of a burnt-out crackhead "diva." Made me want to throw up when I heard someone on the radio this morning calling for a global minute of silence. The only thing we should be morning is the death of critical and independent thinking.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:50 | 2152353 lolmao500
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Yeah ain't that funny that NOW all people care about Whitney Houston when nobody gave a fuck enough when she was alive to help her get out of her drug addiction? If all those assholes REALLY loved her like they say they are, they would have helped her instead of acting like they care now that she's dead... bunch of hypocrites, all of them.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:49 | 2152478 El Oregonian
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Look. I feel sorry for Whitney and her addiction but nobody held a gun to her head, she held that proverbial gun herself, then if the reports are correct, she pulled the trigger. Nobody is responsible for me but me. Yea sure its sad, so is the poor guy who joins the Army because the civilian job market sucks right now, just to get his face blown off because of an I.E.D. explodes while he's on patrol. It's all very sad.

We all have choices. Some paths are easy, others much harder. You choose what you choose because life itself requires it. In the end we're all accountable...

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:11 | 2152512 Spastica Rex
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The Western myth that free will accounts for the entirety of one's life is childish. Would that it were true.

- Former and Native Oregonian

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:08 | 2152576 El Oregonian
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Kind'a dense on your part, right?

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:17 | 2152613 AldousHuxley
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Especially when you can be brainwashed through TV on priotizing bullshit over important matters.


Last month gay marriage, so gays can now get in five figure debt spent in <8hours in a ritual called "weddings"

Last weekend the superbowl, so advertisers can have a field day with attention from 1/3 of US population.

This weekend dope fiend clown "singer", so Americans ignore Greek austerity and the fact that US will need it also and portray OWS as the foreign problem.

This week, hallmark holiday called "Valentines Day" where you are pressured to buy shit to prove your love.


Seriously, MSM misleads you away from important things in life to being a consumer for corporate profit.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:35 | 2152661 Harlequin001
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'This week, hallmark holiday called "Valentines Day" where you are pressured to buy shit to prove your love...'

I love me, no pressure...


Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:12 | 2152514 oldman
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There is no choice.


Fat people are confused by choice


Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:04 | 2152573 El Oregonian
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So, what confuses you?

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:50 | 2152736 StychoKiller
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Finding fish in the treetops!

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 11:30 | 2153507 El Oregonian
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Stuck in a flood or what?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:26 | 2152184 NoClueSneaker
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Tears manufacturing just kicks in ....



Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:39 | 2152335 DaveyJones
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"Where do broken countries go?"

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:09 | 2152386 IndicaTive
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The Island of Misfit slaves.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:59 | 2152567 Harlequin001
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To a Republic that thrives on bananas...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:35 | 2152022 carguym14
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Fried frog legs are people!!!!!!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:52 | 2152080 duo
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Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:18 | 2151966 DoChenRollingBearing
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A great sense of humor is not correlated to weirdness...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:26 | 2151982 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Yes, the obese american will put down the Krispy Kremes, double lattes, flip off the plasmas and take to the streets, to the degree of the crusades!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:50 | 2152016 A Lunatic
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Baaaaaa     Baaaaaaa     Baaaaaaa

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:52 | 2152077 dhengineer
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They will when the SNAP cards aren't refilled, the power company shuts them down for non-payment, Krispy Cream and Starbucks barricade the doors against the great unwashed onslaught, and their credit cards are declined for the latest in a long series of plasma teevees.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:48 | 2152350 Zymurguy
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Why attack the "americans"?  Do you mean the U.S.?  Chances are when the world has capitulated to the jackboot of the global banking cartel the citizens of the United States of America will be the ones who take up arms to overthrow the evil.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:06 | 2152382 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Ummm no chances are that your expectations kind of like Chris' expectations are not only inaccurate but are inaccurate to a degree not normally associated with anything or anyone who's prognostications should ever be taken seriously.



Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:20 | 2152521 oldman
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What's that shit you're smoking? I want some of THAT!

americans are just going to write their congressman, vote, and pay their taxes like always

It is the 'jackboot' that your fucking government continually sucks you dry for that is THE problem, dude

Please, wake up dear friend    om

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:51 | 2152737 StychoKiller
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However, there is a high correlation to absurdity!

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 07:20 | 2152878 spankfish
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Hope the Germans brought sausages for the cook out.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:17 | 2151957 knukles
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Hah ha ha...
Just like their initiation (remember, it was France and the UK who started it) Arabian Spring is Sprung and the Grass is Green freedom incursion into Lybia when they ran out of bombs within the first two weeks and had to be resupplied by the Yanks ...
Why even try to continue with the Charade? 
There is no European Credibility Left Whatdsofuckingever.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:27 | 2152001 nmewn
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Arab Spring...ahhh yes, green shoots in the desert. Some people will believe anything knukles.

At least France and Italy's, errr Libya's oil & gas fields were spared ;-)

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:31 | 2152012 Ahmeexnal
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And yet there are gas shortages in europe.

People are dying by the hundreds frozen to death.

Those lucky to survive have managed to do so by burning worhtless euro banknotes to keep themselves warm.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:43 | 2152043 nmewn
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I've seen that...

"The week-long cold spell, eastern Europe’s worst in decades, is causing power cuts, frozen water pipes and the widespread closure of schools, nurseries, airports and bus routes."

Someone needs to alert Brother Al.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:09 | 2152581 Seer
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Not to be misconstrued with siding with your pal Al, but clearly you're not understanding the Atlantic conveyor belt.  It's all pretty simple.  Happens every 12,000 years or so; hm, we seem to be running a bit overdue... until, that is, now (when melting glaciers pour fresh water into the circulatory stream and stall out the Atlantic conveyor belt, thus causing cooling in northern Europe).  If you spent a few of your bash-Al minutes researching this you'd know all of it...

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 07:42 | 2152886 nmewn
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My good friend Seer,

The polar ice cap is expanding not contracting and so is the Antarctic. Both, no doubt, inconvient truths to Brother Al who does his dead level best to dump as much CO2 as he possibly can into the atmoshere flying around the globe doing his chicken little act.

But he is, afterall, just one man, on a statist mission to relieve the gullible of as many earnings as he can before he himself reverts back to primarily carbon ;-)

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:48 | 2152066 DeadFred
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Modern napalm no longer uses actual napalm for turning gasoline to jelly. Polystyrene is used instead. Sorry this isn't bullish for Dow Chemical.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:45 | 2152226 gravedestruction
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"for turning gasoline to jelly. Polystyrene is used instead."

Polystyrene is also used within the neutron bombardment process of a thermonuclear detonation.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:24 | 2152525 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Poly Styrene was also the amazingly energetic singer for the band X-Ray Spex. Sadly, she lost her fight with cancer last year.

Debt Bondage, Up Yours!


Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:15 | 2152706 chump666
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that was funny

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:08 | 2151929 knukles
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As my wifie so accurately reminded me, these folks buring the buildings are the ones and the same who so joyously signed on to the initial program or 45 weeks of paid vacation.
Go figure.
And the bankers on the other hand Should Not be expecting repayment, for the original loans were clearly extended under duress of fraudulent conveyance.

Amazing to what a shortage of tear gas leads. 

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:14 | 2151952 Ahmeexnal
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Greek wives are the ones burning buildings???

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:21 | 2151978 knukles
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The gals get 49 weeks and a full back waxing.  They're OK cutting the vacation time out all together.  It's the guys got the problem.  They don't want the gals at home bothering their asses.  Ever try to tweezer shape the wife's back hair?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:50 | 2152070 DeadFred
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That's not a visual image I needed in the old memory core.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:39 | 2152730 Manthong
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The gals need the whole 49 weeks to complete the wax job.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:33 | 2152204 Eally Ucked
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You know what? Tell your wife to shut up and advice her that, probably, she's in need of retraining programs which you should attend with her to build up her morale. After that you'll be amazing couple!

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:18 | 2152712 AldousHuxley
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Goldman Sachs advises you bring austerity measures on your wife to obtain control.


Buy yourself a nice yacht, pay it with your credit, pay credit card with your wife's checking account, then initiate divorce proceedings.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:28 | 2152191 Meta Fundamentalist
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The whole Eudssr population is waiting for Marine d Arc to bring down the EUSSR.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:03 | 2152379 CompassionateFascist
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Not to mention Ann Barnhardt d'Arc. But first she needs to get laid. Suggested consensual sex, and she threatened me with arrest.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:47 | 2151836 Colombian Gringo
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Wanklord, writing such weird stuff must make you an Iranian spy! I am reporting you to Homeland Security.  (sound of door being smashed down)  No, No, it's not me you idiots!!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:22 | 2151983 WonderDawg
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Chased a gringo last night through a field


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:30 | 2152011 Hulk
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The world is a Ghetto...

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:56 | 2152741 StychoKiller
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AND a "Ball of Confusion!"

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:14 | 2151954 i root for that...
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hope all your shorts have a good night of sleep - or not.

Shorts are toasted! Too bad that no matter how hard this site has tried to bad mouth the market, the market didn't listen. Pathetic!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:48 | 2152063 caconhma
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Just came back home from my glossary shopping at a local BJ's store in Boston. During the last 6 months, meat prices went up about 30%.

It appears that Americans at a breaking point when the FED & Government lies about inflation will become too obvious and very soon 45 millions of Americans on food-stamps will go hungry. As for people living on the Social Security, they are really for very hard times ahead.

People usually lose their civility when they see that their government cannot take care of them. IMHO, the Hell is about to get lose in America before this year election.


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:52 | 2152248 SoNH80
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That picture bears an eerie resemblance to Warshington City, April 1968.


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:50 | 2152351 Mad Marv
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It's about fucking time. Getting tired of waiting.  My fear is that they will find a way to drag this out for another 10 years. 

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:42 | 2152469 FreeNewEnergy
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U R douche bag. Shop somewhere else. Food prices are very elastic.

Gas prices are not, just so you know.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 08:13 | 2152912 j0nx
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Nothing that the jack booted police and military here can't handle if the American people get uppity. The American forces crackdown on the people will make Syria look like a choir school in comparison once it gets started in the inner cities. Land of the free, home of the brave? We shall soon see.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:30 | 2151772 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ Ancona

+ 1


Yes, this is coming here too.  Once Greece defaults (which it will), then the speed of the contagion there in Europe will give us a rough idea of how long we have before the tsunami hits our shores.  And it probably will be VERY BAD.

There might not be much time left for each of us to get ready.  I hope ALL of you have at least started.  There is much to do.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:42 | 2151819 Gohn Galt
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“Some people are amazed that some of the debt out there is from the Napoleonic Wars, others thank God for Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase”  Look at a map of his campaign, it is no accident that he took Venice.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:42 | 2152044 ChrisFromMorningside
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A few key differences ...

Greece is (relatively speaking) a lightly armed nation. The U.S. is heavily strapped. The police are militarized and carrying assault rifles. Stolen handguns are so common in the urban cores that they're used for barter. The government is itself involved in gun-running (see Eric Holder; Fast and Furious; ATF). In short, not only are we a heavily armed society but those guns are concentrated in the hands of the government & thieves and gangsters.

Also, Greece is fairly homogenous. The U.S. is a big multi-racial nation with pre-existing simmering hostilities and starker regional and class divides.

Greece is one nation among many in Europe. Nothing can really get "too" out of control there without intervention from neighboring nations that are more stable. The U.S. is the global superpower. We have a lot of people who hate us. Our military is too powerful for anyone to intervene. If things get very ugly here, the rest of the world is liable to wall us off and let it all go to pieces.

Yes, if you aren't worried yet (or even scared) you aren't paying attention. The sheeple are too busy watching TV tonight and mourning the death of a violent crackhead. What will you and your family be doing?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:54 | 2152360 Zymurguy
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If you hung out with the people I do you'd know that the concentration of guns is NOT in the hands of the government, thieves and gangsters.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:14 | 2152592 Seer
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No, not if we're talking about light weaponry.  Problem is, however, the BIG stuff, and, the banksters have ensured that the govt has lots of it.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 05:07 | 2152827 Rogue Trooper
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Valid dude, up to a point.  The lesson from Iraq, or any occupation/insurgency, is that any group that is serious will go "Mosul" on any occupational Gov's ASS. Your country, USSR, is way to big to cover with high tech drones, the standing police force and the very capable 'alphabet' agency tools.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 08:24 | 2152928 j0nx
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Chris makes a very important point that I have been expounding on for years now about America. All of this multi-culturalism that liberals have been preaching about for the past 30 years will soon be back to bite them and us in the ass. You'll see how fast the people start walling themselves off in cultural cliques when the shit starts to hit the fan. Within 2 square miles of me in this shithole town of Manexico Park outside DC I shit you not I have people that are probably from 100 different countries. All with 100 different ideas about how things should be done and 100 different ways of doing them. Good luck building ANY kind of cooperative commune in that kind of environment when shit hits the fan. I can't wait to make some bleeding heart multi-cultural espousing liberal my footboy when the new world begins. It will be good penance for his ridiculous ideas and his part in the cultural destruction of the fabric of America.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 08:23 | 2152929 trilliontroll
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" Nothing can really get "too" out of control there without intervention from neighboring nations that are more stable."

If it's the people against their own government (inlucind parliament) ,they will consider any intervention as a hostile opressive occupation. Who should do that ? Turkey or NATO as whole ?

"Greece is (relatively speaking) a lightly armed nation."

But as we have seen with yugoslavia, this is well enough for terrible civil war.

And there will still be enough guns around from those other balkan countries.


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:06 | 2152136 Eisenhorn
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Just so I'm clear.....

The Keynesian overlords require nations to spend themselves into debt slavery.  Once the burden of debt becomes so great that there is no hope for a GDP remedy, they then require austerity.......which is anathema to Keynesian economic order to secure more debt?

So how did this philosophy make it out of 6th grade again?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:57 | 2152252 Bansters-in-my-...
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"So how did this philosophy make it out of 6th grade again?"

Ask Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln,and JFK.......

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:31 | 2152320 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Really misinformation bot?

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. "


Which guy said that?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:51 | 2152487 FreeNewEnergy
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Please, spare us the melodrama, like you know WTF is going on. (so sorry to end a sentence with a preposition, I'm loaded on 12-step Bloody Mary's... if you want the recipe, go to DoChen's blog -- which he's been pimping here for six months -- and try to figure it out)

Sometimes, I think all you pseudo-intellectual types are going to be the first ones shot, but then, I realize that you have no guts, no ingenuity, no faith and no PLAN, so, suck it up. Make the best of it. If you're smart and strong, you can not only survive, but prosper.

Well, you have to be a by of a cynic and maybe have latent psychopathic tendencies, but, believe me, it's better than screaming like a little girl, "run for the hills."

Fuck, it ain't over until the fat lady sings, and as far as I can tell, that Merkel broad ain't that fat and can't carry a tune.

Party on, Garth!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:32 | 2151783 johnnynaps
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Cant say it's going to be the work for a living that will piss most off. It's going to be working to pay off bankers for past bad decisions that will infuriate. Luckily, there aren't any jobs around for us to be enslaved in. Only the currently employed will have to foot the bill for The Beast of Bankers Past!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:19 | 2151972 Michael
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What are the odds of the US national debt being paid back?

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:25 | 2151987 Ahmeexnal
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I'm sure China would take Puerto Rico for 10 trillion (boriqueñas included).

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:08 | 2152697 Harbanger
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We cant afford 10 trillion.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:29 | 2152005 old naughty
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Zero. According to plan.

And they hedged.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:09 | 2152280 francis_sawyer
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The US debt has only ever been paid off once... by Andy Jackson...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:46 | 2152053 Ima anal sphincter
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It will NEVER be paid back. The whole point is to keep you a SLAVE to it. We will all fall in-line as instructed unless of course we ALL say "go-fornicate-yourself".

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:47 | 2152057 johnnynaps
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I don't go out much anymore. But, the sole new person I talked to today in the gym just exhausted his unemployment and was worried about making his mortgage payment. I know about a dozen unemployed people, all in their early 30's. So, no we aint paying that shit back.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:32 | 2152538 oldman
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Hey J,

It's OK brother, you guys still have the 'gym' to work out in----unemployed is the new boom

You're a boomer, man         om

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:57 | 2152499 FreeNewEnergy
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Hey, Mike, having set odds and point spreads for a living, I can assure you that there will be a limited number of takers at 350:1, but many more at the natural odds of say, 100000000 - 1, like the lottery.

The catch is that even in the unlikely event that the US debt is paid off, it will be in completely worthless currency, so, it's a win for the house, no matter what, unless the house gets burned down.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 14:51 | 2152880 matrix2012
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What are the odds of the US national debt being paid back?

The equivalence of The City of London being hit by an asteroid as big as the Wall Street


have one's faith that it won't be paid back within this Earth time... 

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:30 | 2152008 ExpendableOne
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The shit will get real when the checks stop.  

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:49 | 2151849 luna_man
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Really..."coddled, spoiled entitled masses"?...I'm sure you haven't been "coddled & spoiled"!


It's DUMMY'S like you, which, will realize, the true "coddled & spoiled"!!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:12 | 2151948 Imminent Crucible
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There's "coddled and spoiled" and then there's "coddled and spoiled". A lot of us who have busted our cans for a modest living (I'm a disabled ex-roofer and builder) for 40 years have it pretty cushy compared to the late Steve Job's employees at Foxconn.

It could be a lot worse. In fact, it will be. People need to set their minds to living well on not very much. It's not half bad once you make the jump. Full disclosure; it's a huge help to have a fine woman on board.

The people who will take it hardest will be the ones who think a good life is lots of expensive toys stacked up in a 3000 sq ft house.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:15 | 2151960 Ahmeexnal
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The people who will take it hardest will be the ones who think a good life is lots of expensive toys stacked up in a 3000 sq ft house.

aka high maintenance ladies.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:10 | 2152145 donsluck
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Having a wife is a wash. She spends money but saves you money (free sex).

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:12 | 2152285 francis_sawyer
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hence the 're-definition' of 'fine' women...

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:00 | 2152117 ChrisFromMorningside
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Having a woman who will stand by your side through economic tough times is crucial. I expect a lot of relationships to end and a lot of "upscale" women to get a hard slap in the face from reality.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 00:01 | 2152505 FreeNewEnergy
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How's that latent homosexuality working out for you?

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:08 | 2152577 ChrisFromMorningside
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I don't get it. What is homosexual about what I wrote? A lot of relationships out there today are based on artifice and triviality and I foresee many of them crumbling under the stress of the financial chaos that awaits us. A woman who will remain loyal despite economic difficulties and who is internally tough enough to weather said difficulties, is worth keeping in my book.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 03:13 | 2152759 AldousHuxley
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why don't you test that out?


tell your wife you got fired on valentines day.



Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:23 | 2152629 Seer
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My wife is my partner in all of this.  She'd put most here to shame.  Dig a ditch?  She's there.  Take down fencing?  She's there.  Help me unstick the tractor?  She's there.  Is extremely thrifty.  Wouldn't trade her for the world.  And, beautiful, inside and out.  I suppose that I have the best (honest) life of just about anyone.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:37 | 2152028 Ancona
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Really..."coddled, spoiled entitled masses"?...I'm sure you haven't been "coddled & spoiled"!

It's DUMMY'S like you, which, will realize, the true "coddled & spoiled"!!

Yeah..... I said coddled and entitled. don't believe it? drive down to your food stamp office on renewal day. When you see the gold necklaces, new cars and other trappings of a life that does not need my assistance to continue, you will retract your comment. Am I aiming it at the folks whop are trying to work yet can't get by on what little they get? NO! I am aiming it a those who have been gaming the system for three generations because it was built to be gamed in the first place.

When folks come on websites such as this, and then make an emotional post, such as yours, because you feel I have slighted some politically protected group or another, it makes me cringe, because it is you that perpetuate this ridiculous system of rewarding failure instead of rewarding achievement.

Fucking pathetic.

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 01:38 | 2156520 ruffles
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Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:10 | 2151934 VyseLegendaire
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"It will be an order of magnitude greater than the crusades."

Sorry, I just spit up some of my coffee when I read that.  Even if its accurate, thats a far-fetched analogy right there :)

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:27 | 2151997 ElvisDog
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Makes me think of "Team America"

"It'll be like 911 times 100"

"You mean?"

"Yes, it will be 91,100"

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:33 | 2152003 GOSPLAN HERO
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USA homies burn cities faster than foe (four) muthafuckas.

Remember 1968?


Mon, 02/13/2012 - 03:25 | 2152769 AldousHuxley
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homies only know how to burn their own hood down to their own detriment.


government won't let you burn down upper west side or new port beach.


plus elites got blackface in the whitehouse to make homies think it is all good since brotha will be taking care of them. They just don't realize not many black folk work on wall st. let alone in goldman sachs.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 03:54 | 2152785 John Skookum
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Homie had better not come around my neighborhood bent on evil, unless he wants to go home with his brains on his shirt.  I'd guess 90% of us are armed.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 03:54 | 2152786 John Skookum
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Homie had better not come around my neighborhood bent on evil, unless he wants to go home with his brains on his shirt.  I'd guess 90% of us are armed.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:43 | 2152224 cjbosk
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So true, and for that, I'm well...let's just say slightly armed.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:36 | 2152451 smb12321
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The only way this will happens here is if we have a secret group of dedicated communists and anarchists as in Greece. One big difference - our government was not appointed.   During the Depression, people didn't burn down cities because they knew better.  In all countries with huge riots, it is the work of small number of radicals.  France (young Muslims), England (same + communists), Greece (communists and anarchists).  It seems some posters have wet dreams over possible violence.  Won't it be boring if we simply go broke and nobody goes crazy?

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:18 | 2152711 Harbanger
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Aren't riots part of the plan?  Then the "masses" (FKA Citizens) run to the Govt. to put an end to the violence, we get martial law, the military is called in to restore order and we get a new and improved Utopian Govt, probably new Global Utopian Govt.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 08:49 | 2152987 j0nx
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smb: Are you listening to yourself here? Really? For 50+ years now entire swaths of populations in urban areas, mostly black (not racist, fact) have subsisted on welfare/food stamps/public housing. When that dries up do you really think all of those people will just say, "aww, shucks", kick a can down the road as they are on their merry way? You are delusional. The entitlement crowd of today is a factor of a million greater than it was during the depression, they are much better armed and have morals 1/1000000 as strong as their great grandfathers had in the depression. Critical thinking is obviously not your strong suit.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 02:32 | 2152724 Buck Johnson
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Spot on, and it won't stop for years on end.  That picture tells more to me than what the assembly did, it tells me if I'm an investor that no matter what promises that where voted on, they won't go forward with it.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 03:56 | 2152789 John Skookum
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It's like a broke guy going into a bank and asking for a loan, and then taking a dump on the bank president's desk.

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 01:36 | 2156518 ruffles
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Central bankers have to eat too

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:35 | 2151758 francis_sawyer
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Send in Snake Plissken

He doesn't give a fuck about your war or your president

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:39 | 2152214 Things that go bump
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I thought he was dead.

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 01:33 | 2156512 ruffles
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Time to call Konami with some new ideas. I want royalties!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:30 | 2151769 El Viejo
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How to destroy a country in three easy steps:

1. Austerity  2. Austerity  3. Austerity

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:06 | 2151922 A Nanny Moose
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It was already destroyed. As evidence I offer their lack of money. Cutting costs, or getting a better job is the only way forward. As for the latter...the government must either steal more, or the citizens must get better jobs. Good luck with the better jobs in a country funded by tourism (the service industry.)

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:13 | 2151951 GovtMediaLiars
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A drug addict will also go through harsh withdrawals when cut off from that which he is dependent on.
However, it was abuse of the drug in the first place, not quitting it that caused the damage.

So it is with debt.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:27 | 2151999 morkov
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a sorry excuse for peddling....

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:10 | 2152144 ChrisFromMorningside
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The Greek economy was not very competitive to begin with. The huge % of people employed in or dependent on the public sector speaks volumes to that (see also the U.S. in this respect). Yet Greeks lived a lavish lifestyle (when compared to the rest of Europe and when seen in light of their lack of economic productivity). This was only possible by papering over the economic gaps with fantasy debt/"credit." Austerity is more or less inevitable at this point, whether Greece stays in the Eurozone, defaults or leaves and restructures. That's a given and I have yet to see anyone explain how it could be otherwise. The question is whether Greeks will turn their children into indentured servants by actually trying to work through all of this deleveraging over the next decade or two, or whether they'll do the smart thing and leave the Eurozone and chart their own sovereign future (hopefully a bit wiser).

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:10 | 2152388 zorbathefreak
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That's only one step!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:54 | 2151874 GenX Investor
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The new City of Lights, we're not in Paris anymore!!!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:04 | 2151915 non_anon
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western civilization, based on the Greek political/philosophical system, will follow suit

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:49 | 2152679 merizobeach
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Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.  Got my popcorn right here.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 20:56 | 2152099 boiltherich
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Changing it's name to Detroit-on-the-Aegean.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:06 | 2152137 Randall Cabot
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Anonymous Explains The Illuminati Protocols:


Sun, 02/12/2012 - 22:41 | 2152338 DaveyJones
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The greeks need an Iceland refresher course

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 23:05 | 2152380 TRN
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Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:22 | 2152627 undercover brother
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Explains the massive buying on the close friday.   seems someone had some advanced knowledge of news that didn't go public until 5:30 est Friday.   Bravo scumbags.

And where is the ECB going to get this money?  The US of course, via swap lines.  So sayeth stock futures, so sayeth eur/usd & so sayeth zero hedge. 

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 01:46 | 2152677 merizobeach
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"Greece: once the origin of Western civilization.  Now, a burned-down debt penal colony owned by Goldman Sachs..."

Greece: still ahead of the curve.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 19:26 | 2151750 Think for yourself
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gives a whole new meaning to the words Greek Fire!

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 21:17 | 2152161 Gamma735
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Disco Inferno!

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