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The ECB Presents: Inflation Island

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After a day full of depressing news, what is the best way to unwind? By pretending one is former Goldman employee Mario Draghi and having to grapple with 4 make believe scenarios, of course. These are: deflation, price stabeeleetee, high inflation and hyperinflation. But instead of actually being in his shoes, and stuck in a damp Frankfurt basement with the manual for Heidelberg: Mainstream 80, Web-fed Rotary Printer, figuring out how to put it into overdrive, one can have fun from the comfort of one's own REOed and mortgage-free (thank you Congressional Politburo) home courtesy of the following ECB video game. Good luck, and may the printiest man win.


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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:32 | Link to Comment Desert Irish
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Better still why cant we just vote Mario Draghi off the island...

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:54 | Link to Comment HD
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Because no one voted him on...

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:26 | Link to Comment flacon
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Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. BUY GOLD!


"PRICE STABILITY" is the biggest myth. 

If I figure out how to build a house for half the price and decide to mass produce my "pre-fab" houses and sell them for half the price, then I benefit because I have undercut the competition. The INVISIBLE HAND is that EVERYONE ELSE BENEFITS TOO! 


That's where "price stability" comes in. The central planners tell people that this is "price DEFLATION" and it is bad. So they decide to put an end to it in order to "stabilize prices". 


What they have accomplished is to STEAL the real PRODUCTIVE BENEFITS from everyone and give it to themselves. 


Houses today should be dirt cheap, but young married adults find they will never be able to save up enough money to BUY their house outright like they used to do a few generations ago. 


PRICE STABILITY IS THE MOST INCIDEOUS THEFT because not only does it pretend to be something it is not, it is actually an economic poison. 


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:33 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Manthong Pro-Sports got together with Tool Time Tim and the good folks at Heidelberg to put this bad boy together for the ECB racing team.     : D

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:44 | Link to Comment flacon
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From:  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:41 PM


Subject: Inflation Island - How ignorant do you think we are?


Hello Central Planners,


I took a gander over to your “Inflation Island” masterpiece. 


I have to say I was rather impressed with the audio, however you have to realize that we aren’t being fooled by your flash presentations.  We know that unlike gold, you have the power to inflate the currency at will. That is the only advantage of paper money, you can make more or less of it as you choose. 


There is really nothing more to be said, when Europe finally descends into the “deflationary” spiral of debt collapse there will be no choice but to monetize the debt, because that is your GOLDEN ticket out, but you will destroy the currency. 


Under a gold standard none of this would have happened in the first place because these speculative booms would have had the chance of getting started. 


You have failed the people of Europe by pushing this drug that is digital/paper money. You have failed the people of Europe by encouraging speculative booms nationally and internationally. You will seek to save yourself from a public mob execution by printing more money, but you will fail because you have ensnared yourselves in the vice that you believe that wealth can be printed. 


Sorry to say, but you are going down and your flash presentations don’t fool us because we see straight through them. 

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:54 | Link to Comment Western
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There's even a Bernanke looking character in one of the highrise buildings, by the construction site. I kept expecting him to frantically run to the printer..

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:23 | Link to Comment ihedgemyhedges
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If you look really closely at that pic, you can see Ricardo Montalban...........................

And I can hear little Bernank right now:  "Look, de helicopter, de helicopter".............

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:31 | Link to Comment Matt
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if you go visit the central bank inside the financial district and set the dial to Deflation, there is a helicopter and they take about using it to drop money from the sky.

The videos on Weimar and Hungary were decent. It's pretty good for people who don't know anything about inflation, deflation and hyperinflation. A decent primer.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:25 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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I clicked on it to give it a go and ummm this is a real marketing tool put out by the ECB, WTF!!!???

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:39 | Link to Comment navy62802
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Yes. It's as real as the video they produced a while back. I also clicked the link, unfortunately. I would rather have believed it was just a joke.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:47 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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well I'm glad to see they're focusing on the important stuff, what a bunch of corrupt wallies.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:48 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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The fed has some kind of online game too, to help us understand how hard it is to be Janky Bernanke.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:34 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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Indeed. The burns!!!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:59 | Link to Comment Buck Johnson
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No kidding I wish it was a joke, but they are serious.  I truly think that the US and Europe is going to go into hyperinflation big time.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:25 | Link to Comment LongBalls
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They are probably keeping track of the results. They want to know how many people actually know WTH is happening to taylor the next propaganda campaign message.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:26 | Link to Comment tim73
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Keep on talking Euro down! Give it all you got, like you mean it this time!

Germans especially like this shit! Do it just like you did last time during summer 2010. That was a nice talkjob, thank you very much. This also helps those piggy piggy, naughty naughty southern European countries.

These "Euro is going down"-talks are like adding nitrous oxide to the engine of AMG Mercedes! Just feel and hear the power, it is like six lovely pussycats doing their GRRRRRR-thing. It is beautiful! :-)

Americans might not feel so good about this, the last thing they need is dollar going up. It is like a nail in the head.

Just remember, GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :-----------)

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:42 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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Don't worry, QE3 is coming. That should fix it...

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 03:05 | Link to Comment giovanni_f
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One up for this comment, tim73. For some reason, I cannot yet figure out why, ZH has an almost psychotic fixation on all minor details related to the Euro "desaster". What is worse, they miss stories such as the naked short selling revelation by good old GS you can read here or here (Matt Taibbi)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 08:27 | Link to Comment Diplodicus Rex
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I sympathise with your predicament in as much as you compare it to the "Shouting FIRE in a crowded theatre" philosophy. Sure enough, shouting fire when there is no fire is indeed destructive and hateful. However, picture yourself in a crowded theatre. By chance you happen to look behind the curtain or side wall and see the beginnings of a fire and by its nature you can also see that there would be no point in fighting it since the fire is of a nature for which there is no fire fighting equipment. Clearly, in accordance with your civic duty, you yell "Fire" in order that your fellow human beings may proceed in an orderly manner to the exits. It never happens that way, of course, humans being as irrational as they are. The rush to the exits is not orderly and unfortunately some people are trampled in the process. This would have happened whether there was a fire or not.


Given the above analogy, are you seriously suggesting that, having seen the start of ( actually, a well established) fire that the theatre (world) is better served by keeping quiet? Really? Isn't "keeping quiet" what got us into this debacle in the first place?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:31 | Link to Comment Argos
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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:32 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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"Printiest" sounds very metrosexual.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:32 | Link to Comment l1b3rty
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what is price? Price is a lie under the bankers!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:34 | Link to Comment malikai
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Horrible implementation. Nice semi-evil music though. Almost like a 70s cop show. Almost.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:38 | Link to Comment zorba THE GREEK
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The world economy has been on life support for 5 years, just let it go. Pull the plug.

For God's sake, if it was a loved one, you had plenty time to prepare, it's time to cut

off life-support and let this thing die. It looks to me that they will keep this zombi

economy going until someone puts a stake in its heart. The bond market will eventually

do that.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:00 | Link to Comment X. Kurt OSis
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Actually, you stake vampires. For zombies, you just shoot them in the head, or so I'm told.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:56 | Link to Comment Paul Atreides
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Went to the finance ministry and selected hyperinflation and this is part of the message:

Hyperinflation completely devalues the currency and ruins the economy. It causes great hardship and poverty. It can only happen if the central bank is under government control...

They really don't want society to wise up to the private central banking cartel.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:40 | Link to Comment jimmyjames
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Hyperinflation completely devalues the currency and ruins the economy. It causes great hardship and poverty. It can only happen if the central bank is under government control..


That's true-but another thing hyper-inflation does is bails out the borrower and screws the lender-which is why i doubt that they actually want it to happen-

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 08:04 | Link to Comment Paul Atreides
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No it isn't true, hyperinflation is caused by money velocity and excessive printing it matters not wether the central bank is privately or government controlled. I am with you on the monetization of debt that is a given.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:46 | Link to Comment Big Corked Boots
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The next time some Euro-peon tells me how much smarter he is than Joe Sixpack, now i have a website to prove him wrong.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:51 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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If I were a Central Banker I'd raise interest rates to 7% and triple the minimum wage.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 02:29 | Link to Comment GoinFawr
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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:13 | Link to Comment EclecticParrot
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"Inflation Island" ?! 

I can't shake the disturbing image of a cackling Herve Villechaize pushing wheelbarrows full of euros, chasing after Ricardo Montalban, who's driving a golf cart modified into a portable printing press . . .

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:26 | Link to Comment apu123
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But the IMF just said every thing is going to be ok in EU land.  They just said that Italy is the model for reforms in Europe, so I guess if Greece, Spain and Portugal follow Mario Monti's lead we can all get back to risk-on.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:32 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Fantasy Island ECB TV Show --Opening Theme Season coming Q3 of 2012.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:39 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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What the fuck kind of implanted bullshit reality is this?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:45 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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i'm still working on theBrodsky&leeQ, but this fits! 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 02:39 | Link to Comment GoinFawr
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Joe (whoops did I leave that in there?) Floren...ZH leaving all the glory to Taibbi? Or did I miss it in the 'contrbutors'?

"...Now warning lights are flashing down at quality control, somebody threw a spanner, they threw it in the hole. There's rumours in the loading bay and anger in the town, somebody blew the whistle and the walls came down. There's a meeting in the boardroom they're trying to trace the smell, there's a leak in the bathroom and a sneak in personnel. Somewhere in a corridor someone was heard to sneeze. Goodness me could this be..." -M.Knopfler

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:45 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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I was hoping the bears were going to show up and explain how gold and silver fit into the picture.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:39 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Clears my throat.. When QE3 [Operation Twist] ends, QE4 begins. As the fears of EU membership bank run continues, monies fall into the USD/GBP coffer. Up rises the reserve currency surpluses. Friday’s Fuckface IPO will draw lemmings into market, oil and other commodities will rise as dollar debasement cycle slowly repeats. During your time reading this, you had 70 or more breathes per minute. How much C02 did you create for your Government to tax on your unsustainable lifestyle to the Global Community Eco- Health law? Just another subtle hint.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:02 | Link to Comment TonyCoitus
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Like, totally bumming dude, the game doesn't work on my iPad.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:21 | Link to Comment engineertheeconomy
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Just heard rumor that Greece will issue Drachma backed by GOLD. Can anyone confirm this here or do I need to go ask a 12 year old?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:54 | Link to Comment besnook
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it is going to be backed by renmimbi......because of the genius greek mind. only they can take down the chinese.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:27 | Link to Comment Snakeeyes
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If you believe the CPI, our inflation is zero. But many of our economic measures have been in decline since mid 2010, so maybe we are actually DEFLATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe the USA are honorary French Socialists!

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:28 | Link to Comment world_debt_slave
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Is the Skipper and Gilligan and all the rest there?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:32 | Link to Comment WoodMizer
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Calling this piece of tripe a game, is like calling Geobbels a media tycoon.

To think this piece of shit was paid for, by the hard work of the Euro sheeple, angers me to no end.

I wish they had a super secret armageddon level, that corresponds to what folks at the ECB and the FED have designed for us to play out in real life.

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:42 | Link to Comment dognamedabu
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I found a glitch..It doesn't allow me to deflate AND show positive results. It almost like some central bank put out this game. 

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:49 | Link to Comment Bullish Bear
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That's so cool. They even used the Sim City music and graphics.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:24 | Link to Comment Cthonic
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Designed by a real member of financial fucktardom: no farms, no factories, no warehouses, no refineries, and certainly no coal mines, utilities, smelters or oil derricks. What a world view.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:34 | Link to Comment Gordon_Gekko
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If anyone needed any more proof that we are an ignorant slave society living in a fascist controlled Central Bank dictatorship - really a global EMPIRE - THIS is it.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:34 | Link to Comment Gordon_Gekko
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If anyone needed any more proof that we are an ignorant slave society living in a fascist controlled Central Bank dictatorship - really a global EMPIRE - THIS is it.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:57 | Link to Comment MayerRothschild
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I was recently told:

'Capitalism requires inflation to exist.'

How true is this? 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 01:35 | Link to Comment Cthonic
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If someone had told you 'fractional reserve banking requires inflation to exist', I'd be more inclined to agree with you.

Capitalism == the right to own property and privately transact in it.

Inflation == a measurable loss of purchasing power (affecting the majority of goods available for exchange) of a specific amount of legal tender.


Thu, 05/17/2012 - 02:06 | Link to Comment MayerRothschild
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Thank you!  That was what I was trying to get accross.  Just didn't know how to word it. 

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 02:04 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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Deflation folks and nothing else but.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 02:21 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Hope I don't get pooh on my shorts with the FB put about to hit.

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 03:09 | Link to Comment sockratte
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indeed a very interesting scenario in euro-area. putting all around germany into deflation could result in a hyper inflation in germany? but at least overall it is balanced. ;-)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 05:16 | Link to Comment mrdenis
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de plane de plane ........

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