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Farage: "The Euro Titanic Has Now Hit The Iceberg"

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In an epic rant, trumping Biderman, UKIP's Nigel Farage appears to have reached the limit of his frustration with his 'peers' in the European Parliament after the Spanish bailout. Rajoy's proclamation that this bailout shows what a success the euro-zone has been, sends Farage over the edge as he sees the Spaniard as just about the most incompetent leader in the whole of Europe (up there with favorites like Van Rompuy and Barroso). The erudite Englishman notes that by any objective criteria "The Euro Has Failed" expanding on the insane farce of Italy funding Spain's banking bailout at a loss (borrowing at 6% to fund a loan at 3% as we discussed here). "This 'genius' deal makes things worse not better" as it merely drives other nations towards needing bailouts themselves and while his socialist colleagues in the room are mumbling and checking their blackberries, he reminds them that Spanish national debt will surge and that 100 billion does not solve the problem, and that if Greece leaves, the ECB is failed, is gone, and to rectify this there will be a cash call from the very same PIIS (Ex-G) that are tumbling towards the abyss. Blood pressure surges as he screams "you couldn't make this up" concluding that "the Euro Titanic has now hit the Iceberg and sadly there simply aren't enough lifeboats."


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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:13 | 2521118 fightthepower
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Fuck you Bernanke!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:22 | 2521173 LULZBank
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Farage would'nt like that.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:30 | 2521225 johnQpublic
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where the hell are our representatives screaming roughly the same thing at our congressional 'leaders'???????????

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:38 | 2521271 Chris Jusset
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That clip has been the best 2½ minute investment I've made all week.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:50 | 2521323 idea_hamster
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Soon it will be time to lock all the steerage passengers below-decks so that the lifeboats are roomy and comfortable for the Davos club -- capital controls, Shengen suspension, boarder checks are all prepped and ready to go.

After all, going down with the ship is so exactly was the last time the Davos crew went down with the ship when it came to finances?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:01 | 2521362 Faceberg
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What an odd question. Everyone knows that high level bankers and financiers bear the brunt of the pain caused by their financial mismanagement. Most leave their banks in disgrace as paupers.

Look at that poor Bankia CEO; he may need to sell one of his estates! Some have speculated that his incompetence and lack of integrity is so widely known he will be unemployable anywhere but the ECB or the IMF (where such traits are highly valued).

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:47 | 2522206 DaveyJones
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I hear that poor man had to go from Beluga to Sevruga caviar in less than a week!

There were 6 paramedics at the villa

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:54 | 2522809 Michael
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I love the banksters incompetence. They're going to destroy themselves.

I just thank God each? and every day for the complete and total worldwide economic collapse.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:01 | 2521363 Faceberg
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Inadvertant double post...sorry

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:43 | 2522191 Itch
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STFU already.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:57 | 2522235 CPL
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Here comes the biggest CTRL-P the history of mankind has ever done.


For good or bad, it will be a moment to shape the next 100 years.


<grab popcorn...>

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:01 | 2522245 tsx500
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this quickly and simply sums up what's going on across the pond right now :

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:54 | 2521340 N. B. Forrest
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Farage is the BEST!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:10 | 2521437 HoofHearted
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Any way we can import him here to the US? I'd love to see Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and all the other tools get completely bitch-slapped. Ron Paul does it in a much nicer way, but I like the directness of Farage.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:24 | 2521545 StychoKiller
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"Nigel, I think you should take a stress pill and think things over." -- HAL9000

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:25 | 2521883 Canuckistan Al
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I finds it interesting that Farage has been suicided yet? There is after all a price to be paid for truth telling No?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2521900 Miss anthrope
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they tried to kill him in a plane crash..... he was in hospital for a while but lived


Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:44 | 2521963 doomandbloom
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Nigel Farage plane crash pilot charged with threatening to kill Ukip leader

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:26 | 2522127 Ghordius
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any news of the "murderous pilot"?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:34 | 2522353 XitSam
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Appears to have been convicted of threats, but it seems the threats came after the crash because he felt wronged (I could be misinterpreting).

Update: Sentenced to 2 years "community order" (?)

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:03 | 2522519 Ghordius
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+1, thanks! I did not expect this. So the whole accident ruined in his view his job, his marriage and his life, mainly because it went so long. Which might or might not be because the investigator wanted to be seen going after an attempted murder against such a successful* politician.

(*) Britons, please, vote for him and get him his seat in your Parliament. Please!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:27 | 2522125 Ghordius
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well, when you do tell the truth it's possible that someone kills you, but dear Nigel tells half of the truth, so he is safe...

the other half of the truth (already discussed last time here on ZH) is that he:

- is in the pockets of the banks of the square mile

- would love to switch his irrelevant MEP seat for a proper MP seat in the more important British Parliament

- had just an accident, nobody is after him (read the link of the article, enjoy the innuendos)

- his solution for the Euro's woes would be the one adopted by the BoE: devalue the currency by at least 30%

- and his real job is best enjoyed here:

Further, better comments than mine (also here on ZH): YHC-FTSE:"Just because he says he dislikes the "EU" (He deliberately lumps the political economic union and the monetary economic union which are two separate things together) and states the obvious that precious metals are better than government bonds, does not mean he is one of the good guys. Actually, he is a paper bug - I've never heard him advice anyone to hold physicals.  A minion of the financial services thieves  - his family is part of the LME, which makes the CME look like a boyscouts convention. He has repeated again and again that his main agenda is to "Protect the City of London". Not Britain, her people, her economy, or her freedom, but the City of London. If he had his way, the parasites in the City would have no regulations whatsoever to stop them from cleaning the carcass of their hosts."

Let's put it this way: if the business would be about a bailout of the banks in London, he would be screaming in the opposite direction.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:04 | 2522259 Spitzer
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Thats right.

He has a Donald Trump big mouth and he is just as clueless and hypocritical.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:34 | 2522377 TheGardener
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I agree with you, his well worded eloquence beside , he is
not really the guy working for her majesty he gets being
credited for here . .08 Nigel, licenced to kill the Eurocrats sick dreams , is still the hero of the day

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:00 | 2522448 earleflorida
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'tis a shame that the body as a whole has many extremities, and yet the tongue can curl a freudian slip with but a effusive soliloquy horse bit 'gone-a-slobbering'?' 

a fait accompli,  indeed, shows little remorse for the past nor for the future, but rather in the present does it take its stand!

+ 1 Nigel


Thu, 06/14/2012 - 02:00 | 2524664 Reptil
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Couldn't we clone Farange, and then glue the good half to half of someone like eeeh.... Prof. Schachtschneider?

Perhaps some DNA of some special forces guys in the mix, so the resulting super politician would really KILL?

They do it with trout so why not? ;-)

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:50 | 2521718 dolce vita
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i gotta name something "NIGEL"... my new dog ,my first kid ,my favorite putter or wedge...something.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:50 | 2521990 longdong silver
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nice avatar

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:44 | 2521305 ParaZite
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THey are too busy getting their bribe money from Goldman Sachs to speak out against anything right now. A few 100K here and there shuts them up, and keeps them in line with their Corporate Banking Master's agenda. 

The American People have no voice, at least no voice that anyone in Washington or at the Fed can hear. The only thing that speaks to our congressmen, representatives, and dare I even say our President himself, is the amount of campaign contributions, back door / dirty deals, and outright bribes that they get to stick in their pockets on the quest for power and glory. 

We the people lost our voices when we allowed Corporations to become "people" in the eyes of the law. 

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:55 | 2521344 MachoMan
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If I was elected, it would be the only thing I would do...  just call out people on their votes as well as their support for whatever retarded ass bill was up at the time...  basically have a santa list of who's been naughty (everyone) or nice and just start shit talking/yelling for my 2-5 minute allotment...  lewis black style.  I might even have to bring in wallstreet pro for a tagteam partner.  Basically, the goal would be to make it to the youtube hall of fame each day.

Of course, I do not believe I know what's best for everyone so...  I have a natural barrier to ever nominating myself to run for public office...

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:03 | 2522042 longdong silver
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@ MachoMan

Jesse Ventura has been trying to wake people up for years And scince has been marginilized to say the leasst.

But i will support your tickit.

getter done

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:54 | 2522442 slewie the pi-rat
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no sweat, m_M

we just appoint ourselves to these zH boards;  and we have more appointed participants than nigel by exponential factors;  what is a quorum there?  9? 

@2:13-15 farage sez:  if greece leaves, the ECB is BK

i think he stretches a bit for rhetorical purposes, saying the ECB has 400B EUR exposure to bailed-out countries, but i appreciate the point he is trying to make

with marioECB now charged with authoring a plan by 6.20.12 or so with his select committee of rubber stamps, the sqididity is enormous;  earlier i was dumb enuf to ask whom the squid would send into spain.  L0L!!!---nigel sez marianoRajoy is the guy!  <palm-slap to forehead> thxz, nige

nigel nails it with:  there are not enough lifeboats!  this is why kicking the can is so politically wonderful!  the wealth keeps getting transferred and the checks are still in the mail

the NW0:  what a country! 

collectively, the debt goes on!  only individuals can get counterparty-free and they are coming after us, now, big-time!  more layers of boilerplate;  more capital and "banking" rules;  we must protect the banks at any and all costs,  you see..

no one can come up with a good reason why at this point, but it is tradition!  it is hard to believe how many of US are born, bred, and raised to expect to have our cake, and eat it, too!  after all, that is the capitalists' dream, is it not? 

now, we are controlled by mass illusion/delusion around the political aspects which define access to the cake via boilerplate, 2300-page laws re-defining the job decription of the FED and permitting rule-making on the fly by the regulators (FED) which (who) are charged with addressing systemic stability and also, coincidentally, banking rules? 

and i think some people are beginning to notice how tightly things are getting screwed down in various ways?

but it is gonna be a fight!  they may transfer another 2Tril of losses, but the real war has only just begun...

even the banksters are no longer totally free to act and by the time angela is done with them, either the banksters are gonna be cashiered or the nations and peoples which have fallen to them, but it is not her call, even in germany...  yet, altho the banks are certainly well-positioned

after the FED college propwash, we now have a "badBoy" who may have even been a willing set-up for figuring out H0W that same 2300-page (dodd/frank) law's VolkerRule, already legislated, should be implemented

this is scripted for what the chairsatan wants the VolkerRule 2b;  it hasta be decided inCongress and they will kill the gaderene herd around the conventions and electioneering writing it, but they will get it right;  benzelbub and his allies in theCongo will do it and we will have a financial law which is administered thru the banking rules committees and BK scrambles

even in the US, this election is gonna wake more people up than 1968, imo

as people in general begin to awaken more to the fact that the delusion that kicking the can insures the greatest good for the greatest number, they will begin to see that economics has become simply a game of selling that very thing to the rubes/voters thru manipulation of choices by money, polls, and party politics for the pig-man:  all roads lead toRome and all deciding political cloices lead only to the status quo and the MSM and it's dah-links, comrade BiCheZ

they want zH bad, too, don't they?  the status quo is self-appointing  here, too  L0L!!! 

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:36 | 2522389 tahoebumsmith
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You must have missed this clip from Illinois last week. They are losing here as well...


Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:43 | 2522743 boogerbently
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I LOVE this guy. Is he the ONLY one in EU that "gets it?'

But this does give some insight as to why they keep our rates so low. WE are borrowing at a lower rate to pay off a higher rate. (disregarding the fact we shouldn't need to "borrow" at all, AND "we-the-taxpayer" shouldn't need to payback the debt this was created to pay).

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:30 | 2521226 Roger O. Thornhill
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Farage is awesome - no politically correct soundbites - just straight to the jugular. The comedy of the euro bailout  loan scheme just couldn't be made up it is just, plain ludicrous!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:12 | 2522282 disabledvet
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Oh but the comedy of the euro can be made up. Indeed "that's been my point all along."

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:32 | 2521237 Pladizow
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That room lacks a grenade!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:37 | 2521623 FMR Bankster
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Let Farage get out of the room first. When things really fall apart we'll need him to rebuild.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:35 | 2521254 Al Gorerhythm
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And fuck that fat mother fucking ignorant cunt behind him and every one of his like-minded brethren surrounding him. Mother fucking piece of shit bought and paid for arse wipe sons of bitches. May you and your ilk rot. Fuck me. I've had a gut full of these smirking turds. I hope that I am able to witness the rare time in history when these miserable parasites are dragged screaming to their death at the hands of those they affected, Cock suck mother fucking piece of worthless shit.. Hangem all.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:48 | 2521319 ATM
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Someone junked you??


Let's get him too!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:51 | 2521330 Gazooks
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arse wipe? uncivil inconsistency is your undoing, Al -1

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:11 | 2521415 Al Gorerhythm
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I'll give you an uncivil inconsistancy, you smarmy piece of shit and fuck you and your condescending tone as well.

Yes "arse wipe". In any language, (ass) you are an arse. I'm tired of niceities. We're past that. Thanks to Rand/Obama with their false enticements. Fuck you and fuck off. Collaborator.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:17 | 2521850 Gazooks
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Thanks for the uncivil gift, Al, such a surprise! So sad to hear that you're 'tired of niceities' [sic], and being all 'past that', however.

Sounds like misfortune has overtaken you entirely having been duped by 'false enticements' of the nefarious. Really, too bad of them.

Just remember that true impoverishment often results the obsessive use of profanity and that madly stroking the withering shaft of raging ill-humor may cause irreparable injury.

Please, don't hurt yourself.


Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2521907 Al Gorerhythm
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I've considered your reply and on behalf of my grandchildren, I hope to meet you on the field of battle one day. If profanity is all that upsets you, wait till you see what I and my like minded mates have in store. You are way too comfortable in your padded gated communities. Me? I'm well off. I need no government sustainence. Sounds like you do. My children and grand children don't own this. It's between us and I am ready. You better get your game on pal, cos this is going to get (happily) eventful.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:03 | 2522184 Gazooks
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Ah, a granddad! Congratulations, that's the best part of life, is it not? And well off too, all the better for the future of your progeny. 

So, Al, if life's been so good to you why all the venomous rage, I can't help but wonder. I trust that you don't subject your family to that brand of base diatribe. Why then take the liberty with strangers in discussion who you then presumptively abuse with explicit hope of violent ends for the taken offense of questioning your excessive profanity? It looses all of it's Carlin-esque charm when so badly abused. It may predictably amuse a few village idiots here, perhaps you simply mean to entertain them with crude phrasing for numerical praise. Well done, and proud on you!

Get my game on? Maybe you'd elaborate from your darkened room in the absence of those adorable grandkids. Wouldn't want to expose them to that, would we? Bombastic fantasies of battlefield glories. Never been there, have you?

I've never met a hero that hoped to be a hero again, and I have known a few.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:51 | 2522212 Itch
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Interweb Hard-Man 2, comming to monitor near you.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:03 | 2521382 WillyGroper
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How do you really feel? Don't hold back.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:16 | 2521471 Al Gorerhythm
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I'm only starting. Fuck this shit.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:08 | 2521808 HellFish
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So are you saying he's out of line with his comments?  More folks should have that reaction - no reason to mock him.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:23 | 2521536 LivermoreJim
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Ah, another great mind from the zerohedge herd.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:45 | 2521686 Al Gorerhythm
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Oh? And what's your claim to rational fame. Come on and make a statement of support for the status quo, Eienstein. Give me something, just one, skid mark.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:59 | 2521750 LouisDega
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Welcome to the fucking Jip Joint . Im Dante

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:02 | 2521771 Al Gorerhythm
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Oh, I've made this my other home alright.Wipe your feet.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:16 | 2521856 zerotohero
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Your here why?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2521906 BigJim
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 Ah, another great mind from the zerohedge herd.

I'm trying to remember a single thing you've ever contributed here.

Mmmmmm.... no.... nothing come to mind.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:25 | 2521548 insanelysane
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someone didn't take their meds this morning

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:03 | 2521705 Al Gorerhythm
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 I took the pill long ago. I am just out of patience wiht those who have nothing to offer other than smart little quips. As above, what have you got to offer other than more of the same mealy-mouthed diarrhea? Substance please.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:12 | 2521826 Panafrican Funk...
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"someone didn't take their meds this morning"

You are correct.  He is neither smoking hopium, hypnotized by television, nor sedated by Xanax.  He is a sleeper's worst fucking nightmare.  Glad he shook your bed, now wake the fuck up.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:13 | 2521835 Panafrican Funk...
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"He is a sleeper's worst fucking nightmare."  And only chance at salvation.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:34 | 2521604 nodhannum
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Come on Al Gorerhythm, don't sugar coat it...tell me how you really feel!  Great rant.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:35 | 2521617 Pairadimes
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Good stuff. Reminds me of:

Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

NETWORK, 1976.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:59 | 2521760 LouisDega
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What a movie. It doesnt get better than that.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:19 | 2522589 LouisDega
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Oh the horror. At least remove the junk in honor of Paddy Chayefsky

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:15 | 2522292 Itch
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If you shout that shit out your window people might take it literally and have you sectioned. Then you'll be trying to shout it through a rubber gum-shield in an institution.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:51 | 2522211 Gringo Viejo
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No need to sugarcoat it Al.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:46 | 2521310 noses
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Not even with two condoms.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:20 | 2521504 LivermoreJim
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What astonishing intellecual power!  What saintly edititorial restraint!  50 + positives?  What fools these zerohedgers be.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:30 | 2521901 Ricky Bobby
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Another iteration of a statist bootlicker. They work with multiple accounts now. Puppets Puppets everywhere. Remember when it comes to Zombies always Doubletap.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:34 | 2521919 BigJim
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 What astonishing intellecual power!  What saintly edititorial restraint!  50 + positives?  What fools these zerohedgers be.

Shouldn't you be off licking some bankster's boot somewhere?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:16 | 2522300 cougar_w
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You are a fool. And not even a useful one.

I once wrote some fiction about a semi-solid man:

Restraint comes in all sizes, so sometimes you get out alive when probably you should not.

Find. Your. Religion.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:35 | 2521610 NooooB
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Love Nigel, but this is what I always think of when I see him speak...

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:42 | 2522188 battle axe
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Good for Farage.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:55 | 2522228 skepticCarl
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Farage should have replaced Simon Cowell on American Idol.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:24 | 2522323 Mad Marv
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I would like to ask Tyler to please end every article with "Fuck you Bernanke!". This way, we can get straight to the responses without having to take the time to type it in. Thanks,

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:13 | 2521119 YuropeanImbecille
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You got to love this man (Even tho he is English ;) )

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:23 | 2521176 DeadFred
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Starting your day with a little Nigel is a good thing.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:27 | 2521203 GOSPLAN HERO
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Nigel Farage is a statesman in the finest sense of the word.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:29 | 2521217 Sauk Leader
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I like how he starts every speech by insulting everyone in the room. Awesome.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:49 | 2521322 ATM
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Only because they deserve it and much more.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:32 | 2521585 Element
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"If somebody asks them, Why, what evil does he practice or teach?  They do not know, and cannot tell; but in order that they do not appear to be at a loss, they repeat the ready-made charges which are used against all philosophers about teaching things up in the clouds and under the earth, and having no gods, and making the worse appear the better cause;  For they do not like to confess that their pretense of knowledge has been detected — which is the truth."

- Socrates


Best to treat scum with a lack of difference and to display your contempt for what they are.

It's the right thing to do.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:13 | 2522079 mrpxsytin
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Read a little further....


For I am certain, O men of Athens, that if I had engaged in politics, I should have perished long ago, and done no good either to you or to myself. And do not be offended at my telling you the truth: for the truth is, that no man who goes to war with you or any other multitude, honestly striving against the many lawless and unrighteous deeds which are done in a state, will save his life; he who will fight for the right, if he would live even for a brief space, must have a private station and not a public one. - Socrates

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:47 | 2522767 Zero Debt
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The truth may sound like an insult if you are not used to hear it.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:53 | 2522795 Carl Spackler
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Nigel lambasts them because the Euro Parliament is among those responsible for the giant debt morass brought on by the years of Euro establishment using politics to pay off the peons via the Socialist state apparatus and its failing programs (i.e., bribery schemes).

That long-time Euro strategy, ending in total crash-and-burn, is what Obama is trying adopt in this country.

We need a Nigel in the USA.


Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:44 | 2521303 MonsterBox
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You know, we in the United States used to be like him... what happened?  Greed? Sloth? TV?

We deserve what's coming....

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:22 | 2521527 Al Gorerhythm
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Public education.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:52 | 2521832 Al Gorerhythm
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I just love these "dump and run" Junkers. Come on, tool; debate me. You must be involved or connected to the education system. So was I. What lame point other than a cowardly "junk" do you have to contribute? More of the same? Step up, you worm casting.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:04 | 2522263 skepticCarl
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Every Western country has public education.    So blaming America's social and cultural problems, relative to it's peers, on the education system is easily dismissed.  Why debate a tangential issue?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 15:22 | 2522954 AustriAnnie
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And every Western country is royally fucked.


Also, the post was comparing the U.S. now to the way we used to be, not to other countries.

And its not a tangential issue.  Do we stop discussing the ills of unsustainable debt levels, just because "every Western country has debt"?  Discussing the factors held in common between countries is every bit as important as discussing our differences.  (between countries, or in a country over time).  

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:31 | 2521232 Wakanda
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My third favorite Brit after Clapton and Winwood.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:02 | 2521373 ParkAveFlasher
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My third favorite after Bennie Hill and Graham Chapman.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:12 | 2522281 Ace Ventura
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Ahhhh, Benny Hill. RIP. Many a late night watching his skits back in the day. I can hear the theme music playing everytime there is a 'hearing' up on Capitol Molehill.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:13 | 2521121 GeneMarchbanks
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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:14 | 2521124 lolmao500
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The Ron Paul of Europe...

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:15 | 2521131 resurger
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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:16 | 2521136 GeneMarchbanks
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Nope. Not at all.

The Rand Paul of Europe maybe.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:23 | 2521177 kaiten
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No, Farage is a clown of Europe.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:23 | 2521186 eri
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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:31 | 2521219 Manthong
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“Titanic Has Now Hit The Iceberg”

I hear they have hair dryers on sale in the gift shop!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:48 | 2521315 Ivanovich
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Just curious, but do you have any sound reasoning to back up that statement?  Has what Nigel said struck a nerve with you?  Is it factually incorrect?  Is Italy not on the hook for 20% of that loan, at which they get repaid at 3% and have to borrow on the market at twice that?


What, in particular, was "clownish" to your massive brilliance?  Please, enlighten us serfs, milord.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:29 | 2522341 kaiten
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There´s no sound reasoning why someone is a clown. He´s just like that. 


Then, as a clown, he cant strike my nerve, obviously. He´s a good laugh, nonetheless.


I didnt say I was brilliant. It´s you who´s trying to get ahead of yourself. Just like that clown you admire.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:48 | 2521316 americanspirit
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kaiten - you say he is a clown. Very well, he may be. But he is a clown in a room full of fools, and by his clowning he makes that brilliantly clear. Clowns are able to get away with speaking truth to power where others would simply be handcuffed and disappeared.

Bring on the clowns.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:20 | 2521514 HoofHearted
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This isn't a new goes back to Horace, some 2000 years ago:

"What stops a man who can laugh from telling the truth?"

We're all out here laughing a little, because it is easier than crying. We're also getting prepared for what is coming, because we're some of the few who see it coming.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:19 | 2521864 SokPOTUS
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No.  Not a clown.  A Jester.  A Jester is the only member of the Court that can speak the Truth to Power (and not lose his head, that is; at least not most times).

Farage is a Jester.  In the best sense of the word. 

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:23 | 2521875 AetosAeros
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Nigel is the Lakota Heyoka or contrarian.


Heyók?a are thought of as being backwards-forwards, upside-down, or contrary in nature. The Heyók?a symbolize and portray many aspects of the sacred, the Wak?á?. Their satire presents important questions by fooling around. They ask difficult questions, and say things others are too afraid to say. By reading between the lines, the audience is able to think about things not usually thought about, or to look at things in a different way. 

Principally, the Heyók?a functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others, thereby forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, and weaknesses. Heyók?as also have the power to heal emotional pain; such power comes from the experience of shame—they sing of shameful events in their lives, beg for food, and live as clowns. They provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.

In addition, sacred clowns serve an important role in shaping tribal codes. Heyók?a's don’t seem to care about taboos, rules, regulations, social norms, or boundaries. Paradoxically, however, it is by violating these norms and taboos that they help to define the accepted boundaries, rules, and societal guidelines for ethical and moral behavior. This is because they are the only ones who can ask "Why?" about sensitive topics and employ satire to question the specialists and carriers of sacred knowledge or those in positions of power and authority. In doing so, they demonstrate concretely the theories of balance and imbalance. Their role is to penetrate deception, turn over rocks, and create a deeper awareness.

The Heyoka are healers and have many functions, for example healing through laughter and awakening people to deeper meaning and concealed truth and to prepare the people for oncoming disaster with laughter.

--Although this information is from Wikipedia, it is still pretty accurate in its depiction of the role of the Lakota tribal Heyoka.  It is also pretty accurate in the role that Nigel plays within the EU and the ways that he brings attention and a 'mirror' look for those around him. Obviously, as shown by the looks on those seated near him, they don't like that forced self reflection, and it's harder for them to disguise this, but for them to 'take him out' would martyr him to the entire world, as the tribe would immediately feel the loss of his presence and the sanctity of his words.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:52 | 2521329 americanspirit
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sorry - double post. Clownish of me.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2521345 TWSceptic
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In a circus filled with retards, the sane person is seen as the clown.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:41 | 2521622 Al Gorerhythm
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Now, aren't you the insightful one. It's obvious that you have a deep philosophically supportive belief embedded in your statement. Wanker  (and please don't misinterpret this as an ad hominem attack: I meant to disparage you). Look it up.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:33 | 2521244 GOSPLAN HERO
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The Patrick Henry of Europe.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:14 | 2521125 LULZBank
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He squeals as if his own money and interest was on the line.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:17 | 2521139 GeneMarchbanks
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That it is.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:19 | 2521153 LULZBank
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... but... but... he was trying to save the common people!!!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:38 | 2521268 giovanni_f
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LULZBank, you are spot on. That fulltime-voter minority on ZH, especially those on food stamps, doesn't like it when their anti-euro mouthpiece gets discredited.


Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:43 | 2521300 LULZBank
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Thank you.

People are missing the point. Hes anti-Euro but hes not anti-banks. He would want to keep the system, but under hes preferred master.

Euro or any currency is not the problem. The mechanisms behind them are the problem.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:10 | 2521434 dumbengineer
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I second that. Anti-Euro but pro-City.


BoE = largest printer this side of the atlantic.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:19 | 2521469 giovanni_f
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Exactly. Nigel Farage does not suffer from a genuine neglect syndrome. He is a true master of smoke and mirrors. I love to listen to his artfully crafted tirades, though, for I hate that emerging superclass of accountable-to-no one bureaucrats, but his speech-trueisms are a red herring, in essence. Nobody ever heard him trash-talk the city of london in its role as originator of the global financial ponzi scheme. He knows.

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 03:29 | 2524725 giovanni_f
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Counting individuals who fulfill the following citeria: a) live on food stamps, b) spend their life as internet fulltime voter, c) possess a ZH account. Please wait...

Sampling complete. Result: 30.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:00 | 2521361 TWSceptic
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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:45 | 2521307 LULZBank
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Gene: I have this feeling that folks here dont want to downtick you, instead they take it out on me?!

Whats the story?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:57 | 2521348 Fukushima Sam
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Get a room, you two.  Don't forget the Vaseline and the gerbil.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:09 | 2521424 GeneMarchbanks
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Not necessary. But I'll let you swallow off camera if it means something to you.

Now wipe your chin off you smell like sea water.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:02 | 2522254 Itch
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I think they both have a room, at heartbreak hotel.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:06 | 2521402 GeneMarchbanks
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That's because I shit on people for being idiot sycophants. In short, Gene is King.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:09 | 2521419 Winston of Oceania
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Don't act the wanker if you don't like being the toadie

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:00 | 2521763 bankruptcylawyer
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lulz , 


what's your answer? bitcoing for all where some magic genie ensures bit coins servers honesty. or wait, better yet , all banks controlled entirely by a single central government because politicians can't be corrupted. maybe 50 state banks? or wait, a gold standard? because that never used to be problemtatic. 

it is all corrupt. money is corruptible how do you propose to run the banking system? or wait, we don't need money, because everyone can just barter and the unit of account somehow will be described as something other than money. 

dude--------you are barking up the wrong tree. nigel farage is against the european failure and similarly against all ill-planned inflationary schemes that seek to prop up beauracracies salaries' with stolen counterfeit money.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:14 | 2521843 LULZBank
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what's your answer?

My answer is Free Market and I mean totally free. People are free to choose what they want to buy and sell and for how much and in whatever form of currency. Be it paper, precious metals, tulips or sea shells even personal checks (IOUs) if the person has credibility in the market.

But the core idea being no 1 entity has the power to print it!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:19 | 2521151 homersimpson
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Pigs squeal. Nigel ROARS.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:20 | 2521159 lolmao500
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How dare he cares about his fellow human's money?? Maybe seeing families and elderly people going bankrupt amuses you, but to us, non-sociopaths, it's a very sad situation.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:31 | 2521233 LULZBank
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You dont have to slip everytime you see a banana peel. There would be many more Farage's coming out of the crisis, only for you to realise in the end that they all served the same competing masters and would fuck you worse than before ones.

Most dictators and tyrants rise after a crisis, not out of happy times. One has to be careful.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:03 | 2521377 TWSceptic
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You're looking for dictators and tyrants in the wrong corner. It's the eurocrats and their bankster friends you need to be careful about.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:44 | 2521681 giovanni_f
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Shit. Kim Kardashian posting on ZH with the silver bear icon.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:51 | 2521729 LULZBank
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It's the eurocrats and their bankster friends you need to be careful about.

Im careful of everyone and their bankster friends, including Farage.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:27 | 2521205 Floordawg
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From the other avenues I've heard him speak (over the last few years), he hints at being invested heavily in the PM's.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:19 | 2521498 Al Gorerhythm
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It is, you dick head. His as well as yours but you are too fucking dip-shit retarded to even understand. 

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:14 | 2521126 Alejandrito
Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:14 | 2521130 No Euros please...
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Plenty of deckchairs though.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:25 | 2521190 DeadFred
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And the band plays well.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:36 | 2521266 Pool Shark
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And the catering is quite tasteful...

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:54 | 2521338 mick_richfield
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And really, I think everything is OK on the good ship EuroTitanic.

We just called down to steerage and the voice that came back said:

We all float down here.  You will too.


( sorry, I just read Stephen King's "It" and the reference keeps seeming -- appropriate. )

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:40 | 2521281 malikai
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More like poseidon than Titanic IMO. Those hecklers know for a FACT that unicorns will be delivering pixie dust to keep the ship afloat. Thats why they have chosen to stay in the ballroom.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:16 | 2521134 slow_roast
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I want to make love to that man.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:58 | 2521350 azzhatter
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hopefully you are a female

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:16 | 2522302 mick_richfield
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Hey baby.  I have a 900 number where we can talk Austrian Economics for 0.25 oz Ag per minute.

You know you want it.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:17 | 2521140 RECISION
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You gotta think someone on his staff reads Zero Hedge.

The phraseology are verbatim lifts from here.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:23 | 2521184 Dr. Richard Head
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As soon as he started to talk about Italy lending at one percentage while borrowing at another to facilitate this lending, the first thought I had was ZH.  Brilliant.  Ello govenahhhh!!!!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:02 | 2521367 N. B. Forrest
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Or great minds think alike.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 13:12 | 2522283 BudFox2012
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You might not be far off.  Nigel has been on the Alex Jones show, and AJ's infowars site does reference ZH often on financial matters, so there is an indirect connection for sure.

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:17 | 2521143 resurger
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Lend & 3% and Borrow at 7% ! Thats ARBITRAGE

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:20 | 2521158 rufusbird
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Make up for it in large volume!

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:40 | 2521284 narapoiddyslexia
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made me choke on my coffee...

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 09:28 | 2521210 El Viejo
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Worshipping at the altar of indebtedness.

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