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Goodbye Euro, Hello Drachma

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A few months ago, when Zero Hedge first broke the news that the Drachma is trading at several major banks on a "when issued" basis at the client's request, it was promptly dismissed. Alas, it may be time to dismiss the dismissal, after Spiegel reports that as one of the scenarios considered for a Greek default, Germany anticipates the reintroduction of the drachma by the pathological liars at the Greek parliament. Yes: the currency that Greece was so happy to jettison 10 years ago when after the assistance of Goldman to hide its bloated debt, to much pomp and circumstance it entered the soon to be defunct Eurozone, is coming baaaaack.

From Spiegel, with the article recreated in its entirety as the implications for the EUR, the eurozone, and crony communism as massive:

German Finance Minister Prepares for Possible Greek Bankruptcy


German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who is reportedly doubtful that the country can be saved from bankruptcy, is preparing for the possibility of Greek insolvency. Officials in his ministry are currently reviewing scenarios for handling such a situation, exploring what it might mean for the rest of the euro zone. Under the first scenario for a Greek bankruptcy, the country would remain in the euro zone. Under the other, Athens would abandon the common currency and reintroduce the drachma.


The European bailout mechanism, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), is playing a key role in those considerations. Soon the EFSF is expected to be given new powers agreed to by European leaders at a special euro crisis summit in late July. Two instruments at the EFSF's disposal are at the forefront of the Finance Ministry's scenarios.


Bankruptcy Could Create Credit Crunch


One of these key instruments would be credit lines provided to countries like Spain or Italy if investors stop lending them money after a Greek bankruptcy. If banks were forced to write off the billions in Greek government bonds on their books, they could become reliant on billions in rescue fund aid in numerous euro-zone countries. Both developments are to be expected in a Greek insolvency, regardless of whether the country exits the euro or not.


Volker Bouffier, the governor of the state of Hesse, which is home to Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, as is Schäuble. Bouffier is now urging that the possibility for countries to leave the euro zone be created quickly. Current European Union treaties provide no provisions for a country to abandon the currency.


"If the savings and reform efforts of the Greek government aren't successful, then we need to ask the question of whether we need new rules to make it possible for a euro country to leave the currency union," Bouffier told SPIEGEL.

As for what happens to all the trillions in other interconnected debt, should all Euro bills have to white out the Greek text on then, we imagine the word "prayer" is key.


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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:10 | 1657499 cossack55
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As long as they don't kill the ouzo.


Hmmmm DJ Futures down 138 already.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:11 | 1657520 X.inf.capt
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no kidding, when i was stationed in west germany, 85-87, i was addicted to that stuff.....

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:14 | 1657532 cossack55
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Used to buy it in the hills overlooking the NAMFI firing range on Crete for $1/btl. No label. Very good stuff.  Was never sober long enough to get addicted.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:39 | 1657647 franzpick
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What they should kill is the drachma, then 'do the Iceland' and introduce the new currency, the ouzo.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:21 | 1657801 X.inf.capt
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they would have the strongest currency in the world.

got turned on that stuff by a REDHEADED girl, got addicted to both....

with an exchange rate of 3DM's to 1usd, we lived like kings....

yep, the good old days....

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:24 | 1657823 HarryWanqer
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I hope so.  I'd buy them up and put them with my stash of Iraqi Dinars.  You can't possible lose when the exchange rate is that extreme.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:26 | 1657828 Stax Edwards
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GD counterfeiters LOL

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:00 | 1657874 BaBaBouy
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Anyone ???

How do you post a friggin image ?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:03 | 1657943 nmewn
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Become a contributor.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:06 | 1658393 Ahmeexnal
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And cracks start to surface in Switzerland: UBS voices disapproval of SNB peg.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:36 | 1658446 knukles
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But Jim (Doesn't the guy spend any time in the office managing his client's money?) O'Neill says it's A Good Thing.  Bet he got that from Martha Stewart.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 05:06 | 1658776 Djirk
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of course this is Wilders holding this.....hater! 

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:09 | 1657960 Trying to Understand
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go to a site, such as: and load your image there, it will generate a link which you can post most anywhere.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:23 | 1658003 Pure Evil
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Thanks for info.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:51 | 1658099 FinalCollapse
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Thanks - I just tried it, and testing it here. This is an image that I find very funny. The title of this image is fitting: "Ooops".


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:02 | 1658129 prains
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was that OJ ?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:37 | 1658196 nmewn
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If the pic don't fit you must aquit!

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:03 | 1658263 Ahmeexnal
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2 Legit 2 Quit

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:00 | 1658489 MayIMommaDogFac...
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was that OJ ?

No, it was OT!

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:36 | 1658327 Pure Evil
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There, I fixed it for you


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:27 | 1657836 BaBaBouy
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Ole Faithful ... Test

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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:36 | 1657867 X.inf.capt
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WOW, i think i just saw uncle ben going to walmart to buy a loaf of bread. circa 2012. america

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:48 | 1658346 e2thex
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What was the exchange rate for the red=head? :)

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:30 | 1658549 X.inf.capt
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exchange? free.  you just had to be very careful arourd them. dont piss them off. case in point. of all female sniper aces inrussian army wwll, 62% were redheads...(5 sniper kills=ace). but you treat a redhead with respect and do what she asks, life is awesome, because redheads are passionate, in love and war.......better than mortal man deserves.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:57 | 1658484 thunderchief
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I don't like Ouzo.

I like Pernot.

Viva La France.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:33 | 1657853 Freewheelin Franklin
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and introduce the new currency, the ouzo.


HAHA. In colonial New Jersey, applejack was used as currency.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:29 | 1658025 Doña K
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Greeks should have dual currency. Ouzo and Vaseline

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:01 | 1658125 X.inf.capt
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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:50 | 1658349 mkkby
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I'm going to catch hell for this, but so what...  The euro isn't going away and nobody's leaving it.  The euro was just a step toward one european gov, and one world gov.

The EU will print, the fed will print, japan will print, swiss... -- everyone will print.  They won't let the political dream die.

The sales pitch is a unified europe won't have another world war.  True, but large parts of the world can and will starve after the bankers take everything worth taking.  The sheeple will eventually vote it in.  What choice do they have?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 03:25 | 1658736 AnAnonymous
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The euro isn't going away and nobody's leaving it. The euro was just a step toward one european gov, and one world gov.

One world government? Again that?

No. One world government is not in the box.

we've got one side of the world that is on the path of increasing critical mass in order to avoid pay back. Extorters have this in common: they will try to make it so that retaliation on one extorter matter to all of them.

Indeed, Europeans will try to melt into one european in order to achieve. After that step, the US and Europe will try to merge.

This same side also tries to atomize as much as possible the other sides. Because extorters have this in common: they hate extorted organizing themselves in order to resist extortion. Extorters want extorted as unorganized, as isolated, as lonely as possible.

No one world government. Just one side of the world that is fleeing ahead in order to avoid pay back by diluting more and more its responsibility.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 03:57 | 1658754 DaBernank
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The League of Nations will make a come back.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 09:58 | 1659341 X.inf.capt
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lets hope not......

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:43 | 1657661 DoChenRollingBearing
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"Was never sober long enough to get addicted."

Nice line!  Green!  Green reminds me of absinthe....

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:12 | 1657970 IQ 145
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You beat me to it; it's a peachy line. Your avatar always brings a smile; as an engineer, of course, I am addicted to rolling element bearings !

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:04 | 1658264 Oh regional Indian
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You sir, are a genius!


How America Got it's Power

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:22 | 1657807 Manthong
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Souda Bay Rock Club transient member, here. My beverage of choice there was Greek Amstel. Ouzo boilermakers worked OK if I recall correctly.

Of course, there is a lot I can't recall correctly from back then.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:14 | 1657534 Mike2756
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Ahhh, the good old days, when you got a decent mark rate.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:32 | 1657599 spiral_eyes
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"I am sure the Euro will oblige us to introduce a new set of economic policy instruments. It is politically impossible to propose that now. But some day there will be a crisis and new instruments will be created."

— Romano Prodi, EU Commission President, December 2001

Didn't quite work out like that, did it? 


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:45 | 1657675 HitTheFan
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It's just Greece defaulting, they do it on average every 12 years. In no way does this reflect on the viability of the Euro itself, which is supranational, and has 65% of its reserves as gold (and watch for that to increase).

The Euro is a good thing, it was designed to replace the dollar when that fails. Should the Euro fail, will you be happy to see gold and oil at 30 to 40 times their current levels?

Read a bit more, rather than writing sensationalist rubbish.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:52 | 1657705 Popo
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Lol. Way to completely misunderstand the significance of a Eurozone nation defaulting.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 04:21 | 1658760 spiral_eyes
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"Should the Euro fail, will you be happy to see gold and oil at 30 to 40 times their current levels?" 

I have hedged accordingly for that eventuality.  

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 07:30 | 1658858 Léonard
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Haven't you heard what Jim Rogers said the other day ? I know ZH misleaded us on that one but the guy (and so does China and Russia) believes in Europe :

If Greece default, "the euro will go down a far amount. But I would buy all the euro I could at that point because then that would mean that Europe is going to have a very strong, sound currency," he explained.

Europe has industries, infrastructures and gold to back the Euro and also a tied and well educated population.

What has the USA in comparison ? Nothing. No more industry. No job creation. No gold. Trillions of debt. A divised nation with a sick, fat and ignorant population. A dying agriculture exterminated by chemicals and GMO. Natural desasters and no man's lands all over the country.

The dollar is backed by a mirage.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:53 | 1657708 kito
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@hitthefan, normally you would be right about greece just defaulting, but there is the concern of what follows--- spain, italy, portugal, etc. its a much different situation than the last time greece "just defaulted". we are on the precipice of european debt implosion. the amount of bonds and swaps out there lurking in banks that already have limited liquidity is keeping european leaders up at night. so maybe you should read a bit more, rather than writing myopic views of what a greek default entails.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:07 | 1657766 Stax Edwards
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I for one think the pain the Greeks departure will provide stern motivation to the others to get their houses in order or suffer the same fate.  I have changed my tune from Euro failure, and I was banking on it. 

Greece is out IMO, and let it be a sobering lesson to the others.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:16 | 1657793 kito
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get their houses in order? thats laughable. how? with global growth already anemic, will the rest of the spendthrifts make the necessary cuts, or will they just make token gestures like raising alcohol taxes and then make promises about real change that will shirley fix the problem in some undetermined date in the future?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:07 | 1658501 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Awesome photo. 

And don't call me surely.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:37 | 1658200 AustriAnnie
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I agree @kito.  I don't see a painless way out of this one.

How does one get a house in order when Ponzi built the foundation?


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:10 | 1658510 Zap Brannigan
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...and don't  call me shirley


cripes too late

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:18 | 1657802 Lord Welligton
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"let it be a sobering lesson to the others"

What lesson?

That money is created out of thin air?

That money is created as debt by banks?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:28 | 1658022 disabledvet
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If you're not killing germans they're killing you seems to be the lesson so far.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:48 | 1658235 GhostfaceCracka
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The Germans are bastards because they no longer want to prop up terminally broke free-loading liars in Grreece? What is your idiotic comment even supposed to mean?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 02:23 | 1658662 Freddie
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Cool. The guy with the white hair is Dutchman Geert Wilders who is a MP in Holland.  He is under death threat from the Islamics.   Holland and Finland have also said - ENOUGH to the bailouts.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 08:37 | 1659071 MS7
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Everyone in the EC is a bastard because it is completely obvious that Greece should have defaulted. They're pretending that if they cut people's pensions and salaries and jobs that magically they'll have more money, when the opposite is the case. The economy is getting worse and worse as more debt is accumulated. Any patriotic Greek government would have defaulted as soon as they "discovered" that they and the other leading party had been cooking the book for decades. They are all playing games, including Germany. If Germany expelled Greece it would be doing Greece a favor. The money they are using to "bail out" Greece really is for French and German banks.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:24 | 1657814 Ahmeexnal
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Right, and don't forget once those "periphery" PIIGS go bust, who's going to buy all the crap from France and Germany? They drained all blood from their captive patrons and they will go down in flames with them as well.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:14 | 1658522 Oh regional Indian
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You know who? India.

Never seen such a full court press in the auto sector especially..... BMW/AUDI/BENZ/VW.....

Selling Indian's cars they cannot afford, on roads that these cars are dead on (no ground clearence, 2 ft deep potholes common), guzzle gas in an economy where we have one of the highest gas prices in the world....

Now the French, Renault, Peugot.... it's quite hilarious actually. And these cars are huge and indian traffic is a SQUEEZE. And Groupe Dannone, trying to sell Yogurt to India.... on and on the circus turns.

Supply Side Driven Globalization, FTW!


Mon, 09/12/2011 - 05:52 | 1658794 StychoKiller
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Yogurt is good for you...WARM yogurt, not so much! :>D

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 07:30 | 1658863 Oh regional Indian
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Hah SK! Sounds as bad as Warm Beer! Why would anyone drink warm beer?


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:45 | 1657888 knukles
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"Should the Euro fail, will you be happy to see gold and oil at 30 to 40 times their current levels?"


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:09 | 1657959 zorba THE GREEK
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Me too, Knukles, and don't forget silver.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:15 | 1657977 nmewn
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Because it will be a wash.

Fiat backed by nothing but pontificating blowhards, backstabbing goodwill, debt & credit will be shown for what it is and always has been when it was tried throughout history...a complete failure.

Plus...we get to see Krugmans head explode ;-)

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:48 | 1658093 Uncle Remus
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Plus...we get to see Krugmans head explode ;-)

Be sure to dress Gallagherized for this event.


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:02 | 1658127 nmewn
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I'm long trash bags.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:18 | 1658286 A Nanny Moose
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Can't we just wait for Zombies to eat his brai...Never mind

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 08:24 | 1659048 krispkritter
Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:08 | 1658271 Ahmeexnal
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Knukles: gold and oil at 30-40X. silver at 100X.  And Merkel's & Sarko's heads on a pike!

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:20 | 1657998 IQ 145
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The inevitable fiscal failure of Greece seems certain to cause a huge surge in precious metals prices; which I will welcome.  If the ski-ramp were steep and high enough; I might sell out near the top, also. I believe Greece can be "de-coupled" from the Euro, one way or another, without the "failure" of the Euro; but this will be a traumatic event for financiers. Oil doesn't seem to be priced by "fear", or un-certainty, as the metals are.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:03 | 1658130 breezer1
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PMs are priced by the crooks. everyone including china are happy with that while accumulation continues. we are approaching a newer stage of physical demand where sound money stays saved while the paper stuff gets spent. thats when they will lose control and default will be official.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:32 | 1657607 High Plains Drifter
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did you partake of the nice lebanese blond?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:49 | 1657692 cossack55
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Uhhhhh, no comment.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:09 | 1657775 mt paul
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blood shot blond

little streaks of red runnig thru it

circa 1972...


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:56 | 1657924 High Plains Drifter
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how about afghan black?  did you get it from the mp's ......

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:47 | 1658461 mt paul
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gold seal afgani black..

use to get it from 

proffesor and bananas...

400. $ a kilo

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:37 | 1657870 Freewheelin Franklin
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Lebenese blond. I haven't heard that term in about 30 years.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:57 | 1657927 High Plains Drifter
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a kilo for a hundred dollars.........ah the good old days....

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:57 | 1658253 CD
Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:08 | 1658505 Dantzler
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Great track and aptly named band!

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:51 | 1658101 Uncle Remus
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did you partake of the nice lebanese blond?


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:51 | 1658240 High Plains Drifter
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oh come on. is there anything wrong with walking around in a daze all day long......?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:50 | 1658473 mt paul
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the girls

put 20 grams of black hash

in a pan of brownies..

"nobody" ate too...

he got really high........

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:14 | 1658520 MayIMommaDogFac...
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You know what they say:

"A hash-pipe a day --" 

uh, umm -- I can't remember the rest. 8-/

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 00:44 | 1658571 High Plains Drifter
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used to mix it up in the bowl with a little tobacco and then you partake and it puts a whole new outlook on the day....i used to go smoke with the brothers. they didn't like whitey too much, but they didn't seem to mind having me around....whatever. i think they liked texans.....ha ha ha 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 09:36 | 1659283 Uncle Remus
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Back then, no.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:42 | 1657659 I think I need ...
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crash season starting bitchez

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:32 | 1657992 smiler03
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Ouzo - Its also a very powerful mosquito repellent, might even work on vampiric banksters.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:15 | 1657535 LoneStarHog
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The PUKES at the PPT must still be sobering-up after their 9/11 "celebration" and have not reported to work, yet.  Give them time.  They will report before New York open.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:30 | 1657600 knukles
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Betcha just like last week; that 4000 contract order on the COMEX in the middle of the night, no capacity for volume, dumped unceremoniously.  Indeed, not a sophisticated bit of trading, just begging to be noticed as in "Big Splash Lookie Here Folks."

Was only 12.5 tons (4000 contracts at 100 oz/contract = 400000oz, with 32,000 oz/ton = 12.5 tons)

And golly gee wiz folks, did any of you all notice that Libya was a large seller of gold some time within the last week or two "in order to pay administrative salaries and costs of war."
Fuck me....
No way.  When the West Finances a Revolution, it's on MasterCard for the frequent flier bonus points.  That was (IMHO) the Brits making sure they had enough physical for the BoE to ship Caesar Chavez in Venezuela part of his 99 tons of butter bars on the wall.

I might have been born at night but not last night for Christ's sake.
Ah, pattern recognition.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:03 | 1657698 bob_dabolina
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With Paulson being down some 30% YTD and continual down pressure on the stock market what is the #1 holder of GLD thinking about right now? 

If the market keeps going down and we start seeing redemption requests the gold market could get interesting.

If he starts selling in size and selling starts to beget more selling....well, the last one sitting as they say. Few if any will know when he's selling as the orders will be routed through darkpools. 

I think gold is over extended but that's my opinion. That's what makes a market. 

That was some interesting research on gold from MS that ZH released earlier. Morgan Stanley of course being the 5th largest holder of GLD.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:06 | 1657761 jdelano
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Wondered about that as well. I co manage a portfolio with a little piece invested in the advantage fund. We thought about redeeming but are in the gold class so not running for the exit. He's also 47 % net long as of the last con call a few weeks ago which tells me he's steering the ship around--likely fully hedged at this point. Well probably let it ride at this point--paulson's a crafty sort, still think there's a chance he could emerge in a year or two smelling like roses. Hope most of his other clients arrive at the same conclusion though...

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:16 | 1657780 bob_dabolina
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Look at the price action of gold around AUG 23 and juxtapose it against the price action of CITI...

When you're a player of that size you can influence price but only for so long. The market however, is too big for that to last over extended periods and eventually someone gets killed.

....the market always catches on.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:17 | 1657798 jdelano
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Mm. Point taken.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:29 | 1657846 knukles
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Most absolutely.

For example, when trying to influence markets, often the Law of Unintended Consequences comes home to roost.  Example QE's.  Meant in part to not only inject reserves into the banking system, but lower interest rates through buying notes and bonds.
Golly gee wiz, Batman!
Whilst in the process of buying the treasuries etc., rates rose!
Upon completion of the QE's rates fell!

Inflation Expectations.  The greater the injection of reserves, the greater the inflation expectations (greatest driver of longer dated paper in f/i markets) the higher rates go.


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:12 | 1657782 jdelano
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Also think he'll do everything he can to preserve the gold trade..

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:24 | 1657795 bob_dabolina
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I think he'll do everything he can to preserve his own ass. Pitching confidence is a tough crow to feed your investors after taking as much as a 37% loss in 8 months.

You can only ride on the coat tails of the sub-prime trade for so long (especially when the architect of the trade no longer works for him, Paulo)

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:32 | 1657851 jdelano
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Yeah-- read the book too and don't entirely disagree but what I give Paulson credit for is having the balls to back up the trade (and Paolo who was essentially a nobody wash-out at that point, agreed?) in the face of extensive losses just because he saw that the trade was correct and would ultimately pan out. Also, a trade like that deserves a good long coattail ride, especially given that he convinced me to start buying gold in early 2010... When/if the miners kick in he'll be looking better than most methinks.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:52 | 1657899 bob_dabolina
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Absolutely agree that it took some balls. I am bearish on gold in the short term. I did a post tonight on it in my blog (which people call spam even though it's completely free and I don't benefit from it in anyway other than to share my opinion and portfolio) 

It's actually an analysis done by another individual who is bullish on gold and he talks about it in the vid I posted. I am in the process of preparing a far more lenghty presentation on the gold market, but I think his analysis is great. The first part is about stocks, gold is the last half.

Check it out if you want

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:06 | 1657762 knukles
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Oh no doubt...
If this unfolds as seems to be consensus here at ZH, there are going to be some very large margin calls on big pools of money of his ilk.  And what with one of the major profitable positions some of those folk have, there will be pressure on gold.

However.... If them folk own GLD (or other paper substitute so to speak) the sale will not manifest itself on the COMEX as was done last week, for that's the futures and option establishment for (supposedly) real delivery of underlying LBMA or otherwise COMEX approved good delivery bullion.

The sloppiness of the COMEX sale (reinforced by the rumors) scream non-commercial (ie governmental, etc.)

Some tugging of war, eh?  Non commercial sellers, spec and investment buying, margin calls.  T'will be a real rollie-coaster of a ride!

"Stay shiny, my friend."tm



Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:27 | 1658018 IQ 145
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You notice the price is a little down from the recent highs, tho. I read the market as "a little" overbought; but not nearly enough to be an indicator. I think the price will be stable this week; maybe gain a few bucks.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:36 | 1657625 maxmad
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PPT is still hungover on some Greek Island... Soon they will call it home!

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 01:24 | 1658612 Hammer Time
Mon, 09/12/2011 - 01:51 | 1658638 the tower
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Yes it's Wilders. The ultra-nationalists in Europe (Wilders, Le Pen, SVP and others) are the ones banking on Europe to break up. They are supported by The Jewish Defense League (Wilders received many millions of $$ this year) and undisclosed supporters that funnel money through Switzerland to Le Pen, Wilders, Denmark etc.

The extreme right is preparing to take control as soon as Europe falls, funny thing that the neo-nazis are now backed by the Jewish bankers...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 02:25 | 1658664 Freddie
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I knew some French Jews who left. They said France and most of Europe is over for the Jews.  Wilders is pro-Dutch and not a neo-nazi - you must be a neo-Islamic.  I am not pro-Zionist either.  PEople should stay where they come froma nd where they belong.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 05:32 | 1658783 AnAnonymous
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PEople should stay where they come froma nd where they belong.


Mass migration from the US to Europe then?

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 01:39 | 1658628 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Futures were down all weekend. What happens when Europe collapses? Investors run to cash? Dollars? Euros? is there a difference? What about gold? Silver?
I made a beer with wormwood tea and juniper tea once. I think we will be fine if the world collapses.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:07 | 1657500 achmachat
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So... The greek lie about their finances to enter the Euro, take it down after 10 years and then go back to their old currency?
Were they mad at Europe for something?!

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:17 | 1657548 ISEEIT
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Pretty sure it was just good ole' leftist (thinking) they had a sugar daddy.

Now its fucking next Tuesday. The hamburger is gone, and those on the other side of the ponzi are pissed.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:38 | 1657632 knukles
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Not in the least.

I've had considerable conversation with serious Greek business folk who are entirely open about SkullFucking (my words, not theirs, but that's what the Street calls it) "the Germans".  They're quite proud of the way they've miked "the Germans" for all the loot for roads, schools, hospitals, etc.  And are interested in keeping the Ponzi going for as long as is possible.
Then go belly and walk the bill.
Most importantly, they were Very Specific that this was not just Their Views, but held Widely Throughout Greece.  For which he cited the riots.....
Walk the bill, don't you (Greek Government) dare charge me (Greek Public) for the ride.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:49 | 1657679 WestVillageIdiot
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I think the Irish and Spanish have the same attitude.  They milked the EU for tons of capital improvements.  They are pretty happy about that.

The Greeks are really screwed.  Who will have a wallet big enough to carry those bills around?  They are fucking huge.  That is going to be a problem.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:00 | 1657738 Prometheus418
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I believe the plan is for them to wear them as togas.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:28 | 1658301 A Nanny Moose
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How will they spent it? Will smaller bills be smaller in size? That could be a problem in some situations...aesthetically speaking.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:04 | 1657750 saulysw
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The Greeks are really screwed.  Who will have a wallet big enough to carry those bills around?  They are fucking huge.  That is going to be a problem.

LOL! That caught me by surprise. Nice one.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:42 | 1657875 FiscalCrater
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Upfitting the coke machines and ATMs is going to be a bitch.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:34 | 1658044 smiler03
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They have coke machines??

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:48 | 1658469 knukles
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While in Search of the Giant Rat of Sumatra....
(knock, knock)
Little Billy:  Oh, hi Mr. Holmes, Dr. Watson!  Come on in.  Can I get you a can of coke?
Holmes:  Watson, I didn't know coke came in cans in this country!

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:38 | 1658056 SilverFish
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Invest in Chinese cow leather....... to make the huge wallets they'll need.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:16 | 1657790 topcallingtroll
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he meant the germans.  Those on the other side of the ponzi who gave away the hamburger before ensuring payment for said burger.

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 08:45 | 1659088 MS7
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So you call it leftist for the government to cut the wages and pensions of those who can least afford it, and not touch the vast amounts of money owned by the richest people in the country? To drag the economy down a cliff so as not to hurt the bankers by a default? That is what Greek government of today is doing. It is not leftist even though it is called "socialist"; two years ago the government was conservative. The two parties that have been ruling for decades are corrupt and give favors to their supporters. It does not have to do with ideology.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:05 | 1657756 Two Towers AU AG
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They love to smack Europe once every few years.. just to remind them who's Europe's daddy.

Nothing Personal just Tradition

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:08 | 1657508 xtop23
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Whatever the reasons behind doing it I for one am glad. The Euro was a disaster at inception Ill be happy to watch it disintegrate.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:38 | 1657638 maxmad
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Yep, even though we will all be saying that from our new cardboard box mcmansions.....

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:54 | 1657713 WestVillageIdiot
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I believe your plan is a little optimistic.  If I recall right we ship our used cardboard to China for recycling. 

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:45 | 1657887 Kayman
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we ship our used cardboard to China for recycling

And it comes back as toothpaste.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:27 | 1658021 Freewheelin Franklin
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I lol'd

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:30 | 1658027 IQ 145
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!! LOL

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:32 | 1658318 A Nanny Moose
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But we kept the shipping containers in which all those cardboard boxes containing stuff were shipped.

They are the new cardboard

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:35 | 1658322 A Nanny Moose
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But we kept the shipping containers in which all those cardboard boxes containing stuff were shipped.

They are the new cardboard

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:14 | 1657786 topcallingtroll
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at the right price a cardboard box mcmansion is a good deal. 

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:25 | 1658012 WmMcK
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Happy Meal tycoons.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:08 | 1657509 Mike2756
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Bullish for the Euro as the bum countries get kicked out?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:11 | 1657517 xtop23
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Bullish for the USD and the insane asylum crowd in D.C.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:42 | 1657660 maxmad
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bullish maybe for 2 weeks-then impact...

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:57 | 1657722 xtop23
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 Agreed . I should have specified short term

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:07 | 1657521 Benthamite
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Seems Jim Rogers thinks so.  

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:18 | 1657553 unum mountaineer
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at this point it doesn't matter who leaves the currency union..

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:09 | 1657510 SimplePrinciple
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How many drachma will it take to buy a Zimbabwe one hundred trillion dollar bill?

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:12 | 1657522 cossack55
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At the Zimbabwe Dollar Swap Window it will take 100 Trillion.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:20 | 1657561 Founders Keeper
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1 Drachillion.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 23:55 | 1658479 mt paul
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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:39 | 1657643 knukles
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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:09 | 1657511 voshnishki
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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:09 | 1657513 doomandbloom
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an illusion of wealth will disappear....good for all of us...

People will still work together....yes the gamblers will go into severe shock, but then they should not have believed in this game so much.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:11 | 1657518 Mongo
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I bet the morons at the IMF are scratching their balls just out of excitment of what this will bring.....

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:13 | 1657525 yabyum
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Lira bitches! It was the onlt time in my life I was a millionaire. 

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 01:14 | 1658606 Milestones
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Was in Istanbul in 2003? and had some 10,000,000 notes which were worth maybe $8.00 U.S. and left and went to Moscow where the bills were stolen out of my suitcase by some rooskies who apparently thought they had hit the jackpot. My only trip to Millionare status. I'm still pissed when I think about it.       Milestones

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:14 | 1657533 gwar5
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Er, any chance they keep their gold and back the Drachma with it? Thought not.... doesn't hurt to ask.  I hope they default, jettison their communist ways, and make a comeback. Greece is like a tiny-Soviet implosion with more drama.

Looks like cheap Greek vacations will be available. Never been. Dropping a few bucks there would not hurt their economy.


Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:17 | 1657551 Mike2756
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Assuming they will be working and not rioting.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:23 | 1657574 gwar5
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Good point. Wait until the Greek pirates have abated before taking a cruise. 

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:35 | 1657621 jimmyjames
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Er, any chance they keep their gold and back the Drachma with it?


That is what they should do-the Drachma would go to the moon and then they could buy enough whatever currencies and easily pay down their debt-

The chances of a accidently launched nuke landing in Athens is likely what's stopping them-

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:41 | 1657655 BigJim
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I've been visiting Greece for the last 20 years. They were once a very hospitable people, but (unsurprisingly) many now view foreigners the way wolves view sheep. Just too many tourists.

If you do go, I recommend visiting the hinterlands, where some of the people have never seen a tourist. You can still roll up, visit the only taverna, get a great meal, and ask around for a room (yes, you'll need to learn a few Greek phrases, because 99% of the rural Greeks don't speak English) and stay somewhere clean and cheap.

I remember on one of my first visits, I wound up staying with a family, whose grandfather was very polite but very stiff... turned out he thought I was German. When I made it clear I was not, he broke out the Ouzo and started reminiscing about all the Germans he'd fought alongside my countrymen whilst being a partisan. Once you get away from the tourist areas the people are very interested and interesting and you'll have a lot of adventures.

Anyway... maybe once they see their currency collapse and EU largesse dry up, they'll be a little more grateful for their tourist revenue, and the main tourist centers will be worth visiting again, too.

Sun, 09/11/2011 - 19:12 | 1657781 topcallingtroll
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Nothing like a currency collapse to make the natives more obsequious to the tourists.  I like my natives to grovel when I am on vacation.  You can get really really hot girls cheap.

On the other hand you have to watch out for the ripoffs and the knife in the back.  Any anti foreigner sentiment is well hidden in tough times, but it is more dangerous.

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