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Greeks Welcome Their New European Overlords... In German

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The surreal keeps getting surrealer. One could probably think that after being forced to pay for the privilege of having a job, to fund European bank solvency out of their pocket as part of the Greek "bailout", and finally to hand over their gold, the Greeks would have at least put up a fight. One would be wrong: instead of doing anything else than the occasional store front looting by marauding gangs, what Greeks are doing instead... is lining up for German lessons. Well, if you can't beat them, may as well learn their language. Athens News reports: "Ruediger Bolz has 350 students coming through the doors of his German language institute in central Athens each day - 20 percent up on a year ago. The rush among Greeks to learn German may seem odd after the war of words between the two countries, with Greeks fuming at German accusations of financial mismanagement and some media playing on Nazi caricatures of Berlin politicians. Yet for Bolz, who has run the Goethe Institute for the last six years, there is no mystery: his pupils are happy to side-step politics and face up to harsh economic realities by acquiring new skills." So years of debt slavery induced misery may be in store, and the sheep are delighted to get the electric cattle prod, but at least they get to beg their employers to take their money with the proper umlaut usage.

The sad story continues: ""Most of those coming to us are young students or academics and they are doing all they can to improve their professional qualifications," Bolz said in his office at the state-run agency, which like the British Council or French Institute has the job of promoting national culture and language. "No doubt some of them have plans to leave Greece but most of them just think they will stand a better chance of getting a job if they have a foreign language - in Greece or elsewhere."

Perhaps bankers have judged modern reality perfectly  - at least during the World Wars there was a foreign aggressor to be fought. Now, the global debt slaves are merely fighting their own personal habits to live outside their means. Or not, as the case may be, first in Greece, then everywhere else. Perhaps handing over the sovereign gold is a welcome price to pay for perpetuating the sad illusion of future wealth.

The rest of the story is well-known:

One youth in two is out of a job – and that rate will not improve as a result of the austerity measures accompanying the rescue package agreed on Tuesday.


That deal was won after Germany's finance minister had likened the Greek public purse to a "bottomless pit" and Greece's president, Karolos Papoulias – a veteran of resistance to Nazi World War Two occupation – bristled at German "insults".


One Greek tabloid, Dimokratia, printed a computer-generated image of Chancellor Angela Merkel in a Nazi uniform, while the head of German manufacturer Bosch called for Greece to be kicked out of the European Union.


A Greek electrical union has hit back by calling for a boycott of Bosch products.


Opinion surveys often indicate a certain Greek mistrust of Germany. A study this month by pollster VPRC released by Epikera magazine on Thursday showed 76 percent of respondents thought Germany was "rather hostile" towards Greece.


Bolz said the row had mostly passed his office by.


While youths torched dozens of businesses across Athens during protests this month, the modern concrete-and-glass building that houses the Goethe Institute - which in 1952 became the first of around 150 such outposts of German culture around the world to be reopened after the war - was unscathed.


"We get one or two stupid emails a month, often anonymous," said Bolz. "But all of our events are going on as usual."


Brochures in Bolz's office pay testimony to Greece's long ties with a country that vies with China as the world's top exporter. One shows an 1884 advert by an Athens restaurant boasting of its Bavarian beer, while another advert invites gamblers to take part in a 1878 German-run lottery.


One blot in the German-Greek relationship came in 2000 when an Athens court ordered the seizure of the Goethe Institute and other German state property in Greece to satisfy reparation claims by wartime victims from Distomo.
On 10 June 1944, German SS troops massacred 218 innocent civilians in the village of Distomo and set almost all the houses on fire, in one of the most horrifying atrocities in occupied Greece.


But a minister stopped the seizure order after a two-year legal wrangle, that has made its way, via Italy, to the International Court of Justice.

Lots of talk, zero constructive action, or the willingness for it:

Downstairs in the institute's cafe, conversations inevitably turn to the privations felt by citizens at the hard end of the budget cuts - the higher taxes on wages and the whittling away of the pensions of parents and grandparents.


Lisa Hamouzopulos, the German-speaking Swiss who has run the cafe for 13 years, said clients were spending less and that discussions on the crisis had to be handled with care.


Bolz, who has a Greek wife, said he has encountered no anti-German sentiment in Greece and says the more common feeling is that of hurt pride at the measures imposed from on high by the "troika" of EU bodies and the International Monetary Fund.


While admitting to having gone at least partly native after 25 years of close ties to the country, he said foreign lenders must accept that there is no quick fix to problems which most ordinary Greeks knew had been building up for years.


"I think the process has started now," he said. "Greece is on the right path but it will take longer than we think."

And that, dear readers, is how one abdicates in the modern all out war against those heading the status quo courtesy of controlling the debt spigot, or at least promises thereof.


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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:49 | 2189117 Ray1968
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Germany has a history. I wouldn't be so quick to "join" them... unless they're buying German firearms.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:55 | 2189165 markmotive
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Europe is in terminal decline and Germany is no exception. This is just the beginning of the European crisis. Japanese lost decade(s) 2.0

Take a look at the shrinking population forecasts:

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:56 | 2189179 SHEEPFUKKER


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:08 | 2189227 flacon
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Diidn't Marc Faber and Jim Rogers do something similar - moved themselves and their kids to a foreign country where the economics are better? I don't see a problem with the Greek citizens being so apalled at the politicians that they seek to learn a new language.


How many Americans are signing up for Chinese classes?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:18 | 2189264 schadenfreude
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How many Americans studied Japonese in the 80's?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:20 | 2189274 Dr. Richard Head
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Only the ones in the US sponsored concentration...I mean containment....I mean internment camps.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2189362 NotApplicable
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Honestly, it was like being at a resort, filled with your whole extended family!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:52 | 2189653 JPM Hater001
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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:22 | 2189233 Dr. Richard Head
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"I am a jelly donut." - JFK, Berlin, June 26, 1963.

Ich bin Arzt Arschgiege!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:26 | 2189310 The Big Ching-aso
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Whatta meld.  Hairy Greeks in Speedos and pink hairless Germans in Speedos speaking the same language.   The women are gonna go nutz.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:56 | 2189173 HoofHearted
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It worked oh so well in Vichy France. And yet...who are Place Etoile and the Paris airport names after? Yeah, I thought I remembered that correctly. So whence the liberators this time?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:56 | 2189177 Gully Foyle
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So, uh, will Greece be looking at this kind of employment ?

'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'

Jan 2005

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:42 | 2189365 NotApplicable
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Damn, when they say "Suck my dick!" they really mean it.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:08 | 2189481 hedgeless_horseman
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The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars.

Your government cannot tell the difference between a whore house and a pub, but you can trust them to do the easier things like central planning of the nation's economy, education, foreign relations, etc.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:11 | 2189713 JimBowie1958
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:39 | 2189792 Crack-up Boom
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But not a completely false story, either, and snopes isn't escatly a reliable source anymore (if it ever was).

Furthermore, if prostituion was legalized (even if only in part) because Germans can't tell the difference between bars and brothels, the world is in a far worse place than I thought. 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:39 | 2190418 fockewulf190
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That story is BS. Believe me, any political party here in D backing up the idea of forced prostitution would instantly cause a massive media and political shitstorm leading to their own demise pronto.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 15:39 | 2201343 Silver Bug
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The Germans have done what they couldn't in WW2

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:37 | 2189785 battle axe
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You get to wear spiffy uniforms, though the only color is Black....

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:51 | 2189119 bdc63
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"Just trying to improve their skills to get a better job" -- I call bullshit on that.  These are future German immigrants ... getting a head start before Greece completely burns to the ground ...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:47 | 2189121 Comay Mierda
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Americans will be learning chinese soon

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:49 | 2189132 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Americans need to learn english first.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:52 | 2189149 bdc63
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tru dat ;)

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:57 | 2189183 SHEEPFUKKER

Yup, one language at a time please. 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:57 | 2189187 Gully Foyle
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fo' sheezy mah neezy

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:42 | 2189370 NotApplicable
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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:00 | 2189198 A Lunatic
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We should all learn how to say "fuck you, you sawed off, anti-imperialist dogs" at the very least.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:55 | 2189666 JPM Hater001
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They speak Mandarin, Guajo wa, and cantonese actually...So it's a new language for them too is it?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:48 | 2189123 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Greeks will be moving to Germany to work in the factories.  Germans will be moving to Greece to retire.  Win/win.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:13 | 2189178 hedgeless_horseman
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Greeks will be moving to Germany to work in the factories.

Historically, the Germans always seemed to have plenty of openings for foreigners in German gas works, the baking industry, and mining...

We can all recognize that these immigrant workers are passing through a TSA security check on their way to work.  It is for their own safety, of course.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:23 | 2189251 Dr. Richard Head
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So fucking sad that my heart aches.  Those morons in America that tell us, "That can't happen here" have such a diluted version of their own omnipotence it makes my bowels curl.

My family left Austria shortly before WWI came to their doorstep and it resulted in my life here in America.  Will I do the same for my children or stand and fight? 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:46 | 2189389 knightowl77
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Where are you gonna go?


I think the choice is bow down or stand & fight...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:04 | 2189486 Dr. Richard Head
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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:18 | 2189729 bdc63
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there are places to go ... it takes a bit of initiative and inconvenience, so most people don't bother.  But there are places ...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 15:46 | 2190086 smiler03
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@ hedgeless_horseman

You totally abuse your rights to post images. One of yours before this was a completely irrelevant photo of a bowl of soup. It was meaningless to the article and just wasted valuable space.

Now as for this one.. the same applies. You are just one seriously fucked up cunt with appalling taste. Have you and lizzi36 (Auschwitz photo) decided to just post revoltingly tasteless photos just to "push the envelope" ? 

Whatever you are trying to do, I think you have both failed.

declaration: I'm British, an atheist, not at all anti-German and very pro-Greek. I want you both to fuck off and die.


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:01 | 2190232 GeneMarchbanks
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As sloppy as this was I think hedgeless is one of the best here and so is lizzy. I'd much that they live and choose amongst themselves on the 'fucking off'.

So anyway, where were we? Oh yes, divide and conquer. Here's my take, although we all take precaution and 'fight the good fight' daily, there's still some impotent rage that needs venting now and again. Today in America, Canada, Greece etc there are limits to what one can do for themselves and others. People are grasping at a final cause as they feel the clusterfuck approach. Totally normal. However, to irresponsibly make the claim that such & such is the source of all evil is oversimplification and can have horrible unintended consequences.

As DF Wallace so succinctly put it: "You ever notice how evil people always think everyone else is evil"

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:19 | 2190623 Ghordius
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they are brilliants. with words. nothing against the words.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:52 | 2190384 hedgeless_horseman
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@ smiler3:

I have no, "rights to post images," only the priviledge afforded to me by Mr. Durden.

Regarding my earlier post relating to the possibility of cream of mushroom soup being served to British secret service, is it possible that it is relevant and humerous, but you simply lack the knowledge of why?

As a Britiish citizen, you would probably also prefer everyone forget how your countrymen treated the Irish in much the same way the Germans treated the people whose lands they occupied?


They were in any case explicitly instructed to step outside the law, one police divisional commander instructing his men in a speech: "If a police barracks is burnt then the best house in the locality is to be commandeered, the occupants thrown into the gutter. Let them die there; the more the merrier."


He instructed them to shout "Hands up" at civilians, and to shoot anyone who did not immediately obey. He added: "Innocent persons may be shot, but that cannot be helped, and you are bound to get the right parties some time. The more you shoot, the better I will like you, and I assure you no policeman will get into trouble for shooting any man."


declaration: I'm American, a Christian, and if it were not for my grandfather and his buddies you would likely now be a German and so would the Greeks. I wish you peace.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:10 | 2190587 smiler03
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Rights or Priviledges? You are priviledged to have the right to post images. You are being pedantic. 

I also apologise for my strong language. I think that if we were discussing your post face to face then I would be more restrained.. but.... in the absence of more discussion I replied from the heart and not my head. 


What has the British/Irish history got anything whatsoever to do with the Troika and Greece? Zilch. Nothing.

For anybody reading this it is clear that this is a Greek/German argument that we are having. For example, the Americans killed more than one hundred thousand women, children and men in Iraq. That's just one war of your largely Christian nation. Get the point? Slightly worse than the English and Irish.

As for the perennial "You'd be talking German la la la la la..." you're just being a typically ignorant American. 

By the way, what language do you speak?

I wish you peace too and I apologise again for my bad language.


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:24 | 2190649 hedgeless_horseman
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For example, the Americans killed more than one hundred thousand women, children and men in Iraq. That's just one war of your largely Christian nation. Get the point? Slightly worse than the English and Irish.

Not exactly, as Cromwell, alone, killed more than 600,000 Irish.

The Cromwellian conquest of Ireland (1649–53) refers to the conquest of Ireland by the forces of the English Parliament, led by Oliver Cromwell during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.


William Petty estimated (in the Down Survey) that the death toll of the wars in Ireland since 1641 was over 618,000 people, or about 40% of the country’s pre-war population.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:41 | 2190730 Ghordius
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ok, ok, I get it. you... no, actually I'm lost. WTF are you trying to say? you are now in the 17th century? we had bigger near-genocides in the Hundred Years War or - the big megawhopper of all - the Thirty Years War. see below

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:46 | 2190742 smiler03
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Thanks for pointing this out Ghordius. €

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:58 | 2190738 smiler03
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You just ask for abuse don't you?

In the American Civil war about 625,000 AMERICANS died, that's not even counting the slaughtered Native Americans just a tad earlier.

This thread is about "Greece Welcomes Their New European Overlords .. In German".  We are in the 21st Century, do you realise that?

Right now I am very happy to reuse this language... You're a fucking ignorant, uneducated, self-centered twat. Fuck you.



Thu, 02/23/2012 - 18:04 | 2190801 hedgeless_horseman
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We are in the 21st Century, do you realise that?

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

-George Santayana

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 03:51 | 2192002 Ghordius
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IMO Die Weisse Rose further below is pointing correctly that it's your "sense for history" that is totally skewed - perhaps toward's the History Channel's pinpoint view. Again, we are talking about the picture in the context of this post and your "fascist" use of it as an argument, depicting 21st Century Germans as cartoonish goons out of a video game. Wake up, the Germans have no monopoly on brutality on a "race" base.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:33 | 2190699 Ghordius
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funny you say that: "...if it were not for my grandfather ... you would likely now be a German". Now of course we would need some true Frenchman to say this part, but they are probably all partying, so I will say it on his stead: "...if it were not for our relatives, you would be still a British Colony...". Complete with a GuillaumeBanzai69 cartoon of George Washington hanged in London for treason against the Crown.

Then we could get in the debate of how long you need to be grateful, is the French help against the British now forgotten or do we have a limitP If yes, are two or three generations the limit, the horizon of forgotten/forgiven? When is the Abu Ghraib "shelf date"? Or Nagasaki?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 20:44 | 2191228 Die Weiße Rose
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First of all I am a free human being living on Planet Earth in the Orion arm of our universal spiral Galaxy

At the present time I am also a German Citizen and a Roman Catholic by faith and generations of my ancestors come from the Rhein region of Baden in southern Germany near Alsace Lorraine. But first of all I am a free human being living on Planet Earth. This region has moved back and forth between French and German rule over the centuries. Before that we all were part of the Holy Roman Empire until Napoleon invaded and we fought in the 1848 revolutions to liberate Europe from tyranny.

as for some Americans, it seems they remember every Hitler documentary they ever saw on Fox News, but learned nothing from their real life history. Hitler is held up as the ultimate terrorist even though all that happened 70 years ago

while the same shit is happening right now, right under our noses, after we all should know better, right before our very eyes all this shit happens and hedgeless horsemen is complicit by his silence and constant reference to Hitler.

So in the eyes of people like hedgeless horsemen, all this fascist shit that happens right now and since then is allright, because Hitler did it far worse and so that makes all the abuse and killing and the slaughter of human life and human rights allright, because the germans were far,far worse and no-one is as bad as Hitler! I really wonder...

How else would it be that we find, ourselves in the 21st century and US policy is still use of force and War and Conflict as a means to solve Problems. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Lebanon, Palestine, Southamerica, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay Concentration Camp,Abu Ghraib Concentration Camp, Bradly Manning exposed War-crimes and is a political Prisoner held by Human rights violators.

Stupid hedgeless horsemen ! You are ignorant and stupid and that makes you a dangerous fool ! educate yourself:

Americans would still think they live in India if it wasn't for the Germans:üller_map


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 22:18 | 2191483 hedgeless_horseman
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...hedgeless horsemen is complicit by his silence and constant reference to Hitler...So in the eyes of people like hedgeless horsemen, all this fascist shit that happens right now and since then is allright, because Hitler did it far worse and so that makes all the abuse and killing and the slaughter of human life and human rights allright, because the germans were far,far worse and no-one is as bad as Hitler!

Silent, yet some how constantly referencing Hitler?

You can see through the eyes of people like me?

Fascism is allright?

The slaughter of human life is allright?

I am not the straw man you are looking for.  

It does appear that I have hit a nerve.  Have you considered psychotherapy?

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 05:12 | 2192035 Ghordius
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yes, you did hit a nerve - the one where we europeans see this pictures and think "this is what our relatives did to our relatives" - no, slaughter of human right is not right at all - but who is slaughtering who at the moment?

no, fascism is not allright at all - someone using the nick "Die Weisse Rose" is expressing a fundamental anti-fascist attitude ( - though we don't see the Greek situation as an application of fascism, while your use of the pictures is, in our eyes

the post is about Greeks learning German - and somehow this is seen as... what? I have made a few points down below that we don't see "through the eyes of people like you" and you obviously don't see through the eyes of people like us.

WHAT IS FASCISM?  At this moment of time, there is a lot of uninformed and unintelligent talk about Fiscal Fascism, Financial Fascism etc. And a lot of this is completely whacky. Between all the many discussions europeans had about this, from all sides of the political spectrum, we somehow are quite agreed on what are the



14 Warning Signs of Rising Fascism


1        Patriotism

4        Supremacy of the Military 

7        Obsession with National Security

8        Religion and Government intertwined

13      Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

12      Obsession with Crime and Punishment

9        Corporate Power is protected

10      Labor Power is suppressed

14      Fraudolent Elections

11      Disdain for Intellectuals

15      Secret Police

3        Scapegoats

2        Disdain for Human Rights

5        Sexism

6        Controlled Mass Media


I have put them in my favourite order, but left the "original" numbers there. Otherwise I suggest Umberto Eco's essay on it - yes, I know, he is a damned eurocommunist and I hate his guts for this, but intellectually he towers over everybody else in his analysis of fascism

Note: the preference for action and pictures is typical of fascist propaganda. Spares an argument on pesky details, you see?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:14 | 2190608 Ghordius
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Hedgless, that's the point: I do not see your point. I see pictures from our history and they seem to tell me (and others) a completely different story than they do to you.

I have no fucking clue what you are trying to say, but I'd say we have generally spent more time on them than you - and many of us had wars here we lost to drive the lessons in. You can find in any conflict between any two political entities this kind of insanities. We have made peace with this realization, with what happened and with our - now dead - relatives that did it or suffered it or both.

What is it with you that you really think your message get's through with a picture and a few words of reproach? Is the message just this, a simple reproach? Or do you have some bloody "intrinsic" meaning we can only "get" by "grokking" the "Fight Club" book? I don't mind people lost in their sub-culture, it happened to me too, but they are usually a bit more aware of it. I fucking don't understand at all.

For being so "daringly anarcho-chic" and constantly decrying fascism you actually showing many faces of fascism yourself.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:16 | 2190320 Ghordius
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May I add that I while the info and commentary on ZH about Greece on the financial side was sterling, the same could not be said on the political, cultural and motivational side? I understand this reflects the UK/US prejudices - and yes, we all have them - but hey, open your eyes: we are different. Riots in London? A cousin passed them in a strech limo on the way to a hen's party. Business in Athens during strikes and demonstrations? Collegue had meetings there for weeks, still complaining about the traffic and nothing else.

And the Greek-German relationship? The biggest ex-pat community of Greeks here is in Germany, 300'000 of them. We had thousands of years of war between each others, perhaps we'd like to settle difference differently, for a while.

And no, you still not get our typical relation to EU and EZ. Stop listening to the British Presscorp on this, the do not neither...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:33 | 2190701 smiler03
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Dear Ghordius,

I always enjoy your posts ;O)

The British Presscorp? Not quite sure who you mean by that but as a Brit I can tell you that I now always use ZH as my first point of call for all financial news.

I used to use the BBC website for news before anywhere else but I found myself wondering why there was always a bias? The BBC used to claim that it wasn't biased and that was why it was respected worldwide. The BBC World Service. the only place to get the truth. If that was ever true I doubt, but it was probably more accurate than many a despot nation's broadcasts.

I now get my news from all over the place... here at ZH, presstv, spiegel, ekathimerini, wj, le monde, wj, reuters, and about 20 others, the BBC is probably the last I use, except for football :O)


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:47 | 2190748 Ghordius
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;-) same, you bloody limey ;-)

"The British Presscorp..." I am referring to the whoppers that our cousins in the US swallow whole while you know the source, the slant, the particular bias of the newscorp, etc. Yes, nowadays if you don't milk many sources you are lost in a sea of half-lies...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 18:14 | 2190829 hedgeless_horseman
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Dearest Ghordius, I always enjoy your posts ;O)

With all the ;-) between you and smiler, I am starting to think you two guys are British Intelligence.  Maybe you two should get a room? 

British Spies: Licensed to Be Gay


For Britain's domestic intelligence agency, it was revealed this week, now not only welcomes but actively seeks gay applicants.,8599,1833896,00.html#ixzz1nFH9MakP

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 05:14 | 2192021 Ghordius
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ok, ok, let's assume I work for the British intelligence (shudders) and let's assume I am gay (shudders again, then shrugs). Where is your punch, where is your argument? I am accusing you of using pictures in the very best fascist fashion and you answer with a sexist remark? I'm starting to assume this was not your best day.

for the record, I did some courier runs for the US intelligence during the last years of the Cold War - against the Sovjets. I'm neither proud nor apologetic for it. For all purposes, this is now history, too. Or do you still hold the gulags against the modern Russians?

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 05:26 | 2192108 Ghordius
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About the BBC, yes, I agree that they do, from time to time, try. Did you ever see their article about the best EuroMyths?

I love the one about the Barmaid's breasts - Eurocrats covering good English Jugs? Appalling! Shocking!


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:11 | 2189244 resurger
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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:36 | 2189348 Bunga Bunga
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There is no minimum wage in Germany. Even Germans are forced to work for 3 Euros/hour or less or they lose social benefits.

And Greece might become a no-go area for Germans. Lose/Lose


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:48 | 2189130 falak pema
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Canossa : when the Emperor came and kissed the Pope's shoes. Now its reverse Canossa, the Greek Papa goes and kisses the shoes of Frau Merkel!

Funny news in Euro land : Money market US funds are coming back into French banks. Inspite of warnings by EU that economic growth will more likely be negative than positive in 2012 in Euroland! 

What is the US money market doooooing? Trying to drive up the Euro? 

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 05:35 | 2192111 Ghordius
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falak, you missed the Latin Empire of Greece, a better comparison

Yes. The US Money Market is desperately trying to drive up the EURUSD, IMHO. Hence the desperate propaganda and counterpropaganda.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:54 | 2189133 hedgeless_horseman
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Have the chimes of Greece's school bells been replaced by the cries of Stuka sirens yet?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:49 | 2189134 dizzyfingers
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"Liberty lies in the hearts and minds of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
Judge Learned Hand

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:53 | 2189156 kridkrid
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"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to loose"

Kris Kristofferson

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:09 | 2189235 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I hung out with one of my best friends on Xmas.  We grew up together, we hung out everyday from the ages of 13-25.  He moved to NorCal to grow a few years ago though, so I haven't seen him much lately.  Interestingly we have both developed the same mentality for humanity, both of us question history, etc. 

So anyway, we begin talking about ancient structures, and the impossibilty for them to be made without today's technology.  He brings up the fact that he thinks aliens have been here.  I said I have an open mind about it, and then ask him if he has ever heard of David Icke, Tsar, Maxwell; he says no. 

I say, "They think that aliens have been here" my friend nods, "Icke, even thinks they are still here".  My friend says, "Like that LeBron James is an alien?" And he laughs.  I nod, "Yes, Icke thinks Kris Kristofferson was one!"  My friend laughed and couldn't stop.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:23 | 2189292 kridkrid
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He did transition from singer/songwriter to marginal actor marginally better than other singer/songwriters... I'll keep my eye on him.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:47 | 2189384 Eally Ucked
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That's ok that you and your friend talk about aliens, but what's the fucking point?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:40 | 2189560 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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That David Icke thinks people, namely Kris Kristofferson, are aliens.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:17 | 2189721 kridkrid
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It was clear to me.  Of course I spelled lose, loose - so there you go.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:10 | 2189238 WonderDawg
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I thought that was Janis Joplin?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:11 | 2189245 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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She does sing it better.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:16 | 2189261 kridkrid
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She does.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:21 | 2189286 forward ho
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Janis joplin: bobby mcgee

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:27 | 2189312 kridkrid
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He wrote the words, deserves the credit for the provacative thought.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:37 | 2189351 Moneyswirth
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Surely you mean "lose", not "loose"

Americans need to learn to spell as well. 


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:47 | 2189392 NotApplicable
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Oh, but that's one of my favorites! I just love the altered meaning.

And hey, in this case, it still works logically.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:52 | 2189139 lolmao500
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These people are redcoats... civil war in Greece is a coming.

Meanwhile in the USA...

- Obama urging SCOTUS to block lawsuit against warrantless wiretapping

Obama, aka Bush 2 : Electric Bungaloo.

All your freedoms are belong to us!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:55 | 2189158 Confused
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Same as it ever was.


They all serve the same masters. Doesn't matter if they are Republican, Democrat, or German or any other label we want to place on them. They all have the same agenda. Protect status quo for the few.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:00 | 2189202 kridkrid
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Preach it.  Unfortunately, it falls on def ears.  It's such brilliant, loosely scripted, reality TV.  And just to remind everyone how "divided" we really are... let's make sure that the discussion eventually returns to things like god, abortion and contraception.  Bread and circus, AKA SNAP and American Politics.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2189361 Moneyswirth
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But Obamao is half-black, therefore any criticism of him and/or his administration or any comparisons to the previous, obviously racist Bush administration are in themselves, deemed racist by the Department of Propaganda.

Nothing to see here.


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:53 | 2189154 lolmao500
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And why do you think they are giving cantonese/mandarin lessons mandatory in some schools in the US??

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:59 | 2189195 HoofHearted
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The Macon, GA, superintendent has proposed that all other languages be thrown out and Mandarin should be the only "foreign" language taught. He did this with a 15 minute discussion and then a cool circus where there were acrobats, tigers, etc. They did this while giving all the students a day off. A pep rally for the teachers. I didn't hear if bread was involved with the circus, but my guess is it was noodles or the Chinese doughnut.

"All your students are (soon) belong to us."

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:11 | 2189247 LawsofPhysics
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In Macon GA?  Seems like Spanish would be more appropriate.  Totally stupid.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:39 | 2189358 hedgeless_horseman
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They'll be living high on the hog in Macon when FoxConn comes to set up shop.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:54 | 2189157 ttown
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SEARS SHLD LMAO lose $22/share in 1 QTR so stocks goes up $10 BRILLIANT!!!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:53 | 2189159 mc_LDN
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Someone STAND THE F*** UP!!! Get off your KNEES WORLD!!!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:00 | 2189201 HoofHearted
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Meet me at the parliament bulding on the 5th of November. We'll all have to stand together before we all get shot.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:48 | 2189402 NotApplicable
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Kind of hard to stand when the world's made of fiat.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:55 | 2189170 SmoothCoolSmoke
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This illistrates why real patriots are to be celebrated.....they are so incredibly rare.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:55 | 2189171 HarryM
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As usual the more interesting question is "Why is the market rallying"


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:01 | 2189474 jowenchrist
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It will always rally - buy the fucking dips bud -

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:55 | 2189174 Rogier
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Uhm Tyler, where is the proof that Greece's lenders will have the right to seize the gold reserves in the Bank of Greece? Ms. Katseli saying so doesn't make it so...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:52 | 2189420 NotApplicable
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She said it's in the agreement, which I haven't seen refuted by anyone involved.

Here's the original source.


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:27 | 2189571 Rogier
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Ms. Katseli seems to be the only one who has claimed Greece's lenders will have the right to seize the gold reserves. That's a bit thin...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:59 | 2189196 jack stephan
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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:00 | 2189200 TradingJoe
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It's getting weird(er) on this site too, what the hell has learning a foreign language to do with a bailout/looting of ANY country,(especially Greece)?!?! Any country has foreign language schools, Jesus, get  grip people!! Now we "see things", eh?!?!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:00 | 2189204 Mr Kurtz
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Arbeit macht frei, mein Herrs!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:35 | 2189344 Cpl Hicks
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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:01 | 2189205 PicassoInActions
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is that why euro surge? 50 pips out of nowhere?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:03 | 2189214 Yancey Ward
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Das ist doch alles Scheiße!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:05 | 2189221 Die Weiße Rose
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Its about time People would start speaking

the proper language around here...

Achtung !

Stillgestanden Dummkopf !

jawohl mein Führer !


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:06 | 2189224 Frank N. Beans
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long Berlitz and Rosetta

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:06 | 2189226 AccreditedEYE
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How is it that these people invented democracy???

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:10 | 2189240 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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They like mob rule?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:53 | 2189427 NotApplicable
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They had real money back then.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:08 | 2189229 Agent P
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I suppose if I were going to be living in South Germany, I too would learn to speak the language.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:08 | 2189230 JohnKozac
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Stockholm Syndrome:


In psychology, Stockholm Syndrome is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:15 | 2189256 Global Hunter
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could describe the white Anglo evangelic suburban Christian who believes that Israel is the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:54 | 2189845 knightowl77
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or the libturd socialist that goes along to get along.....

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:09 | 2189234 OldPhart
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We're being encouraged to blame the Jerries, but they aren't the problem.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:55 | 2189435 NotApplicable
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Careful there. I hear Gitmo is nice this time of year.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:10 | 2189237 slewie the pi-rat
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thxz tyler  +++

not sure what the "courts" will sayabout the gold, but it should be pretty funny!

my first take, yest, was that the gold was a back-up to the "escrow" payments

goldCore's earlier piece stated (paste): The Reuters Global Gold Forum confirms that in the small print of the Greek “bailout” is a provision for the creditors to seize Greek national gold reserves. Reuters correspondents in Athens have not got confirmation that this is the case so they are, as ever, working hard to pin that down.

stay tooned, huh?

yes, once an entity is dependent on the "debt spigot", we can get "lehman-like" events;  this tends to indicate that the banksters' interest lies in a default and CDS activation, which would tend to get the greek bonds into the banksters' hands

first a jab and a feint, then a steel-toed boot to the crotch!  L0L!!!


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:11 | 2189239 Sandmann
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380,000 Greeks live in Germany and 1.3 million in the USA but a far higher proprtion in the UK especially this report is a bit stale. If you look in Luxembourg you will find where major Greek business interests are headquartered


Greeks Welcome Their New European Overlords... In German


Germans Welcome Their New American Overlords... In English........and every week Obama gives Angela Merkel her orders
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:43 | 2189328 GeneMarchbanks
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It's over folks... no need to post for the rest of the day, maybe week. Now get ready Sandmann you up and done it now.

The sad, abused Anglo-Brigade is coming to let you know they're the truly free ones. What comes across as incredibly pathetic is how Americans want to be spoon fed myopic articles and three minute videos in order to 'understand' history. Not their own but other people from other places they've never seen or been. Clever little gems like "same as it ever was"... Jesus... these people haven't seen strife in a couple generations and now have the (temporary) luxury of pointing out everyone else's problems that their very own criminal monetary system contributed to causing.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:48 | 2189374 hedgeless_horseman
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...these people haven't seen strife in a couple generations and now have the (temporary) luxury of pointing out everyone else's problems that their very own criminal monetary system conributed to causing.

True enough, but in all fairness, we got the template for our current criminal monetary system from the BOE and you Europeans.  Thank you, Rothschilds, Warburgs, etc!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:09 | 2189482 GeneMarchbanks
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Cop out and you know it. Let's make something very clear, fiat is managable when you have men who stand behind their words and obligations, nothing dubious about it per se. The wheels fell off in 2008 when it was established that there was and will never be any real opposition to banking crime and instead the very real face of American corporate socialism emerged in all its obviousness beyond any doubt. What I thinking? you know the story better than me.

When the States has less prisoners than farmers, I'll take the stupid shit that they spew kind-of seriously. Until then, clownshoes. Enjoy the panis et circenses courtesy of Monsanto and Dwayne Wade.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:02 | 2190243 smiler03
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+1 and most eloquent Gene.

I am having a bit of a downer on HH so I am biased but as you rightly point out, his blaming the BOE & Europeans for the financial state of the US is one of the most laughable excuses I've ever heard. David Icke, he's British and European, it's probably his fault too. 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 18:00 | 2190768 hedgeless_horseman
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..his blaming the BOE & Europeans for the financial state of the US...


Is disambiguation the best rhetoric a shill like you can come up with?  Sad. 


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:54 | 2189661 Confused
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If the "same as it ever was" comment is in direct reference to me, my response is fuck off.


I'm American. I'm well traveled. And I haven't always lived in the USSA.


The general population of the world is the same no matter where you are. So are their masters. Same as it ever was.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:42 | 2189368 Moneyswirth
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1.3 million Greeks in the USA?  That's it?  Here in Jersey we have diners on every other block, all of them owned by Greeks.  I thought we had half a million in the Garden State alone.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:00 | 2189469 NotApplicable
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The idea that puppet Obummer gives orders to puppet Merky is hilarious. They likely would both glare at each other first while thinking, "my master is more powerful than your master," while likely not realizing that those people are working for the same master as well. (Well, Merky might, being she's closer to where the real power is. Obummer though, he's nothing but a self-propelled tool.)

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:18 | 2189725 Sandmann
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I think you will find Germany is the same puppet that the US created in 1949 which is why the country loathes its government

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:10 | 2189241 semperfi
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German 101 - Lesson 1:  "How do I find the welfare office?"

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:44 | 2189377 Bunga Bunga
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Much better than 40 million on food stamps.

Social standards reflect in culture and society. Guess why Americans like Porsche or BMW more than GM or Chrysler.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:01 | 2189473 NotApplicable
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Wie I das Wohlfahrtsbüro finden?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:10 | 2189242 gwar5
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Umlauts Bitches!

Ultimately it may still require enforcement and occupation and I am not sure the Germans will have the stomach for it. 

Stiglitz, at the IMF, wrote a paper a few years ago noting that the big problem with sovereign debt is how to extract it. Greece is looking like a NWO fascist laboratory.  


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:12 | 2189243 benb
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How much longer can this Greek Theater farce go on before the Oligarchy pulls the table cloth out from under the place settings?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:46 | 2189390 Cpl Hicks
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I have always assumed that the Oligarchy was directing this farce.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:12 | 2189248 Global Hunter
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edit: delete

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:16 | 2189258 BLOTTO
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The Royals are of German/Frankish descendent

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:17 | 2189262 onebir
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Before being harsh on these Greeks - who, like the rest of us are just doing their best to prepare for a harsh reality shoved down their throats by uniformly incompetent and irresponsible political class - check the figures for US (& other) students of Mandarin.

Dong le mei you?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:19 | 2189271 Moneyswirth
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The Germans always win in the end.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:22 | 2189285 Shizzmoney
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I'm bullish on this word of the day, everyday, for Greeks:


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:27 | 2189314 dwdollar
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I wonder if this is being paid with student loans from German banks???

Oh God.. please put this world in order.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:35 | 2189341 Sandmann
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The Greek Commercial Code is based on the German one.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:52 | 2189408 jowenchrist
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God left ages ago - said coffee is for closers bitchez.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:27 | 2189317 Kaiser Sousa
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fuck'em...if they r willing to sit idly by while foreigners reduce them to serfs and hoes they deserve it...

this shit is so said n the hood...

you either ride or die....Iceland mother fuckers.................................

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:35 | 2189340 Olympia
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Germans are proved to be the easy solution to breach Europe’s door. Whoever wishes to “set foot” on Europe and demolish it, the only thing he has to do is to “fool” the Germans. For a second time in less than fifty years, Europe’s idiots become the victims of foreigners and they serve their interests at the expense of Europe …it is for the second time that they take money from foreigners and they turn against their European “brothers” under their lenders’ orders …it is for the second time that the family’s fool takes “candies” from the “#r” of the neighbourhood in exchange to get him into the “bedroom” where the younger “siblings” sleep …In the “bedroom” which is common today due to the European Union...

Germany handed all the European countries over to the Jewish loan sharks, by naively believing that this way they would let Germany free. Germany put the European family at the “target” of the “markets” and it is collecting profits every time one of its members gets “executed”. The loan sharks who pretend to be the “hunters” are shooting safely in the European “hen house” because Germany has managed to “raise walls around” Europe. One after the other, Europeans are destroyed so that Merkel can pay the stupid and artificial German debts to the loan sharks. 

As in all previous instances, once again its “fairy tale” is extremely misleading. Nazi Germany who used to destroy Europe in the name of the Greek ideals, does the same thing today. The surrendered, corrupting, competitive after receiving subsidies and extremely anti-European Germany pretends to be the unrivalled European power that fights for the European unity and against the corruption. This country that took advantage of the unification to serve its national interests, requires from the other countries to sell themselves out in the name of this unification. This country that even today keeps corrupting anyone around it, it threatens the corrupted ones. It “vomited” over a whole continent and now it is looking for the “spot” on its victims to punish them.



Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:44 | 2189379 Cpl Hicks
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Easy with the quote marks there, pardner.

It makes you look like one of the ZH uber-kooks.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:43 | 2189372 lolmao500
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:48 | 2189403 Village Smithy
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How much longer 'til "Americans Welcome their New Sino Mandarin"

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:58 | 2189457 Miss Expectations
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So years of debt slavery induced misery may be in store, and the sheep are delighted to get the electric cattle prod...

I believe that the sheep are being drugged/sedated.

Chemtrails Greece:

Chemtrails Truth:

According to a report published 8/28/06 in The Idaho Observer recent lab reports found the following in samples of chemtrail fall-out:
bacteria including anthrax and pneumonia, 9 chemicals including acetylcholine chloride, 26 heavy metals including arsenic, lead, barium, mercury and uranium, 4 molds and fungi, 7 viruses, 2 cancers, 2 vaccines and 2 sedatives.

Not only do I feel like shit, my plants and trees look like shit.  I sent 15 pictures of the blights on the leaves of my plants last year to our local arboretum...he told me he's seeing an incredible amount of this...molds, mildews, fungus.  We were in a severe drought.  My vegetable garden was shit two summers ago.  I gave up last year.  Couldn't grow anything...I always had a green thumb. 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:48 | 2190474 smiler03
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Always look on the bright side of life, after all, it's always greener on the other side of the fence.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:59 | 2189466 Random_Robert
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Please everyone, calm yourselves... 

There is a perfectly peaceful, and rational human basis for what's going on.

It is called cultural integration...  all these young, passionate greek men have simply decided that

 dey wants to get demselves sum o dat warm, blond german poonanny...

Learning German is only the logical first step.

Next comes the resultant population explosion of short, dark curly haired, blue eyed Northern Europeans...



Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:14 | 2189514 forward ho
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Firstly, thank you Tyler for your hard work. You are bringing truths together for all who wish to see. To my fellow ZH'ers thank you for your mostly well presented facts. A great forum. I write to all of you who can see the end game. we have worldwide banking groups who are lervereged at a 500/1 ratio. for every one dollar they have, $500.00 worth of "investments" have been purchased. mind, that not all fns are at that rate, but the big boys are.  If you have followed ZH for long then you know what is coming. It will be utter, horrific chaos. 48 percent of Americans are not in workforce. how will they eat? death on a scale unimaginable to most. Yet here we sit punching keys on a monitered comm devise. Who will stand? Who will be the first to say, to me, to me, our very way of life hangs in the balance. Do we have any doubt of the response from the "legitimate" government. Fear, this will do what no army could. fear, the cold dread which stops all thought of action. I am guilty. I see, I know the catastrophic events heading our way, yet fear the consequences I will visit on my family. I stand ready, willing to do that which is so needed. Will those of us who know, who see, who understand the stakes. Will we be ready to stand when called? And who... will be the first to stand and issue the call.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:25 | 2189565 wiser
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America's financials are not far behind the PIIGS.......look here

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:55 | 2189665 PolishHammer
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German is hard fuckers, don't think you can just sorta learn it in 2 weeks.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:02 | 2189687 JohnKozac
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Pimsleur or Berlitz?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:03 | 2189690 AnAnonymous
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Another typical US citizen move at promoting diversity.

It is well known, from US citizens'mouth, diversity has increased since US citizens have taken charge.


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:16 | 2189717 flyonmywall
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It's pretty obvious what the end game is, what is not obvious is the time table.

Enslave one country at a time, slowly, using a "benevolent technocrat" unelected puppet, who will do the maximum damage in the shortest amount of time, and then leave, with their pension guaranteed and bonus in their back pocket.

Thus we have, Greece, sold down the river by its own cooperating politicians, with the people's gold held in foreign vaults as collateral. Papademos will be gone inside of 2 months, after which the damage has already been done.

Next up will be Portugal or Spain. Newly installed puppets, or bought-and-paid-for current governments will renegotiate debt, with collateral clauses for the gold of said country.

Monti's job in Italy is clear. Kick the can down the road as much as possible, because they can't deal with Italy in the coming year, yet.

Next up is the UK, who will solve its problems by splitting the Iranian gold with the US after the war.

Rinse and repeat, until you slowly have all the gold, or have it all tied up in collateral agreements.

Meanwhile, you ramp up the printing and/or cause a market crash by sending interest rates back up.  Then declare the old system invalid at a "summit", and reinstall a quasi-gold-oil standard, because you own most of the gold and oil supply.

Fuck everybody else in the process. Why not, it has worked for hundreds of  years, keep doing it !


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:26 | 2189751 Random_Robert
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What's going to be funny is the day that this thing resolves down to a Rockefeller, a Rothschild, and the Pope...

I mean, who will be kissing whose ring on that day ?

And where the hell is Jesus already? A lot of us expected to be raptured before things got this ugly.

more  "/sarc" 

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