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If Greece Exits, Here Is What Happens

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Now that the Greek exit is back to being topic #1 of discussion, just as it was back in the fall of 2011, and the media has been flooded by groundless speculation posited by journalists who have never used excel in their lives and are merely paid mouthpieces of bigger bank interests (long live access journalism and the book sales it facilitates), it is time to rewind to a step by step analysis of precisely what will happen in the moment before Greece announces the EMU exit, how the transition from pre to post occurs, and the aftermath of what said transition would entail, courtesy of one of the smarter minds out there, Citi's Willem Buiter, who pontificated precisely on this topic last year, and whose thoughts he has graciously provided for all to read on his own website. Of course, take all of this with a huge grain of salt - these are observations by the chief economist of a bank which will likely be swept aside the second the EMU starts the post-Grexit rumble.

From Willem Buiter

What happens when Greece exits from the euro area?

Were Greece to be forced out of the euro area (say by the ECB refusing to continue lending to Greek banks through the regular channels at the Eurosystem and stopping Greece’s access to enhanced credit support (ELA) at the Greek central bank), there would be no reason for Greece not to repudiate completely all sovereign debt held by the private sector and by the ECB. Domestic political pressures might even drive the government of the day to repudiate the loans it had received from the Greek Loan Facility and from the EFSF, despite it having been issued under English law. Only the IMF would be likely to continue to be exempt from a default on its exposure, because a newly ex-euro area Greece would need all the friends it could get – outside the EU. In the case of a confrontation-driven Greek exit from the euro area, we would therefore expect to see around a 90 percent NPV cut in its sovereign debt, with 100 percent NPV losses on all debt issued under Greek law, including the debt held, directly or directly, by the ECB/Eurosystem. We would also expect 100 percent NPV losses on the loans by the Greek Loan Facility and the EFSF to the Greek sovereign.

Consequences for Greece

Costs of EA exit for Greece are very high, most notably the damage done to balance sheets of Greek banks and nonfinancial corporates in anticipation of EA exit.

We have recently discussed at length what we think would happen should Greece leave the euro area (Buiter and Rahbari (2011)), so we shall be brief here. Note that we assume that Greece exits the euro area and does not engage in the technical fudge discussed in Buiter and Rahbari (2011), under which it technically stays in the euro area but introduces a second, parallel or complementary currency.

The instant before Greece exits it (somehow) introduces a new currency (the New Drachma or ND, say). Assume for simplicity that at the moment of its introduction the exchange rate between the ND and the euro is 1 for 1. This currency then immediately depreciates sharply vis-à-vis the euro (by 40 percent seems a reasonable point estimate). All pre-existing financial instruments and contracts under Greek law are redenominated into ND at the 1 for 1 exchange rate.

What this means is that, as soon as the possibility of a Greek exit becomes known, there will be a bank run in Greece and denial of further funding to any and all entities, private or public, through instruments and contracts under Greek law. Holders of existing euro-denominated contracts under Greek law want to avoid their conversion into ND and the subsequent sharp depreciation of the ND. The Greek banking system would be destroyed even before Greece had left the euro area.

There would remain many contracts and financial instruments involving Greek private and public entities denominated in euro (or other currencies, like the US dollar) that are not under Greek law. These would not get redenominated into ND. With part of their balance sheet redenominated into ND which would depreciate sharply and the rest remaining denominated in euro and other currencies, any portfolio mismatch would cause disruptive capital gains and losses for what’s left of the Greek banking system, Greek non-bank financial institutions and any private or public entity with a (now) mismatched balance sheet. Widespread defaults seem certain.

As discussed in Buiter and Rahbari (2011), we believe that the improvement in Greek competitiveness that would result from the introduction of the ND and its sharp depreciation vis-à-vis the euro would be short-lived in the absence of meaningful further structural reform of labour markets, product markets and the public sector. Higher domestic Greek ND-denominated wage inflation and other domestic cost inflation would swiftly restore the old uncompetitive real equilibrium or a worse one, given the diminution of pressures for structural reform resulting from euro area exit.

In our view, the bottom line for Greece from an exit is therefore a financial collapse and an even deeper recession than the country is already experiencing - probably a depression.

Monetising the deficit

A key difference between the ‘Greece stays in’ and the ‘Greece exits’ scenarios is that we believe/assume that if Greece remains a member of the euro area, there would be official funding for the Greek sovereign (from the Greek Loan Facility, the EFSF and the IMF), even after the inevitable deep coercive Greek sovereign debt restructuring, and even if NPV losses were imposed on the official creditors – the Greek Loan Facility, the EFSF and the ECB. The ECB probably would no longer engage in outright purchases of Greek sovereign debt through the SMP, but the EFSF would be able to take over that role following the enhancement and enlargement of the EFSF later in 2011.4 If Greece remains a member of the euro area, the ECB would likewise, in our view, continue to fund Greek banks (which would have to be recapitalised following the Greek sovereign debt restructuring), both through the regular liquidity facilities of the Eurosystem and through the ELA.

In the case of a (confrontational and bitter) departure of Greece from the euro area, it is likely that all official funding would vanish, at least for a while, even from the IMF (which would, under our most likely scenario, not have suffered any losses on its loans to the Greek sovereign). The ECB/Eurosystem would, of course, following a Greek exit, cease funding the Greek banks.

This means that the Greek sovereign would either have to close its budget gap through additional fiscal austerity, following its departure from the euro area, or find other means to finance it. The gap would be the primary (non-interest) general government deficit plus the interest due on the debt the Greek sovereign would continue to serve (the debt issued under foreign law other than the loans from the Greek Loan Facility and the EFSF, and the debt to the IMF), plus any refinancing of this remaining sovereign debt as it matured. We expect the Greek General Government deficit, including interest, to come out at around 10 percent of GDP for 2011, while the programme target is 7.6 percent. General government interest as a share of GDP is likely to be around 7.2 percent of GDP in 2011, which means that we expect the primary General Government deficit to be around 2.8 percent of GDP. We don’t know the interest bill in 2011 for the IMF loan and for the outstanding privately held debt issued under foreign law. If we assume that these account for 10 percent of the total interest bill on the general government debt – probably an overestimate as interest rates on the IMF loan are lower than on the rest of Troika funding – then we would have to add 0.72 percent to the primary deficit as a percentage of GDP to obtain an estimate of the budget deficit that would have to be funded by the Greek government, say 3.5 percent of GDP. We would have to add to that any maturing IMF loans and any maturing privately held sovereign debt not under Greek law. This is on the assumption that even those creditors under international law that continue to get serviced in full, would prefer not to renew their exposure to the Greek sovereign once they have been repaid. In addition, future disbursements by the IMF under the first Greek programme would be at risk following a Greek exit. This would create a further funding gap.

Assume the Greek authorities end up (very optimistically) having to find a further 5 percent of GDP worth of financing. This could be done by borrowing or by monetary financing. Borrowing in ND-denominated debt would likely be very costly. Nominal interest rates would be high because of high anticipated inflation – inflation that would indeed be likely to materialise. Real interest rates would also be high.

Although the Greek sovereign’s ability to service newly issued debt would be greatly enhanced following its repudiation of most of its outstanding debt, the default would raise doubts about its future willingness to service its debt. Default risk premia and liquidity premia (the market for ND-denominated Greek debt would be thin) would raise the cost of borrowing in ND-denominated debt. Even if the Greek authorities were to borrow under foreign law by issuing debt denominated in US dollars or euro, default risk premia and liquidity premia would likely be prohibitive for at least the first few quarters following the kind of confrontational or non-consensual debt default we would expect if Greece were pushed out of the euro area.

So the authorities might have to finance at least 5 percent worth of GDP through issuance of ND base money, under circumstances where the markets would inevitably expect a high rate of inflation. The demand for real ND base money would be very limited. The country would likely remain de-facto euroised to a significant extent, with euro notes constituting an attractive store of value and means of payment even for domestic transactions relative to New Drachma notes. We have few observations on post-currency union exit base money demand to tell us whether a 5 percent of GDP expected inflation tax could be extracted at all by the issuance of ND – that is, at any rate of inflation. If it is feasible at all, it would probably involve a very high rate of inflation. It is possible that we would end up with hyperinflation.

The obvious alternative to monetisation is a further tightening in the primary deficit through additional fiscal austerity (of something under 5 percent of GDP), allowing for some non-inflationary issuance of base money. Because Greek exit would be in part the result of austerity fatigue in Greece, this outcome does not seem likely.

A collapsed banking system, widespread default throughout the economy, a continuing non-competitive economy and high inflation with a material risk of hyperinflation would make for a deep and enduring recession/depression in Greece. Social and political dislocation would be certain. There would, in our view, be a material risk of a downward spiral of dysfunctional politics and economics.

Consequences for the remaining euro area and EU member states of a Greek exit

For the world outside Greece, and especially for the remaining euro area member states following a Greek exit, the key insight would be that a taboo was broken with a euro area exit by Greece. The irrevocably fixed conversion rates at which the old Drachma was joined to the euro in 2001 would, de facto, have been revoked. The permanent currency union would have been revealed to be a snowball on a hot stove.

Not only would Greek official credibility be shot, the same thing would happen for the rest of the EA member states in our view. First, monetary union is a two-sided binding commitment. Both sides renege if the accord is broken. Second, Greece would only exit from the euro area if it was driven out by the rest of the euro area member states, with the active cooperation of the ECB. Even though it would be Greece that cuts the umbilical cord, it would be clear for all the world to see that it was the remaining euro area member states and the ECB that forced them to wield the scalpel.

It does not help to say that Greece ought never to have been admitted to the euro area because the authorities during the years leading up to Greek membership in 2001, knowingly falsified the fiscal data to meet the Maastricht criteria for EMU admission, and continued doing so for long afterwards.6 After all, what Greece did was just an exaggerated version of the deliberate data manipulation, distortion and misrepresentation that allowed the vast majority of the euro area member states to join the EMU, including quite a few from what is now called the core euro area7. The preventive arm of the euro area, the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) which, if it had been enforced would have prevented the Greek situation from arising, was emasculated by Germany and France in 2004, when these two countries were about to be at the receiving end of its enforcement.

Euro area membership is a two-sided commitment. If Greece fails to keep that commitment and exits, the remaining members also and equally fail to keep their commitment. This is not just a morality tale. It has highly practical implications. When Greece can exit, any country can exit. If we look at the austerity fatigue and resistance to structural reform in the rest of the periphery and in quite a few core euro area countries, it is not plausible to argue that the Greek case is completely unique and that its exit creates no precedent. Despite the fact that both Greece’s fiscal situation and its structural, supply-side economic problems are by some margin the most severe in the euro area, Greece’s exit would create a powerful and highly visible precedent.

As soon as Greece has exited, we expect the markets will focus on the country or countries most likely to exit next from the euro area. Any non-captive/financially sophisticated owner of a deposit account in that country (or in those countries) will withdraw his deposits from banks in countries deemed at risk - even a small risk - of exit. Any non-captive depositor who fears a non-zero risk of the future introduction of a New Escudo, a New Punt, a New Peseta or a New Lira (to name but the most obvious candidates) would withdraw his deposits from the countries involved at the drop of a hat and deposit them in the handful of countries likely to remain in the euro area no matter what - Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland. The ‘broad periphery’ and ‘soft core’ countries deemed at any risk of exit could of course start issuing deposits under English or New York law in an attempt to stop a deposit run, but even that might not be sufficient. Who wants to have their deposit tied up in litigation for months or years?

Apart from bank runs in every country deemed, by markets and investors, to be even remotely at risk of exit from the euro area, there would be de facto funding strikes by external investors and lenders for borrowers from these countries. Again, putting under foreign law (most likely English or New York) all cross-border (or perhaps even all domestic) financial contracts and instruments could at most mitigate this but would not cure it.

The funding strike and deposit run out of the periphery euro area member states (defined very broadly), would create financial havoc and mostly like cause a financial crisis followed by a deep recession in the euro area broad periphery. The counterparty inflow of deposits and diversion of funding to the ‘hard core’ euro area and the removal (or at least substantial reduction) of the risk of ECB monetisation of EA sovereign and bank debt would drive up the euro exchange rate. So the remaining euro area members would suffer (at least temporarily) from an uncompetitive exchange rate as well from the spillovers of the financial and economic crises in the broad periphery.

As noted by the new IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde (Lagarde (2011) and confirmed by Josef Ackerman (Ackermann (2011, p.14)), the European banking sector is seriously undercapitalised. It would not be well-positioned, in our view, to cope with the spillovers and contagion caused by a Greek exit and the fear of further exits. Ms Lagarde was arm-twisted by the EU political leadership, the ECB and the European regulators into a partial retraction of her EU banking sector capital inadequacy alarm call.10 However, this only served to draw attention to the obvious truth that despite the three bank stress tests in the EU since October 2009 and despite the capital raising that has gone on since then both to address any weaknesses revealed by these tests and to anticipate the Basel III capital requirements, the EU banking sector as a whole remains significantly undercapitalised even if sovereign debt is carried at face value. In addition, the warning by Ackermann that “… many European banks would not be able to handle writing down the sovereign bonds they hold on their banking books to market levels…” (Ackermann (2011), see also IMF (2011, pp. 12 -20)) serves as a reminder of the fact that Europe is faced with a combined sovereign debt crisis in the euro area periphery and a potential banking sector insolvency crisis throughout the EU.

A banking crisis in the euro area and in the EU would most likely result from an exit by Greece from the euro area. The fundamental financial and real economy linkages from the rest of the world to the euro area and the rest of the EU are strong enough to make this a global concern.


Ok, now we get it...


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Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:19 | 2421104 markmotive
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Sooo. Not a good time to go long, eh?

Jim Rogers says so. He also says gold and oil going much higher.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2421119 Colombian Gringo
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More fearmongering from the bankster shills. Bottom line is Greece and Europe are broke, and  and more debt will only exacerbate the problems and delay the inevitable while guaranteeing the final collapse will be even worse.  The Greeks get to choose from an immediate devaluation, restructuring and recovery, or a slow burn, a long steady decline that will eventually relegate Greece to 3rd world status. 


Either way, the Greeks are going to get it good and hard so better to be first in line, spread the cheeks and plan to exit the debt prison before the vaseline runs out. Once all of their debt is reputiated, they can start anew. Plus the Greeks enjoy the added bonus of seeing their banksters and elites destroyed, watching them circle the toilet bowl as they are flushed away.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:37 | 2421140 LawsofPhysics
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Spot on!  The paper-pushers are getting desperate and stink of fear.  Many "Hank Paulson" moments to come. Fuck the paper pushers, restore the fucking rule of law and prosecute the god damn fraud already.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:00 | 2421176 Nage42
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Well, what did Iceland do?  They seem to have exited past the stink of fear and are progressing along fairly well (all things considered...).

No mention of "going the way of Iceland" and reviewing what national debt is considered to be odious and what is public debt in good faith.


Just curious.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:36 | 2421233 The Big Ching-aso
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Forget New Drachma. Let's quit beating around this redolent Greek bush.  They should just print the New Debtma & call it an indefinite indentured tourist trap and not expect anything else.   It's hopeless.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:03 | 2421408 redpill
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Greece is already in a deep recession/depression. The only difference is whether they will suffer now and forever by agreeing to be perpetual debt slaves to international banking interests, or suffer now and live free again some day by resetting their economy. Pain is inevitable either way, it's only a question of whether the bankers feel it too.

Would you like to suffer a long and painful death by gangrene, or do you cut off the leg and endure short term pain in order to survive as a sovereign people in the long run?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:12 | 2421553 CPL
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The greek government is non existant.  It's running off a TEM transaction system of barter.


There is no recession/depression in Greece.  That is exactly what happens in society when credit is non-existant. When the goods are received first and the credit for it is zero.  What is happening in Greece is the population decided that the status quo blows goats and shifted their attention to reality, instead of the drivel western culture seems to produce so much of.


Here's something history teaches.  The culture stays, the language stays, the people adjust the banking/currency schemes always collapse...over and over and over and over again.  Since all central banks are part of the same problem.  Once the concept of the central bank is gone, something else will pop up.  In the case of Greece anyone outside of Greece that want to do business in Greece better have done the work on Greek soil.


That's what the TEM represents if you weren't clear on what a TEM is.  You have to work first or have something of value first before the exchange is made.  Much like no John has met a whore that allows credit, the same can now be said of the Greek people on the ground level.  You have to show up with something of value.  Its a weird variation of mercalitism and privateer with barter.  It's worked for 6000 years until someone hijacks the system with central planning and it starts all over again...then central planning fails, rinse and repeat.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:28 | 2421748 Cadavre
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If a Citi "owned" economist concludes "this is where the fallout will spread"  when Greek exits the EZ, would prudent investors be best advised to bet against what those conclusions imply?

Is this yarn rhetorical laxative to help Citi dump it's Greek paper? Maybe it be time for a deep six CIti short binge?

Inquiring minds want to know!


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:38 | 2421931 CPL
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That's the situation.  The value of a Greek paper backed anything before the first TEM was exchanged was worth something.  After the first TEM traded hands...


You ever gone to a horse race and lost because the horse didn't make it out of the gate.  It's really that simple.  Any investment material in Greece prior to that tiny action of value reassetment and a new currency leave anyone holding stocks, bonds, currency, IOU's, children's finger paintings...doesn't matter.  

I'll correct myself, the finger painting will still maintain it's intrinsic value to Mom/Dad/Friends as long as it hangs on the wall or the fridge.


...again does not matter, the value and return on those investment is zero.  As in nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Empty.  No half full, no half empty...just all gone.  And that is why when we all buy, trade, sell, barter, whatever.  We all sign agreements that state something that simply says "good luck, watch your ass when you place your bets/investments".  I know I signed one with my trade accounts.  The bank and government has nothing to do with my shitty stock picks or losses.  I am culpable for my own crappy decision making.


That is the long and the short of it.  People are mystified why this happened.  Why is easy.  Live a life on credit and you eventually have to pay up.  If you can't pay...on an individual level assets are seized.  On a national level, nobody knows where to begin, that one is easy as well.  You don't loan more money to someone that can't pay back what they owe. 


I know there were shocking news stories on Greek islands being sold and other ruins being used as collateral, even then, do the people that bought the assets really even own them with a complete absence of central bank bucks in the Greek system. 


If that doesn't frame the situation all EU investors are about to face I'm not sure what would.  It is one of the primary reasons I've been asking people to stay out of the markets.  It is different, the math is all wrong, the players are all wrong...there was only one direction it could all go.  The wrong direction.  Here we are.  What options are on the table.  Will the central banks of Europe invade Greece?  No, the Greeks know how to deal with occupation, the watches are set to glacial service delivery and paper work gets lost.  Greece has dealt with countries issuing proclaimations for 2500 years since Ancient Rome.  They simply do not give shit, nor should you, unless you've got some money in this market...any market really.


For long term if you want some safety.  Gold, silver and Oil if you can store it.  Relearn all your ancestors abilities like cooking, gardening, repairing.  Get to know your neighbors.  If you read the first chapter of the Scouts handbook, it has the truth of the matter printed right there in black and white on how to survive anything, anywhere, anytime and at any age.  Be friendly, be useful and be on time.  ;-)



Mon, 05/14/2012 - 01:51 | 2422812 Cadavre
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...shocking news stories on Greek islands being sold and other ruins being used as collateral, even then, do the people that bought the assets really even own them with a complete absence of central bank bucks in the Greek system

Sounds like Robocop nemesis,  OMNI Consumer Products, hostile takeover strategy. OMNI floods old Detroit's black market with dope and violence. Property value, followed by lost tax revenues and city "fathers" default on the city's OCP note. OCP gets old Detroit and pennies on the dollar. Checkmate.

While all this is going on, Average Joe old Detroit residents are on a continuous 'nod' because they spend all their time "spooning up" "I'd buy that for a dollar!"  hypno-tube commercials. Something like that is happening in the US right now. Can't say it's a bad thing.

... still confused about this whole "who won the cold war thing",

Greece may have a law similar to US Eminent Domain (didn't see a refer to Greece). A legal process that transfers asset ownership to the public. No way around it.

Greece - like the US and others - has been financially gentrified. And Citi was in on the Frenzy - Citi knew what Goldman knew. Goldman engineered a structured transaction to hide Greek debt. Now Goldman will say they just "doing go's work", but to my neighbors dog, it looks "god's work" is another way of saying "defrauding bond holders". Like said before, Citi knew what Goldman knew, and both of them were on the other side of the falsified "ability to pay" shtick, They were betting against the bond buyers that relied the GS "doctored" or "cooked" Greek prospectus.

Is that f*cking fraud, or god's work? I'm a' asking ya?

Can't see where  USD denominated gold or oil will be heading. All the money is in refined products now. Oil is in oversupply - and thats with Iranian sanctions and a zillion price-scare-up wars and wars chest beating going on in global oil patches. They may be a non-USD play in gold and oil - USD direction is fuzzy. Always good to stack silver - not so much as a play - more like "provisions" to hedge against hurricanes or floods disrupting supply lines.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 22:39 | 2422543 The Big Ching-aso
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It's hopeless.   Because it's deep-seated cultural.     Greeks especially don't like dealing in fiat when taxes get tied to it.   That's why they hardly pay taxes now.   Bartering when necessary to avoid it.        Whether it's the Euro, the New Drachma, the New Debtma, whatever, it doesn't matter.   They aren't gonna pay taxes in any fiat denomination to carry their load.    Ever.  You can 'reset' their economy with a new currency all you want.   It doesn't matter.   Debt schmett.    They'll be back to square one today in no time.   It's a tourist stop.   It'll never be Stuttgart.

It's not a matter of getting rid of gangrene or being dead.   To them fiat's gangrenous because taxes equals death.  And they could care less if government has to borrow more if it kills them.       To them it's just another piece of paper.    Short term comfort trades over long term stability.    Without taxes they can live with fiat though.        They know that being a tourist mecca means tourists bring in other currencies.    They can exist pretty much without their own currency if they had to.   If they had a new currency they would get rid of it asap for tourist Marks, Dollars, Swiss Francs, anyway - in fact they'd demand payment in other currencies first and foremost assuming the ND was worth crap which it would be.    So much for supporting the New Drachma then.     

It's hopeless to expect them to play the fiat-tax game.   They've never played it and never will.    And even if they did play it they'd play to screw the tax gamemaster even if it meant screwing themselves longterm.

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 01:46 | 2422806 StychoKiller
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May 15th is just a short time away...

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:02 | 2421415 Oh regional Indian
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Re-dole-ant did you say TBC? 

I have a feeling Greece or Ireland might be test countries for a cashless transaction system as the "ONLY" way to make sure the SCROUGE OF BLACK MONEY is rooted out of the system as it is that which is root of the problems... not the baker-pols.

BLACK MONEY. No shame in these *uckers either. First off, taxing income should be illegal world over. At least int he US, the very basis of it is illegal (IRS).

Then said *uckers make it a crime to dis-obey a criminal construct int he first place.

Ireland seems to have rolled over....will greece fight before spain ignites?

I think Greeece is in till Spain implodes.... then it'll be a run for the exits. Till Spain holds (not to much longer perhaps, it's all very ominous and there has been no mention of Santander in the press for all the time the Spain question has come up).

Again though, these Olympics are meant to proceed in a spirit of enforced harmony. I'l presume that all major action will happen during of just after them.

Till then, drama, drachma, Debtor, queen.





Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:02 | 2421536 Gully Foyle
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"I have a feeling Greece or Ireland might be test countries for a cashless transaction system as the "ONLY" way to make sure the SCROUGE OF BLACK MONEY is rooted out of the system as it is that which is root of the problems... not the baker-pols."

Yeah, I can see Greece going all hightech overnight.

Scrooge of Black Money?

Scourge of Black Money?

Scrounge of Black Money?

( What the fuck do they serve at an Indian McDonalds instead of burgers?)


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:13 | 2421556 CPL
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It's sunday and rented fingers are fashionable?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:23 | 2421572 Oh regional Indian
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Hey Fick-face, everyone has a cell-phone. Capiche? It's enough. They'll give them out, no problem.

Google and others are not pushing their wallets for no reason.

The cell phone, which may as well be surgically attached to most people, or a pad ironed on... is the way. All manner of recog systems in  he chapest phones now. Geo-location, bio-metrics, "secure" payment gateway, currency...

And scrouge, scrooge....whatever.

Gald to note your morning got started to a typically sour one. It's those donuts and coffee asshole. Throw up, cheer up and then come back and say something meaning-ful.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:43 | 2421786 LongBalls
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A cashless society is coming. Don't let the tards convince you otherwise. It's a promise.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:32 | 2422083 Gully Foyle
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Yes, but it isn't gonna be Greece or Ireland.

You have Bitcoin.

You have Canada, who already disgarded the penny.

No Money, No Problems: Canada Considers Completely Digital Currency

And some island off either New Zealand or Australia testing a form of Carbon credit currency. They have been doing that for a couple of years now.

So who the fuck would pick Greece or Ireland, when you have higher tech nations like say Great Britain. Since both Canada and Australia are still under the Brit umbrella, where do you think digital currency will be ushered in in Europe?


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:09 | 2421851 CPL
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Rented fingers aren't something to be ashamed of.  Just means the mind is moving faster than the fingers.  Gully is just being a dick as usual, I swear he's Trav777 in a new suit by his writing style.


To combat that mind moving faster than the fingers, Voice diction software is fairly useful.  And yeah cell phones are brutal typing on and the only platform right now with anything useful is Android 4 which is pricier than the top end iPads.


Otherwise Microsoft has a "free" package, it's as good as the Dragon Dictate system and it's "free", as in if you own XP, Vista or Windows 7 it comes with your license.  I had to train it for a couple of hours because of my accent.  For some reason their is no setting for Ottawa Valley Hick on there where the vowel sounds are swapped with consonants regularly, closest I could point out is the language known as Piker English with some French and Mohawk thrown in for good measure.


Once you are done training, it's around 90 words a minute, 150 if typing while dictating.  Took a while to figure out the you can set system commands like "open word" "go to zerohedge" "run backups"...whatever.  Very handy tool to improve speed and accuracy. 


Also incredibly handy if managing multiple servers at the same time by Bawxing terminal sessions for those times you need a server farm to assist in any practical endevour that requires many computers acting on your behalf.  Mostly for on line bedlam, but also useful for fixing Exchange servers because it's a finicky product designed by product managers or running maintenance on a SQL farm.  Any case...million and one purposes for voice dictation, like this post.



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:24 | 2422054 Gully Foyle
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"Rented fingers aren't something to be ashamed of."

Yes Mr Gore, or is it Mr Travolta?

You people and your happy endings.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 18:37 | 2422227 CPL
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Well if you've got a strong grip, I'll let you turn the knob as long as your tits are big enough.


I'll be expecting an egg roll and a mop up too.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:21 | 2422027 Gully Foyle
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Oh regional Indian

Wow, someone suddenly realized what a shithole his country is.

Run out of acid?

How is that untouchable issue by the way?

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 05:06 | 2422956 Oh regional Indian
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Troll, get smart, it's not enough to put the addressee in bold atop and type in full caps.

Your tone/style/content is painful to read and painfully meaningless to boot.

Fuck off.

Unless thereis a GUlly on Meds and a Gully off them. Who knows anymore.

Regardless, fuck off.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:02 | 2421835 smb12321
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A new devalued drachma would greatly increase the price of imported goods but for the everyday things Greeks use - clothes, food, etc - nothing would change.  The best reason to convert is the enormous boom in tourism that would engender.  Think of it  - the cheapest vacation site in the civilized world.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:15 | 2421234 AldousHuxley
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You do lose your financial sector and private markets and exchanges....stocks in Icelandic companies are pretty much worthless.





Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:49 | 2421269 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, but funny how their products aren't.  Real producers in the real world will be just fine.  The paper world, not so much.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:36 | 2421262 LawsofPhysics
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Don't forget, Iceland also prosecuted the fucking fraud at all levels.  Nothing will change so long as there are no real  consequences for bad behavior.  And FYI-having your fucking bonus cut from 50 million to 25 million is not a real fucking consequence.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:59 | 2421396 resurger
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"bonus cut from 50 million to 25 million"

Fuck, thats a lot!! It's not fair



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:49 | 2421950 Griffin
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Justice is a important issue. Geir Haarde, former prime minister of Iceland was prosecuted by a special court called Landsdómur, where he was found guilty of the most serious charge of those brought against him.

According to the constitution he was bound by law to hold regular meetings to inform other people  in the govt about things that consern them, like one minister of commerce and banking who was totally left out of the loop, not being in the "inner circle" as it was called.

Geir, like all members of parliament swear to uphold and defend the constitution when taking office, so this is obviously a serious matter.

It could be said that the court wiped their asses on Geirs political legacy, and his response reflected that, he went ballistic, red in the face, making threats against the court, declaring victory and screaming about appeal to a international court for justice, about his human rights being violated.

I am amazed by his reactions, as he should have known this could go this way and should have been prepaired, but he showed everyone what kind of a leader he was.


I think there is only one politician already in prison, Baldur Gudlaugsson, he was the permanent secretary for the ministry of finance, he got 2 years for insider trading and a 200 million isk fine.

There are a few bankers in prison already, and a few on the way.




Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:56 | 2421380 CrashisOptimistic
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There is way too much ZH flinging about of Iceland as a precedent.

Iceland had Brit and Dutch private deposits in their banks.  Those banks went under.  There were FDIC-like guarantees of the money but this was not sovereign debt.  The Iceland Event Was Not About Government Spending Generating Decades Of Deficit / Debt.

In other words, it was not the same thing at all.

Iceland's FDIC-similar situation had limits on the guarantee, just like the FDIC does.  And they have negotiated repayment.

It's not a good example of what is happening elsewhere and it's not really a default precedent.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:12 | 2421443 LawsofPhysics
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The end-game will be the same.  Banks  will  go under and just like Iceland, people will have to renegotiate and re-learn what "wealth" really is.  Moreover, another big difference is that Iceland put the perps on trial.  In other words they had an honest judicial system, probably not the case in Greece (or the U.S.S.A.).

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:37 | 2421495 Max Fischer
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Agreed.  The Iceland comparison is ridiculous.

While the doomer goons continue to call for the abolition of the Fed and the removal of government interference in the marketplace, they don't realize that Iceland was SAVED by all sorts of government responses to the crisis and by their central bank jacking up interest rates to artificially high rates (18%) to attract capital. 

When the libertardians use Iceland as an example of a successful response to the financial crisis, they are unwittingly promoting the influence of central banks and central governments.

It only proves - once again - that most libertarian goons have absolutely no clue what they're talking about or calling for.   


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:42 | 2421511 LawsofPhysics
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"Iceland was SAVED by all sorts of government responses to the crisis and by their central bank jacking up interest rates to artificially high rates to attract capital. "

Imagine that max, their government prosecuted the fucking fraud.  Is this not what you meant?  Where is John Corzine max? - FAIL. 

Raise interest rates in America?    Go ahead, I DARE YOU.  Who has no clue MAX?   LMFAO

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:20 | 2421567 Max Fischer
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Imagine that max, their government prosecuted the fucking fraud.  Is this not what you meant?

No. That's NOT what I meant.

Iceland wasn't saved because some people went to jail. It was saved due to specific government actions that kept capital in their banks, and I used this example to demonstrate the importance of having a central bank and a central government.  Furthermore, the repetitive use of Iceland by anti-government libertarians as a succesful precedent only demonstrates the ignorance of these babbling goons.  

The Icelandic government did FAR MORE than prosecute some people.  That's NOT what I was refering to.  A simple Google search will educate you.  

Raise interest rates in America?

Interest rates don't need to be raised to 18% in America to attract capital.  There's an endless bid for our debt at world record low rates. My point was that the central bank of Iceland raised rates, and without having done this, the krona would have collapsed. Again, it was specific government responses that saved Iceland.

Besides, the economy of a small island in the north Atlantic with a ~$14billion GDP really isn't comparable to the world's largest economy, 1000X its size.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:25 | 2421722 resurger
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Hi Max,

I love your thoughts, you are so fucking amazing! i will talk to my boss to hire you at our investment desk.

BTW: am $10 Million short the US10Y paper at 99.06 - %1.84 (, will that make me rich? your thoughts please.

Am so glad that you told me that the US Government will raise interest and the bond will yield  %1000 .. Thanks

oh btw, the bidders are the U.S. Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund right?

bid-unlimited FTMFW

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:54 | 2421808 MsCreant
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I know you can't believe the shit you post but I feel like nibbling some troll bait this afternoon. You are a talented troll.

Why do you trust any group of people to, without accountability, oversight, etc. make decisions for all of us? Do you see them as having passed some kind of altruism test to get their positions? Or do you like the idea of a king?

You are not so passsive as to just trust them with it all, are you?


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 23:41 | 2422723 Bring the Gold
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Yay MsCreant, maybe my favorite ZH poster, one of them anyways. Just wanted to say hey and give you a big +1

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 19:18 | 2429477 MsCreant
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Thanks!!! +++back at cha!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 21:05 | 2422457 FrankThinkTank
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@ Max Fischer

....failing the word game Max Fischer; btw you look dashingly stalwart composed over that chalkboard in your avatar, ...too wrapped up in the "government" mantra.

They didn't raise interest rates under a keynesian regime:

"In late September 2008, it was announced that the Glitnir bank would be nationalised. The following week, control of Landsbanki and Glitnir was handed over to receivers appointed by the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME)"

That is the only merit being debated here, and you've failed miserably. 


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:52 | 2421610 CPL
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We hoping for something from Iceland? 


Iceland for those that haven't been is as about as sophisticated as St John's Newfoundland.  It might be clean as an Ikea showcase room, but it's still a tiny island of inbred hillbillies that fish.


The fact their government stepped in was a good step, the fact that they kept most of the entitlements as if they were real is silly.  Pensions, government workers and the subsidies that bind them...who fucking needs it?  Did you notice that all you are discussing is what the government grabbed and seized and raised.


They certainly didn't change what they were offering to their people...which is nothing.  Nothing changed in Iceland, they are literally waiting for the next fiscal fuckup coming down the pipe and like good ostriches they'll stick their collective white heads in the snow and pretend it's fixed.


Tell you what Max, you name anything in Iceland that has improved or changed I'll put at least one plus in your junk bucket.  Name a single thing.  Hospitals are still half staffed.  People aren't paid if at all.  The government tire wheels are spinning into oblivion...for what?  To pay interest on imaginary numbers in a server in another central bank computer.  That's all...this has nothing to do with Libertarian ideals, it has to do with the fact you love central planning.


You always have, you couldn't imagine a world that you have a choice and are responsible for your actions.  You need a bad parent to complain about if you fuck up.  An excuse.  An out.  A mother's apron to hide behind because you are so completely unsure of your decisions that your need the mental safety net to operate.


Somehow I doubt all of that is true, you are coherent and write some interesting stuff.  You know which way the sun sets and rises.  You can put on your pants one leg at a time.  But at what point did you agree to have complete strangers access to 50% of your salary to deliver some undefined service and dictate terms on how your assets are managed.


From any angle, central planning is well past it's due date and has come to it's predictable corrupt end, now it's time to swing the other direction and that just drives you crazy doesn't it.  This is as far as we get to go this turn of the wheel.  If we don't manage to blow ourselves up in the meanwhile, we'll get another crack at the can when people forget and the current annoyances become history.

Things like central banks and planners are forgotten, the descendants oblivious to the harm caused by their ancestors if they survive the current situation and manage to procreate.  As kids we had Nazi hunters that would bag old Nazi party members hiding in Argentina.  In twenty years I'm sure we'll hear of Prop Desk hunters hunting down and wiping out the family lines of Dimon, Greenberg, Corzone, Bernake to the last person.  So good luck to them, they'll be ducking and hiding for a hundred years from someone pissed off that their pension was emptied or inflated away.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 21:50 | 2422507 LongBallsShortBrains
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you name anything in Iceland that has improved or changed I'll put at least one plus in your junk bucket.

.....the price of Icelandic female company.......?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 23:57 | 2422740 Western
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Your talent lies in misdirecting financial discussion into political bashing on all sides.


You're a maggot.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:07 | 2421540 piliage
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Argentina in 2001 is a better example.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:14 | 2421559 James_Cole
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Beat me to Argentina, worth adding that Argentina told the IMF to take a hike, but of course if Greece did that it would be the end of the world!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:31 | 2421590 Max Fischer
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No. Argentina is NOT a better example - and I've said this MULTIPLE times.

The difference between the US and Argentina is that 90% of Argentina's stock of debt was issued in a foreign jurisdiction and denominated in a foreign currency.  This makes them entirely dependent on the FX markets and the whims of FX speculators to service that debt.  Same was true for Weimar and Zimbabwe.

Not true for the United States.  Our debt is denominated in US dollars, and we've got 100% rights on the printing press needed to service that debt. Moreover, if any country foolishly decided to take hostile action against our bonds by dumping them en masse in the market, we've got the world's most sophisticated military to persuade them otherwise.  Luckily, Ron Paul is NOT president, so we've also got a Federal Reserve which is the economic equivalent of being fully armed against economic attacks.  

In the future, please don't make the US/Argentina comparisons.  I've said this before, so it's your last warning.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:37 | 2421603 James_Cole
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Argentina / Greece, not US. US doesn't really have anything to do with this article.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:06 | 2421693 tocointhephrase
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Don't need a Dollar, Dollar, cos the Dollars gonna bleed!

Going to zero baby!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 19:55 | 2422354 mcguire
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i thought the most interesting thing was the analysis on the exchange rate, with the euro going up!!  

The counterparty inflow of deposits and diversion of funding to the ‘hard core’ euro area and the removal (or at least substantial reduction) of the risk of ECB monetisation of EA sovereign and bank debt would drive up the euro exchange rate. So the remaining euro area members would suffer (at least temporarily) from an uncompetitive exchange rate as well from the spillovers of the financial and economic crises in the broad periphery.

makes sense, i guess... anyone else calling the reaction of the euro xr this way???  any thoughts on this??  

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:53 | 2421655 piliage
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Um...Argentina vis a vi Iceland. US didn't enter into the discussion.

By the way, part of the reason Argentina needed to default was their currency was tied to the US Dollar and was too strong for their economy, just like the Euro is for Greece... just saying...

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:04 | 2421684 resurger
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Hello Max, do you have a twin brother?!! I wish the world had more people like you

I love your analysis ... if i was a girl i would fuck you for the great stuff your write...



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:18 | 2422040 Al Gorerhythm
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No doubt that you would ask the government for a baby bonus for having his retarded offspring.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 18:17 | 2422196 kiwidor
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Why wait to be a girl? just turn him over, drop his daks , spit and shove.  And if he's face down, you won't have to do any gay shit like...kissing. eeeuw.  maybe just nibble his ears. 




Sun, 05/13/2012 - 21:26 | 2422481 TheFourthStooge-ing
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He must not know that Max is short for Maxine.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:40 | 2421780 cranky-old-geezer
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Moreover, if any country foolishly decided to take hostile action against our bonds by dumping them en masse in the market, we've got the world's most sophisticated military to persuade them otherwise.

Oh really?

What if China decides to dump its boatload of treasuries?  What the fuck would our "world's most sophisticated" military do about it?

Answer: not a damn thing.

Oh sure, Benny would just print another couple trillion dollars and buy it all up.   But expanding the money supply another couple trillion debases the dollar further. 

No, China won't dump treasuries till they and the rest of the Asian Alliance are ready to take the American financial system down, then launch their new gold-pegged currency which will flat out destroy the dollar ...and the euro.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 21:43 | 2422495 Backspin
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Correct.  Also, China doesn't own that many of our bonds.  What is it, about a trillion dollars?  Yes, that's a lot, but we're talking about over 15 trillion total, so that's less than 1/15 of the total.  It's really the banks, and the FED, that owns the US debt.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:44 | 2421938 DosZap
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Off the last LSD trip yet??

if any country foolishly decided to take hostile action against our bonds by dumping them en masse in the market, we've got the world's most sophisticated military to persuade them otherwise. 

The BRICS are doing it NOW, China has been doing it, Russia has been doing it..................

WHAT's our VAUNTED MILITARY done to them????..................NOTHING, and they cant..............because its a LOSE situation.Different when you cannot attack a force capable of wiping your ass off the map isn't it?

Get a life. 

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 21:46 | 2422501 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Maxine Fischer, Harena in Femina Genitalibus, said:

Moreover, if any country foolishly decided to take hostile action against our bonds by dumping them en masse in the market, we've got the world's most sophisticated military to persuade them otherwise.  Luckily, Ron Paul is NOT president, so we've also got a Federal Reserve which is the economic equivalent of being fully armed against economic attacks.

Fucking hilarious, and you never break from character. The use of capitalized words to give emphasis to how serious you are is done to perfection:

No. Argentina is NOT a better example - and I've said this MULTIPLE times.

It's so easy to go overboard on words in all caps, and then it becomes just another kook rant. Restraint, as you've shown here, is the key to all caps usage.

In the future, please don't make the US/Argentina comparisons.  I've said this before, so it's your last warning.

The warning at the end is the icing on the cake. Sure, it's as credible as a pre-recorded autodialer telemarketing call saying, "this is your last chance to take advantage of this special offer," but the deadpan delivery is pure comedy gold.

This being one of your funniest posts, it has earned an up arrow.



Mon, 05/14/2012 - 00:39 | 2422765 Bring the Gold
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I have to admit I had the lulz when I read the warning part too. That said I gave him the down arrow like he/she deserved.

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 01:07 | 2422778 Moon Pie
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MF, I would tear your eyeballs out, were you near me.

"Not true for the United States."  You don't even have a clue as to the fact that its near to becoming the "Unglued States".  You and most like you think that boys and girls from Alabama, South Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico and other parts are just going to go along with this Fiat/Fuck Job/Fraud forever.  Krugman, et al. 

What THE FUCK is a US Dollar?  It's an extortion of people's future energy and sadly, their certain enslavement.  Fuck your printing press. 

Who is YOUR MILITARY?  Have you talked to any of them recently?  Have you had a scotch with any of their commanders? 

Your statements embody the entire Bankster/Bloodsucker/Fraud Fiend mentality. 

Thank you for your candor.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:13 | 2421558 James_Cole
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What about Argentina?

This Citi guy says so many things that don't add up,

"Greek competitiveness that would result from the introduction of the ND and its sharp depreciation vis-à-vis the euro would be short-lived in the absence of meaningful further structural reform of labour markets, product markets and the public sector"

And this nugget:

"funding would vanish, at least for a while, even from the IMF (which would, under our most likely scenario, not have suffered any losses on its loans to the Greek sovereign"

Their whole scenario is predicated on Greece still paying the IMF, Greece would be much smarter to default on the IMF. Why leave the Euro and keep paying the scumbag loan shark?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:16 | 2421714 machineh
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Buiter does not even consider the potential for Greece to receive an inflow of foreign direct investment taking advantage of dirt-cheap prices, as Argentina did.

If Greece defaults but remains an EU member, it will suddenly become a low-cost production base with tariff-free access to the European market.

Yes, inflation will erase Greece's cost advantage in a few years. But Argentina has boomed on even after four years of 25% inflation.

Europe is desperate to stress the dark side of exiting the euro, in order to discourage Portugal from doing the same.


Mon, 05/14/2012 - 01:16 | 2422784 Moon Pie
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Why wouldn't China buy Greek bonds?  Why shouldn't they?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:05 | 2421842 smb12321
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Good luck.  I have stated this repeatedly and get the same responses you do.   It's truly a case o apples and oranges.  The Icelands (?) did not spend wildly like the European mainland.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:40 | 2422110 CTG_Sweden
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"Iceland had Brit and Dutch private deposits in their banks.  Those banks went under.  There were FDIC-like guarantees of the money but this was not sovereign debt.  The Iceland Event Was Not About Government Spending Generating Decades Of Deficit / Debt.



[- - -]


Iceland's FDIC-similar situation had limits on the guarantee, just like the FDIC does.  And they have negotiated repayment."






My comments:


Iceland has, as far as I know, not paid Britain and the Netherlands for the deposits which their citizens had in Icelandic banks. They negotiated a deal but the electorate in Iceland said no in a referendum.


I also must say that I don´t really understand why the EU does not change the charter of the ECB, let all countries which don´t want to print money and lend it to member countries at near 0 % interest rate leave the eurozone, and then print all the money the remaining member countries need. Since the budget deficits are smaller in the eurozone compared to the US, I think that this solution should be possible. On the other hand I suspect that countries which just get inflation and don´t need printed money don´t want to print free money. I also suspect that the Germans feel safer if they are more closely integrated into the European Union and that they, for that reason, prefer to stay in a eurozone where the ECB does not give free money to other member countries.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:20 | 2421563 keating
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You are correct. Everyone was crying a river over Iceland, but Iceland is doing just fine. Once the debt is gone, the country maintains a nearly balanced budget, and...wait for it...becomes a great investment. Folks will find that imports are extremely what?..the tourism business in Greece explodes, Greece gets to tax ND and print whatever it needs. Smart investors all over Europe will be fighting to move operations to Greece where labor and costs will be extremely cheap. Spain and Italy will have a caerful look and say, screw the banks and screw the hedge funds, we are out too.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:52 | 2422146 Griffin
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When the Icelandic economy crashed in 08, along with all 3 major banks, most savings banks and investment banks, the stock market, the currency and the central bank, the government decided to guarantee all savings and keep ATM´s open to avoid a major disaster.

A smart move, as things can spin out of control very quicly when nothing but desperation faces people.

The first thing i noticed was anger and surprise, weird things like people jogging everywhere trying to get into shape.

All schools were filled up and a increase in child births the following year.

I noticed that i stopped looking at cars and houses in my enviroment and started looking at the mountains around me, wondering if this could be lost.

This woke people up from a sort of coma of idiocy and materialism, blindly believing politicians and trusting bankers.  Many people lost their lives in the crash, jobs lost , companies ruined and families destroyed.

What helped Icelanders in the crash was that they never paniced, had a strong president that respects the constitution, and Wikileaks was also key to Icelands fight agains the bankers and demands they made related to socialising debts of a failed private bank.

Amazing how much impact a small company in Mosfellbae Iceland can make.

Interestingly both Wikileaks and the president have a home in Mosfell. its a small place next to Reykjavik.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:13 | 2421446 Pegasus Muse
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It's gonna be a Party. 

Crooked Banksters, complicit toady politicians and regulators are the Guests of Dishonor. 

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:56 | 2421532 sunaJ
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It is interesting that for so long, we have used the IMF to set up and restructure third-world economies.  Now, when Europe's countries are in crisis, they balk at the same terms or conditions given to them. The whole structure and indenture is predicated on monetary policies of what is proving to be a bygone era.  It is arguably a well-intentioned facility that is just as manipulated by financial and sovereign elite.  It exists to establish only enough stability (or conspiracy) to exploit resources and assets (at interest).  Greece has no friend in the IMF.  At best, it is a friend who can only hand you a glass of water as you drown.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:50 | 2421344 in4mayshun
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Before betting the farm on a financial apocolypse, the FED will surely have one more hail mary pass. They'll send Europe a blank check once they realize were on the brink. That will buy the world another 6 months and probably be worth a 15-20% bump in stock markets.

Then..after that fails....its on like donkey kong.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:54 | 2421374 Joe The Plumber
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It wont fail. Every party in the eu will compromise and german taxpayers will bend over and take more greek dick up the ass

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:54 | 2421362 Silver Bug
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The EU is inevitable going to break apart. The clash of cultures is immense. Politicians will none the less print money to infinity right up until the last second it breaks apart.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:03 | 2421410 Mountainview
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Greece should stay but the others should leave!!!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:07 | 2421692 piliage
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Ya know, this is only half crazy. There were several interesting articles in 2011 that made very cogent arguments that the problem was actually Germany and THEY should leave the Euro.



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:20 | 2421725 machineh
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Hey, I've got it!

Greece becomes the 51st U.S. state! 

Marshall Plan II, bItchEZ!

Sorry, [/sarc]

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:25 | 2421738 GeneMarchbanks
Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:33 | 2421486 QuickDraw007
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Dow Jones Crash | A Technical Prediction

Stocks and Markets rise and fall in discernible patterns motivated by our collective emotions. These emotional patterns remain present in the markets despite Government manipulation through programs such as Currency Swap agreements with the EBC, Quantitative easing programs, and other monetary injections of capital into markets that are simply too numerous to catalog for the purpose of this article. These injections of capital will produce a overall positive trend in the markets, yet contained within the trend are periods of volatile downside risk.

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Sun, 05/13/2012 - 22:01 | 2422521 rguptatx
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I hate these 30,000 word articles - at least have the comon-senseand decency to post a short executive summary!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 22:01 | 2422523 rguptatx
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I hate these 30,000 word articles - at least have the comon-senseand decency to post a short executive summary!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 22:02 | 2422524 gatorengineer
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Actually the Greek Military hasnt been heard from...  Who would loose the most from a departure from the EU?  Probably the Military is in the top 5.....


Look for a Military take-over once chances for a government are ruled out.......


Shocked no pundits are talking about it.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 22:44 | 2422578 WhiteNight123129
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Mr Rogers is a great investor and a gentleman.



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:20 | 2421108 valley chick
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there is still money in banks in Greece?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:39 | 2421145 LawsofPhysics
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Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:54 | 2421359 Joe The Plumber
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Businesses like me are kinda stuck. We have to leave the bare minimum in an account to pay bills. It would be a pain in the ass to use a cash courier for every little expense

But only the bare minimum. Even in the ussa

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:54 | 2421652 valley chick
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would have up plus more for sake of your name.  My plumber is Joe and known locally as Joe the Plumber.  In a month and a half I have had 2 "emergency" weekend calls and both times he dropped what he was doing to help us without raking us over the coals in bills.  The other plumbers wouldn't even take our call.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 23:48 | 2422728 GoinFawr
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stop flushing your party hats.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:15 | 2421232 max2205
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Heres my take.
JPM took the who sells 1st rule and eat their Greek hedge before the exit with more to come. Maybe some MFG hedge take down on Spain and portg

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:20 | 2421562 logically possible
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Max, good insight.  From what I have read, the JPM loss was from a recent derivitives investment. Would be interesting to know the details and the timing of the loss/writedown.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:28 | 2421287 odatruf
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Wouldn't the smart play be to borrow from Greek banks now while they are in the EU and thus the lent funds are Euros?  Take the loan proceeds out of country and wait for Greece to leave the Euro and replace the currency with the ND, at which point at Greek Bank loans would convert.  At that point, take your Euros held out of country and convert them to the ND and pay off the loan - or keep it if the interest is low.  In either case, you'll have made a ton on the ND devaluation.  In the example in the article, that would be 40%.

Plus, you stick it to the people who have been sticking it to everyone else.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:59 | 2421390 Joe The Plumber
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That is right out of the argentinian textbook. All internal credits and debts were converted. Debtors made out like bandits

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:49 | 2421795 DosZap
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What this means is that, as soon as the possibility of a Greek exit becomes known, there will be a bank run in Greece and denial of further funding to any and all entities, private or public, through instruments and contracts under Greek law. Holders of existing euro-denominated contracts under Greek law want to avoid their conversion into ND and the subsequent sharp depreciation of the ND. The Greek banking system would be destroyed even before Greece had left the euro area.

These Banks were emptied months ago..............fergit that one.

Greeks w/money, are not that STUPID.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:19 | 2421109 Chartist
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Greece is going to default, it's just a matter of when=how much they will default on.  Except for some lines on a map, there is no more Greece as we know it.  And if the population decends into ruin and chaos, well, it's happened before.  Greeks without jobs should be leaving for better opportunity elsewhere.  Eliminate the Greek sham government officially.  Turn the whole country into a Euro disney land as it does have attractions.   

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:20 | 2421246 AldousHuxley
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that's what happens when you have a ruling family controlled by foreign powers. Read into family history of current PM.


No different than Bush-Clinton families ruining USA.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:26 | 2421122 yabyum
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JMHO Spain is just as bad, if not worse.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:27 | 2421123 RoadKill
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This is alot to read for not alot of analysis.

Answer this... Why cant Greece UNILATERALLY say all private sector debt not owed to Greek banks and pension funds he day before the announcement is null and void. All ECB and IMF debt will be replaced by bonds with a 50 year term, half the face value and a 1% interest rate.

They stay in the EU unless forced oit and continue using the Euro.

Why does a declaration of bankrupcy require them to change currencies? If they want to use their own currency thats a different issue. But every soverign has the right to refuse to pay its debt. How many countries have done this in the last 100 years?

Soverigns should not be allowed to borrow money because it ils a tax on FUTURE voters that didnt elect them. Bankers shoildnt lend to governments because EVERY GOVERNMENT THAT HAS EVER BORROWED MONEY HAS EVENTUALLY DEFAULTED ON THOSE LOANS.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:36 | 2421135 Beam Me Up Scotty
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What about countries that lend to countries?  Will China be happy if we default?  Or will they be happy if we print?  Something tells me they won't be very happy.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:01 | 2421178 RoadKill
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Sounds like China's problem.

I do.t recall signing any loan documents. I dont owe China one dime.

I have no debt. Never have. I also dont own any soverign debt. Never will. I see this as one group of people that lent to much money to another group of people. It has nothing to do with me.

If only it were so easy though. The lenders want to send the parasites that they lent to (soldiers police and other wards of the state) to my house with a gun take take my shit inorder to reduce their losses fron lending to the parasites.

If China decides to stop lending to America tomorrow it doesnt effect me. I dont get earned income tax credits, food stamps, unemployment or welfare. If Commrade O tries to raise my taxes I guess Ill have to pay my tax guy more $. Or Ill be forcrd to go live on a nice island tax free.

According to liberals thats how ee should decide the max tax rate. Not fairness, but a level at which maximizes revenues but not so high everyone uses loopholes or rennounces citizenship.

If you look at the record number of people that renounced last year we are getting close to that point anyway.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:17 | 2421239 Beam Me Up Scotty
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I agree with you in both posts.  Was just adding China to the mix.  Im on the same page with you as far as those debts go.  Its no different than if my neighbor got the big home equity line of credit, bought the boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, and $60,000 Suburban and went bust on it all when his interest rates got to high or he lost his job.  Meanwhile, I drive the 125,000 mile car that I bought with 100,000 miles on it and made extra principle payments on my mortgage.  Neighbor thinks he can use gubbamint to tax me more and take my money to help his sorry ass.

Problem with neighbor China is, they have nukes.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:26 | 2421273 LawsofPhysics
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Fuck, everyone has nukes.  So fucking what?  At least a well-armed society tends to be a bit more polite.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:08 | 2421544 Gully Foyle
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"At least a well-armed society tends to be a bit more polite."

Fuck that shit. How polite are they in the well armed hood? Or the Barrio.

Intelligence and respect for the other person creates a polite society, not weapons.

Yet that bullshit adage still exists.



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:36 | 2421924 DosZap
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Your FOS..............

Intelligence and respect for the other person creates a polite society, not weapons.

Yet that bullshit adage still exists.

Not bullshit, forget comparing NORMAL society with inbred  animals.(criminal gangs,gang rapes, and territorial drug lords),ethnic hatred is  the NORM in those areas.It's all about power and drugs and money.

Those areas are more like SOMALIA than the rest of the USA.(sounds like Bankstas huh?).

The Crime rates in the US are the lowest (I think they have ever been now), and thats with more a 1000x's people armed than ever before in our history on the street.

FBI's latest stats.

 So, there goes you BULLSHIT theory.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:48 | 2421796 Beam Me Up Scotty
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"Fuck, everyone has nukes.  So fucking what?  At least a well-armed society tends to be a bit more polite"

Until you screw them out of a few trillion dollars because you stole all of their raw materials and productivity.  That sounds like what the lazy fat asses of this country want.  They want more more more from those that produce.  And after you pay your taxes and what you "owe" to society, they will come years later and take what you have saved because you "owe" some more.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:37 | 2421312 Seb
Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:57 | 2421386 Shibumi2
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RoadKill, Can you be this stupid?


Americans operate under a system of a CONstitutional Republic. Within that system, Americans elect people to represent and ACT in their interest and ON their behalf.


If you voted for ANY of these ELECTED MORANS, they were YOUR PROXY!


If you hire a BUSINESS AGENT, give him POWER OF ATTORNEY and your CHECKBOOK, and he makes bad decisions and investments on your behalf, YOU are still liable for ALL of his financial decisions.





Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:13 | 2421454 Joe The Plumber
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Good luck collecting. How is the greek collection agency doing right now?

The next generation will repudiate this debt forced upo them by selfish previous generations

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:00 | 2421669 RoadKill
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How will you force me to pay?

I'm not sure if Im tough enough to refuse to perform manual labor if you lock me up and torture me if I refuse.  So I guess you can make me pay SOME of the debt.  But if we go from our current innovation based society to one like North Korea or Saddam's Iraq - then GDP will fall 90% and I will still be right - the debt won't be paid.

According to total income taxes in the US in 2012 were $1.8trillion.  I paid about $800k of taxes or 0.000044% of that.  So on that basis you think my fair share of the debt $6.66 million.  SCREW THAT!  I will gladly sell my US citizen ship for less then that - who want's it?

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 11:14 | 2423743 Shibumi2
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You are ALREADY paying it off, in addition to your DIRECT TAXES via INFLATION and what I call the INVISIBLE DEVALUATION....quality of life/health.


I would draw you a road map, but simply delaminate your head from your ass and you'll eventually see what is happening aroud you

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:21 | 2421879 DosZap
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Sounds like China's problem.

I do.t recall signing any loan documents. I dont owe China one dime.

I have no debt. Never have. I also dont own any soverign debt. Never will. I see this as one group of people that lent to much money to another group of people. It has nothing to do with me.

Oh, yes you do..........................your demoncratically elected reps have allowed the Fed to spend your money.And China is divesting itself of more and more USD's daily, they are not, have not been buying for months.

They be cashin OUT.

They are forming alliances with the BRICS, done Banks, and end arounding the USD.

They know Europe, and the US is not going to be their GO TO dudes for exports.................the BRICS are.

The US econ is DOA, thanks Obsoscumma, and the EU is also........40% of our Exports USED to go to them.

Who we gwinna sell to now?.And who do you think the Feds are going to fleece even more,as this evolves?.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:58 | 2421829 DosZap
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What about countries that lend to countries?  Will China be happy if we default?  Or will they be happy if we print?  Something tells me they won't be very happy.

EITHER WAY.............................not Happy.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:35 | 2421138 RoadKill
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Lets nit forget that money is not the economy. The economy is people getting up, producing things other people want and consuming what they can afford. Money is simply a way of keeping track of who owes who what. We can wipe out those past debts without people stopping living.

Yes many people who currently think they are owed decades of someone elses labor will find themselves having to go back to work. But at this point isnt it proven all those ponzi schemes are broke anuway? Pretending the losses arent there doesnt fix anything.

In a perfect world lending is supposed to be used to level out cash flows for seasonal businesses and companies that get paid for goods or services after they have to pay for the inputs to make them. They are revolvers that should 0 out over some reasonable term like 5 years. Or they allow a family to buy a house and pay it off over time.

Borrowing is not supposed to build up with one group of people always over consuming and others always under consuming. When this happens the OVERCONSUMERS WILL ALWAYS DEFAULT. Think about it. You make $80 a year but spend $100 for 40 years. Then when you are old and sick you are going to not just cut your spendig to $80, but you have to cut is to $40-$50 to pay back what you owe - of course you will walk away. Good bankers lend to TEMPORARY borrowers not secular ones.

Problem is to many people let their monet be lent out by bad bankers. That momey isnt there. Just forget about it and get on with life.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:38 | 2421142 LawsofPhysics
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You are correct.  All economies are really local and becoming more local by the minute as no one trusts anyone else.  Moral hazard is indeed a bitch when fraud goes unprosecuted and there are no consequences for bad behavior.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:38 | 2421318 WAMO556
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You get a slap in the face and a middle finger for the nonsense you just posted. And by the way, use spell check. Your shit is really loose!!!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:04 | 2421681 RoadKill
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Ahh the refuge of the intellectually bankrupt.


I’ll admit that my spelling is shit.  But I do most of my posts off a PHONE and there is no spell check.  I’m lucky if spelling errors are the least of my worries.  Often times the cursor jumps up 3 lines while I’m in the middle of typing and part of words get deleted, random symbols get inserted etc...

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:22 | 2421470 John_Coltrane
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Extremely good points.  This is what people forget when they discuss unfunded liabilities for pensions, medicare, SS etc.  Its all nonsense-they won't be honored unless there are enough producers to fund them-and there won't be-so no real problem, eh?  You either produce or die.  This is real life government by laws of entropy and energy.  You either have skills and abilities of value to others or your gene pool gets deleted.  So, any parasites out there (very few on this site I'm guessing) should start brushing up on their technical skills, get in shape, and learn discipline, both mental and physical.  Life is all about reducing entropy (disorder) which requires work and energy.  Real wealth depends on producitity and work.

By the way, when Greece defaults, they better learn to be productive and self-sufficient.  Its the old grass hopper and the ant parable, baby! 

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:42 | 2421148 ISEEIT
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If only life were so easy.

It is not.

Socialism is not 'scaleable'.

Liberty is.

You are perfectly entitled to your socialism within a Libertarian 'regime'.

You are denied Liberty under a 'socialist' regime.

Get it?

Est-ce que tu me comprends?


You still don't get 'it'?

What part of Re-tard-ed do you have the greatest difficulty with?


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:30 | 2421286 LawsofPhysics
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And what of fascism motherfucker?  Because that is what the U.S. has now. Hello? where is John Corzine? Dumb-asses in Jail for stealing a few hundred while this fuck steals over 2 billion and still walks free?  Fuck you, you are but another useful idiot.


Prosecute the fucking fraud at all levels, period.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:12 | 2421702 hardcleareye
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"Do you have to use so many cuss words?"  The Big Labowski

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:38 | 2421320 crawldaddy
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wow, you are one of those "geniuses" who doesnt realize they are a "genius".  

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:59 | 2421826 bugs_
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"Socialism is not 'scaleable'"

excellent, just excellent.

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 08:21 | 2423145 Al Gorerhythm
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Iseeit, is this post directed at someone else? It seems as if it's an argument in favor of Liberty so it seems odd to be directed at Roadkill.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:01 | 2421177 GMadScientist
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Banksters shouldn't screw the pooch so hard that sovereigns are forced to rescue their insane gambling asses from themselves with idiotic "bailouts" (one may note that an actual bailout... SAVES THE SHIP).



Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:12 | 2421219 RoadKill
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I dont get this. Any dispassionate analysis shiws that 100% of all money lent to the banks has been repaid. Note I exclude AIG and Freddie Fannie in that. Those are socialist wards of the state used to buy votrs

Citi still has some government ownership, but its less then the warrants the government made from Goldman, MS and JPM. we still have a lot of money owed by the car companies.... But the bank bailout is NOT why we have $15 trillion of debt. That is the fault of the following.

1. The millitary complex. We spend as much $ as the rest of the world combined.
2. The welfare complex. 50% of the population recieves net payments from the government.
3. Government unions - government employment grows 3x faster then population. Government pay grows 2x faster then GDP and they all have massive unpaid for benefit programs. My brother - an AG is already planning what to do after he retires at 54. His husband is only 7 years away from retiring at 50 something because he started working for the government at 21. Btw they own a house in DC that most people on here would have trouble paying for ($1mm+)
4. The demographics of SS and Medicare.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:35 | 2421307 LawsofPhysics
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Wrong, show us the analysis. banks appear "whole" and to have "paid back" taxpayers because of mark to fantasy accounting gimmics.  You also ignore all the investors who got fucking shafted during the corporate (including banks and AIG) collapses and bailouts. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN MADE WHOLE ASSHOLE.   Can you say "Corzined", I knew you could. Prosecute the fucking fraud already and restore the rule of fucking law.

Make the shareholders and the fucking management reasponsible every fucking time a private company goes belly-up.

Atlas is shrugging and will continue to do so as long as people like you ignore the reality around you.  Fine with me, the sooner this shitpile collapses on it self, the sooner compensation will find it's way back to people who are worth a shit.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:45 | 2421633 Drachma
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I agree, but please save the Ayn Rand allusions for the sort of disenchanted, born-yesterday, cult-followers that naturally gravitate to charlatans of her ilk. Cheers.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:52 | 2421806 mammoth mo
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Well  if you repay with money from the same source some would say you really didn't repay.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:11 | 2421223 resurger
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Yo Road,

No, thats what the fucking banksters do, they lend to governments and they make sure they structure the loans in avery complex product that it bankrupts and enslaves the Governments for life, it's easy that way to install puppets and lackys who will be very obediant to TPTB! So whenever the people say "NO", then where will be blood in the streets, anarchy and chaos to restore liberty. The best thing i read from the above is that when the author said "If Greece exits, other countries will exit too" and that's the thing which they are afraid of, they dont want the countries to default on their loans so they will no longer OWE THOSE MOTHER FUCKERS SHIT! On the contrary, they will do whatever it takes to keep them in the system, even if it takes the printing of anohter Quntrillion EURS and USDS, so the Fiat Bazooka will always stand ready!

We live in a world where the powerful are not allowed to take any losses on anything, that's why the BIS has established an LCR requirments which will be enforced through 2013 that gives Government Bonds 0% haircut.

They will solve the impossible to keep Greece in the Euro Project, unless the people coup d'état their corrupt government, default on all their EUR Bonds, and reset the system with ND or GRD in which it's value will be determined by the people of Greece, France, Italy, Spain etc.

one of the most amazing things i heard so far in 2012 is this from a Spanish girl:

"As long as we Party, Drink and Fuck there are no problems" ...


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:03 | 2421406 CrashisOptimistic
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Agreed.  A poor article.

It is not at all clear to me why Greece would exit the Euro even if they default on ECB loans AND IMF loans.  It could be done non belligerently, for the consumption of the Greek citizenry -- "We have every intention of paying a fair and just amount of this debt as soon as the situation stabilizes" and then pay nothing for a while.

They have nothing to gain by exiting when they can do the default without an exit.  Yes, the ECB would cut them off from further lending . . . *maybe* . . . but they are going to have to go to deficit zero overnight anyway.  The ECB could be persuaded to restore overnight liquidity as long as there is 24 hr repayment and thus Greece ATM machines would still work and life could continue.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:47 | 2421790 earleflorida
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"Has America EVER Defaulted on its debt?"

ref. Source *

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 23:28 | 2422678 RiverRoad
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+1   Beware of Greeks accepting gifts.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2421130 ISEEIT
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Uh huh.

Who shrugged?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:16 | 2421236 cossack55
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William Black

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:35 | 2421133 Dapper Dan
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What I think:

The folks who are at the top will get the info first, then have a day to sell or reposition and make millions, then the info will be released to everyone else, who will lose millions.

Who cares what I think, buy the dip.


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The consensus believes that brown shoots are here and the economic train will derail for the third summer in a row.  The S&P 500 dropped 8% during the month of May in 2010.  In 2011, the month of May was the start of a near 20% correction in domestic equity markets.  And here we are again; the market is rolling over on softer U.S. economic data and European fears.  I think much of this hype is overdone and that whether the pullback in the S&P 500 is 5% or 15%, buying the dip makes sense.  There is clearly a distortion in the seasonal adjustments of many of the often followed data points.  The Great Recession and its occurrence in the calendar is clearly skewing the data to be better in the fall/winter and worse in the spring.  Throw in the warmest weather in a century, and you have a recipe for even more distortion. I wrote back in March that investors should put new purchases on hold.  Since then, the S&P 500 has fallen 4.5%. I don’t know where the ultimate bottom will be, but I don’t think it pierces 10%.  I will highlight three key macro reasons to expect a market correction to be temporary along with three stocks to add during this pullback.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:35 | 2421134 I am Jobe
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Get this shit done with. WTF, drag drag drag this shit out.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:34 | 2421136 Sandmann
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Greece however remains INSIDE the EU so still have claims on Regional Funds and Structural Funds - probably an increased claim if things get so bad. It would also have access to World Bank funds and to Relief Aid from the US World Food Program. It is after all Election Year and greek PACs could make it interesting for candidates.

Then there is China and Russia who would find helping a European reject with port facilities a good way of causing embarrassment. Greece would of course push out its illegals and destabilise Albania so that the Balkans could be an area for US and EU attention.

The Greeks could re-assess their defence agreements with Israel which would help the US assess its position in the region.

It depends how hardball the New Greek dictatorship wanted to play. Hiring lots of buses offering free transport to Greeks to find work in France, Germany, Austria could be a way of bringing matters home to the EU - perhaps even coach trips to the UK to visit the Olympics and claim welfare in LOndon could be a good ploy. Pakistan floods the world with its surplus population to maintain some sort of stability at home - why not Greece ?

I think you look at things without the hard edge of political reality and are too focused on the legal niceties - the game is about POWER and using it to get goals attained. Greece is so near to the Middle East that Europeans tend to forget its role in Cyprus and its connections with Lebanon. All this hokey about Ancient Greece as if they were Californians in Sausalito is hogwash - it is a Middle Eastern country that lived for centuries under Muslim Ottoman domination which destroyed the Ancient Greek systems of law and coherence. It is as screwed up as anywhere else the Caliphate spread its  catastrophic influence

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:05 | 2421422 Bam_Man
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Agree that for a multitude of reasons Greece will not be allowed to become a failed, pariah state after EZ exit. Remaining in the EU will provide access to foreign aid & other kinds of international support to keep the country from disintegrating. Net, net they will be far better off after a "soft default" via introduction of a New Drachma than by remaining indefinitely in the EZ debt & austerity straitjacket.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:48 | 2421520 GeneMarchbanks
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Nothing guarantees the Drachma outcome that all here seem to be salivating for, as much is clear to the [good] Greek economists who understand that a return of national currency means nothing good for the locals despite the CoL propaganda.

Local currencies and barter seem to be the developing trend, communal economies which won't have to be internationally 'competitive'. All of this is, of course, bad news for the moneychangers and debt peddlers so your not 'hearing' about it is only to your detriment and their gain.


Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:52 | 2421647 Zero Debt
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Any analysis of Greece situation is incomplete without the immigration question. This is an issue which probably concerns many greeks far more than the Euro and the debt: the illegal immigration. If the Greece economy fails and rule of law fails this situation may get totally out of hand. This explains the rise of nationalism as well as part of the unemployment statistics. There is evidence that several areas in Greece is turning into ghettos. Theft, drug abuse, burglaries etc and most Greeks say that there is a high concentration of foreigners in there. These areas appear to be abandoned by the government (Google translate e.g. this article - Greece is very upset with Turkey about this ( and they are planning to build 50 detention camps within less than two years ( to hold thousands of illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, other parties are trying to marginalize the Golden Dawn (, the question is how viable this strategy is when some districts give over 20% of their votes to them. While the EU countries may laugh at Greece and how they should take care of their own business, they should be aware that 90% of all illegal immigrants enter Europe through Greece. If they let Greece fail by throwing them out of the EU, the problem of illegal immigration will only get worse. Even ordinary legal immigrants in Greece are now worried about their safety, despite following the rules. No wonder, when the Golden Dawn are proposing to blow them up on the border by laying out landmines and using them as forced labor in work camps. This is not conjecture, the camps are under construction. Expect this problem to get far worse before it gets any better (some footage eg

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:37 | 2421139 francis_sawyer
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 "If Greece Exits, Here Is What Happens"


So I guess I'm going long ACME Supply Co. & birdseed...

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 13:33 | 2421488 WmMcK
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Don't forget - "The coyote is really a crazy clown".

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:39 | 2421144 FranSix
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So, will Greece be defecting over the weekend?  Because this is getting long in the tooth, and they better have it all arranged for Monday's open.  Either that, or it all goes down during a business day, heaven forfend.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:44 | 2421153 Mr.Kowalski
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I look for the Greek Army to throw out the (incompetent) civilian government. The military only handed over power back to the civilians in the early 1980's. It could easily happen again. At this point, there begins a chain reaction: depositors will immediately empty out any money they have in Greek banks-- if the Army allowed them to even open for business. This will cause a large number of Greek banks (and the loans they took out from other EU banks) to go under. The Greek stock market probably would'nt even bother opening.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:49 | 2421158 the 300000000th...
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If they havent been betting on 100% loses all along then they are just stupid

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:54 | 2421165 coltek
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When you hit the house limits, you end up sitting on a big pile of shit!

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 11:55 | 2421170 Comay Mierda
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all this is bs.  somehow, someway, the can will be kicked further.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:01 | 2421181 Badabing
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How many times have we heard this?  Greece on the verge of default exit the Euro.

Do you think Greece will be allowed to screw the banksters and not pay up?

Never! will they (TPTB) let the first of the dominos fall.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:08 | 2421211 surf0766
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They are already in a depression.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:10 | 2421212 Nussi34
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Greece vanishing from the earth is like a gag of rice tipping over in China.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:14 | 2421227 onceinalifetime
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I'm sure that the Greeks would find a way out of this crisis.
Argentina managed to get along because they are big exporters of goods to the entire world.
So if Greek would continue exports its goods... but wait.... what Greek ACTUALLY EXPORTS???

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:17 | 2421237 Nobody For President
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Comay is, alas, probably right - the can will get kicked to next Tuesday (leg strength not being what it once was) when the British Law bond payment is due, and the interim gubernmint headed by a squidman will manage to get the EFSF money needed to pay up and avoid default.


Then the can gets moved to the next Greek election,

and this INSANE, STUPID, Greece non-default this week continues...

This re-defines tedious.

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:21 | 2421252 vincent
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Why has'nt anybody called Mr. Romney?

He can fix this.

I'll pitch in by buying one of their big fancy cruiseboats

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 12:24 | 2421267 Martin Silenus
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Lotsa comparisons flying around likening Greece to Argentina.  Trouble is, Argentina was/is a heavy commodities exporter, plus they had the advantage of bailing when the global economy wasn't in such a tailspin.  Still, it would be better for Greece to leave now and face a few years of dismal recession instead of staying and dealing with what will likely be a long long depression.

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