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The VAT tax, being essentially regressive and punative, is a major blunder. That point just added inordinate amount of fuel to what was already raging fire IMNSHO.
Taxes Are Horrendous In Europe ...
And its getting worse.
While the Elites live in the lap of luxury...
This AUSTERITY SHIT didn't work in Greece (disaster),
why would it work in any other EU State ???
"Bunga bunga, baby !"
That would make a great ZH avatar for somebody, alas I am obliged to keep my black liva bird (swan).
Shut up and eat your fucking cake, before I call out the riot police and water cannons. We will have austerity, and you will like it.
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
DA DA DA DA!
Riot police ? Water cannons ? "Escalating public disorder" in Italy? Are you sure ?
Do you really still believe the Reuters and all that mainstream news agencies ?
Do you really believe that Gaddafi bombed peaceful demonstrators making 10'000 casualties with cluster bombs as the BBC and Al Jazeera reported ? Do you really believe that this was the reason for the UN resolution and then war in Libya ?
If so, you well deserve Reuters and the like.
No Italian news agency written in Italian dares writing of "escalating public disorder" because anyone who was there today in Italy would immediately ridiculate it.
By reporting from Reuters what is going down the drain is the credibility not of the Italian BTPs but of zerohedge and of Tyler Durden. Ridiculous, it is the only word !!!
In terms of public order what you had today in Italy was a minority strike with peaceful demonstrations. More precisely, minority meansa a tiny fraction of the Italian workers.
I don't know about Italy, but I believe the BBC reports on the UK riots because I live here. There were definitely riots. My ex girlfriend lives in London and I am just north of Manchester - definitely, definitely riots.
Maybe they are over-stating the Italy problem, but the UK problem was real.
BBC reported about cluster bombs used by Gaddafi troops in Lybia (not in Italy !!) killing many people (before the UN resolution 1973). Gaddafi's son answer (that mainstream media never reported) was: we are neither criminals nor idiots. About the Gaddafi regime not being criminal iit s a different matter. About them not neing idiots, he had a very strong point: cluster bombs leave very clear signs that BBC wasn't able to show. The Gaddafi government brought the journalists to the place where according to BBC cluster bombs had been used and their signs simply weren't there.
As for Manchester and London I don't doubt that there were riots but, well, there in the UK people speak English. Blatant inaccuracy there wouldn't be possible.
There is a clear spin in the news about today's strike in Italy by Reuters.
The shame is not on Reuters (poor paid liars) but on zerohedge for falling into the trap of the information spin doctors.
What wonderful memories!
I remember once a "Rally against Berlusconi" some years ago, they were news with footage of THREE FREAKING MILLIONS ITALIANS demonstrating in Rome against his Gov.
All the media were dead sure his time was over...
And the "Riots against Globalism" in Genua? Ah, those were violent young men...
My friend, whatever happens in Italy stays there, leave the truth to Murdoch's boys, they know how to spin and milk...
This shit has been going on for thousands of years. It has 1 of 3 possible outcomes. Dark age of oppression, failed civil war followed by a dark age of oppression, or successful revolution.
One other: Entropy.
That's about as far as the american people will take it. An ongoing adpatation to less and less has been going on in variouis precincts around the country for 30 years. It's just that those are invisible, on no one's radar. But a hundred million of the american citizenry have already made the adjustment to live on very very little. And no hope of that ever changing. As long as the SNAP cards work----and you can be sure the top 10% will see to it that they do, there will be no revolution successful or otherwise.
Dark age? Depends on your definition of 'dark'.
"As long as the SNAP cards work----and you can be sure the top 10% will see to it that they do...."
...for at least as long as it takes to release a cocktail of swine / avian / Spanish flu, antibiotic resistant E-Coli and the usual suspects of cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, etc into the 'ghetto' populations.
Or let the sanitary systems collapse on their own through austerity-mandated lack of maintenance and let nature do the job for you. Can't get the blame then, if anyone starts poking their nose in.
The problem with biological stuff is that it's not all that controllable. I doubt that TPTB could really protect themselves from it: yeah, they might THINK that they can (fool themselves), which would be the scary part I guess (meaning that they might try it, thereby condeming ALL), but they cannot.
"Dark age? Depends on your definition of 'dark'."
Exactly! I hate all these trite labels.
I've been to parts of the world that many of us in the entitlement world (western world) would consider "dark."
I think that those looking to rule over us use such labels to scare us into Their arms. And it's Their paradigms that are NOT sustainable.
It's not so much "dark" as the contrast, and "white," being NOT sustainable, isn't as "white" as most would like to admit (and therefore "dark" isn't as "dark" as they'd like us to believe).
But a hundred million of the american citizenry have already made the adjustment to live on very very little.
Nice successful comical attempt.
on very very little? What do you mean? Six? Five? Four? Three cars/flat screen TV set? Going out to eat six, five, four, three days in a week?
Come on, US citizens have been consuming more and more for the last forty years. Consuming more and more is not live on very very little.
dark as in irrational or ideological or theological governance.
"Dark age of oppression, failed civil war followed by a dark age of oppression, or successful revolution."
Apples and wrenches... You're mixing a long-term state -dark age of oppression- with short-term events -civil war and successful revolution. The events are change boundaries.
Rise and fall, rise and fall. And "rise" and "fall" depends on your point of view, where you are in relation to the centers of power (which are really the only things that can exhibit a sizable/recordable? event).
Humans aren't necessarily in control of their destinies, not given global climate cycles: the next glacial period would wipe out any "dark age of oppression" or "successful revolution" (to mix apples and wrenches).
Making shit up as they go along.
withhold retirement funds 2 years after leaving job
LOL. Set the mandatory retirement age to 45. Then set the age to collect retirement benefits to 75. That should free up a lot of jobs and stop all those pesky retirement checks from going out. The bankers can keep getting their debt payments. The program should last about 6 months before the bankers find a way to lose all their new found projected loot.
Isla...I mean, Italian summer?
When will American citizens do something like this?
When the SNAP cards stop working.
funny DHS is more worried about terrorist threats, but if a cyber terrorist managed to kill the snap system...well Armageddon is only 3 meals away
DHS? Oh, the ones who 'lost' the backpack full of explosives in the Phoenix airport 'security drill' this weekend? 'DHS worried about terrorist threats'? I'd say theyre the ones planning it.
Holy shit - they're gonna blow up PHOENIX ?!!
I was under the impression that CHICAGO would get the next false flag attack.
Oh, well ... there they go again - MANUFACTURING MY OPINION !!
You may expect the SWAT Team momentarily.
SNAP cards or the power grid. If we were to have a catastrophic failure of a major region power grid, that could rile up the natives in that area. Watching the domesticated animals of the inner city (people, not pets) tear each other apart because the power has been off for a week on CNN could have some interesting side effects.
Ivy League graduates receive SNAP cards. << Click on this to read the full story.
BHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA <breathe> AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!!
Complacent, fat-and-happy, couch-potato, no work ethic, apathetic, lazy Joe Sixpack American?
Get me the beer and Cheetos. The games about to start. And make me a sammich, Bitchez.
Im certainly not counting on the idiot women or feminized 'men' around me this morning chattering obsessively about their vicarious football party tonite to do anything ever.
Me either. But, that will be a true blessing, as if and when they do act, they will not be acting in your best interest.
Think of it like helping a drowning man. He will use anything to stay afloat, including you.
Same thing about the sleepers. If they are shocked out of their slumber, they will immediately look to the ants of around them and convince themselves that they are owed something from those ants.
So, just keep quiet and sing them the old nursery rhyme:
"Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep little sheepy."
they will immediately look to the ants of around them and convince themselves that they are owed something from those ants.
Yep, right, US citizens are going to try to squeeze even more any person on planet Earth who they feel to be ants to them. And that's a lot.
So exactly how are US citizens squeezing the rest of the world?
You said it. Stupid Americans paying far, far more attention to their fantasy football league and Real Housewives, instead of the Eurozone implosion.
Every day, we slide further. And every day, I care less and less whether other Americans are prepared. I don't feel proud saying it, but I swear Americans are fucking clueless.
Amen bro. And I hate to admit it or even think it. But I do, it's hard to help it. When people won't take any initiative whatsoever to improve not just the country or their neighbor but themselves and their families, it's hard to be sympathetic.
"When will American citizens do something like this?"
you tube statistics:
Akon (I just had sex): 122,826,772 hits
How Federal Reserve Bank works: 48,281 hits
This is the reality: the people in the streets don't give a S###
I don't know the latest numbers, but I generally recall they are 1.5 trillion euro/francs in the hole, and that's just the government debt, not the banks. Can anyone comment whether this is enough to pull them from a death spiral? It sure doesn't sound like it, not even close.
and que the riots in 3..2..1
Ah everyone everywhere wants everything but nobody wants to pay for it. We had the ability in 2008 to survive the coming upheaveal with a social benefits safety net but we chose instead to bail out the banks and the wall street titans who made bad bets. Now we must live with our ridiculousness for allowing that to happen and start embracing the poverty. Until people understand that the bank bailouts of the past 3 years are ultimately responsible for their coming living conditions then nothing will change.
Right! We've fixed nothing since 2008, even though 85% said 'dont bail out the banks' the bought and paid for 'representatives' decided to hand over the blank check book to the tantrum-throwing bankers and here we are today 50X worse off.
They are Greece, game over but the elephant in the room is Spain...
Mamma Mia! Here we go again........
I'll bet they wish they had a cheap like this place to buy gold coins right now. Anyone know of anyplace cheaper than TexMetals? In my research, they seem to even be cheaper than Tulving for new coins, which is an accomplishment
Meanwhile americans sit idle...the chatter around me this morning is all about the NFL kickoff and chicken wings, chips and dips, and beer. Sleep on, 'more broke than anyone' america.
Perhaps this is why!
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