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One Greek's Take On The Upcoming Referendum

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Perhaps the Greek referendum does have a chance to pass, if based on this one opinion from Nikos Konstandaras of Kathimerini

Six Bullets In The Barrel

After my initial despair at the announcement of the referendum -- a decision I consider frivolous, suspicious and dangerous -- I was overcome by a strange calm. I understood, as never before, that the Greeks do not feel alive if not flirting with death. I don't know if, in his simplistic political obsessions, George Papandreou felt this and therefore pushed the country into a game of Russian roulette. In any case, he put bullets in the revolver and handed it to the people.

In the land of “No,” of the eternal, automatic, storied “No,” the “No” which unites every special interest group and conflicting ideology, in the middle of the most difficult, the most brutal economic and social reforms ever attempted in our time, the person burdened with the responsibility of persuading the people as to the virtues of his policy confesses that he cannot carry this weight and passes it on to the citizens.

This is the first bullet in the gun's barrel: the leader's lack of conviction in himself and in the reform effort. The second bullet: If we judge by opinion polls, the great majority disagrees with the measures and does not approve of the government nor of the troika. The third bullet: All the opposition parties, which have been clamoring for elections, see their enemy losing direction; like sharks smelling blood, they have fallen upon him. They know that if the referendum is approved, they lose this contest and, furthermore, the prospect of early elections. Papandreou has challenged them to destroy him, and with him, Greece's future in the European Union and the reform effort. The fourth bullet: Many cadres of the ruling PASOK party are extremely critical of government policy -- either for reasons of their own political survival or out of personal bitterness -- and undermine the faith of even the most loyal party members. The fifth bullet: the widespread view that the policy is wrong and the government incapable of leading Greece out of the crisis, in which case, any change of government is to be desired.

If our time-wasting argument over whether we will accept the agreement which writes down our debt and provides new loans wrecks the effort to fortify the eurozone, and, in the end, the offer is withdrawn, then we will have the sixth bullet. This one will have our name on it. How many bullets does the gun take, so that we might know whether we have a chance of surviving? Only time will tell.

The situation is that dangerous. Our country appears to be sliding quickly toward a state of anarchy that could give birth to demons. Our dazed troupe of politicians persists with its outdated role-playing while the storm has torn down the theater and the crowd is howling for justice, blood, shelter, hope, direction. Demagogues, rascals, false prophets scream curses from TV and radio stations, glorying in their own psychoses, serving the interests of known and hidden masters. At the border between East and West, faced with the choice between isolation and Europe, one step away from losing all that we achieved and sinking into our worst selves, we seek excuses to abandon our rescue.

Maybe deep down this is what we wanted. Maybe we cannot tolerate a peaceful home. Now, once again, our worst enemy is ourself. And he is armed.


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Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:36 | 1834117 ml8ml8
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I predict a misfire.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:41 | 1834158 Financial_Guard...
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Not if you lubricate the barrel with some Grecian Formula!

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:44 | 1834480 I am more equal...
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This calls for something really obnoxious.  The Deathmobile!

Flounder, from Delta House - the Greeks - throw a huge Frat party (Toga... Toga.. Toga), get drunk and then turn the gun on the crowd promptly killing Europa.  That's ok, Bluto will fix it.  Start drinking - trust me - I'm in pre-Keynesian. 

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:45 | 1834483 Pool Shark
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The Greek People need to turn that revolver back on their pathetic leaders;

Just like the Icelanders did... 

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:23 | 1834823 vocational tainee
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I would love to see that...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:27 | 1834839 vocational tainee
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I would love to see that...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:48 | 1834192 The Chief
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I fear that your prediction is likely to be realized. My fear is that the fix is in. If they can rig elections in the US with machinery/gameplans developed in Chicago, then what chance do the people of Greece have against these monsters?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:02 | 1834248 DormRoom
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Everyone is missing the bigger picture.  Now with the a Greek referendum certain, Italian (PIIGs) bonds will go higher, thus the contagion will spread!

Greece referendum won't be on Un-ge-la's mind, when the need to backstop Italy is whispered in the Bundestag.

Greece default is old news.  Italy default is what worries Un-ge-la.  And the chances have now increased exponentially.  ECB will be buying US printing presses to meet demand.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:30 | 1834633 TradingJoe
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All printing presses are from Germany HEIDELBERGER DRUCK!!! :)))

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:02 | 1834257 CompassionateFascist
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There will be no Referendum. Banksters/NATO, operating thru a cabel of Greek Generals, will seize "control" of the country.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:21 | 1834354 Cole Younger
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Explain why anyone would seize the country. Greece has no resouces, no manufacturing, no anything of real value. It's major industry is tourism. It would make no sense whats so ever. The U.S. on the other hand is ripe for the seizing when we default. Problem with that is our private citizens have more guns and amunition than the entire world...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:27 | 1834391 Ned Zeppelin
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Why seize the country?  It must be seized and sentenced to austerity forever as just punishment for the audacity of its citizens for saying "enough!" and, more importantly, as an object lesson to all other citizens to heed their masters' instructions (which come straight from the banks) that disobedience will not be tolerated.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:41 | 1834429 redpill
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Greece would be the model for the new world order.  Perpetual indentured servitude.  So much debt you can never pay it off, you live like a pauper and can barely keep up on the interest payments.  Holes up and down each arm, being bled as quickly as possible.  Peak interest bloodflow.  But the beasts always hunger for more, after the Greeks are subdued they'll turn to the next country and force them to prostrate themselves.  Thank goodness Iceland is an out-of-the-way island that most people don't pay attention to.  That default shit just won't do.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:02 | 1834545 Cole Younger
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The EU did not have to accept Greece into its monetary union. Oh well, no one is going to seize crap as there isn't crap to seize...thats why they are in the position they are in....they have nothing...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:26 | 1834606 Tompooz
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@Cole ""The U.S. on the other hand is ripe for the seizing when we default. Problem with that is our private citizens have more guns and amunition than the entire world..."


Guns, yes.., but ammunition..??  Supplies can easily be cut off and that (barring a lively black market) will be the end of the "seizing".

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 22:14 | 1835316 Lednbrass
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Plenty of people with thousands of rounds stockpiled, not to mention primers, powder, reloading equipment, etc. Some expecting trouble stockpile silver and gold coins, others have more faith in less flashy metals.  Billions of rounds are sold annually in thousand round cases to individuals- the citizenry probably has at least as much ammuntion stashed as the government does.

Depepnds on where you live I guess, but in the south its probably more common then not to have at least a few hundred rounds and many people have a case or two of 5.56 for the AR or 7.62 for the AK- without even counting a couple hundred rounds for high powered scoped hunting rifles.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:42 | 1834665 MS7
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Gold in Greece

Natural gas in Crete

Greece has onyx, marble, potential for agriculture (this dropped precipitously when it joined the EU). I'm no expert on resources but these were just off the top of my head.

It has tremendous strategic importance. 

Turkey for one would love some Greek territory.

I frankly see no reason why anyone would seize the ugly US. What does the US have? I don't want to mention the names of any states so as not to insult people but yuck. Who would want the US?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:00 | 1834740 Dirt Rat
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True dat. You should take a very close look at our decaying, decrepit infrastructure-- our water delivery and sewage systems, our roads, bridges, everything. There's been no maintenance on these things for the last 30 years and they're really becoming unserviceable.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:33 | 1835060 Things that go bump
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How dare you!  We have Disney World.  

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:12 | 1834582 SamAdams1234
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Germany needs a place to escape the winters in Berlin.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:51 | 1834205 CClarity
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Uh-oh!  Panos Beglitis,Greek defence minister, fired the armed forces chiefs of staff, after an unannounced meeting earlier today of the inner cabinet, which takes responsibility for defence decisions. No reason was given, writes the FT’s Kerin Hope in Athens.Panos Beglitis, Greek

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:06 | 1834281 kloot
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or maybe it was just an illussion of roulette, and the weapon was wiped clean. he cost alot of ppl alot of money today.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:35 | 1834120 RaymondKHessel
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Got Gold

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:56 | 1834232 redpill
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Nice little rebound this afternoon. SHTF hedging.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:25 | 1834381 youngman
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Its funny but the only thing we are missing in this chess match is the gold and silver going to the moon....CDS´s are prices are maxed out...its really time for gold to hit $5,000 and silver $50 IMHO....then the picture has been painted..

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:53 | 1834714 Abitdodgie
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This is not the event , gold and silver wil only go to the moon the day/week of the final collapse , they want all the gold for ultimate control and to re value for the new world paper.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:38 | 1834453 Citxmech
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The fact that PMs and Oil held in spite of a -300pt day signals to me that serious inflation is knocking on the door.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:36 | 1834127 johnnymustardseed
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One wonders at the drama... just default and start over .... Iceland did and nobody died

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:45 | 1834177 walküre
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Iceland is not a nation of tax cheats, socialists and nudists.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:57 | 1834240 redpill
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Not true!  Rumor has it you can still find entire frozen nudist colonies beneath the Vatnajokull Glacier.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 23:18 | 1835512 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The people of Iceland obviously take great pride in their grapefruit-sized balls.



Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:10 | 1834573 Eally Ucked
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I thought that nudist thing was started by Germans, isn't it true? Also I think that all that despised socialist movements started in Germany, it's bullshit also? At least I cannot call Germans tax cheaters, they are really hard working folks.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:25 | 1834618 walküre
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Did Germans invent nudism? Possibly, they invented most everything else. Socialism is fine if you can afford it. Greece can't afford it. Germany cannot afford to drop socialism alltogether.

There are Germans working for less than 4 Euros per hour. I don't know how they can afford to live in Germany but they can. Germany has no legalized minimum wage - yet.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:44 | 1834676 MS7
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Are they Germans working for less than minimum wage or mostly immigrants? Who would want a country with no minimum wage? That's sad.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:55 | 1834724 Abitdodgie
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Four Euros, I would not get out of bed to piss for that.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:56 | 1834729 Eally Ucked
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Don't be so arrogant man! 15 hundreds years ago you could not even face Romans in batlle field, your culture was nothing when Greeks were laying foundations for modern science and art. You were pushed by Slavic tribes and Mongols to  what you have now. Maybe, if you have some decency, you will acknowledge that wheel of history is still turning and talking about last 1 or 2 hundred years is nothing, you won't see it, but maybe in todays Germany in 3 hundred years history will see new Ottoman Empire or Islamic Republic in your territories. Is it possible?    

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 22:20 | 1835335 Lednbrass
Lednbrass's picture point of reality, 15 hundred years ago Germans smashed the degenerate Roman Empire.  The Romans never did succeed in taking more then a rather small portion of German territory for any length of time, and after Varus they were afraid to try.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:15 | 1834334 nwskii
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Iceland? LOL Nobody cares about Iceland its not really even a country. Watch the dominos fall, it will be fun when Spain shits the bed

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:36 | 1834130 unionbroker
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maybe it is just the Greeks thinking that if they are fucked why not make sure the rest of the world goes down with them.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:59 | 1834245 redpill
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maybe it is just the Greeks thinking that if they are fucked why not make sure the multinational banking interests go down with them.



Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:28 | 1834401 moneymutt
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crashing the money system, wiping out unpayable debts, starting a global jubilee is not fucking the world, its taking pain now to avoid never ending pain for 30 years.

Bailing out Greece is not about saving Greece, austerity paying debts will be extremely painful even with 50 percent haircuts.

Bailing out Greece is about making sure French and German bank investors do not lose all their money on bad loans. It protecting the banks.

So if you are a banker, then your world would end with a Greek default, for the rest of us, it would be a painful storm, but a passing one.

Iceland defaulted by not backing banks and devaluing currency for a while. Zimbabwe defaulted by printing money. Both countries are now doing pretty darn well, because no one has debt anymore. Jubilee, since biblical times, the only solution a debt that cant be paid, isnt paid.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 10:12 | 1836504 AE911Truth
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re: moneymutt: "the only solution a debt that cant be paid, isnt paid."

Or pay the debt with US Treasury issued interest free money.

result? No debt, no interest payments, and all the money we need.

Save your wealth in precious metals. Pay off debt with interest free money.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:28 | 1834403 moneymutt
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crashing the money system, wiping out unpayable debts, starting a global jubilee is not fucking the world, its taking pain now to avoid never ending pain for 30 years.

Bailing out Greece is not about saving Greece, austerity paying debts will be extremely painful even with 50 percent haircuts.

Bailing out Greece is about making sure French and German bank investors do not lose all their money on bad loans. It protecting the banks.

So if you are a banker, then your world would end with a Greek default, for the rest of us, it would be a painful storm, but a passing one.

Iceland defaulted by not backing banks and devaluing currency for a while. Zimbabwe defaulted by printing money. Both countries are now doing pretty darn well, because no one has debt anymore. Jubilee, since biblical times, the only solution a debt that cant be paid, isnt paid.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:36 | 1834135 mjk0259
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The enemy will be too busy stealing things to shoot.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:37 | 1834139 qussl3
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Just point the gun elsewhere idiot.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:38 | 1834142 Timmay
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The Banks want you to believe that freedom is scary. It's not.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:46 | 1834182 AldoHux_IV
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The current system is far scarier when it comes to rascals and false prophets.  Make no mistake about it: the government does not care about your well being only the total annihilation of freedom and democracy and they will create hell before giving up that power.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:39 | 1835084 Things that go bump
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I figure the government would  kill us all before letting us go.    

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:39 | 1834144 spinone
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Kabuki theater. Diversions. What's really going on?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:07 | 1834293 CPL
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Think back to Turkey...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:15 | 1834330 Dapper Dan
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Offhand I would say the real story is MF Global,  this Greece thing is just a distraction.

Most people know there is a problem with Greece, not many knew what MF global was doing.


MF Global accounts shock leaves clients scrambling  

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid 


CHICAGO/NEW YORK | Tue Nov 1, 2011 4:42pm EDT


Commodity traders pointed to MF Global's turmoil and Greece's surprise referendum to explain why U.S. oil prices fell more than 2 percent.


"MF Global has caused the markets and all of their traders lots of heartburn," said Todd Horwitz, chief strategist at The Adam Mesh Trading Group.

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - MF Global Holdings Ltd failed to protect customer accounts by keeping them separate from its own funds, said a top U.S. exchange regulator, another shock for commodity markets scrambling to contain fallout from the brokerage's bankruptcy.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:42 | 1834667 spekulatn
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I tend to agree with your assessment, Dapper Dan. Timing seems suspect.




Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:39 | 1834145 Mayer Amshel
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...drama-backed drachma anyone?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:40 | 1834149 luster
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I was hoping Leo had raised his ugly head.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:40 | 1834151 Niko nikad
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Iceland had referendum, and they voted "No", and their economy went through the purgatory but Iceland recovered within a year. G-Pap says he hopes the Greeks would vote "Yes" but maybe he really hopes they would stick it to the banks, too, and vote against.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:41 | 1834156 Reptil
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call Diebold?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:42 | 1834160 kito
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long live democracy!!! power to the people!!!


at the end of the day, i say if a referendum does go off, the people will vote yes. the unknown is scarier than the known. they wont turn down the euro cheese

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:43 | 1834164 MrBoompi
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The "demons" have been in Greece for some time now.  How else would you describe people who hide debt ala Enron in order to gain admission to the EU and then turn around and borrow even more money?  How else would you describe the bankers who aided and abetted this scheme?

Maybe people don't want to have their sovereignty turned over to outsiders.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:34 | 1834435 moneymutt
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Greece had a helathy VAT tax, but anybody rich, making good money, paid little to no taxes on the income. This would normally mean there would be no money for infrastructure, public safety, teachers, pensions etc...but the financial engineers said, hey look, you can all keep evading taxes because you can pay for all your govt services via debt. What more could a politician ask, no taxation but still function govt services and social safety, eveyrone, rich and poor is happy. The financial engineers are happy to make this bad loan, just like they were happy to lend to subprime warm bodies in US, because they figure, no matter how risky they lend, soveriegn govts/taxpayers will bail them out. Mostly they are right, time for them to be wrong.

Greece should default, and then starting taxing everyone, not just poor, and rebuild, only spending on govt services people are willing to be taxed for.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:31 | 1834636 BigJim
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Or get rid of the public services, and let private institutions provide them for a fee.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:47 | 1835102 Things that go bump
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And good riddance.  Governments offer a few public services and the next thing you know it thinks it owns you.  

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:43 | 1834168 TonyV
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Criticizing someone else is very easy. Coming up with a solution, not so much. Papandreu has already figured that out.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:44 | 1834171 lolmao500
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I understood, as never before, that the Greeks do not feel alive if not flirting with death.


Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:22 | 1834610 akak
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"Jackass, the Country"?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:44 | 1834172 LFMayor
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It's cylinder man.   You put 6 in the cylinder.  But I understand... eventually we have the same fire to run through in America.  Because sometimes the fastest way around the fire is straight through it.
Fight for your rights and your future.
Good luck.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:45 | 1834179 lolmao500
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Greece needs to say an Icelandic NO to the EU.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:34 | 1834432 kito
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big difference. iceland had a bank problem that the people didnt create nor wish to bail out. the greeks have social structural problems that they did help create...will they bail themselves out?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:34 | 1834640 Coke and Hookers
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Not entirely correct. Any economy run on an massively overvalued currency for a decade and too low interest rates will self destruct. Greece is merely the first to go because they were the weakest to begin with but all the other in southern Europe will follow. If Greece had not joined the eurozone they would not have suffered fake prosperity through fake money and account deficits. They would be poor like they were supposed to be but they would not be slaves to the international financial system and the Brussels machine. The only structural problems the Greeks have encountered involve the Euro.

The Greeks need to stop expecting a fix that will never come without full descent into slavery and the total loss of sovereignty. They need to man up, kick the eurocrats out and take the hit. There's no other choice.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:55 | 1834723 spekulatn
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Well put Coke and Hookers. The Greeks appear to have some leverage to negotiate better terms with their (unelected) EU overlords. I assume the Greeks want out of the EU.  Default and let the banks be stuck with the bill.




Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:02 | 1834180 kaiserhoff
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And the sun also rises...

Greece never belonged in the Euro.   This is the fallacy of equivocation, treating unequal things as equal.  Greece will be what it has long been, backward, broke..., and quite charming.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:46 | 1834185 Eally Ucked
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I think that guy has already made his mind and he wants to be slave for decades, maybe not him, probably he won't be in as bad situation as 99% of Greeks. If they go drachmas and abandon Union I can bet that in 2 years all those outsourcerers will be crawling there like there is no tomorrow, building plants for everything you want. They did it with China, communist country, why not Greece.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:48 | 1834189 SwingForce
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G-Pap is doing the right thing. Hopefully Greeks will will understand this EU plan as the KY Formula.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:50 | 1834197 Gamma735
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So letting the people decide their own fate is wrong? Let the Greeks default.  Let the whole system of lies come down. 

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:49 | 1834198 Cluelesscitizen
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"..Our country appears to be sliding quickly toward a state of anarchy that could give birth to demons. Our dazed troupe of politicians persists with its outdated role-playing while the storm has torn down the theater and the crowd is howling for justice, blood, shelter, hope, direction. Demagogues, rascals, false prophets scream curses from TV and radio stations, glorying in their own psychoses, serving the interests of known and hidden masters.."

wow, flair for the theatre or not, you've got to admit that the crisis situation served a catalyst for major emotioanl vent here..

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:50 | 1834201 topcallingtroll
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Do the greek people really think if they repudiate the debt that they will all get to keep their pensions and jobs?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:54 | 1834220 Eally Ucked
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What if they don't? Will they keep them?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:55 | 1834229 Scisco
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Possibly, but I suspect they know that if they do NOT repudiate the debt they will NOT keep their pensions and jobs.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:37 | 1834450 moneymutt
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sums it up, either pain for 30 years, or pain for 2 years. Iceland and Argentina have proved default works.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:51 | 1834203 NEOSERF
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Those that are Greek leaders are also lawyers and therefor know well not to ask a question they did not already know the answer to.  Relief rally of 300 pts tomorrow

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:52 | 1834208 Quantitative_Ap...
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What the hell happened to the land of Leonidas?

Greece, default is coming.  Go BIG or go home.....


The greeks need to remember the phrase "Molon Labe!" and give the banksters a chance to learn it as well.







Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:52 | 1834210 Belarus
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It seems like the way these things work is that people will vote with the "change you can believe in" party whom is smelling blood now. "Vote for the bailut," they'll tell the people. "It's our only hope. With it, the bailouts, we have a plan to energize and lift up the Greece economy like you could have never dreamed. Vote for us, "change you can believe in, it's gonna be way better this time--we promise."

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:54 | 1834219 legal eagle
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The DREAM never dies, only the dreamer

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:54 | 1834216 GOSPLAN HERO
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He meant to say six bullets in cylinder, magazine or clip.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:54 | 1834218 Whatta
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Putting it in the hands of the people is certainly a good solution. Then the next round of politicians will not be the scapegoats for what comes next.

Let the people decide, let them live of die with their decision and let the markets decide how to play this out.

Criminy, G20 meeting to decide what to do about the downturn in the world economy...what social engineering furballs they will hock-up and force on the "free markets" of the world.

Let the People speak, and be heard.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:55 | 1834222 Use of Weapons
Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:02 | 1834254 bbq on whitehou...
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In your darkest hour your soul will carry you, against your will. Strength is for doing things your soul advises against.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:13 | 1834301 Use of Weapons
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My soul is perhaps darker or lighter than yours, I can't tell... Let's just say my willpower isn't in question; if people misunderstand the outcome of my using it, then we have a communication breakdown, not an ethical judgement, and certainly not an accurate one about my humanity. This includes blinding insights, feigning ignorance and sacrifices.


At this time/space, we're here on ZH. Interesting times gang is all watching.





Now we just need that poster, saying "Boring world we live in, nothing will happen"

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:34 | 1834385 bbq on whitehou...
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Do push-ups with and without mushrooms.  Without you get to 1-200 with you just get boared after 1-2hours.

One is fight (strength) the other is without fight.

What gives you better results.

The soul is not struggle its acceptance. You yield.

In your moment of darkness you yield and with that you recive strenght.

Your soul carries you against your will because your will is spent. Hence your darkest hour.


Said another way ignorance is strenght. The less you think the stronger you are.

Go fishing if you think im wrong.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:06 | 1834559 Citxmech
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er . . . it takes you 1-2 hours of doing pushups on mushrooms to get bored?

You've got some serious focus there bbq.  =/

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:50 | 1834701 BigJim
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11/11/11 - Nigel Tufnel day?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:59 | 1834973 Use of Weapons
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5/11/11 is all about the Mask.

11/11/11 is all about the take down.

21/11/11 is all about the blow back.



Shit, I gave up a lot to make sure it was happening.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:10 | 1835007 akak
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21/11/11 is all about the blow back.

Does this year with (at least) 21 months in it come after the end of the Mayan calendar?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 02:18 | 1835831 Use of Weapons
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We're not all American, darlin'



Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:55 | 1834223 Iriestx
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Bullets change governments far surer than votes.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:55 | 1834224 bob_dabolina
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So....was that a yes, or no on the ref.? 

Otherwise it's just more talk

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:55 | 1834226 LawsofPhysics
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Enough with the billshit fear program. There are no guaranties regarding your survival. Stand up and be counted as a Greek or a slave.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:55 | 1834227 Unprepared
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Papi, papi, papi chulo

Papi papi papi ven a mi

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:14 | 1834231 bbq on whitehou...
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If you are going to die wouldn't you want a choice in how you die.

People are tribal, Red, blue, go team; what ever it is they feel the need to be apart of a team, as long as your team is better then the other teams its all good.

Europe hasn't gotten to that yet. Try again in 30years now is not the time, to much emotion in other states hurting yours. See WW1, 2 for details.


Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:14 | 1834328 CompassionateFascist
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You are missing the point. Globalist centralization is only about empowering the powerful and enriching the rich. Everytime someone sneezes, everyone else gets penumonia. It is ultimately inefficient, and will fail now, 30 years from now, and forever. After the inevitable blow-up, there will be universal economic and political localization.   

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:40 | 1834463 Use of Weapons
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Everytime someone connected sneezes, everyone else gets Spanish Flu.


Fixed that for you.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:56 | 1834235 Monkeyfister
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G-Pap is, at this very moment, calling 1-800-DIE-BOLD.

"It's not the votes that count, it's who counts the votes!" – Josef Stalin

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:51 | 1834706 TradingJoe
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Tue, 11/01/2011 - 16:56 | 1834236 Atomizer
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The aroma of a involuntary bank holiday stirs in the wind.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:23 | 1834365 DoChenRollingBearing
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And the first hints of Jubilee are being heard...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:09 | 1834246 drivenZ
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who cares which way the vote goes...

how does this effect fundraising for the EFSF?...surely this is not confidence inspiring at all. What happens as we wait for a vote if there is one? This is going to weigh on Italian bonds the longer it gets drawn out.   


Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:11 | 1834310 bbq on whitehou...
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"If the euro (project) fails there will be only gold."  - Another.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:39 | 1834655 i-dog
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"as we wait for a vote"

That's exactly the point of all of it: ... wait ... extend and pretend ... kick the can ... just one more month....

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:07 | 1834266 Forgiven
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Somebody might want to clue the author into the fact that G-Pap has only loaded 5 rounds into a 30 round magazine.  It's not a revolver he plans on letting loose.  He's holding a submachinegun aimed at the entire EU baby!


Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:04 | 1834274 Cone of Uncertainty
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Demons bitches.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:05 | 1834278 uno
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don't forget Goldman Sachs 'helped' you get in this mess in the first place

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:06 | 1834284 Rockfish
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Great entertaiment on CNBC right now LOL

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:09 | 1834302 jharry
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Vote for Ron Paul.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:09 | 1834303 sheeple2012
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let me guess - it involves joey "grease monkey" terranova?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:26 | 1834623 akak
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You mean Eddie Munster, don't you?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:11 | 1834308 bernorange
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Anyone seen Spartacus lately?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:20 | 1834349 devo
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Any chance Papandreou is bluffing to get a bigger bailout?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:25 | 1834379 melanie
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Financial crisis: Eurocrats are terrified of democracy
Greece’s prime minister George Papandreou is in the doghouse only because he dared to offer voters a choice.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:27 | 1834396 Bagbalm
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How dare they let the people vote on anything that matters?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:31 | 1834416 Zymurguy
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Someone needs to teach the Greek people about "odious debt" and let them start pulling the trigger aimed at those that put them in this mess to begin with.

The banksters will get a big kick outta that one.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:38 | 1834458 DaBernank
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b-b-but EUR is freegold...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:43 | 1834473 Peter Pan
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As far as Papandreou is concerned he needs an indemnity against "prosecution" by history. So he chooses to put the responsibility for the consequences (regardless of the referendum's results) on the people .

He is now attempting to wash his hands but it is too late. An ex high court judge of Greece has stated that the Papandreou should be prosecuted for electoral violations. In a nutshell the electoral laws provide that any statement or promise made by a ppolitician designed to influence the voters' decision, will be prosecuted where it can be shown that the statement was made with the knowledge that those promises or statements could not be fulfilled.

Papandreou promised wage and pension increases to all on the basis that the was plenty of money. It turns out that the Governor of the Bank of Greece as well as various European finance Ministers had briefed him to the contrary well in advance.

It also turns out that he in fact had consulted the IMF prior to the elections about putting Greece in its care.

The man is not a man. He is the living scummy offspring of his father who put Greece on the path to immorality and financial ruin.

The politicians of Greece have no defence against the accustaions against Greece as a government. the people however were weaned on governmental profligacy without knowledge of what was brewing.

Finally, a major part of the blame goes to European banks which were nudged by their own governments to extend credit to Greece without due diligence, just so Greece could continue to award multi billion contracts for infrastructure and other projects to European nations who also bribed Greek politicians only to significantly load up the final price to the detriment of Greece.

Greeks have a saying. He who urinates in the sea will get it back in his salt.

So pass the salt shaker around everyone.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:50 | 1834508 rftag
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The referendum is strange.  Is it binding?  It appears to give a choice to angry people to let them vote directly to screw a bunch of bankers.

Where is the scam?  Someone check the voting machines for trojans.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:32 | 1834638 MS7
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Greeks are afraid to get out of the euro zone, and the question (if they ever have a referendum, which they will not) would include that in it. It would ask whether people want to accept the deal or want to get out of the euro. The politicians have convinced them that going back to the drachma would be armageddon. 

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:53 | 1834516 dylan1
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The EURO gives the greeks and the rest of the bankrupt countries the perfect moral hazard... the greek savers can and should now transfer all their EURO denominated wealth into German or American Banks (preferrably american or maybe even chinese), then vote to outright default and screw the rest of Europe...then when Greece ultimately defaults and re-instates the drachma, who cares!  Watch out for bankruns in greece next....Great timing G-PAP, now China will definately line up to buy EFSF Bonds going into the G20 Meetings.



Tue, 11/01/2011 - 17:59 | 1834533 edmondantes
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I have no sympathy for Greece... they lied their way into the developed world... they never belonged there...they wasted their opportunity to make substantive change... living on arrogance and credit and pretence...

back to the Third World where you belong...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:14 | 1834581 Elorant
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The majority of countries in the Eurozone lied their way there. Greece's private sector loans (including banks, corporations and indiividuals) are the lowest in the developed world. In UK banks' debt is 300% of the GDP, where in Greece it is only 22%. Greek banks have the lowest leverage in the Eurozone. So get your facts straight before getting into stereotypes.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:58 | 1834968 Crumbles
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And just who should give a shit if you have sympathy? Or not?

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:00 | 1834540 wawawiwaa
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Note to readers .. Iceland did not default... Its banks did.



Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:09 | 1834569 JR
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This is a biased report.

Interesting that Konstandaras writes for Kathimerini, a part of The New York Times by a publishing partnership in Greece with the International Herald Tribune.

This is just the sort of establishment bias that powerful journalist Ingeborg Beugel cites in her article Anti-Greek Campaign of the International Media.  

Beugel, director of IKON TV (Dutch Public TV), writes thatthe propaganda of the mainstream media provides Europe and the Netherlands with a convenient scapegoat to exploit.” Here are some of her reflective comments – out of context:

Andreas Papandreou, father of the current prime minister, thought the economy would grow by pumping in money, increasing incomes and creating employment. So he began to borrow. but Greece was a member of the EEC. The extra income of the people went straight to consumer goods that were imported from abroad. The money borrowed from abroad flowed right back into those very same countries. Industry in Greece slowly faded. Companies went bankrupt. Northern Europe was stronger and better.

…All in all, Brussels and the European banks gave in to their own drive for profit maximization without any self-restraint, lending some 2,000 billion euros to Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Spain — and to Greece, while everyone was fully aware that cronyism there still reigned supreme after entrance into the European Union, that the public sector was bursting at the seams, that the business climate was poor, that the political elite on the left and on the right was corrupt, that the rich engaged in mass tax evasion, that the institutions functioned poorly, and that European money was not being used well. If you do that for thirty years, without any checks or sanctions, can you still keep a straight face while blaming the Greeks alone for their mismanagement?

…As long as the Greek economy kept growing at a remarkable 4-5 percent rate, thanks to the tourism and shipping industries (in which the Greek ship owners are considered the absolute world leaders) nothing could go wrong. The structural instability caused by excessive borrowing remained invisible until the crisis of 2008 did hit Europe, but left Greece untouched for the moment… In 2009, the global shipping industry collapsed as a result of the global crisis. Tourism decreased dramatically. In the spring of 2009, European Commissioner Almunia warned repeatedly that things would go wrong for Greece. Nobody did anything.

… Only in the autumn of 2009, after the “confession” and “Mea Culpa” on the Greek deficit by prime minister Giorgos Papandreou in Brussels, right at the moment when the global crisis was starting to be felt in Greece, did the full extent of the country’s problems emerge. Ever since, the propaganda machine has been running at full speed…. Papandreou did not even get time to sort things out. No, Greece should immediately display good behavior. Speculators smelled blood. They openly started betting on a Greek default.  

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:52 | 1834939 zuuuueri
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spot on.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:32 | 1834609 i-dog
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"The situation is that dangerous....
sliding quickly toward a state of anarchy....
could give birth to demons....
dazed troupe of politicians ... outdated role-playing....
the crowd is howling for .... direction....
false prophets scream curses from TV and radio stations....
faced with the choice between isolation and Europe....
one step away from losing all that we achieved
we seek excuses to abandon our rescue....
Maybe we cannot tolerate a peaceful home...."

0/10 !!!!

What a load of carefully crafted shite propaganda!!! Masterful steering of the masses' referendum vote towards the peaceful, rescuing, modern, comforting arms of perpetual debt slavery ... err, European central planners!!

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:45 | 1834687 Coke and Hookers
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Correct. This is a shitty, fear-mongering, globalist propaganda piece.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:05 | 1834990 Use of Weapons
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ZH is a playa now. It will get its fair share of propaganda.



[Hint: You need to know the references involved]

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 00:23 | 1835106 i-dog
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[edit: first part deleted, upon reflection]

PS. I'm on a [patchy] 3G wireless internet connection, so I rarely click on UToob links. (Cute as they might be, I wish you'd stop posting them and make simple statements instead. Just sayin'...).

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:26 | 1834622 MS7
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Greeks' weakness-- they want to be part of Europe, as if Europe is some kind of special club. Europe is dull, the euro is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.01 times duller than the cool drachma. Who would have given up the drachma willingly in the first place? If they have that weakness, that they think they're part of some special exclusive club by being in Europe, then the Europeans can do anything they want to Greece.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:43 | 1834668 Hedge Fund of One
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Give G-Pap a break! He's doing the right thing. Isn't there precedent for this is the Iceland referendum? He may be confident with his agreement with Merkozy, but it makes sense to be sure that the folks are with him. If not, then he gets to go home and let someone else deal with the headaches. He didn't cause this problem - was just voted into office in 2009. 

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:34 | 1834862 zuuuueri
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Folks, kathimerini was a bought and owned tool of PASOK since the 80s. In recent years it has become a sort of franchise in the NYT-IHT global media machine, just one more globalist propaganda channel. Of course kathimerini is going to try to convince people to vote for more bailouts, more EU, more EZ, more IMF, more of the same shit! of course they will picture it as the only possible path!


don't be distracted by these guys!


Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:15 | 1835022 Buck Johnson
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The people want to default, pure and simple.  The rest of Europe doesn't want a default, and the leader is in the middle.  G-Pap did this in order to make himself look good by saying you vote for the referendum and say default we will default.  He wants the people to decide for him, because he knows that the austerity is bad.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 22:44 | 1835420 Shvanztanz
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Go G-PAP, put it back to the people! Fuck yeah!

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 22:45 | 1835422 eurusdog
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Theone important factor that everyone is forgetting is the aftermath:

A rigged vote and fires burns the whole of Greece as the people are willing to do it and they know when they have been taken.

A real vote in support only delays the inevitable default by a few months as Greek bonds continue to rocket higher and higher.

A no vote and the rest of the Euro zone gets burned by the hot potato that is the joint currency. France fails, dh dah dah Germany declares war to hold the whole pile togehter.

It's over, whether the vote is up, down, rigged, blown, sucked, swallowed, spit, whatever, it's time for the Eurozine to drop their date off and go home to bed.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 22:49 | 1835432 RiverRoad
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If I recall correctly, democracy is all about handing power over to the people.  It's when democratic countries become bankster cabal dictatorships that the bullets start to fly.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 22:57 | 1835454 EZYJET PILOT
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I can't believe this article is on Zerohedge. Its in total contrast to what most of us here advocate.

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