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A Tale Of Financial Fascism By Shakespeare

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To be or not to be (in the Euro), that should be the question on the Greek people's minds and not whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings (fiscal occupation) and arrows (sovereignty destruction) of an outraged 'fiscally fascist' Troika. As Rodney Shakespeare so eloquently explains in this Russia Today interview, the projected trajectory of the debt/GDP for Greece is nonsense and are simply 'manipulations that justify the banking occupation of Greece'. In words that should ring true to any reader of the Bard, Rodney goes on to highlight the terrible plight that is to come to generations of Greeks citing the 'whole thing as a fraud'. The brave and highly inventive Greek people can succeed if they are not forced to bailout the banks and instead leave the Euro; dismissing the office of the financial fascists that will soon occupy the nation. Strong (and emotional) words describe why the IMF/EU/ECB bloc is so keen to maintain the status quo that is clearly crumbling at their feet as perhaps they would do well to remember the final words of this Hamlet soliloquy: 'be all my sins remembered'.



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Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:28 | 2182845 jerry_theking_lawler
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Fascism Bitchezz!!!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:30 | 2182852 spiral_eyes
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Pound of flesh, creditorz 

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:31 | 2182858 diogeneslaertius
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thou shalt not crucify man on a cross of gold

(creating a decoupled hologram running on a supercomputer in the basement of Goldman Sachs to which we feed our children like some kind of Molech is Legit though and super duper A-Okay -signed experts)



Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:39 | 2182897 Don Birnam
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Rob me the exchequer the first thing thou doest, and do it with unwashed hands too.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:44 | 2182906 Hard1
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His title is profesor of "Binary economics"  (see the vid at 0:19).  He must be teaching the possible outcomes from the current monetary policies:  Japanization or Weimarization!!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:48 | 2182920 Manthong
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"All that glisters is not gold

Often have you heard that told

Many a man his life hath sold

But my outside to behold.

Gilded banks do worms enfold."

The Merchant of Venice (II, vii)


OK, OK  - so I put “banks” in for “tombs”..

Same difference.. I'm confident Shakespeare would approve.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:00 | 2182968 JPM Hater001
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Member for
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WOOT Happy B-day ME!!!!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:22 | 2183018 Cheesy Bastard
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Alas, poor Europe.  I knew it well...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:34 | 2183050 flacon
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Very short clips for thought
... Larry Fink, BlackRock CEO Billionaire: Markets Like Totalitarian Governments


And you might enjoy this short one too:


Lloyd Blankfein God's Work - Goldman Sachs CEO Is Doing God's Work!


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:49 | 2183085 BliptoP3
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Out! Out! Damn (grease) spot!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:48 | 2183175 WmMcK
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If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well. It were done quickly.

Let's get it on. Ready to rumble.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 03:30 | 2183747 View From Germany
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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend"

Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 75–76

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 03:50 | 2183801 BlackholeDivestment
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Shakespeare?  ...smells like FrancIs Bacon some PIIGS for a goddess with a weapon in her hand while ''changing'' the language in the play to fit the bill,

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:47 | 2183077 ChrisFromMorningside
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Of course the Greek GDP/debt numbers are complete fantasy. BLS numbers in the US are complete (politically motivated) fantasy too. US debt figures are fantasy too. How often have we seen debt "projections" revised by a full-on factor of ten (ie cost of Iraq war being projected at less than $100 billion with the real cost being closer to $1 trillion)? Just like the markets, the data is so heavily manipulated and distorted that it's practically impossible to tell what's real and what is political invention.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:33 | 2182871 Silver Bug
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The greed of the banksters is absolutely staggering. The pendulum swings both ways. They should be worried.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:36 | 2182880 Alea Iactaest
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Worried? You don't get it. They are sleeping like babies. Me, however, I'm not sleeping worth a damn.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:50 | 2182932 Irish66
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Its funny you should say that about sleeping, I live where people are in bed by 10p.m.

Last night at 2:30 in the morning, every house in the neighborhood had lights on.

The people know something is coming, they just can't quantify it and totally understand it

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:47 | 2183079 Miss Expectations
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Presidents' Day drinking binge?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:34 | 2183051 Cabreado
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Some of the more psychologically disturbed of the "they" may be sleeping (or perhaps flitting around in their euphoria and not sleeping at all)...

but by and large, by their true nature they are cowards, and exposure is their greatest fear -- there is likely to be much quaking-in-boots going on, which hopefully is causing downright shitty nights-o'-sleep.  I suspect it is.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:52 | 2183092 ChrisFromMorningside
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Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:11 | 2183122 Kali
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Nightmare on Wall St?  I hear Freddie's fingers clicking.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:58 | 2183196 cnsteph
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How sad am I? I read that as Freddie as in Freddie Mac's fingers were clicking.  yeah..  *sigh*

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:29 | 2182851 diogeneslaertius
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consequences will never be the same


thousands of years of art and culture reduced to "lolumadbro"


#NWO stole your sovereignty, "lolumadbro"


dont drone me bro

"The brave and highly inventive Greek people can succeed if they are not forced to bailout the banks and instead leave the Euro; dismissing the office of the financial fascists that will soon occupy the nation." magnificent.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:16 | 2183006 kaiserhoff
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I pray you, think you question with the Jew:
You may as well go stand upon the beach
And bid the main flood bate his usual height;
You may as well use question with the wolf.

Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh.
Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more
But just a pound of flesh: if thou cut'st more
Or less than a just pound, be it but so much
As makes it light or heavy in the substance,
Or the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor scruple, nay, if the scale do turn
But in the estimation of a hair,
Thou diest and all thy goods are confiscate.




Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:14 | 2183126 ChrisFromMorningside
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We are living in that period of cultural degradation that comes after a country becomes decadent and parasitical but before it full-on collapses. The best example is, of course, late imperial Rome but you also get glimpses of this phenomenon if you study the court of Louis XIV, Weimar Germany, etc.

It's as plain as day. Look at the death of Whitney Houston (or Amy Winehouse before her, and others before her ...). Western society is practically venerating a woman who was consumed and ultimately destroyed by her own orgiastic excesses (she was a self-described "sex addict" who literally blew millions of dollars on drugs). Individuals of this sort are the paragons of Western personalities and the public identifies with them enough to publicly mourn them. Whenever you talk about "revolution" or "taking our country back" ... realize that this is our country now. There are many, many more mindless automatons addicted to the high of consumerism and never-ending, always-greater excess than there are truth-tellers or self-reliant types in this nation. That's just a fact.

The real "victory" for TBTP will come with the next generation. Look at who is breeding out there. Look at your community. Who is having bigger families: the financial parasites (both of the banking type and the welfare type) or productive laborers? Who has the "sexual capital" in American society: leeches, morons and whores or economic contributors and independent minds? Not only are you in the minority, you'll soon be extinct.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:31 | 2182856 Irish66
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I'm becoming a little more optimistic that something big is about to happen to them there theives of banks

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:32 | 2182865 diogeneslaertius
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A Midsummer Night's Wet Sloppy Hypothecated Dream

i think is what im getting at here

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:41 | 2182904 Alea Iactaest
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The thing with rehypothecation isn't the sloppy seconds. It's the thirds, fourths, etc. all the way to infinity.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:56 | 2182955 Jay Gould Esq.
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...all the way to the v.d. ward.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:17 | 2183129 ChrisFromMorningside
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Actually, the thing about rehypothecation is that they don't necessarily come one-by-one. More like a gangbang.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:33 | 2182866 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Double, double toil and trouble;

fire burn and caldron bubble.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:10 | 2182990 BLOTTO
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Yup - Harry Potter - just a few hundred years earlier.

Stories full of occultism, magic, death, murder, betrayal, lust, etc...

Nothing New Under the Sun,

History is Merely repeating itself.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:40 | 2183160 WmMcK
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Or at least rhyming very well. A sonnet to be rehashed in the vernacular of our day.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:58 | 2182867 Big Corked Boots
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If something is rotten in the state of Dollars, then make haste; get thee into Gold.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:34 | 2182874 Alea Iactaest
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Occupation? Possibly. I've been thinking of it as an outright attack. Load more debt on a country that can never, ever possibly pay it back. When the bill comes due they (we) will be forced to pay unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. There is no way out, no escape. This is the plan. You think the people at the top of the pyramid want their ponzi back? Hell no. They want what's yours (mine) and then they'll just create a new ponzi.


You (me) are fucked. It's just a question of timing.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:36 | 2182876 TruthInSunshine
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When you buy into a common currency scheme, with fractional reserve bankster conjurers able to swell and shrink the amount of (legally enforced monopoly fiat) that common currency (having no inherent value) at their total and complete discretion, you sell yourself into slavery.

That's the moral of the PIIGS+France saga, which is just the latest example in history as to how fractional reserve banking allows for indentured servitude to live on, for entire peoples who thought they were once sovereign to become disabused of such naivety, and for the Harvest of real assets to take place, with all assets flowing to The Money Masters at fire sale prices.

Live by credit/debt extended by The Money Masters and die by credit/debt extended by The Money Masters, bitchez.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:40 | 2182900 prains
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Das bitchez

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:04 | 2182910 TruthInSunshine
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Don't tell anyone in the EU or in one of the states in the US about this, because word might spread:

Why Iceland Should Be in the News But Is Not


"Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin.
The [Fractional Reserve] Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them,
but leave them the power to create deposits,
and with the flick of the pen they will
create enough deposits to buy it back again.
However, take it away from them, and
all the great fortunes like mine
will disappear and they ought to disappear, for
this would be a happier and better world to live in.
But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers
and pay the cost of your own slavery,
let them continue to create deposits."

--Josiah Stamp

President of the Bank of England in the 1920's; the second richest man in Britain at the time

*Speaking at the Commencement Address of the University of Texas in 1927

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:30 | 2183039 drbill
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This quote pretty much sums it all up. While I agree with its every word, I had a very hard time verifying its authenticity. I always thought it strange that a central banker would make such a statement. When I tried to find the source, I only found vague and not very convincing citations. I'd appreciate it if someone has solid evidence, one way or the other, on the authenticity of this quote.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:22 | 2183236 TruthInSunshine
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There are two versions, slightly different, attributed to Josiah Stamp, but sourcing concrete citations to public statements isn't always as neat and clean as it would appear on the surface.

However, these are a few sources for the cite (and yes, Stamp did visit UofT and speak to students there in 1927):


Legalized Crime of Banking, by W. Adams, The Meador Publishing Company (1957) 

The Legalized Crime of Banking and a Constitutional Remedy

The Monetary Elite vs. the Gold’s Honest Discipline, by Vincent R. Locascio (2005)

The Monetary Elite vs. Gold's Honest Discipline

The Truth in Money book,  by Theodore R. Thoren and Richard F. Warner, Truth in Money; 2nd edition (1984)

The Truth in Money book


What Banks Don't Want You to Know, by Peter Cook, Monetary Science Publishing (1993)

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:48 | 2182925 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Money Masters sounds so professional.  Can we start calling them Money Clowns?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:58 | 2183334 ChacoFunFact
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The Money Masters [video] +1

The money-as-debt structure literally fueled our economic acceleration and perhaps that is why their sites are now set on Emerging Markets.... more untouched resources to accelerate out of the ground and out of the naive labor force.  Kick off: Rio Olympics.  If the amount of legal tender could stay inline with an independent and steady variable and the i rates left alone to market price discovery and the destructive force of capitalism allowed to work we would have a LOT more information and perhaps a much healthier situation worldwide.

a shakespeare formula: the (noun) and (noun) of (noun).  The whips and scorns of time.  The slavery and boredom of Agenda 21.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:39 | 2182898 Alea Iactaest
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Headline on the video: EU claims deal done despite fear Greeks have 'no more blood to give'


They still have a pulse? Then they still have blood. Probably not for long, though.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:40 | 2182899 BLOTTO
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Shakespeare = Francis Bacon

carry on,

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:51 | 2182936 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:20 | 2183015 Dr. Engali
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I thought he was Christopher Marlowe.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:20 | 2183133 ChrisFromMorningside
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Mmm, bacon.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:45 | 2182916 q99x2
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Shakespeare. Saborattle. Zues threw a noose and the PIIGS skidattle.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:47 | 2182921 Caviar Emptor
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Greece = Domino #1


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:47 | 2182924 Global Hunter
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Well that killed my buzz.  Sobriety Bitchez!!!!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:55 | 2182950 Frastric
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Rodney Shakespeare was right about quite a few things, but he missed out Greeks love affair with tax evasion. I know you guys think taxes are unneccessary but no matter how small a government gets it still needs some taxes to maintain infrustructure, police, healthcare and other vital elements of modern life if we are to maintain living in an urban and densely populated environment (unless we all return to village communities).

Even if Greece defaults how will its government get enough revenues if Greek don't pay all their taxes? The cycle just repeats itself because even after defaulting Greece is going to be in the doldrums (because a Greek default will send the European house of cards tumbling down and start a depression in the region)

Bankers and the Greek government take most of the blame, but the Greek people are somewhat to blame as well, perhaps if tax evasion had not been so bad Greece would not be in this mess... And that attitude of 'spend today, payback tomorrow' didn't help either...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:53 | 2183089 Global Hunter
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people should live with the consequences, don't pay tax = get little to no safety net.  People will get quick feedback and make necessary adjustments.  What we have here is the problem that arises out of central planning, it skews risk in that central planning does not deal with the risk in the present time, it literally kicks the risk down the road where it amplifies.

The fact that for decades it seems to have become a part of Greek society and everyday life to evade taxes while taking long-term benefits from the system and it was able to function at all illustrates the problem with central planning of an economy.  Sure people should get their feedback, Greek people should have got their feedback 10 years ago, but instead of getting a little feedback and a jolt they're going to get the living shit kicked out of them.

Check out some recent footage of Athens just off the main square, some of the scenes look like a complete war zone.  No human being deserves that no matter how many holidays they booked last year.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:52 | 2183091 bank guy in Brussels
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It's no excuse for these bankster-centred impositions, but it is true there are real problems in how the Mediterranean countries are run.

As I talk with people from Greece, Portugal, Spain etc., I am surprised how often I hear citizens of these countries say that despite all the hardship, the outside influences are 'necessary' to help these countries be better run ...

Some Greeks etc. still have a feeling that the internal forces of inertia in their countries are just too strong to change anything without some kind of outside dictatorial imposition.

But I still think it's no excuse for this kind of external meddling, and having foreigners impose harder living conditions on common people.

If countries are going to screw up their internal economies on their own, that is their choosing, but at least then they will know, along with Frank Sinatra, "I did it my way."

In fact, some societies may be better when things are less 'efficient'. Great Britain was a much more charming place a couple decades back when it was poorer.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:58 | 2183105 postafoa02
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i can't resist chiming in here. The fact is that income tax was born at a time when ppl walked around with gold coins in their pocket. Governments needed a part of that physical gold for their expenses.


Today, no government need any taxes to cover any expenses, why would they? the central banks just created 7 trillion out of thin air. Today governments could just print all the money they need. If they were competent, they would use part of that money to grow their domestic economy to balance the increased moneysupply. Also citizens saving in gold would make the country wealthier thus also neutralizing the increased moneysupply.


The people could be allowed to invest their excess income in gold and silver. Any country that would adopt this system with no income taxes and encouraging citizens to save in gold would instantly become the most prosperous country in the west atleast (think India).


The fact is that income taxes serve only one purpouse today, which is CONTROL of the people. It is absolute insanity for governments today to print billions out of thin air, spread that money into the economy and then run a gigantic machinery for clawing back some of it. In today's age of free money, taxation is just a giant scam. <- go there to wake up





Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:43 | 2183304 Global Hunter
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I had never thought of that point, brilliant!

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 05:37 | 2184084 reload
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Yes excellent: I`d vote for no tax and my savings in PM`s, but thats not going to be on offer is it? Ever.

Regarding Greece and its awful situation - I am sickened that GS who enabled fraudulent Greek Euro entry and thus its issuance of Euro denominated bonds is not having their arse sued off by - The European Commission, Greek Bondholders, The ECB, all the Euro Nations CB`s. Jesus if I so much as tell my staff when they should take their holiday I am at risk of becoming interesting to the European Court of human rights. But when a bank creates a string of derivatives with the sole intention of profiting from the resultant distortion of the truth thats and human carnage be damned.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 07:31 | 2184131 falak pema
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In theory this is fine, but in reality, for the printing press to HAVE CREDIBILITY, the central bank/government construct would have to use the gold and silver wealth of its citizens as collateral. As, if the money were kept in private banking institutions, it would just move out at a drop of a hat if the private bourgoeisie did not agree with government policy. (Like today, in reality)...But I'm not knocking the gold/fiat linkage btw.

The private rich today, as always, would move their wealth out, like currently in Greece, and central banks would then be naked and generators of inflation fiat! Of course today in Greece that's not possible as they are owned by ECB!

This notion of power is a TWO EDEGED SWORD; STATIST IRRESPONSIBILITY (CHARYBDIS) AND PRIVATE CORPORATE IRRESPONSIBLITY (SCYLLA). With the people, who are not rich as they spend ALL they earn, at best, caught in between, like Ulysses's ship.

The responsibility and wealth HAS to be shared and regulated in a law abiding structure. 

Today there is TOTAL irresponsiblity and crony collusion in first world; where the government sector kneels to private sector Oligarchy. Now the sword is yielded by BOTH on the people...

Where is the responsibility to the people; the REAL wealth creators in all constructs, as labour is the blood of wealth creation??? That is the issue, more so than taxation and fiscal pain. Nation State or even Continental state Power has to be an intelligent and legal compromise a way of wise governance to share TRUE wealth creation. 

Fiat printing as you envisage it would ONLY work if the wealth was tied into that legal structure, not movable...SO power is the bedrock of ALL political constructs. Power and Freedom, the balancing act it stays through the ages; money only a means to an END.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 20:25 | 2187142 postafoa02
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very interesting, thanks for your response. I have nothing to add here but just a quick note to all the euro bears out there, inspired by itstippy's comment


Jim Rickards in my opinion is correct being bullish on EUR in his reasoning, but i haven't ever heard him mention the real fact that the ECB is the only major CB in the world that actually marks it's officially stated gold holding to market quarterly, published in their consolidated financial statement (confinstat) report.


What that means is that if gold will continue to rise in nominal price as the race to the bottom continues, the ECB's balance sheet will only get stronger and stronger, while the US has it's gold on their balance sheets at $42.22. Something will have to give!  :p



Tue, 02/21/2012 - 20:56 | 2182956 itstippy
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Alas, poor Euro! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is!


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:01 | 2182961 slewie the pi-rat
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well, yeah

i've been saying the same thing, here, for over a year, especially about greece, but also ireland, and all the banks that are insolvent

let the zombies and BKs fail

all that is happenening is that private losses are being passed to SOVEREIGN DEBT by the  fascists

greece?  L0L!!!

well, ar least this shakespeare shithead is "eloquent"!  

...not that i listened to his 8-day-old spiel...



Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:01 | 2182970 williambanzai7
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A truly Homeric Simpson struggle...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:05 | 2182978 Dr. Engali
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Interesting How the bitch referred to Greece as a " shiftless member ".

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:14 | 2183095 blindman
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shiftless “wanting in resources,” 1580s, from shift + -less. Related: Shiftlessly; shiftlessness.
when you can create "money" out of thin air, as all money is created today,
who is shiftless? the money creators? the authority? the debtor? no, it is
labor, the shiftless bastards who cannot afford to buy the products they produce
and wish to own and consume. inflation is the source of the "debt". what did he say?
it is all a fraud. bingo.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:06 | 2182980 blindman
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The Wages Of Sin - Rainmakers
"The Wages Of Sin" by The Rainmakers from _Tornado_
I was praying last night when an angel broke the line
She said "I'm gonna have to put you on hold for a time"
I said "Hold like Hell, let me talk to the Boss"
She said "Sorry sucker (sinner), it's the Boss's day off"
And I realized then that the wages of sin
Was two bucks an hour and working weekends

I was ignoring the thief who was lashed to the cross
He cried "Help me get this son-of-a-bitch off"
I said "I would if I could, I can't so I won't
Well I wouldn't want you messing your hair up, so don't"
And I realized then that the wages of sin
Was all the lumber you can carry, all the nails you can bend

The wages of sin, the reward of fear
Is worrying and fretting every second of the year
If Heaven is guilt, no sex and no show
Then I'm not sure if I really want to go, Oh

The wages of sin, the price that you pay
Is worrying and fretting every second of the day
The Church and the State, your God and Countrykind
One gets your body, the other gets your mind

Mary, Mary Magdalene, how 'bout a date?
You've been wasting your time staying up so late
Your boyfriend's dead, the word is you're a whore
Just about then I heard a knock on the door
And I realized then that the wages of sin
Was a bad reputation and too many friends

The wages of sin (repeats)

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:07 | 2182983 williambanzai7
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William Banzai Shakespeare

To default, or not to default: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler at this time to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous financial misfortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of rising debts,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand market cuts,
That insolvent flesh is heir to, 'tis a debentured recomposition
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the hubub;
For in that sleep of fiscal death what disastrous dreams may come
When we have lanced off the bankrupt boil,
Must give us pause: there's the disrespect
That makes calamity of yields to maturity,
For who would bear the whips and scorns of fiat debasement,
The creditor's wrong, the borrowing idiot's contumely,
The pangs of despised austerity, the law of gravity's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That impatient murmurs of Wall Street snakes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a debt addicts bodkin? who would loan fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life of indentured serfdom,
But that the dread of something after forcible redemption,
The undiscover'd wasteland from whose bourn
No political hack returns, puzzles the will
And makes them rather bear those monetary ills we have
Than fly to others that they know not of?
Thus ignorance does make cowards of them all;
And thus the native hue of fiscal resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of votes bought,
And swindling enterprises of great Ponzinomic moment
With this regard their ratings turn awry,
And lose the name of action. - Vote you now!
The debt ceiling hysteria! Banksta pimps, be in thy orfices
Be all our financial sins remember'd.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:03 | 2183054 LouisDega
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Where did you come from willis?  Not even the mystery of life is this deep. You must be God or a Shakespeare wanna be bitchezzz.  If you are God,  I am ready to be your immortal servant in your beloved paradise....  But please. Change your avatar first. Its scary and has no resemblance to Robert Powell. Amen

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:07 | 2183117 BliptoP3
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Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Troika!" Speak, Troika is turn'd to hear.

Beware the ides of March.

What man is that?

A blogger bids you beware the ides of March.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:33 | 2183149 WmMcK
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"The fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves"

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 05:27 | 2184079 falak pema
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...that we be without underwear??

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:10 | 2183119 trentusa
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wb7 that is one of my fav shakespeare passagyes. It is not easy to rhyme like Shakespeare even for the WB7 & i am a great fan of your visual imagery wb7 but iambic pentameter is a bitch for graphic artists even very talented ones

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:32 | 2183145 williambanzai7
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I once knew a girl who was iambic, but she looked great with her pentameters off.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:58 | 2183198 WmMcK
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My kingdom for such a beast.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 05:36 | 2184078 falak pema
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My quartrains against her iambics would have made my antics pentametric to get her gyrations copulafrantic.

I don't think SHakepeare would have approved of my rant by he would certainly have shaken his spear in poetic contango. 


Rodney Shakespeare awesome : In the winter of our Athenian discontent may cauldron bubble and toil and trouble spew its vengeance on all who cry : manifest destiny is Greece's future!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:26 | 2183138 WmMcK
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hubub = A word that shouldn't be said or your mouth will fall off?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:08 | 2182985 Caviar Emptor
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More fascist porn: Modern day US slavery:


America’s baby boomers entering a new era of  ‘work til you drop’   Stock market woes and shifting technology have made retirement an unrealistic option for many


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:18 | 2183009 Don Birnam
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Unrealistic, perhaps; inevitable for some...sooner, rather than later.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:31 | 2183042 Dr. Engali
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Couldn't happen to a better group for fucking this country up as bad as they did.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:57 | 2183101 Cabreado
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Not to worry... in the midst of whatever generation you are in are those ready, willing and able to live lives of mass destruction as well.

You must admit that there are plenty of < 46-year-old individuals involved right now, as we speak, with destroying all sorts of things -- your wealth, your law, your "social fabric," et al -- and many are being paid quite well for it.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:02 | 2183109 Dr. Engali
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That may be true but the unbridled greed of the boomer generation who had to have it all and had to have it now allowed these pied pipers to get into power. They have sold and continue to sell the future of this country for generations.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:47 | 2183169 Caviar Emptor
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I thought it was the banksters who sold the future? 

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 00:41 | 2183434 Dr. Engali
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The baby boomers with their wanting everything here and now allowed the bankers to prosper. They wanted a big home.They wanted their "investments" to only go up. They wanted their social security but they didn't want to pay into it. They wanted their big cars and their cheap gas, and they didn't care how many wars they started or how many brown people they had to bomb to get it. They wanted their free health care, but they are unwilling to pay for it through higher taxes so the bankers were happy to oblige. They were more than happy to throw all that on to the next generations Through piling on more debt. .Now they want to preserve their assets so that they don't have to draw off of them while some other working stiff bares the burden of funding their retirement. Yes the baby boomers fucked up this country.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:09 | 2182986 blindman
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paying interest to the eu? they can pay it to
themselves and be sovereign, there the sin of usury.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:13 | 2182997 holdbuysell
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"'manipulations that justify the banking occupation of Greece'."

I believe we'll be seeing that quote or similar again. I've fixed it below:

'manipulations that justify the banking occupation of <name your debt-burdened country>"

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:15 | 2183001 non_anon
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ah, study the life and times of Shakespeare and ye shall understand

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:24 | 2183021 navy62802
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That RT chick is SMOKIN hot!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:42 | 2183067 chump666
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I would love to have the RT girls at my place for cocktails

...all of them.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:49 | 2183176 riphowardkatz
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Before they come over you better to do your laundry and remove the schlitz cans.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:13 | 2183227 blindman
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Pat Buchanan: 300 nukes in Israel yet Iran a threat?
Posted on February 21, 2012 by maxkeiser

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:25 | 2183023 Nobody For President
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The Troika is Debtor in Possession and they need to get the revenue up, so fire all the Greek tax collectors and replace them with about a third as many German tax collectors.

Problem solved!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:27 | 2183028 Timmay
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Common sense abounds. It seems no one is listening.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:29 | 2183036 justsayin2u
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Cant they sell organs or blood?  Cant they spare an eye and a kidney?  Selfish louts.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:14 | 2183125 WmMcK
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Or a pound of flesh? Apologies to the bard.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:44 | 2183072 lailapa
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World War III

Those who won all battles shall lose the war.

Bilderberg Group and the crimes against humanity.

This is how things work in all countries. Whatever used to belong to their peoples, today it belongs to the multinational companies of the Club. Peoples were betrayed by their given leaderships and they lost everything. Capitals and markets were handed to the Club bosses. If you understand what is going on in Greece, you can understand what is going on in Britain, France, and Germany etc..

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:46 | 2183074 ozziindaus
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The basic fact is that Greece, amongst most indebted nations, cannot possibly pay the debts back. In the past was a jubilee, now it's forced imprisonment in the EU. The dilemma Germany has is that a Greek exit may be contagious to other PIIGS and they know that it's these PIIGS that bring good value in suppressing the EURO for Germany. 

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 21:55 | 2183099 eddiebe
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Assuming that the powers that be want a one world government to consolidate their power and gain better control, it would stand to reason that Greece will not be allowed to leave the Euro zone, certainly not if the only thing it takes to keep them in the zone are a few hundred billion worth of electronic bits.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:07 | 2183118 tony wilson
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Lord James of Blackheath FOUNDATION X UPDATE February 16 2012

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:33 | 2183147 Kali
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I am absolutely intrigued by this!  If true, the sheer amount of the fraud is stunning!  Any and all info on this subject is much appreciated.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:19 | 2183131 Miss Expectations
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For Tyler:

     A KNYGHT ther was, and that a worthy man,
     That fro the tyme that he first bigan
  To riden out, he loved chivalrie,
     Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie.
     Ful worthy was he in his lordes werre,
     And therto hadde he riden, no man ferre,
     As wel in cristendom as in hethenesse,
  And evere honoured for his worthynesse.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 06:52 | 2184120 falak pema
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If you believe in that and like a romp through history then read this : 

Pech Souleila: Sidi Kafir By Falakpema

Spot on the dot! 

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:21 | 2183134 blindman
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Immortal Technique - Rich Mans World (1%) - The Martyr

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:24 | 2183137 Downtoolong
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I keep wondering if the Greek situation is like a harbinger of how things will go down when the first state defaults on its debt in the U.S.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:29 | 2183143 blindman
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it's a small world, after all bro.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:47 | 2183171 Pejorative Requiem
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The most tragic part of this post is the use of RT as a source. Very sad...... no hidden agenda there. I was proud of the Voice of America, of Radio Free Europe. Beware RT and its agenda.... the means may be effective, as we proved; but trust your heart, Natural Law, in determining the end. Oh................ all you jack asses that think you sound smart quoting Shakespear; remember he wrote, in his day, in vernacular, almost tabloid style. Y'all think 'cause ya talk fancy that y'r house don't have a vent stack.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:54 | 2183189 WmMcK
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The quotes may not be made to sound smart, but to show that we've been here before (many times). If we all can only realize that
All's well .. well, you know -- won't be fooled again.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 22:51 | 2183181 Caviar Emptor
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Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of Honolulu

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:17 | 2183239 pashley1411
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I'm way down the blog, but question.   Did the IMF put money in to the this sink-hole, and if so, how much, and of that amount, did the US contribute its 17.7%,    Just to rub salt in our wounds as to how much the US was fleeced to keep European banks afloat.

I know, its looking like its all semantic exercise, they throw 100's of billions around, just to let you know none of it is worth anything.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:32 | 2183243 earleflorida
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my shadow walks me through thy futures past

whilst, the creased edge of twilight eclipse my one refuge... that of solemn peace no more

tis it right to exist on the fringe of humanity, wallowing in cold-hearted thoughts of despair... chilling frost-bitten queries spooning unfettered equanimity

the intrinsic burning... that thy rhetorical malice gratuitously bestows, inflames ones tongue... unable to gorge on thy evil dealt, but best left unspoken for thy devils fare is but a two-edge sword, lest his contract be taken in earnest... for austerity knows dirge... be it, only his scorn

ye... the hellish frost thy fringe of darkness and despair shall incarnate... indeed, making my path seem wretched and thorn`d... but the one known, only as Zeus, has not forsaken his children... never to be usurped by this cyclops necrosis insanity... these trolling flatlanders that suckle upon the weak 

indeed... Zeus will align the grecian sun, for his subjects are his embodiment... his source of equilibrium that gravitates always his laws of justice and wisdom be done

this fringe... shall be withered no more, for this eclipse will thaw this once cold shadow, as I feel my hot blood flowing, bestowing thou meaning of life thought lost... forever past, once more

for darkness has but one side that shalt not upset... this everlasting burning sphere within... for the great Zeus has weighted the whole as one... yet the past and the future were always but a moment, fused in the present... such is our lifetime, but only the blink of an eye from the almighty greek Zeus as eternity calms his minions for millenniums to come                 


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:47 | 2183310 AU5K
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Neither a borrower nor lender be.....

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 23:57 | 2183332 sansnobel
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These Fukkin Banksters think they can get away with this shit forever!!! My God idiots wake the fuck up!!  They do this same shit in the USA for years, Oh just give us 10 yrs of financing....I swear ... I promise....  We will get our shit together( say the politicians)!!!  Nope your days of can kicking are over!!! Default you fuckin deadbeats!!!!  And I'm not talking about the average Greek...I'm talking about the Feckless, sackless Greek Technocrat/Politician... MEN of Greece, take back your country from the pussy politicos and Bankers that have made bad bets with their balance sheets.  You people will never be respected again if you don't nut up and tell the Euro Technocrats to fuck off and die!!!!  Why is it that you fuckin idiots cant see this????

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 00:15 | 2183375 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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...He misses the point I think. The PTB want to contain Greece from a default triggering CDS 'realisations'  bankrupting writing banks (ie the PTB)...its a circle jerk  no doubt!

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 00:27 | 2183397 Dermasolarapate...
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First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?
First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Ebenezer: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.
First Collector: I don't think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
Ebenezer: Why?
First Collector: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
Ebenezer: Huh! Nothing!
Second Collector: You wish to be anonymous?
Ebenezer: [firmly, but calmly] I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.
First Collector: Many can't go there.
Second Collector: And some would rather die.

Scrooge (1951 version)
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 02:29 | 2183640 SaulGood
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I'm new here, so forgive my ignorance. Is Greece's debt crisis solely due to bank fraud and the country looking to bail out the banks? I had thought it was due to a bloated entitlement system, but that doesn't seem very likely after checking out this post!

If there's a good roundup on how they got here that is recommended, I'd appreciate being pointed in that direction.


Wed, 02/22/2012 - 02:41 | 2183651 earleflorida
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How many of the elite wealthy in the US pay their taxes? Well,... in Greece the proletariat had figured it out along time ago [whereas the sheeple in amerika keep paying, and paying, and paying forever more]! So they tell the Wealthy-Fucks in Greece,... you pay -I pay. It's that simple. 

just one of the problems

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 02:41 | 2183653 Heavy
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Just hang out a while longer, you got here just in time for the big show!  Search Greece in archives to get caught up.  Governance is complicated, corrupt goverance is at least doubly so.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 02:42 | 2183654 Heavy
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accidental double

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 02:49 | 2183662 SaulGood
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You guys are funny. I've been here a few weeks and most of the Greece posts are very inside-joke heavy. Like, you have to already know why the debt was racked up because the post is just about Germany trying to annex Greece itself (which was pretty hilarious to me). I'll poke around the archives a bit, I'm loving this site.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 02:41 | 2183650 The Tilden Flash
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Exit, pursued by a bear.

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Wed, 02/22/2012 - 04:01 | 2183867 Olympia
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Loan sharks knew that if they took the dollars printing machines under their control they could suffocate the world ...they could initially suffocate USA and after taking the USA from the Americans, they could move and suffocate the whole world and take the countries from their people.

FED printed cheap money and loansharking multiplied this money in an unnatural way within the American economy boarders and they discarded them abroad so that they did not threaten USA. USA became the first state in the world with artificial “breathing”...

It cannot be possible but just in the USA for only the last year, more than one million houses were seized. It cannot be impossible but the New World has returned to tents and shelters ..has returned to the ages of Columbus. It cannot be possible that we allow to a few loan sharks looting the toils and the assets of people...


Global Debt Crisis

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 04:26 | 2183970 AnAnonymous
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US citizens usually have this slip of the tongue that betrays themselves.

So it starts:

-Greece is entangled in an extortion scheme.

it follows

-Greece would be better off the extortion scheme, Greece must leave.

Save that leaving an extortion scheme is not that way. You dont knock at the door of the extorter, popping the head and singing "it is over, I am leaving, farewell"

And if you manage to leave, the extorter wont greet you and congratulate you for leaving. The extorter will try to punish you through all means possible.

The Greeks know that, they share the same culture, they are proponents of US citizenism.

They know that if they leave, with no damaging interaction with their former gang partners, they will better off.

But they also know that their former gang will interact with them in the most painful way possible to make them regret leaving.

So they prefer to stay in.

This US citizen starts with the extortion scheme and suddenly, during the development of his train of thought, drops the extortion feature, to reach a conclusion that is not valid.

The Greeks do not want to leave. They know the price. If they leave, their former US citizen european brethern will gang up on them and it will be worse.

US world order.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 04:48 | 2184031 autonomos
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Shylock revisited by jewish-theatre

Next step: submit it to the Ministry of Truth

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 04:56 | 2184049 PR Guy
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Ms. Katseli, an economist who was labor minister in the government of George Papandreou until she left in a cabinet reshuffle last June, was also upset that Greece’s lenders will have the right to seize the gold reserves in the Bank of Greece under the terms of the new deal (Daily Telegraph - UK)

I will be interested to see the reaction once that piece of information becomes a little more widely known in Greece - it was kept very quiet until now.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 05:33 | 2184081 Sandmann
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to seize the gold reserves in the Bank of Greece

Well the Bank of Greece is supposedly the best-capitalised having offloaded sovereign debt onto the ECB for liquidity to prop up its national banking system, so presumably nthey had to pledge their 111 tonnes of gold


Wed, 02/22/2012 - 07:43 | 2184147 PR Guy
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Nah - Irish banks are the best capitalised in the world. Our Finance Minister said they are so it must be true LOL

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