Things That Make You Go Hmmm - Such As The Keystone Cops At The Helm Of The Eurozone

Tyler Durden's picture

After the earlier sheer amusement from Jim O'Neill, we shift to pure entertainment of a more macabre variety, as Grant Williams submits his diary chronicling the last five days in the collapse of the Eurozone (and much more). "I am writing this piece on the Monday of a week in which the sheer number of potential catalysts in Europe is extraordinary and so, by way of a change, and as a social experiment of sorts, I am going to write this edition of Things That Make You Go Hmmm..... diary-style in order to catalogue a week’s worth of lack of cohesion, absence of unity, misalignment, mixed messages and u-turns as conjured up by the modern-day Keystone Cops at the helm of the Eurozone. This may mean we run a bit longer than usual, but you can always just read the days you care about... Hopefully I’ll see you all at the end of the week..."

Here are the people fighting for the survival of their jobs, their careers, and their legacy: 

Things that Make You Go Hmmm- September 11, 2011


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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Mark Steyn discusses many things related to slavery in his new book After America.  The UK is leading the way.

Ahmeexnal's picture

While the TBTF will be treated to bailout after bailout, the "little people" who won't be able to pay their debt will face a far more sinister fate: slavery.

That will include millions of young fools who will find themselves graduating from college into the nets of the slave traders.

jeff montanye's picture

imo you are essentially right.  

the picture of these highly educated, sophisticated economic governance professionals calling for austerity in a deflationary depression so as to keep the dream of a euro alive (no matter a monetary union without fiscal union is impossible) makes one laugh then cry.  

for yet another time:  those who made the bad loans should have faced the consequences originally:  bank stock and bond holders and their managers.  the banks must be restructured and the debt reduced if there ever is to be an organic recovery.  justice and common sense agree.

oogs66's picture

you are missing a mug of the guy who runs the efsf!  that guy has to have a great mug too!  and qualifications, no doubt


myne's picture

I see a European remake of the great British classic "Yes Minister".

Who will play the Sir Humphrey character?

rumblefish's picture

Where are the characatures fore the jokers running the us financial system.

Delmar's picture

It's pronounced "ruining"

nasdaq99's picture

"Keystone Cops" is naive.  they are sociopathic liars.

jeff montanye's picture

and keystone cops.  and dreamers.  and horny dudes.  and sociopaths (see jesse for minute detail).  and on their way out.

disabledvet's picture

Christine's job seems safe. I didn't see a picture of the current Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Count's picture

My friends and I continue to be amazed at the disappearance of common sense in all the politicians here and there. The aliens must have their stupid ray on full blast.



sunnydays's picture

Someone really complimented their looks and did a nice job of making them look better than they actually are.  They all do have one thing in common... dang they all have big long noses!  Kind of like Pinnochio

TradingJoe's picture


BarryG's picture

That Van Rompuy pic looks like a photograph!

In other news, German MEP Günther Oettinger has suggested sending n the debt collectors to Greece -

dasein211's picture

Markets wont move big either way until sept 20th. They will hold the line until then. Dont hold your breath yet folks. The keystone is the fed decision this month. The market is pavlovian in its response to the fed. No moves until then.

rajat_bhatia's picture

Mr Bean for President!! LMAO

GIANTKILR's picture

You ever notice how some of these guys just look evil, or like weasels? Like villains in a movie. The casting director picks the appropriate look for the part.

rajat_bhatia's picture

Does that insinuation mean i wont be president one day?

j0nx's picture

They look like the typical caricature of a jew bankster to me. With the elf ears and the exagerrated nose. Kinda like Timmay.

max2205's picture

Please add George Jetson and the Flinstones

kill switch's picture

These people benifit from the following: On this date,,


Probability of Large-Scale False Flag Terror Event Increasing As European Banking Panic Looms

 WGT Washington DC, Sept. 9, 2011 – Late yesterday, Obama administration officials speaking off the record told reporters that they had a “credible but unconfirmed” threat warning for a terror attack around the time of the 9/11 anniversary is coming Sunday.

This announcement caps a week in which numerous veterans of the original 9/11 false flag terror attack and cover-up have been prodigal with their media warnings that a repetition of the bloody tragedy of 10 years ago is simply a question of time. These figures have included former New York Mayor Giuliani, 9/11 commission chairs Hamilton and Kean, and many others.

Based on the current intelligence constellation, a large-scale false flag terror attack over the coming weeks and months is now increasing in probability. This is because such a terror attack, plus the wars it could unleash and the martial law which it might be used to impose in Europe and North America, would facilitate measures which the ruling finance oligarchs of these nations judge to be essential for their short-term survival. The false flag attack could be blamed on Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, the Palestinians, or a range of others.

Once again, the initiative may be passing into the hands of that rogue network, invisible government, secret government, parallel government, deep state, or special forces underground which exists at the point where Wall Street and City of London financial bosses intersect with the dominant personalities – active-duty and retired – of the Anglo-American secret intelligence establishment.

Imminent Banking Panic Means New and Bigger Bailouts Imposed by Martial Law

The leading factor compelling the Anglo-American power elite into a new false flag terror adventure is the now rapidly worsening breakdown crisis of the European and US banking systems. Almost 2 years of Anglo-American financial warfare against the euro, generally taking the form of credit default swap (CDS) assaults on European government bonds, have now created an extraordinarily serious crisis. There is presently a list of at least one dozen large European banks, each of whom is a candidate to play the role of Lehman Brothers in the blowup which can now be expected for some time over the next two months. This includes the top British banks. This crisis is almost exclusively the handiwork of the City of London and Wall Street, and they have created it in order to relieve pressure on the dollar, and to neutralize the threat to the future role of the dollar as the world reserve currency. Over the past few days, Anglo-American commentators have been chortling as the dollar has picked up a few pennies of value compared to the euro.

The problem for the Anglo-Americans is that panic runs on European banks will quickly be translated into panic runs on US banks, and on the dollar. Institutions like Bank of America, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, and even the vaunted Goldman Sachs, which have existed as zombie banks thanks to government largess since September 2008, are now exhibiting telltale signs of a Lehman-like death spiral. In short, if the European banks blow, the London and New York banks will not be far behind. Maybe the Wall Street geniuses of international financial warfare should have thought of that before they embarked on their current lunatic beggar-my-neighbor campaign against their confreres in continental Europe.

Experience teaches that if the New York money center banks are faced by imminent bankruptcy, their first instinct would be to demand a second bailout of trillions of dollars at US taxpayer expense. The problem for them is that the first bailout has left such a bitter aftertaste that congressional passage of such a monstrous funding bill would be anybody’s guess. From the Wall Street point of view, this makes martial law a much more attractive alternative than in the recent past. Under the impact of a huge false flag event, new bailouts could be railroaded through the Congress or even approved by Wall Street puppet Obama as executive orders and validated later. They could even be approved as a measure necessary for national defense in an emergency. The impact in Europe would be similar.

Martial law declared in response to a terror attack would automatically be used to suppress public protests against the bailouts and austerity cuts decreed by the zombie bankers and hedge fund hyenas. No matter what the ins and outs, a new terror crisis would help Wall Street get its money. And there is nothing like an imminent financial panic to make the Anglo-American ruling elite go collectively bonkers.

The Twelve Tyrants of Austerity Threaten the Pentagon Budget

A second and related problem is represented by the first meeting yesterday of that extralegal pseudo-judicial organism which the American people are increasingly referring to as the Twelve Tyrants. This is the infamous Super Committee or Super Congress, an entity which exists in clear violation of the United States Constitution. If, according to one likely scenario, the Twelve Tyrants, the Congress, and Obama fail to agree on a common program of genocidal austerity against the American people, and automatic budget guillotine will come down around Christmas of this year, and will begin cutting $60 billion per year out of the Pentagon budget. According to a number of observers, this prospect by itself is sufficient to move the intelligence old boys of the rogue network to stage a substantial new terror stunt to protect their current level of funding. If new terror attacks occur, it will be much harder to cut the Pentagon budget. Having been deprived of the Cold War 20 years ago, these bellicose militarists do not intend to be deprived of their ersatz Global War on Terror, and they are prepared to go far off the reservation to assert themselves.

The anxiety in these circles is increased by news reports that the US presence in Iraq is about to be scaled down to about 3,000 troops. At the same time, public pressure for an early exit from Afghanistan is growing, while others are calling for a strategy based on limited special forces and the use of predator drones, but without large numbers of infantry.

Republican Warmongers Pose as Isolationists

The disgust of the US population with the endless wars of the past decade has gradually transformed much of the Republican Party from a self-professed congeries of warmongers into a purported gaggle of isolationists, as seen in the recent debates. Naturally, for most of these figures the dovish transformation is purely demagogic. A robust false flag terror event would go far towards flipping the Republicans back to the warmongers stance they find inherently congenial.

London and Washington Still Want to Attack Pakistan

Another factor which disturbs the Anglo-American imperialist planners is their inability to launch their military incursion against Pakistan. This had been planned for the immediate aftermath of the May 1st “Bin Laden” publicity stunt, and would have included an attempt by US Special Forces to seize or destroy the Pakistani strategic nuclear deterrent, leaving that country defenseless. The Anglo-Americans have been held in this case by a timely ultimatum from China, specifying that Beijing would treat an attack on Pakistan just like an attack on the Chinese homeland. This has largely checkmated China and Washington ever since. However, in the aftermath of a new false flag event blamed on Pakistan, it would be possible for the Anglo-American to revisit this issue with increased blackmail potential against the Chinese.

The US-UK Assault on Syria is Failing

In the Middle East, the Anglo-American power elite has wagered everything on the successful march of color revolutions backed up with NATO military aggression, leading to the overthrow of most of the existing regimes in the Arab world. Syria poses the most serious test so far for this new Anglo-American strategic doctrine. After all, it was relatively easy for the Anglo Americans to destabilize and overthrow the governments of Tunisia and Egypt, given that these states were already located within the Anglo Americans sphere.

NATO’s Urgent Need to Attack Syria

Libya has proven a much tougher nut to crack, and NATO, and despite a brutal application of genocidal force, has not yet cracked it. Because of Qaddafi’s superior fighting qualities, the long war in Libya has tended to shield Syria from the next, planned wave of NATO attack. In the meantime, the Syrian army has made substantial progress in quelling the armed rebellion mounted by death squads and armed gangs loyal to the Moslem Brotherhood, itself the creation of British intelligence. The optimum time for NATO to invade Syria would have been two months ago, but this proved impossible because so many of NATO’s strictly limited military assets were tied down on the Libyan front. Very soon, there will be very little of the Muslim Brotherhood soldatesca left in Syria for NATO to come and rescue.

A false flag terror attack, however, would immediately change this equation by creating political conditions in which Obama could successfully extort increased military assets from Congress and from Europe to carry out a direct attack on Syria. This in turn would likely embroil NATO in all-out war not just with Syria, but with Hezbollah and Iran as well. If one thinks of a world war evolving along the lines of the Thirty Years’ War in Europe (1618-1648), then this would begin to look very much like such a world war.

Isolated Israel Faces the PLO Demand for Statehood and the Hostility of Turkey

A further exacerbating factor is represented at the ongoing internal political crisis and increasing international isolation of Israel. Right after the 9/11 anniversary, the United Nations General Assembly will convene in New York City. Here there will be a determined attempt by the Palestinian Authority to exert its existence as a sovereign and independent United Nations member state. This bid will enjoy overwhelming sympathy around the world. It is quite possible that the General Assembly will approve the Palestinian request. The United States faces the humiliating isolation of having to block Palestinian statehood with a solo veto in the Security Council. Saudi Arabia is on record as saying that this outcome will lead to a catastrophe in US-Saudi relations.

Will Turkey Decline Role of US-UK Kamikaze Puppet Against Syria?

A further complication involves Turkey. According to the Anglo-American dream scenario, Turkey should by now have attacked Syria, citing the pretext of wanting to stop the refugee flow across the two countries’ common border. For a time it looked like the Turks would indeed accept the role of kamikaze puppet against Syria in the service of London and New York. But, for the moment, it looks like they may have paused. Instead of invading Syria, Turkey is currently engaged in a high profile diplomatic clash with the Israelis, which makes much more sense from the point of view of Turkish interests and internal politics, and which increases the pressure on the desperados of the Netanyahu regime. All this comes at the moment when half a million Israelis have demonstrated in the streets to show their rejection of the militarism and economic austerity measures of Netanyahu.

A Turkish-Egyptian Alliance?

There are even reports of a possible alliance between Egypt and Turkey, which would be most unwelcome to the US, British, and Israelis. The Egyptians, for their part, have become somewhat less subservient neighbors for the Israelis in the Sinai, especially after some Egyptian forces were killed by Israeli bombing raids targeting Gaza.

Iran: Bushehr Goes Online

In the background, the Iranian nuclear program is quietly proceeding. The Bushehr nuclear power station has come online, producing electricity for Iran’s national grid. The Washington Post, citing a September report from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, claims that the Iranian nuclear program represents “an undimmed danger.” In a September 6 editorial, the paper claims that Iran has begun to use a new and more advanced centrifuge for the enrichment of uranium, and that rapid progress is being made in transferring existing centrifuges into a large underground facility located in a mountain near Qom, which makes them all but invulnerable to outside military attack. The protracted campaign of assassination against Iranian nuclear scientists, it would appear, has not been effective in stopping this progress. In the fevered imaginations of imperialist military planners, we may therefore be approaching the point of no return for an attack on Iran.

Neocon Bonapartist Petraeus Now Running the CIA

As of this past Tuesday, the General David Petraeus has now taken control of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Petraeus has long been noted as the favorite Bonapartist of the neocon faction, and their chosen vehicle for a return to power en masse. Petraeus is carrying out a personal union of the Pentagon and the CIA, the two pillars of his projected future authoritarian presidency. If the US ruling elite should decide to jettison Obama, look for Petraeus’ star to rise at the expense of the “bunch of cranks” populating the current Republican field which is “the weakest since 1940,” in the words of John Weaver of the Huntsman camp.

JR's picture

Yes, the European leaders may be farcical, but they are deadly.  And speaking of deadly, the so-called leader of the free world, backed with the most powerful military machine the world has ever known, is today talking about false flags, military strength and taking on all enemies. This man, hardly experienced in any phase of presidential duties, now takes on the role of a war president, virtually making the world unsafe for humanity. His points today are enough to frighten, not the enemy, but his citizens.

Obama: 9/11 Made US Stronger

'Clear for All to See' Terrorists No Match for Us, President Insists

Speaking today in his weekly radio address before a whirlwind of photo opportunities on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, President Barack Obama declared that the attacks had made America stronger.

There should be no doubt: today, America is stronger and al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat,” Obama declared, adding that it was “clear for all to see” that the terrorists are no match for the US military.

The remainder of the address was spent hyping the enormous virtues of the “9/11 generation” which has spent the last decade fighting America’s wars. Obama had previously praised them for an “extraordinary decade of service” in conquering Iraq and Afghanistan.

Interestingly, however, one of Obama’s talking points was that the terrorists “want to draw us into endless wars,” an incredible acknowledgement as he works to negotiate a plan to keep US troops occupying Afghanistan, nominally over the “threat of al-Qaeda,” through 2024 and beyond. He also declared the Iraq War to be “ending,” despite reports that he intends to miss the December deadline and keep troops in that nation for years to come.

kill switch's picture

 WGT Washington DC, Sept. 9, 2011


gwar5's picture

You forgot the part where the aliens are due to land and demand that we stop producing CO2 and make Paul Krugman our king, or we shall be destroyed.



kill switch's picture

I forgot the part??

Why don't you add it.. Alians are in your basement and  you will be destroyed. A case of human forward development now that you have moved on.


There is some justice in the world..


StychoKiller's picture

"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"

candyman's picture

war is down to 4% from 10% of GDP, get off of it fuckface! what , do you want it down to 0%.

JR's picture

“His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I’ve ever known; no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, in every sense of the word a wise, a good, and a great man.”

The author of these words was Thomas Jefferson and the great man was George Washington.

“On the whole,” Jefferson wrote, “his character was in its mass, perfect; and nothing bad; in few points indifferent; and it may be truly said that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great and to place him in the same constellation with whatever worthies have merited from man and everlasting remembrance.”

This was the man who put in motion the greatest citadel for freedom in the history of the world. Yes, many of today’s “ruling class” may resemble cartoon characters; but in reality they are nothing more than a tragic remembrance of what once was.

President Washington’s strength of moral character, contrasting with the European banker-manipulated leaders, is like comparing the nobility of a great race horse with the flies that occupy his stable.

oogs66's picture

Mr bean?  c'mon, he has the good sense to avoid this, no?

SILVER_GIRL's picture

I vote in Mr.Bean... I love him :)

JR's picture

Ah, Mr. Bean... But be careful, SILVER_GIRL, which Mr. Bean; bankers are tricky (and can be stingy), you see… It was less than a year ago that another Mr. Bean, a deputy governor of the Bank of England, demonstrated to the world how the central bankers assume control of the currencies, not to use central planning for economic benefit, but to deliberately transfer the wealth of nations to their own personal accounts. The power to make this transfer stems from their power to control every economic and social function of a nation. It can never be said too often: it is deliberate and criminal!

Here’s the story on savers  from where the arrogant Mr. Bean says low returns on savings are part of the Bank of England's strategy…

Savers Told to Stop Moaning and Start Spending: Savers should stop complaining about poor returns and start spending to help the economy, a senior Bank of England official warned today.

27 Sep 2010 -- Older households could afford to suffer because they had benefited from previous property price rises, Charles Bean, the deputy governor, suggested. They should "not expect" to live off interest, he added, admitting that low returns were part of a strategy.

His remarks are likely to infuriate savers, who are among the biggest victims of the recession. About five million retired people are thought to rely on the interest earned by their nest-eggs. But almost all savings accounts now pay less than inflation. The typical savings rate has fallen from more than 2.8 per cent before the financial crisis to 0.23 per cent last month.

Mr Bean said he "fully sympathised". But he continued: "Savers shouldn't necessarily expect to be able to live just off their income in times when interest rates are low. It may make sense for them to eat into their capital a bit." He added: "Very often older households have actually benefited from the fact that they've seen capital gains on their houses." ...

The strategy had led to Mervyn King, the governor, receiving many letters of complaint...  Official figures show that savers have lost about £18 billion a year in interest as a result of the Bank's response to the worst recession in a generation.

Godisanhftbot's picture

This explains the Greek crisis better than anything I've seen

HL Shancken's picture

They are all communists, or they wouldn't hold the positions they do. Has it never occurred to any of you that the EU is a Soviet creation? Has it never crossed your mind, in this era in which the terms socialist and communist are on the tip of so many tongues, that the collapse of the Soviet Union was staged, that the winner of the Cold War was in fact that Soviet Union? Have you no imagination nor knowledge of human nature and history? Are you really so gullible, so blind, so obtuse?


Vladimir Bukovsky explains things so well.



So does jeff Nyquist.


Here we are, on the anniversary of the attacks of 9-11-01, and who here is aware of the Russian role in the attacks? Of the training of terrorists, Muslim terrorists, going back to the 1960's? The training of Ayman al-Zawahiri in Dagestan, Russia, in 1998 by the GRU? Far too few, to be sure.

JR's picture

The leadership of the Communist Party, before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, took up residence in the United States.

HL Shancken's picture

So right you are. I'm reminded of the appointment of gorbachev to head up the SVR (Russian Foreign Intelligence) after the staged coup and his relocation to the Presidio, right here on U.S. soil. But that's almost trivial, I know, when the Long March Through the Institutions has claimed most of the top positions in the public and private sphere, just as prescribed by Gramsci.

JOYFUL's picture

Have you no imagination nor knowledge of human nature and history? Are you really so gullible, so blind, so obtuse?

Have thee the means to come down from thy high horse?!? Your steed seems indeed to be of the TROJAN variety, so much so, you may need some 'first responders' to get you down from your catseat!

Just who the heck are you hectoring anyhoo?  Q. What part of the word DIALECTICAL do you not understand.  Given that 'da Commies' were/are a creation of da 'crony capitalists' of NewYork/Frankfurt/CityofLondon (see WALL STREET AND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION by Antony C. Sutton)-F.C.U.K. Amazon(UNDERTAKER OF THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLER OF AMERICA) - in the spirit of Jerry Rubin and the Hebraic Heralds of the New Left-Amerikas' own "fifth column" -  you can read it here for free   -why would anyone be surprised that superannuated agents like Gorby would take up residence in their spiritual homeland?  Communists, Socialists, Fascists, whatever your flavor, they were all brewed from the same pot, which uses rhetorical geniuses such as yurself to call kettle black, and keep us all confused as to the true nature of the shell game.

Do you think Bill Ayers, Sol Alinsky, Adorno, Benjamin{Frankfurt School} M Friedman and the Chicago School of Reekonomics landed here from different parts of extraterrestial space?>  that Barry Odingo is the love child of some kind of interstellar experiment in racial mixing? That Adolf H and T Hertzl weren't cuttings grafted onto the same tree?  That Jesuit trained Fidel Castro(who spent two 'missing years' in America receiving programming that only an "operation Paperclip" inspired CIA mind control experiment could provide) held a profound interest in Marxist theory?

You like conspiracy theory?  Hey, ZH is a conspiracy theorists' before you start shouting down from the rooftops(banana tree?!?) at the rest of us, why don't you wise up and get a little humility mixed into your feed. You are not the first guy to ever discover that something's a little off with our world. So coming off here as Little Lord Fauntleroy, rather than joining in the discussion, is not the best way to make a splash.

  There's a completely cogent theory(whose chief proponent died suddenly & mysteriously of "liver cancer" bout one year ago) which holds that both soviet Russia and 'capitalist' Amerika were/are run by hierarchies controlled by German (DVD) recidivist elements who never stopped working on behalf of the Reich... Wheels within wheels baby! Kind of like the precious metals market.  The highway is littered with "chartist" roadkill.  Nothing personal, but writing like this, you remind of a turtle trying to get cross I-95 in one piece.

ZH is a "collective" enterprise of "individuals" trying to figure out what's going on in a post-reality paradigm. In an unreal world, the best we can do is try to keep it real bud! Jettison the baggage George Jetsen!

Ahmeexnal's picture

Yes, the "commies" are nothing but controlled opposition. They are puppets of the power elite.

Castro received his training and funding in the US. He was in NYC and met his boss at the CFR ( ). Once he had his orders, he was sent to Mexico where he received more instructions and training by the fascist PRI regime. From Veracruz he sailed to Cuba and staged Rockefeller´s "revolution".

One of Batista's sins was to defy the banking cabal by refusing to demonetize silver in Cuba.

One of the first acts by Castro when he seized power was to demonetize silver coinage in Cuba.

Castro in NYC in 1955:


More info on Castro-Rockefeller-Rothschild-FED link:

JOYFUL's picture


I went fishing for minnows and hooked into the big Bonito!

Mil gracias for the link - I feel like Hemingway's Nick Adams after his best day on Big Two Hearted River...."Weasel" Will Wieland, aka, (well we'll leave that for another day)and the assorted cast and crew of the Secret Government all gutted and laid out like fish on a platter...yes siree, that's some fish fry you done got up there Muskrat! ...was lower than a snake's belly yesterday, what with 9-11.11 an all...Octavio's blog is the perfect pickmeupper!

Always wondered just what they had so bad against Batista that would cause them to bust up Myer Lansky's thang-Myer actually ruled America - on behalf of (U-NO-WHOO)...(timely self censorship applied here)

silver huh? Who woulda thought it! Nothing new under that thing what always rises!

gwar5's picture

Mr. Bean is the real brains of he outfit.


RockyRacoon's picture

Page 24 tells the story.   All else revolves around what happened with the charts -- and why.   All else is theater.

knukles's picture

Glad that the pictures of the EU EUUU EUBB EUURP EEEEEEEEEURIP and the rest were shown in one place.  Kinda gave me a few moments to figure out the interrelationships between them all.  Must be confusing, strangling, ponderous, uninspiring and in all, quite depressing.

Thank God that here in Amuricah we've got the more sensible Obama. Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, Cantor, Super Congress and Congress along side all the Czars.

Oh, I almost frogot TurboTax Timmah and Benji Prince of Digital Coin and Credit.

At least we share Snoki, the Situation and the rest of Jersey Shore with the EU.  Can't be all bad.