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#1 pstall

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:52 PM

You need time to riot in the streets and in case you get cut or take a rubber bullet to the eye socket you can get free health care.

And we think Europe is just about soccer and good wine and hard to follow films.



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On Friday, Moody's will publish its latest review of Spain's credit rating, possibly downgrading the country's debt to junk status.
On the same day, an independent audit of Spain's banks will reveal how much money Madrid will need from a 100 billion euro ($130 billion) aid package that Europe has already approved for the banks

#2 Floppin

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

Greece's riots are even worse.

Here you go:

A rally in the Greek capital turned violent when protesters in Syntagma Square lobbed Molotov cocktails at police, who retaliated by firing tear gas at the demonstrators.

Security forces also reportedly used flashbang grenades and pepper spray to push protesters back from the parliament building. According to Greek newspaper Kathimerin, the police had been ordered to refrain from using chemicals against protesters.

Around 70,000 people, as estimated by Reuters, gathered in front of the parliament for the country's biggest anti-austerity protest since the new government came to power.

"EU, IMF out!" shouted the angry crowd.

"For the past two-to-three years we've been living an incredible social catastrophe," one of the protesters told Agence France Presse. "My salary has been cut by 50 percent. I have two children and tomorrow I don't know if I'll have a job."

Clashes erupted in different parts of Athens Syntagma Square, with demonstrators throwing fire bombs at police.

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A riot police officer prepares to throw a teargas cannister to protestors during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens.



Witnesses reported smoke rising over the square as security forces dispersed most of the protesters. Some remained, and continued the demonstration; others relocated to the streets of Panepistimiou and Benaki, where again started clashing with riot police.

Some 120 arrest were made throughout the capital. Police say protesters smashed bus stop kiosks and set fire to garbage cans.

Several people sustained injuries.

More than 3,000 police officers - double the usual number - were deployed in the capital of Athens to counter the protesters.

On Wednesday, Greece was gripped by a 24-hour general strike, which halted transit and other industries nationwide. Flights and trains were suspended, shops were shuttered and the hospitals were forced to rely on emergency staffing. The strike was called by the country's two largest trade unions, representing half of Greece's workers.


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Teargas canisters explode beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens.


As many as 350,000 Greeks poured out into streets across the country to protest austerity, estimates the civil servants union ADEDY.

In the second largest city of Thessaloniki, around 18,000 demonstrators rallied. Greeks wrote on Twitter that large numbers of protesters are rallying peacefully in the streets. Earlier demonstrations there saw youths setting fire to debris, burning an EU flag, and then clashing with riot police.


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A riot policeman is engulfed by flames after a protester threw petrol bombs in Athens' Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike.


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Photo by user jamesmatesitv shows petrol bombs hitting ranks of riot police during an anti-austerity rally at Syntagma Square in Athens on September 26, 2012


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A riot police officer throws a teargas cannister to protestors during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens.


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Screenshot from AP video.


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A demonstrator hurls a stone to riot police officers during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens.



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Supporters of the Greek Communist party march to the parliament during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens.Posted Image



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#3 pstall

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:13 PM

this may need it's own thread or maybe it can fit here but what about the Iranian leader today talking about "new world order"? just outright asking for it.

so he knows the game on who is in charge as far as countries and such. is asking for them to go ahead and do what they know to do? very odd.

#4 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:43 PM

Seems to be lots of instability in the world.

Suspect we would have been less concerned few generations ago when the world was somewhat less financially intertwined.

These days with the echo chamber that is the INTERNET things seem to be often amplified beyond reason.

Hard to know if this is the beginning of the end of the financial world as we know it or just an adjustment period before we lose interest and get back to living our daily lives.

#5 MadHatter

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:10 AM

Evidence that no matter how much free poo people get, they always want more free poo.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:18 AM

If a woman got her purse stolen in Madrid, you all would find a way to tie it to free healthcare.

#7 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:19 AM

Seems to be lots of instability in the world.

Suspect we would have been less concerned few generations ago when the world was somewhat less financially intertwined.

These days with the echo chamber that is the INTERNET things seem to be often amplified beyond reason.

Hard to know if the is the beginning of the end of the financial world as we know it or just an adjustment period before we lose interest and get back to living our daily lives.


This was the exact point of my other thread... seems to be a whole lot of small and medium issues that could coalesce into something much bigger without a lot of effort.

#8 g5jamz

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:31 AM

Wow...poor police officer in flames.

I'd be firing live rounds at that point. F that.

Over/under 10 years before we see scenes like that in California.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:33 AM

If a woman got her purse stolen in Madrid, you all would find a way to tie it to free healthcare.



And you would blame republicans.

What's your point ? :D

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:52 AM

I deserve free sh*t.


The rest of you can go to hell.

#11 GAme

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:53 AM

Isn't socialism fun? They want their free poo

#12 natty

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:01 AM

Lets ignore their corrupt as fug government that's been lying about their balance sheets for years, it's obvious healthcare is the issue.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:10 AM

Lets ignore their corrupt as fug government that's been lying about their balance sheets for years, it's obvious healthcare is the issue.


Its certainly part of the issue. They are spending more than they have.

Which is what concerns me about Obama care. The legislation was passed, but will future congresses pay for it?

#14 g5jamz

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:11 AM

Lets ignore their corrupt as fug government that's been lying about their balance sheets for years, it's obvious healthcare is the issue.


Who's blaming this solely on healthcare?

I love how the left has mastered the art of Obama strawman tactics. It's the spending priorities and fiscal responsibility that is the cause of this....healthcare is just one of the contributing factors.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:13 AM

I bet on Swedish forums some local guy named pstallissonn is showing photos of our tea party guys, poor people, occupy and laughing at our failed system


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