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Old 01-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #1791
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Although, in support of Greece, sort of (I'm Not Greek), it was the Greek politicians who went along with the banks to sucker the Greek public with a lot of sugar coating for the poisonous cup.

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Who are the real villains on Wall Street? When it comes to institutionalized greed and corruption, nothing tops the too-big-to-fail banks like JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. But these financial giants form only one part of the financial oligarchy. Lurking in the shadows are aggressive hedge funds that are just as lethal to our economic well being. If Goldman Sachs is a vampire squid, as Matt Taibbi so aptly named it, then hedge funds are like schools of piranhas or sharks, eager to strip the financial carcass to the bone.

The sharks at this very moment are circling Greece, waiting to devour that nationís resources. To understand this attack we need to enter into the rotting innards of our financial system.

But arenít the Greeks lazy?

Letís starts with a closer look at why Greece has accumulated so much debt. The answer is not because they sit around sipping retsina rather than working. Instead it has everything to do with the attempt of Europe to improve the lot of the Greek people so they would embrace democracy. Letís not forget that from 1967 to 1974 Greece was ruled by a military junta that inflicted enormous pain on its people. Helping the Greek people escape poverty was critically important. Greeceís entry into the European Union and the access to capital it provided, allowed the Greek people to rebuild the foundations of prosperity and democracy.

Of course, our vampire squid banks also played a critical role in exacerbating the debt problem. When Greece hit the debt limits set by the EU, large U.S. banks profited mightily by structuring loans to Greece to skirt those rules.

But the biggest blow came from the 2008 financial crash, which was wholly caused by Wall Streetís reckless gambling spree. When the world economy nearly collapsed into another Great Depression, the weaker economies in the EU took the biggest hit. Ireland, Portugal and Greece suffered enormous job loss and massive declines in tax revenues. These countries became the victims of the vast housing bubble that was pumped up by Wall Street's fantasy financial schemes. Yes, they had accumulated too much debt, but the problem would have been manageable were it not for the Wall Street-created crash.

Enter the piranha hedge funds

Hedge funds are lightly regulated, privately managed investment funds created and designed for the super-rich, who expect to get much higher rates of return than the rest of us. While you and I are lucky to see a 2 percent increase in our 401ks, hedge funds hope to see gains far in excess of 10 percent. Pension funds and endowments have also followed the super-rich into these funds to gain access to these outsized returns. There are 8,000 or so hedge funds that now manage a total of nearly $2 trillion.

But making these super-profits doesnít come easy. Hedge funds donít just get lucky on a few stocks or bonds. They look for an edge, and more than a few go over the edge by engaging in criminal activity like insider trading. Others hope to get to the Promised Land by being tough SOBs who donít think twice about impoverishing people. Those SOB hedge funds are circling Greece right now, doing all they can to get their hands on the money the European Union wants to lend Greece to reduce its long-term debt problems.

Hereís the play: Greece does not have enough money to pay off the loans that are coming due in the next year. So the EU and the International Monetary Fund have assembled a bailout package to help Greece make those payments. In exchange, the Greek people are being asked to suffer through enormous cuts in government spending Ė which means cuts in jobs, incomes, healthcare, pensions and public education. Everyday citizens are making enormous sacrifices.

But the European Union also insists that the bond holders of Greek debt take a hit. After all, under the supposed rules of capitalism, if you make a bad loan, you suffer the losses. So the EU wants to recall the old bonds and replace them with new ones at lower interest rates more suited to Greeceís financial condition. Imagine that! Financial elites are being asked to sacrifice a bit to pay for the problems they helped to create.

Well guess what? The elites donít like it. You see, hedge funds have been buying up Greek bonds at steep discounts. They want to milk the deal for as much as possible. So they are refusing to accept what the EU is offering. The hedge funds want to capture as much of the bailout money as possible. They could care less if the Greek people suffer. (Think Bain.)

But wait -- why are the hedge funds refusing the offer when the alternative is having Greece default on the very bonds the hedge funds now own? If they continue to hold out, wonít the hedge funds risk ending up with nothing at all?

Hereís where we dive into rotten core of ďmodern finance.Ē These hedge funds think they have covered their bets by taking out financial insurance on their bonds, which would pay them the full value of the bonds (not just the discounted price) if Greece defaults. (These insurance policies are called credit default swaps, and are issued usually by big banks that profit on the insurance premiums.)

So the hedge funds that are playing hardball think they have their bets covered. If Greece doesnít give them a better deal on their bonds, the hedge funds will welcome a default in order to collect fully on their financial insurance policies.

The nuclear option

Thereís only one little problem: The entire financial system might collapse, including our own, if Greece defaults. Thatís because no one is sure if all the financial insurance can actually be paid off. It could be like AIG all over again, when that giant insurance company couldnít pay off its financial insurance policies. If one big bank fails to deliver it could set off a chain reaction of financial defaults around the globe.

As Marshall Auerbach, my financial guru, points out, itís very much like exercising the nuclear option.

Credit default swaps [financial insurance policies] are to "hedging" credit exposure what nuclear weapons are to "hedging" a nation's defense requirements. Yes, you pay less money than equipping a huge army, but if you use the nukes, everything blows up. Much the same applies with credit default swaps.

In the old days, bankers basically didn't bet against their clients. If the borrower was successful, the banker was successful as the loan made money. If you thought the credit risk was bad, you didn't hedge it by buying a credit default swap; you simply refused to extend the loan (or demanded a lot of collateral against which the loan was secured). Nowadays, no credit analysis is done and "hedging" is done through these toxic instruments which have no social value and create a hugely destabilizing financial system.

To put it more bluntly, the sharks are using financial nuclear blackmail to milk billions out of the Greek people. They can get away with it because the EU and America are enormously fearful that a Greek default will vaporize the global financial system Ė yet again.

Hopefully one day Occupy Wall Street will grow into a movement larger enough to end this financial terrorism. Until then, we can expect the Greek people to transfer much of their remaining wealth to these amoral and destructive hedge funds.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:44 PM   #1792
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Brian, how exactly do you "support" greece...you shameless, self loathing, pathetic bastard.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:30 PM   #1793
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Brian, how exactly do you "support" greece...you shameless, self loathing, pathetic bastard.
The only thing pathetic is your lack of comprehension and understanding of what happened which you shamelessly display ever chance you get you dumb bastard. Mind your Ps and Qs.

The average schmuck Greek was lulled into sticking their hand in the 'lolly jar' by the banks and their politicians and then told they could just 'go for it', and their greed did the rest. That is history. The 'sort of support' is the acknowledgement that as greedy and horrible as they are, they couldn't have done it with a little help from the banks.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:54 AM   #1794
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Who cares Brian. Why all the sympathy. I've got no sympathy for the Greeks who act like collective fools by systematically obstructing any progression Macedonia is trying to make. They mess with our internal affairs, constantly. They denigrate and belittle us every chance they get.

The Greeks can climb down a few notches to where they really are. Actually it would look more like a free fall. Sorry buddy, I've got no sympathy for them.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:29 AM   #1795
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The only thing pathetic is your lack of comprehension and understanding of what happened which you shamelessly display ever chance you get you dumb bastard. Mind your Ps and Qs.

The average schmuck Greek was lulled into sticking their hand in the 'lolly jar' by the banks and their politicians and then told they could just 'go for it', and their greed did the rest. That is history. The 'sort of support' is the acknowledgement that as greedy and horrible as they are, they couldn't have done it with a little help from the banks.
Good on ya buddy...maybe you could throw a few more coins their way...

You really are deluded, no wonder you feel for the 'greeks'...all of you deluded folk stick together.

I say, fuck the lot of you...
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:00 AM   #1796
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Good on ya buddy...maybe you could throw a few more coins their way...

You really are deluded, no wonder you feel for the 'greeks'...all of you deluded folk stick together.

I say, fuck the lot of you...
You are such a spiteful prick, you loose all comprehension and reason.

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Not just the denials of the likes of voltron,
But the predicament of the poor little children in the below story


BBC: Greeks Are Too Poor to Care for Children"

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"Maybe because your avatar is holding kid and your too good natured you think like that.
I cannot feel sympathy for anything that happens to them."

I NEVER have sympathy for Greeks, no matter how bad it gets there,
you idiot, but I still can understand an article purporting to explain the TRUTH of what happened then, even if it's saying the average Greek on the street was not entirely to blame - remember the TRUTH as in M TRUTH O - or should we remove the TRUTH out of the name?


Did you even read my Post868? I keep telling you, research before you post - you sound like an idiot for everyone to see.

Now "say, fuck the lot of you..." to your brains - or maybe you have, and the result has clogged your brain.

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:12 AM   #1797
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You are such a spiteful prick you loose all comprehension and reason.

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"This is so sad.
Not just the denials of the likes of voltron,
But the predicament of the poor little children in the below story


BBC: Greeks Are Too Poor to Care for Children"

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"Maybe because your avatar is holding kid and your too good natured you think like that.
I cannot feel sympathy for anything that happens to them."

I NEVER have sympathy for Greeks, no matter how bad it gets there, you idiot, but I still can understand an article purporting to explain the TRUTH of what happened then even if it's saying the average Greek on the street was not entirely to blame - remember the TRUTH as in M TRUTH O - or should we remove the TRUTH out of the name?

Did you even read my Post868? I keep telling you research before you post - you sound like an idiot for everyone to see.

Now "say, fuck the lot of you..." to your brains - or maybe you have and the result has clogged your brain.
Brian, you self loathing greek apologist, maybe you need to reconsider your strong greek bonds.

You obviously have no fuckin' clue what those c*nts have done to generations of Macedonian children...

Talk to people that have suffered under successive despicable greek regimes, the children who were robbed of their chidhood and families, then put that in the context of a modern day greek not being able to afford day care for their child.

You deluded, miserable greek apologist.

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:21 AM   #1798
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Yet he labels others as 'pathetic' in regards to the imposed name issue, which is far more sensitive than Brian understands.

The Greeks got themselves in this mess, they don't deserve any sympathy.

P.S- Christmas time is over Brian, time to give the green and red colours a rest.
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:05 AM   #1799
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i just heard on dnevnik that greece does not want to negotiate on the name anymore.
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They will simply veto a second time, the stupid inbreed Macedonians have been told solve your problem with Hellarse before you arrive at the next Summit
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