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Comment: Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 3, Insightful) 271 271

Greece reported a nearly 2 billion euro surplus in 2014, without taking interest payments into account.

I could take a cash advance on a credit card at 28%, put it in a deposit account at 1%, and generate a surplus without taking interest payments into account.

Comment: Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 1) 271 271

That situation is exactly the same in the US (except the gap is about $500 billion right now, more than the entire Greek debt).

The US has two things that Greece doesn't: an economy, credibility, and nukes.

I'll come in again.

The only reason that the US keeps going is that they control the lender (the Federal Reserve). At least they think they do.

The Greek PM was mumbling about "external forces" (in between wittering about ancient history) on TV over the weekend. He looked & sounded drunk to me. Frankly, if I was PM of a tin-pot kleptocracy like that I'd probably have a decent nip of Ouzo before going on the box.

If you think it's the illuminati, the freemasons or the joooooz, just say so. Don't piss around.

Comment: Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1190 1190

Why is there no production capacity shortage to keep Greek pensioners at a decent standard of living?

Yes, just look at all those factories, oil wells, mines, software houses & movie studios all sitting idle.

If you think Greece's problems are just down to liquidity I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.

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