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Comment Re: Fallacy of Climate Control (Score 1) 248

You maybe attuned to English; however, you are an ineffective communicator because you're unable to choose le mot juste. It's not as though a better choice of word was unavailable. You just couldn't think of it, and now you're trying to justify your poor choice through discussion of normative and descriptive linguistics.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307

Yes, the point of being a sovereign is you get to say "here's the deal, and I'm going to stick with it" -- in the case of Argentina, a 70% haircut for creditors. And then that gets priced into the cost of new loans you try to get. The vultures are trying to socialize their losses, though they pretend they're free marketeers.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307

That's the great thing about being a sovereign. People can sue you, and even in extremis freeze your assets on foreign soil. But you still don't have to pay, and you have a military to back you up, and you can seize assets right back if they're based on your turf. The Supreme Court's decision is, imho, idiotic.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307

Well, if that's what you meant, why didn't you write it that in the first place? Because you said that the Syriza government was responsible for the destruction of the Greek economy, which is very different from what you're now saying, and factually incorrect.

(And the notion that the Greek populace aren't *already* experience "an extreme amount of pain" is ludicrous. Youth unemployment above 50%. 11,000 suicides attributed to the economic contraction. Pensions down by half. Wages by a third. Running out of food and medicines. Etc)

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307

You *must* be taking the piss, right? You can't honestly be saying with a straight face that the Syriza government, which has been in power for all of six months, was responsible for the wholesale destruction of the Greek economy, can you? Are you even aware that it was the Troika and the previous government who colluded on a ludicrous austerity regime that resulted in the economy contracting by a *quarter*?

Comment Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 1307

Plus, Greece was among the countries that agreed to cancel German debts in 1953! The bloody *chuztpah* of Germany now refusing to countenance doing the same. I mean, Greece may have had corrupt governments in the last few decades and allowed too many people to retire at age 55, but that's not exactly in the same league of disgusting behaviour as starting a fucking world war and murdering tens of millions. If Greece can forgive the latter and the debts caused by the latter, you'd think Germany could forgive the former.

Comment Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 1307

Nearly, but not quite. Somehow, the idiots who run the Eurozone thought it would be a good idea to socialize the ibankers' losses. If Greece defaults, the banks won't lose out, as they have had their money from the ECB etc. Instead, it will be the troika, and Eurozone populations, who will take the bath. Utter, utter madness.

Comment Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 1307

You do understand that the purpose of monetary union was supposed to be to integrate the countries and economies of the Eurozone, right? A bailout of Greece should be considered internal to the Eurozone. It's not a foreign bailout. One of the most invidious aspects of this whole debacle has been that a project designed to reduce nationalism is now being abused by creditors so as to stir up nationalism in both the rich north and poor south of the Eurozone.

Comment Re: Yes it matters (Score 1) 668

Perhaps.

Perhaps the moon is made of bacon.

Perhaps you actually have a functioning brain.

Perhaps homeopathy has some medicinal value.

All these statements are equally unlikely.

Or perhaps -- just perhaps -- your last-but-one post was so idiotically unrelated to the post to which it was nominally responding, that moderators with points ignored it, as I did. I can't speak for the moderators, but I can speak for myself, and that's what I did.

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