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Greek Finance Ministry Set Ablaze In Athens Protest

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wow, it's getting hot again in Greece...

hard to find it on the BBC website but here it is (deeply buried):

BBC Link

more here:

Greek finance ministry set ablaze in Athens protest

2010-12-15 18:20:00

Athens, Dec 15 (DPA) Angry protesters set the finance ministry on fire after some 20,000 strikers marched through central Athens Wednesday and a national strike against austerity measures closed down services, hospitals and schools.

Angry demonstrators throwing rocks, bottles and fire bombs clashed with riot police who retaliated with tear gas in front of parliament.

Thick smoke engulfed the area immediately around the finance ministry located in Syntagma Square. It appeared that protesters had hurled a fire bomb into the second floor of the building.

The 24-hour nationwide strike in Greece Wednesday saw all schools, hospitals and public sector services shut down in protest after the socialist-led parliament passed a new round of austerity reforms.

The Athens International Airport said all flights to and from Greece were cancelled, whilst ships remained at anchor and all train travel came to a halt.

The bank workers' union had already started a 48-hour strike Tuesday.

The parliament passed emergency legislation late Tuesday in a 156 to 130 vote that dictates a fresh round of pay cuts, involuntary staff transfers at state companies and relaxation of labour laws.

Gross monthly salaries at state-owned companies are capped at 4,000 euros, while state salaries over 1,800 euros are to be cut by 10 percent under the new law.

Taxis are scheduled to join the action with a four-hour work stoppage after the government decided to scrap a one euro surcharge added to fares. Christmas bonuses would not be paid this year due to the impact of the economic crisis.

The country's journalists called a 24-hour news blackout and a 48-hour strike Friday and Saturday.

Traffic was snarled for hours in Athens Tuesday during a 24-hour strike by public transport workers, forcing people to their cars. Another 24-hour public transport stoppage is slated for Thursday.

Tonnes of uncollected garbage were piling up in greater Athens after a week of work-to-rule action by staff at the main landfill, which has slowed garbage collection in the region. Protesters are demanding the renewal of short-term work contracts for roughly 100 employees.

Athens is implementing a wave of economic reforms as part of a bid to slash public spending in exchange for a 110-billion-euro ($150 billion) rescue package from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The government announced the labour overhaul after talks last week with top officials from the EU and IMF, which urged Greece to speed up tax reforms.

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I am led to believe, allegedly, from some Daily Mail photos that the son of some pop star, worth many tens of millions, tried to set fire to a pile of paper outside a Government building during the student protests... but failed...

Can't even keep warm our lot!

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London, Rome, Athens....

Got to be worrying Brussels. All is peaceful and calm in America. Wonder when things will blow over there?

Doesn't bare thinking about. Those guys are armed to the teeth! Civil disorder could quickly escalate into civil war.

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Doesn't bare thinking about. Those guys are armed to the teeth! Civil disorder could quickly escalate into civil war.

During the last few weeks, Homeland Security has introduced:

TSA body scanning, complete body search.

'If you see it, say it' to Homeland Security notices in all Walmart check-out counters.

Neighbourhood watch programmes, watching and reporting to Homeland Security.

A new IPod app called the PatriotApp. A report lodged on your IPod instantly going to 5 or 6 Federal security agencies.

The US is being locked down behind an Iron Curtain.

RB, Are you listening? Watch out my friend...

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Economists testing the broken window fallacy ?

Just corrupted pillars of democracy, ensuring that future generations get to enjoy a lifetime without it.

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There is a startling thought, we heard it here first.

Not my term. I heard it first here:

Recently I have been in conversations with viewers one of who was a Russian Dissident and the other was a Chinese Dissident. I was asked two basic questions. I was asked by both, "how does it feel to be the first American Dissident?"

Around the 1:40 mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r2xEE0Ie5g

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During the last few weeks, Homeland Security has introduced:

'If you see it, say it' to Homeland Security notices in all Walmart check-out counters..

It's paranoia squared, isn't it?

I've read the 'if you see something, say something' releases but it really isn't clear what you're likely to see at a Walmart check-out.

I think the phrase they use is, 'indicators of terrorism'.

Interesting that the Hungarian PM got a lot of press for using the phrase, 'Information Terrorism' about Assange.

The phoney 'War On Terror' is back, big time.

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It's paranoia squared, isn't it?

I've read the 'if you see something, say something' releases but it really isn't clear what you're likely to see at a Walmart check-out.

I think the phrase they use is, 'indicators of terrorism'.

Interesting that the Hungarian PM got a lot of press for using the phrase, 'Information Terrorism' about Assange.

The phoney 'War On Terror' is back, big time.

Who's paranoid, and why? Could it be a government that is becoming paranoid about its own people? Lot more sophisticated than the Nazis but becoming just as overt...

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Who's paranoid, and why? Could it be a government that is becoming paranoid about its own people?

Paul Simon - Have a Good Time (1975)

Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland

But I think it’s all overdone

Exaggerating this and exaggerating that

They don’t have no fun

I don’t believe what I read in the papers

They’re just out to capture my dime

I ain’t worrying

And I ain’t scurrying;

I’m having a good time

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Paul Simon - Have a Good Time (1975)

Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland

But I think it’s all overdone

Exaggerating this and exaggerating that

They don’t have no fun

I don’t believe what I read in the papers

They’re just out to capture my dime

I ain’t worrying

And I ain’t scurrying;

I’m having a good time

nice ;)

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The Keiser report had an interesting interview as to what exactly happened in Greece before the bailouts. From about 13 minutes in.

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During the last few weeks, Homeland Security has introduced:

TSA body scanning, complete body search.

'If you see it, say it' to Homeland Security notices in all Walmart check-out counters.

Neighbourhood watch programmes, watching and reporting to Homeland Security.

A new IPod app called the PatriotApp. A report lodged on your IPod instantly going to 5 or 6 Federal security agencies.

The US is being locked down behind an Iron Curtain.

RB, Are you listening? Watch out my friend...

Have you been recently?

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Not within the last 6 months, and I have no intention of visiting again...have you?

Yes. Don't know what all the fuss with the TSA is - got waved straight through inbound. Didn't get exit stamped - they probably think I'm still there. Get greater security in Europe and Asia.

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Yes. Don't know what all the fuss with the TSA is - got waved straight through inbound. Didn't get exit stamped - they probably think I'm still there. Get greater security in Europe and Asia.

From what I can glean, domestic travellers and American citizens get more scrutiny. One of my neighbours here just returned from Orlando and found it no issue.

The TSA seems to be rolling out test programs here and there at the moment. They pushed the program hard just before the Thanksgiving period, then pulled back when Congress started raising hell about it. I personally think that the recent action was just a test to see what they could get away with; what the population would tolerate. It's coming, just as soon as the population are sufficiently conditioned.

I travel more frequently the other way and I've never experienced anything like the recent stuff I've read about, except at Frankfurt, right after 9/11.

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Not within the last 6 months, and I have no intention of visiting again...have you?

My favourite story is always from Oscar Wilde.

There was this artist who lived in the communal studio. Oscar had just got back from somewhere and asked, 'Where's so and so'?

Finally, the flatmates admitted, rather sheepishly, they had all given the guy money (plus a tidy sum of Oscar's) to go to America.

Wilde said: 'Well of course. Anyone who could afford to go to America, wouldn't go to America'.

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