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Feb 3, 2015 - 8:10am

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Just ONCE I would sure love someone to cancel all my debt.

Oh wait. It was exquisitely done once.

Feb 2, 2015 - 4:58pm
Feb 2, 2015 - 2:44pm

Excellent Job

The title on the main page gave it away for me but I didn't expect to see a photocopy job from a downloaded website image, nice touch.

Feb 2, 2015 - 2:24pm

Great Job Pining!

But then what else would we expect from you. Thanks for another light look at our heroes.

Feb 2, 2015 - 2:17pm

They'll be demanding monopoly money goes back in soon...

France is celebrating Monopoly by selling sets with real money

Saint-Avold (France) (AFP) - There can't be a Monopoly fan in the world who has not dreamed of one day playing a round with real money.

Now, for the 80th anniversary of the game's first appearance in France, manufacturers are providing exactly that -- at least for 80 lucky buyers.

Only one set will land the major jackpot, in which every game note is replaced by real money -- for a total windfall of 20,580 euros ($23,268).

In addition, 10 sets will contain five real 20-euro notes, two 50-euro notes and one 100-euro note.

A lesser prize can be scooped in 69 sets, which will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes.

"We wanted to do something unique," said Florence Gaillard, brand manager at Hasbro France, which rolled out the prize sets from Monday.

"When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes," she added.

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Feb 2, 2015 - 1:52pm


You really had me until I saw the hat. Fabulous job.

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Feb 2, 2015 - 1:17pm


You just made my week, thanks Pining. I hate to find out what NNL's drummer-look is implying.

Feb 2, 2015 - 1:10pm

Shame on you Pining

That's Lemmy from Motorhead.

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

Only 11.5 million views.

Cracking article btw. Is it true?

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Feb 2, 2015 - 12:59pm

This country has just canceled poor people's debt

Some of Croatia's poorest citizens will be offered a "fresh start" on Monday when the eastern European country's government cancels their debt in an attempt to kickstart the economy.

The large and unprecedented measure was endorsed by Croatia's left-wing government on January 15. Under the measure, citizens earning no more than 1,250 kuna ($184) a month, rent their property and are unable to pay off their debts will have liabilities worth up to 35,000 kuna ($5,146) wiped off. Power companies, banks, loan companies and telecom operators are included in the scheme.

Officials have stated that some 60,000 citizens will be covered by the plan, with the former-Yugoslav nation having an entire population of 4.4 million. An estimate from news agency Reuters said that the program could cost creditors as much as 2.1 billion kuna ($309 million).

Feb 2, 2015 - 12:58pm

Why the Irish political elite is terrified of Syriza

The Irish political elite is deeply invested in an essentially religious narrative: Ireland sinned, Ireland confessed, Ireland did penance, Ireland has been forgiven, Ireland will be rewarded. If Syriza's strategy in Greece succeeds, this will be exposed as a folly.

Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections poses a profound challenge to the Irish governing class — does it keep insisting that Ireland has no common cause to make with Syriza or does it acknowledge that Europe is divided between the creditors and the debtors and that Ireland is firmly in the latter camp?

It is true, of course, that at many levels Ireland and Greece are not especially similar. Ireland entered the crisis with very low levels of public debt. The Irish economy has been much more deeply integrated into the global system — Ireland has survived the crash in part because of its close ties to the US and British economies where austerity has been limited. The Irish political system has deeper roots in caution and conservatism. Unemployment in Ireland, especially youth unemployment, has been somewhat limited by the relative ease with which Irish people can emigrate to English-speaking countries like Australia and Canada — a significant factor in reducing the scope for protest. While Irish systems of governance (regulation, corruption, tax collection) proved to be catastrophically bad, they were, for many reasons, easier to reform (at least on the surface) than their Greek equivalents.

Yet these differences, important as they are, cannot obscure one overwhelming commonality of interest: debt. The four biggest public debtors in the Eurozone are Greece, Portugal, Italy and Ireland. The policy of socialising the liabilities of rogue private banks and the economic consequences of taking about 30 billion euro out of the economy in spending cuts and tax rises added about 160 billion to Irish public debt. At the end of 2014, the national debt was 203 billion euro — 111 per cent of GDP. (Since GDP is artificially inflated by the practices of Irish-based multinationals, even this somewhat understates the scale of the problem.) The servicing of this debt is a huge burden on a much-reduced exchequer. The total annual take in income tax for Ireland is around 18 billion euro. Interest on public debt takes around 8 billion of this. Debt service currently costs as much as the running of Ireland’s entire education system. As a percentage of GDP, Ireland’s debt service costs are actually higher than Greece’s.

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