Tuesday, February 4th 2014 - 23:00 UTC

Desperate Argentine officials target big business as the culprits of the current situation

The Argentine government announced on Tuesday it has started “a thorough investigation on major foreign trade companies” which have allegedly registered accounting irregularities for 6.8 billion dollars. Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said the Central Bank has reported “mining, grain, food, car and oil companies have exported but failed to account for foreign currency income.”

Capitanich accused Shell of conspiring against the government's policies

 Capitanich stressed the government is “worried” about these maneuvers and blamed “unscrupulous business leaders” for “meaningless rising prices.”

Argentina is desperately short of hard currency and losing international reserves at a daily average of 150 million dollars, and officials from the government of President Cristina Fernandez are looking for escape goats to blame the current situations which has been fuelled by erred policies: a huge budget deficit, ridiculous low public utility rates, contained prices and inflation which devours salaries purchasing power.

“We need to fight speculation of those industry leaders, suppliers, and businesses,” Capitanich said, reiterating they are committing an “abuse.” “It is good Argentines know the truth about price formation” and “we ask people to share with us the effort to avoid abuse,” he added.

The cabinet chief added that during a meeting held on Monday between government officials and exporters they agreed on a “planning mechanism for stock liquidation” calculated in more than 27 billion dollars.

The Cabinet Chief has also questioned the hike on gasoline prices announced last weekend by Shell oil company considering the decision a “unilateral attitude”, and regretting that sometimes the Government is fighting economic groups alone.

The company announced a 12% hike in gasoline prices to be in effect as of Monday.

In his daily press conference at the Government House, Capitanich accused Shell of lacking “technical reasons to fix these prices” while it only responds to “greed.”

”Shell’s attitude is not a coincidence; it’s an attitude which goes against the country’s interests. Shell’s attitude is always conspirational,” he fired.

He went on to say the government “was implementing a strategy of dialogue with all sides involved to generate conditions of supply and prices” until Shell decided the price hike”.

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1 Anglotino (#) Feb 04th, 2014 - 11:31 pm Report abuse
This guy is unhinged!

“the Government is fighting economic groups alone”. Why is it always a fight? And why is Argentina the country that has the most problems?
2 bushpilot (#) Feb 04th, 2014 - 11:33 pm Report abuse
Even better.

”“It is good Argentines know the truth about price formation”

Um, INDEC?
3 Christina says (#) Feb 04th, 2014 - 11:52 pm Report abuse
keep going. He is correct. keep up the fight against the greed of big companys.
4 darragh (#) Feb 04th, 2014 - 11:59 pm Report abuse
Funny isn't it how the WHOLE WORLD supports Argentina with regards to the Falkland Islands whilst the WHOLE WORLD is trying to destroy Argentina economically.

'Just because the Universe is out to get me doesn't mean I'm paranoid'
5 Leiard (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 12:06 am Report abuse
He is like all Argentine politicians, it is never their fault.
6 bushpilot (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 12:11 am Report abuse
@3

“He is correct. keep up the fight against the greed of big companys.”

You are being sarcastic, right?

If a govt. entity told you the price you were asking to sell YOUR home, is too “greedy”, you would respect their thinking and lower your asking price, right?

CFK has been making a lot of money I understand. Is she “greedy”?
7 Falkland Islands (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 12:36 am Report abuse
Typical, lets blame everyone else instead of Argentina, that will fix it. One day they might wake up to the fact they are wrong and try to fix it.
8 Mick23 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 12:42 am Report abuse
I think it is hilarious.... This guy names everyone else but the current government for the problems that are in place. Does the public really buy into this? Blind leading the blind?
9 yankeeboy (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 12:57 am Report abuse
The lunatics are running the asylum.

I've thought for a long time when this goes it is going to go big.

I am so glad I don't live there.
10 Condorito (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:09 am Report abuse
@3
It is not just big companies.

Every Argentine supplier my business deals with hold accounts in Uruguay. They all invoice for services elaborated in Argentina, but ask for payment in Uruguay.

Do they declare their earnings in Arg? I very much doubt it.

Who would?

Anti business regulations have a way of making businesses avoid regulations.
11 El Diego (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:11 am Report abuse
Why all the supportive comments for big business in Argentina - they have been exploiting the Argentinian people for years and that is unacceptable - why put prices up at this point in time? Don't tell me this is not politically motivated against Cristina. Shell assets should be nationalized and the management should be put on trial for manipulating prices and hoarding. We welcome foreign investment with open arms but they cannot meddle in politics and if they do like Shell then they should be expelled.
12 yankeeboy (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:17 am Report abuse
11. YOU and your ridiculous ideas about business are ruining your country.

Why did people raise prices in Pesos? Are you really that stupid? They were 10 2 months ago now they're 12 so stuff should go up at least 20%.
Do you not understand simple math?
13 JollyGoodFun (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:20 am Report abuse
Captanich: Lord, the peasants have risen, the cities are crumbling, they're at the gates!

Cristina: Shhh my precious, tell themz itz the big, evil companies (indicates to a henchman to through another back of dollars onto the back of her get away truck).

Capitanich: Yes, you are wise and powerful oh Lord!

Cristina: and beautiful!

(Capitanich cringes)
14 bird's eye view (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:33 am Report abuse
The “Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda” has spoken. It's sad to see Kirchner's people desperately using the end game play book of so many failed states by blaming their own failures on others. First, dehumanize the the business community by naming them “inferior, greedy capitalists,” to create widespread indignation among the masses and lay the groundwork for the elimination of the property rights and press freedoms. The rats are caged & lashing out. Heaven help anyone within striking distance.
15 Klingon (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:36 am Report abuse
Whats next? A Hugo Chavez tribute party in the casa rosada?
Shell needs to publish a full page graph of how their earnings have in creased in Argentina in the last 10 years, then also on the same graph show Christina's earnings for the last 10 years.
16 El Diego (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:44 am Report abuse
What gives this news media the right to make such political headlines ?

If you don't support the country then you should leave - raising prices is no excuse for an inefficient business and inept management team
17 CabezaDura2 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:51 am Report abuse
@15

“What gives this news media the right to make such political headlines ?”

Freedom of press??
18 DJ56 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:59 am Report abuse
So sad. A country with such potential which has been laid low by an endemic mix of corruption, chronic economic mis-management, and fantasy politics. And now, as the economy yet again enters a crisis, its back to the good old trick of finding a scapegoat to blame. Anything rather than face up to reality.
19 CabezaDura2 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 03:23 am Report abuse
During a speech she was adamant again and again that price controls by the consumers,La Campora and the commerce secretary were vital.
There is even applications they have made so you can download them into your smartphone to check the standardized prices are respected by the supermarkets

www.lanacion.com.ar/1661134-como-son-las-aplicaciones-para-smartphones-para-controlar-el-acuerdo-de-precios

That seems pretty reasonable for me and a good idea, the problem however is of course the root of the problem that enables inflation and devaluation in the first place… In time the products go missing and supermarkets are empty


Expecting to maintain everything under pressure artificially while the printing the way to wealth is like rolling a snow ball to the top of the mountain. If she believes in this or not is a mystery but she certainly expects it to work all the way to 2015
20 Anglotino (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 03:29 am Report abuse
Poor El Diego.

Where is all your talk of playing polo and enjoying fine foods? Oh and your first hand account of British royals and VIPs that assure that the UK is working in the background on plan to transfer the Falklands to Argentina.

What with all that you didn't see this coming?
21 Bubba (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 03:37 am Report abuse
If you are going to lie, tell a big one and repeat as needed until the plebes begin to believe it.. Like Alemania in the 30's.
22 CabezaDura2 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 03:50 am Report abuse
19)
I have always felt sorry for people who have poverty complexion. Dany Berger/ El Diego, trips in Europe, kids studying in Germany or wherever he said, plasma tv and then Diego who is the same guy with all this nonsense of polo and fine wines rubbish. Its very sad but I guess he’s bosses like Boudou, Fariña, Kirchners, Lazaro Baez and so many others who have made massive fortunes overnight and make ostentation of their wealth must trigger a little slight sense of fascination on him and a need of belonging.
23 Heisenbergcontext (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 04:19 am Report abuse
Capitanich's flailings have now penetrated my local media. This usually only happens when a disaster is perceived to be immanent.
24 Be serious (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:00 am Report abuse
I see old Tinka has written her UN report and returned to Brazil.
25 JuanGabriel (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:37 am Report abuse
Let's hope they manage to find these escaped goats as quickly as possible.
26 Jonaz_BsAs (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:41 am Report abuse
“Cristina Fernandez are looking for escape goats...”

Wow, things are getting bad when the president herself must roam countryside looking for escaped goats to save the economy.
27 ElaineB (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:48 am Report abuse
@26 I was laughing at that. It is a 'scapegoat', MP. No escaping goats involved.

When I read about this elsewhere I thought they must have NO MONEY left. Now they are looking to steal whatever is left of other people's money. Wherever they think they can find some.

There will be a national 'look down the back of the sofa' day soon. Hide your children's piggy banks.
28 Usurping Pirate (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:51 am Report abuse
El Diego :
As other posters have pointed out previously , too many Argentines think criticism of the government by foreigners is an attack on the country itself . It's not .
It's going to take at least at least 3 decades to repair the damage from this decada perdida .
In the meantime , this silly bitch will go and live in Cuba or Spain with her stolen billions and you and the millions like you will nostalgically look back on the days of Cristina , the 400 pesos a day and an asado for a days picketing instead of proper work , free money for getting pregnant , for NOT working and a life of subsidies .
Argentina has always been like a tough old boxer that keeps getting punched to the ground but gets up and fights on to take another beating .
This time , I honestly wonder if the country has any fight left in it .
29 SebaSvtz (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 10:31 am Report abuse
@ 28

Very well said, I fully agree with you.
30 Idlehands (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 10:40 am Report abuse
Seems like they are scraping the barrel for USD now. Mulltinationals would do well to make contingencies for the pending robbery.
31 Mendoza Canadian (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 10:54 am Report abuse
CFK's fortune has increase 3,540% in ten years...not a single company in this country give a damn about customer service, and half rotten fruits and vegetables are sold at full price...the country is a disaster.
32 The Chilean perspective (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:04 am Report abuse
This Captain itch character is an idiot. He sounds like Maduro, secret agents, conspiracies, the “Empire”. It's everyone else's fault.
33 nololly (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:14 am Report abuse
Nice one Elaine! ...down the sofa! LOL!

Why dont they have a look at HER $ fortune, Gollums $, and Putridjellys $?

Thats where there is crookedness!
34 Optimus_Princeps (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:14 am Report abuse
It appears that Cristina doesn't seem to be too worried about hitting rock bottom. She created another social program to “create opportunities” for young people to “study”. They will receive a little over $500 pesos.

She's trying to hold on to her strongest demographic: young low class males by giving them some drinking money.

While she claims to target big business, some of her friends own businesses that openly exploit the true Argentine poor (not lazy immigrants from neighboring countries) and pay them horrendously low slave wages. As long as she gets a cut, it's ok.

Maybe she's talking about those businesses that don't support her politically, and don't lie for her. She will make more enemies, steal more, and blame whomever she wants, but the clock is still ticking on those reserves. Tick-tock...
35 ChrisR (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:50 am Report abuse
Captain Dismal shows us yet again the dismal limits of intellect that TMBOA sycophants have if he thinks statements like this are going to fly.

The problem is, as we all know, the intellect of the Peronist public in general is even lower.

End of the year for the wake, anyone?
36 Ahab (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:59 am Report abuse
I don't understand why Capitanich doesn't just bring out the Wheel of Blame during his press conferences. It could have all the usual scapegoats for the mess that the Argentine government has caused.

The segments would have things like: Farmers, British Pirates, MALVINAS!! (that would be about 50% of the Wheel), International Companies, mayors of provinces that do not support CFK, the free press (if there is any left), etc.

Capitanich (spinning the Wheel of Blame): “Today it is the fault of..............BRITISH PIRATES!!!”

Then he could blab on about search and rescue pilots being invaders, imperialism/colonialism this and that until all the time had run out and he could run away before anyone had a chance to ask him any questions.
37 yankeeboy (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 12:20 pm Report abuse
There was an article about The Old Drag Queen's gas stations selling gas for more than Shell.
I wonder if there's enough rope in BA?
38 Bubba (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:04 pm Report abuse
As a permanent resident of Argentina with Argentine wife and kids, it pains me to see how they continue to let the BoTox Queen blame everyone but the right people for the current situation. My wife has had a chance to look at her country from the outside and now will not read any news unless it comes from Clarin. At least Cristina still has the smoke and mirrors that the Falklands provides, and in a few months it will be the World Cup...after that who knows what the cronies will blame, maybe AGW or spaceships..
39 Vestige (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:10 pm Report abuse
Another relyible mercopress peece about arjentina uzing escape goats
40 BLACK CAT (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:11 pm Report abuse
Looks like the goats escaped ok but took all the ketchup with them
41 CabezaDura2 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:29 pm Report abuse
Nobody wants to be the golpista boogie man that executes Cristina, the opposition is useless only the CGT which is fairly united in this moment seems to realistic about handing out the knock out punch. The governors league will make things worse they are just expecting things to implode to take over power but the problem is time this will take and the damage she will be making in the process. The only thing she is able to do now is pressing CONTROL P.

While 99% of the opposition simply say it’s a problem of trust on the peso and the government and are too afraid to condemn the government for messing up big time, CFK is will be out of control.
42 JollyGoodFun (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:45 pm Report abuse
The escaped goats will be next week's target of blame....... Damn those evil foraging hoofed folk, they're in league with the British! I can see the headline “Britain goaterising the South Atlantic”......“Mercosur declares SA a Goat free zone”....... “Argentina to buy Goats from Israel”..........
43 Conqueror (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
@1 I disagree. He has hinges. But they are bent!
@3 Dingbat!
@11 You're hilarious. Nationalism is one thing. Stupidity is something else. Since we're talking about Shell, I did a quick bit of research. Petrol in argieland costs the equivalent of £3.17 per GALLON. In the UK, it would be £5.81. And, through the EU, WE'RE giving YOU aid as well? Do try to understand. You're just a bunch of criminal, greedy cheapskates with an incompetent “government”. You want to blame someone? Blame that thieving cow you call a “president”. While you're at it, explain how the criminal cow has made US$15 million (or more) in ten years. And that's only what she “declares”. How much has she stashed abroad with all those suitcases and holdalls flown out on Tango 01?
@16 As CabezaDura2 says “Freedom of the press”. Additionally, you might want to note that MercoPress isn't published in your shitpile. And the rest of us? Well, we're “foreign” as well. And we're all laughing our socks off watching belligerent, corrupt, criminal, deviant, fraudulent, genocidal, immature, larcenous, mendacious, puerile, whining argieland DIE. Can't wait!
44 ElaineB (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:07 pm Report abuse
“Capitanich urges business, union leaders to have a 'reasonable behaviour'”

Does 'reasonable behaviour' translate to 'bend over'?
45 yankeeboy (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:11 pm Report abuse
44. Because being reasonable is such a part of the Rg way of life...

I tried to buy the house and the apt I was renting at what I thought was a reasonable price and both the owners banged on the table, called me names, stood up and walked off in a huff. I don't know why they think that works. I think they were insulted that I wanted to pay market not their fantasy inflated price. BTW many yrs later they still have not sold them!
46 RICO (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:30 pm Report abuse
@45 give it 6 months yankeeboy, you will probably be able to buy Buenos Aries for the same price.
47 nololly (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:40 pm Report abuse
Perhaps Her Maj can have a quiet word with the Pope when she meets him soon at the Vatican and see he can filch and melt down some of that gold in the Vatican museum to help them out?
48 yankeeboy (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 02:49 pm Report abuse
46. Argentina is too far from civilization. I would never move back. I doubt very much if I'll ever live outside of the USA again.
49 Usurping Pirate (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 04:27 pm Report abuse
Argentina's tribute song to Cristina by Feargall Sharkey:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS4ALgm6Rsc

Never were the words of a song so apt ....
This ought to be No1 in BA by Monday

You little thief
You let me love you
You saw me stumbling
You watched me fall
You left me broken
Shattered and bleeding
But there's no hard feelings
There no feelings at all

You little thief
You little savage
You little whore
You've taken everything
I had to believe in
Now there's nothing
To believe in at all

So tell me how does it feel
To make a grown man wanna die
Does it make you uneasy
Does it every cross your mind

You little dream
You little nightmare
You little nothing
You little girl

You left me broken

There's no hard feelings

Cos when I needed you
You watched me fall
50 Jack Bauer (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 05:19 pm Report abuse
Such headlines are to be expected from the CFK controlled press....ALWAYS someone else's fault..when she runs out of villains, who's she gonna blame ?
51 Gordo1 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
The blame always lies elsewhere! Same old story!
52 Tobers (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:37 pm Report abuse
Argentina. A country of irresponsible people.
53 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:39 pm Report abuse
Oh Think-me-not!!! come out, come out wherever you are!!!

You too A_voice.

And where is this peppy little spitf**k, Toby?

Come out and defend the indefensible

( If you can...... )
54 Gordo1 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:44 pm Report abuse
moneyweek.com/bill-bonner-argentina-is-going-down/

Need more be said?
55 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
50 Jack Bauer

“when she runs out of villains, who's she gonna blame ?”

She won't, she'll be on a beach somewhere in Africa, watching argentina implode from a distance.
56 golfcronie (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 08:59 pm Report abuse
Two days of national mourning for a fire in BA, perhaps she will do a runner.
57 Andy65 (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 09:09 pm Report abuse
Argentina always the victim
58 Joe Bloggs (#) Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:50 pm Report abuse
'Desperate Argentine officials target big business as the culprits of the current situation'

Current situation? What current situation? I thought everything was brilliant over there. The economy is booming they said.
59 St.John (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 02:23 am Report abuse
Great invitation to foreign investors:

Bring your money and the moment we have got them, we will accuse you of being “unscrupulous business leaders” and expropriate all you own.

So brilliant - the Argentine way of brilliancy.
60 darragh (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 09:07 am Report abuse
50 Jack Bauer

Ghostbusters???
61 Vulcanbomber (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 09:58 am Report abuse
Interesting news from BA, is this a sign that CFK is preparing for her dash to Cuba

hardware-beta.slashdot.org/story/14/02/05/2131205/fire-destroys-iron-mountain-data-warehouse-argentinas-bank-records-lost
62 ElaineB (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 10:10 am Report abuse
If that is true, and this was arson………..
63 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 12:37 pm Report abuse
62. Rgs have a long history of having the vary thing they need to prove the corruption burn down just at the right time
Filthy thugs
64 ElaineB (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 01:36 pm Report abuse
@63 But surely even they would not have intentionally killed 11 fire-fighters? If it was organised by the government it was a major fuck-up by Maximo's army.
65 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 01:45 pm Report abuse
How many people were killed when Menem (never proved) blew up the arms factories when they were getting close to a trial?
They don't care about who they hurt
Plus Rg are terrible organizers, they don't understand cause and effect, x leads to y, never have never will.
66 JollyGoodFun (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 02:49 pm Report abuse
@61 - wow! the signs are all there.

We really are seeing the dying throws of one particularly ugly animal....... I seriously hope that if it comes out that she had a hand in this I suggest we put Taranis to a good use and turn Cristina into red mist.... The Cubans would have no idea the Supersonic UCAV was even there...... (I almost sounded like you Conqueror) :)

Seriously though you normal Argentinians need to catch these people before they do a runner with your money, and a runner from the catastrophic damage she and her crooks have caused............

She should be locked up for a very long time and her personal wealth return to those she stole it from............

It may very well be the beginning of the rebirth of a normal Argentina that respects the self-determination of other smaller nations, is outward looking and respects international law........ I hope you put Cristina away for a very, very, very long time...........
67 ChrisR (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 03:08 pm Report abuse
Iron Mountain!

That's a flash back in history. My trucks used to collect scrap paper from them, presumably from outdated / obsolete records.

The laugh was they claimed “complete confidentiality with all records shredded when out of date” but my drivers were forever bringing in records showing the names and addresses of applicants for loans, together with how many loans they had / or were applying for. I rang the local general manager and because it wasn’t any of his “sheds” he wasn’t interested.

ALL the British banks use this outfit and it’s money for old rope.
68 Jack Bauer (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 03:32 pm Report abuse
@55 toooldtodieyoung, I think she'll flee to Paris....how's she gonna live without her luxury products, which help her cover up her dried-up, shrivelled skin, something which the African sun would not improve...
69 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 04:05 pm Report abuse
There're are plenty of links from the Ks to the drug (meth) trade. The smartest thing the next govt could do is hand her over to the USA for prosecution.
The whole family and their hangers-on can rot in our jails and it fixes the problem for the next ruler.
70 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 04:16 pm Report abuse
The USA indicted Kirchner?
71 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 04:19 pm Report abuse
70. No but I think they could. The DEA has been watching the Meth trade with Argentina explode since Nestor took over.
It is common knowledge they control the drug trade.
72 darragh (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 04:36 pm Report abuse
according to the BBC 7 firefighters and 2 civil defence workers were killed when a wall fell on them but there may be more victims.
73 MagnusMaster (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
@69 The problem with that is whoever takes over may be involved in drug trade himself, so if CFK gets in jail, they would as well. I wouldn´t be surprised if Scioli and Massa were involved, they were close to the Ks.
74 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 04:56 pm Report abuse
73. There's enough criminal activity to go around for sure.
75 Andy65 (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 06:37 pm Report abuse
Surely this can not be true not for an Argentine politician

uk.news.yahoo.com/prosecutor-judge-interrogate-argentine-vp-173746768.html#wn5IEtr
76 golfcronie (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 06:38 pm Report abuse
All those important records going up in smoke. Could't be ARSON could it? No couldn't be, could it?
77 Jack Bauer (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 07:53 pm Report abuse
@31 MendozaCanadian.“”CFK's fortune has increase 3,540% in ten years.“””
Only 35 times ?? pretty modest....she could have learnt from Brazil's Lula how to do it....in 8 years (during his presidency 2004/2011), his assets increased 2000 times.....that's right, last year Forbes Magazine reported that he had a fortune of US$ 2 Billion.... and his son, who only 6 or 7 years ago was cleaning shit out of the chimp's cage at the zoo, has a reported US$ 400 million...
@61, Vulcanbomber, sure looks like arson...just covering her tracks before she runs...
78 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 08:09 pm Report abuse
The second thing that the new president of argentina should do is to bring KFC and her cronies to justice, no matter in which country they end up in.

The first thing they need to do clear up the train crash that KFC is leaving for them.
79 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
78. Every President has been under indictment as soon as the next party took over. It is how the game is played there.
That's one of the reasons why you hang onto power like its your life,
because it is.
80 Vulcanbomber (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
Is it big business fault for no ketchup in McDonalds?

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2552847/Argentina-arms-KETCHUP-shortage-McDonalds-branches-countrys-economic-crisis-sauce-problem.html

CFK must be packing, she must see the writing is on the wall
81 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 09:14 pm Report abuse
80 Vulcanbomber

The Ketchup at McDonalds is horrible!!!

If you want great tasting Ketchup, go to Burger King, theirs is not bad at all.

As for the BBq sauce.. Well, BK's BBQ sauce is horrible and McD's is better. Weird no?
82 ElaineB (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
We have been joking about the (lack of) ketchup but it has certainly caught the attention of some of CFK's core voters. It is kinda funny that they are happy for her to steal the country's resources, lie to them and sporadically turn up for work but DON'T MESS WITH THEIR McDONALDS!!!!!
83 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 09:56 pm Report abuse
82 ElaineB

The irony is that, by spending their money at McDonalds, they are lining someone else's pockets ( again )

If they opened up a chain of “Kitchner Burger” outlets, they would a chance of the money going back into their own economy.
84 RICO (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 09:58 pm Report abuse
Some right wing American website is reporting that the US embassy in B.A. Contacted its citizens in Argentina in November 2013 and asked them to prepare to evacuate the country at short notice in case the country falls.
85 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2014 - 10:17 pm Report abuse
84. That would have made Int'l news. It was probably their normal warnings about protests turning violent and to stay away from them.

The ketchup story is making the news rounds as everyone has a laugh at Argentina.
86 JollyGoodFun (#) Feb 07th, 2014 - 10:56 am Report abuse
It has got to be pretty close now to the complete implosion. Hopefully the UN will hand over what's left of Argentina to the USA, Canada and the Falkland Islands. We will then see a prosperous new country emerge.
87 RICO (#) Feb 07th, 2014 - 04:01 pm Report abuse
CFK has got to go somewhere with her Millions after the crisis breaks, why not the UK? I am looking at buying shares in cosmetic surgery companies, just in case.
88 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 07th, 2014 - 05:43 pm Report abuse
#86 thank you for the confidence.......but you can have Argentina.
89 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 07th, 2014 - 09:33 pm Report abuse
85 yankeeboy

WOW, the power of Tomato Ketchup!!! Able to bring countries to there knees!!!

I'm going to write a letter to the governor of the Bank of England and tell him to switch the reserves from gold to Ketchup.

It should sort out that Eurozone problem as well...............
90 JollyGoodFun (#) Feb 08th, 2014 - 01:58 am Report abuse
@88 - you can imagine it at the UN. UN secretary: so ladies and gents, who wants Argentina? Nation representatives: (silence). UN secretary: ok, who wants Argentina, some 1960s missile technology, a truck load of uranium and a cuddly toy. Iran and North Korea representatives: Fine, we will take it but don't skip on the Uranium. North Korea: or the cuddly toy. Cristina: (stands) Tango 1, come in Tango1, fire up the jets we're going to Cuba. Tango 1: did the fools take the offer. Cristina: hook, line and sinker. Tango 1: you're indeed intelligent and masteful oh lord! Cristina: and beautiful! Nation representatives: (cringe). UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France the rest of the EU: ROFL! Tears of laugher streaming down their faces.
91 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 08th, 2014 - 11:53 am Report abuse
It's funny.....lol. SOme of it may be true, yet sad. I see her cranking up the jets in the near future. I am thinking Cuba will be her exile of choice. I think that Venezuela holds too much risk for her despite being run by a dictatorial bus driver. The military at any time can take over, jail the bus and if asslips where there....blame it all on her and the bus. An island in her mind is her best move. Cuba is the most stable dictatorship.

Except for a few SA countries, when will SA ever have stability? Dictators failed, communism failed and now dictocracies failed. Maybe it's time to try democracy.
92 JollyGoodFun (#) Feb 08th, 2014 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
@91 - it is sad. Argentina is well and truly are cooked. I think most of the world is coming closer to collapse at this point in time though too. It's why the Anglosphere and our allies need to have each other's back. China looks like it's shadow banking system is close to popping the Multi-trillion debt. That'll
have a big impact on Australia. I'm glad Tony Abbot is in power being a conservative with a sensible strategic mind..... Looks like this decade will be a chaotic one........... Reminds me of the “order out of chaos” slogan.... Without mentioning names.
93 Jack Bauer (#) Feb 08th, 2014 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
Latest news from Argentina : In view of diminishing foreign reserves - US$ 27.8 billion - CFK told importers to delay payments to suppliers, which would normally occur in 30 to 45 days, to 90 or even 180 days.....She then went on to inform them, that they should look for foreign loans to finance their imports....the government refuses to announce the new rule officially, and the Ministries involved, when questioned, didn't care to explain, but did emphasize “it was not an order”......who are they kidding ?? Any exporter with half-a-brain knows what this means.....nice isn't it ??
94 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 08th, 2014 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
92 JollyGoodFun

“China looks like it's shadow banking system is close to popping the Multi-trillion debt. That'll have a big impact on Australia.”

That is why one of the policies that UKIP would implement would be to firstly, get out of the EU and then, start trading with commonwealth nations so that what ever happens to the big hitters ( USA, China, Japan ) we are covering for each other and not so susceptible to this “Together we stand, united we fall” way of going on.

I don't know, but next to Camer-moron, our Nigel makes a LOT of sense.

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