Is there a storyline here or is it all ad-lib?
And One Makes Nineteen: Proving once again that austerity is the cure-all, unemployment increased in November in both the EU (26 million, 10.7%) and the EMU (to 11.8%) for the 19th consecutive month. Continuing increases are expected to continue. Spain beat out Greece, with a 26.6% rate. Unemployment among the young (under 25) is horrendous: The entire EU, 23.7. Greece 57%, Estonia 56%, Portugal 38%, Italy 37%, and so on. Idle hands...
It's Universal: The French budget minister is under investigation for tax fraud.
First Let's Kill All the Financial Lawyers: AIG, having been given $182 billion of taxpayer money to keep them from going belly up, is now 'considering' suing the taxpayers for saving their collective asses. Next time around – and there will be a next time – we should make sure they sign a 'hold-harmless' agreement. Or better yet, let 'em sink.
Inertia: Physics is implacable. It takes the carbon dioxide we produce and translates it into heat, which causes ice to melt and oceans to rise and storms to gather. Unless we act fairly soon, it will be too late. Is anybody listening?
On the Up and Up: In November, US consumers added $15.2 billion in non-revolving debt – think five-year car loans and 30-year student loans, but just a bit less than $1 billion on the old credit card.
I'm With Him: Fellow in California claims that the incorporation papers in the passenger seat qualifies him to use the carpool lane. After all, corporations are people, the Supreme Court told us so.
Size Matters: A small Utah town wants every home to have at least one gun and to have all elementary school teachers carry concealed weapons. Okay, but how's that going to work in Chicago?
Papists: In 1357 a Swiss farmer – having murdered a neighbor – purchased absolution by promising that he and his family would provide fuel for the local church's sanctuary lamp “forever”. If your keeping score, forever seems to be about 650 years.
Commandment: A school superintendent in Ohio has refused to remove a portrait (sic) of Jesus because it is part of the “culture of our community” to honor a graven image of a blue-eyed blond-haired Jew. Well, except for that 20% of US adults who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular’.
Porn O'Graph: How the cow ate the cabbage.
The Parting Shot: