Foreplay: President Obama ordered "combat-ready" soldiers to South Sudan where growing violence is becoming all out civil war, a UN compound had been overrun, and the capital of the oil-rich Unity state has been taken by rebel troops. Several US aircraft were fired on and at least 4 US soldiers wounded.
Spade, Spade: Syria's foreign minister notes that Saudi Arabia is its main enemy, set on destroying the Assad regime through support for the jihadist (al Qaeda, etc) rebels - and has been doing so for years. It's about religion, and pipelines.
Ah, An Explanation: Beer domesticated man.
Hard Place: Just as Italy's politcal leadership is beginning to understand that the country has had as much austerity as it can – or will – tolerate, the ECB tells them they “cannot afford any slippage on the public accounts,” and that more “labor market flexibility” is needed, which is to say that wages must be cut even more. Stay tuned.
Numbers, Acts: If we are to keep global climate change to a 2ºC, 80% of currently identified fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. Invest accordingly.
Ubiquity: New revelations document that NSA spying included (and includes): charities, Germans, the Israeli PM and the chief of the EU. Let's make it simple: The NSA has continually spied on everyone, all the while, and has for a long, long time. Because democracy...
Smooth: In the end, what is hiding behind the "labor market reforms" and further "wage moderation" being demanded of Madrid just might be the end of the reign in Spain.
Or, Just Because: The administration continues to maintain that Americans have no legal standing to challenge the NSA's 24/7 monitoring of citizens because the surveillance is secret and thus the citizens cannot prove they've been spied upon. Besides, the administration explains, the NSA's warrantless was “authorized” by President Bush back in 2001. There was no explanation, however, of how in the world any president could authorize violating the Constitution he had sworn to uphold and protect.
Serving & Protecting: The Salinas, CA police have received a $650,000, 16-ton armored war wagon from the Pentagon to be used in protecting officers from...
Cashing In: In November, 42% of all residential sales were all-cash purchases by investors, up from October's 39%. But this trend may reverse quickly as the Fed begins tapering and asset prices begin to collapse without the Fed's constant puffing into the balloon.
Spot Quiz: Pick one: a)
Siren Song: "I think the priority for the country should be economic growth." And it will be, right to the very end, when everything's gone but the suffering.
The Parting Shot: