Another Victory! The US has successfully withdrawn its embassy staff from yet another American-supported collapsed government. Yemen this time, for those of you keeping score at home.
Sins Of The Fathers: Can a new nation be created out of an old one? Or out of several old ones, through some act of consolidation? Conversely, what if there was a terrible civil war resulting in a nation being divided by and between its citizens in such a way as to form two or more new nations, none of which bore the original nation's name nor operated under that nation's economic or legal systems. Would those new nations owe international banks and organizations the money borrowed by the no longer extant nation?
Thanks For All The Fish: Have we been told all the lies we will ever be proffered? No, the lies are part of our culture, our economic system, our political life. The lies are always there; sometimes we chose to believe them, sometimes not.
Make My Day: Go ahead, explain to me how the Greece vs. Germany and the EU, IMF, ECB and Frau Merkel gets to a happy ending.
Poor Baby: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, former rape defendant, who is being tried for pimping and such, protested his innocence by complaining that he had only made it to 12 sex parties in the last three years. Busy, busy.
Itinerary: The US worker is rushing, happily, back to nineteenth century, when there were no unions and no constraints on the conditions capitalists imposed on the poor. Prime examples: Uber, right -to-work states, Wisconsin, temps and contract workers, Detroit and so on. Welcome to the past.
Losing In Translation: Wholesale inventory growth “stalled notably” m/m in December while wholesale sales slid even more, leaving the inventory to sales ratio at 1.22 the highest it's been since the Lehman collapse.
States' Wrongs: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who thinks the US Supreme Court rulings are optional, continues to block gay marriages because it would lead to fathers marrying their daughters. At his urging, most county clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A minister was arrested for performing such a ceremony.
Punchline: President Obama has asked Germany to please stop “assuming the worst” about the NSA's spying on them.
Porn O Graph: Throw Grandma from the train...