Monday, February 23, 2015
Snort Form: Greece's bailout will be extended four months, less than the six Greece had initially requested. The catch: Greece has to submit a list of reforms by Monday, which must please the EC, EMU and IMF. Greece commits to "refrain from any rollback of measures and unilateral changes to the policies and structural reforms that would negatively impact fiscal targets, economic recovery, or financial stability, as assessed by [bailout monitors]." That's a huge betrayal of the voters by the new Greek government. In general the postponement is a win for the EU/Germany, but only a temporary patch. Changes are needed, because the European demand that Greece run a budget surplus for the next decade is simply impossible, and thus not going to happen.
Fighting Dirty: Beheadings, burnings, mass executions are okay, but ISIS better not mess with our malls.
Spreading Democracy: The Justice (sic) Department is going to change the rules and let US Judges issue search warrants covering the entire world. Like the President's use of Special Operations to kill people anywhere, this will not require Congressional approval because they don't have the power to do so. You can't violate the constitution where the constitution doesn't apply.
Our Gang: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants to legalize killing Palestinians for not loving Israel.
Academic Feedom: Wel-Hock Soon,of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Koch Brothers go-to climate change denial “expert” has raked in more than $1.2 million for his efforts to cook the rest of us.
Duh: Credit monitors have noticed that Americans are having more trouble paying off their student debt than their mortages because they can't get a mortgage if they can't get a job that pays enough to pay the one, much less the other.
Balance of Payments: America’s balance-of-trade salvation depends on our ability to sell a lot of killer drones to people overseas who promise not to use them on Mall of the Americas.
Kabuki Theater: An attempt by members of Turkey's parliament to investigate President Erdogan's monetary and military support of ISIS has been quashed by... President Erdogan.
Reader's Digest Version: Predicted climate change effects offer NYC little hope.
Clown Car: Rudi Giuliani has doubled down, said he stands by his observation that President Obama was not “brought up to love this country.” Scott Walker, fresh from redesigning the Wisconsin state university system so it would “meet the state's workforce need” with a lot less money, dodged the question by saying he ‘doesn’t know’ whether Obama is a Christian. Walker is also not sure if he believes in evolution. Rep Darrell Issa (Second String-CA): ‘We should thank’ Giuliani for making us safer...” Bill Bomb-Iraq Kristol claims that ‘Iraq was safe and peaceful’ when Bush left office. Bobby Jindal took time of from cutting state support to public universities by $300 million so he could give Exxon/Mobil a $263 million tax break and called Giuliani to congratulate him on being a total asshole.
Do It Yourself: You can easily tell in the NSA has inserted spyware on your hard drive. Check to see if you have a hard drive. There you go.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:52 AM