28 June 2012

The Little Engine that Couldn't

If Europeans holding summits made anything better, they’d be living in heaven on earth.
Europe's Worst Nightmare: What If Euro Can't Be Saved?

Here's a nightmare for Europe's leaders to ponder as they prepare for yet another summit to tackle the euro zone crisis: a bond auction fails in Spain, spreading solvency worries to Italy and beyond and triggering uncontrollable bank runs that spell the single currency's end.
This is the question we DO know people are asking
Are We Having A European Lifestyle Yet?
I’ve maintained a high standard when it comes to observable economic indicators. My most reliable one is that I know things are becoming most unpleasant when I see well-dressed and dignified middle-aged women in a city like Vienna fishing through street trash cans for mislaid bottles and cans to sell to the
recycling center. It brings forth fond memories of the super-duper-latex-clad-world-spanking Lisbon agenda/strategy summit statement that the world was supposed to be awed by.

Or such like.

27 June 2012

Comrades in Barns

Thanks to Berlaymonster for finding this little gem that one José Manuel Durão Barroso doesn’t
seem particularly interested in people associating him with:


Of course, Portugal at the time was a practical dictatorship, so I’m sure anything looked good to some people if their standards are low enough. The idea of quibbling late at night over whether or not you prefer Enver Hoxha’s shining path over that of Mao Zedong who made even the isolationist Albanian look “modern minded” would seem right at home.
Hoxha had suffered from diabetes for many years and by the 1980s he knew his days were numbered. He wanted a young colleague named Ramiz Alia to succeed him and cleared the way for him by eliminating Mehmet Shehu, his righthand man since 1948, who was now prime minister and minister of the interior. In 1981 it was announced that he had suffered a nervous breakdown and committed suicide. The official story did not stand up and there were whispers in Tirana that Shehu had been shot and killed at a meeting of the politburo, perhaps by Hoxha himself. It was presently given out, highly improbably, that he had been spying for the Americans, the British and the Vatican.
Have a nice day.

25 June 2012

The Western Left's Foundations in Social Subversion

The KGB Connections is a documentary was co-produced by Canada's CBC and American television network ABC long before they foreswore all others for the Kool-Aid.
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