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Comment: Re:This is unlikely to end well (Score 1) 327

Typical German bullshit.

. . . so the factory German manager visits a factory in Greece. He asks, "How many people work here . . . ?"

The Greek factory manager answers, "Oh, about 60%".

German working week is 35 hours and Greek working week is 40 hours.

"Don't tell me how much you are working . . . tell me how much you get done."

Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 5, Insightful) 327

Here's a better link to an article from The Economist:

AS one country after another on the periphery of the euro zone had to swallow painful reforms and fiscal austerity as the price for their bail-outs between 2010 and 2013, the surprise was that by and large they accepted the medicine without a large-scale populist revolt. But Sunday’s result in the Greek election marks a turning-point because Syriza, the radical-left party that has prevailed at the polls, campaigned on casting aside austerity, backtracking on the reforms and renegotiating the vast debt that Greece owes its European creditors. These policies are unacceptable to the euro-zone countries, especially Germany, that have lent Greece so much money. The outcome of the election could also have wider implications. Why does the Greek result matter?

A clash is impending because the Greeks see their recent history in a very different light from that of the Germans and other Europeans who have bailed them out. From the perspective of Northern creditor nations, Greece was the architect of its own misfortune by mismanaging its public finances on a staggering scale. It has been lent an astonishing amount of money in not just one but two bail-outs, amounting to €246 billion ($275 billion), worth more than the country’s entire economic output. From a Greek perspective, however, the country has suffered a calamitous decline in GDP, which at its low in late 2013 was 27% down on its pre-crisis peak. Harsh spending cuts and tax rises have been imposed again and again as conditions for further economic support. Greeks feel that they have lost control of their country, which is now instead being directed by the hated troika: the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank.

Syriza won on Sunday because Alexis Tsipras, the party's leader, offered a message of hope to a country still in despair, even though the economy is now recovering. But the difficulty with his plan for Greece is that it requires other Europeans to finance it—or to countenance a reversal of reforms they regard as vital for Greece to cope with euro-zone membership. If Mr Tsipras makes good on promises of higher spending and lower taxes then Greece will fail to meet its objective of running a big primary budget surplus (ie, before interest payments), which would make it far harder to get its debt down from 175% of GDP. And if he reverses reforms such as the ones that have brought down wages, then Greece will head back towards the uncompetitive economic mess that, along with budgetary mismanagement, got it into trouble in the first place.

In the negotiations that will now occur between Mr Tsipras and Greece’s creditors, Germany will give little ground. Angela Merkel, too, must pay attention to domestic opinion, which would be hostile to any concessions. The German chancellor also has to reckon with the wider impact of any deal that appeared to reward Syriza in emboldening populist revolts in other countries in the euro area, notably in Spain. For any country to leave the euro will be destabilising because it would break the supposed irrevocability of membership. But if Mr Tsipras were to get his way then the euro area would become a club where borrowers rather than lenders called the shots, which would be unsustainable. That is why Mr Tsipras will, before long, face a difficult choice between backing down on his demands—or presiding over a ruinous Greek exit.

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 2, Interesting) 327

With their economy in its current state, the usual leftist option of borrowing and spending their way out of it may be very limited. .

Who in their right mind would lend to the Greeks? The way it is looking now, the German taxpayers will be paying for it . . . and they are not enthusiastically pleased about it, to say the least.

Having Greece and Germany share a common currency was a shit-brained idea. In one hour, German workers shove off a couple of Porsches and Mercedes of their production line. In one hour, Greek workers roll a few dolmades and stuff a few gigantes in a can.

And yes, I worked with some guys from Greece on a European Research project. Guys from the Athens Technology Center (ATC) and the National Technology University of Athens (NTUA). They took a month to do what student from the UK, USA or Germany could do in an afternoon.

I have the feeling that Varoufakis is just going to be another flak in the "Blame the EU" for problems of our own making choir.

Well, if you don't like the EU, Greece, don't let the door hit you on your ass on the way out.

I'm not well versed in Aesop's Fables . . . is there one about biting the hand that feeds you . . . ?

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1, Insightful) 408

Actually, you can't blame this one on the NSA. Their mission is to observe and alert. In the case of the Boston Marathon Bomber, the Russian FSB (the follow on for the KGB) told the US authorities that these brothers were Islamic terrorists. And the FBI did nothing about it.

Who's in charge of the FBI? Oh, Eric Holder. Well, that figures.

What's on second.

Ida know . . . third base.

This call for vigilantism looks seriously dubious to me . . .

Comment: Re: Why is this a surprise? (Score 1) 78

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48900443) Attached to: Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

Think of it - the environment is only 30' in height top to bottom, the bottom is subjected to continuous bombardment by gravel and rocks so nothing can live on the bottom, and anything that is slow (low-energy) gets stoned out of existence, and it's -2C.

No sunlight, sulpher, or thermal vents to add energy to the ecosystem, hundreds of miles from the open sea

So, in other words, Slashdotters would call this "Mom's Basement" . . .

Comment: Re:US politics are tainted with money (Score 2) 120

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48899563) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

If Jesus Christ returned and was running for congress today, we would probably see attack adds smearing his family, alleging connections to Romans, and questioning the time he spent on the cross.

Turning water into wine? Bootlegging; producing alcohol without a license or paying taxes on it.

Healing the sick? Practicing medicine without a license, and violating FDA rules.

Walking on water? Illegally operating an unlicensed water vessel, without a license.

Feeding a crowd with just two fish? McDonald's and Burger King would sue him, and demand an FDA inquiry into his kitchen methods.

And, of course the racist crew would call him a "Jewish Bastard", which is kinda sorta technically correct.

That's probably why he hasn't come back . . .

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 216

I once drove some of my daughter's friends home from a birthday party. Should I have had to have a commercial driver's license?

No, but you should have been arrested for transporting minors for immoral purposes.

Oh, and how much do your "daughter's friends" charge for a "birthday party" ?

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more . . .

Comment: Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (Score 2, Informative) 136

Time for a wee bit of Schadenfreude.

A married couple of tech professionals in Silicon Valley, both earning just slightly above average, $125,000 a year, . . . will qualify as "wealthy", greater than $250,000 a year, . . . and get hit by Obama's new tax policies.

The gag is that the seriously wealthy aren't worried about Obama's new tax policies, because they can afford a tax lawyer who can prove that they earn nothing.

+ - Patriot Act Idea Rises in France, and Is Ridiculed->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "After shootings last week at a satirical newspaper and a kosher market in Paris, France finds itself grappling anew with a question the United States is still confronting: how to fight terrorism while protecting civil liberties. The answer is acute in a country that is sharply critical of American counterterrorism policies, which many see as a fearful overreaction to 9/11.

Valérie Pécresse, a minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, said France needed its own version of the USA Patriot Act, which gave the United States more authority to collect intelligence and pointed America’s surveillance apparatus at its citizens. Politicians and civil rights advocates on both sides of the Atlantic bristled at that suggestion, and at a string of arrests in which French officials used a new antiterrorism law to crack down on what previously would have been considered free speech.

Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, warned against the urge for “exceptional” measures. “The spiral of suspicion created in the United States by the Patriot Act and the enduring legitimization of torture or illegal detention has today caused that country to lose its moral compass,” he wrote in Le Monde, the French newspaper."

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