Greece is getting "impatient" with austerity!!



Alexandra Nikolovieni, 55, lost her job escorting young children on a school bus four years ago and has not been able to find another one since.

--How could kids get on a school bus without her? Her job was vital!

Nowhere have austerity policies been more aggressively tried — and generally failed to live up to results promised by advocates — than in Greece. After more than four years of belt tightening, patience is wearing thin, and tentative signs of improvement have not yet trickled down into the lives of average Greeks.

In 2010, with Greece crippled by debt and threatening the survival of the euro, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank began imposing German-inspired austerity on the country. The aim was to slash the budget deficit and address fundamental problems like corruption and a failure to collect taxes. Such policies, they promised, would get Greece back on its feet, able to borrow again on financial markets.

Greeks grudgingly went along, assured that painful reform would return the country to growth by 2012. Instead, Greece lost 400,000 jobs that year and continued on a decline that would see a drop in the gross domestic product since 2008 not much different from the one experienced during the first five years of the United States’ Great Depression.

Greece’s unemployment rate was supposed to top out at 15 percent in 2012, according to Intern

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Firefighters forced to participate in gay parade


The Rhode Island Supreme Court unanimously threw out a lawsuit by two firefighters claiming that their religious rights were violated as a result of being forced to participate in a gay pride parade.
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Syrian rebels vetted by Obama go over to Islamic State, Part 943


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Which are more important, farmers, or a fish?


California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production.

Farmers in the area where almond production has been most consistent have relied on water from a federally controlled project that draws its supply largely from the Sacramento River. But that source is less reliable because of legal requirements


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Guess which US funded ally said "Israel must be destroyed"?


“In recent weeks we have seen a stepped-up Iranian effort to intensify terrorist actions in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said, using the biblical term for the West Bank. “None other than the PA ambassador to Tehran said he was enthusiastic about the instructions by Iranian leader Khamenei to send weapons to the West Bank.”
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The most important kind of charity... for liberals


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The pope said:
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Brooklyn, which is a dump, is now too expensive for people to live in


For many years people who wanted to live in New York wanted to live in Manhattan, or at least parts of Manhattan. People who couldn't afford it lived in Brooklyn, which is kind of a dump--old, broken down buildings, a long commute to Manhattan, and crime, lots of crime. But now demand for housing in Manhattan has pushed so many people to dumpy Brooklyn that people are even getting priced out of dumpy Brooklyn!

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Iranian revolution guards pose for pictures with US-armed Lebanese Soldiers


An elite wing of the Iranian military claimed that its troops have been along Lebanon’s border with Israel.

A Twitter account associated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps tweeted the statement on Thursday along with several pictures of Iranian soldiers posing with uniformed Lebanese counterparts. A report by MEMRI, a US-based Middle Eastern media watchdog, tracked the photos to a December 17 blog post affiliated with the Iranian Army, and noted that the pictures were taken in the Beqaa and Baalbek regions of southern Lebanon.

The soldiers in the pictures could be seem wearing military fatigues that included patches of the flags of Iran and Hezbollah, a terrorist group that has been a bitter rival of Israel, most notably in the Second Lebanon War of 2006.


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