Buenas dias. I haven't been around much. What's everybody talking about?
The nuke deal sure dredged up the crazy. Somebody even asked Josh Bolton what he thought. Why ask?
Americans are intimately familiar with the city of Fallujah. It's where the Sunni resistance to the occupation of Iraq was born, and where nearly 100 American soldiers lost their lives in the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War. More than 1,500 civilians were killed and over 70,000 buildings were destroyed in those battles.
Good morning 99percenters!
Morning news dump and music by Martha and the Vandellas.
After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June.
Yah, you got your Bernie, your Hillary, your significant other(s), your kits and fledglings, but take a little walk with me and tell me who DO you love?
In today's Open Thread, I thought that I would give you a peek at behind the scenes of a Tour de France and the logistics involved to bring this event live to approximately 180 countries worldwide. It is really an amazing undertaking.
Here are some mind boggling statistics from the 2014 Tour to show just how large an event the Tour de France is:
Republican candidates are trying to one-up each other in the game of "Who can be the bigger Warhawk".
The meme coming out of Europe, and from conservative America, is that Greece a) lied about their debt, b) foolishly borrowed more and lived the high life, and c) now simply don't want to pay it back.
There is a grain of truth to this, but only a grain. It's important to see both sides.
I found this nugget (which I retitled) inside a Wapo article:
Greece’s dire financial straits meant it had scant leverage to push back against some of its creditors’ most onerous demands. ...
The moves are fostering a deep sense of resentment among Tsipras’s allies and a conviction that Europeans sought to humiliate him. During a pivotal meeting with Merkel, French President François Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk, Tsipras at one point received a thinly veiled threat that if he walked away and left the euro, Greece risked going it alone geopolitically, too.
According to two officials in Brussels with knowledge of the exchange, the specter was raised of aggression from Turkey — a neighboring nation viewed in Greece as a historic antagonist.