Current Events — April Showers & May Flowers

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  • 06 Feb 2014 at 3:15 pm #5035

    Ken
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    Bathroom sign in Sochi’s Olympic Village:

    1. Do sit on the toilet while taking a crap: oookay…
    2. Do not pee standing up? Or, do not pee at all? Or, men only, do not pee? This is the first time I’ve seen full frontal male nudity in sign stick figures.
    3. Do not vomit into toilet? Or, do not drink from toilet?
    4. Do not squat on toilet? Or, do not do the kazachok while taking a crap?
    5. Do not go fishing in the toilet: oookay…
    6. I’m baffled! Perhaps: Do not overdose on heroin on the bathroom floor especially in your underwear ’cause where do you think you are, America?


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    16 Jun 2014 at 12:58 pm #5521

    Ken
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    “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan … and yes I said yes I will yes”

    Happy Bloomsday!

    Today is the 110th anniversary.


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    04 Sep 2014 at 9:45 am #5814

    Ken
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    09 Oct 2014 at 8:09 am #6004

    Ken
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    Congratulations to Patrick Modiano of France for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, announced earlier today.

    Our infamous Nobel Literature judge Horace Engdahl recently claimed that “creative writing courses are killing western literature”, according to this Oct. 7 Guardian article.


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    16 Feb 2015 at 7:57 am #6569

    Greg S.
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    Well, Ken, things are getting down to the wire on Greece and the Euro.


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    18 Feb 2015 at 10:01 pm #6583

    Ken
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    Well, Greg, leave it up to us to pick up a conversation from where we left off in 2012 without skipping a beat!

    But all versions of my response end up being too long and too opinionated, so I scrapped all of them, and since my view of the situation has not changed, I’d just request that you refer to your memory.

    So I’ll just leave you with this one sentence summation: The Euro “experiment” was a doomed enterprise from the start, ill-conceived as a theory and controlled by vain power-hungry central-planning apparatchiki, and it will persist in making people suffer needlessly, and the only sane solution is to abandon it.

    Let me squeeze in one more sentence: And all the bad things that I said would come to pass have not yet, due to brute force by the powers that be who are doing all they could to make things appear okay but are doing more harm than good, but I still believe the bad things will happen unless the Euro is completely demolished.

    Oh, well, so much for my promise of a response not being too long and too opinionated…, but how do things look from ground zero, where you are, in the dominant power Eurozone nation of Germany?


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    20 Feb 2015 at 7:12 am #6590

    Greg S.
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    Maybe my memory is bad, Ken, but my only real disagreement with you was about whether the Euro would survive the last crisis. God knows how much growth Europe has lost because of the shackles imposed by the Euro since 2008. As a conservative, I thought you’d be proud of Angie’s hard-line austerity approach, one no Republican has managed to find the courage to follow. They like to run huge deficits. Or has your inner Keynesian gained the upper hand?

    Meanwhile, Germany is doing well, the tax revenues are way up, unemployment down, but we are not willing to assume liability for our weaker neighbors. My impression is that Ireland, Spain and Portugal made a more sincere effort at reform and that they are on the way to recovery — granted worse off than if they could have devalued their currencies. Greece does not appear to have fully followed through with necessary reforms. I feel their pain but don’t want to bail them out. I mistrust experts who claim that leaving the Euro would be worse for Greece.

    I hope you are comforted by the fact that, whenever the topic comes up with German friends, I adopt my most avuncular tone and reflect that perhaps the Euro was a mistake after all. I still like the Euro and think it works just fine for fiscally responsible northern members. Besides, that sparkling ECB tower on the Main just opened for business, and I guess that as a Frankfurt patriot I have a vested interest in the Euro’s survival.

    Meanwhile, Anti-EU parties have put a damper on any attempts to increase centralized power, and the EU has a bad case of indigestion from recent rounds of expansion, so I will be curious to see where things are headed. The biggest longterm problem is Russia and defense in general. As Kissinger said, “who ya gonna call?” Ghostbusters?


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    20 Feb 2015 at 7:36 am #6592

    Greg S.
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    And, at the risk of sounding very German, Greece never should have been allowed to join the Euro. Their application was fraudulent. It would be better if they left.

    Now it is time for my Gregxit.


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    20 Feb 2015 at 9:48 am #6596

    Ken
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    Gregxit! “Last” crisis? This is still the same crisis! Not fooled by the “solutions” that not only pushed the same unresolved problem to some future date, but actually made the problem worse. The Euro central planners in charge would like you to believe they solved the last crisis, and that this is a new crisis which they will solve too.

    Yes, you can argue that maybe Greece should not have been admitted, but the fact is Greece was admitted, so don’t blame Greece only. And, Greece is merely the weakest link, so the crisis hit here first. So, even if Greece were not in the Eurozone, the crisis would still come, but with another Eurozone nation; it’s only a matter of time. The reason is the Euro was designed poorly, and doesn’t respond well to problems that inevitably will arise in any economy. Plus, the Euro is controlled by a remote central planning board. Irony is, the decade that saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the demise of the old ruble due primarily to an unredeemable economy, is the same decade that saw the formation of the Eurozone, with features eerily similar to the old Soviet structure!


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    20 Feb 2015 at 11:09 am #6600

    Greg S.
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    By “last crisis”, Ken, I wasn’t referring to the Euro crisis but the insidious financial crisis that the US set loose on the world with its criminal ratings system and even more criminal banking sector. The Euro survived that crisis and most likely will survive the next one, as long as most of its members adhere to responsible fiscal policies. There is just too much political will behind it. It is not going away any time soon. Not in our lifetimes absent a big war. That’s where we disagree.


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