Three years ago then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. What transpired:
To Mr. Geithner’s dismay, however, Mr. Schäuble took the conversation in a different direction.
“He told me there were many in Europe who still thought kicking the Greeks out of the eurozone was a plausible — even desirable — strategy,” Mr. Geithner later recounted in his memoir, “Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.” “The idea was that with Greece out, Germany would be more likely to provide the financial support the eurozone needed because the German people would no longer perceive aid to Europe as a bailout for the Greeks,” he says in the memoir.
“At the same time, a Grexit would be traumatic enough that it would help scare the rest of Europe into giving up more sovereignty to a stronger banking and fiscal union,” Mr. Geithner wrote. “The argument was that letting Greece burn would make it easier to build a stronger Europe with a more credible firewall.”
By closing the cash spigot, the E.C.B. managed to instill additional fear and panic into the day-to-day lives of the Greek people, ahead of the vote on the referendum.
Sinners must be taught a lesson they will remember in order to clarify who has the power. This is God's, and the banks', one inviolable rule.
Never, ever drive with a can of paint in your car, unless it's in the trunk.
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This is a totaled Maserati in Australia but it reminded me of a story. A friend of a friend locked herself out of her house and the *only* thing she claimed she could find to break a window to get in was a can of paint.
It broke the window AND it got her some new carpet!
Justice Alito wrote that the inmates had failed to identify an available and preferable method of execution or made the case that the challenged drug entailed a substantial risk of severe pain.
In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by the other three members of the court’s liberal wing, said “the court’s available-alternative requirement leads to patently absurd consequences.”
“Petitioners contend that Oklahoma’s current protocol is a barbarous method of punishment — the chemical equivalent of being burned alive,” she wrote. “But under the court’s new rule, it would not matter whether the state intended to use midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death or actually burned at the stake.”
The condemned neglected to suggest a more pleasant way to be killed so drawn out and painful it will be! Legal reasoning!
"An unnerving sight today at a London gay pride celebration: an ISIS flag among a sea of rainbow colors," CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux announced. The word "unnerving" made several other appearances in the very long segment about a flag of dildos and butt plugs.
The segment went on to analyze the photo of the flag in great depth, zooming in especially on the man waving it. A London-based CNN reporter who called in — yes, there were multiple reporters on this, no one covers breaking news like CNN — pointed out with concern, "This man, quite distinctive from the rest of the crowd, he was dressed in black and white."
The flag, I cannot stress this enough, was clearly covered with images of dildos and butt plugs. And was waving at a London gay pride rally.
The fact that they were all alone on this story, that no one had reported or even seen ISIS overtaking the London gay pride rally, might have chastened more modest networks.
But not CNN, which paused only for a bit of self-congratulation on breaking this exciting scoop: "I seem to be the only person who had spotted this," the London reporter says.
The correspondent relayed with concern that London police had not even known of this danger in their midst, until CNN's correspondent brought it to their attention.
Malveaux, the anchor, expressed alarm that London authorities were not tracking the flag-waving culprit, especially after "these terrorist attacks that we saw on three different continents just in the last several days."
She pointed out, her voice rising, that London authorities had not given "any follow, in terms of trying to find this guy."