ATHENS — Retirees throughout Greece mobbed banks as they tried to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in pension payments on Wednesday, as the country teetered on the brink of economic collapse hours after an international bailout expired.
Emotions ran high outside a Piraeus Bank branch in downtown Athens as some 60 customers jostled impatiently after waiting for hours in the sweltering sun.
“This is humiliating,” said Athanasios, an 80-year-old former army officer. “I used to receive a monthly pension of 1,500 euros and now I have to line up for hours to receive 120? This is unfair.” (in part from The Ultimate Answer To Kings)
I’m reminded of the junior high boy’s joke about the guy being forced to slide backwards down a giant razor blade (using his b***) for brakes, and landing in a bucket of iodine.
And like dominoes, I fear Greece is only the beginning.
Our own government has already made noises about ‘acquiring’ 401k funds, and pensions, and increasing both the amount and items/services being taxed. And other banks in the World have ‘acquired’ ATM funds and savings of individuals!
The long slide is beginning, my friends, and unless you live largely off the grid in the middle-of-nowhere, bartering gold coin, ammo and water (Joel?), you (we) are in for a wild ride.
If anyone out there thinks bread lines, runs on banks and gas rationing are not in our future, I’d like to heard your predictions.
And ‘domestic violence’ as a result? A forgone conclusion, I’m afraid.
I truly hope I am completely wrong.
Yep. This is unfair. But no one said Life would be.
Via Brock Townsend:
Via The Last Refuge
For the past two weeks, Reason
, a magazine dedicated to “Free Minds and Free Markets,” has been barred by an order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from speaking publicly about a grand jury subpoena
that court sent to Reason.com.The subpoena demanded the records of six people who left hyperbolic comments at the website about the federal judge who oversaw the controversial conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.Shortly after the subpoena was issued, the government issued a gag order
prohibiting Reason not only from discussing the matter but even acknowledging the existence of the subpoena or the gag order itself. As a wide variety of media outlets have noted, such actions on the part of the government are not only fundamentally misguided and misdirected, they have a tangible chilling effect on free expression by commenters and publications alike.
Yesterday, after preparing an extensive legal brief, Reason asked the US Attorney’s Office to join with it in asking that the gag order – now moot and clearly an unconstitutional prior restraint – be lifted. This morning, the US Attorney’s Office asked the Court to vacate the order, which it did. We are free to tell the story for the first time.
So, it’s been decided.
The Confederate Battle Flag is coming down. Even Walmart, purveyor to all persons poor, Southern and cheesy, has opted out of sales of items depicting The Stars and Bars.
Why? Don’t you know?! It stands for segregation, racism and slavery! (Ideas of a non-federal Union and different, less-centralized government control to the contrary).
Because the South lost.
This is not unlike the (at one time) venerated swastika. A symbol of good luck! Used by Indians. Of the ancients quartering the universe into active and passive principles.
Of course, some guy named Adolph and people pushing an anti-fascist agenda changed all that.
God forbid something should have more than one meaning, or a deeper meaning than one interpretation.
Funny, we are told to allow Islamic folks (even the violent ones) to have their views, and that phony Westboro ‘Baptist’ church to have theirs, but persons proud of their Southern history and heritage – NOPE! Can’t have THAT!
Because we’re all idiots and need to be told how and what to think.
Because the South lost…
PS (on a different tack) – When will the first American Mosque be forced to perform a gay marriage? Just wondering…
PPS – THE QUOTE OF THE DAY!
Some psycho kills 9 people and the 10th victim is American History. – Mad Ogre
This whole brew-ha-ha over a White woman ‘passing’ as a Black woman in the Spokane chapter of the NAACP has me confused.
Or perhaps the emotion is WHO CARES?
The NAACP accepts members of all races. At least they used to, before they were compromised by the progressives. I don’t know the current qualifications. (see Democratic Party also re: compromise)
This is one reason I support CORE and not the NAACP. (That and CORE actively supports self-defense and firearms ownership for all, whereas the NAACP does not.)
I think this whole non-issue of a White woman ‘passing’ as Black can be dealt with with two questions:
1) Is her weirdness in acting this way detrimental to the organization?, AND,
2) What is the content of her character?
Of course, this doesn’t affect me.
And I still don’t care.
Yatta, yatta, yatta.
One of my favorite bloggers, wirecutter, gives us his take on the Supreme Court failing to follow through with their own decisions.
This week the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to get the government out of the bedroom. Counterintuitively, the case involved an ordinance adopted by the famously tolerant and progressive city of San Francisco just eight years ago.
The puzzle is solved when you learn that the ordinance deals with guns, tools for exercising a constitutional right that is decidedly unfashionable in the City by the Bay. By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court, which in 2010 affirmed that the Second Amendment binds states and cities as well as the federal government, undermines that principle, suggesting that the right of armed self-defense is constrained by local sensibilities.
San Francisco’s ordinance, enacted in 2007, requires that handguns kept at home be “stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock” except when they are being carried. As the six residents challenging the ordinance pointed out in their petition asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, that requirement means “law-abiding individuals must render their handguns inoperable or inaccessible precisely when they are needed most, whenever they are not physically carrying them on their persons—including when they are asleep in the dark of night.”
My solution? A.C.E. ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE
And let the constabulary try to figure out how they are going to determine the gun in your hand whose muzzle (flash) they are seeing when they breach your door wasn’t worn by you to bed!
And vote those anti-rights bastards out at the soonest possibility!
And change the stupid law.
Brock Townsend (of Free North Carolina) reports and comments…
The Army’s new camouflage uniforms are set to hit store shelves July 1 for beta-testing before being launched in solidarity Jan 2016.
Interestingly enough the new uniform appears to be printed in a woodland-type pattern and almost looks as if it would work perfectly domestically.
Additionally a few new features have been added for functionality.
Soldiers will be able to use the older Operation Enduring Freedom pattern until 2019, according to the Army although the new pattern is preferred.
It’s interesting to note that this new ‘domestic looking pattern’ will be available just before JADE HELM 15 kicks off mid-July.
‘Almost looks’. That may be true, but I’m curious as to whose original opinion this is.
The Texas governor has reportedly mobilized the National Guard to keep the JADE HELM folks under surveillance.
Are some folks over-reacting and fanning the flames, or…?
Famous (or perhaps infamous) deaths, that is.
(Of course, this all depends on how one defines fame or the starting point! And this is MY blog.)
Macnee, with Rigg
I am sad to report on the passing of Patrick Macnee, most famously known as John Steed of the British TV series The Avengers. At age 93.
The series ran in three permutations – the original British-only version (co-starring Honor Blackman), the import (with the most-lusted-after Diana Rigg), and a third version with Tara Thorson (later of Absolutely Fabulous).
Of course, most of us loved the series co-starring Ms. Rigg. Leather cat suits and all.
And how dapper was Patrick Macnee with his Edwardian clothes, bowler hat and lethal umbrella?
I remember an interview after the series, wherein Mr. MacNee quipped he had been approached about yet another remake. He responded, “What would they call it, The Geriatric Avengers?”
Retired, Mr. MacNee spent much of his time in his Rancho Mirage, California home, wearing Aloha shirts and shorts. He claimed doing so allowed him his privacy, as no one recognized him without his bowler and umbrella!
You will be missed, good sir!
the reaper the mechanic, NPR
Whenever gun crimes are perpetrated, liberals love to point the finger of blame at law-abiding gun owners, but a list of mass shooters from the past 20 years proves that they all had one thing in common – and it wasn’t the weapons used. Evidence shows that the common factor in nearly every mass shooting is that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been taking them at one point before committing their crimes.
Multiple credible scientific studies going back more then a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior.
One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves.
www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented over 4500 “ Mainstream Media “ reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs, according to the Liberty Crier.
The extensive list shows how psychotropic drugs are linked in every case of murder and suicide:
Now, I’m truly not disparaging chemistry. And many of the modern wonderful chemical miracles that are pervasive in our daily life. \ Imagine life without aspirin, ibuprofen, penicillin, other antibiotics. My roommate certainly would have passed by now, if it were not for asthma medications. And certainly these medications have helped thousands, if not millions of people.
But the pharmacological industry has somehow been able to develop these psychotropic medications and release them to the public, without them having been completely vetted or tested.
Or perhaps the ‘off the rails’ factor is calculated in, as with automobile safety equipment, food additives and other stuff?
And people are being killed.
h/t Brock Townsend
Except it wasn’t.
After I shot Bob’s (the former PI, gun store manager) Heckler & Koch 91, I knew I had to have one!
It took me over 10 years to acquire one. And it definitely wasn’t a G3 (the select-fire version). It wasn’t even really a Heckler & Koch 91 (the semiautomatic version).
She was a PTR91 (H&K parts, except a domestically-produced receiver, to comply with the spurious, unconstitutional and misnamed Assault Weapons Ban).
The good news is she shot similarly. Functioned exactly the same. And took same foreign parts. Expensive German-made H&K parts.
(Wait a minute – maybe this was the BAD news?)
I remember purchasing some different furniture and a sling for her at a gun show. At premium, President Clinton inspired prices! Fortunately, there were bazillions of cheap magazines.
The bad news was I could never afford the case lot prices for ammunition.
Which meant she was never shot very much.
AND, she was a PITA to clean and re-lube, for a neophyte like me.
Of course, she was stolen in the safe with the others. That’s what I get for deciding I liked rifles, too!
It was reported 0619 that we lost yet another member of The Firesign Theatre comedy troupe.
This time, it’s PHIL AUSTIN, the voice of Private Nick Danger – Third Eye
Even though I was growing up ‘in the 60’s and 70’s’, I was never a drug culture kind of guy. But, that didn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate their humor. (Sometimes, alcohol was involved, though!) Being a fan of PI fiction and wanting to become one (I eventually did) added to the joy brought by The Firesign Theatre.
I guess we’re all eventually bozos on this bus, eh?
h/t Dave the mechanic, LA Times