“Why France’s Rescue Plan for Greece Won’t Work Either” and “Debts, Deficits, and the Demise of the American Economy” – 06/29/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For your Information (FYI) unfortunately NOT For Your Entertainment (FYE)

http://www.cnbc.com/id/43564919

“Greece has an economy that is tanking, with high unemployment, plunging sales and few other signs to indicate that it can grow its way out of its problems, regardless of the duration extended for its maturing debt.”

““People think Greece will be saved by the current rescue. But they underestimate the people’s reaction to the draconian austerity measures that will reduce salaries, pensions and many will get fired,”
“A third of the country works for the government and they’ll feel it. They will take to the streets and the country will crumble. The various analysts haven’t taken into account the cultural and ethnic characteristics. Greeks aren’t Germans. Germans are disciplined and they obey orders in lockstep, and sometimes they do it too well. Greeks are free spirits and they will take to the streets.” ”

 

http://www.amazon.com/Debt-Deficits-Demise-American-Economy/dp/1118021517
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIGS_(economics)
http://www.economist.com/node/15838029

“The financial Armageddon will begin with the collapse of the so-called PIIGS nations—first Greece, then Ireland—leading to a crisis of confidence in European banks and a sharp devaluation of the euro. Speculation about the fate of the EU will spark a trading frenzy in world equities markets, and the rising uncertainty will bring a rapid decline in world stock markets. The bond markets will all but shut down, and interest rates will spike. In short order, the focus will shift from Europe to the United States and its monumental debt and out-of-control deficit spending. The U.S. Treasury will shift its printing presses into high gear as it churns out additional billions to cover its debts, but America’s deteriorating financial condition will cause a spike in interest rates as buyers of U.S. Treasuries lose confidence. Several states will default on their municipal debt; in many cases, retirement checks to former state employees will cease. From there, events inexorably will lead to soaring inflation of an order not seen since the 1970s.”

Big Hugs and Kisses to All!;+)

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Will There Be a Discount for US Social Security Senior Citizens Retirement Recipients at Ludwig Minelli’s the Swiss euthanasia clinic Dignitas, ? ;+) – 06/28/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Prposterous or realistic and ahead of its time, would it make US Republicans (R) and Democrats (D) sign an Agreement with the facilities in Switzerland as a Voluntary US Deficit Reduction Solution?

Or maybe, in addition, opening US Federal Social Security Retirees Suicide Assistance Facilities in Zurich, Switzerland? (Instead of a nip and tuck facelift, you go for suicide assistance benefits) At US$5,263.16 or (even better) US$9,210.53, you kill (so to speak) two (2) birds with one stone, you cut US Social Security spending and you make a profit doing it! A win-win solution!;+)

For Your Information (FYI) and depending on which side of the issue you are  For Your Enjoyment (FYE) or NOT!  :+(

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignitas_(assisted_dying_organisation)

“According to Ludwig Minelli, Dignitas charges its patients €4,000 (£3,182/$5,263.16) for preparation and suicide assistance, or €7,000 (£5,568/$9,210.53) in case of taking over family duties, including funerals, medical costs and official fees.
Despite being a non-profit organization, Dignitas has repeatedly refused to open its finances to the public”

“Suicide tourism

“Although the assisted suicide market is largely German, as of October 2008, approximately 100 British citizens had travelled to Switzerland from the UK to die at one of Dignitas’ rented apartments in Zurich.
In July 2009, British conductor Sir Edward Downes and his wife Joan died together at a suicide clinic outside Zürich “under circumstances of their own choosing.” Sir Edward was not terminally ill, but his wife was diagnosed with rapidly developing cancer.
In March 2010, British comics artist John Hicklenton ended his life at the Dignitas clinic following a 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis

EXIT is another Swiss organization providing assisted suicide. In 2008, it had 50,000 members. However, EXIT strictly denies suicide assistance for people from abroad.
EXIT Switzerland is not affiliated with Exit International, the similarly named voluntary euthanasia organization founded by Philip Nitschke.”

Happy Future Voluntary (with incentives and tax deductions for future generations) US Federal Assisted Suicide for US Social Security Retirees!……..;+)

Big Hugs and Kisses to All!;+)

43 Years later the Return to the Gray Panthers (1970) and May 1968 Revolution – 06/27/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Panthers
http://www.graypanthers.org/
http://graypanthers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=7&Itemid=49
http://graypanthers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=10

Gray Panthers are
Age and Youth in Action. We are an intergenerational, multi-issue organization working to create a society that puts the needs of people over profit, responsibility over power and democracy over institutions.

Gray Panthers top issues
• Health Care
• Environment
• Peace & Civil Rights/Liberties
• Economic Security “

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1968_in_France
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Cohn-Bendit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marx_Brothers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Rubin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_International_Party

“It is difficult to identify precisely the politics of the students who sparked the events of May 1968, much less of the hundreds of thousands who participated in them. There was, however, a strong strain of anarchism, particularly in the students at Nanterre. While not exhaustive, the graffiti gave a sense of the millenarian and rebellious spirit, tempered with a good deal of verbal wit, of the strikers (the anti-work graffiti shows the considerable influence of the Situationist movement).[

  • All power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • We want structures that serve people, not people serving structures.
  • The revolution doesn’t belong to the committees, it’s yours.
  • Je suis Marxiste – tendance Groucho. (I’m a Marxist – of the Groucho variety.)
  • Comrades, let’s lynch Séguy! [Georges Séguy, head bureaucrat of the Communist Party-dominated labor union]
  • Man is neither Rousseau’s noble savage nor the Church’s or La Rochefoucauld’s depraved sinner. He is violent when oppressed, gentle when free.
  • A single non-revolutionary weekend is infinitely more bloody than a month of total revolution.
  • Those who lack imagination cannot imagine what is lacking.
  • A cop sleeps inside each one of us. We must kill him. Drive the cop out of your head.
  • We don’t want to be the watchdogs or servants of capitalism.
  • “The cause of all wars, riots and injustices is the existence of property.”(St. Augustine)
  • Commute, work, commute, sleep . . .
  • Since 1936 I have fought for wage increases. My father before me fought for wage increases. Now I have a TV, a fridge, a Volkswagen. Yet my whole life has been a drag. Don’t negotiate with the bosses. Abolish them.
  • The future will only contain what we put into it now.
  • The more you consume, the less you live. Commodities are the opium of the people.
  • Abolish copyrights: sound structures belong to everyone.
  • This concerns everyone.[8]
  • L’ennui est contre-révolutionnaire. (Boredom is counter-revolutionary.)
  • L’imagination prend le pouvoir! (Imagination takes power!)
  • Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible. (Be realistic, ask the impossible.)[9]
  • Prenez vos désirs pour la réalité. (Take your desires for reality.)
  • On achète ton bonheur. Vole-le. (They are buying your happiness. Steal it.)
  • Presse: ne pas avaler. (On a poster with a bottle of poison labelled: “Press: Do not swallow.”)
  • Même si Dieu existait, il faudrait le supprimer. (Even if God existed it would be necessary to abolish him.)
  • Le patron a besoin de toi, tu n’as pas besoin de lui. (The boss needs you, you don’t need him.)
  • L’été sera chaud! (Summer will be hot!)
  • On ne revendiquera rien, on ne demandera rien. On prendra, on occupera. (We will beg for nothing. We will ask for nothing. We will take, we will occupy.)
  • Travailleur : tu as 25 ans mais ton syndicat est de l’autre siècle. (Worker: You are 25, but your union is from another century.)
  • Nous ne voulons pas d’un monde où la certitude de ne pas mourir de faim s’échange contre le risque de mourir d’ennui. (We don’t want a world where the guarantee of not dying of starvation brings the risk of dying of boredom.)
  • In a society that has abolished every kind of adventure the only adventure that remains is to abolish the society.
  • Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié ne font que se creuser un tombeau. (Those who make revolutions half way only dig their own graves.)
  • Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!
  • Sous les pavés, la plage. (Under the paving stones, the beach.)
  • Vivre sans temps mort et jouir sans entrave. (Live without wasted time and enjoy without hindrance.)
  • La barricade ferme la rue mais ouvre la voie. (Barricades close the street but open the way.)
  • When the National Assembly becomes a bourgeois theater, all the bourgeois theaters should be turned into national assemblies. (Written above the entrance of the occupied Odéon Theater)
  • Warning: ambitious careerists may now be disguised as “progressives.”
  • Stalinists, your children are with us!
  • Be cruel.
  • I love you!!! Oh, say it with paving stones!!![10]
  • Under 21? [Picture of a brick] Here is your ballot!

Big Hugs aand Kisses to All!;+)

To Talk Intelligently about Social Sscurity You have First to Talk about Happy Aging – 06/26/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is never too early to talk about aging since we start aging from birth and we forget about it until it is too late.(almost?)………;+)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_support
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerontology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administration_on_Aging
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_law
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Special_Committee_on_Aging
http://aging.senate.gov/
http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/2007/01/german_mocument.html
http://www.thecaregiverwebsite.com/category/senior-citizens/
http://lunarlorax.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/uprising-of-the-elderly/

“The human divisions given below are not valid in all cultures:

Successful ageing consists of three components:[33]

  1. Low probability of disease or disability;
  2. High cognitive and physical function capacity;
  3. Active engagement with life. “

“Six suggested dimensions of successful ageing include:[18]

  1. No physical disability over the age of 75 as rated by a physician;
  2. Good subjective health assessment (i.e. good self-ratings of one’s health);
  3. Length of undisabled life;
  4. Good mental health;
  5. Objective social support;
  6. Self-rated life satisfaction in eight domains, namely marriage, income-related work, children, friendship and social contacts, hobbies, community service activities, religion and recreation/sports. “

“Social work with older adults, known as geriatric social work practice, is considered to be both a macro and micro practice with individuals over the age of 60 or 65, their families and communities, aging related policy, and aging research. Geriatric social workers typically provide counseling, direct services, care coordination, community planning, and advocacy in an array of agencies and organizations including private practice, in home, neighborhoods, hospitals, senior congregate living, hospice/end of life care, senior centers, oncology centers and residential long term care facilities such as nursing facilities. At the macro level, geriatric social workers work within state departments of health, adult protective services, and at universities and colleges, as well as Administration on Aging offices on a federal level in the United States”

“Rapid aging populations are expected worldwide. In the United States, the “baby boomer” generation will begin to turn 65 in 2011. Those over the age of 85 are projected to increase from 5.3 million to 21 million by 2050.[1] With the rapid growth of the aging population, social work education and training specialized in older adults and practitioners interested in working with older adults are increasingly in demand[2][3] (Where? Federal, State and Local Governments Agencies do NOT have any more money)In the last decade, geriatric social work education, practice, and research have received substantial support from foundations such as the John. A Hartford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies.[4]

“Uprising of the Old People” is a belated wake-up call.  “If films like these were made 15 years ago, we wouldn’t have wasted as much time and wouldn’t now be worrying about the disaster we’re heading for,” said Biedenkopf, formerly a leader in Merkel’s Christian Democrats and premier of Saxony state.”

“It is the year 2023. Hundreds of elderly people have undergone elective surgery in order to replace non functional or weak limbs with superior mechanical ones. However these same individuals are facing hard times as society begins to exponentially increase health and life expectancy. The elderly are perceived as unneeded group, leftovers from centuries past. The majority is simply waiting for the last of them to pass so that the age of endless youth can begin.”

“Tensions build as two retirement homes are attacked by young white males eager to find some remaining group against which to commit hate crimes and prove whatever if it is they hope to prove to one another. The government does little to compensate or protect those retired communities which are at greatest risk. In fact retirement as we know it is expected to be legislated out over the next two years.
The elderly are forced to take up action on their own. They alter their artificial limbs into powerful weapons. ”

“The old people cyborg uprising is begun.”

Big Hugs and Kisses to All!;+)

Why Austerity Doesn’t Matter: Greece Is Still Going to Default

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For Your Entertainment (FYE) if you are Gold denominated………;+) for your despair (FYD) for everyone else……..:+(

http://www.cnbc.com/id/43526219
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Greece
http://www.scribd.com/doc/58373475/greece2ndbailout
http://economics21.org/commentary/painful-arithmetic-greek-debt-default
“Greece and a number of other European countries cannot repay their debt. In fact they will never be able to repay their debt under current conditions because their economies are not competitive globally,” banking analyst Dick Bove at Rochdale Securities wrote in an analysis. “Therefore, these countries must, and in my judgment will, repudiate their debt.”

economies are not competitive globally,” banking analyst Dick Bove at Rochdale Securities wrote in an analysis. “Therefore, these countries must, and in my judgment will, repudiate their debt.”

 

By some estimates, repaying the debt would require a sustained economic growrh rate of 21%………….
Big Hugs and kisses to All!;+)

Response to Every beat (or not) of your heart – 06/21/2011

Here, it is pretty much same-o, same-o, my heart doesn’t improve, but doesn’t deteriorate either……;+) I still cough quite a bit like in severe pharyngitis with quite a lot of mucosity and that prevents me from my usual “olympic” regime but, heck, something has to give!;+)

I suspect my coughing has more to do with psychosomatic issues like all the subjects I sent you emails and links about, than a real physical “heart”deterioration. But between the Viet Nam dust, rainy season, world events and my continued marketing efforts rejections, I cough, I cough, I cough……. it’s a pity I don’t even smoke, at least I could have the revenge sweetness naughty pleasure of taking something out of the coughs, just like eating chocolate when you shouldn’t…….!;+)

Don’t worry! The bad seeds , like me, are always the ones to die last, long after they should have, for convenience and decency sake……..The issue is, all those bad seeds, like me, don’t have any more respect for convenience and decency, this is why they are called “bad seeds” because they refuse to be “programmed” like all those “good seeds”out there………..;+)

Cough a little, rant and rave a little, progress a little, repeat……..;+) That’s about a fair summary of my life right now………;+)

http://www.rantrave.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_(emotion)

“In psychiatry, rage is a mental state that is one extreme of the intensity spectrum of anger. When a person experiences rage, it usually lasts until a threat is removed.”

“Rage can sometimes lead to a state of mind where the individual experiencing it believes, and often is capable of doing things that may normally seem physically impossible. Those experiencing rage usually feel the effects of high adrenaline levels in the body. This increase in adrenal output raises the physical strength and endurance levels of the person. One’s senses become extremely acute due to the high amounts of adrenaline in the body, and, on the opposite end, this also reduces one’s sensation of pain. People in rage may also experience events in a sort of slow motion. An explanation of this “time dilation” effect is that instead of actually slowing our perception of time, high levels of adrenaline increase our ability to recall specific minutiae of an event after it occurs. Since humans gauge time based on the amount of things they can remember, high-adrenaline events such as those experienced during periods of rage seem to unfold more slowly.”

US & UK pilots jailed by Somalian Government for 15 years over pirate ransoms deliveries to pirates – 06/19/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

ForYour Entertainment (FYE)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43454706/ns/world_news-africa/
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/09/07/5059514-pirates-insurers-profit-from-high-seas-raids

“Maritime piracy costs the global economy up to $12 billion annually.”

” The average ransom paid to pirates has reached nearly $5 million.”

” Extortion from pirates and extortion from the ‘governments’ and the ‘insurers’.”

Big Hugs and Kisses to All!;+)