This is apparently not a joke.
Social security is about to become racist.
Do fish not have souls? My wife informs me that we’re having dinner with pescetarians tomorrow tonight. Yippee. Thank god for booze.
Ilkka: "Today on one bulletin board, I noticed a poster announcing an upcoming student event to help people see the physically and intellectually disabled people as sexual beings."
The reality is that Ireland is insolvent. It took on all the liabilities of its banks and in so doing went bust. The Irish population, courtesy of its government, now owes a debt that can only be paid off over a generation (or perhaps two generations, or perhaps 100 years). The only country in the Eurozone that can bridge the gap for Ireland is Germany. The German political leadership is said to be open to the idea of some kind of massive, long-term loan. But German voters want no part of it. If no loan can be arranged, then Ireland will have to withdraw from the Euro and devalue. That will be the end of Ireland for at least a generation. It will also likely be the beginning of the end of the Euro.
I think Germany will bail out Ireland. If countries are in the Euro, they can’t devalue their currencies and if they can’t devalue their currencies they can’t compete with Germany. Therefore Germany should want countries to stay in the Euro. Also, by keeping countries in the Euro and by making them economically dependent on Germany, Germany should be able to exercise effective control over the EU.