Hoo, boy; there are so many new posts, explanations, opinions and new (damned) statistics on the current and continuing Greek debacle to read, much less absorb. Yves Smith is at work trying to prove that she’s right about the hard, hard, road for a Grexit, whether voluntary or forced, and ballasts her arguments with her long employment in banking IT issues and code-writing. ‘Once Again on the IT Challenges in Converting to the Drachma’ (guest post plus), and (bucking conventional wisdom) ‘‘‘Dan Davies: Greek Banks Were Bigger Beneficiaries of the 2010 Bailout Than French and German Banks’
‘The Death of Democracy in a Byzantine Labyrinth’ by Nicole at AutomaticEarth.com; readers seem elated to have her there again. THD knows the site well; maybe others of you do, as well. (A long, long, piece.)
‘This is a Betrayal’: Interview with Professor Spyros Marketos who teaches at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and is a member of the Truth Committee on Public Debt and a member of Antarsya.
The Lakota People’s Law Project’s ‘Native Lives Matter’ Report (pdf, 14 pages, very damning statistics). It doesn’t seem to rely on the stats Mother Jones uses from the top graph in ‘Native Americans Get Shot By Cops at an Astonishing Rate, So why aren’t you hearing about it?’ from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; I’ve searched the site and never found the source of that data.
(h/t nomad): General Wesley Nutbar Clark on what to do with Lone Wolf Muslim Radicules (his WTF profiling is included) His rant reminds me of the NSA program ‘report your coworkers for any emo provocations that might radicalize them.) And do remember how many librul Dems supported him for Prez in 2002; oy.
Detention camps for Nazi sympathizers? Well, Japanese internment camps, much to the horrific shame of the US, but…
‘Beppe Grillo calls for nationalisation of Italian banks and exit from euro; Five Star Movement’s populist leader compares Greek bailout talks to ‘explicit nazism’ and says Italy must use its €2tn debt as leverage against Germany’
“Grillo constructed what he called a “Plan B” for Italy, which he said needed to heed the lessons of Greece so that it was ready “when the debtors come round”. His plan called for Italy to adopt a clear anti-euro stance and to shake off its belief that – if forced to accept tough austerity – other “peripheral” countries would come to its aid. Grillo said Italy had to use its enormous €2tn (£1.4bn) debt as leverage against Germany, implying that the potential global damage of an Italian default would stop Germany from “interfering” with Italy’s “legitimate right” to convert its debt into another currency. He said Greece’s hand had been forced by the threat of bankruptcy to its banks, and that Italy therefore needed to nationalise its banks and shift to another currency. “[This] is how not to lose the first battle we will face when the time comes to break away from the union and the European Central Bank,” Grillo wrote.”
A sea turtle’s eye view of the great barrier reef:
From yadvashem.org: The Auschwitz Album: The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau’
“The photos were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944, either by Ernst Hofmann or by Bernhard Walter, two SS men whose task was to take ID photos and fingerprints of the inmates (not of the Jews who were sent directly to the gas chambers). The photos show the arrival of Hungarian Jews from Carpatho-Ruthenia. Many of them came from the Berehovo Ghetto, which itself was a collecting point for Jews from several other small towns. Early summer 1944 was the apex of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry. For this purpose a special rail line was extended from the railway station outside the camp to a ramp inside Auschwitz.
Many of the photos in the album were taken on the ramp. The Jews then went through a selection process, carried out by SS doctors and wardens. Those considered fit for work were sent into the camp, where they were registered, deloused and distributed to the barracks. The rest were sent to the gas chambers. They were gassed under the guise of a harmless shower, their bodies were cremated and the ashes were strewn in a nearby swamp. The Nazis not only ruthlessly exploited the labor of those they did not kill immediately, they also looted the belongings the Jews brought with them. Even gold fillings were extracted from the mouths of the dead by a special detachment of inmates. The personal effects the Jews brought with them were sorted by inmates and stored in an area referred to by the inmates as “Canada”: the ultimate land of plenty. The photos in the album show the entire process except for the killing itself.”
There are 56 pages and 193 photos in the album. I can’t think of one single thing to say…