The TSA recently announced they will require a special driver’s license to board domestic flights by 2016.
These ‘Real IDs’ will have already performed extensive background checks on everyone who receives them and will feature stars and other markings to indicate good behavior. No word on markings for troublemakers.
The Obama administration, so far withholding any lethal assistance to Ukraine, may reconsider its position and send “defensive” weapons to Kiev forces, The New York Times reports, citing Gen. Philip M. Breedlove as one of the advocates of the move.
Breedlove, NATO’s military commander, is now reportedly leading the crusade to provide lethal military assistance to Kiev to battle the anti-government forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics after failed talks in Minsk this weekend.
“General Breedlove has repeatedly stated that he supports the pursuit of a diplomatic solution as well as considering practical means of support to the government of Ukraine in its struggle against Russian-backed separatists,” the spokesman, Capt. Gregory L. Hicks of the Navy, told the NYT.
Posted onFebruary 2, 2015bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on The Tide Is Turning: Obama “Expresses Sympathy” For Greece; Lazard Says 50% Greek Haircut “Reasonable” – 2 February 2015
The newsflow over the past several days was progressing much as expected: any time Greece demanded a bailout renegotiation (or termination), and an end to the Troika, Germany just said “Nein”, most recently on Saturday when Merkel told Hamburger Abendblatt‘s “that banks and creditors had already forgiven a considerable amount of Greece’s debt and that she rejected any further concessions. “There has already been voluntary debt forgiveness by private creditors, banks have already slashed billions from Greece’s debt,” Merkel told the paper, adding: “I do not envisage fresh debt cancellation.” She added that “Europe will continue to show its solidarity with Greece, as with other countries hard hit by the crisis, if these countries carry out reforms and cost-saving measures.”
Workers at nine US oil refineries and chemical plants across four states, producing some 10 percent of the country’s fuel, went on strike after their union announced that negotiations on their salaries and safety concerns failed.
The mass walkout of refinery workers – the first since 1980 – took place on Sunday, after the United Steelworkers union (USW) rejected the fifth offer by the industry’s main negotiator, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which in turn halted talks.
Posted onFebruary 2, 2015bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on Greece Goes ‘Cold Turkey’ On Loans: France To Support Debt Relief, No Chance Of Write-Off – 2 February 2015
Paris will assist Greece with “anything” to lessen its debt burden, except for writing it off, France’s finance minister told Syriza-appointed Yanis Varoufakis, who is touring Europe seeking support after Athens vowed to go “cold turkey” on debt.
“Anything that can alleviate the Greek debt burden will be welcome,” French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said at a media conference in Paris after the two socialist politicians walked hand-in-hand in front of the flashing cameras.
At the same time, the French minister said there is “no question” of canceling Greece’s debt – which stands at about €315 billion (US$356 billion), or 175 percent of the country’s GDP. He noted that Varoufakis “understood” that any costs in that scenario would simply be “shifted” from the Greek taxpayers to those elsewhere in the EU.
A new poll released in the last half-hour by Bloomberg reveals just how big a problem Jeb Bush has in Iowa. His vocal support for immigration reform and national education standards is clearly bothering many among the state’s Republican base. Continue reading →
Comments Off on John Ward – Breaking….Even A Turd In The Hand Is Worth Two Of Jeb Bush – 2 February 2015
Thousands of people gathered on Sunday in front of the Hungarian parliament to protest against Prime Minister Orban’s policies and demand his resignation. The rally took place on the eve of Angela Merkel’s visit to Budapest.
About 3,000 people holding Hungarian and European Union flags chanted “Spring comes – Orban goes.” Many held placards calling for an end to corruption and protesting against the current policies of the ruling party.
Posted onFebruary 2, 2015bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on EU Must Stop ‘Feverish’ Anti-Russian Steps, Think Long-Term Relations – Greek FM – 2 February 2015
The EU should consider long-term relations with Moscow, instead of making feverish anti-Russian moves, new Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said, adding that his country does not want to give up its historic ties with Moscow.
“Greece is interested in stabilization and peace in Ukraine, as well as avoiding a split in the relations between the EU and Russia,” Kotzias told Athens News Agency, explaining Greece’s stance at the emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday.
He said he urged the European Union to “finally consider what it wants to do with Russia on a long-term basis…instead of reacting [to the Ukrainian crisis] in a morally direct, correct, but feverish fashion.”