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Ball point pen on today's newsprint Ironic that the Greeks were the inventors of spectator sport and the tragedy. Today all eyes of Europe and the I.M.F. are on Greece. If the Greek government wins a vote of confidence tonight, it will get an immediate infusion of 12 billion euros and meet it's short term debt. If it fails to win the important vote, it's government will most likely default. Stay tuned related post related posts ...

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With the latest news out of Cairo, it seems that Time Magazine had it right, 2011 was the year of the protester. Click on mashup to view larger image Protesters in Bahrain, Egypt, Greece, Libya, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Wall Street and Yemen, dominated the news and changed the political landscape in 2011. Click on mosaic to view larger image Here's wishing everyone a productive, prosperous and peaceful new year.  See you in 2012 for more drawing on observations. Happy New Year! All drawings in today's mash-up and mosaic were doodled contemporaneous with the events of 2011. ...

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Ball point pen on today's newsprint The respected economist has been tapped to form a new government in Italy, but credentials aside, he's going to have a hard time. The country has a little over four months to repay or refinance over 200 billion euros in maturing bonds. While interest rates on those bonds have climbed to 7.4 percent, we know Jon Corzine won't be a buyer at that or any price. related post related post related post related post related post   ...

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Ball point pen on todays newsprint The first step in solving a crisis is to admit one exists and then spell it out in all it's ugly detail. The newly elected Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou admitted that not only was the Greek deficit twice as high as previously reported, but his country's finances were also a mess, corruption was pervasive and tax evasion, rampant. Refreshing to have a leader not resort to jingoism. ...

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Ball point pen on todays newsprint The Greek Finance Minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou announced that Greece has reached an agreement on the European Union's rescue package. The package gives Greece a few years to restructure it's economy and reign in public spending. Few are optimistic. ...

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