Rumors of budget cuts have been trickling out for the last four months. Now a 94-page draft memorandum, yet to be officially released, appears to detail Greece’s new austerity measures in full.
The draft states an increase of 5 percent on personal taxes made last year will be retained through 2018. Twenty thousand employees are due to be cut from the public payroll in 2013, with 5,000 more in 2014. The retirement age will rise from 65 to 67, interest on deposits will rise from 10 percent to 15 percent and various tax exemptions will be eliminated.
Heavier taxes will be levied on farmers, certain payrolls will be reduced by up to 35 percent, and the number of employed associate professors will be cut drastically from 15,226 to 2,000. Traffic ticket penalties will rise 25 percent and special seasonal unemployment benefits will be scrapped.
2 Agents From Team Involved in Tsarnaev’s Arrest Fall Out of Helicopter and Die 2013 05 23
Details are few at this point, but it’s being reported via several media outlets that two members of the special FBI Hostage Rescue Team (involved in arresting 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) have died after "falling from a helicopter" into the ocean.
The Hostage Rescue Team is "part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. It is based ...
Exorcism? Pope Francis caught on video performing strange ritual on disabled man 2013 05 23 Pope Francis has been embroiled in a scandal after footage emerged today appearing to show him giving a man an exorcism in St Peter’s Square.
The astonishing incident between the Pontiff and the person in a wheelchair, took place immediately after Pentecostal mass on Sunday May 19.
The video shows how a priest leans across the boy or young man to tell ...
NBC’s Chuck Todd: The Obama administration is trying to “criminalize journalism” 2013 05 23 This is Chuck Todd, NBC’s political news director saying this.
"Why Are We Not Calling This Fascism?"
"Chris Hedges, Truthdig, joins Thom Hartmann. The AP scandal is just the latest example of an ongoing - and often corporate backed - assault on our most basic democratic rights."
DOJ broke own rules in AP investigation
"Amid the Justice Department scandal, perhaps more ...
IRS Scandal - "This is Tyrannical" 2013 05 23
The IRS’s Job Is To Violate Our Liberties
By Ron Paul | the-free-foundation.org
“What do you expect when you target the President?” This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave “special scrutiny” to organizations ...
EU Leaders to Sidestep Lisbon Treaty Rule 2013 05 22
The Lisbon Treaty clearly intends for the size of the European Commission to be reduced below its present size of 27 members. But EU leaders have reached unanimous agreement to sidestep the provision -- and even plan to add a seat to the table for the Croatians.
From the outside, it looks as though the European Union is hopelessly divided. Northern ...