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Simple Thoughts on The Greek Bailout and Coming Grekexit

·Greece should have never become a member of the Eurozone.  They were inducted based on lies about their finances. ·The imposed austerity was incompatible with Greek culture and the underdeveloped state of their institutions, such as tax collection, leading to serious economic contraction and very high unemployment ·Just as some positive results were being realized, the Greeks lost patience and voted in a hard-left government which promised no more austerity, but continued Eurozone membership ·Said government negotiated with the EU disruptively and undiplomatically, then held a confusing referendum on an expired proposal, after the current aid program expired, while defaulting on its IMF payment ·After the referendum overwhelmingly rejected austerity terms by 61%, the Greeks return with proposals on Tuesday ·The Eurozone and the EU, both voluntary clubs, can only exist if the member states adhere to rules affecting their sovereignty, which are more important than any single state that want…

Stick a Fork in Pandora Music or Hope She gets Sold

If you're an owner of Pandora music, consider selling, or at least create an altar and start praying for a buyout. The former disrupter and industry leader in streaming radio has largely failed to expand its offerings, and is finally facing competition from the only two true mobile heavyweights, Google and Apple; in a major way.

Threat Google
Google, has introduced free radio, very similar to Pandora's offerings, except without commercials for their Android operating system. I've been listening to Pandora for years, but as I write this, Google Music plays through my headphones. Even with Pandora's Music Genome project, which might curate slightly better songs with all the data they have collected, (and I'm not even sure about that, and even if so, Google will, as always, be getting better and better) there simply is no reason to listen to Pandora for me or any other user. You get nearly the same service, without the annoying commercial interruptions.
Now, I am sure …