When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, also known as the ‘Bishop of Corum’

Yesterday was Bob Dylan’s 71st birthday. How the hell did I miss that?

  • “Activity at European businesses hit a near three-year low in May, according to a survey by Markit. Its index, based on a survey of purchasing managers in the manufacturing and service sector, fell to 45.9 in May, a 35-month low.”
  • “Police are urging Greeks to keep their money in bank accounts rather than putting it at risk of theft, amid further uncertainty about whether the austerity-struck country will remain in the eurozone.”
  • “Spain has announced an $11bn bailout for its troubled bank, Bankia, a month after nationalising it. Luis de Guindos, the econmy minister, told a congressional committee that the state would have to put at least $11bn into saving Bankia, which he said would be fully nationalised in the process.”
  • “The director of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has been removed from his post for dereliction of duty, the Vatican says.” Even the banksters in the Vatican are crooks. *snort*
  • “Who doesn’t love a bit of good humor, especially when it’s aimed at a deeply frustrating, politically intractable and potentially devastating economic problem?”
  • Owen Jones: If socialists really did run the show, working people would benefit.”
  • “Vote counting has started after polls closed at 9pm local time (19:00 GMT) for the second day of Egypt’s first free presidential election. The Muslim Brotherhood said on its television channel that its candidate Mohamed Mursi was ahead based on the tally from some districts.”
  • “Nearly 700 people have been detained in two Quebec cities in the biggest single night of mass arrests since student protests over fees began in February. Police invoked a controversial new law designed to curb demonstrations as they detained 518 people in Montreal and another 176 in Quebec City.”
  • “The military trial of the WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning is being conducted amid far more secrecy than even the prosecution of the alleged 9/11 plotters in Guantanamo, a coalition of lawyers and media outlets protest.”
  • journeymantv: Julian Assange – The World Tomorrow. Interview with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.