Meanwhile, back in the Old World, the surreal future of America unfolds in a mirror
Yeah. And Che looms large in the streets of Paris, Madrid, Rome, and Athens.
This is what awaits the bankrupt United States. Despite all of the turmoil in Europe -- which is the end result of the klepto-narcissistic economics of the left-- a plurality of American voters chose to travel down the same dangerous path.
Look in the distant mirror, all ye who voted for B.O. This is the surreal future that awaits us all, thanks to you.
Surreal. Yes. Totally.
European workers stage austerity protests
Workers across the European Union are staging a series of protests and strikes against rising unemployment and austerity measures.
General strikes in Spain and Portugal have halted transport, businesses and schools, and led to clashes between police and protesters in Madrid.
Smaller strikes were reported in Greece, Italy and Belgium, and rallies were planned in other countries.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Spain and Portugal.
Airlines are recommending passengers check the schedules before setting out to airports.
The European Trade Union Confederation has co-ordinated the Europe-wide action.
The confederation's Judith Kirton-Darling told the BBC that austerity was not working.
"It's increasing inequalities, it's increasing the social instability in society and it's not resolving the economic crisis," she said.
Some 40 groups from 23 countries are involved in Wednesday's demonstrations.
Unions in Spain and Portugal started strikes at midnight to protest against austerity measures that have combined tax rises with cuts in salaries, pensions, benefits and social services.
Marchers came out late on Tuesday in Spain, where 25% are unemployed, the highest rate in Europe.
Armoured police buses have parked at Syntagma Square in front of parliament, ready for the expected arrival of thousands of demonstrators. This has been the location for most of the major clashes since Athens became the unofficial protest capital of Europe.
The usual propaganda war on the day of a general strike is under way. The unions say a large majority of the Spanish workforce are not working. The government says there is a considerable amount of economic activity, given that a strike has been called.
"I have two sons in my house, one is getting subsidies, the other has been at home for the last three years," said protesting housewife Paqui Olmo.
"It is not that he doesn't want to work, there is just no work."
In the first reported clashes of the day, picketers and police fought at a Madrid bus depot where demonstrators were trying to stop buses from leaving.
There were outbreaks of violence in other Spanish cities, and the interior ministry said more than 30 arrests had been made.
And, while you're at it, contemplate the photo below, from France. Here's a game for you: find the inevitable icon in the picture.