Two National Articles

Royal Earnings

In a bid for further transparency the Spanish Royal family has, for the first time, released income records, which reveal, among other things, that King Juan Carlos earns 244,000 annually. Felipe, the Crown Prince, earns about half of that.

The King’s wages were explained thusly: half of the amount was personal income and the other half was designated for expenses, with the King paying 40 per cent tax on the whole amount. The Royals, like any Royal family, are given a budget by parliament, and in 2011 the total was over 8 million euros.

This information has most likely been provided as Iñaki Urdangarin, husband to the King’s daughter Cristina, is under suspicion of massive fraud at the public’s expense, which has cast a heavy shadow over the Royal family despite they in no way being connected (and how much Cristina, the princess, knew is not yet known).

The King is no fool and, in another sign at showing his solidarity with the Spanish people, accepted cuts in pay and the budget for all those involved with running the palace. Now, if only the politicians would follow suit and cap ALL salaries at 40 thousand a year with a maximum on subsidized expenses. That one local politician earns 65 thousand euros a year for being the leader of the opposition and because he was trained as a doctor is no excuse.

All privileges for politicians need to be revoked immediately. One would think that with their salaries that they were busy discovering cures for cancer and running hospices and adopting orphans and scoring more goals than Lionel Messi. To hell with them. To hell with all of them.


Heart Protected

The Mosque in Córdoba, an UNESCO heritage of Mankind monument, has had two defibrillators installed, which is a first. Sixteen trained staff members will be on the alert for that dreaded suddenness of a heart attack.

The cathedral encloses over 23 thousand square meters and there have been previous cases of cardiac arrest among the more than one million visitors the mosque receives each year.

The Society of Health Emergencies is over-seeing the project, and is selling red bracelets at 1 euro each to fund the new measures.

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