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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:15:06 PM EST
BBC News - Toulouse killer could strike again - French prosecutor

The gunman who killed seven people in three shootings in the south of France could strike again, the prosecutor leading the investigation has said.

All the victims were shot in the head at point-blank range, Francois Molins told a news conference in Paris.

But he downplayed the significance of a camera which the gunman may have been carrying when he killed four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:41:50 PM EST
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Toulouse gunman may have filmed the shootings | World news | The Guardian

The gunman who killed a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday was wearing a small video camera around his neck and may have filmed the attack, according to the French interior minister.

Claude Guéant said the attacker was wearing "a kind of filming apparatus" on his chest when he struck just before 8am and opened fire on children and adults outside the school. Asked whether the gunman recorded the scene, he said: "We can imagine that."

Guéant said on Tuesday that authorities were combing the internet to see if the killer had posted a video online, but had not yet found any traces.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:31:41 PM EST
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France `poisoned by divisions' says presidential hopeful after shootings - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
At least one candidate in the forthcoming presidential election has refused to halt his campaign in the wake of the killing of four people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday, hinting that creeping xenophobia in France may have been responsible.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:41:36 PM EST
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That is one way to distinguish one's self from the leading conservative candidate.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 09:40:34 PM EST
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OK that's a kind of "imagination" that probably American movies influenced some people with, for decades now.
It is all so sick...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:25:53 PM EST
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It seems a little early to be blaming American movies for these crimes.
by Andhakari on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 02:09:57 AM EST
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Or late.

I don't think American movies have much influence at all now.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 03:41:45 AM EST
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Happy slapping was a fad in the UK, in which someone assaulted an unwitting victim while others recorded the assault (commonly with a camera phone or a smartphone). Though the name usually refers to relatively minor acts of violence such as hitting or slapping the victim, more serious crimes such as manslaughter, rape, and sexual assault have been classified as "happy slapping" by the media.
(wiki)

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 04:38:11 AM EST
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See Toulouse Killer: "Al Qaeda" for latest news.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 03:42:54 AM EST
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BBC News - MPs set to approve NHS bill as Labour bid fails

Labour have failed in a last-ditch bid to delay planned changes to the NHS in England, with MPs set to approve the coalition's proposals.

Calls for MPs to postpone their final consideration of the NHS overhaul until an assessment of the potential risks is published were defeated by 82 votes.

The House of Lords approved the Health and Social Care Bill on Monday and MPs are set to follow suit.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:45:50 PM EST
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Jobseekers who shunned voluntary scheme forced to do unpaid work | Society | The Guardian

Jobseekers have been made to do compulsory unpaid work for up to four weeks after refusing to take part in the voluntary work experience scheme.

The revelation, supported by documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, calls into question the concessions made to the voluntary programme last month, which removed a two-week benefit sanction imposed on those dropping out of that scheme, as refusal to complete a placement on the compulsory scheme can lead to jobseekers' benefits being stopped for three to six months.

Others have reported being placed on mandatory work schemes just weeks after signing on to claim unemployment benefits.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:30:59 PM EST
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What ? Did anyone really think the Govt were just trying to help as opposed to merely punish ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:02:10 AM EST
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Court approves official list of presidential candidates - FRANCE ELECTIONS 2012 - FRANCE 24

France's Constitutional Court on Monday approved 10 candidates to run for the presidency in a two-round contest on April 22 and May 6, court president Jean-Louis Debre said.

The 10, including right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Francois Hollande, were approved after the court confirmed they had collected the required 500 signatures from elected mayors and regional councillors.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:41:01 PM EST
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Note that the big story of the week has been that supposedly Sarkozy "closed the gap" with Hollande and this is a tighter race.

Polls show this:

ie no meaningful movement. 2 of the smaller rightwing candidates have dropped out (lack of signatures) and Sarkozy has presumably picked up their 1-1.5% aggregate voters.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 05:42:16 AM EST
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Oh, btw, Le Canard Enchainé todays says that de Villepin is falsely claiming that he did not have the required 600 signatures - because it's less embarrassing to him to drop out now than getting 1% at the actual election...

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 05:43:18 AM EST
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Venice hasn't stopped sinking after all

The water flowing through Venice's famous canals laps at buildings a little higher every year -- and not only because of a rising sea level. Although previous studies had found that Venice has stabilized, new measurements indicate that the historic city continues to slowly sink, and even to tilt slightly to the east.

"Venice appears to be continuing to subside, at a rate of about 2 millimeters a year," said Yehuda Bock, a research geodesist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, Calif., and the lead author of the new article on the city's downward drift. "It's a small effect, but it's important," he added. Given that sea level is rising in the Venetian lagoon, also at 2mm per year, the slight subsidence doubles the rate at which the heights of surrounding waters are increasing relative to the elevation of the city, he noted. In the next 20 years, if Venice and its immediate surroundings subsided steadily at the current rate, researchers would expect the land to sink up to 80 mm (3.2 inches) in that period of time, relative to the sea.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:50:45 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: No room for slippage, otherwise IMF is out
IMF report gloomy on Greece's outlook, saying that if Greece is not finding another €12bn in the coming months the IMF will withhold payments; Report warns that there is no room for slippage, if there is, the IMF will not be part of the solution; In this case Greece will have to rely on another restructuring or its European partners; Greek parliament approved second bailout deal with 213 votes for and 79 against it; Greece received its first tranche of €7.5bn, to be used for maturing bonds hold by Eurozone central banks; Mario Monti decided to move ahead with change in dismissal law against opposition of CGIL trade union; The stand-off with CGIL is about a law which allows courts to reinstate dismissed workers, in practice about 50 cases per year; The Netherlands need to adopt austerity measures worth €16bn in the coming two years to comply with the fiscal targets; Peter Praet says carry trade will become more difficult; Jens Weidmann advocates the Eurozone to address the problem of banks being overloaded with sovereign debt from their home countries; A rally in the corporate bond market suggests a new bubble in the making; Wolfgang Munchau argues in his column that ECB liquidity policies may not be completely neutral but its effects are vastly exaggerated in the German debate; the German guarantees could temporarily rise significantly above the €211bn Bundestag agreed to and rise up to €280bn; FDP party chairman wants Target imbalances to be reduced by differentiating interest rates in accordance with it; Former Bundesbank president Axel Weber warned that the Eurocrisis may resurge this summer; Nicolas Sarkozy, meanwhile, is further catching up with Francois Hollande.


There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 04:34:44 AM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:15:35 PM EST
Europe faces 'long, hard road' to recovery, US treasury secretary says | Business | The Guardian

Europe is only at the beginning of a "very tough, very long, hard road" to recovery and its future is still a threat to the US economy, Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary, warned on Tuesday.

In testimony to the House financial services committee on the state of the international financial system, Geithner warned against draconian spending cuts by heavily indebted countries and called on better-off European countries to help their neighbours.

"Economic growth is likely to be weak for some time. The path of fiscal consolidation should be gradual with a multiyear phase-in of reforms," Geithner said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:39:20 PM EST
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BBC News - UK inflation rate falls to 3.4% in February

Inflation in the UK continued to fall in February, thanks largely to lower gas and electricity bills.

Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation fell to 3.4% in February, down from 3.6% in January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation - including mortgage interest payments - fell to 3.7% from 3.9%.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:45:14 PM EST
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They create a wasteland and call it victory

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:04:52 AM EST
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U.S. Exempts Japan, 10 EU Nations From Iran Oil Sanctions  Bloomberg

The Obama administration won't impose sanctions on Japan and 10 European Union nations that have "significantly" cut back their imports of Iranian oil this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. The U.S. didn't grant exemptions today to China , the top importer of Iranian crude in the first half of last year, or to India and South Korea, the No. 3 and No. 4 buyers, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Under a U.S. law enacted Dec. 31, countries have until June 28 to demonstrate that they have "significantly reduced" the volume of their Iranian crude purchases or their banks and other institutions financing oil trade with Iran may be cut off from the U.S. financial system. The European countries exempted are Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom -- the only EU nations that purchased Iranian oil in the past year.

The 10 EU nations and Japan have taken actions that "were not easy," Clinton said in a statement today. "They had to rethink their energy needs at a critical time for the world economy and quickly begin to find alternatives to Iranian oil, which many had been reliant on for their energy needs."

Today's decision means Japan, which was the No. 2 importer of Iranian oil after China in the first half of last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, may continue buying some Iranian oil after U.S. sanctions take effect on June 28, without exposing Japanese banks to penalties.


I am eagerly awaiting, though certainly not with bated breath, for the imposition of sanctions on China and India. :-)

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 09:50:01 PM EST
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Ah...C'mon...this is a silly game...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:40:51 PM EST
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That's why I am not holding my breath. Like Hillary is going to huff and puff and blow down the international financial system.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:47:17 PM EST
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But all of these threats do lay the basis for claiming responsibility for a collapse in oil prices, if/when it comes. That would be a real campaign boost, both the decline and getting credit, no matter how speciously, for provoking the decline.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:51:22 PM EST
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They haven't exempted China. heeeeh.

I bet China is really scared.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:06:27 AM EST
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Just another BRIC in the wall...you know.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 10:56:17 AM EST
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Wall Streets Reloads With Toxic Bonds » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Wow. So all 12 banks were paid 100 cents on the dollar for bogus insurance policies (CDS) that were essentially worthless since AIG did not have the resources to repay the claims. And now these same banks want to buy the remaining AIG assets at firesale prices? That's what you call the double whammy.

The reason that most people can't grasp how serious these new developments are, is because their understanding of the financial crisis remains sketchy. The Crash of '08 had less to do with subprime mortgages and Lehman Brothers than it did with the flawed architecture of a shadow system that performs the same tasks as traditional banking, but is unregulated, undercapitalized and hopelessly crisis-prone.  "What happened in September 2008 was a kind of bank run," said Robert E. Lucas, of the Minneapolis Fed. "Creditors lost confidence in the ability of investment banks to redeem short-term loans, leading to a precipitous decline in lending in the repurchase agreements (repo) market." Yes, but there's more to it than that. The reason that "creditors lost confidence" was because they knew the banks were using bonds that were comprised of dodgy loans to people who had no ability to repay the debt. In other words, there was a moment of enlightenment (when two Bear Stearns hedge funds stopped redemptions) when the main players suddenly realised that the entire $10 trillion shadow banking system and repo market was propped up on a foundation of pure quicksand. (ie-"bad loans")  That's when the race for the exits began.

And now, not even 4 years later, the banks are at it again, buying up toxic bonds by the boatload.   We're back to Square One. Barring a dramatic reversal in the present policy, (which is extremely unlikely) it's hard to see how another disaster can be averted.



"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned." - Richard Feynman
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 11:43:59 PM EST
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But of course. Why should they change their behaviour ? What could cause them to change their behaviour ?

Were they punished for dealing in toxic bonds ? No, they were rewarded. Were toxic bonds taken from the market place ? No, the govt paid 100 cents on the dollar for them at pre-crash market value.

So, of course they're going to deal in them now. If you want behaviour to change, you have to change the rules. And abdication of repsonsibility doesn't cut it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:10:25 AM EST
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Eurointelligence e-mail briefing:

A corporate bond bubble?

The FT has the story this morning that corporate bonds are going through the roof, raising fears of a bubble. The rally was driven by a number of positive factors, coupon payments, abundant liquidity, and little new issuance. The lack of willing sellers in the secondary market has forced investors into the primary market. The boom also extends to riskier bonds. Credit Suisse's US high yield bond index yield has fallen to about 7.2%. The article quotes an example of lowly rated HeidelbergCement, which earlier this month sold a €300m bond with a yield of just 4%.  

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 03:44:32 AM EST
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Eurointelligence e-mail briefing:

Weidman says links between banks and sovereign bonds must be broken

Reuters reports Jens Weidmann as advocating that the euro zone needed to address the problem of banks being overloaded with sovereign debt from their home countries.  He said the link was one of the main drivers of the eurozone crisis.  "An important channel of contagion has been the heavy concentration of sovereign debt at the respective national banks. When risk perceptions started to change, banks holding large amounts of distressed sovereign debt became a severe burden on financial stability."

Now wouldn't that have been an imperative reason to have the ECB act decisively right from the start?  

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 03:50:21 AM EST
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I swear this guy has no idea how an economy works.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 04:36:39 AM EST
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I presume he wants governments to "bear the burden" and that can only be done by cutting social programs, obviously.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 06:10:20 AM EST
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Who are governments supposed to sell their bonds to, other than large domestic institutional investors?

Of course, if the central banks (and the Basel regulations) decide that government bonds are no longer "risk-free" for the purposes of collateral at the discount window or for the purposes of capital requirements, then suddenly there's no incentive for large institutional investors to hold bonds. That would be a sea change in the way balance sheets are built.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 06:28:52 AM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:16:04 PM EST
BBC News - Iraq bombings hit cities including Kerbala and Kirkuk

At least 45 people have been killed in a series of co-ordinated attacks across Iraq, officials say.

Two car bombs in the predominantly Shia city of Kerbala killed at least 13 people.

Another car bomb near police headquarters in the northern city of Kirkuk killed another 13 people, most of them officers, police said.

The attacks come ahead of next week's Arab League summit to be held in the capital, Baghdad.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:27:43 PM EST
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Ah they must love democracy that we so nicely pushed them in to...Civil war that is so obviously going on in Iraq , Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and is waiting to happen in other countries is not of our making...I suppose...or is it...?

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:45:47 PM EST
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BBC News - Syria's leadership making mistakes, says Russia

Syria's leadership is making "a lot of mistakes", Russia's foreign minister has said, in a further sign Moscow may be hardening its stance on Damascus.

Sergei Lavrov said President Bashar al-Assad's regime had "responded incorrectly" from the start, when the protests were peaceful.

He also said Moscow was prepared to support a UN resolution backing its envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan.

It comes a day after Russia called for a daily humanitarian ceasefire.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:28:16 PM EST
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Oh yes...they are making mistakes and Russians know it. They should corrupt some of the rebel leaders (more that they are corrupted by the west) and start pushing money in to the rebel areas and there would be peace...like in Chechnya...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:49:39 PM EST
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Mauritania 'to extradite former Gaddafi spy chief to Libya' | World news | The Guardian

Mauritania has agreed to extradite Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya, according to Libya's deputy prime minister.

"I have met the president of Mauritania and he agreed to the extradition of Senussi to Libya," Mustafa Abu Shagour wrote on Twitter.

The unconfirmed reports came as Libya, France and the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague had appeared to be locked in a three-way tussle for custody of Gaddafi's brother-in-law, who was arrested in Mauritania on Saturday.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:32:12 PM EST
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Trayvon Martin: new evidence contradicts killer's self-defence claim, family says | World news | guardian.co.uk

Florida police are under mounting pressure to arrest a neighbourhood watch captain who shot dead an unarmed teenager following dramatic new evidence from the victim's girlfriend.

The family of Trayvon Martin, 17, say the account from his girlfriend completely contradicts his killer's self-defence claim.

In a dramatic press conference on Tuesday, the Martin family's lawyer Benjamin Crump detailed how the unnamed girl - a minor who was so traumatised by Martin's death she was taken to hospital at his wake - was talking to him on his cell phone in the minutes leading up to his death, and heard the altercation with his killer.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:37:17 PM EST
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That a lone racist kills a coloured man is,sadly, not surprising. But the willingness of the local police force to accept and later defend the racist's defence is disappointing.

I appreciate that the US has some surprising interpretations of gun law which are not always immediately obvious to the non-psychopathic europeans but even so...

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:24:05 AM EST
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Pope Shenouda III funeral: Egypt's Coptics mourn - video | World news | guardian.co.uk
Tens of thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians join a funeral mass for their patriarch, Pope Shenouda III. The service was led by senior clerics at St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo. Deacons chanted sombre hymns and bearded, black-clad priests and monks recited prayers and dispensed incense smoke


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:40:02 PM EST
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Zimbabwe 'Egypt video' sentencing delayed - Africa - Al Jazeera English

A Harare court has adjourned sentencing on a former opposition legislator and five other civic activists convicted for "conspiring to commit public violence".

The sentence, due to be handed down on Wednesday, comes after magistrate Kudawashe Jarabini ruled on Monday that former legislator Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others were guilty of conspiring to commit public violence during a meeting in which they watched video footage of mass uprisings in Egypt that toppled its longtime ruler.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:46:12 PM EST
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Japan warns North Korea over rocket launch - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

Japan's defence minister has said Tokyo could shoot down a North Korean rocket if it enters Japanese airspace, according to media reports.

"I am considering giving an order to intercept it," Naoki Tanaka told parliament on Monday. Such an order would be subject to approval by the prime minister, he added.

Two Japanese newspapers, Asahi and Yomiuri, reported on Tuesday that Japan was considering deploying several Aegis-class warships and surface-to-air PAC-3 Patriot missiles to take down the rocket.

Nuclear-armed North Korea says April's long-range rocket launch is to carry a satellite into space, but the plan has prompted scepticism among regional governments.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:47:22 PM EST
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Israel Supreme Court: Settlers can no longer gain possession of land by farming it - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

The Israeli Supreme Court set a precedent on Tuesday ruling that an Ottoman law, under which settlers could get custody of agricultural land by showing they had been farming it for a decade or longer, was not enough to grant ownership of the land.

The case in question involved a petition against Michael Lessens, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, who had been working a plot of land close to the settlement. The head of the Civil Administration issued an order stating he had illegally taken possession of the land and evicting him from it.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:54:57 PM EST
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Usually they have to bulldoze the houses of the people currently living there first.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:25:16 AM EST
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Acapulco Hit by Major Earthquake: The earthquake apparently happened 12:02 p.m. local time at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles),  some 200 km (120 mi) east of the resort city and was felt as far away as Mexico City. The closest major town to the epicenter is listed as Ometepec, roughly midway between Acapulco and Oaxaca City. The USGS originally recorded the earthquake as a 7.6, but has since downgraded the magnitude to 7.4.
More from the Guardian.

Colombia Reports: Extrajudicial killings continue to be common practice in Colombia, according to a new UN study, reported Colombian daily El Pais.

BBC Mundo: Thousands of miners blocked several stretches of the Panamerican highway in Peru, before the start of dialogue with the Government to address the demands of the miners in the jungle region of Madre de Dios.

(AP): PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Lawmakers in Suriname have proposed an amnesty law that would end the long-running trial of President Desi Bouterse, who is accused along with former military associates of abducting and killing opponents of his dictatorship in 1982.

Colombia Reports: An investigation into an alleged FARC attack that killed 11 Colombian soldiers was launched by the country's Prosecutor General's office Tuesday.

Colombia Reports: The railway line linking a major Colombian coal mine to the rest of the country is blocked by indigenous people angry about the lack of local teachers in their schools, reported newspaper El Heraldo Tuesday.



"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 08:56:23 PM EST
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Mitt Romney wins Illinois presidential primary   LA Times

Mitt Romney scored a decisive victory over Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary on Tuesday, tightening his grip on the Republican front-runner's slot and improving his chances of locking up the nomination by the end of the presidential primary season in June.

Santorum, meantime, suffered a serious setback in his effort to send the GOP battle spilling onto the floor of the nominating convention in late August.

Turnout in the Chicago metro area, where most of the state's voters live, was said to be light, despite clear skies and record-high temperatures in the mid-80s. But Romney carried the largely suburban collar counties around Chicago by 20 percentage points, according to exit poll data, building a lead that Santorum was unable to overcome in other parts of the state.

The Republican race has increasingly solidified into a divisive contest between the party's monied interests, which overwhelmingly back Romney, and the conservative grass-roots base, which has favored the more meagerly financed and loosely organized Santorum.


Looks tough for Romney in the fall. Better yet, if the conservative base is demoralized it may be a better year than otherwise expected for Democrats in the House and Senate. Retaking the house would be a real improvement, as it would cut off at the source all of the crazy legislation that either has to be stopped in the Senate, in the conference committee or be vetoed by the President. Even if the Dems again fail to do anything positive with control of the House, Senate and White House not having to worry about RW craziness in budgeting and legislation would be a relief. There is enough to worry about from Democrats all by themselves - like continuing to give away the farm to the corporates.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 10:44:46 PM EST
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I think the Democrats like having the Republicans in charge of at least one chamber: it gives them a good excuse for not doing anything.
by Andhakari on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 02:32:37 AM EST
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Pentagon predicts Israel will drag US into war with Iran | Independent
Secret US simulation assumes Tehran would retaliate against ships if nuclear sites bombed.

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The results of the simulation, meant primarily to test co-ordination and communications between the various arms of the US military in the event of a flare-up with Iran, were reported by The New York Times.

So are the NY editors going to join Manning in jail? Or is this whole thing just a way of telling the Iranians to do their best to retaliate only against Israel and to try to keep the U.S. out of it?
by gk (gk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 06:47:58 AM EST
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It's hardly likely to deter the Israelis and it certainly isn't addressed to the Iranians.

So, as the administration really don't want this war, maybe it's a pre-emptive excuse to get in Israel's face about not bombing.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 07:32:50 AM EST
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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:16:42 PM EST
Mexico earthquake rattles capital city | World news | The Guardian

A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of about 7.8 has rocked Mexico, with the authorities initially reporting minor damage and no loss of life.

The streets of the capital, Mexico City, filled with frightened people evacuated from buildings that swayed dramatically on Tuesday. Telephone networks were immediately saturated and power was cut in much of the capital. Schools reported panic attacks among some children.

The authorities said the epicentre of the quake was located below the Pacific coast near the border between the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero and close to the town of Pinotepa Nacional.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:33:36 PM EST
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India likely to reject EU carbon trading plan - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

India is poised to ask airlines not to take part in the European Union emissions trading scheme, a senior official said, in what would be an escalation of a row over the EU's unilateral move to charge for carbon emitted by flights in and out of Europe.

China in February barred its airlines from participating in the European scheme, which is meant to reduce emissions.

The Indian official, with direct knowledge of talks between the EU and other countries on the issue, told Reuters news agency that India will soon ask local airlines not to share emissions data with the bloc or buy any carbon credits.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:48:30 PM EST
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IAEA says invited to visit DPRK - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Monday that it has received an invitation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for a visit.

The UN nuclear watchdog received the invitation on Friday, IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said in a statement, but declined to elaborate.

"We will discuss with the DPRK and other parties concerned for the details of the visit," Tudor said. "Details will be discussed. Nothing has been decided yet."



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:56:01 PM EST
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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:17:28 PM EST
BBC News - Vibrating tattoo alerts patent filed by Nokia in US

Vibrating magnetic tattoos may one day be used to alert mobile phone users to phone calls and text messages if Nokia follows up a patent application.

The Finnish company has described the idea in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

It describes tattooing, stamping or spraying "ferromagnetic" material onto a user's skin and then pairing it with a mobile device.

It suggests different vibrations could be used to create a range of alerts.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:44:28 PM EST
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Have enough of those applied and you'll be dancing a jitterbug every time you get a phone call.
by Andhakari on Wed Mar 21st, 2012 at 02:37:21 AM EST
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It's my way or the highway: Christians and atheists in religious road row | World news | guardian.co.uk

An unholy spat has broken out over a nondescript stretch of road in Florida as atheists and Christians stake their claim over the asphalt.

Polk County's Highway 98 was first blessed a year ago by a local church group wanting to prevent sinners and wrongdoers from entering the community.

Annoyed by the appropriation of the public highway by those of a religious bent, humanists took to the street last weekend to symbolically wash away the anointment oil.

Now, not to be outdone, the group behind the initial ceremony have indicated they will re-bless the road - but they are not saying when.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:34:22 PM EST
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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:18:08 PM EST
BBC News - London riots: Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett jailed

An actor who featured in the Harry Potter films has been jailed for two years for his part in the London riots.

Jamie Waylett, 22, who played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe, was found guilty of violent disorder at London's Wood Green Crown Court.

Waylett, of Hillfield Road, Hampstead, north-west London, admitted swigging from a stolen bottle of Champagne.

But the actor was cleared of intending to destroy or damage property with a petrol bomb he was pictured holding.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:43:26 PM EST
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BBC News - Queen and Duke in parliamentary lift surprise

The Queen had a longer than expected trip in a lift following her speech in Parliament, the BBC has learned.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh had just attended a reception on the first floor of the Palace of Westminister before they entered the lift to get to the ground floor, where a car was waiting.

However, rather than descending, it went up and only reached the intended destination after three false starts.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 04:48:23 PM EST
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Cameron 'tucked in bed' by Obama during US trip - FRANCE 24

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday revealed he was "tucked up in bed" by US President Barack Obama during the pair's recent trip on Air Force One.

The two leaders were repeatedly seen back-slapping and sharing jokes during Cameron's recent US visit, but now it appears the friendship was sealed when the president offered Cameron the use of his personal quarters.

"It was 4 o'clock UK time so he (Obama) said 'David, why don't you use my bed and put your feet up,' so I duly did," he told members of his constituency in Witney, south England.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:42:36 PM EST
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Paranoia or hoax? Syrian TV accuses Barcelona of delivering coded messages to rebel fighters - World Soccer - Yahoo! Sports

Syria's state-run television channel has made the astonishing claim that the Barcelona soccer team is assisting a group of rebel fighters by delivering coded messages via its tactical formations.

At least it seems astonishing. Some believe it was an elaborate hoax, and that wouldn't be surprising given the content.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 20th, 2012 at 05:52:09 PM EST
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