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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:48:29 PM EST
Obama-style canvassing with France's Socialists - FRENCH ELECTIONS 2012 - FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24 joined a small team of Socialist Party (PS) canvassers working the suburbs of Nimes in southern France as the country gears up for the second round of the presidential election on May 6.

Locally, there is much at stake for the PS. Nimes is the main city in the Gard - the only administrative region in France where far-right candidate Marine Le Pen came top in the first round of the presidential vote.

...Their approach and strategy is surprisingly American in a country where door-to-door canvassing is virtually unknown. For the first time in a presidential campaign, the socialist-party has organised a large-scale effort to draw in left-wing sympathisers who might have otherwise abstained, drawing inspiration from the Obama canvassing method.

Activists are furnished with lists of households in overwhelmingly left-voting neighbourhoods that have abstained from voting in previous elections (not the names) and these form the core of the highly coordinated strategy to target undecided voters.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:48:40 PM EST
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Hollande calls limiting economic immigration 'essential' - FRENCH ELECTIONS 2012 - FRANCE 24

"In the period of crisis we are going through, limiting economic immigration is necessary and essential," Hollande told RTL radio.

"I also want to fight illegal immigration on the economic front. It is not right that a certain number of employers, in a cynical way, are hiring illegal migrants," he said.

Hollande reiterated his vow to ask parliament to fix the number of immigrants allowed into France every year.

The PS fishing for Le Pen voters – sigh.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:48:49 PM EST
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Or, alternatively, protecting labor against illegal wage attacks by business.
by rootless2 on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 08:30:47 AM EST
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Gaddafi 'agreed to fund Sarkozy' with €50m cheque - LIBYA - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
French investigative website Mediapart reported Saturday that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to fund President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign with a 50 million euro cheque.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:48:59 PM EST
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Gaddafi 'funded' 2007 Sarkozy campaign - Europe - Al Jazeera English

The government of the late Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign with an estimated $66m, a French news website has reported.

The Paris-based investigative website Mediapart on Saturday published what it said was documentary evidence of the illegal campaign funding.

Sarkozy strongly denied the allegations when questioned by French journalists in March and April. He has not yet commented on the latest document released by Mediapart.

France has strict campaign financing laws, banning politicians from taking funding from foreign states.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 02:17:46 PM EST
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Maybe Gaddafi agreed but did not follow with a cheque.
That's why he is where ever he is now...
And maybe that's why Sarco was leading action in Libya...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 10:21:22 PM EST
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dead men tell no tales. live ones, seeing ghaddafi buggered by a bayonet, watch their words carefully.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 11:56:57 AM EST
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Massive van bomb 'ready to go' at Northern Ireland border - Crime - UK - The Independent
A van bomb found near the Irish border contained 600lbs of homemade explosive and was "ready to go", police revealed today.

A senior officer confirmed the device was larger than had originally been estimated and could have caused devastation.

The white Citroen Berlingo van was spotted by a member of the public on Thursday evening after it was abandoned on a border road outside Newry in Northern Ireland.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:49:10 PM EST
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by asdf on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 04:46:53 PM EST
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Tories say they lack 'normal' people to woo working class - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
The Conservative Party needs more people in it who "sound normal" to get its message across to working-class voters struggling to make ends meet, its backbenchers have said.

Robert Halfon, a member of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, urged ministers to drop their aggressive language about unions and pleaded for a cut in fuel duty to help ordinary families "crushed" by soaring petrol prices.

It echoes fears among party loyalists that the Tories are increasingly portrayed as defending the better-off.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:49:19 PM EST
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We will loan out our GOP "normal people." They tend to melt when put in the spotlight, however...
by asdf on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 04:48:30 PM EST
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... the Tories are increasingly portrayed as defending the better-off.

How were they portrayed before? Or is the volume on the megaphone just getting louder? Same problem for the GOP here, same type of people ... or whatever they are.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 05:05:24 PM EST
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what? you always vote for the plummiest voice, it's how you know they's better'n you, and you always vote for your betters, it's the only sound bet innit?

if you want a leg-up from'em you gots to give 'em the vote, otherwise what would they do? go on the dole, like the rest of us?

cor, strewth, it's bleedin' obvious!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 11:51:16 PM EST
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Romania opposition leader to become PM - ROMANIA - FRANCE 24

AFP - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Friday designated left-wing opposition leader Victor Ponta as new prime minister after the collapse of the centre-right government.

"I have decided to task Victor Ponta with forming the new government," Basescu said in a public address.

"Nothing dramatic happened today, this is democracy," he added, stressing that there was "no reason for panic on the financial markets".

LOL.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:49:30 PM EST
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Judge delays tax trial of former PM Tymoshenko - UKRAINE - FRANCE 24

AFP - A Ukrainian judge ruled Saturday that jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko could not be tried in absentia and delayed her hearings in a new tax evasion case until May 21.

The unexpected decision came as international concern mounted over the fate of the former pro-Western prime minister after she declared a hunger strike to protest her alleged beating by three prison wardens.

"The court has ruled that it is impossible to hear the case in the absence of Tymoshenko," Judge Kostiantyn Sadovsky told the hearing after reporting that Tymoshenko could not attend the trial due to chronic back pain.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:49:41 PM EST
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Vitali Klitschko on Tymoshenko Case: 'Ukraine Is Becoming Increasingly Authoritarian' - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, boxer and pro-democracy activist Vitali Klitschko talks about the worsening situation in his country and the case of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. While he rejects calls to boycott the upcoming European Football Championships, he says the event is a good opportunity to draw attention to the Ukraine government's failures.

He draws an interesting parallel with the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 01:49:56 PM EST
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Missiles stationed on residential roof for Olympics - Telegraph

Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow, east London, have received a leaflet warning them that a team of 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building - home to 700 people - for the duration of the Games.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) leaflet says the missiles will only be fired as a last resort, said resident Brian Whelan.

He said: ''They are going to have a test run next week, putting high velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment and on the back of it they're stationing police and military in the tower of the building for two months.

''It's a private, gated community with an old watch tower which is now a lift shaft.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 03:11:38 PM EST
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That is so cool! The neighborhood kids will love it.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 05:07:13 PM EST
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Just my thought. ;)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 02:06:51 PM EST
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Juan Jose Millas: Un sindiós (El Pais, 27 April 2012)
Desde que los ministros de Rajoy, en especial Montoro y Ana Mato, decidieron explicar didácticamente los porqués de la demolición del Estado, entendemos las cosas mucho mejor. He aquí un resumen, claro como el agua, de sus argumentos: Se pone precio a la sanidad para que continúe siendo gratuita y se expulsa de ella a determinados colectivos para que siga siendo universal. Se liquidan las leyes laborales para salvaguardar los derechos de los trabajadores y se penaliza al jubilado y al enfermo para proteger a los colectivos más vulnerables. En cuanto a la educación, ponemos las tasas universitarias por las nubes para defender la igualdad de oportunidades y estimulamos su privatización para que continúe siendo pública. No es todo, ya que al objeto de mantener el orden público amnistiamos a los delincuentes grandes, ofrecemos salidas fiscales a los defraudadores ambiciosos y metemos cuatro años en la cárcel al que rompa una farola. Todo este programa reformador de gran calado no puede ponerse en marcha sin mentir, de modo que mentimos, sí, pero al modo de los novelistas: para que la verdad resplandezca. Dentro de esta lógica implacable, huimos de los periodistas para dar la cara y convocamos ruedas de prensa sin turno de preguntas para responder a todo. Nadie que tenga un poco de buena voluntad pondrá en duda por tanto que hemos autorizado la subida del gas y de la luz a fin de que resulten más baratos y que obedecemos sin rechistar a Merkel para no perder soberanía. A no tardar mucho, quizá dispongamos que los aviones salgan con más retraso para que lleguen puntuales. Convencidos de que el derecho a la información es sagrado en toda democracia que se precie, vamos a tomar RTVE al asalto para mantener la pluralidad informativa. A nadie extrañe que para garantizar la libertad, tengamos que suprimir las libertades.
There is no god (El Pais, 27 April 2012)
Since Rajoy's ministers, especially Montoro and Ana Mato, decided to explain didactically the whys of the demolition of the State, we understand things much better. Here's a summary, clear as crystal, of their arguments: Health care is given a price in order for it to continue to be free and particular groups are expelled from it so that it continues to be universal. Labour laws are liquidated to preserve workers' rights and the retired and the sick are penalised to protect the most vulnerable groups. Regarding education, we raise university fees through the roof to defend equal opportunity, and we stimulate the privatization of education so that it continues to be public. It's not all, as in order to preserve the public order we give an amnesty to big lawbreakers, we offer a graceful fiscal exit to ambitious tax dodgers and we throw into jail for 4 years those who break a street light. All this deep reform programme cannot be set in motion without lying, so we lie, yes, but in the way of novelists: so that truth may shine. In this implacable logic, we shun journalists in order to face the music and we call press conferences without a questions period in order to answer for everything. Nobody with a minimum of good will will doubt that er have authorised a rise in the prices of gas and electricity so that they end up being cheaper and that we obey Merkel without a peep so as not to lose sovereignty. The day cannot be far when we maybe will decide that planes should take off later so they can arrive on time. Convinced that the right to information is sacred in a self-respecting democracy, we're going to take the national TV by assault in order to maintain information pluralism. It should surprise noone that, in order to guarantee freedom, we will have to suppress liberties.


guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 04:41:27 PM EST
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If I may use a "Britishism" ...

Bloody Brilliant.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 09:53:01 PM EST
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He is.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 06:01:28 AM EST
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Classic

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 10:42:10 AM EST
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Many of his columns are instant classics. Example.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 11:08:52 AM EST
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Exclusive: Hunt on the brink as he is accused of misleading Parliament - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

Jeremy Hunt today stands accused of misleading Parliament over his dealings with the Murdoch empire, an offence which would trigger the Culture Secretary's immediate resignation.

As the Prime Minister battled to save his minister, an Independent on Sunday investigation has established that Mr Hunt appears to have misled the Commons on three occasions in his handling of News Corp's takeover bid of BSkyB.

In what could turn out to be the final blow to the under-fire Culture Secretary, a letter written by his permanent secretary, Jonathan Stephens, seen by this newspaper, challenges Mr Hunt's version of events.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 07:25:49 PM EST
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Why Cameron and Osborne fear losing their firewall - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

When Jeremy Hunt delivered his less than certain Commons statement on his role in the BSkyB bid and the Frédéric Michel emails last Wednesday, David Cameron and George Osborne remained on the front bench next to the embattled Culture Secretary. For more than an hour, the Prime Minister and Chancellor were unable to move - to leave would suggest they were hanging Hunt out to dry.

But their expressions revealed they were less than happy at their position. Cameron, who did not make eye contact with Hunt as the minister arrived at the Dispatch Box, appeared annoyed that he had to show his support. Next to him on the front bench sat Osborne, already grim-faced after news of the UK returning to recession.

Ultimately, however, they could not move because these two men are personally as bound up in the current scandal as the hapless Culture Secretary and his special adviser Adam Smith, who had resigned that morning. This weekend, with Hunt's job hanging in the balance, Cameron and Osborne are weighing up whether to save the Culture Secretary or to force him to resign. The refusal by No 10 to order a separate inquiry into Hunt's conduct shows the balance is currently tipped in favour of saving him. To let him go would be to tear down the firewall between News Corp, with Rupert Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks on one side, and the highest ranks of the Tory party, with Cameron, Osborne and the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, on the other. The Prime Minister recognises that it is the closeness to the Murdoch empire of these three at the top of government that goes to the true heart of the scandal.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 08:06:07 PM EST
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and its 'variety of capitalism': Why Won't Germany Turn? Joseph Halevi's insightful analysis, circa 1995 (Yanis Varoufakis, 25 April 2012)
In the paper (a scanned, and rather heavy, version of which you can download and print here), Joseph argues that the Bundesbank's commitment to monetarist orthodoxy has very little to do with either a psychological leftover of Weimar or some theoretical view on the universal merits of a strong currency as a prerequisite for long term growth. Instead, Halevi argues that to understand the Bundesbank time-honoured determination to tight monetarist policy even in recessionary times, we must first grasp the structure of German capitalism and, in particular, the shifting, agonising, closely-knit relationship between German industry, German finance and, of course, the Bundesbank. Such a close reading of the German economy, and its interaction with the Rest of Europe, with Japan (and later China) and the United States, reveals a clear picture of a major economy that operates as a source of deflation for the Rest of Europe (RoE henceforth).

Halevi's analytical perspective is mainly based on two insights. The first is John Maynard Keynes' view, which he expounded with all the strength he could muster in the Bretton Woods Conference (in 1944), that if the burden of adjustment falls (during a recession) primarily on the deficit members of a currency union, the result will be that the recession will spread to the surplus countries and the union will come to a grinding halt. The second is Michal Kalecki's view (expressed eloquently in a 1946 paper entitled `Multilateralism and Full Employment'[1]) that a recession in the deficit countries may never result in a restoration of the balance of payments (between deficit and surplus countries) even if the exchange rates are fully free-floating and thus adjustable. It all depends, argued Kalecki, on the extend to which the surplus countries' exporters exercise oligopoly power not only within the nations where they are based but also depending on their capacity to extend such price-setting power beyond their borders. It was, in other words, as if Kalecki was writing about the Germany that was to emerge, following the Marshall Plan, in the mid-1950s.

...

Halevi warns his readers time and again against the mistake of associating causally the impressive productivity of German industry with a normative evaluation of its price stability. He challenges the views of two great scholars that he evidently admires: R. Hilferding and J. Schumpeter. The two men had presumed that, because German capitalism had utilised effectively corporatist structures for planning markets, Germany's `trustified' capitalism would be immune to crises of aggregate demand. Halevi challenges this view, arguing with Kalecki that, while trustification and corporatism did give German capitalism a capacity to accumulate and hoard productive capital over and above the level of its neighbours, it does not shield it, in the end, from recessionary forces. Indeed, German corporatism generates recessionary forces from within and has a tendency to export them without.



guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 08:32:47 PM EST
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Europa programa su resurrección | Economía | EL PAÍSEurope prepares its resurrection - Economy - El Pais
Bruselas prepara una suerte de Plan Marshall, una inquietante referencia histórica que en los últimos meses aparece incluso en documentos oficiales de la Unión, y que da idea del estado de salud de la economía del continente. La UE ultima un proyecto destinado a estimular el crecimiento en los países más castigados. Pero con una condición muy propia de los tiempos que corren: sin que eso cueste dinero, o al menos no demasiado dinero. Bruselas ha diseñado un gran plan de inversión en infraestructuras, energía verde y tecnologías avanzadas, con participación del sector privado, según explican fuentes europeas a EL PAÍS, para conseguir algo parecido a esa cuadratura del círculo que son las políticas de crecimiento sin aumentar la deuda de los socios del euro.Brussels prepares a sort of Marshall Plan, a disquieting historical reference that in the latest months appears even in official Union documents, and which gives an idea of the state of health of the Continent's economy. The EU is finalizing a project destined to stimulete growth in the hardest hit countries. But with a condition proper to the times> this should not cost money, or at least not too much money. Brussels has designed a grand plan of investment in infrastructures, green energy and advanced technologies, with private sector participation, as explained to EL PAIS by European sources, to achieve something akin to that squaring of the circle which is a growth policy that doesn't increase the debt of the Euro partners.

Orwell would be proud.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 06:24:37 AM EST
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It's now official Spanish policy.

Today there was a day of demonstrations against the cuts by the Spanish government.

El Pais: Rajoy a los que protestan: "Las reformas continuarán cada viernes" (Rajoy to protesters: "reforms will continue each Friday")

Friday is when Spain's Council of Ministers meets.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 07:57:51 AM EST
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