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Is it so hard for the Western (sic) mind to conceive of nothingness without serious re-hardwiring?

Silence came before sound, darkness before light just as the void preceded all phenomena.

And you can't prove a negative... ;)

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In story: 31 October 2014

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complaining of "lack of trust".

Those unreasonable Russians! How could they not trust a nice bunch of citizen-shelling fascistoids like us?

Irony meter....broken

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In story: Midweek Crisis OT

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We are supposed to assume that the tension between Netanyahu and Obama is so genuine, serious, even dirty?
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In story: 31 October 2014

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Children Fall Prey to the Dangers of Austerity | David Bull

Six years on from the start of the global financial and economic crisis, the world still finds itself tightly tethered to austerity. But how are the poorest children faring in the UK, Europe and other well-off countries? What is the impact of austerity on the Children of the Recession?

Governments across the EU and OECD, including the UK made a dramatic shift from the stimulus policies in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis to stringent cuts in public spending in a bid to control the public finances. But what we can see from the latest in UNICEF's Report Card series is that different policy choices have helped protect the most vulnerable children in some countries through the struggles of recession and austerity while levels of child poverty have worsened in others.

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Plans for giant Antarctic marine reserve falter for fourth time | Environment | theguardian.com

A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed for failure for the fourth time.

The countries that make decisions about Antarctic fishing finish a 10-day meeting on Friday in Hobart, Australia.

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Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia's land | Environment | theguardian.com

Fifteen years years ago the villages around Abrha Weatsbha in northern Ethiopia were on the point of being abandoned. The hillsides were barren, the communities, plagued by floods and droughts, needed constant food aid, and the soil was being washed away.

Today, Abrha Weatsbha in the Tigray region is unrecognisable and an environmental catastrophe has been averted following the planting of many millions of tree and bush seedlings. Wells that were dry have been recharged, the soil is in better shape, fruit trees grow in the valleys and the hillsides are green again.

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Photographs of Sellafield nuclear plant prompt fears over radioactive risk | Environment | The Guardian
Previously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing in the water and weeds growing around derelict machinery. But a spokesman for owners Sellafield Ltd said the 60-year-old ponds will not be cleaned up for decades, despite concern that they are in a dangerous state and could cause a large release of radioactive material if they are allowed to deteriorate further.
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The law of unintended consequences affects refugees, drugs - even badgers | Politics | The Guardian
On refugee policy, then on drugs policy, MPs grappled on Thursday with one of their favourite bits of legislation: the law of unintended consequences. Rescue African asylum seekers from drowning in the Mediterranean? It only encourages more to risk death, ministers insisted. Oh dear. Prosecute recreational drug users? It drives them into the clutches of ruthless cartels, countered backbench MPs. Oh dear again.
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Greens ahead of Liberal Democrats in YouGov poll | Politics | theguardian.com

The Green party is ahead of the Liberal Democrats in a national opinion poll - a finding that intensified pressure for the Greens to be represented in a general election TV debates between party leaders.

YouGov research for the Sun has Labour on 34%, three points ahead of the Conservatives, Ukip on 17%, the Greens on 7% and the Lib Dems on 6%.

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Cameron stands firm against drugs legalisation despite Lib Dem pressure | Politics | The Guardian

David Cameron on Thursday set his face against a change in UK drugs policy after the Liberal Democrat crime-prevention minister Norman Baker hailed a Home Office-commissioned report finding "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use.

Baker, minister responsible for drugs, said the report meant the genie was out of the bottle and was not going back in. He said: "I think the days of robotic, mindless rhetoric are over, because the facts and the evidence will no longer allow that."

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German motorway sniper receives ten-and-a-half-year prison sentence | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

A court in the south-central German city of Würzburg has sentenced a long-haul trucker to ten-and-a-half years in prison for having shot at other trucks from his cab in a series of more than 700 attacks over a period of some five years.

The man was found guilty on four charges of attempted murder, and was also convicted of having caused grievous bodily harm and dangerous hindrance of road traffic.

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When does making fun of faith cross the line? | Culture | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

More than a few people will agree that comedians can say what they want - and the point is not to take things too seriously. No way, others retort: You have to be particularly considerate of people's feelings when it comes to religion.

Article 5 of Germany's Basic Law guarantees the freedom of expression. It also outlaws censorship. On the other hand, there's section 166 of the criminal code, which penalizes insulting religions and ideologies if such comments are "capable of disturbing the public peace."

But determining when the public peace is being disturbed is where things get thorny.

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The World Council of Churches opposes Pakistan′s blasphemy sentence | Asia | DW.DE | 30.10.2014
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, has been languishing in prison for more than five years. The 49-year-old mother of five was arrested in June 2009 after her neighbors complained that she had made derogatory remarks about Islam's Prophet Mohammed. A year later, Bibi was sentenced to death under the Islamic Republic's controversial blasphemy law despite strong opposition from the national and international human rights groups.
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US economy logs better-than-expected growth | Business | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

In its first estimate for the third quarter, the US Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy expanded by an annualized 3.5 percent.

The rise followed a 4.6-percent jump in the second quarter, with the US economy delivering its strongest consecutive quarters since the second half of 2003.

The Commerce Department noted that GDP expansion between July and September was largely driven by a narrower trade deficit, which reflected a plunge in imports, which fell at their fastest pace since the end of 2012.

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Nigerian kidnappers ′free German national′ | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

A German national working for construction firm Julius Berger who was kidnapped last week by Nigerian gunmen has been released, the company said on Thursday.

"Julius Berger Nigeria...is pleased to officially announce the release of the company's member of staff," a statement said.

"The company would like to thank all those who assisted in achieving a swift and safe release, especially government authorities and security services," it added.

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In story: 31 October 2014

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German publishers vs. Google | Business | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

In the 1990s, Volkswagen advertised its cars in the US with the German word "Fahrvergnügen" (pleasure of driving). Though difficult to pronounce, the slogan quickly caught on, conveying a sense of German engineering and technology know-how.

The same cannot be said of "Leistungsschutzrecht" (ancillary copyright law), another German tongue twister. In fact, the folks at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, are probably having a laugh about it right now.

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Tsvangirai:′Using democratic means to remove a dictatorship is very, very difficult′ | Africa | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

DW: How much damage did this period in government with President Mugabe do to the MDC's reputation as a vibrant opposition party?

Morgan Tsvangirai: I think you have to take into consideration that when the MDC went into the coalition with ZANU-PF it was to save the people and not for power sharing with any other body. We went in - it was not a perfect agreement but I think we managed to save the country. So, yes, there may have been some damage because of demobilization that would have taken place in the opposition forces. But it was also a Catch-22 situation in which we had to help the country, help the people.

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Indian sailors released by Somali pirates | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

Officials announced on Thursday that seven Indian sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates more than four years ago had been released.

The sailors were flown to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after being freed in the coastal town of Harardhere.

"The seven Indian sailors, among them a captain, were held hostage by pirates near Harardhere during the past four years," area governor Hussein Ali Weheliye Irfo confirmed.

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In story: 31 October 2014

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154 days of zero gravity | All media content | DW.DE | 30.10.2014
For five months, "home" for German astronaut Alexander Gerst meant the International Space Station. On the occasion of his final press conference, DW takes a look at what he's accomplished.
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France investigates mystery drones over nuclear plants | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

Unidentified drones seen over several of France's nuclear reactors in recent weeks prompted the French government to launch an investigation on Thursday.

"Measures are being taken to know what these drones are and neutralize them," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told France Info Radio.

According to the state electricity company EDF, the unmanned aircraft were spotted over seven nuclear plants across the country between October 5th and October 20th, without any impact on the plants' safety or functioning.

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Commentary: Signal from the ′land of upright people′ | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

What does the world care about a violent uprising in Burkina Faso? What's so interesting about this "land of upright people"? In Germany, the ambitious Opera Village project in Burkina Faso, which was created by German film director Cristoph Schlingensief, is talked about more often than the country's falling president. Who's heard of Compaoré before?

A quick look at the former French colony proves to be worthwhile. Compaoré himself came to power in 1987 as the result of a coup. He eliminated the widely popular leader Thomas Sankara, who had conquered hearts with humility and revolutionary gesture. Sankara's legendary state car was a Renault 5 - Burkina Faso's cheapest car.

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Tensions rise in Jerusalem as Israel closes disputed holy site | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

"We hold the Israeli government responsible for the dangerous escalation in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which reached a peak with the closure of al-Aqsa Mosque this morning," a spokesman for Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said on Thursday.

He added that the Palestinian Authority was considering taking legal action and that the closure was "tantamount to a declaration of war" on the Palestinian people, warning it could fuel "more tension and instability."

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First Peshmerga cross Turkey border into Kobani to fight ′IS′ | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

A first group of 10 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters crossed the Turkish border into the town of Kobani on Thursday, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

After pressure from the US, Turkey agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga, to cross into the Syrian town, which in many parts is besieged by "Islamic State" (IS) fighters. The Kurdish fighters are heavily armed with machine guns, heavy artillery and rocket launchers.

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Burkina Faso army dissolves government | News | DW.DE | 30.10.2014

Burkina Faso's government was forced to resign on Thursday following increasingly violent protests against the country's president.

Several hours after opposition lawmakers and high-level military officials met, Burkina Faso army chief, General Honore Traore, told reporters in the capital that the government had been dissolved.

"A transitional body will be put in place in consultation with all parties," Traore said.

The temporary governing body would hold power "no more than 12 months," he added.

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EUobserver / EU citizens overestimate immigrant numbers, survey shows

Brussels - EU citizens tend to overestimate the number of immigrants and the unemployment rate in their country, a survey has shown.

Ipsos Mori asked 11,527 people from 14 countries via the internet to estimate nine features of their society.

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EUobserver / France denies warship delivery, as Russian bombers skirt EU airspace
BRUSSELS - France's controversial warship deal with Russia is hitting the headlines again, with a cacophony of statements and denials after a Russian minister published a French invitation to the hand-over ceremony.
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In story: 31 October 2014

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EUobserver / EU-brokered gas talks bedevilled by `lack of trust'

BRUSSELS - Negotiators are struggling to secure EU winter gas supplies, with Ukraine saying chances of a deal are "pretty high", but complaining of "lack of trust".

EU-brokered talks between Russia and Ukraine's energy ministers in Brussels broke off at 4am local time on Thursday (30 October) with no result.

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EUobserver / EU mission in Kosovo rocked by corruption allegations

BRUSSELS - The EU's rule of law mission in Kosovo, Eulex, is fighting to defend its credibility after allegations of bribe-taking and attempts to gag press.

Eulex' head, Gabriele Meucci, told reporters in Pristina on Thursday (30 October) his staff are trying to "make Kosovo a better place for its people and their children ... they deserve to do their work and go home at night to their families free from the suspicion of corruption".

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EUobserver / Has the EU lost the ability to enact sanctions?

BRUSSELS - The EU has had a rotten time trying to punch its weight on the international scene. Internal disagreements and treaty limitations mean it is little wonder that it is known as an economic giant but a political dwarf.

With the US increasingly urging the EU to share the burden of keeping world order, the Union is finding out that the main mischief-maker is not some stubborn member state but one of its own institutions - the European Court of Justice.

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In story: 31 October 2014

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EUobserver / Oettinger stirs controversy ahead of new role as digital commissioner
BRUSSELS - Recent statements by the next EU digital commissioner Gunther Oettinger on imposing a special tax on Google has drawn carefully-worded criticism from within the current EU commission.
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News and Views

 31 October 2014

by In Wales - Oct 30, 35 comments

Your take on today's news media

 30 October 2014

by dvx - Oct 29, 53 comments

Your take on today's news media

 Midweek Crisis OT

by afew - Oct 29, 21 comments

It's like a midlife crisis

 Start the Week OT

by Helen - Oct 27, 37 comments

Defences down with the trust of a child

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