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Grillo's latest rant is that immigrants should be screened to distinguish between "refugees" and "illegals", and the later deported as they "carry diseases".

I dont know what "the movement thinks". Last time Grillo made a fuss about immigration the public outvoted him with a more civilised position.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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<quote>Opportunism of the rankest, in-yer-face kind is seen every day in Italian politics</quote>

Then they certainly are in the right group with Farage!

<quote>Once joined the movement, they can learn what else the movement stands for other than a change in immigration policy.</quote>

What is MV5* policy regarding immigration?

by A swedish kind of death on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Tebbit runs roadside chain gang
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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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They could pull up ragwort while walking to work.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Economy and Finance
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Oh dear, there are those who don't share Osborne's upbeat assessment of the UK economy.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Economy and Finance
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HSBC bloke:
exporting your deflationary problems to someone else

Because deflationary problems are not general?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Tebbit runs roadside chain gang
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Yup, that's the fella

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Yup.

A big problem in Norfolk is that people living in rural areas have no access to public transport. Yet they would almost certainly be expected to make their own way to a work site which could be tens of miles from where they live. Probably for an early morning start and lose benefits if they're late.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Tebbit runs roadside chain gang
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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And why should we believe this intelligence? Or at least any more than the "intelligence" which emerged immediately in the aftermath which said the same thing. Until it was contradicted by Russian intelligence which said the opposite.

things we know and cannot be contradicted.

The aircraft was shot down.
It was flying over a war zone.
Both sides in the conflict have access to anti-aircraft weapons of varying (and disputed) capability.

All other information is disputed. So it could have been anybody

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Republicans really do seem to be on a tour of destruction in bringing all aspects of Government into disrepute. The USSC right now seem to be eagerly following the script.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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It's hard to find other refs to this in the media, and even the FT doesn't give the full list of 14. But at least Portugal, UK, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Czech Republic. There are 7 others.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: Midweek Open Thread

Re: Trying again: Spain mini meetup November 7-11
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Yes, I'd really love to, but money is really tight these days. Plus, an unexpected aspect of low wage "zero hours" work is that now I am in a slight position of privilege where I am working all operational hours, I don't dare take time off in case somebody takes on the role that I have made my own and I find myself displaced back onto casual.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Re: Midweek Open Thread
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These machines are fine-tuned to oblige you to buy ink cartridges from the maker. So finely-tuned that they freak out without warning. My Canon's printer head went bust (= throw the printer out) and our second machine, an Epson, is currently refusing to recognize an Epson cartridge that is certified by the dealer to be the right one for the machine. Neither printer has much mileage behind it.

I'm looking at returning to a Brother laser, which has stood me in good stead in the past.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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If they intended it as a job, yes. But the intention is to punish them for needing benefits.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Wouldn't that be better called a youth jobs program?
by Zwackus on
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Re: Trying again: Spain mini meetup November 7-11
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I'd love to, but I'm traveling that entire weekend on another trip.

- Jake

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on
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Welcome to fortress Europe
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Melilla: sub-saharan immigrants climbing the border fence within sight of a golf course.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Living off the Planet
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More:
But a growing list of studies -- most of them using top-down approaches, in which monitoring equipment measures emissions over a wide area -- throw the EPA's estimates into question.

"Consistently, studies show [methane leaks] are between 4 and 17 percent," said Seth B.C. Shonkoff, a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and the executive director at science policy think tank PSE Healthy Energy. "The most authoritative say the EPA underestimates methane emissions by about 50 percent. It seems the EPA is forgetting this big field of independent science."

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A scientific review led by Adam Brandt, an assistant professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford University, also found that most studies on the topic estimate natural gas methane leakage to be significantly higher than the EPA's estimates.
The most recent study on the issue, lead by Oliver Schneising at the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen in Germany, used satellite technology to determine the average methane emissions over two of the United States' biggest shale fields -- one in Texas and one in North Dakota. The study found that methane leakage rates were about 10 percent in each region, several times higher than the EPA estimates.



by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Living off the Planet
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Listen: Recordings capture the mysterious silencing of a California forest - Salon.com
Krause told KQED he's not entirely sure what's going on here, but it's possible he captured some of the effects of climate change on tape. He makes the recordings at the same time each year, yet spring, he told KQED, has started arriving to the region two weeks later than it did in the mid-'90s. The loss of bird song, he added, could be attributable to shifting migration patterns linked to climate change.
by das monde on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Living off the Planet
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"...the decline in size of Chamois observed in this study is striking in its speed and magnitude." As is the change in their environment.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Living off the Planet
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Regulators, if any, should require at least a five year commitment from the utilities.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Trying again: Spain mini meetup November 7-11
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Moi
Redstar and I have arranged to share a house in Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Southern Spain from November 7 to 11. There's only three of us but the house has three double bedrooms and sleeps 8, so if you can get yourself to Sevilla on the 7th of November we can even rent a van to carry everyone...
The house is here: http://www.tripadvisor.es/VacationRentalReview-g1080315-d3622487-Villaluz-Sanlucar_de_Barrameda_Prov ince_of_Cadiz_Andalucia.html and we're getting a rate of €70 per night...

Like I said above you want to look for travel options to Sevilla.

Any takers?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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And of course the US Supreme Court, as presently constituted, will be worse than useless in dealing with the consequences of this rolling disaster.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Re: Midweek Open Thread
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I have two Brother multi function machines that have worked reliably since around 2000. When I upgraded from XP I discovered that no one had written printer drivers in Seven for these legacy machines. So I bought one Cannon ink jet printer for my wife's machine, quite cheaply, as they get their profit from the ink. We have learned to ignore the warnings about replacing ink until the printer refuses to work. At least they aren't sending thieves to our homes to literally steal our property - yet.  

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Re: Midweek Open Thread
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I feel your pain.

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on
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Re: Start the Week Open Thread
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Almost certainly Labour, like the Democrats in the USA, pledged allegiance to the interests of the banks in order to qualify for substantial campaign contributions, without which they could not be actors on the public stage.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Living on the Planet
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Roman Gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training -- ScienceDaily

Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations in the ancient city of Ephesos.

Historic sources report that gladiators had their own diet. This comprised beans and grains. Contemporary reports referred to them as "hordearii" ("barley eaters").

In a study by the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna in cooperation with the Department of Anthropology at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern, bones were examined from a gladiator cemetery uncovered in 1993 which dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century BC in the then Roman city of Ephesos (now in modern-day Turkey). At the time, Ephesos was the capital of the Roman province of Asia and had over 200,000 inhabitants.

Using spectroscopy, stable isotope ratios (carbon, nitrogen and sulphur) were investigated in the collagen of the bones, along with the ratio of strontium to calcium in the bone mineral.



by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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Re: Midweek Open Thread
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Arrrggggghhhhhh!!! Bloody printers !!!!!

they never frickin' work. I have an HP 5520 that has never worked properly. It barely ever registers the paper I install. It has been complaining about low ink for a month, so I put in new cartridges and immediately starts complaining about low ink.

Bastard !! Bastard !! Bastard!!!

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 23 October 2014

Re: Living on the Planet
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Ancient human bone helps date our first sex with Neanderthals | Science | The Guardian

An ancient leg bone found by chance on the bank of a Siberian river has helped scientists work out when early humans interbred with our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals.

A local ivory carver spotted the bone sticking out of sediments while fossil hunting in 2008 along the Irtysh river near the settlement of Ust'-Ishim in western Siberia. The bone was later identified as a human femur, but researchers have learned little else about the remains until now.

The importance of the find became clear when a team led by Svante Pääbo and Janet Kelso at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig ran a series of tests on the fragile material.

Radiocarbon dating of pieces of the leg bone put the remains at around 45,000 years old. The team went on to extract DNA from the bone, which allowed them to reconstruct the oldest modern human genome ever.



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 23 October 2014

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